The first journey
It might be a long time since you've ridden a bike or you may never have given it a go. No matter, we can help.
There are two first steps:
1) Get yourself a bike if you don’t have one already
2) Get trained up on our free adult cycling skills lessons so you are confident on the road
Buying a bike
If you are looking for a bike have a think about which design suits the type of riding you’re planning to do and the price you can afford.
There's a massive range of bikes out there, but don't be put off. You’ll find staff at your local bike shop really helpful and happy to point you in the right direction.
A good commuter 'hybrid' bike can cost less than £200 and you can pick up a good second hand one for much less. Click here to find a list of shops, including some which sell recycled bikes.
There's also the Government's Cycle to Work scheme. This allows most people to save about 30% on the cost, by buying a bike through their company. The bicycle is VAT-free, and payments are usually taken over 12 months through deductions from wages made before tax - your employer saves money too.
Visit here to find out more.
Getting trained up
If you are an absolute beginner who needs to hone your cycling skills, take a look at the information about our free training sessions.
You’ll feel far more confident on the road if you’ve been taught by one of our expert instructors and there are several different sessions for increasing levels of experience, so we can guide you as you progress – and it won’t cost you a penny.
We're not the experts but we can put you in touch with the people who are.
The views on these other websites are not ours and we're not making recommendations about which one is best or where to buy your bike from - we've just done some of the legwork to save you doing it.
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