Cycling is an easy and low-impact activity which can significantly improve your fitness, combat poor health, and increase your confidence and overall sense of well-being.
Getting out and about on your bike is an excellent way of getting to know the local area, whether out on the Levels or up in the Blackdown, Quantock or Brendon Hills, but one of the main advantages of cycling is that you can also do it as part of your normal daily routine, such as cycling to work, to see friends, or to the shops, rather than having to find additional time for exercise.
As well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive effect on emotional and mental health, improving levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms.
In other words, get out there on your bike ... and enjoy it!
Choosing a bike
When it comes to modern bikes, sometimes there's just too much choice! Hopefully this short guide should point you in the right direction when it comes to narrowing down what type of bike will suit you best ...
Looking after your bike
To get the best out of your bike and generally extend its life and that of its parts, it is important to make sure you keep it in tip-top condition.
Here are a few tips for some basic maintenance tasks that everyone, no matter how technically / mechanically inept they believe they are, should be able to do.
We strongly recommend that our members take out their own insurance for theft of their cycle and third party liability as Cycle Somerset membership does NOT provide you with any form of insurance - even when on our club cycle trailer.[more]