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And you need a winter bike because…?

It could be said that retailers and bike manufacturers are taking advantage of the bike lust that every single cyclist suffers from, that presenting certain models as ‘ideal winter bikes’ is simply a clever marketing ploy to maintain sales. Well, not entirely.

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Planning to ride all year round? Get kitted out for the colder months!

Winter cycling

So it’s bye-bye summer and hello cold, frosty mornings. It doesn’t have to mean hibernating in your onesie on the weekends, you just have to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather. The challenge is to not overdress.

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There's room on the road for cars and bikes ... really?!

You’ve probably seen at least one of the viral videos captured on cyclists’ headcams that seem to occur with scary regularity – from the ugly face off between a cyclist and the now infamous coffee shop owner driving a 4x4 in Richmond to the driver who chases a cyclist on foot until he falls over.

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Beat the bonk – using energy bars and gels for sportive rides!

Cycling Nutrition

You might not need to worry on an hour-long training ride, but if you’re riding for longer than that – and most certainly when taking part in a sportive – you need to consider on-the-bike nutrition.

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Is there a cycling code of conduct?

Cycling code of conduct

 

Well of course there is! But if you’re more used to cycling on your own you might be unaware of how groups of riders communicate and ensure everyone is safe. Whether you’re planning to join a club or have a few sportives in the diary, we’ve got some ‘good to know’ pointers for you.

 

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Surviving that first sportive

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Rachel, one of our customers, talks about a recent cycling experience during her training for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.

I’ve always cycled for leisure with my family and have taken part in annual charity rides for years, but 2015 has seen my cycling go to a new level. I finally invested in a decent road bike ...

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What goes up must come down - Descending with confidence!

How to cycle downhill

There are a lot of things to think about when descending and you won’t necessarily crack it all at once. Practice, as the saying goes, makes perfect and having a go at descending the same hill time and time again is one of the best things you could possibly do in terms of honing your technique. So, if you get uptight the minute you crest a hill, try our tips for descending ...

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Riding solo, what to do when you need to clock up the miles ...

Riding solo

There are no two ways about it, riding solo on your own can be a tough ask. It’s fine if you just fancy getting out for a few hours every now and then, but if you’re training for a particular event and need to put in serious hours week in week out it can be hard to keep motivated.

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Prudential RideLondon is almost upon us!

Right now approximately 25,000 amateur cyclists from all over the country are counting down the days and making final preparations for the third Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 2 August. Introduced as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy, this event has quickly made its mark on the cycling world’s calendar – it’s essentially the cycling equivalent of the world-famous London Marathon.

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Stepping up the distance – are you ready for a bigger cycling challenge?

Stepping up the distance

For many road cyclists there comes a time when you start contemplating taking on a bigger cycling challenge – the 100-mile (or over) ride. This may not be a big ask for some, but for others the prospect of completing a long distance ride will be a huge personal challenge.

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