Travel Bedford guidance on the best way to lock and secure your bike.

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Cycling in Bedford

Bedford is a lovely place to cycle around; it’s got some great on and off road cycle routes and is mostly flat making it suitable for every level of cyclist.   Cycling is a cheap and often quicker way of getting from A to B and can help reduce stress levels and your overall health.

Bike shops in Bedford

Currently Bedford has at least four shops that sell bikes, including Transition cycles , Cycle King , Halfords and Go Outdoors . You can use the interactive map below to zoom in and locate these stores. Clicking on a selected store will display additional information such as their address, website, phone number, etc.

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Cycle maintenance companies

There are also a number of mobile cycle maintenance companies, who will come to your house or business to service your bike. They include:

Micks Bikes Shack

 

High street, Kempston,
Bedford, MK42 7BN
info@micksbikeshack.co.uk
07875 536399 or 07910 143865
www.micksbikeshack.co.uk »

MBRS UK LTD

 

87 Meadow Way,
Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3XN
enquiries@mbrsuk.com
01525 381021
www.mbrsuk.com »

Mint Cycles

 

PO. Box 7667, Rushden,
Northants, NN10 1BB
Email: email form on website
01933 779628 or 07791 610727
http://mintcycles.co.uk/ »

Cycling clubs in Bedford

Whether you’re looking for a lycra-clad ride or a nice pootle to a pub Bedford has a wide range of clubs to suite any type of rider:

Cycle Campaign for North Bedfordshire (CCNB)
CCNB aims to promote, encourage and support cycling in North Bedfordshire. They hope to encourage consideration of the needs of cyclists in all aspects of transport planning and management.
Website: www.ccnb.org.uk
Email: ccnb@ccnb.org.uk

Bedfordshire CTC
Beds CTC promote cycling for recreation, health and friendship. They run a variety of rides which are suitable for all levels of cyclist.
Website: http://ctc-bedfordshire.co.uk/
Email: stuart.v.mason@googlemail.com
Phone: 01767 316054

Beds Road Cycling Club (BRCC)
The object of the club is to provide facilities for, and promote participation of the whole community, in the sport of cycling. We welcome anyone who has an interest in any aspect of cycling, and who supports us in our enthusiastic promotion of its benefits. We don't tolerate discrimination on grounds of cycling ability, machine owned, sexual orientation, mental or physical prowess, religion or creed.
Website: www.bedsroad.org
Email: bcsecretary@bedsroad.org
Phone: 07787 231347

iCycle
The cycling club for the internet age: iCycle is passionate about encouraging cycling at all levels, especially those new to cycling. Its members take part in road racing, time trials, sportives, cyclo-cross and mountain biking, however many of members simply ride to keep fit, socialise and enjoy the scenery in a friendly non-competitive environments.
Website: www.icycle.cc
Email: secretary@icycle.cc

Sustrans Bedford Volunteers
Friendly group of volunteers who help maintain and sign cycle routes, promote Sustrans at events and go on social leisure rides.
Website: www.sustrans.org.uk/volunteer
Email: peter.bate@sustrans.org.uk

 

Report a highways fault

If you find a problem with the roads then please report it to Bedford Borough Council’s Highways Helpdesk on 01234 718003 and highways.helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk

CTC also have a great facility for reporting potholes in the road - www.fillthathole.org.uk/hazards/report

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Locking bikes

Keep one step ahead of those pesky thieves by finding out the best way to lock your bike and have it registered nationally, thus reducing the chance your lovely bike is stolen.

When out and about consider carefully where you lock your bike; is it in an area used by lots of people and is there any CCTV around? Is the item you are locking your bike to secure? Or could a thief remove the item from the ground or lift your bike over the item you’re locking it to?

When at home it is also important to ensure your bike is securely locked to something immovable and hidden from sight of anyone passing by the front of your house.

Types of locks

It is recommended that you use two different types of lock; a D-lock and a cable lock. The reasoning behind this is because criminals often carry one type of tool to either cut a cable lock or saw a D-lock, if you have two different types of lock you’re making it harder for them to get through both locks quickly.

Securing your bike

 

When locking your bike ensure that the frame and both wheels are attached to a secure item and remove any loose items like lights and cycle computers. Below is an example of how best to lock your bike.

Grading bike locks

 

This film shot in Bristol shows New York mechanic Hal Ruzel grading different bikes, it shows how easily your bike could be stolen if it’s not secured properly.

Registering your bike

There are a number of bike companies available that allow you to register your bike online so if it is stolen you will have a better chance of getting it back. Also if your bike is marked it is a deterrent for a thief as it is more work to sell it on.

The two recommend companies are:
Bike Register - http://www.bikeregister.com
Immobilise - http://www.immobilise.com

 

Bike marking

For station users the British Transport Police have bike marking events at the train station and Bedfordshire Police run community bike marking events around Bedford.

 

Reporting a stolen bike

Always report a stolen bike to the police; the more they know about the more likely they will be able to catch the person responsible. In Bedford you can report a stolen bike by contacting Bedfordshire Police’s Force Control Room on 101

Why Cycle?

There are many reasons to start or continue cycling; here are a few facts and figures:

  • Regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person ten years younger (National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation)
  • Cycling is good for your wallet as you don’t need to pay road tax, MOT, insurance or fuel bills
  • During rush-hour, a bicycle is about twice as fast as a car - good if you hate traffic jams!
  • Cycling 20 miles a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half compared to non-cyclists (British Heart Foundation)
  • Cycling improves your fitness by helping you put exercise into your daily routine: you can cycle for leisure, to the shops and to work.
  • A good bicycle needs at most about £50 worth of maintenance a year - less if you do a bit yourself. How much does your car need?
  • A bicycle can be parked just about anywhere, so no more expensive car park bills.
  • Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space taken up by one car
  • To make a bicycle requires only a fraction of the materials and energy needed to make a car.
  • Bicycles produce absolutely no pollution - they are also a lot quieter.

It’s often quicker to cycle from A to B then to take the car in Bedford. One local resident was travelling from Kempston tweeted ‘Had a good ride to Priory Park and back. Easy and faster than driving. Should do it more often!’

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