AVOID BIKE BLUNDERS

With Londoners set for two weeks of commuter disruption many are turning to two wheels, Halfords, the UK's largest cycling retailer, issues a guide to avoid biking blunders.

Many commuters will switch to bikes to get to and from work over the next week. In order to avoid creased suits, sweaty red faces and wobbly heels commuters should take note of these ten commuter cycling commandments which will make travelling across the capital a little easier.

Halfords has issued a seven step guide for those cycle novices who are used to standing room only on the City Line.

  1. 1.    Check your bike before beginning

Make sure you check your bike before beginning your commute. Are the tyres pumped? Does the bell ring? And is the seat in a comfortable position?

  1. 2.    Get into Gear

To avoid creased suits or having your heels trapped in pedals make sure you prepare for your journey. Ladies billowing or short skirts may prove an embarrassment. And dressing head-to-toe in Lycra is only for the body confident!

  1. 3.    Wrap up

With temperatures due to drop over the next few days make sure you dress for the weather.

  1. 4.    Keep away from the kerb

Try and keep 50cm from the kerb. Staying too close is dangerous. This means you can avoid obstacles, reduce the likelihood of clipping the gutter and means drivers are more aware of you.

  1. 5.    Keep eye contact

Look directly at drivers, particularly at junctions and side roads, so that they are aware of and acknowledge you.

  1. 6.    Be careful when turning

Don’t cycle next to the inside of large vehicles. They won’t be able to see you. If you must go past then overtake them, like a car.

  1. 7.    Even parked cars can be dangerous

Don’t ride near the ‘door zone’.  Where drivers will open doors

Halfords spokesperson Louise Iles from Halfords says: “Using a bicycle for your regular commute on one of the many cycling routes across London is a great way to beat the tube strike. Not only does it mean you’ll avoid angry and red-faced commuters but it is healthier and better for the environment.”

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Louise Iles

Email: louise.iles@halfords.co.uk

Tel: 01527 513206

With over 100 years experience of selling cycles, Halfords are the UK's number one bike specialist. At Halfords, we understand that selling a bike is more than providing it in a box. That is why we offer free* bike build at your local Halfords store even if you buy online and have your bike delivered to your door. We'll also fit free of charge any accessories you've bought at the same time as your bike, whether bought online or in store. We also offer a six-week free health check on your bike.

About Us

Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, cycling and leisure products and, through Halfords Autocentres, also one of the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operators. Halfords customers shop at 465 stores in the UK and ROI and at halfords.com for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from around 300 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Halfords group strategy is based on three pillars: · Supporting Drivers Of Every Car · Inspiring Cyclists Of Every Age · Equipping Families For Their Leisure Time The Getting Into Gear strategy for the Retail business is based on executing in five key areas in order to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience: · Service Revolution · The H Factor · Stores Fit to Shop · 21st Century Infrastructure · Click with the Digital Future Halfords employs approximately 12,000 colleagues and sells around 9,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 160,000 Retail products online. The Retail offering encompasses significant ranges in car parts, cycling products, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes and camping equipment. Halfords’ own cycling brands include Apollo, Carrera and Boardman cycles, augmented by a range of other brands of cycles and accessories, including Kona, Mongoose, Raleigh and Pinarello. In Auto, the Halfords Essentials and Halfords Enhanced ranges are sold alongside brands such as Generic Electric, Bosch, Garmin and TomTom. The Retail Auto offering was recently augmented by the introduction of Car Parts Direct, a service delivering rapid customer access to around 130,000 car parts. In Travel Solutions, Halfords sells a premium range of camping equipment including brands such as Vango and Outwell. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a service for cycles.