During coronavirus lockdown, bike rides became an increasingly popular activity proving very good for the legs as well as for the soul and saw 1.3 million Brits buying a bike. So, if you’re someone who had their love for cycling re-ignited during lockdown or if you’re thinking about taking up cycling as a new hobby, here at The Insurance Emporium we’re here to help you make the most of the great British outdoors and find some great new places to ride your bike. Given the current restrictions, for a lot of us it can feel like we’re stuck in the same routine, which is why its more important than ever to discover new bike routes and keep your cycling exciting.
Optimise Your Route for Bikes Using Google Maps
Using either your desktop or smart phone, this free sat nav is one of the best cycling resources at your disposal. Google Maps offer detailed street views to give you an excellent insight into your local lanes, and you can even search specifically for ‘bike friendly’ routes. When you have your destination, Google Maps also offer various routes to take, route mileage and predicted journey time.
Track, Record and Compete with Strava
Designed by athletes, for athletes, Strava is a mobile app which allows you track your exercise and connect with other cyclists. Through the app, you can connect with other local riders, see their routes, share maps and get directions as your ride. If you’re particularly interested in cycling for fitness it’ll keep track of your weekly progress and stats. For those who thrive in competition, you can compare your progress against your peers and see how your performance compares to that of other cyclists on a given route.
Get Insight from The Experts & Join a Club
If you’re looking for local cycling knowledge and expertise, where better to find that than a cycling club. You’ll be able to connect with people who share the sport you love and keep up to date with top tips and routes to avoid. Your local bike shop is a great way to find out about local clubs. Whilst group rides may be currently postponed due to local restrictions, many will have WhatsApp groups or Social Media groups to keep the channels of communication open. Facebook is another great resource for finding cycling groups, you may want to check out; The National Cycle Network, Solitary Cycling or Child Friendly Bike Rides.
Venture Off The Beaten Track
Why not explore the path less followed? Instead of your usual loop, venture down that unexplored country road, take a left turn instead of right and see what’s around the corner. Getting off the-beaten-track is a great way to explore new areas and mix up your routine.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone & Take Part in an Event
As well as being great for your health and well-being, cycling can be very social as well. There is a whole variety of cycling events around the country for all levels of experience and ability and many are completely free to join. British Cycling is the main national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain. Their website has a comprehensive page about special rides & events for both solo riders and families. You can search for cycling events by date and location and enter them directly through the website. Cycling UK, a national cycling charity is another great resource for finding events and information.
So, hopefully you’ve got some inspiration and new methods of finding cycling routes. Sharing is caring so please get in touch if you have any further tips & advice for other riders. Whether you’re a novice or an avid cyclist, you might want to think about taking out insurance for your bike. At The Insurance Emporium, our Cycle Insurance starts with cover for Theft, Accidental Loss or Damage. Then, you can customise your policy with our range of Optional Benefits, like cover for your Cycling Clothes! Pedal on down to The Insurance Emporium to find out more about our Cycle Insurance and our award-winning customer service
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