More of us are taking up cycling for exercise and economics – but it pays to do some research before taking to the bike.
Key advice is:
* Get training
* Wear a helmet
* Be seen and heard
* Check your bike
* Be alert and plan your route
For most people, cycling is a safe and effective form of exercise. If you have any health concerns or an existing medical problem, see your GP before you start.
For short journeys, any good working bike will do. You might have an old 10-speed racer, or a bargain mountain bike that you could use.
If you're buying a second-hand bike, consider having it serviced at a bike shop to ensure it's roadworthy.
If you're buying a new bike, there are many models to choose from. Hybrids, road bikes and mountain bikes are the most popular.
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