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Mountain Bike Shoe Guide

Mountain Bike Shoe Guide

Mountain bike shoes are built tough to stand up to the rigours of off-road riding. Soles are stiff for efficient pedalling but tend to have more flexibility than road cycling shoes.

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Long Sleeve Jersey Guide

Long Sleeve Jersey Guide

For those cooler rides a long sleeve jersey is what you need to stay comfortable on the bike. Some zippered road cycling jerseys have extra thermal properties for more warmth on those really cold days. 

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MTB Shorts Guide

Baggy cycling shorts are ideal for all sorts of cycling from mountain bike riding to urban commuting. While cross-country mountain bikers prefer lycra, most MTB shorts are baggy and give you a more casual look.

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MTB Helmet Guide

A mountain bike helmet needs to protect your head, while being comfortable enough to wear all day long. Fit and venting are key. When it comes to protection, all our MTB helmets meet the minimum safety standard (CE EN 1078).

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Road Helmet Guide

Wearing a road helmet while cycling is the best way to maximise your safety. All our road helmets meet the minimum EU safety standard (CE EN1078). What you pay for is aerodynamics, reduced weight, more vents and enhanced safety features such as MIPS.

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Mudguard Guide

Mudguard Guide

Mudguards help keep you warm and dry in the wetter months while also protecting your bike from mud, grit and spray.

This can dramatically cut down any maintenance needed through the winter. 

Read Review | 29th October 2018

Virtual Training With Zwift Guide

Virtual Training With Zwift

Zwift and other cycle training apps link to your turbo trainer through your computer, tablet and/or smart phone, and use your ride data to simulate a real cycling experience. 

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Clipless Road Pedals Guide

Clipless Road Pedals Guide

Considered essential for road riding and events. Offering better support for improved efficiency, clipless road pedals feature a larger SPD-SL style cleat that is attached to your shoe.

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Flat Pedal Guide

Flat Pedal Guide

Also known as flat pedals, designed for mountain bike and BMX riding. Platform pedals offer great foot support. They come in different shapes and sizes some with a more concave shape to suit  preference.

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Clipless MTB Pedal Guide

Clipless MTB Pedal Guide

Designed for MTB these pedals will keep your foot in place over rough ground. Attached to your shoe the small SPD style cleat fixes with two bolts. Pedals that use the two-bolt cleat system are commonly called SPD (Shimano Pedalling Dynamics).

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Rear Lights Buyers Guide

Rear Lights Buyers Guide

While front lights can reach up to and above 1000 Lumens, at the rear anything from 20 to 100 Lumens is plenty.

For those living in darker areas or riding on dimly lit roads, 100 Lumens would be best.

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Front Lights Buying Guide

Front Lights Buying Guide

If you ride lit streets and roads after dark you will need lights so you can be seen by other road users. If you ride roads, paths and off-road trails with no street lighting then a front light will be needed so you can see, not just be seen.

Read Review | 31st August 2018

Schwalbe Tyre Guide

Schwalbe Tyre Guide

Schwalbe tyres are packed full of technology. With puncture protection, grippy rubber compounds and tread patterns designed for different surfaces, Schwalbe’s road and MTB tyres offer the best performance.

Read More | 11th September 2018


Continental Tyre Guide

Continental Tyre Guide

From extra grippy, yet fast rolling rubber compounds to puncture protection, Continental’s road, mountain bike and hybrid tyres offer the performance you need to get the best out of you ride.


Read More | 10th September 2018

Maxxis Tyre Guide

Maxxis Tyre Guide

Maxxis are perhaps the most popular MTB tyre brand with tread patterns and tyre technologies that are perfectly suited to each mountain bike discipline. Maxxis also offer similar tailored for road cycling.

Read More | 30th August 2018

Cyclist wearing a windproof cycling jacket

Windproof Jackets

Windproof cycling jackets ideal for cold dry winter days with most offering some type of light rain protection as well.

Windproof jackets tend to be lighter than a waterproof model and are much more breathable.

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Waterproof Jackets Guide

If you’re cycling for any length of time in the UK, you’re going to need a waterproof jacket in your clothing arsenal. In our waterproof jacket guide we’ll arm you with all the knowledge you need to choose the best rain proof jacket for your needs.

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Zwift Compatibility Guide

Zwift Compatibility Guide

We've taken some of our best selling jackets into the dark and put them to the test, so you can compare visibility and reflectivity.

Each jacket shows a front and rear view in an unlit and lit state so you can clearly see the difference these jackets make to your visibility.

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Road Bike Geometry

Road Bike Geometry Explained

Road bike geometry has a major impact on the way a bike handles as well as the riding position. Here we explain the most important geometry numbers, what they are and what they mean. This will help you to better understand the geometry tables of the bikes that you are interested in.

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MTB Geometry Guide

Mountain Bike Geometry Explained

Mountain bike geometry can be confusing. Here we explain the most important MTB geometry numbers, what they are and what they mean. This will help you to better understand the geometry tables of the bikes you are interested in.

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Bib Tights Guide

Bib Tights Guide

A good pair of cycling bib tights should be a staple piece of kit in your wardrobe for enjoyable road cycling through Winter and colder months.

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Running Shoes Guide

Running Shoes Guide

Running shoes are far more comfortable and supportive than standard trainers. Dedicated running shoes, whether you run on pavements, trails or fells will offer you more support and/or cushioning than casual trainers.

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