The Best Commuter Bikes

It’s quite true to say that any type of bike can be used for riding to work (with the exception perhaps of full-on downhill mountain bike rigs). However, it’s a pretty empty statement if it’s not backed up by some hard examples. So we’ve put together a selection of specific bike models — all rear-rack friendly and all available for less than the Cycle to Work scheme’s £1,000 limit — that we think would make great options for different types of commuter bike.…

Specialized Sirrus Elite Review

Specialized’s Sirrus range has been one of the best selling hybrid choices for years now and it’s clear to see why: sensible specifications, good pricing, surprisingly nippy performance, and all the assurance that comes with buying from a big-name brand. We look at the latest version of the aluminium range-topping Sirrus Elite to find out if this multi-discipline master is still doing it all as well as ever.…

HOY Napier review – Josephine Perry, aged 41. Harriet Perry, aged nearly 2

Sports psychologist Dr. Josephine Perry recently got the chance to get her young daughter on the new Hoy Napier. As a cyclist who can always find an excuse for needing just one more bike, the realisation that she now gets to buy them for her daughter too was joyous. Harriet is almost two so she is starting out on the HOY Napier. A gorgeous blue balance bike that costs £110 at Evans. A review from a nearly two year old is not the easiest thing to write when their favourite words are ‘cheese’, ‘more’ and ‘shoes.’ So I’ll write this review on her behalf! …

In our ELEMNT: reviewing the Wahoo GPS Bike Computer

Over the winter period, we’ve kept the training ticking over, both indoors and outdoors, taking our time to get to grips with the Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer. Going up against the likes of Garmin, TomTom and Polar, Wahoo have no shortage of competition in the cycling computer market. Here’s the lowdown on our favourite qualities of the ELEMNT.…

Jamis Dakar A2 2018 Review

Although not quite as famous as Trek or Specialized, Jamis is a bicycle company with a truly global outlook and a fully rounded model line-up. What might really surprise new discoverers of the Jamis brand, however, is just how affordable it manages to make all types of bike, from old-school leisure machines to the very highest-tech performance models. It’s this latter type of product we look at here in the shape of possibly the best value full-suspension mountain bike on the market — the Jamis Dakar A2.…

BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc Two 2018 Review

Swiss bike innovator BMC calls its Teammachine model the “winningest bike” in the world and, with Tour de France, Olympic and World Championship titles to its name, it would be hard to argue. However, the beauty of the Teammachine range isn’t just the highs it has reached, but also just how suitable it is for mere mortal leisure road riders. We look at a mid-range Teammachine model — the SLR02 Disc Two — to see how the current version of the Teammachine can tick all your road bike boxes, no matter what level you ride at.…

Cannondale Bad Boy – Interview with Designer Ian Hamilton

Thanks to its mix of no-nonsense practicality, cutting-edge looks and all-round ‘coolness’, Cannondale’s Bad Boy has become an icon of urban cycling. However, Cannondale has recently readdressed the issue of city riding and released a Bad Boy range that includes its funky Lefty rigid fork, integrated accessories and even better urban performance. Coffee Stop’s Matt Lamy spoke to one of the minds behind the development of the Bad Boy, Cannondale’s global director of industrial design, Ian Hamilton.…

5 best winter cycling gloves for toasty fingers

We had the beast from the east last year and now the big chill is back and looks set to continue until the later days of February - numb fingers are a common undesirable side effect without the right gloves, here we look at some of the best winter cycling gloves around.…

Wahoo KICKR or Tacx Neo: Which one is right for you?

Following our recent test & review of the Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer, we now weigh it up against the Tacx Neo Smart Turbo Trainer. The KICKR and the Neo are two of the leading direct drive turbo trainers available from Evans Cycles, both of them regarded highly by critics, consumers and pros alike.…

Review: The Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer

With it being that time of the year again - the time of the year when you drag out your turbo trainer with trepidation, we felt now would be an excellent time to review the Wahoo Kickr.…