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Cycle clothing layering – Toby investigates

Wearing the right clothing for a bike ride isn’t just about having a nice warm jacket for winter and a great short-sleeve jersey for summer — it’s about layering. Use the right combination of clothes and you will able to cope with not just the weather but also how your body reacts to the ride ahead.…

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.…

Reflective clothing and accessories – Toby Investigates

When it comes to vision, there are two things every cyclist needs: the ability to see their way ahead; and the ability to be seen by others. That second element — being visible to others — can also be broken down into two parts: being visible in daylight; and being visibly at nighttime. Here we look at how to maximise your visibility in dark conditions by using reflecting kit and clothing.…

Cycle clothing types – Toby Investigates

Everyone knows that there are different types of bike, and there are different types of cycling, and there definitely different types of cyclist. So it should come as no great surprise that the type of cycle clothing you need to wear changes depending on your riding intentions. Hear we look at what kit will work for you, whichever type of cycling you want to do.…

Electric mountain bikes FAQs – Toby Investigates

Electric-assist power is still in the relatively early days of revolutionising off-road cycling, so there are a lot of details that many people don’t understand about electric mountain bikes. Luckily, our man Toby is on hand to explain all.…

Electric hybrid bikes FAQs – Toby Investigates

With electric hybrid bikes still being relatively young technology, it’s understandable that many people have a lot of questions about them. But fear not, Toby is here to answer everything and provide a better understanding of hybrid e-bikes.…

Road bike geometry – Toby Investigates

Unlike mountain biking where handling over a variety of terrain is key, it’s possible to assume that road bike geometry is relatively unimportant. That would be a big mistake because the shape and size of a road bike’s tubes and frame angles is crucial to its rider’s enjoyment, position and fit. Here we look at some specifics of road bike geometry.…

Mountain bike geometry – Toby Investigates

Mountain bike frame geometry — essentially the frame’s shape, tube lengths and angles — has a massive bearing on how a bike feels to ride. We examine seven of the most important factors affecting geometry and explain how you can understand how a mountain bike is likely to perform, simply by looking at it.…

Disc brakes on road bikes – Toby Investigates

After decades of tweaking and refining the performance of rim brakes, the introduction of disc brakes has been just about the most fundamental technical development for road bikes since the arrival of the carbon frame. But what are the benefits of disc brakes and how can they be an advantage for the typical amateur road rider? Let’s find out.…

1x drivetrains – Toby Investigates

It all sounds very technical, doesn’t it: ‘1x drivetrains’? And for the uninitiated, the term alone might seem like mystifying jargon. But the truth is that 1x drivetrains are actually the very zenith of simple, efficient cycling. So here’s a quick guide to everything 1x.…