Bikes and cycling kit

Three road cyclists climbing up a hill
With help from our friends at BikeRadar, who are supporting Bike Week here's a guide to the basics of cycling kit, clothing, technique and more. These cycling tips are aimed at the beginners, those of you who’ve just started out on their great two-wheeled adventure. Think of us as your helpful riding buddy who wants to save you some time and some trouble.

Vitus Vee 27
Bike Test: Budget City Bikes - 20 Sep 2015 - Article
Transport cycling can be affordable even when it requires a new bike. Dan Joyce tests the Revolution Courier Race and Vitus Vee 27, both under £400. This review was written by Dan Joyce and first published in Cycle Magazine in August 2014.

A comfortable saddle is the key
Riding a bicycle can aggravate the prostate and cause other health problems in men. The design of the standard bicycle seat can rub against the prostate during the pedalling process. A comforatble saddle is key.

Family cycling in the Netherlands
Front child seats - 31 Jan 2014 - Blog
Some fans of front child seats are indignant that CTC apparently damns their choice with faint praise. So here's my explanation of why we're not against front seats, but would encourage parents to consider a rear seat first.

Picture of lights and indicators st, no longer made.
It’s that time of year again, when the bikeshop window fills with bright and shiny twinkly winky things and the cyclist protection racket (“Buy one of these kid, or you’ll be sorry!”) goes into overdrive!

Restoring a bike
How to recycle your bike - 17 Jul 2013 - Article
The bike or spares you no longer have a use for could be helping to fuel a local community project that restores bikes, salvages spares and provides a valuable training opportunity.

View of Bespoked Show through frame of Condor Fratello bike
Bespoked 2013 - 22 May 2013 - Blog
The UK Handmade Bicycle Show has quickly grown to become a fixture on Britain's cycling calendar, so I thought it was time I took a look at it.

Review of the RoadHawk Ride Bullet HD Camera
RoadHawk Ride HD Bullet Camera review - 22 Feb 2013 - Article
The RoadHawk Ride seems to have something of a cult following amongst cyclists, especially after extensive use in the BBC’s documentary, the 'War on Britain’s Roads'. After two weeks’ use, this is what I thought...

An Electric Bike
The Chilterns are soon to be the latest tourist area to host an Electric Bike Network so, as a local, I decided to give their electric bicycles a spin.

classic bicycle
Reading girl returns to restore a classic - 29 Nov 2012 - Case Study
Laura Brooks wanted a new bike, but couldn't afford to buy one, so with the help of a CTC project in Reading she learnt the skills to help her tranform an old racing bike into a beautiful classic.

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