Cycle sign websizeTo get started with riding a bike, you don’t need much other than a bike and perhaps a lock and helmet. If you don’t already have these, you can either pick up a bargain second-hand bicycle via the likes of eBay, or consider finding out if your employer offers a Cycle to Work scheme, where you can get yourself a new tax-free bike.

If you’d like to increase your confidence and skill levels, everyone who lives in Hampshire is entitled to two hours of free adult cycle training. Cycle training for children is offered through schools. As long as you have access to a bike you can get help, from how to use gears correctly, to tackling more complex junctions and roundabouts.

No matter what your level, there’s always something new to learn, even if you have been cycling for years.

Liphook Cycles shop

As a resident of Silent Garden, your Travel Plan Coordinator – Motion, has teamed up with Liphook Cycles to offer you a 10% discount off all bikes and accessories. You will have received a Silent Garden Travel Information Pack which includes your discount voucher. If you have not already had this, please use the Contact us page to arrange for this to be sent to you.

When it comes to maintaining your bike, there are two types of people: those who want to have a go themselves and those who’d rather just enjoy the ride. Don’t worry if you’re the latter; just take your bike along to a bike shop where you can access regular servicing as well as emergency repairs. However, if you do want to have a go, or brush up on your maintenance skills, there are plenty of free resources out there to help you maintain your bike yourself. The Park Tools website for example has step-by-step how-to explanations on all aspects of your bike, from how to clean your bike or remove a stuck seat-post, to adjusting your gearing or servicing your hub.

Cycle stick

Take a look at the list of destinations that are easily accessible from Silent Garden within half an hour’s cycle ride of your home.

It’s easy to catch the cycling bug once you’ve started, and getting out with the whole family is one way of helping to keep everyone healthy. For many people, cycling is not only a great way of getting around, it’s also a way of life.

There are different bikes and accessories for all your needs, from child trailers which you can use with young babies; front and rear child seats; and tag-alongs for the kids, to tricycles and four-wheeled, two-seater bikes for those with mobility issues.

IMGP0268Cargo bikes are great for children and for shopping, but if you prefer to travel a little lighter, get a basket or a rack fitted with a couple of pannier bags; you’ll find them roomy enough for that picnic, some shopping, or even a weekend getaway! Who knows, you might even want to start planning a longer cycle touring holiday.

To help you meet other cyclists/would-be-cyclists, the Silent Garden Travel Plan Coordinator – Motion, is facilitating collating a  Silent Garden Bicycle User Group (BUG) for those residents who are interested in getting together to share cycling trips, information and each other’s company. Groups such as this are set up to promote cycling issues, encourage people to take up cycling, and provide a community through which active cyclists can plan and share outings. You might wish to arrange group rides in the evening or at weekends, or perhaps you need some guidance with bike maintenance? If you would like to take part, please get in touch using the Contact us page.