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5 simple ways to make your bike feel like new

The success of British cycling in recent years can be attributed to the philosophy of marginal gains, and it’s an idea that can be equally as effective in your own personal cycling. You might have the bike of your dreams and you might have the time to go riding, but the clever rider knows it’s the details that count. Matt Lamy reveals five simple steps that will maximise your bike.…

Comfort Bike Seats – All you need to know

If you’re new to cycling or starting to push yourself on longer rides, you may just accept that a bit of tenderness or pain in your nether regions is part and parcel of cycling. But it shouldn't be. If this is the first time you’ve done any serious cycling, then spend some time riding with the saddle you got with your bike until your body’s got used to the rigours of riding. As you get more miles under your belt, you may then choose to swap the supplied saddle for one which is more comfortable for you. When it comes to saddles there’s no one-size-fits-all solution and it's essential to try a few different saddles to find the one that fits you best. As well as the obvious differences between female and male anatomies, this will also come down to your personal body shape and style of riding. In this article, we cover the steps you can take to find your perfect saddle and suggest some saddles to consider for different styles of riding.…

What to consider when replacing your road bike wheels

If you become a keen rider, you’ll want to replace your bike’s original road bike wheels for something a bit plusher and better suited to your style of riding. In fact, even if you’re quite happy with your current wheels, there will come a time when the hubs start grating or the braking surfaces start to wear out and they’re no longer fit for use. So here’s how to make sure your next hoops are ‘wheely’ goody (sorry!).…

Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Sizing and Measurements

Bicycles come in a wide variety of types, shapes and sizes. This is great, because we don’t all want of need the same sort of bike and we’re all different shapes and sizes ourselves. Wheels and their size determine a lot about how suitable a given bicycle is likely to perform. Given that most riders want to optimise their cycling performance, having the right size wheels for your bike is an important factor to get right.…

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……

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.…

Your guide to derailleurs

The efficiency of your front and rear derailleurs can significantly affect the speed and enjoyment of your ride. Here’s what to look for when it comes to seamless shifting……

All you need to know about bike seat height

Formulas and measurements are a great starting point for working out saddle height, but they are just that, a starting point. Endurance racer & physiotherapist Scott Cornish investigates further.…

How to adjust your bike’s brakes

Bicycle brakes may all be designed to stop the wheels from turning but the ways in which they do this vary enormously. We’ve put together a guide to the most common braking systems — cantilever, V-brake, caliper, mechanical disc, hydraulic disc and drum or hub brakes — and explain how you can adjust your specific system to get the most performance from your brakes.…

Electronic Versus Mechanical Groupsets

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