Hello readers and welcome to my article. This month is something fun and active especially with the Tour de Yorkshire on everyone’s mind – cycling!

When I heard about the Tour de Yorkshire it inspired me to ride a bike more often. As I did more research I found out about new cycle paths that have been built around Leeds that are safe and ideal for families. Leeds City Council made these special track routes for you to cycle down.  I highly recommend you check out the new cycle paths, there is sure to be one near you. I like one that runs from Temple Newsam to Roundhay Park.

There are also many cycling events going on for you to take part in such as Sky Rides. There is an easy one on the 10th May suitable for all the family which is from Fearnville Leisure Centre to the lake at Roundhay Park. If you missed this one, the big Leeds Sky Ride returns for its third year to the city centre, they even close the roads to traffic for this event.

  The free family friendly bike ride is on Sunday 14 June 10am – 3pm. You can register now at www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride. This is really popular so book your place fast, if you dont want to miss out.

Of course though to cycle you need a bike. When I eagerly got mine out of the shed after winter it turns out I had outgrown it! I visited The Bike Shop in Crossgates. The staff there were very nice and gave me lots of info about the bike that would be exactly right for me. I learnt about road bikes, mountain bikes, wheel sizes and gears too. The man helping me recommended a mountain bike for someone my age as it can go anywhere.  As I am tall, he pointed out a few that would fit me and be best for what I would use it for. The shop spend a lot of time with you making sure the bike fits you perfectly. After a difficult choice I found a Saracen Tuff Trax.

They really did pick out the perfect bike for me as I am very happy with it and can’t wait to hit the cycle tracks for a ride in the sunshine – get cycling!


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