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New or returning to cycling?

We know that if you're new or returning to cycling after a long time, it can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.

We’ve got all you may need to help you!

Useful Information

Click the sections below for more information before you get back on the bike!

What should I take with me for a journey?
  • Water
  • ID
  • Cash/Card
  • Phone
  • Food
  • Gilet/ Waterproof
  • Map


Other things you might find useful:

  • Inner tubes and patches
  • Tyre levers
  • Pump
  • Multitool
  • Quick release chain link


This checklist will help you

Bike Maintenance

If you are getting your bike out for the first time this year, it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order.

Use our helpful step-by-step guide that will assist you with brakes, gears, punctures and safety checks.

Visit our safety and maintenance page for more tips.

Local Bike Shops

Whether you want to purchase or hire a bike or even learn to ride, there are a number of places that can make it easier for you!

You can buy or hire bikes in the West Midlands at from a number of Shops and Local Training Providers.

Cycle routes

There are many cycle lanes along key routes that can help with your journeys. The West Midlands has one of the most extensive canal networks, connecting majority of our towns and cities - our region is a great place to cycle

  • Cycle maps: To help you plan your ride, see our cycling maps. You can use the highway network (including cycle tracks, cycle lanes and signposted cycle routes on quiet roads) or go off-road to explore miles of greenways, woodland tracks and your canal network
  • Find a cycle route in your area
Looking after your bike

Prevent bike theft

  • You can buy a gold standard D lock for just £10 from our travel centres at Birmingham New Street Station, Wolverhampton Bus Station.

Top tip: To get the discounted lock just show a valid public transport ticket

  • Avoid leaving your bike outside overnight.
  • Don't leave your bike chained to pipes, railings or road signs because thieves can remove or cut right through them!
  • If possible, it’s best practice to use two good quality locks – one for the back wheel and one for the front. Hardened Steel D Locks are recommended as a minimum standard.
  • Lock the frame and both wheels high up on the cycle stand to prevent the locks from being brought down to the ground.
  • Check the lock and bike is hard to move around the bike stand once locked
  • Remove parts and accessories that can't be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick-release saddles or wheels.

Cycle Storage

  • Whenever possible, use secure cycle storage. At rail stations we provide Cycle Hubs, bike lockers and cycle hoops. Find out more about bikes on public transport.
Road safety

One of the biggest preventions of people cycling is safety concerns. Whether you’re new to cycling or have been doing it for years, it’s always good to learn and remind yourself of safety measures when cycling on the road. 

See how you can make your commute to work safely on the pedal. Paul Robison, from our partners at Bikeability Trust, breaks down how to get out on the road with confidence.

Watch the video here

Get active and travel safer

For a guide on how to fit cycling, walking or running in your day for your short journeys and daily exercise, whilst social distancing.

Click here

Get ready to roll!

Are you cycling more on a regular basis? 

See more tips and advice