Cycling guides

Find loads of bike-buying secrets and buying hacks right here.

Cycling has exploded in popularity in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, but even if you’re a seasoned cyclist, do you know what a Rear Derailleur is? Or which bike light is best for your bike?

Check out our cycling guides below for the lowdown, and the key need-to-knows for how to save money when you’re buying your kit.

Cycling buying guides

Where to buy cycling shoes

Where to buy cycling shoes

In the market for some cycling shoes? You’ve come to the right place.

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The ultimate guide to electric bikes

The ultimate guide to electric bikes

Looking to go electric? Help out the environment, simplify your morning commute and stay fit with an electric bike. Find out everything you need to know in our handy guide.

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How to get into cycling

How to get into cycling

Raring to get into cycling? You’ll have all the gear and the information you need with these need-to-know tips.

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Find the right pair of cycling shorts for your ride

Find the right pair of cycling shorts for your ride

Use this guide to find out which type of cycling shorts suite your needs best, and get some top recommendations on our favourite styles.

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Stay safe with these top bike lights

Stay safe with these top bike lights

Use this guide to find the right bike lights to keep you safe on the road at night.

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Best bike locks for your budget

Best bike locks for your budget

Discover the best bike lock for your individual bike and check out our top tips to find the right lock for you.

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Cycle to Work schemes – burn calories not your cash.

Cycle to Work schemes – burn calories not your cash.

A comprehensive guide to cycle to work schemes. Find out how they work, how much you could save, and more.

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Best places to shop for cycling equipment

What do I need to get started in cycling?

  1. A bike: This one you probably knew without our help!
  2. A helmet: The is one we don’t recommend scrimping on! Invest in something that will really protect you if you get into an accident.
  3. Bike lights: Even if you don’t plan on cycling in the dark, we recommend decent bike lights for low visibility weather and maximum safety on roads.
  4. Cycling shorts: Anyone who has sat on a bike saddle for more than 10 minutes knows the padding in bike shorts is a revelation!
  5. Bike shoes: If you’re an amateur cyclist then trainers will be fine, but more experienced cyclists will want proper bike shoes.
  6. Bike friendly water bottles: Stay hydrated with water bottles that fit easily to your bike frame.
  7. A bike lock: Bikes are a pretty serious investment, so you’ll want to protect yours with a state-of-the-art lock.

What muscles does cycling work?

Cycling is a great full-body workout! It’s obvious that it’s a strong leg workout but cycling actually engages your glutes and hip flexors too, as well as your hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles.

What to wear when cycling

Most cyclists wear skin-tight clothes. While they may not be the most flattering on everyone, they lessen wind resistance, making it easier to pick up speed and maintain speed from going downhill. Spandex or Lycra is a great material for cycling as it’s supportive and breathable.

How to get into cycling

Start slow! Cycling is a serious workout so if you try to do too much too quickly you simply won’t enjoy it and will probably give up quite quickly. We recommend starting out with small bike rides of about 15 minutes on a mostly flat road and work your way up from there! Try to keep the scenery as interesting (while maintaining the flatness) as possible to make it entertaining.

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