To improve your shopping experience today and in the future, this site uses cookies.
I Accept Cookies
Close results

Popular searches for:

Popular content for:

Popular Products scroll for more

See all results     Previous Next  

Free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10

We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £30, with delivery starting from £2.99 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.

View all Delivery Options

90-Day UK Returns for all items

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your shopping experience at Rutland Cycling, so we offer a 90-day exchange or refund on any unused item (within the UK).

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.

See our full Returns policy.

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 £60 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 many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

Full T's & C's

Finance your purchase

Get a confidential decision online in seconds.

At Rutland Cycling, we offer Finance on orders over £250, with 0% finance up to 36 months available on selected bikes, including some sale bikes. Visit the product page to see which finance products are available.

You can apply for Finance online or in store. To apply online, add your selected items to your basket, then checkout as normal. Select Finance as your payment method, fill in the application form, then complete your order.

See our Finance page for more information.

Lockdown Update: We are open

We are still despatching online orders and our sales team are on hand to help with any product enquiries you might have 7 days a week.
While most of our stores remain open for essential retail, we have updated our store policy.

Find out more>

Back to Blog  

How to Plan Your Cycling Routes

   Words by David Hicks

   on 20/06/2019 15:42:27


Words by Grace Lambert-Smith

Gone are the days of folding a map into the back pocket of your jersey prior to jumping in the saddle for a day of exploring new routes in unfamiliar territory. We’re now in a world of GPS devices and smartphones that take the stress and inconvenience of map reading away by providing a simple line for us to follow while we’re out pedalling.


Plotting a cycling route has its advantages. It encourages you to scope out new and interesting ways of discovering what’s around you. Just when you think you know a place, you can find hidden shortcuts or scenic alternatives to widen your horizon.

Planning cycling routes saves time for those who are against the clock. If you know your average speed and the time you want to ride, you can easily plot a route of a certain distance knowing you’ll be back at a reasonable hour. If you’ve always wondered how to plan a cycling route, you’ve come to the right place. There are a number of options from the software you use to plot your route, to the GPS device that shows you where to go while you’re on the road.

Plotting Your Route

Whether you ride from home and want to explore different lanes at the weekend or plan a cycling holiday to somewhere you’ve never been before, knowing where to point your front wheel is key to a fun day out. There are so many mapping tools out there that we can’t list all of them but some of the most popular are Strava, Ride With GPS and Komoot. Each has its own benefits so take a look at the features to see which best suits you and your needs.

Most mapping websites are a self-explanatory game of dot-to-dot, tracing the roads you want to ride along and many display the elevation profile adding to the security of knowing exactly what you’re getting yourself into before committing to a route. If you’re partial to double-digit gradients, you’ll be able to seek out those out-the-saddle gear grinders easily. Likewise, if you’re more of a fast-and-flat type, there could be a way around those big hills you didn’t know about.


Plotting a cycling route helps alleviate the worry of cycling down busy roads. Some planning tools integrate Google street view, so it’s possible to look at the condition of the road before you take to the pedals. Make sure you zoom in to double check there are no bridleways or mountain bike trails that have been chosen for you - this is particularly important if you’re on skinny tyres! If you’re in need of inspiration, try searching for other people’s routes. Plenty of event organisers now upload the routes for their bike rides so you can follow a tried-and-tested safe cycling route. If there’s a particular Strava segment you’d like to incorporate into your route, click on the name of someone else who has done it to see how they got there.

There are a whole host of other mapping tools if you look for them from more detailed OS Map interfaces to paid-for added extras like custom cue sheets (a good idea for noting down cafes and points of interest). Some websites highlight the Sustrans National Cycle Network and Eurovelo cycling routes which is useful for routing down quieter lanes, off-road bike paths and dedicated cycling infrastructure Choosing a GPS After you’ve plotted your routes, you’ll need a GPS device on which to display them once you’re clipped in and ready to go. Most GPS devices display other useful data such as total climbing, average speed and distance ridden. They work like an in-car sat-nav or you can upload your own route. GPS computers are designed to withstand the elements: they’re waterproof, have a backlit screen and long battery life. If you’re out on a particularly lengthy bike ride, you might want to take an external battery pack and charging cable to top it up as you go around to avoid getting lost.


Garmin cycling computers have been around for many years and for a long time were unparalleled in the market. Garmin devices use GPX files which can be uploaded from mapping websites to the unit via USB connection. The brand name is synonymous with cycling computers and they’re well known in other industries (automotive, sailing, aviation) for providing accurate GPS data. However, with the rise of competitors such as Wahoo and Lezyne, Garmin is no longer the only choice.


Wahoo is the latest new player in the game of GPS tracking. The simplified display, long battery life and cheaper price point is proving popular with customers as well as the ability to plan routes on the move with a smartphone. It uses WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to sync your routes. Many of the mapping tools also have a mobile app. Simply attach your phone to your handlebars and off you go.

Ride Your Bike

Once you’ve uploaded your route, it’s time to put your plot into action. Most GPS devices will display a line to follow complete with turn-by-turn directions, much like a car’s satellite navigation system. If you miss a turning, the cycling computer will let you know so that you can backtrack and continue where you left off.

View all Accessories >

Find your nearest Rutland Cycling store

We have 6 dedicated E-Bike centres across the Midlands where you can view our extensive range of E-Bikes and speak to our expert staff. Find out more here.






Share this Article

Search Articles

Recommended for you

Rutland Cycling is a credit broker and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 690345). Credit is provided by Hitachi Personal Finance, a trading style of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under Financial Services Register no. 704348. Credit is subject to status and affordability. Term & Conditions apply. The register can be accessed through