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Free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10

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 Collect+

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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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.

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

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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.

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Touring bikes - a helpful guide

   Words by Aaron Scott

   on 29/08/2013 19:47:00

Tour de force.

Touring bikes: what are they like to ride?

Designed to travel long distances with minimum hassle and maximum comfort, touring bikes have mudguards, spaces for racks, fatter tyres (usually 28 or 32mm), a low centre of gravity and the gear systems and stability needed to transport heavy loads. Coincidentally, that means they’re also excellent for navigating nastily steep hills.

They have wide gear ratios and an upright sitting position on a padded saddle, which eases pressure on your back and allows you to enjoy the view. Touring bike frames are usually simply made, often from steel. This makes them heavier, but reliable, built to go for miles without problems. And if something does go wrong when you’re far from home, they’re easier to get fixed than a hi-tech carbon fibre frame.

Audax bikes

Often called “fast tourers,” the audax bike falls somewhere between a road bike and a touring bike. They’re usually fitted with a narrower tyre (23 or 25mm) and, like road bikes, tend to have dropped handlebars. Just like a standard tourer, an audax bike generally comes fitted with mudguards, rear rack, triple chainset and cantilever brakes (to fit over the wider tyres). It may even come with lights, for overnight audax events.

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Technical stuff

  • Touring bikes are built for comfort, not speed, and intended for long days on the road.
  • Touring bikes favour an upright sitting position for comfort throughout a long day’s ride
  • They can have either flat or dropped handlebars
  • They have a wide gear ratio for tackling tough hills and easy riding on the straights
The Kona Sutra touring road bike

Suitable for:

Anyone from complete beginner to seasoned cyclist.

Best for:

  • Long-distance riding
  • Light touring on roads
  • Someone who wants a speedy road bike for the fitness and fun of riding fast on tarmac, but isn’t sure if they’ll get into racing or touring

Avoid if:

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Touring hybrid bike - Scott Venture 30 Solution
The Scott Venture 30 Solution women's touring hybrid bike, with flat handlebars.

Still want more advice?

We’ve produced lots more guides to help you find out more about bikes, cycling and cycle gear. These include sizing guides for bikes and clothing, and handy guides to cycle clothing, bike accessories, commuting with a bike, and more. Browse our full range of guides here.

And if these guides don’t answer your questions, we’re here to help – just give our friendly customer service team a call on 01572 737 624. Lines are open Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm UK time.

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