the low down

It’s time to get back in the saddle!

We believe cycling is the simplest and most fun way to get fresh air and exercise. However, many adults have not cycled for years and lack confidence. Getting back on a bike can feel daunting without the right support.

Here at Life Cycle we understand the barriers to making cycling a regular activity: there’s getting hold of a roadworthy bike and then finding a quiet place to practice. For some, riding on roads is a big step: Getting some pointers on effective braking, using gears, signalling safely and planning the best routes can really help.

Type 2 Diabetes cycling project with Bristol University

In the summer of 2016 the University of Bristol and Life Cycle UK teamed up on a project aimed at encouraging individuals with Type 2 Diabetes to be more active. Nineteen individuals were given training on how to ride an e-bike and were then loaned an e-bike for up to 20-weeks. Click here for more information on the findings of this study and to find out about future e-bike research that will be coming up.

“It feels like a family” – why ‘Two’s Company’ volunteers love what they do


For ‘Two’s Company’ project coordinator, Robin Lapworth, the start of the new year means it is time to plan ahead. Robin organises our fun days out riding tandem bicycles for visually impaired people. The project relies on a team of dedicated volunteers giving up their time to pilot the tandems – working together with the visually impaired ‘back riders’ to explore the countryside in and around Bristol.

Support us while you shop: vote for Life Cycle in your local Tesco store

Life Cycle is one of three shortlisted charities in Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme for Bristol. This January and February you can cast your vote for us in your local Tesco store using a token you get at the checkout. With your help we could win between £1,000 and £4,000 (if we come first), which is raised from sales of Tesco’s plastic bags. The money will fund our Youth Project which provides cycling adventures and skill-building activities to help disadvantaged kids broaden their horizons, boost fitness and achieve their full potential. See below for a list of stores you can vote in.

New year, new you? Four steps to a fantastic 2018


2018 is here! Some of you may have felt rather flat greeting the new year after a month of eating, drinking and being merry. If you’re anything like us your mind turned to the obligatory new years’ resolutions – ones you can actually keep this time! It’s OK, we feel your pain – and here at Life Cycle we think we have a simple solution. Whether it’s getting fitter, learning a new skill, saving money, or even making long-needed repairs to the stuff in the garage - we have the secret to ticking all those boxes at once…