Along with fellow authors Rob Hicks and Hannah Reynolds I’ve been busy working on our latest book Get On Your Bike. The title is pretty self-explanatory and it’s been so great to focus on the simplicity on getting started as a cyclist.
I spend a lot of time reporting from the heights of professional cycling, which is a real perk of my job as a journalist but this was a complete change of flavour. We wanted to strip back to the basics of cycling and ask the question ‘what do you need to know to get started?’
If you’ve changed a puncture a hundred times it might seem pretty simple, but what if you’ve just bought a new bike, you hit some glass and it’s chucking it down with rain? We’ve all got to start somewhere and the aim of this book is to answer all these first questions.
The other fantastic aspect of researching for this publication was meeting so many inspiring people. When Jackie Stretton was hit by a car she was told she’d never walk again but she responded in a way that will encourage most people that anything is possible. From overcoming injury to conquering depression, we’ve documented the journeys of some incredible humans, who have found strength through a bicycle.
If you’re a new cyclist and have any questions on getting started, tweet me @beccacharlton and I’ll happily answer anything I can help with, from riding tips to helmet hair.
Until next time, happy riding!
Get On Your Bike!: Stay safe, get fit and be happy cycling is published by Bloomsbury and is available in UK bookshops or online at amazon.co.uk.
About Rebecca Charlton
Rebecca is a TV presenter, magazine journalist and author who has been reporting on cycling for ten years and racing bikes for even longer. She wants to see more women supported in starting cycling from grass roots level up to the international peloton. She says cycling makes you confident, resilient and ready to take on the world. She’ll be bringing insight from her travels as a blogger for Strongher at some of the biggest races in the world as well as tips on cycling for fitness and well-being.
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