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A brand new year is a great marker for change and because of the way the calendar falls, we cyclists get a much-needed run-up
If you don’t ride in bad weather, you might not ride at all. So how do you make the best of days that are less than perfect?
The world of professional cycling has reached transfer season, here's the lowdown on who's moved where and what they will be riding
With winter well and truly on its way, we all need to make sure we’re prepared for what the season has to offer. Below, we help you to choose lights, clothing and accessories to make sure your winter training and commuting is as comfortable and safe as possible.
There's something special about riding in the autumn, the brisk air as you cycle your favourite routes. Yes, the temperatures are likely to tumble in the coming weeks, but after the damp and windy summer we’ve had, we won’t have too much to complain about. There is a lot to be said for autumn being the best season for cycling
The elite mountain biking season is drawing to a conclusion, with the final round of the UCI MTB World Cup taking place in Italy this weekend. That said, there’s no better time to get yourself a brand new mountain bike, with huge savings to be made on dozens of bikes across our range.
Frequently audacious, often controversial and always entertaining, Alberto Contador is one of the most accomplished Grand Tour riders to ever get in the saddle. With the Spaniard announcing that this month’s Vuelta a España will be his final race as a professional, here are a few of our favourite El Pistolero moments:
Frog bikes are the perfect option for any child up to their teenage years, as they offer nearly everything a child might need. Their range starts with balance bikes, a great confidence-builder for absolute beginners, and climbs all the way up to an aggressive 26-inch wheel racing machine.
The first TCR revolutionised road bike design with its compact profile and it has since earned a reputation as the ultimate all-round race bike. It is the lightest frameset Giant has ever produced and boasts the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any road bike on the market.
The effect of poor recovery may not just be felt the next day, but the days after it also, ruining your chances of holding your GC position, summiting tomorrow’s Majorcan mountain or even making it up the stairs without groaning in the workplace.
What goes up must come down, and the descent is arguably one of the best things about cycling in the mountains. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous aspects of our sport, as speeds of over 100km per hour are possible on some descents.
Superlatives sometimes fail to describe the modern hero of cycling. In this instance, we must turn to numbers, and then it’s a question of which statistics do you choose? Sagan has claimed two World Championships, the 2016 Tour of Flanders and five consecutive Tour de France green jerseys.
Spring has sprung at last and the sun is finally strong enough to dry up the roads. With rising temperatures, it’s time to build the intensity out on the bike. If you want to be a stronger, fitter and faster cyclist this summer, now is the time to dig deep and dive into some lung-busting intervals.
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The Quantock Hills are renowned across the UK, boasting some of the South West’s finest mountain bike trails, with something for everyone from the gentle wooded combes to up on the open heathlands where the views across the country reach into South Wales.
Long climbs, perhaps of the alpine or pyrenean variety, often feature heavily in a cyclist’s new year plans. Riding up mountains by bike is a real test which some thrive on, burying themselves deep in the red, while others simply enjoy the heady and refreshing views experienced from the road as the pedals spin and the legs complain quietly.
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.
Each new year is filled with so much promise, as we all set out with great intentions to make ourselves healthier and happier. If your New Year’s Resolutions include riding more, further or faster, then you’ll need all the motivation and incentives you can get, particularly in the early, coldest part of the year.
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.
If you’re at a loss for what to buy for your cycling friends and family this year, look no further than our amazing Christmas gift guide, jam packed with ideas for every type of rider; from kids, to MTBers to roadies. Happy shopping and merry new gear!
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.
Ever wondered what bikes the pros ride? Or indeed, fancied owning an elite-level racing machine yourself? We took a look at our current range of road bikes and picked out the ones that have been helping to carry the winners of some of the late-season races to victory.
To help you decide which of their awesome road bikes you want to be riding next year, here’s a rundown of the 2017 Trek road bike range.
There are so many MTB frames being launched at the moment, ready for the 2017 season of trail thrashing, all-mountain exploring and adrenaline-driven downhilling that you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. We picked out three highlights that we’re particularly excited about and looked at them in a little more detail.
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.
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.
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Need a bike for the Bike Bath sportive on July 3rd 2016? Here's a few choices that are suitable for this long-distance challenge
We discuss why the US brand Cannondale has become a household brand with four examples from their range
One area of cycling where the electric bike really comes into its own is mountain biking. The ability to just whizz up the inclines, maximising your time doing the fun bit (flying downhill at breakneck speed), is almost too tempting to say no to.
It was a great day in support of a great charity and we got the chance to take some great photos which are available for you to download.
It’s fair to say we’re a little bit excited to have the new Domane SLR 2017 range in stock. For those not familiar with this particular model, the Domane is Trek’s revolutionary endurance road frame, first released in 2012
Trade in any helmet until May 31st, and receive up to 50% off the RRP on a Specialized S-Works Prevail, Propero II, Echelon II or Aspire helmet. This offer is strictly whilst stocks last .
Why would you need a bike just to commute on? Can’t you just have one machine for everything?
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 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.
Spring is a wonderful time of year as the weather starts to improve, leaving hints as to what is to come with better weather and more daylight. For many cyclists it marks the time when the ‘nice’ bike can emerge glistening from storage as training for bigger summer rides ramps up.
Among South West MTBers the trails at Ashton Court and Leigh Woods are pretty famous. Perfectly positioned on the edge of the city of Bristol, they give riders in need of a quick adrenaline fix the opportunity to escape from the urban sprawl and tear things up for a couple of hours.