Bikes

Beginner’s guide to Triathlon

In partnership with Zone 3, Coffee Stop have prepared an essential guide to introduce you to the basics of Triathlon. Here, we dive into why you should give Triathlon a shot, top tips for training and during the event, plus kit recommendations...…

Cycling equipment: the kit you need

Any new hobby or leisure pursuit can seem a little intimidating, especially these days, when starting something new tends to involve spending a bit of money. To help explain what you really need to enjoy cycling, we’ve put together a guide to cycling kit basics, starting with essentials and comfort-focused products that all cyclists would benefit from, before moving onto discipline-specific items.…

10 alternative treats for cycling dads this Father’s Day

If it really is the thought that counts, then that’s never more true than on Father’s Day. If you want to treat your cycling dad to something loaded with sentimental value, how about these suggestions……

Why everything you ever thought about electric bikes is probably wrong

If you’re a regular cyclist, you’ve probably got some pretty fixed ideas about electric bikes. In fact, even if you don’t go cycling very often, you may have formed an opinion about these electrically-assisted interlopers. So here we look at some regular e-bike prejudices and explain why they’re often wide of the mark. …

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.…