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Our Customer Rewards scheme allows you to earn points every time you shop with us. The points you earn can be used to spend on products both online and in store. You can spend your points as soon as they're on your account, so you won't have to wait around for your savings.

Signing up to the Customer Rewards scheme is free, and the points you earn can be used both online and in store. You can spend your points as soon as they're on your account, so you won't have to wait around for your savings. Rewards Points are valid for 12 months from purchase date.

Any bike purchased using 0% finance and/or Cyclescheme (or other employee salary-sacrifice scheme) is excluded from this offer.

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30 Day Test Ride

All the convenience of buying online, without the risk
When you buy a new bike at full RRP from, you can now benefit from the added reassurance of our Rutland 30-day test ride. Once your new bike arrives, you can ride it as your own for 30 days, and we're confident you'll love it! However, if it's not right for you, we'll exchange it for another model. (There's a nominal charge of £10 for us to collect your bike - just make sure you keep the box your bike arrived in.)

On which bikes is the 30-day test ride available?
The Rutland 30-day test ride is available on all full price, non-discounted bikes available for home delivery on It is not available on discounted or special offer bikes, click and collect bikes, bikes bought on finance, bikes bought through Cyclescheme, or bikes bought in store. This offer is only available on bikes delivered to mainland UK addresses.

How does the test ride work?
Your 30-day test ride starts from the date your bike is delivered. You must notify us by email within 30 calendar days of delivery that you intend to return the bike within this scheme. This offer applies to all bikes purchased on or after 14th August 2014. To ensure you remain eligible, we would ask that you adopt a 'fair usage' attitude during the test ride period, and make sure there is no damage to the bike outside of the minimal wear you would expect from a bike ridden for 30 days or a few rides. Please note that any damage to the bike, including damage from incorrect assembly, will invalidate the test ride.

How many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

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1 Hour Delivery Slots

Choose our Interlink Predict Priority service and avoid the hassle of waiting around all day for your delivery. Interlink will notify you of your one-hour delivery window by SMS and email, and you can track the progress of your delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15-minute time slot.

Furthermore, if you find yourself busy on the day of delivery, Interlink will off you rescheduling options, both the night before and on the day, so you can select an alternative delivery date, deliver to a nominated neighbour, leave the parcel in a safe place, collect your parcel from your local Interlink depot, or upgrade to delivery before 1200.

This service is available on most items, but does exclude bikes. If you require a 1 hour delivery slot for your bike delivery then please call our customer service team who can book this service for you over the phone.

Interlink Predict Priority is a premium delivery option. Additional charges apply.

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Price Match Promise

Price is important to everyone these days, so we regularly price check our competitors to make sure we have the best offers for you — but if you see the same product cheaper from one of our listed competitors, then get in touch and we'll do our very best to match the price.

Please note that we can only price match identical items (including size and colour), which are in stock and available for immediate delivery. Comparison price includes all delivery charges.

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Free Click & Collect

Our Click & Collect service offers all the benefits of shopping online, combined with an award-winning retail experience in one of our stores.

Simply order your items, select Click & Collect and pick up your item at a time that's convenient for you - our stores are open 7 days a week. Best of all, the service is completely free.

Don't live near our stores? Use our Collect+ service to collect your package from one of the (many) locations near you.

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A Buyer's Guide To Car Racks

   Words by Adam

   on 04/03/2016 14:15:00

A Buyer's Guide To Car Racks

Need help choosing the best car rack for transporting your bike? We take a look at the four main types and assess the pros and cons, so you can select the best option to suit your needs.What's more, throughout this month we're offering a free fit service at all of our stores, simply ask a member of staff in store for more details.

Wouldn't it be great to live at the bottom of an awesome mountain trail, or have the pick of the season's sportive within riding distance of your front door? Sadly, this isn't reality for most of us and sometimes, you just have to use the car. You could put your bike in the boot, but unless you've got a nice big estate car (that you don't mind getting mud- and grease-stained), that's not an option. And once you've factored in the family's bikes too, it's time to look at car racks. Car racks can make the task of lugging family and friends' wheels around a lot simpler and below is a guide to help you decide which is the best car rack system for your car.

Option 1: Strap-on Racks

Strap-on racks (also know as rear racks) tend to be the most cost-effective way of loading the car up with bikes. They consist of a frame assembly, made from either an alloy or moulded plastic, with strong webbing straps that hook onto the edge of the boot door. These are adjusted and pulled taught to hold the rack in place. The frame itself usually has rubber feet mounted to it, to prevent damage to either the window or paint surface of the car. The rack can then be loaded with bikes, within the number and weight limit recommended by the manufacturer. They can vary as to how many bikes they carry, with options for single, double or triple.

The Pros of Strap-On Racks

  • Highly adjustable – will fit to almost any car
  • A strap-on rack is the quickest and most cost-effective way to carry bikes on your car

The Cons of Strap-On Racks

  • If you have a rear spoiler on your car boot door, you need to be cautious about placing a load-bearing strap over it, as the weight of a fully-loaded rack could cause it to break
  • Strap-on rear racks will probably have to be unloaded when you want to open the boot door, as the shift in weight from the bicycles moving as they are tipped could cause them to collide with the car paintwork
  • Bikes are easier to steal
  • When a strap-on rack is fully loaded with bikes, the car number plate could be obstructed, making your vehicle illegal. Some manufacturers make a rack with height adjustment, lifting the bikes clear, but cannot take into account all car designs. A separate light and number plate board may need to be purchased to avoid police attention whilst driving to a family holiday
  • Bikes with a step-through frame (such as the Specialized Ariel ladies bike) may require an adapter to allow them to fit onto the rack. This adapter is a bar that hooks under the steering stem and saddle of the bicycle, creating a virtual cross bar that can rest and be strapped onto the rack

A Buyer's Guide To Car Racks Strap on Racks

Option 2: Tow Bar Mounted Racks

Tow bar racks, as the name suggests, are designed to fit onto a vehicle's tow bar. They connect either to a standard tow ball, or bolt to the tow ball mounting plate. Tow bar mounted racks typically come fitted with a light board. While all models share the same sort of mounting, they can vary widely in features and in price.

A basic tow bar rack tends to be fitted with a spanner-like tool, whilst another pair of hands holds it steady. The bikes on a basic rack are typically secured in place with webbing straps attached to the bikes and around part of the rack.

Higher-end models tend to be fitted by means of a simple lever mechanism, meaning they can easily be fitted by one person. The bikes are usually held in place with clamps and ratchet straps, making the load more secure.

The Pros of Tow Bar Mounted Racks

  • Simpler to fit, depending on model purchased
  • Better quality and load-carrying abilities than a rear rack
  • Higher-end models have a locking mechanism, to keep your bikes and rack safe from theft
  • Higher models can tilt forward, even when loaded, to give easy access to the boot
  • Less impact on fuel consumption than other types of rack, as they're behind the car and out of the way of the main airflow
  • Most models come with a light board, keeping you within the law

The Cons of Tow Bar Mounted Racks

  • More expensive than a simple rear rack, especially if you don't already have a tow bar fitted
  • Will take more room to store when not in use

A Buyer's Guide To Car Racks Tow Bar Mounted Racks

Option 3: Roof Racks

If you have a spoiler and no tow bar, then a roof rack could be the way forward. These are bars designed to adapt and fit to almost every car on the market and once you have the roof bars fitted, there is a wide range of equipment that you can fit to them. Bike carriers are available, as well as carriers for skis, kayaks, and roof boxes – just make sure that you order the correct components for your specific model of rack and car. Other options, such as wing bars to improve fuel efficiency by reducing the drag of the roof rack, are also available.

The Pros of Roof Racks

  • Cheaper than having a tow bar fitted to your car
  • Don't hinder access to any part of the car
  • One of the most secure racks available
  • Are versatile and the bars can be used for other applications

The Cons of Roof Racks

  • Not as easy to take on and off as other options
  • If you have a high car such as an MPV, you may struggle to reach onto the top of the car to secure your bike
  • With the cargo out of sight, it can be easy to forget that items are on the roof of the vehicle, which can make height barriers a danger
  • Fuel consumption suffers from the extra air drag

A Buyer's Guide To Car Roof Racks

Option 4: Car Racks for 4x4s and People Carriers (MPVs)

The presence of a spare wheel on the rear of many 4×4 cars and people carriers can be an issue when it comes to attaching a car rack. For example, in the case of a rear strap-on rack, the wheel will prevent the rack from resting against the boot door, causing the load to be unstable. Luckily, there are racks that are designed to be mounted to either the mounting bolts for the spare wheel, or to the actual wheel itself. There are also specially-designed tow bar mounted racks for 4x4s, which stand a further distance from the vehicle, allowing the rack to sit behind the spare wheel.

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