Bikes

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.…

Tax-free cycle scheme – how does it work?

If your employer offers tax-free cycling as a benefit, you can save up to 42% on a new bike and accessories. Here is how it all works...…

Which Bike Type Is Right For Me?

Mountain, road, touring, hybrid… even beginners know the different types of bikes on offer. But are you 100% on which is right for you? Let’s find out……

What size is your bike?

Who would think that bike sizing could be a controversial subject? After all, the fit of a bike is a fairly crucial ingredient when it comes to an enjoyable cycling experience. And yet, quite how a manufacturer measures its bikes — or what it is referring to when it gives bikes sizes — is not always as clear as you might imagine. Here cycling journalist Matt Lamy explains what’s what.…

Things to do with your bike – Bikepacking

Bikepacking might be the adventure cycle touring trend of the moment but it’s not actually quite as new a pastime as you might think. Matt Lamy looks at the details behind the buzzword and reveals that bikepacking is an experience that many cyclists can enjoy relatively easily and inexpensively.…

Harness the magic of balance bikes this year

Balance bikes or runner bikes are the possibly the greatest cycling invention since, well, the original hobby-horse. The reason for that is, while those early push-along bicycles were superseded by pedal power, the theory of a bike without a drivetrain has become a revelation for learning riders. Indeed, teach a child to ride a balance bike first and they will progress to riding a pedal bike (without stabilisers) faster and with less fuss than you could believe possible. We explain why balance bikes are so effective and pick out some great models for your aspiring little rider.…

Best bikes for 12 to 14-year-olds

Growing up is now as much about smartphones and social media as exploring the great outdoors on two wheels. But gladly enough, bikes are still up there with Facebook and Twitter when it comes to the essential things every self-respecting teenager simply has to have in their life. Here are some useful buying tips and a look at some popular options.…