Get free bicycle maintenance, training and advice from the Broadgate Bike Station team every first and third Thursday of the month, 8am-4pm, in Finsbury Avenue Square.
Whether you're a regular cycle commuter, or you're thinking of starting, we can give you all the help and advice you might need. Broadgate Bike Station is run by the London Cycling Campaign - experts in urban cycling. The London Cycling Campaign aim to help all London's cyclists and campaign for a city that has safe space for cycling.
Visit the Broadgate Bike Station team to:
- Get advice on choosing the best bike and cycling equipment
- Discuss cycle training
- New cyclist? We can help you to get confident cycling in London
- Assistance with route planning
- Get tips on urban cycling skills
- Free bike maintenance
- Get advice on bike care and maintenance.
If you’d like to start cycling, or if you already do, here are Broadgate Bike Station’s top 10 tips:
1. Don’t put yourself under pressure
You don't have to start cycling everyday - just try it for a couple of days a week to start with. Plan your route beforehand and try a trial run at the weekend. Free Cycle Guide maps are available to order online from TfL, or come and see us at the Bike Station for maps and route planning tips.
2. Being a cyclist doesn’t have to be expensive
You don't need to spend hundreds of pounds on special cycling kit - a good waterproof coat, warm gloves and hat will see you through most of the bad weather. If your commute is 20 minutes or less then you probably don't need a change of clothes. Likewise you don't need a top of the range bike to commute in London. The hills in London aren't that big - if you live in the flat areas of London you can get away with having just the one gear.
3. Finding the right bike for you
First off, do come and speak to the London Cycling Professionals who run the Broadgate Bike Station. They’re friendly, impartial and very experienced mechanics and cycle instructors.
The next step would be to visit a bike shop which can be a daunting experience with a baffling array of choices. Don’t feel under pressure to buy, but do visit a few different bike shops to get a variety of opinions and suggestions. Don’t forget, if you’re a London Cycling Campaign member, you’ll get between 10-15% off in most London bike shops – quite a saving on a new bike!
In a nutshell - types of bike:
Often referred to as a ‘racer’. Has drop handlebars and skinny tyres with not very much tread. Good for a fast commute, but not necessarily for a new commuter.
The type of bike most people will have lurking in the shed. Can be distinguished by wide knobbly tyres and lots of gears. Generally quite comfortable to ride, with lots of low gears – ideal for going up steep hills or rough ground. Quite hard work to cycle around town on, but fine to start with if you have one already. Liberate it from the shed and bring it to meet the mechanics at Broadgate Bike Station.
Somewhere in between the road bike and mountain bike lies a ‘hybrid’. Lots of gears but a more upright position, good for riding around town and in traffic. Often comes with mudguards.
Very upright position, so great for riding around town. Often thought of as a ladies bike but in Europe they’re seen as unisex. Usually has 3 hub (internal) gears so are very low maintenance. Great if you won’t be commuting too far, and live in a flat area of London. These bikes are often very sturdy, but heavy so not something you’d want to carry up flights of stairs to your flat!
4. The Cycle to work scheme
Many employers take part in the cycle to work scheme which offers tax-free bikes, equipment and accessories when purchased through your employer. The cost comes out of pre-tax pay and can be split into payments over the year. For more info ask your HR department or visit the Cycle Scheme website.
5. Insurance and security marking
Theft insurance is a good idea if your bike is not already covered under your home insurance policy. It is also worth getting your bike security marked - check with your local police for details of any bike marking events. Many cyclists also have third party insurance in case they damage someone else’s property or hurt someone – this often comes free with membership of cycling organisations.
6. Get a decent lock
Visit the Broadgate Bike Station and we will show you how to lock up your bike properly.
7. Plan a route that will make you feel comfortable
Use a journey planner such as CycleStreets to work out the route suitable for you. It gives three options of quiet, fast and balanced routes.
You can also order free cycle guide maps from TfL so you can plan your route on the move.
8. Seriously consider some on the road training – it’s usually cheap or free
Cycle training is available either free or very cheaply from most councils and is one of the best things you can do to cycle safely. Whatever your level - you will learn something!
9. Once you’ve started cycling to work
It's really useful to learn some maintenance basics to keep you moving. The Broadgate Bike Station staff can show you how to do a basic ‘A, B, C’ check to ensure your bike is safe to ride. Madegood.org is an excellent resource for tutorial videos - here's 'How to fix a puncture'.
10. Join the London Cycling Campaign
Becoming a member supports our vital campaigns, which help improve our city for you and all Londoners. Plus we provide you with an unbeatable package of benefits, which help make every day you ride your bike a better one.
Read more about the benefits, and join today to help us double the voice of London cyclists.
*Please note that all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.
If you would like more information about the Broadgate Bike Station, or if you have any questions, please contact LCC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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