Nearly half of adults want to cycle more – to cut money spent on fuel

Nearly half of Brits would like to cycle more than they currently do – even if that means learning to ride a bike in the first place, according to a study.

Four in ten Brits think getting around on two wheels is a good way to cut the money they spend on fuel – with the average motorist coughing up £39 a week to fill up their vehicle.

And 44% think cycling would help them build more exercise into their routines, while 40% see it as a good way to get more fresh air.

And one in three (34%) are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

The poll, of 2,000 adults, found that nearly two-thirds (63%) have sought alternative modes of travel as opposed to using their car in the last three months – with cycling being a leading way people are looking to get around.

The research was commissioned by Chain Reaction to mark the launch of “Wreck’d n Repaired” – a pop-up which aims to help inspire cycling joy and restore pre-loved bikes.

Huw Crwys-Williams, CEO at the online cycling retailer, said: “We are setting out to help people get back on two wheels.

“There’s nothing quite like a trusty old bike full of memories, so our team of experts will be ready to reunite owners with that unrivalled feeling of riding a bike, and the epic adventures that lie ahead.”

The study also found, of those who haven’t cycled in the last 12 months, nearly one in five (18%) blamed a lack of confidence, while one in 20 haven’t found the time to repair their old bike.

But 48% of adults would like to cycle more than they currently do – even if that means learning to ride a bike in the first place.

In fact, two in five bike owners (40%) have one lying dormant in their garage or shed waiting to be dusted off – with a quarter (23%) of all adults preferring to restore a trusty old bike than buy a new one.

Of the bike-owners polled, 36% said theirs isn’t currently “roadworthy” – but 89% of these believe it only needs a few minor tweaks to make it safe to ride again.

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But, for those who can ride a bike, 51% feel they only have basic knowledge when it comes to fixing a bike, and one in six (16%) “wouldn’t know where to start”.

Even of those who do have some confidence in mending a bicycle, nearly half (48%) still wouldn’t know how to pump up the tyres, put a chain on if it came off, or check the brakes.

However, 28% would like to learn, according to the OnePoll data.

The study also found, of those who can ride a bike, 25% have ridden one within the last week.

This included heading out to see friends (55%), going to the shops (55%), seeing family (48%), and commuting to work (43%).

Chain Reaction has also teamed up with ex-England footballer Ben Foster – the bike enthusiast known as “The Cycling GK” – to support the pop-up, which is launching on October 18 in Restoration Station on Shoreditch High Street.

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