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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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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.

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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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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.

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Cycle clothing from head to toes – our guide to what to wear where on a bike

   Words by Adam

   on 29/08/2013 18:05:00

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  • Women's Giro Skyla helmet

    Obviously, you’ll want a decent helmet to protect your best assets.

  • During the winter months, wear a skull cap under your helmet to retain warmth.
  • Helmet covers are also a handy option to prevent rain entering helmet vents.

Neck and ears

  • In a chilly wind, don’t underestimate how cold and achy your ears can get – covering them up from the start of your ride can make a big difference. Buffs and scarves are available in different weights and are perfect for keeping your neck and ears warm.


  • Layers are the way to go – in all but extreme hot or cold weather, you’ll be good with the following three (for more detail, see our top tips on layering):
    1. Base layer:invaluable for keeping you warm and dry in all conditions. Sitting snugly close and in direct contact with
      The Baa-Baa merino wool base layer

      your skin, your base layer ‘wicks’ moisture away from your body. Choose a long-sleeved base layer for winter and a short-sleeved version for the summer. If it’s really hot, this layer may be all you need, but otherwise you’ll also want a…

    2. Mid layer: look for a lightweight, breathable, well-insulated jersey that feels good against your skin – your mid layer can be a really flexible garment, which in addition to being a mid layer, can also function as a base layer, worn alone when it’s hot, or an outer garment with a base layer underneath. Like a base layer, you can find mid-layer cycling jerseys with long sleeves or short sleeves.
    3. Altura's Night Vision hi-vis waterproof jacket is a good option for all-weather commuting

      Outer layer or shell: ideally, your top layer would be windproof, waterproof and breathable, right? These garments – they’re called a hardshell – exist, and they work GREAT – but they’re a pricey option, and they’re not as easy to stow away when the sun comes out again. For shorter rides, casual cyclists and those who like to pedal light, a more compact, breathable and very lightweight softshell outer may suit better. It’ll offer wind protection and water resistance – worst case, you can always sit out the torrential downpour under a tree!

    4. One further outer layer recommendation for roadies: the gilet, a thin, windproof, zip-up vest that can be rolled up and stashed in a back pocket. Perfect to don for the long descent after you’ve reached the top of a decent climb, when your chest can suddenly get very cold.
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  • Arm warmers are a great idea for the spring and autumn months. These tubular lengths of material can be put on for the early mornings and late evenings and are easily removed and stashed in a jersey pocket when the day warms up.


  • When it’s hot, a pair of fingerless mitts will provide protection to the nerves in your palm and forearm, minimising discomfort
    Specialized BG Sport women's mitts

    and numbness over longer trips.

  • Heading into colder times, full-fingered gloves are a must. These can range from a single fleeced layer to insulated, waterproof gauntlets.


  • One thing that is essential for cycling is a padded short.Look for a good-quality pad that forms a
    Specialized Sport padded cycling shorts: one of our best-selling products

    cradle around your unmentionables. This will provide comfort and wick away sweat to leave    the area problem free. (We also recommend chamois cream for extra protection down there.)

  • For more fitted support, a bib short will provide a fitted Lycra section that runs over your shoulders like a pair of braces to keep the seat pad in place.
  • For off-road or casual riding, a decent mountain bike short will usually be baggy but with a fitted padded insert, designed to be worn like a boxer short.
  • Leg warmers are a great way to beat the early spring/autumn chill and like arm warmers, you can stash them when the weather warms up.
  • For the winter, you’ll want a pair of thermal tights. These are available with or without a pad, so you can wear them alone or slip them over an existing pair of shorts. Just like shorts, you can also choose tights with a bib, providing additional warmth to your torso.
  • Waterproof over-trousers are a godsend when the weather gets biblical, but they’re not as breathable, so make sure they’re compact enough to stash away when the rain stops.

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  • Summer cycling socks are thin and highly breathable, with thicker areas designed to protect the foot in areas prone to rubbing.
  • Waterproof socks are pretty handy in winter. They keep the water out and your toes toasty.
  • Cycling shoes: whether you go for a standard cycling shoe or one with an in-built clipless pedal system, a good pair of cycling
    Specialized Tahoe Ladies MTB Shoes

    shoes, correctly fitted, are a very wise investment. They can make your ride a whole lot more enjoyable, and your feet, knees and hips will thank you for it.

  • Overshoes are designed, not surprisingly given the name, to be worn over your shoes. They prevent the weather (cold and wet) from entering through the vents on your shoes. They range from full rubber waterproof to a neoprene cover.

High-visibility (hi-vis) clothing

  • “Be safe, be seen” is a sensible mantra to adopt as a cyclist, and wearing hi-vis clothing (made with fluorescent fabrics and often featuring reflective banding, picked up by car headlights) is especially important if you’re riding on roads or busy, multi-use cycle paths.

Technical cycle clothing

Time trial clothing kit

  • Road time trial riding has clothing that is specifically designed to maximise aerodynamics. These include skin suits, which are extremely fitted to reduce any clothing flapping in the wind, overshoes to smooth out the contours of cycle footwear, and extra-aerodynamic helmets. However, if you’re a beginner looking to get into time trialling, then standard road cycling clothing, a good pair of cycling shoes (ideally clipless) and a helmet should suffice – check with your local cycling club for details.

Protective clothing and body armour

  • Protective equipment exists for the sort of riding that involves a lot of falling off. For the skate park and BMX riding there is a wide choice of elbow and knee pads to prevent bruising on the verts.
  • For all Mountain and Downhill riding, a fall can present a more serious injury. Elbow and knee pads exist but they will incorporate a hard shell to offer greater protection. Hard shell armour protection is available for the torso, including reinforcement for the spine. Neck braces are also becoming increasingly popular among downhill riders. These allow full movement of the head but protect neck and spinal vertebrae from compacting under impact from a collision.

Compression layers

  • Compression layers are a specific type of base layer, designed to inflict inward pressure on the area where they are worn.
    Skins compression cycling jersey

    Compression forces blood from the surface of the skin to deeper within the muscle, delivering more oxygen to the muscles and heart to increase performance. Compression layers are also proven to reduce muscle injury and speed up muscle recovery if worn after exercise.

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