All cycling ruck sacks are designed to fit snugly to your back. They are great for carrying water and other items such as bike tools and tubes for your great day out on a trail. As you spend more money and go up the range you will be able to carry more water and bike parts etc. They will also have better ventilation to prevent your back getting sweaty. Back Packs can also include a natural reservoir. This is a water pouch which can be placed in your backpack and then drunk from using a tube. The main brand for this type of backpack is Camelback. These can be found here. We sell carrying devices for all your biking equipment including bikes, helmets and cycling tools. Shop Back Packs
Cycling helmets must pass certain safety tests before they are deemed suitable to be sold. All helmets available comply with the basic safety standards. Depending on how much you spend, different features are included with helmets! In the summer cycling helmets can get very warm. More expensive helmets include more air vents thus more air flow occurs. This means you will keep a lot cooler during mountain and road bike rides. More expensive helmets include much improved fitting systems meaning they are a lot more comfortable and easier to wear. Big Helmet brands such as Casco do a lot of research into head sizes and contours meaning they are comfier than cheap cycling helmets. Shop Cycling Helmets
The best grips to buy are ergonomically designed rubber grips. These grips are designed to fit to your hand better so your weight on your handlebars is spread out more evenly. We sell gel and coated grips which offer great shock absorbing potential. Grips should be tough however must be soft enough for the user to feel comfortable. Shop Handlebar Grips
Bicycle Carriers allow for a bike to be attached to a car or bus for transportation purposes. Car bike carriers can attach a bike to the roof, rear boot, or rear tow bar depending on your car make. Bikes can be mounted by clamping both wheels on the bike then providing additional vertical support or alternatively clamping the rear wheels and front dropouts. If you choose to buy a rear hitch mounted rack then the top tube will need to be clamped. A cross bar converter can be purchased that will allow step through cycle frames to be mounted as they do not include a top tube. Carriers that clamp bikes using front dropouts may also include a built in lock. We currently stock Thule, Pendle, Avenir, Peruzzo and many other brands of car racks. Shop Car Racks
Saddles come in a variety of different forms including, Solid Leather, "Leatherette" Coated or Plain Solid Plastic, Mattress Saddles, Sprung Saddles, Gel & Gelfoam Saddles. View more information on this Here. Whatever the differences all saddles include a rail. This is commonly made out of steel however some rails can be made out of such lighter weight materials as titanium, carbon fibre and magnesium. Rails allow for a saddle to be mounted to a seat pillar. Shop Cycling Saddles
Trailers have become very popular with us this summer (we have sold them in the dozens!).Trailers hold one or two children, and include seat belts so your children are strapped in snugly and most of all safely. The more you spend the more features are included, including extra storage and a more solid “hard pan” floor. Hard pan floors are useful for kids who don’t tend to wipe their feet before they get in the house! Most trailers include a window and even sometimes an open window mesh for hot days! All trailers can be attached securely to your bike using a secure fastening and can be easily folded flat. Shop Bike Trailers
The best possible pump to choose is a pump which offers a “Smart Head”. A smart head connects with both Presta and Schrader valves so there is no need for adapters. This makes these pumps very adaptable as they can be easily used in all situations. Most good pumps offer dual action pumping. This means air is pumped into tyre when you push in and out. We recommend the “ Topeak Master DX” pump or if you want something that little bit special the "Specialized Airtool Carbon Mini Pump" is also a good bet! Shop Cycle Pumps
Locks come in two forms Keyed or Keyless. Keyless systems offer a combination style system where you can pick a chosen number for your lock. This means no one can open your lock unless they know the key code. Key locks are the classic design where you seal your lock with a key. The lock can then be unlocked with your key any time you wish. Locks come in a variety of sizes and weights. The more expensive locks tend to be a lot tougher however they are usually a lot heavier. A decision needs to be made whether it is worth carrying around a heavy lock to protect your bike or will the weight be a hindrance? Shop Bike Locks
An indoor bike trainer allows a user to ride a bike indoors without moving the bike. Bike trainers are mainly used to train a user for a race or for when conditions outside are not pleasant. Bike trainers can be used in both home and gym settings. A bike trainer mostly consists of a clamp to hold the bike securely in place, a roller that presses against the rear wheel and a resistance mechanism which works when the pedals are turned. Three kinds of trainers are available - wind, magnetic and fluid. When you use a wind trainer the roller spins fan blades thus creating air resistance. These trainers are usually the cheapest however, they are very loud during operation. Magnetic trainers have magnets that resist each other. They are the medium range in price and noise. Fluid trainers use fluid in specially fitted chambers to create resistance. These items are the one of the most expensive and quietest bike trainers on the market. Sometimes, trainers use a centrifugal pressure system to create resistance. However, this is very rare. These trainers tend to have the same performance values as a fluid trainer. Shop Turbo Trainers
Variants of Cycling pedals
Within the cycling world there are numerous versions of pedals. Here is a quick run down of the options to help you choose what's right for you.
½ inch flat pedals
This is the rarest type of pedal on the market. ½ inch refers to the thread size of the pedal axle and is only found on children's bikes and bmx's with one piece cranks on.
9/16 Flat pedals
The most common and standard sort of pedal used by the majority of cyclists and most commonly recognised across the cycling market. 9/16 refers to the thread size of the pedal axle and has a larger diameter than ½ inch.
Toe strap 9/16 pedals
This kind of pedal is basically the same as the 9/16 flat pedal but has what is known as a toe strap attached to it. This is like a cage that the front section of your foot slides into and is then tightened using a strap to enclose your foot. The advantage of this is that is simply attaches your foot to pedal using the strap and enhances your pedalling efficiency. By doing this you can actually pull up on the pedals as well as pushing down. Most commonly seeing in track riding, road riding and touring.
Clip less pedals
Clipless pedals, also referred to as SPD's, are widely used by most keen cyclists and are used at the top level in both road and mountain bike cycling across the world. Specific shoes are needed to use this type of pedal as it physically attaches the shoe to the pedal using a form of cleat. Cleats and shoes vary in design depending on the nature of the cyclist. Road ones vary in style and use depending on its design requirements. For example, road clip less pedal typically only have an engagement clasp on one side of the pedal. This is because a road cyclist will typically only need to clip in and out rarely whist on a ride and by designing the pedal in this manner will also save weight on the pedal. Compared to a mountain bike cyclist who is enduring tactical terrain, they will need to engage/disengage more frequently and so, MTB clip less pedals will have an engagement clasp on both sides of the pedal to accommodate for this.