Buy a good lock

It’s essential to have a lock for your bike if you plan to leave it anywhere. The bike should be locked to something immovable, and easily-removable components removed (lights) or secured (quick-release wheels).

It is worth spending a decent amount of money on a lock, especially if your bike is in the new / attractive to thieves category – ie anything that could be sold on.

A D-lock is a good option, though some would recommend combining with a cable lock so that one single tool can’t be used to release the bike.

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More Tips:

Cleaning your bike

Bargain bike cleaners and degreasers

Free bike parking

Free bike parking is available for organisations in certain areas of the UK

Cycle training

Bikeability courses help you feel confident cycling on the road

Find your local cycling campaign

A great way to find advice, and possibly local discounts too

Cycle to work schemes

A great way to save money on the cost of a new bike

Buy a good lock

A D-lock is a good option

Puncture-resistant tyres

They will save you a lot of stress and inconvenience

Ask your friends

Not got a bike? There a lot of bikes unused in sheds and garages

Buy a good pump

A track pump will make keeping your tyres pumped up so much easier

Stuck on something technical?

YouTube can help with many bike maintenance problems

Blog:

Why we’ve removed Decathlon bikes from the Budget Cycling website

Decathlon sell items used for the killing of songbirds. Until this changes we won’t be promoting any of their bikes

How to find safe places to cycle

Some of the best maps, apps, and sources of local knowledge

Cycling during COVID-19

We live in challenging times, but cycling is fun, healthy, and a great way to get around

Moneysaving cycling tips

Moneysaving tips to help you ride a bike for less

Buy a mountain bike

If you live somewhere where the routes you will be using aren’t in brilliant condition, then a mountain bike might be your best bet

Buy a folding bike

Bikes that fold up to store easily, to go on the train, or fit in the boot of your car

Buy an everyday bike

How to buy a bike to get you around town in your usual clothing carrying the things you need

A guide to buying a secondhand bike

Options for finding a brilliant used bike

How to buy a bike

A guide to getting going. Types of bikes, where to buy, how much to spend

Start here: Welcome to Budget Cycling

How to save money cycling