Bikes

5 great Di2 equipped road bikes

Shimano’s Di2 electronic groupsets have transformed – and are transforming – the quality of shifting and cycling. Let us explain why……

10 top tips for happy family cycling

Getting out on your bikes as a family is good for your health and a great way to explore new places. But for a successful bike ride – and for encouraging the whole family to look forward to the next outing – it’s worth taking a look at these top 10 tips.…

How to Buy the Right Car Rack in Five Simple Steps

Of course it’s a wonderful feeling to step outside the front door and start pedalling. But sometimes the search for cycling excitement will take you and your bike to places beyond pedalling distance. Assuming you forego public transport, heading away with a bicycle will require a cycle carrier for your vehicle. So here are five simple steps to help you buy the right car rack.…

Children’s Mountain Bikes

Most children’s bikes already look a little bit like mountain bikes and are designed to take on a variety of terrain. However, if your young rider has aspirations to take on more difficult off-road challenges, a specialist children’s mountain bike might be needed. Matt Lamy explains how to choose a great children’s mountain bike; how children can develop their mountain biking skills; and we round-up some fantastic mountain bikes for children.…

Children’s Road Bikes

Although the children’s cycle market doesn’t boast a massive selection of drop-bar road or ‘racing’ bikes, much of the criteria that makes for any effective children’s bike — lightweight, easy handling and great fit — is also the same criteria that even adult road bike buyers are looking for. Matt Lamy explains how to choose a great children’s bike for road riding; how children can develop their road cycling and cycle racing skills; and we round-up some fantastic drop-bar bikes for children.…

When is a hybrid not a hybrid? When it’s a flat bar road bike

We all know what a hybrid is right? It’s a bike with road bike-sized wheels — 700c — often with a mountain bike-inspired frame and it must absolutely, positively, definitely have flat handlebars. But what happens if that mountain bike-inspired frame is swapped for something a little more speed orientated, and those medium-width tyres are exchanged for something skinny and slicky? Then we have a flat bar road bike, and it has a lot in its favour, as Matt Lamy explains.…

Beginner’s guide to road bikes

Although you might never know it if you’ve ever seen a novice bike buyer in action, picking a road bike should involve a lot more than just deciding on your favourite colour. This machine will be your companion during moments of ecstasy, delight, glory, and even moments of worry and despair. To say it should fit you like a glove is right in one respect, but it should do more than that — it should provide you with the confidence to ride in any situation and the inspiration to keep hopping aboard. From how it fits, to frame material, choice of gears, brakes and even wheels, Matt Lamy explains how to choose the right first road bike for you.…

It’s time to try out a tandem bike

And you’ll look sweet, upon the seat, of a bicycle built for two. It’s a familiar ditty, but how many of us have actually tried riding a bicycle built for two? For those who have, there’s no looking back……

Electronic Versus Mechanical Groupsets

An increasing number of recreational riders are waking up to the benefits of electronic groupsets. Here we examine why……

Types of Road Bike – Toby Investigates

For the uninitiated, all road bikes might look the same. They all have drop bars and they’re all designed to be ridden quickly on smooth surfaces, right? Actually no. Here are five of the most popular sub-categories of road bikes, all with different types or road riders and terrain in mind.…