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Cycling for health & fitness

The number one reason I'm so passionate about cycling is health and fitness. I strongly believe that regular cycling is great for physical and mental health, and is particularly beneficial to a strong and healthy heart.


I also think there can be a social aspect to cycling. It's fun to cycle with friends in a group. In future I'd love to go travelling with my bike and cycle around different parts of the world, ideally with friends.


For the moment though, I enjoy cycling around London to get to and from work or just recreationally. There are so many fantastic sights in London which you can see from a bike, including the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral.


My recommendation for budding cyclists is to learn about bike maintenance. It's very useful to know how to repair punctures yourself. I have actually helped people do this when they didn't know how. I recently did a workshop at Bikeworksuk to learn how to better care for my bike, and we learnt how to adjust gears, true the wheel and make adjustments to the brakes. Knowing this kind of information means less money spent at a mechanic, although there are of course situations where taking a bike to a professional to be repaired is necessary. The mechanic leading the workshop reminded us of the importance of simple things to care for our bikes such as keeping the chain clean all the time, which can be easy to forget. However, with a little effort, bigger problems can be avoided.


Other than maintenance, another important aspect of cycling is safety. It's essential for cyclists to take care in bad weather, such as rain, ice, hail or snow, as it can become very easy for the bike to skid and for the cyclist to fall off. Traffic in London can be busy and it's important to always pay attention to what's going on around you. I learnt this the hard way by falling off my bike after the person in front of me braked suddenly - I would recommend always leaving enough space between you and the cyclist or vehicle in front of you in case this happens. Also be aware of the state of the road in case there are potholes which can be dangerous for cyclists.


The number one reason I'm so passionate about cycling is health and fitness. I strongly believe that regular cycling is great for physical and mental health, and is particularly beneficial to a strong and healthy heart. Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral.edral.dral.ral.al.l..e opportunities for us to do so, starting with encouraging Deaf children to learn to cycle and be involved in other sports. It's great to start young to gain skills and confidence. I would also love more Deaf people to get into cycling just for fun, or for transport - it's good for you and better for the envir


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