How to fit riding in around a busy schedule

Maximise your two-wheeled quality time

Fitting cycling around your job and family life can be a problem many cyclists face — there always seems to be something getting in the way of quality two-wheeled time.

So here are five tips for the time-poor cyclist on how to maximise riding time around responsibilities.

1. Extend your commute

Why not extend your commute to fit in some extra training time?
Why not extend your commute to fit in some extra training time?

If you’re already commuting by bike — if you’re not, get started! — why not think about extending your route to fit a bit of training into your working week?

Even adding an extra 20 minutes that you can attack with a full-gas effort will make a massive difference over the course of a few weeks.

Check out this article for more tips on how to make the most of your commute.

2. Ride with your family

Get the whole family involved!
Get the whole family involved!

Of course, you could avoid the issue in the first place and get your family out on the bike with you.

We love a go-fast-pew-pew ride as much as the next person, but the pleasure of pootling along at a few-Km/h with your brood in tow is undeniable.

Why not integrate cycling more wholly into your day-to-day life? Try ditching the car for short journeys or the school run and reap the health benefits this will afford. And just think how smug you can be about it!

3. Indoor training

Interactive games such as Zwift have made indoor training much more bearable
Interactive games such as Zwift have made indoor training much more bearable

If you really can’t justify getting out on the bike, why not consider making up your own pain cave and start training indoors?

Interactive games such as Zwift have made what was once a tortuously boring experience a lot more bearable, allowing you to race against competitors from all around the world.

All you need is a bike and a turbo, rollers or a smart trainer to get started.

Check out our comprehensive guide to indoor training here.

4. Tandem

A tandem is an amazing way to get your loved ones out on the bike
A tandem is an amazing way to get your loved ones out on the bike

As BikeRadar’s sole tandem evangelist it should come as no surprise that I would recommend a tandem as one of the best ways to enjoy cycling with your loved ones.

A tandem is the ultimate equaliser, completely balancing out any disparity in fitness between pilot and stoker. So long as you don’t mind looking like a bit of an idiot and can get over the frustration of the first few attempts to set off, I guarantee you’ll have a blast on one.

And before anyone dares comment, no, the stoker can’t just sit on the back with their feet up.

5. Lunch time rides

Why not head out for an hour of power on the bike instead of munching your lunch at your desk?

Try to find a quiet section of road or cycle path and hammer out an effort that will leave you feeling refreshed for the afternoon.

A BikeRadar favourite is to head out to the pump track near our office for a few laps. While this won’t improve your cardio fitness, it’s a great workout for the upper body and a right laugh.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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