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Whether you’re a seasoned commuter or a singletrack shredder, the Specialized Turbo e-bike range has a number of models to suit your style of riding. Here are just a few that we stock here at Bicycle Chain.
One-day classics are revered for their unpredictability and ‘anything can happen’ kind of racing. But with Boels-Dolmans and Deceuninck-Quick Step romping to victory in all but one of the season-opening classics races, it seems as though their shared bike sponsor, Specialized, have happened across a winning formula to these traditionally ‘unpredictable’ races.
Whether you’re a roadie, trail-blazer or seasoned commuter, I think we can all agree that e-bikes are pretty darn cool. Joining the e-bike revolution with multiple models in multiple different cycling disciplines is Cube. Here are just some of the many models we offer
The latest addition to the professional women’s road race scene, Trek-Segafredo, made one heck of an impact in last week’s four-day Spanish stage race, the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. After hanging her race wheels up after a 16 year-long career, new directeur sportif Giorgia Bronzini couldn’t have asked for a better start to the European season.
E-bikes are hot stuff right now – we’re seeing more and more of them on the trails and on the commute to work. They’re opening up the world of cycling to a bunch of new people, but they’re also giving experienced folks a whole new perspective on their riding. With an e-bike, you open up a world of new possibilities.
We introduced Arkansas-based Allied Cycle Works back in October and with the Alfa All-Road they might just have cracked the N+1 conundrum once and for all. If you’re in the market for a versatile bike capable of taking on a wide range of adventures then read on. If you just like beautiful bikes then don’t go anywhere either – this is one special machine.
Looking ahead to your target events for the year can be a little daunting and they can feel a long way off with a seemingly interminable winter of training ahead. But with some planning and a goal-focused schedule, you can give yourself the best chance of this season being your best yet.
There aren’t too many things that can put the skids on our determination to get out and ride, but when the Met Office starts issuing warnings for ice, even we masochistic cyclists allow our sense of self-preservation to kick in.
With Christmas now officially over, there’s not a lot left for us all to look forward to this winter – well, unless you’re a cycling fan that is. The new year marks the return of the action-packed World Tour cycling season, the pro peloton descending upon Australia to kick off what promises to be an exciting 2019.
With Christmas gone but the cold, dark nights sticking around, we’re now into that bleak part of winter that almost everyone detests. No one dislikes a bargain however and boy have we got a ton of those to show you in our massive winter sale.
Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like us, you’ll already be lost in your long list of shopping, but Christmas needn’t be expensive, so we’ve compiled a list of our best gift ideas that fall under the £25 price barrier.
Wintertime can be a real challenge - a constant fight to stay motivated when it’s cold, wet and dark outside. The little voice in your head seems to speak just that little louder at this time of year, and it’s all you can do to ignore the suggestion that you’d be far happier in the pub.
If you commute by train you'll know the feeling of helplessness, the dreaded words “cancelled” and “delayed” There's got to be a better way, surely? When you look closely at it, commuting by bike has never been a better option.
Giant’s new Revolt Advanced is turning its back on a smooth life out on the road, swapping it for a wild ride across the gravel and dirt with its sublime gravel-grinding design and components. Think you’re ready to crush some gravel?
As cyclists, we’ve all heard of the classic N+1 conundrum, where N is the number of bikes you currently own – essentially implying that your arsenal of two-wheeled machines is never truly complete. There are just too many adventures to be had, road or trail, to warrant only having one bike, right?
Electric bikes are fast becoming a staple in the cycling market with many of the biggest manufacturers now jumping on the turbo-powered wagon. Let's take a look at the vast selection of e-bikes available in our fantastic Autumn sale.
No one builds bespoke, custom racing bikes quite like Allied Cycle Works. Their bikes are the two-wheeled machines of every cyclist’s dreams – combining drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics with the highest quality components that money can buy.
Conventional wisdom in the bike industry says that carbon fiber bike manufacturing can only be accomplished in Asia. We think that’s ridiculous; the U.S. developed nearly every advanced manufacturing concept from standardized parts to carbon fiber itself.
These are interesting times for electric bikes. Without a doubt they’re the hot topic in the bike world right now and we’re seeing more and more folks getting out there using e-bikes. And with good reason too – you can ride further, faster and longer than before when you’ve got extra power at your disposal.
In a year of Grand Tours ruled by dominant Brits, it’s easy to overlook those riders who shared the final podiums. One such rider is Dutch powerhouse Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who featured not once, but twice. After an incredible 2017 season, a lot was expected of Dumoulin going into 2018. However, not everything went to plan…
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest trends in the world of mountain biking right now is the increasing popularity and sophistication of electric bikes. Having a power boost available when you need it can extend your epic days on the bike; you can ride further, harder and for longer than ever before.
Specialized have just raised the bar for all electric bikes with the release of the new 2019 Turbo Levo.
The 2018 Elite UCI Mountain Bike World Championships were held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, last weekend. GB rider Rachel Atherton of Trek Factory Racing took the win, earning the rainbow jersey for the fifth time and adding to her dominant 2018 World Cup overall title.
The past two decades of bicycle design have flooded the market, awash with speedy aero bikes. It’s tough to rise above the others when you’re drowning in a sea of sameness, but there is one, just one, that may be poking its gloriously smooth head tube above the rest – the 2019 Trek Madone.
Now in its seventh generation, the 2019 Giant Trance has received one hell of an exciting revamp, the new machine features 29” wheels, perfect for bombing along on the trails making it sleeker and speedier than ever before.
As Froome conceded his Tour chances to teammate Geraint Thomas, history receded with him. Joining the four-time champion in the footnotes – and worthy of so much more – was Tom Dumoulin, winner of the Giro 2017 and now second in both of 2018’s Grand Tours.
The last two weeks of the Giro d’Italia saw some of the most epic ascents of recent cycling history and with the Tour de France just around the corner, the climbs are only going to keep on coming. What does it take to climb like a pro?
Allied Cycle Works travelled to the Bespoked show in Bristol last week. Let's check out the goods.
Sunday 8 April saw the biggest one-day race of the year: the legendary Paris-Roubaix. About 200 riders set out from Compiègne (near Paris), and after six hours, 257km and 29 cobbled sectors, the winner was crowned in the fabled Roubaix velodrome.
Zwift is a virtual cycling program that gamifies indoor training. With a turbo trainer, the right sensors, and a towel (there will be sweat, lots of sweat) – not to mention the blessing of your ever-patient family – you’ll be ready to make your first visit to the unique island of ‘Watopia’.
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.