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We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and DPD Pick-up

All of our bicycles are fully built by our experienced and certified mechanics prior to delivery; all you will need to do is turn the handlebars and fit some pedals.

Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered.

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We've chosen to offer products at the very lowest prices, rather than provide a free returns service. If you do need to return an item, we provide printable postage labels and collection services at a small cost for all items - including bicycles.

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    3 ways to upgrade your road ride

       Words by Aaron Scott

       on 16/06/2014 10:47:00

    Now you've owned your beloved steed for a year or so, you must be starting to get eager to tinker? Upgrading any bike is fun, especially when it's your own. Once you have trawled through numerous cycle websites and spoken to many friends as well as the staff in your local store, one question probably still remains: what do I upgrade first, or at all?

    Road bikes are relatively straightforward in terms of tweaking and upgrading when you compare them to a full suspension mountain bike, for example. No suspension units to upgrade or service, no disc brakes to bleed or maintain...however, choosing the right upgrades at first is crucial to any bike.

    You could spend thousands on upgrading your bike, but I strongly believe that the following are the improvements that will give you the most noticeable rewards on the road:

    1. Pedals/Shoes
    2. Wheels
    3. Chain set

    In that order!

    Upgrade your shoes


    If you do not already have what we call clip-less pedals, it could well be the single best purchase you will ever make for your road bike. Clip-less pedals are known by a variety of names such as SPD, Clip in's, Look and so on, but they all have one function in mind. Very simply, they are attaching your feet to the pedals via specific style shoes. The pedals will come with cleats, which then attach to the sole of the shoes, enabling you to clip in and out of the pedals. This will noticably increase your pedalling efficiency and power without training any harder!

    On a typical pedal stroke with flat pedals you can only apply power by pushing down on the pedal for approximately 25% of the crank rotation. With the use of clip-less pedals, the entire rotation of the cranks can be transformed into power output, because not only do you push down on the pedals, you also pull up, due to being attached to them.

    Upgrade to Clipless Pedals >
    Upgrade your Wheels


    Wheels can certainly be a pricey upgrade, but only if you want them to be. Great quality wheel sets start at around the £200 mark and, depending on the price and quality of your original bike purchase, they're usually a worthwhile investment.

    Beneficial upgrades on wheel sets compared to a standard set would be:

    1. Cartridge bearings – smoother and last longer than ball bearing set ups
    2. Spokes - stiffer, stronger and generally with a lacing pattern
    3. Rims and hubs - lighter and machined
    4. Hub material – mostly carbon to reduce weight

    What you are ultimately trying to achieve by upgrading your wheel set is to reduce weight. By fitting lighter, faster rolling wheels, you will accelerate faster and maintain speed better. Exactly what you want from a road bike.

    Upgrade your Wheels >
    Upgrade your Chainset


    When looking to upgrade a chain set, or crank/crank set as some refer to them, your aim is to improve your pedalling efficiency and save a bit of weight. A cheap chain set will weigh a tonne compared to something around the £200 mark and the more expensive models will also be much stiffer. This will increase the power through the rear wheel, rather than losing it in the flex created from the chain set/bottom bracket area.

    Most of the newer style chain sets actually fit into your bike completely differently from older, cheaper models. Due to advancements in engineering and some clever thinking, what once was technically a 3 piece set up (left arm, crank arm and bottom bracket) is now much changed. The shaft that runs through the the frame is actually part of one of the arms. The other arm now attaches directly to this shaft, doing away with the need for a bottom bracket and axle. The bearing system is now simplified to two cups that screw into the frame. All this results in a much stiffer set up as well as simplifying compatibility.

    Upgrade your Chainset >

    While these three enhancements will give the most immediate improvement to your ride, the possibilities for tinkering are almost limitless. A great excuse if you're struggling to upgrade your legs.

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