Bicycles and summer go together, and kids of all ages will be heading out on new bikes this Christmas.

Cycling Advocates' Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan says a bicycle is often near the top of the Christmas wish list.

In 2005 a BBC poll ranked the bicycle as the favourite invention, ahead of electricty and the internet.

For those lucky enough to find a bicycle at the foot of the Christmas tree, Cycling Advocates' Network has some tips:

Cycling is fun; having fun is more important than going fast
Learn how to use your brakes
Get started with firm tyre pressure
Be courteous when sharing bike paths with walkers
Get a bell and use it
Give yourself space - stay out of the car door range
Learn the road rules.

Mr Morgan says if your bike has been sitting in the shed since last summer holidays, take a few minutes to give it some TLC.

"Before each ride check your ABC: air pressure in tyres, brakes working and chain not loose or rusty.

"Check for correct seat height, loose accessories, worn tyres, and hand grips not slipping."

Mr Morgan says many cycling groups within Cycling Advocates' Network run maintenance courses and cycle training. Visit to contact local groups and for further tips to improve your cycling experiences.

Patrick Morgan
tel 027 563 4733

Release Date: 
Tuesday, 20 December, 2011