June 17, 2015

Reasons You Should Be Taking Part in Bike Week 2015

National Bike Week 2015 is well underway, bringing a magnificent opportunity to jump on our bikes and get moving. Whether you’re a tentative beginner or avid cyclist, you’ll love the range of events going on throughout this momentous week, which include festivals; countryside rides; exciting challenges and fun prizes.

Although it’s one of the busiest periods in the cycling calendar, there are still plenty of cycling lovers that don’t take part, and always wish they had. So we’re going to give you the nudge with some reasons why you absolutely should take part…

1. It’s the perfect opportunity to try cycling for the first time.

With so many events going on in your local area, Bike Week is the perfect time to jump in and see for yourself what cycling is about. Whether you decide to be brave and turn up to a community bike ride, buddy up with a colleague to ride to work or even organise your own group ride, you won’t need to feel self-conscious or overwhelmed as there will be lots of other newbies just like yourself.

You don’t have to be super-fit either – Bike Week is running plenty of events for beginner cyclists, such as the Easy Pace bike rides; CTC Learn 2 Ride events and free cycle training.

2. You can see how much money you save.

It’s fun to watch the savings grow when we cut unnecessary expenses out of our life. Cycling to work instead of your usual commute can save so much money in petrol or transport costs.

Try cycling to work for just a week or a month and see how it benefits you. You can save up for something special or donate your extra pennies to charity.

3. A chance to bond with your workmates.

This year, Bike Week is all about encouraging people to cycle to work. As a result, there are lots of events geared towards making workplaces work as a team and bring colleagues closer together.

Why not take on the Love to Ride challenge, which is inviting workplaces to jump on a bike for just ten minutes or more and win some fantastic prizes? Or organise a group ride to work, or a social ride outside of work hours. Not only will these activities get you cycling, they’ll also help you get to know your colleagues better.

4. It’s a chance to challenge yourself.

While new cyclists can enjoy the simple joy of cycling, more experienced riders can view Bike Week as a chance to challenge themselves and test their limits. The Love to Ride workplace challenge is one example of this, but there are also exhilarating bike events such as the hardcore MTB rides and road rides.

5. Get to know your local community.

Bike Week is a perfect time to get to know others in your community by heading to local cycling events. Not only will you meet lots of other people new to cycling, you’ll no doubt get tons of tips from those who have been doing it for years.

By forging alliances with other cyclists in your area, you’ll find it easier to stay motivated and will be more likely to stick with your new habit.

6. There’s free stuff up for grabs.

Throughout Bike Week, there are lots of opportunities to win free stuff. Love to Ride is giving out a number of prizes to the best workplaces, such as new bikes, activity days and even a trip to New Zealand! Other festivals and events will meanwhile be running prize draws giving you the chance to win tons of free goodies.

So even if you’re not big on the cycling, these incentives are a good reason to get involved.

7. FINALLY learn how to really take care of your bike.

If you’ve ever been stumped about how to change your bike’s chain or repair a puncture (but have been too embarrassed to ask), Bike Week might just be able to help. Turn up to any of the free bike maintenance workshops that are running all over the country, such as the Cycle Maintenance classes or CTC Bike Maintenance workshops, and finally learn how to do the things you’ve always wanted to know.

After all, a confident rider is a happy rider.

8. It’s not all about the cycling.

Finally, National Bike Week isn’t all about the cycling. Well, not cycling alone, at least.

Some events, such as the Biking Breakfasts, Cycling Picnics or Cake By The Lake, will allow you to enjoy a bite to eat on your cycling journey. For something really unique, try the Cycle Safari Supper which treats you to a three course meal across three different locations, and plenty of cycling in between.

Meanwhile, themed events like the World Naked Bike Ride and the guided tour with writer and poet Peter Finch are perfect opportunities to explore something different, all from the comfort of your own bicycle.

To get up to 42% off a brand new bike or some much-needed accessories, why not register with Bike 2 Work?


By Aimee Whitehill
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