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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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30 Day Test Ride

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When you buy a new bike at full RRP from rutlandcycling.com, 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 rutlandcycling.com. 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 £389, with 0% finance up to 24 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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Triathlon and Time Trial bikes - a helpful guide

   Words by Aaron Scott

   on 29/08/2013 19:51:00

Giant's Trinity Composite 2 triathlon bike. £1898.
Giant's Trinity Composite 2 triathlon bike. £1898.

Triathlon and Time Trial (TT) bikes: what are they like to ride?

Triathlon bikes are highly specialised and developed specifically for the sport. They have aerodynamic frames, with a riding position designed to work your quad muscles on your thighs and save your hamstrings for the final run.

In return for a fast and efficient ride on the smooth, time trial (TT) bikes can be known to sacrifice comfort and possibly cornering. They have lightweight frames, very high gearing, deep rim or disk wheels and often have airfoil-shaped tubing as well as special triathlon handlebars, known as tri bars. With these type of bars, the bar curves forward so that your hands and forearms can be rested close together while providing good stability. In addition the cables are normally hidden away or at least tucked in to reduce air resistance as much as possible - for example, they can be integrated within the top-tube.

Browse our range of triathlon/TT bikes >

Giant Trinity Advanced SL, as ridden by the Rabobank pro team.
Giant Trinity Advanced SL, as ridden by the Rabobank pro team.

Technical stuff

  • The seat tube tends to be at a steeper angle for a more forward riding position which saves hamstring strength for the running part of the race
  • ‘Aero bars’ which stretch forward from the handlebars are designed to give you a more aerodynamic profile when you’re riding and often have brake levers on the side horns
  • Wheels are lightweight, aerodynamic and often have fewer spokes than the standard 32
  • Triathlon rules can be very strict – we can check your bike to make sure it qualifies

Suitable for:

  • Experienced racing cyclists
  • Confident cyclists/triathletes looking to compete seriously

Best for:

Triathlons, time trials and other high speed races

Avoid if:

  • You’re a novice cyclist
  • You want to travel off-road (see mountain bikes)
  • You want to commute to work (see hybrid bikes)
  • You want to do long-distance cycle touring (see touring bikes)
  • You want to ride in a group

Browse our range of triathlon/TT bikes >

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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