Top Tips for Cyclists
Buying a new bike? Looking for somewhere to learn to cycle? Does your bike need some TLC? We can help you to find out what you need to know and hopefully make it easier to get cycling!
Advice on commuting by bike from Sustrans - http://www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/reducing-your-car-use/commuting-confidence
Buying a new bike
There are plenty of cycle shops in and around Dumfries and Galloway which can help you choose the right bike to suit you.
Castle Douglas Cycles
Telephone: 01556 504542
Website: Castle Douglas Cycles
|The Breakpad Bike Shop|
Millo Place Garage
Telephone: 01556 610659
Fax: 01556 612114
Gorsebank (Cycle Hire)
A710 Coast Road
Telephone: 01556 610174 or mobile: 07814 501214
Website: Gorsebank (Bike Hire)
17 St Cuthbert Street
Telephone: 01557 330579
Next Level Bikes
21A St Andrews Street
Telephone: 01556 504698
Website: Next Level Bikes
The Old Red Cross Hall
Dumfries and Galloway
Telephone: 01671 401529
Ae Bike Shop and Cafe
Telephone: 01387 860805
G & G Cycle Centre (Dumfries)
10-12 Academy Street
Telephone: 01387 259483
St Michael's Bridge
Telephone: 01387 267118
12-16 Terregles Street
Telephone: 01387 256808
If your bike shop is within Dumfries and Galloway and is not on this list please let us know and we will add it.
Learning to cycle
Learning to cycle is easy. Stand with your legs astride the bike, hold the handlebars, put one foot on the pedal, push forward with the other foot and start pedalling. You may wobble a bit at first, but the faster you go the less you will wobble.
There are courses available for you and your family in Dumfries to learn to cycle or to develop your cycling skills further.
For adults: Breakpad at Kirroughtree offers cycling skills courses set in the forest. Find out more from the Breakpad website.
Getting back into cycling
Haven't cycled for years? As the old phrase says "its like riding a bike"... once you learn you will never forget how to cycle, so getting back into cycling should be easy. Take your first trip on a cycle path, so you can practice without any traffic.
If you have an old bike and you're unsure about whether its ride able, get your bike checked over by a professional first. To help you get back into cycling, GoSmart Dumfries has teamed up with local cycle shops to offer services and discounts.
Download a Health Check form [498kb] to take advantage of:
- Free Health Check for your bike: If you already have a bike but are unsure if it is in the best of health, you can have a free bike health check at participating forms.
- 10% off parts: The shops are also offering a 10% discount off parts when you service your bike.
Safety on the bike
Look after yourself when you're out cycling by following these tips:
- Plan your route before you go, so you know how long it will take you. You can plan your cycle route by visiting clicking here to visit the Sustrans website.
- Wear reflective strips to increase your visibility.
- Cycle helmets should comply with National Safety Standards BS 6658/1985 or equivalent. Your local cycle store will advise on the best fitting helmet for you and remember to replace your helmet after any impact as it may be weakened.
- If your cycle ride is longer than a few miles, carry enough water and food with you to keep energy levels up.
- Lights: Check your lights are in good working order and carry spare batteries if you are on a long cycle journey.
Looking after your bike
Keep your bike in good working order by following these easy tips:
- Lubricate your chain: If you start to hear squeaky noises from your chain when you rise, then it needs lubrication. Apply cycle oil to the entire length of the chain as you turn the pedal backwards.
- Tightening your brake cable: Check your brakes regularly. If you can pull the brake lever until it almost touches the handlebar grip, then you need to tighten the cable. The brake cable can be adjusted near the handlebars.
- Pumping up the Tyres: You will need to pump up your tyres once a month. Inflate the tyres using a pump until they feel solid when pressed with your thumb. For optimal pressure, use a pressure gauge to pump out tyres to the recommended pressures stamped on the side wall of the tyre.
- Tyre Check: Check your tyres for cuts and excessive wear before you leave home