How-to

How to: Beat hay fever when cycling

How to: Beat hay fever when cycling

20.05.2019
By Cyclescheme

Cycling through the countryside on a summer’s day is glorious – unless you’ve got a runny nose and itchy eyes. Here’s what you can do about it.

How to: Manage chilly mornings and balmy afternoons

16.05.2019
By Cyclescheme

It’s going to be a beautiful day… except for first thing when you’re cycling to work. So what should you wear?

How to: Handle dogs when cycling

How to: Handle dogs when cycling

09.05.2019
By Cyclescheme

Man’s best friend may dart in front of you, give chase, knock you off, or nip you. Here’s what to do when that happens.

How to: Showerproof your commute

How to: Showerproof your commute

06.03.2019
By Cyclescheme

Rain showers are inevitable. Here’s a selection of tips to keep you safe and dry throughout your commute by bike.

How to: Use tyre valves

How to: Use tyre valves

06.03.2019
By Cyclescheme

Whether pumping tyres or buying innertubes, you need to know what valves your bike has and how they work.

How to: Adjust handlebar height

How to: Adjust handlebar height

21.02.2019
By Cyclescheme

Changing your bike’s handlebar position can take only a few minutes yet transform your cycling comfort. Here’s how to do it.

How to: Maintain your waterproof jacket

How to: Maintain your waterproof jacket

13.11.2018
By Cyclescheme

On the first really wet commute of the winter, you may find your old waterproof jacket isn't as good as it was. Here's what you can do about it.

How to: Keep cycle commuting in any weather

How to: Keep cycle commuting in any weather

13.11.2018
By Cyclescheme

With a bit of forethought and preparation, you can become a master of the elements.

How to: Ascend and descend hills when commuting by bike

How to: Ascend and descend hills when commuting by bike

12.11.2018
By Cyclescheme

Here's how to conquer any fear of hills on your commute.

How to: Lose weight with the aid of commuting by bike

How to: Lose weight with the aid of commuting by bike

06.09.2018
By Cyclescheme

Commuting by bike will help you lose weight and combined with healthy eating can bring you the best results.

How to: Get back on your bike and cycle to work

How to: Get back on your bike and cycle to work

24.08.2018
By Cyclescheme

Holiday's over: back to school for the kids and back to work for you. Now is the time to rediscover your cycling mojo.

How to: Get involved in Cycle to Work Day

How to: Get involved in Cycle to Work Day

14.06.2018
By Cyclescheme

Join Cyclescheme on Wednesday 15th August and get in the saddle for Cycle to Work Day.

How to: Control your temperature when wearing a helmet

How to: Control your temperature when wearing a helmet

16.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

Despite being ventilated, any cycle helmet will make your head hotter. Here are some tips to help you manage the heat.

How to: Split your commute and cycle the last few KM's

16.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

Using a bike for the final leg of a commute by car or train saves time and money. Here’s how to make the most of the last few miles.

How to: Keep your hands warm

How to: Keep your hands warm

12.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Whatever the weather throws at your on your ride to work you can ensure you mitigate cold hands.

How to: Beat cold feet

How to: Beat cold feet

12.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Keep your feet warm and dry this winter with a mix of accessories, clothing, and inexpensive hacks.

How to: Beat the commuting blues

How to: Beat the commuting blues

12.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Bad weather, traffic, and tiredness can grind you down when you ride to work every day. Here’s how to find the fun again.

Cyclescheme How to: Make Your bike as a convenient as a car

Cyclescheme How to: Make Your bike as a convenient as a car

30.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Drivers don’t wear special clothes or have to fit accessories to stay dry or see in the dark. Cyclists don’t have to either – if the bike is practical enough.

Cyclescheme How to: Commute in winter

Cyclescheme How to: Commute in winter

30.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Winter commuting doesn’t have to be as bad you might think, with the right kit and some preparation you can still enjoy your commute.

Cycleschme How to: Avoid common commuting errors

Cycleschme How to: Avoid common commuting errors

23.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

There are plenty of beginner’s errors to avoid when riding to work. Here are ten of the most common.

Cyclescheme How To: Commutify your bike

Cyclescheme How To: Commutify your bike

23.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Any bicycle can be a capable commuter, but if it wasn’t designed with transport in mind some modifications can get you there.

Cyclescheme How to: Replace your brake pads

Cyclescheme How to: Replace your brake pads

07.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

Replacing brake pads is as easy as replacing an innertube once you know how. Here's how to do it.

Cyclescheme How to: 10 ways to cycle more in 2017

Cyclescheme How to: 10 ways to cycle more in 2017

06.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

Even those of us who ride regularly often wish we rode more. Some of us want to get fitter. Some of us want to use the car less. Some of us just want to spend longer having fun in the fresh air. Yet it can be hard to break old habits. Here are some tips to get you pedalling more in 2017.

Cyclescheme How to: Get your employer to provide a Cycle to Work scheme

Cyclescheme How to: Get your employer to provide a Cycle to Work scheme

03.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

You get a bike and equipment plus reap the health benefits. Your employer save’s money and get's a happier, healthier, more punctual workforce. Everybody wins. Nudge your employer now!

Cyclescheme How to: Winter-proof your bike

Cyclescheme How to: Winter-proof your bike

17.01.2017
By Cyclescheme

Bad weather, grime, and grit can grind down your bike and your patience – unless you're prepared. Here's how to get your bike winter-proofed.

Cyclescheme How to: Get fitter faster when Cycling to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Get fitter faster when Cycling to Work

17.01.2017
By Cyclescheme

Just cycling your bike to work regularly will make you reasonably fit. If you want to get fitter faster, here are some helpful tips.

Cyclescheme How to: Keep your bike safe

Cyclescheme How to: Keep your bike safe

04.11.2016
By Cyclescheme

Thousands of bikes are stolen every year in Ireland. Don't let yours be among them. Here are some tips to keep your bike safe.

Cyclescheme How to: Buy the right sized bike for your commute

Cyclescheme How to: Buy the right sized bike for your commute

18.08.2016
By Cyclescheme

The most important quality in any bike is that it fits you. Here's how to avoid buying one that's too big or too small.

Cyclescheme How to: Lighten Your Load When Cycling to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Lighten Your Load When Cycling to Work

18.08.2016
By Cyclescheme

Carrying less on your commute means less effort and more chances of enjoying the ride.

Cyclescheme How to: Look business-like after cycling to work

Cyclescheme How to: Look business-like after cycling to work

20.06.2016
By Cyclescheme

'I don't want to arrive all sweaty and dishevelled…' That's one of the reasons given by people for not cycling to work. Yet it's straightforward to ride to work and still get your desk looking (and smelling!) like you mean business.

Cyclescheme How to: Group Cycling

Cyclescheme How to: Group Cycling

27.05.2016
By Cyclescheme

Cycling with others is sociable and saves energy. Doing it safely requires predictable manoeuvring and good communication

Cyclescheme How to: Carry your laptop by bike

Cyclescheme How to: Carry your laptop by bike

27.05.2016
By Cyclescheme

Commuting by bike with an expensive, fragile laptop sounds daunting, but it's easier than you think.

Cyclescheme How to: Safety Checks for your Bike – Steering

Cyclescheme How to: Safety Checks for your Bike – Steering

28.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

A bike with steering problems has staying-upright problems. These simple safety checks will help to keep your bike on the right track.

Cyclescheme How to: Clean your bicycle

Cyclescheme How to: Clean your bicycle

28.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

A clean, well looked after bicycle is more reliable and more efficient.

Cyclescheme How to: Prevent bike theft

Cyclescheme How to: Prevent bike theft

25.02.2016
By Cyclescheme

Over 6,700 bikes were reported stolen in Ireland in 2014. To protect your commuter bike, you'll need locks and tactics.

Cyclescheme How to: Cycling in low sunlight

Cyclescheme How to: Cycling in low sunlight

24.02.2016
By Cyclescheme

Winter sunlight can dazzle cyclists as well as drivers. Here's what you can do to see and be seen.

Cyclescheme How to: Ride on ice and snow

Cyclescheme How to: Ride on ice and snow

04.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

Winter weather is seldom bad enough to make cycling impossible. But when we do get snow and ice, it affects us disproportionately compared to countries that spend months in the freezer. We don't have the same infrastructure to keep the roads clear. And we're not used to cycling (or driving!) on snow and ice, so we're less likely to have the skills or equipment to make it easier.

Cyclescheme How to: Pedal

Cyclescheme How to: Pedal

02.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

If you can ride a bike, then by definition you know how to pedal. But there's more to spinning your feet around than you might think.

Cyclescheme How to: Changing an innertube

Cyclescheme How to: Changing an innertube

01.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

You get far fewer punctures if you keep your bike’s tyres firm. Invest in a floor pump (also known as a ‘track’ pump) with a pressure gauge and use it weekly. Even so, sooner or later you will get a flat tyre. If you practise changing a tube at home, you’ll be ready for it.

Cyclescheme How to: Fix a bike chain

Cyclescheme How to: Fix a bike chain

01.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

Chain wear is fact of cycling life. Most of the time it’s gradual. Our guide to chain care explains when you need to fit a new one. But occasionally the chain will snap while you’re out cycling. Fortunately it’s not difficult to fix. Here’s what you will need…

Cyclescheme How to: Pass side roads when Cycling to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Pass side roads when Cycling to Work

04.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

Traffic leaving or entering a side road won't always give way to you as you ride along. Here's what you can do about it.

How to: Live with lorries

How to: Live with lorries

04.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

To share the road safely with trucks, it’s essential to understand their blindspots and turning dynamics – and to cycle accordingly.

Cyclescheme How to: Commuting after dark

Cyclescheme How to: Commuting after dark

04.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

With good lights and sensible precautions, cycling at night is straightforward and only a little slower than doing so by day.

Cyclescheme How to: Split your commute

Cyclescheme How to: Split your commute

04.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

When the journey to work is too far to cycle, take your bike by car or public transport and cycle part way instead

Cyclescheme How to: Stay upright on slippery roads

Cyclescheme How to: Stay upright on slippery roads

12.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

More rainfall in the autumn means less grip on the roads. Here's what to look out for and how to deal with it.

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle Slower & Arrive Faster

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle Slower & Arrive Faster

01.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

In urban areas, bikes are faster than cars like tortoises are faster than hares. Going faster isn't about sweating more but stopping less.

Cyclescheme How to: Get comfortable when Cycling to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Get comfortable when Cycling to Work

01.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

Don't put up with a sore backside, tingling hands, or other aches and pains. Fit the bike parts your body and riding position demands. Here's how.

Cyclescheme How to: Essential summer skin care when cycling

Cyclescheme How to: Essential summer skin care when cycling

14.09.2015
By Cyclescheme

Don't let sunburn, rashes or chafing spoil your cycling when the weather is at its best. Here's how to look after your skin.

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle on multi-lane roads

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle on multi-lane roads

25.08.2015
By Cyclescheme

Extra lanes can be daunting, whether they're at junctions, on busy urban streets, or dual carriageways. Here's how to take control.

Cyclescheme How to use your commute by bike as training

Cyclescheme How to use your commute by bike as training

04.08.2015
By Cyclescheme

If your time for training is limited, maximising your gains from any time available for cycling is essential and, if you commute on your bike, these miles definitely should not be wasted.

Cyclescheme How to: Eat well when you Cycle to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Eat well when you Cycle to Work

06.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

Food is your fuel when you’re cycling to work. So what should you be putting in the tank - and when?

Cyclescheme How to: Replace your bike chain

Cyclescheme How to: Replace your bike chain

01.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

Chains wear out faster than you think. Here’s why you need to check your bike’s - and how. It’ll save you lots of money in the long term

Cyclescheme How to: Do the weekly shop by bike

Cyclescheme How to: Do the weekly shop by bike

22.04.2015
By Cyclescheme

The weekly grocery shop? If you can push it in a trolley, you can transport it by pedal power. You will need a bike with luggage capacity; that massive box of Cornflakes and multipack of toilet rolls will fill a backpack by themselves…

Cyclescheme How to: Communicate

Cyclescheme How to: Communicate

20.04.2015
By Cyclescheme

It's not a war, it's negotiation. Sometimes careless people – on four wheels, two wheels or on foot – will do something foolish. By and large, 'traffic' is a collection of reasonable people just trying to get where they're going. If you act like traffic, politely and assertively, you'll be treated like traffic.

Cyclescheme How to: Flat tyre tactics

Cyclescheme How to: Flat tyre tactics

16.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

If you get a puncture on the way to work, it's quicker to replace the innertube than to fix the hole. You can do the repair later – at home. These instructions assume your bike has derailleur gearing. If it doesn't, practise removing and refitting the rear wheel or see the Prevention, not cure box.

Cyclescheme How to: Prevent punctures

Cyclescheme How to: Prevent punctures

10.02.2015
By Cyclescheme

It's 8:45am, it's drizzling with rain, and you can feel your bike's rear tyre deflating. How unlucky is that?! Not as much as you'd think. Punctures don't strike randomly. Every cyclist will get one sooner or later, but there's plenty that you can do to make sure it does happen later. Take these preventative measures and you might never be let down by your tyres.

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle to Work (the easy way)

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle to Work (the easy way)

10.02.2015
By Cyclescheme

According to the Central Statistics Office the average time spend traveling to work in 2011 was 26.6 minutes. 27% of commuters travel times was 15 minutes and 55% of travel times was 15-44 minutes.

Cyclescheme How to: Adjust your gears

Cyclescheme How to: Adjust your gears

19.01.2015
By Cyclescheme

Indexed gearing is great. Each click of the shift lever moves the chain smoothly from one sprocket to the next. When that doesn't happen, you need to adjust the gears.

Cyclescheme How to: Right turns when cycling

Cyclescheme How to: Right turns when cycling

19.01.2015
By Cyclescheme

Many cyclists find right turns daunting, which is understandable given that motor traffic can be coming from both directions at multiple times your speed. The thing to remember is that you cannot get in the way of traffic: you are the traffic.

Cyclescheme How to Commute by bike in the dark

Cyclescheme How to Commute by bike in the dark

16.09.2014
By Cyclescheme

With good lights and some common sense precautions, riding on the road at night is no more difficult than cycling during the day

Cyclescheme How to: Wear a cycle helmet the right way

Cyclescheme How to: Wear a cycle helmet the right way

12.08.2014
By Cyclescheme

You just put it on your head and buckle up the straps, right? Wrong. To function properly, a cycle helmet needs to be worn properly.

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle downhill

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle downhill

02.05.2014
By Cyclescheme

Descents are the cyclist's reward for climbing hills. You can travel...

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle up hill

Cyclescheme How to: Cycle up hill

11.04.2014
By Cyclescheme

There are two ways to climb hills easily by bike. One is to be a racing whippet. The other is to make sure your bike has low gears – really low gears

Cyclescheme How to: Reboot your commute by bike

Cyclescheme How to: Reboot your commute by bike

24.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

You miss a commute or two and then before you know it, it's spring and you're half a stone heavier. There's only one way to get back into the habit of pedalling to work again, and that's to do it. But there are things you can do to make it easier.

Cyclescheme How to: Help a colleague Cycle to Work

Cyclescheme How to: Help a colleague Cycle to Work

24.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

One or more workmates may well be willing to give it go. Don't just leave them to it: you can help them enjoy their first ride to work. You stand to benefit too – and not just from good karma.