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Happy Days Cycles has announced plans to work in tandem with Overgate Hospice to inspire local cyclists to take to their bikes for charity this November. Happy Days will be one of the sponsors of the hospice’s Winter Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday 15 th November, which will raise much needed funds for Overgate. The ride will set off from the hospice on Hullen Edge Road in Elland and take in 20 miles of the Calderdale countryside. Participants can expect stunning views – and a few good climbs. Happy Days Cycles is a social enterprise selling new and pre-loved donated...

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Clothing -

It’s not always easy choosing what to wear for a day out in the Yorkshire countryside. Even the sunniest of summer days can produce a rain shower, and the winter can be damp at best, cold, or both. When cycling you’re exposed to windchill, but you’re also going to be getting a sweat on if you’re too hot. Choosing the right clothing requires a bit of practice, but as the Norwegians say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing. Breathable layers To prepare for inclement weather and still stay nice and cool, layering is the way to...

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Accessories -

When out cycling on the road or your local trails, having the right accessories with you can make a huge difference to your ride. Often at a low-cost and easy to carry on the bike, these accessories quickly turn any beginner cyclist into a well-prepared, savvy rider!   A Small Multi-Tool And Spare Chain-Links Have you ever had your saddle slip while riding, or felt it was too high? Or perhaps you’ve been unfortunate enough to have your chain snap or brakes come loose. For all these small fixes and emergency roadside repairs, a bike-specific multi-tool should cover you. With...

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The last thing you want to do when you go for a bike ride in the Yorkshire countryside is find yourself cycling on the hard shoulder of the M62, or walking your shiny bike through a muddy field. Planning a good bike route requires a little preparation, but once you’ve started to find good routes, you’ll quickly find great paths and roads you didn’t know existed. Finding The Right Roads And Cycle Paths Ideally, the perfect road to cycle on is either totally or partially free from cars and traffic. While sometimes it’s unavoidable, having lorries speed past you is...

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Food, Ride Planning -

So you’ve got your bike, you’re enjoying the freedom and fun that cycling awards, but how do you keep going further? Just like a car needs petrol, your body needs the right fuel to keep running. And while there are plenty of fancy and expensive energy powders and drinks on the market, you can quite easily make everything you need from your store cupboards at home. Here are some things to know about what to eat for longer bike rides around Yorkshire.   Drink Plenty Ok, this one isn’t strictly eating, but before you think about food you need to...

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