How Cycling to Work Can Increase Your Fitness

When you lead a busy life, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Getting to the gym can be difficult between work, family and other commitments. Cycling to work can be a great way to squeeze fitness and ‘you time’ into your day.

Cycling has a range of health benefits that are good for your body and mind. Check out our blog on The Impressive Benefits of Riding to Work in Brisbane and read on for how this activity can improve your fitness…

Swap Sitting for Riding

If you usually get to work by public transport or car, you’re starting your day sitting, then you may spend the rest of the day sitting at your desk. That’s not great for your health, but riding to work gets your body moving, increasing fitness and uses your time before and after work efficiently. 

Exercise your Whole Body

Cycling works all your leg muscles, from calves to glutes. But that’s not the only area that gets a workout. Simply holding yourself upright while balancing on a bike engages your core and back muscles. Similarly, your arms and hands are strengthened by gripping the handlebars and steering. Cycling provides a full body workout.

Becomes a Habit

Commuter cycling can be more effective than other forms of exercise (such as going to the gym) because it’s done more often and without thinking of it as exercise. It becomes a daily habit that’s not easily broken. A habit which happens to increase your fitness. 

An Aerobic Workout

Aerobic exercise has a range of benefits that can help in improving your fitness. Pushing pedals  is great for the heart, brain and blood vessels and also releases endorphins. This will put you in a great mood for work, and get you excited to ride back home in the afternoon!

Cycle to Your Intensity

The great thing about bike riding is that you can go as hard or slow as you like. Whatever pace you choose will help to build up your fitness and stamina and it also means you don’t have to be completely knackered when you get to work… unless you’re running late of course!

If you’re keen to start riding to work in Brisbane, you’ll need a place to store your bike. Be sure to contact the team at cycle2city for information on our amazing facilities right in the heart of Brisbane. Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.


How to Maintain Your Bike – The Ultimate Guide

Keeping your bike properly maintained is the best way to avoid costly fixes down the line and ensures it will be riding smoothly for years to come. Here are the best things you can do to maintain your ride:

 Regular Cleaning

 The simplest way to make sure your bike has a long and healthy life is to clean it regularly. A build-up of dirt and mud will only add to the risk of rust and corrosion, affecting the workings of your bike.

Use soapy water and a cloth to sponge and scrub the tyres to get rid of any debris. Keep a smaller brush on hand for the chain, cogs and hard to reach places, which will also benefit from a bike-specific degreaser to help break down any leftover oil and grit. 

 Lubricate

Once your bike is cleaned and degreased, use bike lubricant on any of the metal parts that move together, in particular the chain and pedals. This is essential in lessening excessive friction that will ultimately cause wear and damage. However, avoid lubricating brake pads and braking surfaces.

When using lubricant, make sure you’ve properly cleaned the surface beforehand, or you’ll do more harm than good. After applying, allow some time to let it soak in before wiping off any excess.

 Pump Up

Checking to see if your tyres are properly inflated helps to avoid punctures. When pumping up, check the side of your tyre for the recommended pressure and make sure you’re using a pump that’s compatible with your tyre’s valve type.

 Check Your Brakes

 If your bike has rim brakes, the pads can get worn down over time but are easy to replace. You can tell if they need replacement if the grooves barely show.

Many bikes have disc brakes now, which can start rubbing, grinding or screeching during a ride or when braking. There are many reasons why these things happen, including a misaligned caliper or the presence of contaminants and there are varying ways to fix it. Have a look at this video to learn how to maintain bicycle disc brakes. 

Squeaky brakes can be avoided by keeping them clean and be sure to tighten the brake handle and lever if necessary. 

 Tyres and Wheel Bearings

Use a bike stand or turn your bike upside down to check if the bearings are running smoothly and your wheel is straight (true). If not, contact a professional bike mechanic to have a look.

Professional Service

Although home maintenance goes a long way, there is no harm getting a professional to inspect your bike every once in a while. Book in at our onsite pedalon bicycle workshop to make sure 

your bike is riding as it should. 

For more information about our workshop and other facilities, Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.