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Here at Bo+Tee HQ, we’ve been thinking a little more about how we can all become more environmentally responsible. As today marks World Bicycle Day we thought we’d share with you our research into how you can incorporate cycling into your everyday life. Keep reading to hear more about cycle-to-work schemes, cute summer date ideas and the ultimate cycle gear we couldn’t live without.

First things first, have you checked what your employee benefits entail? It may sound silly but more times than not a company cycle to work scheme is completely overlooked. Maybe you’re unsure if you’re offered one or you simply don’t know what the scheme actually is. Not to worry team, as always, we’re here to help!

If your work offers a cycle to work scheme then you can hire a bike, as well as having the option of safety accessories, at a tax free price and with interest free credit! This agreed cost is then deducted from your salary each month. You can find out more, calculate your costs and apply for the scheme here. If your employer doesn’t have the scheme in place, don’t worry! You can still opt to cycle to work, just check for nearby bicycle railings where your equipment will be safe while you’re in the office.

By choosing to cycle you’ll of course improve your fitness and health. As studies show, this leads to higher productivity levels, meaning you’re extra likely to boss your week, babe! As well as the obvious environmental perks, you’ll also save yourself money on fuel, parking or public transport, alongside saving time usually spent queuing in those rush hour jams. If that ain't enough to make you at least consider it, then girl, we’re not sure what is!

Or is cycling to work just out of the question? Maybe it’s a little too many miles or there aren’t the facilities to freshen up at the office? Well why not schedule cycling into your weekend plans?

As soon as it hits at least ‘10 degrees and sunny’ there’s nothing we love more than a picnic at the park. You might be lucky enough to own your own chic wheels but if not, in most major cities, councils have introduced borrow-a-bike stations. At our HQ in Glasgow, we benefit from the Glasgow City Council Cycle Hire Scheme. This allows you to casually borrow a bicycle as and when you require via Nextbike for a small fee of £10 per 24 hours. So switch up your weekend plans, find your nearest station and plan a stylish athleisure ‘fit, or even better coordinate with your bestie. Look for a scenic route, a picturesque park or if you’re fortunate enough to live near the sea then why not pedal to the beach. Make sure to pack your top-tier snacks and have your favourite playlist at the ready because sis, nature is calling.

When it comes to cycle shorts, we’ve got you covered. With collections featuring every colour you could ever need, in the best seamless or ribbed materials, it can be overwhelming trying to choose just one pair. So, we thought we’d give you the low down on our top four must-haves!

So let's start with ‘Long Distance’ ribbed tie front cycling shorts in lilac. The luxe material and high waistband adds extra support while the cute lilac shade is screaming summer. Pair with matching ‘Miles Ahead’ high neck crop top for the full look and on those breezy days throw on one of our ‘Team Talk’ oversized hoodies.

Next up we’ve got ‘On Repeat’ ribbed tie front cycling shorts in white. If you don’t own a pair of white cycle shorts by now then girl, where have you been? A key wardrobe staple for dressing up or down, you’re sure to be wearing these time and time again. Make sure to pair with nude seamless underwear and finish with an oversized sweatshirt for those laid back, comfy days.

Moving on, we must discuss our ‘Fuel’ seamless cycling shorts in brown. Now, we might be biased, but we have to say; these classic shorts are the best in the biz. Available in blue, green, grey, red, purple and of course, brown, we’re sure to have a colour you’ll love! High waisted with mid-thigh length, the simple design of our ‘Fuel’ shorts make them the perfect addition to your workout wardrobe.

Last but by no means least, we’ve got our ‘Game On’ ribbed cycling shorts in light brown. Featuring seamless knit fabric, as well as sweat and squat proof technology, it’s clear to see why we adore these! Simply chuck on a matching sports bra and oversized tee for a look that's casual yet cute. Or why not try styling with an oversized blazer and a simplistic pair of sandal heels for a boujee night out with the girls.