New flagship Bicycle Chain store coming to Taunton

New flagship Bicycle Chain store coming to Taunton

These are very exciting times for us at The Bicycle Chain! We are having to relocate our Taunton store and are taking the opportunity to build a new flagship Bicycle Chain store in Taunton. We will keep you updated as progress develops, but it's currently slated for early 2022. Read More

Accessories and apps for your new trainer

Accessories and apps for your new trainer

Indoor trainers are all the rage right now. With no way of getting out and riding with fellow cyclists, not to mention a desire to keep safe and healthy, exercising at home has become the norm. For cyclists, this means turbo training. We discussed the benefits of a turbo trainer in our previous post: ‘The year of the indoor trainer’, so today we are looking at the apps you can use to improve your home work out and bring outdoor pursuits indoors. Read More

The year of the indoor trainer

The year of the indoor trainer

How are you getting your cycling fix? With the country in lockdown and new rules on outdoor exercise, it has become difficult to make up the miles and to know what is deemed safe and appropriate cycling. Well, it seems a majority of the cycling public have made their mind up as indoor trainers are now the big-ticket item. Read More

Keeping fit on the trails

Keeping fit on the trails

It’s more important than ever to keep fit, healthy and active. Mountain biking is of course a great way of doing all this because of the MTB’s versatility and your proximity to nature as you pedal. In this blog we take a look at the trail-smashing options we have in stock, their best use and our home training solutions too. So, follow government guidelines and whether you can get out or not, the trails are always waiting, so use this as a bit of research for future plans. Read More

Right kit for the right season - off-roading Spring apparel

Right kit for the right season - off-roading Spring apparel

It’s more important than ever to dress correctly and maintain your immune system so you can avoid any nasty lurgy. Let’s be honest, the weather at the start of the year has been pretty dreary, and very few of our jerseys have seen the light of day since about September. But that’s no bad thing, because at Bicycle Chain we stock a great range of kit for tackling the spring conditions when you’re out on the trails. Read More

Where to store your stuff on an off-road adventure

Where to store your stuff on an off-road adventure

Here at the Bicycle Chain we’re already looking forward to the summer months when the trails firm up and we can get out all day. If you read our ‘how to ride an off-road century’ blog, you may well have the bug too. Today we’re going to take a closer look at how and where to store all your stuff on a long ride. Read More

Tame the trails

Tame the trails

It’s yet another new bike day here at the Bicycle Chain, and this time it’s thanks to Trek. The American brand has recently released the 2020 Trek Fuel EX and it’s a thing of beauty. In this post, we will preview the new range and hopefully get you as excited for it as we are. We’ll also take a look at the other transformative trail bikes we have in stock from Trek and other brands. Read More

Best new launches of 2020 so far

Best new launches of 2020 so far

Two months into the ’20s and the new season is well and truly underway. What a year we have ahead of us, not least thanks to a whole fleet of new bikes that have landed in our stores. In today’s blog we are looking at a selection of some of the most exciting new models we have in stock at the Bicycle Chain. It’s a new decade – go on, treat yourself. Read More

The key to gravel riding

The key to gravel riding

Gravel riding is the ‘in thing’ in the world of cycling and if you’ve been following our blog you will know that here at the Bicycle Chain, we love it too. We recently brought you a post on how to ride an off-road century, so we’re picking up where we left off and taking it back to basics with our top tips for gravel riding. Read More

Battery boosted adventure

Battery boosted adventure

E-bikes were all the rage in 2019 and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change any time soon. Arguably the most exciting evolution of this trend is power assisted performance mountain bikes. New for this decade is the Turbo Levo SL range from Specialized, a trail bike that they say “changes everything.” Read More

Top picks from our sale

Top picks from our sale

It’s not an easy time of year, whether you’re attempting to conjure up the motivation to ride your bike or just to get out of bed in the morning. By some cruel twist of alchemy, January always seems to last not one but several months, and the promise of pro racing’s return to our screens is small comfort, especially for those of us confined to the cold, wet and windy conditions of the northern hemisphere. But there’s still reason to celebrate: The Bicycle Chain has a cracking sale online and in store! Read More

Riding an off-road century

Riding an off-road century

There is something about milestones and distance targets in cycling that resonates with every rider. In off-road circles it’s all about the century – riding 100 miles off-road in a day. In today’s post, we’re going to take you through everything behind this monumental ride and the kit we have that can help you get this notch on your handlebars. Read More

Electric mountain bikes for 2020

Electric mountain bikes for 2020

Here at the Bicycle Chain we have seen that electric power assisted bikes are more popular than ever. After a little bit of trepidation, e-MTBs are now the in-vogue bike and are whipping up a storm. We have a large range of said bikes from the likes of Trek, Giant and Specialized to take you up trails faster than ever before, allowing you to cruise down the other side with all the energy in the world. Read More

Top 10 reasons to get into cyclocross

Top 10 reasons to get into cyclocross

We are well into the depths of the cyclocross season, but fear not, there is still time to dip your toe into one of the most enjoyable disciplines in the sport. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure in 2020 or want to start racing, the sport of cyclocross, and its bikes, should be what you are focussing on. We’ve put together our top ten reasons to get into cyclocross. Once you start, you will never look back. Read More

Gravel grinding New Years resolutions

Gravel grinding New Years resolutions

At The Bicycle Chain, we’re firmly of the opinion that gravel is awesome. We love the technical challenges it presents and we love the untapped exploration that a gravel bike can unlock. You can go fast, like on a road bike, but also take on stuff that’s a little bit bumpier than tarmac, as you might encounter on an MTB. We’d advise against entering any criterium races or downhill competitions, but otherwise these machines are built for pretty much anything. Read More

Christmas gifts for road cyclists

Christmas gifts for road cyclists

So far in our Christmas gift series we’ve brought you gift guides for gravel lovers and mountain bikers, so naturally it’s time to look to the road. So, sit back and get a hot toddy going, because below we have compiled a list of potential gift ideas for the road cyclist in your life. Read More

Christmas gifts for mountain bikers

Christmas gifts for mountain bikers

We brought you Christmas gifts for gravel lovers last week so now it’s time to move on to mountain bikers. Struggling to think of what to gift the mountain biker in your life? How about starting small with the Bicycle Chain gift voucher and building from there? We have compiled a list of potential gift areas you may want to think about. Read More

Specialized add two more models to the Creo range

Specialized add two more models to the Creo range

Two new bikes from Specialized came out this week, adding to their ever-growing Turbo Creo SL line. The Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon, a high-performance road model, and the Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO, its gravel oriented cousin. Read More

Get some gravel in you

Get some gravel in you

We get lots of people coming in to see us at The Bike Factory looking for the bike that can do it all. They’re after a whip that can take care of commuting duties in the week, handle a blast through the forest at the weekend and maybe even take in a weeklong bikepacking adventure. To these folks we say one thing: “Get some gravel in you!” Read More

Get ready for Winter

Get ready for Winter

After a year full of great riding, now is the time to give your pride and joy a once over – sort out any niggles before anything goes wrong 20 miles from home on a cold, wet Sunday in December. Read More

Cool bikes for cool kids

Cool bikes for cool kids

Fortunately for kids nowadays there are loads of great bikes designed specifically for them, thoughtfully put together to provide them with a bike that can grow as they do. They’re also sturdy enough to handle the odd tumble and, should you want to pass them on to younger siblings, stand the test of time a lot better than your old clunker. Read More

Giant Revolt - A gravel crusher

Giant Revolt - A gravel crusher

With the new Revolt, Giant have produced three models, all sharing the same ALUXX aluminium frame, and all with disc brakes and a Giant S-X2 Disc wheelset. The difference between the three is mainly in the groupset. It’s a simple approach that we, and we know you, appreciate. Come in, take a look and choose your weapon. Read More

Keep on riding through the storm

Keep on riding through the storm

Over these past few weeks we’ve been digging ever deeper into our drawers full of biking gear, fishing out those gloves, extra layers and rain jackets. Slowly, but ever so surely, autumn is tightening its grip. Thing is, some of those warm and waterproof layers are starting to look a little tatty, so what better way to prepare for the upcoming months than a refresh of the wardrobe. After all, new bike day is great, but new jacket day is good too! Read More

Giant’s new XtC Advanced – a race-winning XC monster

Giant’s new XtC Advanced – a race-winning XC monster

​If you’ve ever tried a cross-country MTB race you’ll know all about how crazy they are. Wild straight from the gun with constant fighting for position, maximum effort climbs and technical descents, they’re fun, frantic and most of all demand a heck of a lot from your bike. With their new lightweight XtC Advanced, Giant might just have produced the ultimate XC 29er, the bike that can take your riding and racing to the next level. Read More

Cross is coming

Cross is coming

There is a certain breed of cyclist that looks out at the wet and cold weather we’ve had recently with a glint in their eye. Rather than duck beneath the duvet and hibernate until next spring, they’re the riders who smile at each other and whisper, “’Cross is coming.” Read More

See the Light

See the Light

With the right lights and hi-viz clothing, there’s no reason to let the changing seasons slow down your riding. Autumn and winter can be a great time on the bike, with quieter lanes and deserted woods just calling out to be explored. Let’s get kitted up and get out there. Read More

Power up with Trek

Power up with Trek

​US brand Trek has been at the forefront of the e-bike revolution for a while now. They were one of the first to recognise the benefits of an electric motor hidden within an MTB, making trails much more accessible, enabling riders of all abilities to keep going for longer and further than before, their energy kept for descending rather than climbing. Read More

RIde further with the new Giant Road E+ Pro

RIde further with the new Giant Road E+ Pro

​Our friends at Giant, one of the biggest manufacturers of bikes in the world, are always pushing the envelope. They’ve recently updated their mighty Reign enduro MTB whip, and the all-new Contend SL might well be the best aluminium road bike on the market. Now they’ve turned their attention to updating their Road E+ model. Read More

The World Champs come to Yorkshire

The World Champs come to Yorkshire

There’ll be wall-to-wall bike racing from 21st to 29th September, with para-cycling, time trials, road races and a brand new mixed relay to enjoy. The season’s standout riders will turn up in tip-top condition, presenting the cycling world with a kind of highlights reel before winter sets in. Let’s take a look at just some of the stars we’ll be looking out for - Read More

The big bike blowout sale

The big bike blowout sale

What better way to put that grin back on your face than a shiny new ride at a bargain price to see you into the autumn and on into next year’s adventures? Read More

Ride Essentials at Bargain Prices

Ride Essentials at Bargain Prices

Whether it’s a tyre ripped open by a pesky rock, a new set of lights for exploring deeper into the woods or a new helmet following a leap into the undergrowth, we’ve got some stunning kit, components and bikes at crazy knockdown prices – let’s take a look at what’s on offer. Read More

Bontrager WaveCel - Setting new standards in helmet technology

Bontrager WaveCel - Setting new standards in helmet technology

Recognising that not all crashes result in straightforward impacts but also involve twisting and rotational forces, Bontrager went back to the drawing board when designing their latest line of helmets. With their revolutionary new technology, WaveCel, they’ve created a helmet that they claim is more effective in protecting your head from injury than traditional designs. Read More

Treks e-bike range

Treks e-bike range

E-bikes are the newest form of bike available on the market today. The addition of a battery and motor has made cycling more attractive and welcoming to many riders. The new technology has been applied to almost every category of bike, and at the forefront of the e-bike movement has been Trek. Read More

British riders at the Tour de France

British riders at the Tour de France

British riders have had a lot of success at the Tour de France in the past decade, This year, however, we are without some of the more prominent British riders – Chris Froome suffered a nasty crash in the lead up to the Tour and Mark Cavendish failed to make the grade for his team. Even so, there are some exciting British riders racing the Tour, so let’s take a look at their race so far… Read More

The Giant Contend SL - Elite performance without the hefty price tag

The Giant Contend SL - Elite performance without the hefty price tag

They may be the biggest, mass-producing bike manufacturer on the planet, but that doesn’t stop Giant from continually pumping out top-quality and exciting new machines. The Contend SL is just one of the latest in Giant’s long list of awesome bikes, replacing the old aluminium Defy with a bicycle which boasts even better performance and greater value for money. Read More

The hottest summer gear

The hottest summer gear

With the Tour de France taking over our TV screens for the next few weeks we can safely say the long-awaited summer is finally here, and with temperatures looking as though they’re finally heading in the right direction in the UK it’s about time you refreshed your wardrobe, ready for those long summer rides. Read More

What you need to know ahead of the Tour de France

What you need to know ahead of the Tour de France

We’re just a couple of days away from the biggest race on the cycling calendar. It’s the only time of the year when you can celebrate all things ‘bike’ without being scorned by your nearest and dearest as you don your favourite Lycra and tune into ITV4 all day, every day for the next three weeks. Read More

Spend a little and get alot

Spend a little and get alot

From the outside, cycling can seem a pricey game. Look around at all those shiny bikes and you could be forgiven for thinking you need to spend a small fortune to join in the fun. But fear not, because just as there are bikes that can set you back the price of a family car, there are just as many quality machines priced at a more accessible level. Read More

Power your way into summer with an Ebike

Power your way into summer with an Ebike

Summer is approaching and the weather is getting ever more favourable for long days out in the saddle. There has never been a better time to grab yourself a new ride and experience the summer season to its full potential. Read More

Fathers day gift ideas

Fathers day gift ideas

​Being a dad is no easy task. Ferrying the little ‘uns to and from football practice, trips to see Granny, being a climbing frame for the little monkeys – it’s a tiring business. Fortunately there’s one day a year when your favourite little people get a chance to show their appreciation, so we’ve got a little tip for you: ‘accidentally’ leave this page open on your browser to drop a few hints. We’ve got what you really need right here. Read More

Allied Cycle Works Meet the bikes

Allied Cycle Works Meet the bikes

We’ve covered what makes Allied Cycle Works unique and how they build their race-winning bikes, we’ve even dug deep into their flashy Harlequin paint series. It’s now time to dive straight into what you’ve all been waiting for – the bikes themselves. Read More

The Allied way

The Allied way

Allied pride themselves on individuality, both in their products and the way they build them, a characteristic that we like to think we offer as well. With the guys at Allied and with us at The Bicycle Chain you can be sure to get the best of the best. Read More

Allied Cycle Works your dream bike made here

Allied Cycle Works your dream bike made here

Every cyclist wants to own a unique one-of-a-kind racing bike, the kind that even the most seasoned of pros would drool over. Thanks to Allied Cycle Works that dream can be realised, the US manufacturer building some of the most drop-dead gorgeous bikes we’ve ever seen Read More

Go faster with a pair of aero wheels

Go faster with a pair of aero wheels

If there’s one goal that all cyclists share, then it’s this one – get faster. There are a number of different ways to do this, but one of the quickest and fastest fixes is an aero wheel upgrade. Read More

Get roaming with Wahoo

Get roaming with Wahoo

Wahoo have recently released the newest addition to the range, the Elemnt Roam. The moniker gives a clue as to where Wahoo are taking us with this new model – we’re going roaming, heading off into the hills and if we want to hit some off-road sections, well that’s fine too! Read More

Beat the wind with the Propel

Beat the wind with the Propel

With the 2019 Propel, Giant has brought a frighteningly fast whip to within the budget of everyday riders. They have also developed an aero bike that is light and comfortable to ride – not always a given. Read More

Look forward with Liv

Look forward with Liv

With Liv bikes and equipment, Giant has long been providing women with the tools for riding, designed from the ground up. And it doesn’t end there – with their #LivForward movement they’re empowering women to ride, whether that’s with online ride guides, through sharing inspiring stories or powering the CCC-Liv professional WorldTour team. Read More

Ride your own cobbled classic

Ride your own cobbled classic

For many, the month of April marks the start of spring, a season of blossom and new beginnings. For us cyclists, however, it only means one thing: cobblestones. have a read of these tips and tricks to prepare you for the pavé ahead… Read More

Spring into spring with Endura

Spring into spring with Endura

Whisper it quietly, but we might finally have made it to the best of seasons and Endura know a thing or two about changeable weather and they’ve got you covered no matter what Mother Nature throws in your path. Read More

Power your ride with a turbo boost

Power your ride with a turbo boost

Whether you’re a seasoned commuter or a singletrack shredder, the Specialized Turbo e-bike range has a number of models to suit your style of riding. Here are just a few that we stock here at Bicycle Chain. Read More

​Specialized dominate the opening classics week

​Specialized dominate the opening classics week

One-day classics are revered for their unpredictability and ‘anything can happen’ kind of racing. But with Boels-Dolmans and Deceuninck-Quick Step romping to victory in all but one of the season-opening classics races, it seems as though their shared bike sponsor, Specialized, have happened across a winning formula to these traditionally ‘unpredictable’ races. Read More

Cubes awesome Ebike range

Cubes awesome Ebike range

Whether you’re a roadie, trail-blazer or seasoned commuter, I think we can all agree that e-bikes are pretty darn cool. Joining the e-bike revolution with multiple models in multiple different cycling disciplines is Cube. Here are just some of the many models we offer Read More

Trek Reigns in Spain

Trek Reigns in Spain

The latest addition to the professional women’s road race scene, Trek-Segafredo, made one heck of an impact in last week’s four-day Spanish stage race, the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana. After hanging her race wheels up after a 16 year-long career, new directeur sportif Giorgia Bronzini couldn’t have asked for a better start to the European season. Read More

MTB Ebikes from Giant

MTB Ebikes from Giant

E-bikes are hot stuff right now – we’re seeing more and more of them on the trails and on the commute to work. They’re opening up the world of cycling to a bunch of new people, but they’re also giving experienced folks a whole new perspective on their riding. With an e-bike, you open up a world of new possibilities. Read More

Get out and about with the Allied Alfa All Road

Get out and about with the Allied Alfa All Road

​We introduced Arkansas-based Allied Cycle Works back in October and with the Alfa All-Road they might just have cracked the N+1 conundrum once and for all. If you’re in the market for a versatile bike capable of taking on a wide range of adventures then read on. If you just like beautiful bikes then don’t go anywhere either – this is one special machine. Read More

How to Train for the Seasons Big Goals

How to Train for the Seasons Big Goals

Looking ahead to your target events for the year can be a little daunting and they can feel a long way off with a seemingly interminable winter of training ahead. But with some planning and a goal-focused schedule, you can give yourself the best chance of this season being your best yet. Read More

Time for Cyclocross

Time for Cyclocross

​We talked last week about the joys of indoor training but for some folk, the great outdoors is where it’s at. If you’re determined to get your fix no matter the weather, this winter could be the ideal time to give cyclocross a go. Read More

Brace Yourselves for Indoor Training

Brace Yourselves for Indoor Training

​There aren’t too many things that can put the skids on our determination to get out and ride, but when the Met Office starts issuing warnings for ice, even we masochistic cyclists allow our sense of self-preservation to kick in. Read More

The Cycling Season Returns Down Under

The Cycling Season Returns Down Under

With Christmas now officially over, there’s not a lot left for us all to look forward to this winter – well, unless you’re a cycling fan that is. The new year marks the return of the action-packed World Tour cycling season, the pro peloton descending upon Australia to kick off what promises to be an exciting 2019. Read More

The best of the winter sale

The best of the winter sale

With Christmas gone but the cold, dark nights sticking around, we’re now into that bleak part of winter that almost everyone detests. No one dislikes a bargain however and boy have we got a ton of those to show you in our massive winter sale. Read More

The future for Giant is Orange

The future for Giant is Orange

Swapping the black, red and white of Team Sunweb for the bright orange of CCC in 2019, Giant Bicycles are looking to the likes of Greg van Avermaet and Marianne Vos to kick things off with a bang. Read More

Bicycle Chains Best Stocking Fillers

Bicycle Chains Best Stocking Fillers

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re anything like us, you’ll already be lost in your long list of shopping, but Christmas needn’t be expensive, so we’ve compiled a list of our best gift ideas that fall under the £25 price barrier. Read More

Keep motivated during winter

Keep motivated during winter

Wintertime can be a real challenge - a constant fight to stay motivated when it’s cold, wet and dark outside. The little voice in your head seems to speak just that little louder at this time of year, and it’s all you can do to ignore the suggestion that you’d be far happier in the pub. Read More

Dont get stuck on the train

Dont get stuck on the train

If you commute by train you'll know the feeling of helplessness, the dreaded words “cancelled” and “delayed” There's got to be a better way, surely? When you look closely at it, commuting by bike has never been a better option. Read More

All-road bikes are solving the N+1 conundrum

All-road bikes are solving the N+1 conundrum

As cyclists, we’ve all heard of the classic N+1 conundrum, where N is the number of bikes you currently own – essentially implying that your arsenal of two-wheeled machines is never truly complete. There are just too many adventures to be had, road or trail, to warrant only having one bike, right? Read More

Top picks from our E-bike sale

Top picks from our E-bike sale

Electric bikes are fast becoming a staple in the cycling market with many of the biggest manufacturers now jumping on the turbo-powered wagon. Let's take a look at the vast selection of e-bikes available in our fantastic Autumn sale. Read More

Allied's new Harlequin paint series

Allied's new Harlequin paint series

No one builds bespoke, custom racing bikes quite like Allied Cycle Works. Their bikes are the two-wheeled machines of every cyclist’s dreams – combining drop-dead gorgeous aesthetics with the highest quality components that money can buy. Read More

First Ebike world race series announced

First Ebike world race series announced

These are interesting times for electric bikes. Without a doubt they’re the hot topic in the bike world right now and we’re seeing more and more folks getting out there using e-bikes. And with good reason too – you can ride further, faster and longer than before when you’ve got extra power at your disposal. Read More

Tom Dumoulin: the nearly man of 2018

Tom Dumoulin: the nearly man of 2018

In a year of Grand Tours ruled by dominant Brits, it’s easy to overlook those riders who shared the final podiums. One such rider is Dutch powerhouse Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who featured not once, but twice. After an incredible 2017 season, a lot was expected of Dumoulin going into 2018. However, not everything went to plan… Read More

Introducing the new Trek Powerfly LT9

Introducing the new Trek Powerfly LT9

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest trends in the world of mountain biking right now is the increasing popularity and sophistication of electric bikes. Having a power boost available when you need it can extend your epic days on the bike; you can ride further, harder and for longer than ever before. Read More

Get ready for winter

Get ready for winter

There’s no denying it – winter is on its way. conditions are tough, both on your bike and your enthusiasm, but we’ve plenty of ways to help keep you turning those pedals right through to next spring. Read More

Unstoppable Rachel Atherton wins again in Switzerland

Unstoppable Rachel Atherton wins again in Switzerland

The 2018 Elite UCI Mountain Bike World Championships were held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, last weekend. GB rider Rachel Atherton of Trek Factory Racing took the win, earning the rainbow jersey for the fifth time and adding to her dominant 2018 World Cup overall title. Read More

The 2019 Madone may just be the ultimate race bike

The 2019 Madone may just be the ultimate race bike

The past two decades of bicycle design have flooded the market, awash with speedy aero bikes. It’s tough to rise above the others when you’re drowning in a sea of sameness, but there is one, just one, that may be poking its gloriously smooth head tube above the rest – the 2019 Trek Madone. Read More

Dumoulin's Double

Dumoulin's Double

As Froome conceded his Tour chances to teammate Geraint Thomas, history receded with him. Joining the four-time champion in the footnotes – and worthy of so much more – was Tom Dumoulin, winner of the Giro 2017 and now second in both of 2018’s Grand Tours. Read More

New Giant E-bikes for the trail

New Giant E-bikes for the trail

Want to rag the local trails without breaking a sweat, or keep up with your younger, fitter riding friends? Then one of the new Giant e-bikes could just be the machine for you. Read More

Best of the summer sale

Best of the summer sale

With the summer now very much upon us and Spanish weather seemingly the new norm for the UK, it’s about time we made the most of this constant sun. Read More

The Tour is coming

The Tour is coming

We’re but a week away from the biggest race on the professional cycling calendar and one of the largest sporting spectacles the world has ever seen – the Tour de France. Read More

How to climb like a pro

How to climb like a pro

The last two weeks of the Giro d’Italia saw some of the most epic ascents of recent cycling history and with the Tour de France just around the corner, the climbs are only going to keep on coming. What does it take to climb like a pro? Read More

ENVE arrives at Bicycle Chain

ENVE arrives at Bicycle Chain

Good news! The pinnacle of road biking excellence has arrived at Bicycle Chain. ENVE Composites, a giant of the pro peloton and pioneers of the latest bike technology. Read More

​How to ride your first century

​How to ride your first century

The fabled 100-miler is a rite of passage into the uppermost echelons of the cycling community, a daunting but utterly rewarding experience. But how on earth do you complete such a feat? Read More

​Dress to impress

​Dress to impress

As many budding cyclists will already know, going fast is only half of the work when out on the road. Rocking the most unique kit when out on the road is a difficult task of balancing both trend, budget and style. Read More

​Get the family out this bank holiday

​Get the family out this bank holiday

With the sun on your face and wind on your back, laughter from family echoing all around and the promise of two-wheeled adventure ahead, is there really any better way to spend a bank holiday weekend than in the open air? Read More

​New Trek Checkpoint gravel bike

​New Trek Checkpoint gravel bike

The new kid on the block in cycling terms is the gravel bike. A result of our persistent desire to push bikes and equipment to breaking point off the beaten track, but without compromising performance. Read More

​The kit you need to win Paris-Roubaix

​The kit you need to win Paris-Roubaix

Sunday 8 April saw the biggest one-day race of the year: the legendary Paris-Roubaix. About 200 riders set out from Compiègne (near Paris), and after six hours, 257km and 29 cobbled sectors, the winner was crowned in the fabled Roubaix velodrome. Read More

​E-bikes for commuting

​E-bikes for commuting

E-bikes are sweeping the globe, rapidly hushing the haters who doubted their use, necessity and place in the world of cycling. Here’s a list of some of our favourites. Read More

What are cyclings monuments

What are cyclings monuments

You’ll no doubt have heard of the Tour de France, and most likely you’ve got some idea what the Spring Classics are. The next module is to wrap your head around the Monuments – what some consider the greatest races of them all. Read More

​Enduro World Series

​Enduro World Series

This eight round race series touches almost every continent on earth and draws the world’s very best mountain bikers. It’s a real spectacle and should, by rights, be added to your diary as essential viewing. Read More

What is Zwift

What is Zwift

Zwift is a virtual cycling program that gamifies indoor training. With a turbo trainer, the right sensors, and a towel (there will be sweat, lots of sweat) – not to mention the blessing of your ever-patient family – you’ll be ready to make your first visit to the unique island of ‘Watopia’. Read More

​Be like Sagan in 2018

​Be like Sagan in 2018

The team of World Champion Peter Sagan has chosen to ride all their WorldTour races next season with Element Bolt GPS computers and Tickr heart rate monitors. Read More

All-weather guide to cycling gloves

All-weather guide to cycling gloves

The right pair of gloves can also improve your dexterity and confidence on the bike, particularly on the trail, where the contact between hands and bars is so vitally important. Read More

Shine a light on winter riding

Shine a light on winter riding

With winter well and truly on its way, we all need to make sure we’re prepared for what the season has to offer. Below, we help you to choose lights, clothing and accessories to make sure your winter training and commuting is as comfortable and safe as possible. Read More

Why we love autumn cycling

Why we love autumn cycling

There's something special about riding in the autumn, the brisk air as you cycle your favourite routes. Yes, the temperatures are likely to tumble in the coming weeks, but after the damp and windy summer we’ve had, we won’t have too much to complain about. There is a lot to be said for autumn being the best season for cycling Read More

How to improve your sprint

How to improve your sprint

The Tour of Britain snakes its way around our green and pleasant land this week, and the sprinters will be licking their lips at the prospect of several flat stages likely to end in mass bunch gallops. Read More

How to get more aero on your road bike

How to get more aero on your road bike

As devoted road cyclists, we are constantly striving to go faster. Hill repeats, long winter turbo sessions, intervals; whatever the method, training our legs to cope with the pain is part and parcel of cycling. Read More

Five mountain bikes to get you going

Five mountain bikes to get you going

The elite mountain biking season is drawing to a conclusion, with the final round of the UCI MTB World Cup taking place in Italy this weekend. That said, there’s no better time to get yourself a brand new mountain bike, with huge savings to be made on dozens of bikes across our range. Read More

5 things to watch for at La Vuelta a Espana

5 things to watch for at La Vuelta a Espana

If, like us, you’ve been feeling a little empty since the Tour de France ended, then you’re in luck. Grand Tour racing is coming back to our screens; the Vuelta a España is just around the corner. Read More

An ode to Alberto

An ode to Alberto

​Frequently audacious, often controversial and always entertaining, Alberto Contador is one of the most accomplished Grand Tour riders to ever get in the saddle. With the Spaniard announcing that this month’s Vuelta a España will be his final race as a professional, here are a few of our favourite El Pistolero moments: Read More

Choosing a GPS bike computer

Choosing a GPS bike computer

Cycling computers have existed since 1895, when Curtis Veeder invented a simple odometer device that measured the distance you’ve cycled by how many times the wheel rotated. Read More

The pro bikes of the Tour de France

The pro bikes of the Tour de France

The Tour de France is not only the pinnacle of bike racing, but it’s also where the very best bike manufacturers come to show off new tech in the hunt for that race-winning marginal gain. Read More

Inspired to take up mountain biking?

Inspired to take up mountain biking?

Last weekend was a very successful one indeed for British Cycling, with great success both on the roads of France, and off road at the UCI mountain bike world cup series event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Read More

Kit to keep you cool

Kit to keep you cool

You know what? We’re actually going to say it. Summer is here guys! And with that awesome announcement comes our handy guide for what to look for in your summer cycling kit – as well as a bunch of great suggestions. Read More

Get your hands on the Giro winning pedigree of the Giant TCR

Get your hands on the Giro winning pedigree of the Giant TCR

The first TCR revolutionised road bike design with its compact profile and it has since earned a reputation as the ultimate all-round race bike. It is the lightest frameset Giant has ever produced and boasts the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any road bike on the market. Read More

How to maximise your recovery

How to maximise your recovery

The effect of poor recovery may not just be felt the next day, but the days after it also, ruining your chances of holding your GC position, summiting tomorrow’s Majorcan mountain or even making it up the stairs without groaning in the workplace. Read More

CANNONDALE TRIGGER

CANNONDALE TRIGGER

Cannondale have recently launched the completely redesigned Trigger with exclusive features, new developments and unique additions to maximise the rider’s efficiency and enjoyment. Read More

Global Bike to Work Day

Global Bike to Work Day

On Thursday 11 May 2017, Strava is hosting the second Global Bike to Work Day to not only persuade people out on their bikes, but to show support for the improvement of cycling infrastructure the world over. Read More

Descending Fast and Safe

Descending Fast and Safe

What goes up must come down, and the descent is arguably one of the best things about cycling in the mountains. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous aspects of our sport, as speeds of over 100km per hour are possible on some descents. Read More

Ring in Spring with 5 Great Accessories

Ring in Spring with 5 Great Accessories

We’re always looking for ways to make the experience on the road even better. Here we have five new components and accessories that will help you ring in spring and work towards the best summer ever. Read More

Ride like a Pro - Peter Sagan

Ride like a Pro - Peter Sagan

Superlatives sometimes fail to describe the modern hero of cycling. In this instance, we must turn to numbers, and then it’s a question of which statistics do you choose? Sagan has claimed two World Championships, the 2016 Tour of Flanders and five consecutive Tour de France green jerseys. Read More

How to Ride the Cobbles

How to Ride the Cobbles

​The Spring Classics are upon us and we again find ourselves watching in awe at the ease and speed at which our cycling heroes glide over the jittery bone-shaking cobbles of France and Belgium. Read More

Up The Intensity This Spring

Up The Intensity This Spring

Spring has sprung at last and the sun is finally strong enough to dry up the roads. With rising temperatures, it’s time to build the intensity out on the bike. If you want to be a stronger, fitter and faster cyclist this summer, now is the time to dig deep and dive into some lung-busting intervals. Read More

Spring Servicing

Spring Servicing

To make the most of the season your bike is worthy of some attention, and there are several things you can consider to upgrade your ride. Read More

The best bikes for riding in the Quantocks

The best bikes for riding in the Quantocks

The Quantock Hills are renowned across the UK, boasting some of the South West’s finest mountain bike trails, with something for everyone from the gentle wooded combes to up on the open heathlands where the views across the country reach into South Wales. Read More

Training for climbs, even if there aren't many hills around

Training for climbs, even if there aren't many hills around

Long climbs, perhaps of the alpine or pyrenean variety, often feature heavily in a cyclist’s new year plans. Riding up mountains by bike is a real test which some thrive on, burying themselves deep in the red, while others simply enjoy the heady and refreshing views experienced from the road as the pedals spin and the legs complain quietly. Read More

Five ways to get the most out of training

Five ways to get the most out of training

Have you made a new year’s resolution? Is it to train harder, get fitter, ride faster? Every cyclist and every active individual confronts desires such as this as each new year or training phase begins. But deciding what you’re going to achieve is an awful lot easier than making it happen. We’ve drawn together some top tips and products that will help you to make the most out of your training in 2017. Read More

Perfect products to Kickstart 2017

Perfect products to Kickstart 2017

Each new year is filled with so much promise, as we all set out with great intentions to make ourselves healthier and happier. If your New Year’s Resolutions include riding more, further or faster, then you’ll need all the motivation and incentives you can get, particularly in the early, coldest part of the year. Read More

Another sackful of present ideas for all

Another sackful of present ideas for all

It’s coming close to pre-Christmas gift-acquiring crunch time, with a little over two weeks to go. While the stress and pressure might be mounting, there’s no shame in waiting until now to get the presents ticked off, although be wary of delivery times in the run-up to the big day! If it’s inspiration that is holding you back, and if last week’s extensive list was not quite enough, we’ve got more ideas for every rider in your life. Read More

Christmas gift guide

Christmas gift guide

If you’re at a loss for what to buy for your cycling friends and family this year, look no further than our amazing Christmas gift guide, jam packed with ideas for every type of rider; from kids, to MTBers to roadies. Happy shopping and merry new gear! Read More

Trade your commute for an Ebike

Trade your commute for an Ebike

Arriving at work grumpy and apathetic after an hour spent having your personal space invaded on public transport is no way to start the day. Nor is the stress of rush hour traffic and the hunt for a parking space. Maybe you’ve thought about commuting by bike but can’t face the cold mornings of hard pedalling and getting to work needing a shower. But there is a solution – do as the Dutch do and commute by e-bike. Read More

Race-Winning road bikes ridden by the pros

Race-Winning road bikes ridden by the pros

Ever wondered what bikes the pros ride? Or indeed, fancied owning an elite-level racing machine yourself? We took a look at our current range of road bikes and picked out the ones that have been helping to carry the winners of some of the late-season races to victory. Read More

Ebikes - are they right for you ?

Ebikes - are they right for you ?

Do you have a parent, child, partner or friend who you’d like to introduce to the joys of cycling, but they’re concerned about keeping up with your well-tuned, endurance-loving self? Read More

What's new for MTBers in 2017?

What's new for MTBers in 2017?

There are so many MTB frames being launched at the moment, ready for the 2017 season of trail thrashing, all-mountain exploring and adrenaline-driven downhilling that you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. We picked out three highlights that we’re particularly excited about and looked at them in a little more detail. Read More

2017 New Model Launch

2017 New Model Launch

​As September opens its doors, the end of summer beckons. The thought of digging out the warm leggings and merino base layer is not one we’re particularly looking forward to, but one thing we can get excited about is the release of a new season of bikes. Our favourite brands have just released their 2017 ranges, throwing in new tech, updated specifications and even new models. We’ve pulled together just a handful of the most exciting new releases for 2017. Read More

Five awesome countries for mountain biking

Five awesome countries for mountain biking

Are you looking for new landscapes, technical trails, daredevil downhill challenges and ‘rad’ mountain bike communities? Our list of the five best and most awesome MTB destinations has got something for everyone. Read More

​Three amazing full-suspension mountain bikes

​Three amazing full-suspension mountain bikes

There’s always a lot of chatter about the relative advantages of hardtail vs full-suspension mountain bikes. Some traditionalists think there is a finer art to perfecting riding hardtail, while others cite the pure fun factor of unleashing a full-suspension bike on a downhill and letting the shocks front and back take the sting out of the road. The downside of a full-suspension MTB is that with that extra springy-ness, there’s a bit more give when you’re putting power through the pedals – which can make it trickier to rack up the vertical metres. Hardtails will also tend to run a little quicker on the flat. Read More

​Mountain E-Bike Bonanza

​Mountain E-Bike Bonanza

One area of cycling where the electric bike really comes into its own is mountain biking. The ability to just whizz up the inclines, maximising your time doing the fun bit (flying downhill at breakneck speed), is almost too tempting to say no to. Read More

Get into it! Three great mountain bikes under £500

Get into it! Three great mountain bikes under £500

​Mountain biking is awesome. It’s fun, it’s exhilarating and it’s even good for you! What’s not to like? If you haven’t tried it, we strongly urge you to do so and not to let the lack of a big budget to spend on a bike get in your way. Sure there are some extremely expensive mountain bikes out there which are finely-tuned speed machines fit for competition, but if you’re just starting out this is going to be way more tech than you need or know what to do with. Read More

​The Best Bikes for Riding Cheddar Gorge

​The Best Bikes for Riding Cheddar Gorge

The climb of Cheddar Gorge has reached near-mythic status among road bike riders in the UK, and justifiably so. It has featured often in the Tour of Britain since the race was relaunched in 2004 and it also made it into Simon Warren’s cult climber’s bible, ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’. The two-and-half mile stretch of road provides both a stern test for those who choose to take it on and an amazing reward, in the form of its spectacular setting and scenery. Read More

​Kit list: your Spring Essentials

​Kit list: your Spring Essentials

Spring is a wonderful time of year as the weather starts to improve, leaving hints as to what is to come with better weather and more daylight. For many cyclists it marks the time when the ‘nice’ bike can emerge glistening from storage as training for bigger summer rides ramps up. Read More

The Best Bikes For Ashton Court and Leigh Woods

The Best Bikes For Ashton Court and Leigh Woods

Among South West MTBers the trails at Ashton Court and Leigh Woods are pretty famous. Perfectly positioned on the edge of the city of Bristol, they give riders in need of a quick adrenaline fix the opportunity to escape from the urban sprawl and tear things up for a couple of hours. Read More