It’s time to rediscover your bicycle! Most of us rode bikes as children, and enjoyed it. The reason most people don’t ride bikes anymore is traffic. And the fact that pottering along on a bike with a basket, has been replaced with obsession for bike racing, lycra gear and mountain biking.
If you buy a bike, get a good one. It’s a shame we don’t have Priority Bicycles here. This brand founded in the US by a bicycling-entrepreneur, is the best in class: top quality bikes for adults and children with vegan saddles, and sold with everything included, and no greasy chains. You can buy them from over there, but you’ll have to pay massive shipping, and have your bike shop set them up, to check the brakes etc. Also get a good helmet: Thousand Helmet or Closca Folding Helmet are good ones.
- Maintain your bike with Green Oil products. These are free from toxic chemicals, and you can buy chain lube, and get pennies off each order, when you take empties back to your indie bike store.
- If you commute, this Bristol-made lunch bag for your bike is well-made by a textile designer, with super features to keep your sarnies safe.
- Get your car breakdown cover from ETA (Environmental Transport Association), they also cover your bike, and offer bike insurance too. Profits are used to campaign for sustainable transport (unlike AA or RAC, who campaign to build more roads).
- Send your town planner a copy of Bikenomics, a wonderful argument on why investing in proper resources for cyclists, makes roads safer.
- Back On Your Bike is a fun and simple book, designed for new cyclists and those who have not ridden a bike since childhood. It covers basic safe riding and fixes.
- Hello, Bicycle is a fun and beautifully illustrated guide to riding a bike, aimed more for women. Learn how to choose a new or used bike, ride, lock and store your bike, maintain your bike at home (and know what your mechanic should handle).
- The Cycling Cartoonist is a fun illustrated guide to life on two wheels. The author runs Budget Cycling, a really good resource.
Electric Bikes & Scooters
The best electric bikes & scooters are designed with safety in mind. FlyRide sells quality electric scooters and bikes, for you to reduce emissions and get outdoors, to have some fun. With a 30-day return and 1-year warranty on all items, these use smart technology and sturdy construction. All items are delivered within one week.
All items are brands that rigorously tested for safety. It is your responsibility to ride safely and follow road laws. At present, these are not to be used on footpaths, public roads or cycle paths. These cost a few hundred pounds but are designed to last, reaching speeds up to 15 or 18 miles per hour, depending on one chosen.