Getting Started with Cycling
Thinking of taking up cycling? Whether it is for fun, fitness or transportation riding a bicycle is a great way to get around. Before your first ride, take your bike to the shop for a check-up. You may need new tires, brakes, a chain, or other parts. If you don't have a bike, visit your local bike shop and ask what size bike fits you best. The shop can help you choose a bike that fits your needs. Mountain and hybrid bikes offer wider tires and more comfort. Road bikes are more aerodynamic and good for longer distances.
Joining a local cycle club is a great way get advice on cycling, the type of cycle to get to suit your purpose, plus it's a great way to enjoy the benefits of cycling, keeping fit and making new friends, below are some local cycle clubs you may wish to consider joining.
Swansea Wheelrights are a Swansea cycling club where the focus is to help get people on bikes by, eg, providing beginners' classes.
The Port Talbot Wheelers organise a variety of open races and time trials during the year. They have various rides throughout the week that suit varying standards.
The Swansea Cycle Group, cycle in the Swansea and outlying areas. All ages and levels are catered for but please note under 16 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Training and Cycle Hire
There are plenty of options to choose from, whether you are looking to purchase or hire a bike. Afan Forest Park has its own Bike Shed, with bike hire readily available on a daily basis.
Skyline Cycles is ideally situated underneath the Glyncorrwg Mountain bike centre and has everything any mountain biker would need. Skyline cycles offers a wide range of new bikes for sale, demo bikes to try out, and also a professional workshop for any bike problems.
Training is also available, with a number of Cycle craft training levels on offer at NPT Road Safety.
Conducted in a controlled environment away from roads and traffic. Cyclists are usually trained in groups. Provides the basic cycle control skills including, starting and pedalling, stopping, manoeuvring, signalling and using the gears.
On-road training for those who have completed Level 1 and are ready to progress; it gives real cycling experience and makes trainees feel safer and capable of dealing with traffic on short commuting journeys or when cycling to school. Training is mainly in small groups over a number of sessions.
Develops the basic skills and trains riders to make journeys in a variety of traffic conditions competently, confidently and consistently. Cyclists reaching the Level 3 standard will be able to deal with all types of road conditions and more complex situations.