In the fourth of our series of blogs helping you to start cycling to work, we will look at some practical steps to make the process more comfortable. Cycling is a great way to keep active, save some money and protect the planet. Here are a few of our favourite tips to get you on the road in no time. If you want to be “top of the class”, here’s how to stay prepared no matter what the day may bring.

Town v Country

A country lane is very different from an urban road, so be sure to adjust your plan accordingly. Bumpy fields may require tyres with extra grip while being more visible will be vital if merging with inner-city traffic. At Cadence Performance, we can offer bespoke advice, so get in touch to ensure your kit matches your ride.

Weather and Seasons

Check the forecast before you head out the door – do you need waterproof, sunglasses…or both!? And as the seasons change, make sure you change your kit too: for winter, check your gloves are flexible (you need to squeeze those gears!), while in summer, you don’t want to overheat in too many thick layers.

Be Flexible and Take your Time

You don’t have to cycle in every day. Once per week is a great way to gradually build your routine and grow your confidence – your first few cycles may be more exhausting (and exhilarating!) than you think! Or you could split your route into smaller chunks and walk or use public transport the rest of the way. This is great for tackling tricky interchanges (just check bikes are allowed on your local public transport). And if on the day it doesn’t go to plan, don’t worry! Flexibility is key – sometimes, an emergency means a cycle isn’t possible, but being able to move it to later in the week will stop you from feeling disheartened.

Here to Help

Remember, it might be your first time cycling to work, but you’re not alone – at Cadence Performance, we are always here to help guide you to cycling success. Make yourself a quick checklist of the above points, and please get in touch for more advice – we’ll ensure you have the best kit to make that first cycle to work a breeze!

Cadence Performance

At Cadence Performance, our highly trained teams can offer you support in lots of ways. You can contact us in-store at the addresses below, and you’ll find information about our comprehensive services by following the links below.

Bike Fitting

A professional fitting ensures you get the best performance from your bike by expending energy efficiently. At the same time, it prevents knee, hip, and back injuries. Find out more >

Workshop and servicing

We believe that the workshop is the heart of any good bike shop. We offer a free estimate for any repair we take on, and we do not carry out any work until we have the go-ahead from you. Find out more >


Spreading the cost of our services with a membership is a great way to enjoy regular exercise, health and wellbeing at an affordable price. Our workshop service memberships are available exclusively in Cadence stores. Find out more >

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Cadence Performance is on your local high street

  • Cadence|Giant Crystal Palace, 2a Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AA
  • Cadence|Giant Paddock Wood, 62-62a Maidstone Rd, Paddock Wood, TN12 6AF
  • Cadence|Giant Shoreham, Little High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5JF
  • Cadence|Giant St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
  • Cadence|Giant St Albans, N Orbital Rd, St Albans AL2 1DL
  • Cadence|Giant Twickenham, 111 Heath Rd, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4AF

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