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Rail commuters who have been hit with the largest fare rise in the last five years are turning to two wheels as an alternative form of transport reports retailer Halfords.

A Halfords spokesperson says: “With rail fares increasing commuters are starting to look at cycling to work as a serious alternative to travelling by the train or tube. Cycling can often prove quicker and means you can get fit at the same time.”

Commuters can make substantial savings by signing up to a cycle to work scheme such as Halfords’ Cycle 2 Work scheme: https://www.cycle2work.info/

Halfords is also making it easier for those who already own bikes to get on theirs and beat the fare increases by hosting free bike checks at all of its shops across the country: http://www.halfords.com/advice/cycling/service/free-bike-check

Halfords colleagues will check brakes, gears, wheels, tyres and chains and offer expert advice on bike maintenance and cycling, giving cyclists peace of mind ahead of hitting the road.

The Halfords spokesperson continues: “Our research has showed that almost half of all adults don’t feel confident checking their bikes, but we can do that for you. Whether it’s a couple of stops, or a longer commute, we’ll help you get your bike ready”

There’s no need to book, just turn up with your bike.

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For further information please contact Halfords@z-pr.com or 020 7287 5006.

For more information visit www.halfords.com or www.halfordscompany.com