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Bike Week

This weekend sees the national launch of 'Bike Week', an initiative to get you onto two wheels and enjoy the health benefits of cycling.

Published on June 16th 2006.

Bike Week

This weekend sees the national launch of 'Bike Week', an initiative to get you onto two wheels and enjoy the health benefits of cycling. We all know that city centre cycling can sometimes be a bit fraught amongst the traffic, but bear with me on this.

Cycling is a great cardio and non load bearing workout, and if you haven't ridden a bike in years, maybe this week is your chance to get the rusty heap of gas pipes out of the shed, or splash out on some new gear.

Cycling is not all about the latest Carbon Fibre technology, ripped muscles, advanced suspension and figure hugging Lycra. Indeed, taking into account basic levels of taste and decency, in many cases figure hugging clothing is really not appropriate. The benefits of cycling can be achieved with any old bike, though maybe not as quickly.

There are many bicycle related events spread out over the forthcoming week, with Bike Week officially commencing at 11am on Saturday 17 June in St. Ann's square. The event runs until 4.30pm. Much of the event is to increase awareness, though there is great entertainment from various cycling events, especially 'team MAD'. If anyone saw last year’s Onza Trials team, they will know that these riders are indeed mad.

On Saturday you'll also get to see lots of different types of bicycles, classics, pimped out American 'lowriders', adapted bikes and street theatre. Best bring your shorts, but perhaps avoid the Lycra.

Other events this week include guided bike rides around various areas of Manchester, a ride and picnic, a push on the 'Bike to Work' front and local activities at an independent bike retailer near you. If your bike has seen less tarmac than it should have done over the last few years, some shops are offering a free assessment of your steed under the 'Dr Bike' banner.

Want to know more about the events, or need to get fit but hate gyms? Surf to www.manchesterbikeweek.com or www.britishcycling.org.uk for details of local events.

Best bit is that the weather is supposed to be great again. 25 and sunny. So don't sit inside and watch Portugal v Iran - get on your bike.

Chris Keller Jackson

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