Five ways to get the most out of training

Five ways to get the most out of training

Have you made a new year’s resolution? Is it to train harder, get fitter, ride faster? Every cyclist and every active individual confronts desires such as this as each new year or training phase begins. But deciding what you’re going to achieve is an awful lot easier than making it happen. We’ve drawn together some top tips and products that will help you to make the most out of your training in 2017.

Another sackful of present ideas for all

Another sackful of present ideas for all

It’s coming close to pre-Christmas gift-acquiring crunch time, with a little over two weeks to go. While the stress and pressure might be mounting, there’s no shame in waiting until now to get the presents ticked off, although be wary of delivery times in the run-up to the big day! If it’s inspiration that is holding you back, and if last week’s extensive list was not quite enough, we’ve got more ideas for every rider in your life.

Trade your commute for an Ebike

Trade your commute for an Ebike

Arriving at work grumpy and apathetic after an hour spent having your personal space invaded on public transport is no way to start the day. Nor is the stress of rush hour traffic and the hunt for a parking space. Maybe you’ve thought about commuting by bike but can’t face the cold mornings of hard pedalling and getting to work needing a shower. But there is a solution – do as the Dutch do and commute by e-bike.

2017 New Model Launch

2017 New Model Launch

​As September opens its doors, the end of summer beckons. The thought of digging out the warm leggings and merino base layer is not one we’re particularly looking forward to, but one thing we can get excited about is the release of a new season of bikes. Our favourite brands have just released their 2017 ranges, throwing in new tech, updated specifications and even new models. We’ve pulled together just a handful of the most exciting new releases for 2017.

​Three amazing full-suspension mountain bikes

​Three amazing full-suspension mountain bikes

There’s always a lot of chatter about the relative advantages of hardtail vs full-suspension mountain bikes. Some traditionalists think there is a finer art to perfecting riding hardtail, while others cite the pure fun factor of unleashing a full-suspension bike on a downhill and letting the shocks front and back take the sting out of the road. The downside of a full-suspension MTB is that with that extra springy-ness, there’s a bit more give when you’re putting power through the pedals – which can make it trickier to rack up the vertical metres. Hardtails will also tend to run a little quicker on the flat.

Get into it! Three great mountain bikes under £500

Get into it! Three great mountain bikes under £500

​Mountain biking is awesome. It’s fun, it’s exhilarating and it’s even good for you! What’s not to like? If you haven’t tried it, we strongly urge you to do so and not to let the lack of a big budget to spend on a bike get in your way. Sure there are some extremely expensive mountain bikes out there which are finely-tuned speed machines fit for competition, but if you’re just starting out this is going to be way more tech than you need or know what to do with.

​The Best Bikes for Riding Cheddar Gorge

​The Best Bikes for Riding Cheddar Gorge

The climb of Cheddar Gorge has reached near-mythic status among road bike riders in the UK, and justifiably so. It has featured often in the Tour of Britain since the race was relaunched in 2004 and it also made it into Simon Warren’s cult climber’s bible, ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’. The two-and-half mile stretch of road provides both a stern test for those who choose to take it on and an amazing reward, in the form of its spectacular setting and scenery.