What is Practical Cycling?

Practical Cycling (or Utility Cycling) is every type of cycling that is not sports cycling; racing, time trials, strava, shaving your legs . . . . that is sports cycling. The emphasis is on speed and little else.

With this forum the hope is people will talk about bicycles as a mode of transport whether for personal commuting or for carrying freight. Utility Cycling is a another name I have heard, but conjures up images of gas and electricity (utility) companies.

Of course you could do all of these things on a racing bike. You could.

Most who ride for practical reasons may well strat out on a sports bike, but over time changes will likely occur tho make that bike more suitable for everyday non competitive use.

There there are plenty of other blogs on the web dedicated to this topic, but no forum as far as I know. Some great blogs to check out are:

Bikes as Transport

cargo bikes, family bikes, electric bikes and complete streets

2nd Gear

Musings of a middle-aged pedal pusher.

Dave McCraw

If you aren’t a “sport cyclist”, then you’re probably most interested in this section of the site: pleasure rides, commuting, shopping, transporting children and more!

Bike Commuter Cabal

Dedicated to supporting bike commuters and promoting sustainable cycling around the world.


Rules on Posting

Policy for Back-Linking : Practical Cycling

If you would like to write 100 words or so, which is 100% relevant and subject specific to the chosen forum or topic and leave am unrelated link to you business or similar, then that is fine. You will not be penalised for do this.



I am glad that this forum allows links to third party websites as I am aware of the old adage that “if it’s free you are the product” in this way I get to take something back (free backlink) in return for posting some of my knowledge on this site. This is a lenient stance for forum moderation, and I hope it will encourage more people to use this excellent cycling forum.  Environmental Consultants London

Not Allowable

Very much me liking this Forum Kind Sirs, Thanking you for this informations and super fun happy time. Grommets and Washers Georgia


The aim of this moderation policy is to encourage the entrepreneurial types to post on the forum, I do not want to encourage SEO monkeys, or link Apes. But the average free thinking business owner . . . yes please contribute and take a small reward for do so.


Welcome to the Practical Cycling Forum

I hope you will spend some time here browsing the topics, and perhaps asking a few questions. This forum is dedicated to the many many human being on the planet who use bicycles for practical purposes. Weather that is taking coffee to market, cycling with there kids to school or commuting to work.

Climate Change, Obesity, Mental Health Issues these can all be combated via the use of bikes.

The main reason for creating this blog is the death of Google Plus, in 2018, there are so many people there who have good information and knowledge on the practical use of bicycles and this forum is offered as a place for them to jump ship.

I have crewated forum for each of the topics I have found so useful over the year on Google+, I have also designed this site so you can access it using you Google Login Details.