The Rutland Difference Rutland Rewards 30 Day Test Ride 1 Hour Delivery Slot Price Match Promise Free Click & Collect

Earn Rewards Points

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.

Read more about Rutland Rewards

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.

Full T's & C's

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.

Delivery Information

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.

Ask us to Price Match

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.

Find out more

Back to Blog  

It’s not just about the Olympic Road Races

   Words by Aaron Scott

   on 29/08/2013 18:42:00

Frank's trusty Raleigh Apex, crossing Kingston Bridge en route to the Mall

Some people ride bikes for the sheer pleasure of the activity itself. Others use their bikes as a means of transport. When you combine both these objectives, the two wheel mode of conveyance is, hands down, the nearest to perfection in forms of transport.

I ride thousands of miles each year just for pleasure, usually in meandering circles starting from my home, but some journeys take me from A to B, to places worth visiting and events worth attending, where the destination suddenly takes priority. This is what happened over the weekend of the Olympic road races. My 227 mile (366kms) return journey had as its destination the Box Hill circuit for the men’s road race, and The Mall in London for the finish of the women’s race.

A rival to the Champs Elysee

We all now know what happened in those races, and I was as riveted as anyone with the happenings by the roadside. But one thing is for certain: you don’t go roadside to races in order to get the best views nor the best updates of what is happening. Much of the time you are in the dark. You listen for shouted comments across the crowds, from people consulting their smart phones or listening to race radio with headsets.

Team GB leading the peloton over Box Hill

My attention was as much riveted by the anticipation of the crowds; the motley colours and expressions of patriotism; the inevitable mixture of lycra-clad roadies who had cycled to the event, and the non-cycling masses who knew little about cycling, but just wanted to experience the atmosphere. Not quite on the scale of the Tour de France, where whole communities have massive street parties to celebrate the passage of the peloton, but the cavalcades of police outriders, team cars, press vehicles and overhead helicopters all added to the heightening of tension and the sharpened sense of anticipation.

My ride down, to stay with one of my brothers in Epsom, inevitably took me through endless suburban towns, but my decision to ride into The Mall for the finish of the women’s race on the Sunday gave me the opportunity to pick up the Thames Cycleway at Hampton Court, and enjoy the delights of a 25 mile ride through the quiet and ever-changing vistas of this mighty river. If speed is of the essence, you don’t follow rivers. They never go in straight lines, least of all the Thames! Otherwise you couldn’t have a more perfect route into the heart of London. Just change down a gear, slacken the pace and enjoy the journey.

My weekend concluded with a night spent with another brother on his houseboat on the River Lea, and a return journey that took me along the Lea Valley towpath out of London, then through the ‘hinterland’ of Hertfordshire, my attention being grabbed by the beautiful village of Ayot St Lawrence and its connections with the writer George Bernard Shaw; its surreal history of the village church being dismantled by the Lord of the Manor in the 18th century, and being replaced by an astonishing Palladian style church more appropriate to ancient Athens than to a rural English setting.

Instead of taking my road bike (when I could have blended in seamlessly with all the other roadies on Box Hill) I took my sturdy Raleigh Apex (a purchase I made from Grafham Cycling nearly 20 years ago!), better able to carry some luggage and cope with the riverside tracks along the Rivers Thames and Lea. Whether you are a weekend warrior or occasional commuter, why not pack a bit of luggage and head off for a few days? There is a myriad of options out there just waiting for you.

Share this Article

Search Articles

Recommended for you