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  • Travelling light

    Travelling light

    7th December 2015

    So what exactly should you pack for an epic 20,000km bike tour from London to Cape Town?

  • Cyclo-cross bikes

    Cyclo-cross bikes

    25th November 2015

    Cyclo-cross is the answer to getting your winter bike fix. But which of our three bikes on test offers the best introduction to fast and furious off-road action over the darker months? As the nights draw in and the weather turns, perhaps it’s natural that many…

  • Sort saddle sores

    Sort saddle sores

    9th October 2015

    Pain in private places is rarely discussed, but trying to ignore saddle sores can have serious consequences. Symptoms of saddle soreness range from bruises to blisters to boils, and all demand treatment. They’re caused through skin abrasions and irritation to skin follicles, and exacerbated by the hot, sweaty conditions…

  • Stanforth Bikes launches new all-terrain expedition bike

    Stanforth Bikes launches new all-terrain expedition bike

    18th September 2015

    British bike manufacturer, Stanforth Bikes launches its second model, the Kibo+, after the success of the Kibo launched last summer. The Kibo+ is an all-terrain touring bike specifically designed for go-anywhere long distance cycling. The frame and forks are hand…

  • Bargain road bikes

    Bargain road bikes

    7th September 2015

    Inspired by the Tour de France? A “proper” road bike makes a massive difference to how far you can get, and how much fun you’ll have doing it. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either as our sub £500 quartet proves. To be…

  • Direct buy bikes: Dolan Ares SL

    Direct buy bikes: Dolan Ares SL

    28th January 2015

    The Ares SL frame is a classic example of a contemporary all rounder. Semi aero design reduces drag without adding weight or compromising comfort and it’s ready for electric shifting if you upgrade later. Dolan Ares SL, £2500 dolan-bikes.com Overview Terry…

  • Direct buy bikes: Ribble Aero 883

    Direct buy bikes: Ribble Aero 883

    28th January 2015

    Shimano’s electric Di2 transmission is effortless, super accurate yet impressively reliable and Ribble’s Aero 883 maximises aero gain by putting the battery inside the seat post. Ribble Aero 883, £2129.99 ribblebikes.co.uk Overview Lancashire price crusaders Ribble have a long established…

  • Direct buy bikes: Planet X Nanolight

    Direct buy bikes: Planet X Nanolight

    27th January 2015

    Planet-X’s CT45 clinchers mix the latest swollen profile carbon hull with an alloy outer rim for confident braking and composed all weather handling. Planet X Nanolight, £1999 planetx.co.uk Overview Planet X have been offering “no-nonsense” direct delivery bike deals from South…

  • Direct buy bikes: Sensa Aquila SL

    Direct buy bikes: Sensa Aquila SL

    27th January 2015

    Supra full carbon wheels look great and handle well in a wide range of wind conditions but they’ve no weight advantage and braking performance is less consistent. Sensa Aquila SL, £2,050 merlincycles.co.uk Overview Dutch firm Intersens has been producing bikes for…

  • James Ketchell: Essential cycling gear

    James Ketchell: Essential cycling gear

    31st December 2014

    Adventurer James Ketchell reveals the kit he relied on to pedal around the world. Nine pieces of essential cycling gear from the man who has completed the ‘ultimate triathlon’… In 2014 James Ketchell completed a 214-day, 18,000-mile cycle around the globe.…