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Dr Bike

The University arranges a number of free Dr Bike service days for staff each year. Bikes are checked for general safety, they have basic maintenance carried out and any bigger issues highlighted.

Common bike safety issues diagnosed by Dr Bike

You should regularly check whether:

  • Your tyres are fully inflated. Soft tyres are more likely to get punctures, and make you slower because of increased resistance against the road.
  • Your brakes are sharp enough to stop for any emergency.
  • Your brake cables are checked and replaced regularly. Over time, your cables will get rusty inside and reduce efficiency.
  • Your lights are fully charged. Either invest in some wind-up lights, or use rechargeable batteries for extra environmental benefit. Try not to only rely on dynamo lights, as these often won’t provide you with light when stopped – for example at traffic lights.
  • You have a good-quality cycle lock. Try to lock to something fixed when parking.

If you would be interested in increasing your confidence on the road, or taking part in cycling proficiency training, please email the Travel Plan Manager.

This event was supported by the Travel for Work Partnership, Cambridge County Council, Outspoken Cycles, CAMbens, and the Department of Geography.