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.


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