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6 Top Tips For City Cycling

6 Top Tips For City Cycling


(upbeat music) – Many of us bike riders
will at some point be faced with some form of city cycling. Some of us less often, but the chances are if you ride a bike you will at some point find yourself negotiating a
big town or city on two wheels. – Yeah, but I think it’s
more then that isn’t it. I think you should actively
seek our riding in a city, it’s a great way of getting around, or just a fantastic way of
exploring and seeing the sites. – But if you’re not feeling too confident or you just want to
brush up on some skills, well here are our top
tips for city cycling. Planning your route,
or at least working out what you want to include on your city ride is a great place to start your journey. – If you want to get to
work as quickly an safely as you can, you’ll want to
avoid crossings and junctions too often, as these will slow you down. A great way to do this would
be to follow the bike paths as these are designed to cross roads and other forms of transport
as little as possible. – On the other hand, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous
you could branch out, maybe do an extra loop,
go the less direct way and explore parts of the
city you haven’t seen before. – Either way, planning what
it is you would like to do, how long you expect it to take you, and roughly where you would like to go will increase your enjoyment as this will avoid any nasty
surprises along the way. – Above all else staying
alert and staying safe will do more to ensure your enjoyment when riding in the city
then anything else. That doesn’t mean your ride has to become a boring risk assessment exercise, it just means keeping your eyes open and scanning for any hazards around you. – Yeah, not everyone expects
to see cyclists in cities and indeed the infrastructure can throw up some expected surprises like raised curbs, barriers, posts and these can
blend into the surroundings and just appear to come out of nowhere. So if you stay alert, you’ll
be better at noticing them. But there are more reasons to be alert, you can also be a danger to others, so watch out for the unexpected and only ride as fast as you can stop. – Exceeding your limit is rarely as fun as you would hope it
to be, stick to riding at under 95% of your limit and it will be much more enjoyable,
you’ll be in more control and conscious of what the inputs you make to the bike are doing. This is a great way to learn bike control. – City cycling is fairly low
risk when done correctly, but there are a couple of things that we can do to make it even safer. – Yeah, a good set of lights for a start, and coupled with some reflective clothing or something reflective on your back is a great way to draw
attention from other road users. In fact lights on moving limbs are proven to be more effective at doing this. – And for when you can’t
be seen a bell or a horn is a great way or drawing
attention to yourself because cities are full of
blind 90 degree corners, so a quick toot or a ding can alert others to your presence. – Yeah, no one wants to
crash or to hurt themselves or anyone else for that fact do they? – No I do not want to crash, at all. – And why not add a
little fun into your ride. Even the tiniest of curbs
can be the perfect launchpad for a quick jump, and then speed bumps. When you time a bunny
hop absolutely perfectly, and land on the backside of a speed bump it can be incredibly rewarding, you’ll even feel like you’ve
barely left the ground. – You could also use speed
and distance judgment as an exercise in timing. For example, if you want
to try and get through every traffic light without stopping, well if you judge it just
right you might be able to. – Yeah, or how about
practicing your slow speed or no speed maneuvers,
so learn to track stand, where you balance motionless
without touching the ground. Get good at that and you
can ride around cities without every touching the floor. Now you’d hope that this next
one would go without saying but you do see it from time to time. Some cyclists not obeying the
rules, running red lights, or maybe just riding where they shouldn’t. Now we can sympathize with
why somebody would think that that might be okay, but we disagree. Please don’t be one of those riders, you’ve got a responsibility
to other road users and particularly your fellow cyclists. Not to mention there could
be considerable consequences for if you don’t follow the rules. So please use your common
sense and obey the law. – It’s not all doom and gloom though, for me city cycling is
still all about one thing. – Yep, above all else, enjoy your ride. Going by bike is a fantastic
way to explore the city and a bicycle can take you further, faster and to places that are
otherwise inaccessible by other means of transport. – Yeah, going by bike is also a great way of adding some extra fitness
into your cross city journeys. You can cruise along gently,
a bit like we are now, or you could race the
traffic light Grand Prix. – Ready. – Three, two, one. – Hopefully you have found
these city cycling tips useful. Please, if there’s anything
else you want to add just stick it in the
comment section down below. – Give us a big thumbs up, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel, and if you would like to see proof that cycling is the
best way to see a city, well click down here.

100 thoughts on “6 Top Tips For City Cycling

  1. I guess perhaps it's down to filming requirements but I was hoping to see more on how to deal with cycling in most real towns ie no cycle lanes, ones that just stop, others that are less than a bike width etc. Where are your tips to safely cross a busy 5 way junction with lots of lanes and you need to cross traffic to reach the last exit. All we had was avoid them, well where I live, not a chance unless I could ride through buildings or perhaps perfect that bunny hop and jump them.

  2. Come on guys practice what you preach. "A bell or horn is a great way to draw attension to yourself" yet not a bell or horn insight 🙁

  3. Being a Deliveroo Rider, so always in and around cities – the number one piece of advice I would give (other than the ones the guys already did) is – don't assume pedestrians can see or hear you, or that they will pay attention even if they do – always slow down just in case

  4. I have been using mirror for about 3 years. I would not ride one without it. It did take me about 2-3 weeks to get used to it so don't expect to get use to it in a short time. I use expensive, top of the line mirror now and it is much better then small mirror i used to use.

  5. I go around the city only by bike and living in cologne this even saves time. But in my opinion, cycling in the city is the most dangerous. Cars cut me off every day, when they overtake they don't keep distance and you get sweared at often. Just 2 weeks ago a lady overtook me and afterwards crossed the bike path to get to the supermarked… well I crashed into her.

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  7. i don't know what's going on in england, but you guys are talking like very few people go in the city with the bike, what do you even mean "some of us bike riders will be faced with some form of city cicling, some of us even less often", this is some next level hipster shit

  8. How do you like that Priority Continuum, Emma? I rode one for about a year until I bought a gravel bike for a sportier ride. No way to do bunny hops with that heavy rear hub, though! 😜

  9. Positioning is very important. When there's no bike lane, it's often better to 'occupy' a lane. Motorists might be a little irritated, but by forcing their respect you avoid 'near-squashes' between passing and parked cars or curb. This way I have way less near death experiences than my more passively riding wife.

  10. Sometimes bikes do not trigger traffic lights, including the very set outside GCN's Bath HQ, which never changes for me, unless a car joins me.

  11. Stay away from the door zone. Always leave some space, even if it means going outside one of those painted bike lanes.

  12. 1. avoid hills and main roads (unless it has protected bike lanes) 2. It's better to stop rather than swerve. Don't swerve to change lanes without checking whats in front or behind, even when the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. Its better to crash th rear end of the vehicle in front rather than instantly crushed by others who are surprised "you came out of nowhere" 3. keep an arm distance from stationary cars in every condition, less than that you have a big chance getting a door prize and ground roll. 4. take the lane if necessary, hugging next to the kerb invites close passes and side sweeps. do it even if you are afraid because your life depends on it. 5. slow down when necessary (blind corners, intersections, zebra cross, vehicles with white lights, crowded areas), remember the 3 second rule

  13. I cycle around pretty much every day. and in a big town. You want to be assertive, alert, aware, predictable and visible. In areas like by rivers be aware of Pedestrians and Dogs, ducks especially as they tend to be distraction. So it's a good idea to slow down at river areas and also at junctions slow down. Also if a driver does something stupid or says something rude, just ignore them, Don't argue back you won't change their mind. Also pay attention to drivers indicatiors and lights. You will encounter bad drivers but that's part of cycling. I almost got knocked off the other days as I was in middle of the left lane as it was approching a mini roundabout and this van decided to overtake me on my left side. Almost knocking me off but as i heard the big van and driver said something which i couldn't hear because i was too busy paying attention to traffic and it was windy. My instinct was to move closer to the edge of the lane as there was no other way without getting knocked off.

    Another good thing to learn is to quickly turn in both directions this has come in handy when dogs run into your path and pedestrians don't look wear their going or hear you and if you can't slow down it time. Cyclist be aware of buses and HGV's don't go up their inside or the same side their indicating on because of their blind spots.

    Also just a tip for drivers- If you say something they most likely won't hear you because of the wind and traffic noise etc… Also give cyclists space. The reason we take up middle of the road. Is bassically to tell you not to overtake if theirs not enough room or as it's coming up to a junction. Also theirs things we can see that you can't like pothols, road chips, drains etc . …

    Those are al my tips.

  14. 2:09 Be Seen Be Heard. Sure lights and reflective clothing but no mention of bright and otherwise eye catching colors. The dark and dull colors the three hosts are wearing make them blend into the background and are much harder for drivers to notice them.

  15. Ride assertively (not aggresively) – Use road position to communicate with drivers, move out when it is unsafe for them to pass, and create opportunities for them to pass when you feel it is safe for them to do so. Generally find that most drivers are just nervous, not nasty, around cyclists; communication with clear body language and bike positioning can really reassure drivers and allows you to take control of dangerous situations.

  16. Good vid. I rode a fixed in Phoenix for about 3 years and had some fun with that. You peeps did a nice job. And you all rode single speeds! I approve.

  17. I challenge the GCN team to bike in New York City.
    Think of it like Mad Max Furry Road only less civilized.

  18. Sorry hosts, I miss the old crew, gcn feels too different. Time to leave, it's been wonderfull watching every video you guys uploaded, it feels wrong, weird feeling. Bye

  19. Loving the random guy cycling down the pavement, just as the obey the rules segment suggests not riding where you are supposed to.
    Thanks for another great video. Would love to see a full review on cycle cameras at some point. My Mk1 Cycliq Fly 12 needs replacing.

  20. Great Tips – I personally noticed that my front and rear lights are great for safety during the day, drivers usually do a double take when they see the flashing front light. As mentioned by another below, properly aim your lights. Being seen hurts less then being hit.

  21. Here in the Netherlands we only ride through green light when the light is green…. If you know what I mean 😂😂😂.

  22. Bonus tip: Be wary of riding too close to parked cars (especially with a long length of them parked in the street). It happens all-too-often that somebody will swing open a door without checking their mirrors. Getting doored really hurts.

    Bonus tip #2: Lock. Your. Bike. Up. Properly.

  23. stunning videos as usual 😛
    the front flashing light onthe bikes are a secific brand ? looks quite effective with daylight…
    any suggestion about shorts to wear ? always very difficult for me find a comfortable one to ride city bike without feel tight in it even are lose ones 😛

  24. Surprised to see no mention of using a mirror. Few of my club mates use them either, but I can't think of a more valuable tool to have. You can much better anticipate where to be in the road, and therefore be more courteous to other road users. I feel twice as safe with a mirror, and I prefer one on my helmet – glancing at it every few seconds quickly becomes second nature. I'd go as far as to say that a mirror is possibly even more important than the helmet itself.

  25. Have multiple copies of the Highway Code to hand out to drivers who get up ur arse, shout abuse at u taking an assertive road position to protect urself from getting squashed who then try and squash/kill u anyways

  26. This is definitely the nerdiest video ye have done. But yes safety first for sure! Those bunny hops were both awesome and hilarious and my God those thighs. I'm a straight man but I must say those things are beautiful… well done Simon.

  27. just a little disappointed with this vid… you talk about been seen and all the presenters are wearing dark colours… what gives, too interested in looking pro?

  28. Перед світлофором скидаю ланцюг з великої на маленьку передню зірку. Було б круто навчитись балансувати як Саймон.

  29. Encouraging people to track stand at lights and junctions in cities is a bad idea – Most people who try it aren't retired pros with 20 years of experience and just make a complete arse of it. The number of people I've seen fall over (one time almost into a crowd of kids) or drift forward so much they end up in the middle of the crossing and make pedestrians walk around them – all the while sweating and gurning like a copulating pig to stay upright – far outweighs the number of people I've ever seen do it well…

  30. Not trying to be Mean or Rude…..BUT…..GCN really needs to have Simon do all the Video's for GCN, as he has some On Screen Likeability and he comes across as being knowledgeable and a Nice Guy. These Two….should be only SEEN on Radio….if….you know what I mean. These Two are just Plain "BORING"……and we really have No Idea…..why they are even on Camera. How about having "Susan Boyle" join GCN to do some Video's?
    She would be a definite Up Grade from these Two.
    Please……just have Simon do all of your Video's …Until you are able to bring the entire Old Cast…back together again.
    Just because someone can Ride a Bike…..does not mean…….that they have what it takes…..to be ON Camera!
    These Two…….are made for the Radio!
    Susan Boyle and Simon riding together!?……Now……that would be interesting to watch! lol

  31. Having spent 2 years commuting in and around Bristol, I found that learning the safest/easiest route was the best bit of knowledge.

    This doesn't necessarily mean using the smallest/quietest roads, I found the larger a-roads were safer as there are far fewer hazards (cars parked, doors flinging open, pedestrians, even other cyclists!) and also much more space for vehicles to overtake. It also meant I could quite easily average 18-19 mph on my commute across Bristol!

    Riding confidently, safely and defensively makes a big difference. I also found that being able to match (or better) the traffic speed made me less vulnerable as I could stay with the traffic – it's also really great training as you get to do traffic light sprint intervals – but it is also the most difficult and tiring training.

    On top of that, a half decent set lights, flashing, front and rear makes drivers notice you more. Steady, dim lights are of no use in a city where there are lights all around.

  32. If your city is laid in a grid, ride 1 block over, on the neighborhood streets parallel to the arterial routes the cars are taking. Your ride will be safer and more relaxing without feeling rushed or endangered by the heavy traffic, and you get to see the city from an entirely different perspective.

    2nd tip: rain cape > rain jacket.

  33. GCN might have said something about not riding with high speed through the dooring zone (as Emma did is at the end) in addition to / instead of using flash lights or hi-viz clothing.

  34. Pro tip: if a car cuts you off or fails to give you a safe passing distance, be sure to kick their vehicle when they stop at the light.

  35. Please stop saying things are "proven" from just one study, that isn't how science works. A study needs to be reviewed by peers then if ok repeated by independent teams who must also find the same results to verify it. One study is marketing, multiple independent published and peer reviewed studies is science.

  36. You will get a ticket from a police officer here in Australia for 'track standing' at the traffic lights. If they see you.

  37. Simon Richardson’s grey belt drive bike with front rack was beautiful, but I don’t know the manufacturer of said bike. I love GCN but wish they would list equipment used. I’ve checked out the listed sponsors and it wasn’t amount them. I really appreciate this series as commuting is 99% of the biking I do. Mr. Richardson your mount was particularly spectacular.

  38. Simon Richardson’s grey belt drive bike with front rack was beautiful, but I don’t know the manufacturer of said bike. I love GCN but wish they would list equipment used. I’ve checked out the listed sponsors and it wasn’t amount them. I really appreciate this series as commuting is 99% of the biking I do. Mr. Richardson your mount was particularly spectacular.

  39. Following the road rules and be courteous to other traffic participants!
    Love Chris' shorts and sweater! What's the brand? Where can I get 'em?

  40. Obeying traffic laws won't save you when some teenaged driver cruises through a red light to turn right on red around a blind corner when you are the middle of a crosswalk with the right-of-way for a bike path…Got a bike in America on a vacation home from China and got ragdolled into the intersection, splitting the carbon fork of my bike in half. I've lived in China for 2 years and commuted to work by bike more days than not without incident. Americans need to slow down.

  41. What about safety distance to parked cars, to limit the risks of being by a door opening and unexpectedly. And most off all "dead spot management" in particular truck's one… Life saving topic here!!

  42. I don't know if anybody has pointed this out – riding bicycle with headphones is just about the most dangerous thing you can do in traffic.

  43. Beware of those pedestrians who go around with earbuds plugged deep in their ears, blasting something or other at deafening volume straight into their hapless eardrums. If they can't see you, they can't hear you either.

  44. My top tips for the city: 1) You see gum on the street, leave it there. It's not free candy. 2) There are, like, thirty Ray's Pizzas. They all claim to be the original, but the real one is on 11th. 3) If you see a sign that says "Peep Show," that doesn't mean that they're letting you look at presents before Christmas.

  45. I cycle in London lots and find the safest place is just outside the cycle lane or where the near side car wheel would be. If you’re not in a dominant place cars tend to try to force there way past you. Be confident you are allowed to be there.

  46. I love bicycles. And; I love to see people on bikes. They're clean… they're healthy, and none air polluting. They are fun. We have way to many cars on the roads and not enough cycle lanes. Cars are okay if you are going on a long journey. But; too many people use their cars even to travail a couple of miles. And; that gets my goat. My motto is, get on a bike. It's great cardio… great exercises. It is a great workout for the legs, and gets your heart beating faster. Cycling can also help reduce the size of your tummy.

  47. Saying something more obvious and trivial was really difficult. All my compliments for such a masterpiece of obviety.

  48. Does anyone know what brand Chris Opie's grey jumper is from in this video? It looks as if it might be cycling specific.

  49. Can you share the brand and model of the bicycles that you use?

    From Mexico City
    ¿Me pueden compartir la marca y modelo de las bicicletas que utilizán?

  50. Why not using road bikes? I ask as a new bike commuter who has already got a flat from riding on bumpy roads…

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