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Extra 10% off Buyers Picks with Voucher @ ProbikeKit

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alphamike Avatar14h, 17m agoFound 14 hours, 17 minutes ago / expires 28 Apr 1728 April 2017Add Comment
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Balance bike £22.00 @ Tesco with free Click & Collect plus others

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£22.00 @ Tesco Direct
Down from £60, to £30 now £22. Also available in pink. Not massive savings over competitors but seems quite well made compared to others around the same price. Free delivery if you use [email protected] Obviously… Read More
Down from £60, to £30 now £22. Also available in pink. Not massive savings over competitors but seems quite well made compared to others around the same price. Free delivery if you use [email protected] Obviously…
mickiem Avatar1d, 15h agoFound 1 day, 15 hours ago2 Comments
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The balance bike looks identical to the Verenti sold by wiggle, it was never worth £60 but the current price is ok, Verenti charged about £35.
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20% off all kids bikes instore & online no code needed - My First balance bike was £29.99 now £23.49 delivered more in post @ Smyths Toys

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20% off all bikes instore and online at Smyths toys with no code needed as prices already reduced on site. Free home delivery on orders over £20 or free click and collect from store if you prefer. Get… Read More
20% off all bikes instore and online at Smyths toys with no code needed as prices already reduced on site. Free home delivery on orders over £20 or free click and collect from store if you prefer. Get…
emribena Avatar2d, 16h agoFound 2 days, 16 hours ago5 Comments
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Got one too!
Bought one for the toddler, Thanks
Perfect timing. 4 year olds birthday in a week and I've been hanging on for deals. Thanks OP.
Great deal. Thank you.
By the way, no topcashback or quidco for Smyths but you can use Kidstart. Earn cash back for your child. Also earn at johnlewis and amazon which you can't at mainstream cashback sites.
Thanks
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Make your childs bike sound like a real life motorbike for around 40p @ Various retailers

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£0.00 @ Asda
Kids asking for the new craze of wanting their bike to sound like a real life motorbike and don't want to fork out for a piece of plastic like this link for it to snap after 17 mins? WELL... Get t… Read More
Kids asking for the new craze of wanting their bike to sound like a real life motorbike and don't want to fork out for a piece of plastic like this link for it to snap after 17 mins? WELL... Get t…
goonertillidie Avatar4d, 15h agoFound 4 days, 15 hours ago48 Comments
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Reflectors shaped like a cockerel and the little coloured balls that moved up and down the spokes as you rode making clacking noises, great memories! :D

Poor Leah makes a very Freudian comment about "c0.ck and balls moving up and down" and no one notices? I swear the average IQ of HUKD members has plummeted ;)
you have taken me back to my childhood X)
anyone else rip the fibreglass window boards off the derelict houses then skid for days 8)
or attach a fex playing cards to the rear of the frame so the spokes hit it
With the bikes around here you'd get more realistic results by trapping a wasp in a biscuit tin. Or if you're trying to stay cred a hornet in your Roughneck Transformers Lunchbox and Roughneck flask set - no, not a Bumble Bee - too obvious! Though this is where it's at:

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bk4AAOxyrM5TGhq3/s-l400.jpg

There's nerd-bait for you.
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Blaze kids balance bike £19.99 ELC

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£19.99 @ Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Bing or blaze balance bike was £29.99. Free click and collect. The same offer is available at mothercare, but have to pay £1.50 for click and collect. So ordered it from elc website with free cli… Read More
Bing or blaze balance bike was £29.99. Free click and collect. The same offer is available at mothercare, but have to pay £1.50 for click and collect. So ordered it from elc website with free cli…
Naady Avatar5d, 16h agoFound 5 days, 16 hours ago1 Comment
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Thanks. Was pondering on getting one of these for my 2 year grandson.
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£10 off £50 spend @ tredz.co.uk

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Alex.Theory Avatar6d, 15h agoFound 6 days, 15 hours ago / expires 31 May 1731 May 2017Add Comment
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Cycling Jerseys £10.00 and under @ Polaris bikewear

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£10.00 @ Polaris Bikewear
Nabbed a couple of deals in their last Sale and the kit turned out to be great so thought I would invest and share. You can get full outfits for summer, shorts, and tops for £20, can't complain. Read More
Nabbed a couple of deals in their last Sale and the kit turned out to be great so thought I would invest and share. You can get full outfits for summer, shorts, and tops for £20, can't complain.
shredlyjoe82 Avatar1w, 14h agoFound 1 week, 14 hours ago6 Comments
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Snapped up the Jersey in the above image... Looks quality and right bargain. Prices elsewhere are at least £45, rather than £10 in their sale. I'll wear the £4 delivery, no dramas. Just hope I went for the right size...
Cheers, will have another mooch then...

Edit- Yup lots of new stuff. Thanks again, bits ordered...hugs n kisses x

Edited By: ToneC on Apr 18, 2017 19:01: Adding to initial reply
Think they had a different offer on the other week and have some new bits on sale now? I was really happy with the quality on the first offer so thought id let you all know :)
Decent prices and decent gear but this deal was posted last week so that might be why it's going cold. Heat from me though, thanks
I've been using Polaris cycling clothes for years and the quality is great!
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Lightweight kids bike £139.99 ebay / buydirectltd

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£139.99 @ eBay
Lightweight kids bike similar to frog or Isla bikes at £300-400. Bike looks good and set up easily. Read More
Lightweight kids bike similar to frog or Isla bikes at £300-400. Bike looks good and set up easily.
PIking Avatar1w, 17h agoFound 1 week, 17 hours ago11 Comments
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This deal is for a new lightweight bike similar to frog bike at less than half the price. I have seen the difference with my older children when changing from a heavy steel bike to a lighter aluminium bike and will get the lightest I can sensibly afford/justify.
I don't think anyone is going to argue against buying good quality s/hand bikes which are not excessively worn especially if a particular brand has a high resale value again. My point was with the obsession with low weight and un-necessary gears.

Isla bikes are made in Vietnam which is the same location for many of the budget children's bikes. I know of no premium bikes made in Vietnam and the Vietnamese often shun bike's made in their own country preferring higher quality Taiwanese bikes themselves. It could well be the same factory and simply a choice by the importer to include a lighter frame and slightly lighter components. It's for the consumer to weigh up the real value based on advantages and disadvantages of both pricing and specification. Just by slapping an 'Isla' brand on the bike doesn't make a magical difference in quality because probably nothing at all is actually made by Isla.
I like to do proper rides with my kids (age 7 and 8 ) which involve hills and many miles. I choose to buy them a good quality bike (Isla as it happens) to help them enjoy the experience. They have gone from Beinn 20 to Beinn 24, I bought the Beinn 20's used and resold them for pretty much what I paid for them so have had essentially free high quality bikes with proper geometry, easy to use brakes and nothing has broken on them.

Edited By: spongefactory on Apr 19, 2017 12:46
I guess there steel because it is cheaper to manufacture, stronger, easier to weld well in low cost factories and maybe the end consumer a small child won't be cycling too far and part of the motivation of the parents is for the child to develop strength and wear themselves out to become a strong adult. I noticed you haven't disagreed about the gears.
Most children's bikes are steel and also as you can imagine most of us as children used steel bikes. I treated bikes really badly as a child, taking them to the park doing jumps and generally giving them massive abuse they were never intended for.

It seems bike snobs have no boundaries when it comes to age and their obsession in criticising a bike's weight. Bromptons are also made of high tensile steel and at the premium end of folding bikes at least.

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struggling to even get moving
So funny it's like your trying to give them impression its made of lead pipes or something. Even the cheap bikes of today are much lighter than past bikes. I think my Raleigh Grifter must have been a huge weight, hub gears, steel wheels, thicker heavier frame tubing, all steel components. Somehow I performed stupid jumps on it and did lots of crazy stuff and the brakes weren't even that good, had to allow plenty of stopping time.

Aluminium is pretty much chocolate compared to steel if its hasn't been welded well. Nowhere near as easy to weld as steel. Some of the worst weakest frames ever were the one step up cheap dual suspension bikes that had aluminium instead of steel and were hand welded on the cheap and prone to failure. Again that is a quality issue but not all aluminium frames are equal.

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5419311

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/20-racingboy-300-kids-bike-id_8339604.html

For those reading interested in a child's bike go along to Halfords with your child and get him/her to try out various bikes, see what they like and ask about maintenance and other issues. Even if you don't buy there you'll get a better picture. Also Decathlon stores. Both Halfords and Decathlon are direct importers of bikes from the far east which they sell themselves under their own brands in their stores with a range of quality levels. This gets you a better price.
bonzobanana
Is aluminium really necessary for a child's bike. Is weight critical? Most children's bike's are made of steel for a reason. It's stronger and takes more abuse. Also do you really need gears, keeping bikes simple for kids often makes them safer. I'd go for a simple BMX bike over this for a child. It doesn't even have a derailleur guard so presumably the cheap tourney plastic derailleur will get damaged as soon as the bike is allowed to fall over on the drive side. Unless your planning on going on one of those family bike rides where he/she will need gears to keep up then a simple bike would be better and likely more fun. Are you capable of maintaining and repairing the gears? https://www.tesco.com/direct/terrrain-bmx-1020t-20-wheel-yellow-kids-bike/178-0533.prd?promoId=promo45800065&skuId=178-0533
Also why buy new, s/hand child's bike's go super cheap on ebay, facebook etc.

So amazingly wrong on the weight issue. Most kids bikes are made of steel because....IT'S CHEAP RUBBISH!

Adults are crying if they buy a road bike over 10kg and you expect kids to be pushing around 15kg? Weight was the biggest stumbling block to getting my lad going on his bike, his 12inch steel framed bike weighed more than my road bike by some margin. Once we got him a lightweight frame he was off.

When kids are just starting, the last thing they need is struggling to even get moving. As for strength, what exactly do you think a 4-7 year old will be doing to break a bike? If I can jump an aluminium framed hardtail in a skatepark then kids won't be breaking anything. Aluminium isn't chocolate.
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Bike trailer £6.98 Amazon sold by vidaXL. (prob misprice)

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Came across this today. It's almost certainly a mis price but worth a shot? Can be used for transporting things by bike. Or even just storing stuff in the garden if you are not a cyclist. Who is up f… Read More
Came across this today. It's almost certainly a mis price but worth a shot? Can be used for transporting things by bike. Or even just storing stuff in the garden if you are not a cyclist. Who is up f…
kirstinleighton Avatar1w, 18h agoFound 1 week, 18 hours ago3 Comments
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Gone, expire that son of a hitch!

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Yep, wont let you buy.
No longer available when you get to checkout.
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Deluxe Pipe Cleaners 100 - 25cm length ideal for cleaning bike mechs - 49p @ Home bargains

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£0.49 @ Home Bargains
Deluxe Pipecleaners 100 - 25cm length ideal for cleaning bike mechs - 49p@ Home bargains These have a decent "bush" on them - find them ideal for cleaning bike mechs if you know what they are. If n… Read More
Deluxe Pipecleaners 100 - 25cm length ideal for cleaning bike mechs - 49p@ Home bargains These have a decent "bush" on them - find them ideal for cleaning bike mechs if you know what they are. If n…
KareemSaid Avatar1w, 1d agoFound 1 week, 1 day ago9 Comments
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Good for cleaning cape tank bits too
excellent! cheers!!
Sticky back plastic was Fablon.

I made lots of models from pipe cleaners and paper mache at school in the 60s and my mum still has a few of them. I never asked why pipe cleaners were so called and it never occurred to me that they were for cleaning smokers' pipes.

At 0.5p each I might just buy some, though I think I'll stick with brushes and a jet wash for cleaning my bikes.
Ginglemonkey
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These take me back to when everything that they showed you how to make on Blue Peter was made from pipe-cleaners and sticky backed plastic, and I had neither.
True :(
But you do realise sticky back plastic was just sellotape :D
Oh no it wasn't!
abarthman
These take me back to when everything that they showed you how to make on Blue Peter was made from pipe-cleaners and sticky backed plastic, and I had neither.

Waiting months for the bottle of washing up liquid to be used up, only to find your mum completely forgets you want it and throws it out with the rubbish. :(

This is a decent deal though, i can imagine these could come in very useful. Now, all i need is a pipe...
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Mario Kart 8" Radio Control Quad Bike used £15.63 (prime) @ amazon warehouse £19.62

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£19.62 @ Amazon Marketplace
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15.63 to £17.33 + postage
Believe_Me Avatar1w, 2d agoFound 1 week, 2 days ago3 Comments
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lots still there for£17.33 why the cold votes any cheaper elsewhere ?
Quite a few selling on the other pages
My son has one of these. They are great, but eat batteries in no time, as it's not rechargeable.
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Halfords Double child bike trailer £99.00

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hukddg Avatar1w, 3d agoFound 1 week, 3 days ago20 Comments
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Do kids need to wear helmets while in the trailer?
think i will get one,hook it up to my harley.then take my mother in law a quick spin down the m6
shaddow
Diabolical death trap. Cold

Too true cars are diabolical death traps.
I would like an adult sized one so I can take sick or ill adults on a ride but a tandem/pedicab may sort that out.

Bikes are great. So are cars.
Diabolical death trap. Cold
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endura sale incl. MTR Jersey black or white S-XL £23.99 @ crc chain reaction (mountain bike jersey)

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£23.99 @ Chain Reaction Cycles
Great jersey , fits small go a size up In the clearance section so a tenner off if you spend £75 Read More
Great jersey , fits small go a size up In the clearance section so a tenner off if you spend £75
whatyadoinsucka Avatar1w, 4d agoFound 1 week, 4 days ago1 Comment
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just wish that biking sizes corresponded to regular sizes and didnt come up small..
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12" Ballerina Bike £39.99 @ toys r us

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12" Ballerina Bike By: Toys R Us | Age Group: 3 - 5 years Product Description This adorably elegant Ballerina bike is a perfect first bike for your little one! Featuring a pink and white frame Read More
12" Ballerina Bike By: Toys R Us | Age Group: 3 - 5 years Product Description This adorably elegant Ballerina bike is a perfect first bike for your little one! Featuring a pink and white frame
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50% Off Selected Terrain Mountin bikes @ Tesco Direct

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50% Off Selected mountin bikes @tesco
AVINASH_G458 Avatar1w, 4d agoFound 1 week, 4 days ago15 Comments
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Completely disagree. I bought one and the riding experience is amazing. it's dual suspension which makes it so comfortable over dips and rough grounds.

If your happy with the bike then there isn't a problem but historically the cheap dual suspension bikes have been heavy, inefficient as the suspension absorbs a lot of the energy of the rider and not actually capable of reasonable off-road use because of the low quality suspension and weaker freewheel based rear wheel. Long term the suspension tends to play up with seal issues and wears quite quickly. For that reason fixed non-suspension cheap bikes are seen as a better alternative because their simplicity makes them more reliable and efficient. It's only a general view though and doesn't mean all cheap dual suspension bikes aren't fit for purpose. I also think that lighter riders will get away with it on a cheap dual suspension bike where as heavier riders would have a lot of problems but again this is a generalisation.
Completely disagree. I bought one and the riding experience is amazing. it's dual suspension which makes it so comfortable over dips and rough grounds.
The Carnaby was such an amazing deal, no question as good as many bikes costing many times its price but when I said Vertigo or Terrain were at the same level as Apollo at Halfords I didn't mean that bike. Thinking about it there was also the Vertigo Piccadilly which was tourney/freewheel based and would be about the same as entry level road bikes from better brands. I see Decathlon on their entry level road bikes are now using microshift derailleurs which is a budget taiwanese brand that is meant to be pretty good or at least sits between low end generic chinese brand derailleurs and Shimano on overall quality, they do tiered quality ranges which I guess match up as budget options for each Shimano groupset. On the Triban 100 they use tourney gearing and freewheel and a single ratio front chainset and that's £220 so saves on front derailleur and secondary gear shifter and the chainset of course. Quite a few compromises to get to that £220 price point.

Lets face it with the fall in value of sterling its only going to push up prices or stay at current prices with reduced quality of components. I remember buying a Exodus Havoc from sterlinghouse for £29.99 plus £8 postage but with free bike computer. Now that's a cheap new bike.

https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzIwWDk2MA==/z/mrcAAOSw2XFUjJ79/$_86.JPG
bonzobanana
I agree generally and purchased a cheap rigid mountain bike new and loved it. I don't agree that the Vertigo Carnaby is/was a BSO that bike was an absolute bargain at £65 and similar bikes sell at £225-250 in regular bike shops even with inferior components.

Well having owned both the Vertigo Carnaby that came with the Claris gearset ( i recon someone made amistake when building them) and a 2nd hand Carerra Zelos frameset I can directly compare the weights of the components. Quality of build/welding obviously don't know.

The framesets had a 200g weight difference with the carnaby being lighter, which surprised me. The (mis mash) groupsets were a couple of hundred grams different in favour of the Carnaby (most likely the shifters were where the weight was saved). Where the weight was, was in the complete wheels. The Carnaby tyres were about 700g each, inner tubes were 300ish, so thats 1kg just on the tyre and tubes, the rear wheel was about 2kg without cassette (as that was weighed with the groupset) and the front was 1.2kg. So all in almost half the bikes weight in the complete wheels.

I replaced the wheels with a pair of superstar component ones weighing 1556g for the pair (bargain at £100), fitted with conti race 28 inners and Ultra sport tyres. replaced the saddle and IIRC the bike came in at just under 10kg. Granted its still heavy for a road bike but not massively.

As for inferior components: The Carerras at the bottom end of the road bike scale still come with the Tourney groupset. The cheapest from halfords (that i could see) with Claris gears was the £300 Mizani Swift. Yes you may get one on offer from an LBS with Claris gears for less than that but only on offer. Granted you'd be hard pushed to find heavier wheels, but generally the 1st upgrade is to change the tyres so saving 600g there, then a bit extra when you puncture and buy better inners.
That Terrain Richmond bike is a bit weird assuming the web page is correct. It's a steel frame with aluminium forks. Pretty sure they normal way of doing this is a light aluminium frame with a steel fork to absorb a bit of the road bumps. Components are basic including tourney gearing and a freewheel based rear wheel. For the final price of £140 its good value but certainly not at the original price.
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10" Balance bike green and red at Toys R Us for £26.99

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£26.99 @ Toys R Us
green and red available. good reviews. I got a £10 off a £50 voucher through the post the other day in the sale catalogue so bought this and a helmet and some other things. Read More
green and red available. good reviews. I got a £10 off a £50 voucher through the post the other day in the sale catalogue so bought this and a helmet and some other things.
j8ulia Avatar2w, 9h agoFound 2 weeks, 9 hours ago2 Comments
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Voted Cold - Not much of a bargain as balance bikes are around that price anyway.
Chicco bullet is full price at £27.99 in Argos http://www.argos.co.uk/product/2597872
Chad Valley balance bike is reduced in Argos from £27.99 to £24.99 at the moment http://www.argos.co.uk/product/4613493
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Carrera Vengeance Mens Mountain Bike - Black £256.00 Halfords

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Seems like a good deal for the price! Or if anyone can identify a bike with similar spec for a similar price I'd be happy to know. Thanks, Mike. Read More
Seems like a good deal for the price! Or if anyone can identify a bike with similar spec for a similar price I'd be happy to know. Thanks, Mike.
mikeyjoe1 Avatar2w, 15h agoFound 2 weeks, 15 hours ago7 Comments
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I don't think the wiggle bike is competitive with this Carrera and the BTwin model mentioned. The BTwin model seems to have slightly lesser components overall and I think the Carrera beats it marginally. Seems a very good price for the spec offered so voted hot. When not on offer though the Btwin bike is better value.
I personally would go for the carrera any day good frame easy to upgrade as where the wiggle bike just doesn't float my boat! And for the a extra £50 it's a no brainier
Picked one up today, looks and feel sturdy, gonna try it out later. Brand snobs voting cold cos it's not a high end bike. It's £256 ffs. Great find op
That's the one I went for for the money.
It's a good bike. The only reason I can see for the cold votes is the anti Halfords lot or the fact that the price is up and down like the easter bunnies @rse on this bike. I got one for circa £200 just over a year ago. Still, with no time machine available, it's the cheapest it is at the moment! Not voting either way on that basis.

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**PRICE GLITCH** Indigo 20INCH Mountain bike £1 @ HALFORDS + delivery charge £2.99 - £3.99

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What a bargain a bike for £1 you can make a profit off the scrap man at this price..... GET ON IT WHILE YOU CAN!! Read More
What a bargain a bike for £1 you can make a profit off the scrap man at this price..... GET ON IT WHILE YOU CAN!!
burga1982 Avatar2w, 16h agoFound 2 weeks, 16 hours ago163 Comments
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Hi, does anyone have any vouchers for bikes? Thanks
anyone have a voucher they don't want? my order didn't go through and could be tempted by a Boardman 29er pro this weekend...
portishead75
Anyone had the voucher? I had an email last night saying the order had been cancelled, but by way of apology they would be sharing a voucher with me. I'm hoping the voucher is 99% off the purchase of a bike!


Yep got mine 20% off all bikes
Anyone had the voucher? I had an email last night saying the order had been cancelled, but by way of apology they would be sharing a voucher with me. I'm hoping the voucher is 99% off the purchase of a bike!
I ordered a bike yesterday, still no email or anything to say it has been cancelled, they must be preparing my bike for despatch.
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Overade Plixi folding cycle helmet, black or white usually ~£80 now £39.99 delivered from Evans Cycles

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PERFECT FOR BORIS BIKES IN LONDON! £80+ most places, this is a great deal, feel free to throw your <3 all over it. Complies with EN1078 European safety standards This helmet fits i… Read More
PERFECT FOR BORIS BIKES IN LONDON! £80+ most places, this is a great deal, feel free to throw your <3 all over it. Complies with EN1078 European safety standards This helmet fits i…
jackbremer Avatar2w, 1d agoFound 2 weeks, 1 day ago9 Comments
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cmncomp
helmets are hardly large heavy bulky items. is this solving a problem that isn't really there. my bag even has an elasticated helmet clip meaning I can get at it in a second. not fiddle around getting it out the bag a rebuilding it. I noticed you've speeded up your promo video.
Only sped it up to keep the filesize small - click on it and watch at normal speed.

For me this is ideal as I can keep a helmet in my bag at all times, despite only using a Boris bike rarely.

Edited By: jackbremer on Apr 10, 2017 14:41
helmets are hardly large heavy bulky items. is this solving a problem that isn't really there. my bag even has an elasticated helmet clip meaning I can get at it in a second. not fiddle around getting it out the bag a rebuilding it. I noticed you've speeded up your promo video.
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mmuw
looks great. I want one as long as it doesn't implode my head on impact. but I still want one lol :D
ditto. finger hovering over the button! Reviews suggest sizing/fit is a bit hit and miss which is the only thing holding me back!
just get it bought. :D
mmuw
looks great. I want one as long as it doesn't implode my head on impact. but I still want one lol :D

ditto. finger hovering over the button! Reviews suggest sizing/fit is a bit hit and miss which is the only thing holding me back!
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Ultra Realistic Yamaha Motorbikes Made From Paper Free to Download

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These are fantastic. I think they may have been posted before but this is in case anyone has missed them. Takes a lot of skill and time but well worth the effort. The also do a simpler version if you Read More
These are fantastic. I think they may have been posted before but this is in case anyone has missed them. Takes a lot of skill and time but well worth the effort. The also do a simpler version if you
SweatySock Avatar2w, 3d agoFound 2 weeks, 3 days ago7 Comments
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"You wouldn't download a motorcycle..."
Wow.. these things are amazing.. Well done to Yamaha for releasing these free of charge, great promo
Wow this looks incredibly hard
Thanks
Good to combine with those HP instantink deals that have been on here
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B'Twin ULTRA 700 AF ROAD BIKE £599.00 @ Decathlon

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"Designed for Replaces the highly acclaimed Alur 700. Upgraded with Shimano's 11s 105 groupset & R500 crankset and 25mm tyres. This unique triple butted UCI approved racing frame with a lifetime w… Read More
"Designed for Replaces the highly acclaimed Alur 700. Upgraded with Shimano's 11s 105 groupset & R500 crankset and 25mm tyres. This unique triple butted UCI approved racing frame with a lifetime w…
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Fairly well specced bike apart from the absurd decision to place the rear brake where they do. I see no reason whatsoever to spec a bike like that?
Aerodynamics, as simple as that. Plenty of top makes do it too on their aero bikes

This is the simple reason I don't bother posting on here. Too many "experts".....

Would be good to see even ONE example of a professional time trial or pro bike that places their brakes there....

The most I can see a full carbon BTwin selling for in the last month on ebay is £310 here 310 full carbon

By all means buy this half specced and weird framed bike for £600

HAHA!


That's not full carbon mate...... :{
Rickuk99
KareemSaid
sparklehedgehog
KareemSaid
Fairly well specced bike apart from the absurd decision to place the rear brake where they do. I see no reason whatsoever to spec a bike like that?
Aerodynamics, as simple as that. Plenty of top makes do it too on their aero bikes

This is the simple reason I don't bother posting on here. Too many "experts".....

Would be good to see even ONE example of a professional time trial or pro bike that places their brakes there....

The most I can see a full carbon BTwin selling for in the last month on ebay is £310 here 310 full carbon

By all means buy this half specced and weird framed bike for £600

HAHA!


I did buy it when they had XL, 105 set not mentioned so well worth the money. Great first dip into real road bikes for me, shame a car driver decided to kill it when they didn't see it or me on it. Would buy again if they had my size, and once I can ride again.


Wishing Rickuk99 a speedy and full recovery.
KareemSaid
sparklehedgehog
KareemSaid
Fairly well specced bike apart from the absurd decision to place the rear brake where they do. I see no reason whatsoever to spec a bike like that?
Aerodynamics, as simple as that. Plenty of top makes do it too on their aero bikes
This is the simple reason I don't bother posting on here. Too many "experts".....
Would be good to see even ONE example of a professional time trial or pro bike that places their brakes there....
The most I can see a full carbon BTwin selling for in the last month on ebay is £310 here 310 full carbon
By all means buy this half specced and weird framed bike for £600
HAHA!

OK so because i knew something you didn't that means I'm a cocksure expert or just stating the facts that i happen to know? People like you deserve no advice then don't you and the opportunity to spend your money unwisely at times through lack of information.

Theres ONE example you wanted:

http://www.merida-bikes.com/en_int/bikes/road-fitness/road-race/2017/reacto-da-ltd-6557.html
KareemSaid
sparklehedgehog
KareemSaid
Fairly well specced bike apart from the absurd decision to place the rear brake where they do. I see no reason whatsoever to spec a bike like that?
Aerodynamics, as simple as that. Plenty of top makes do it too on their aero bikes

This is the simple reason I don't bother posting on here. Too many "experts".....

Would be good to see even ONE example of a professional time trial or pro bike that places their brakes there....

The most I can see a full carbon BTwin selling for in the last month on ebay is £310 here 310 full carbon

By all means buy this half specced and weird framed bike for £600

HAHA!


I did buy it when they had XL, 105 set not mentioned so well worth the money. Great first dip into real road bikes for me, shame a car driver decided to kill it when they didn't see it or me on it. Would buy again if they had my size, and once I can ride again.
sparklehedgehog
KareemSaid
Fairly well specced bike apart from the absurd decision to place the rear brake where they do. I see no reason whatsoever to spec a bike like that?
Aerodynamics, as simple as that. Plenty of top makes do it too on their aero bikes

This is the simple reason I don't bother posting on here. Too many "experts".....

Would be good to see even ONE example of a professional time trial or pro bike that places their brakes there....

The most I can see a full carbon BTwin selling for in the last month on ebay is £310 here 310 full carbon

By all means buy this half specced and weird framed bike for £600

HAHA!

Edited By: KareemSaid on Apr 08, 2017 23:16
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Halfords Bike Inner Tube presta / schrader all size 5 for £10.00 C&C

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Bought 5 of these about a year ago and still have 2 left after a 16 mile a day commute and riding my local trails regularly. Not sure you can argue at this price in comparison to tubes costing 3 - 4 times as much that will still submit to the same trail impacts or glass / thorns on a commute, but feel free to waste your money ;-)
For 2 quid a tube for a 29er wheel, who can really argue. Heat from me.
I usually get my road bike spares from decathlon where you can get a twin pack for £2.50. I've never had a problem with them though I'm not a particularly demanding rider. I don't even have a pump with a PSI gauge on!
Thanks OP
bonzobanana
skdotcom
I usually buy my tubes from planet x and they work out about £2. No problems with them.
I wouldn't trust tubes from Poundland, but my Father uses these on bikes he fixes up and sells on and they at least work long enough for a test ride...
Poundland is a high turnover low margin business with one of the lowest margins of any retailer, lower than all supermarkets I think. No reason to believe their £1 inner tubes are inferior to £2 inner tubes elsewhere but obviously likely to be inferior to more expensive inner tubes. Most shops operate on a far higher margin than poundland. They may even be the same inner tubes as sold elsewhere. In fact pretty sure people sell the poundland inner tubes unboxed on ebay for considerably more money.

I've never used Poundland tubes, and lifes too short to risk using tubes more likely to puncture so I play it safe.

The stuff I would buy from Poundland is the surplus/bankrupt stock stuff which is cheaper than the normal RRP. What I dont buy is the stuff made to a £1 price point. These tubes look to be the latter.
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deAO High Quality Authentic Bicycle Toddler Mini Cooper 16 Inch Bike With Stabilisers - £99.99 via Amazon (sold by deAO)

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We are looking for a 16 size bike for my son at the moment. You can get an 8.6 kg bike from decathlon for £70. Otherwise thinking of spending big on an islabike because they are the best and you can sell it when they have outgrown it for almost what you paid
11kg- no thanks!
Doesn't look worth £50 let alone £100 or £250. It's just a basic chinese child's bike by the looks of it.

http://www.deaotoys.co.uk/bikes-and-ride-ons/m16-deao-authentic-kids-mini-cooper-16-inch-bike-toddler-bicycle-with-stabilisers-466-p


Edited By: bonzobanana on Apr 07, 2017 18:02: spelling correction
expired on Amazon but potentially still on eBay
This price on eBay too, more than three available and a choice of orange or blue.
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It was free with a code .. via email

ah sweet, cheers for clearing that...
It was free with a code .. via email
v5535
SiS pack was free just paid postage
Link?
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Selection of Spike Helmets now only £5.00 + Free C&C at The Works

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Thankyou exactly I was looking for
jayzzz81
Teezer
Shouldn't need any encouragement to wear a helmet, wear it or walk should be the rule.
They'll often wear a normal helmet until the end of the street or until you can't see them then put it in their bag because 'it's not cool'. That's what I, and many others did when I was a lad unfortunately.

What, and these cheap awful looking things are cool? Please. Where I live every kid wears their bike helmet, I guess because they have been raised properly, been taught about dangers to their well being and not just dragged up.
I just show the kids photos of kids who didn't wear a helmet and had an accident....never seen them wear one so quickly!
oldskoolpug
Teezer
Shouldn't need any encouragement to wear a helmet, wear it or walk should be the rule.
Miserable...

UK has one of the highest rates of children obesity in Europe. Let's help by making cycling even less accessible.
Teezer
Shouldn't need any encouragement to wear a helmet, wear it or walk should be the rule.


Miserable...
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£4 is cheap, but I still always look for free delivery. Luckily I live close by, so can collect.
copped, thanks
Cheers, bib shorts knee warmers mits and overshoes £39 delivered. Boom
I think the £4 shipping is fairly standard, I had the pop-up and you just click the close in red on the right-hand corner, small but definitely there :3
£4 delivery is where they are making the profit. Anyway can't get the page to work as a pop up appears and it can't be removed.
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Lazer Blade road cycling helmet £30.00 @ Cycle Republic (extra £10 off if spending over £50)

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xigent
Yes you too can have the new improved hyperbole. Make sure you buy the road version for riding on the road and the mountain bike version for riding up those mountains, it makes all the difference. Remember the £100 helmet is bound to be ten times better than the £10 helmet. Don’t take any notice of the fact that they all have to conform to the same safety standards.


There are some differences worth paying for: the fit, comfort and lightness whilst meeting those same standards were way better on my Specialized helmet compared to the perfectly reasonable Aldi one. Waiting for a good deal again (was £21 on here few years back) and with cycling daily to work, I think it is worth it, as the Aldi one's straps are fraying and the plastic peeling off a bit - but cheaper ones work, especially for infrequent recreation.

BTW, I did vote hot on this deal, OP, but wouldn't have all black myself.
Yes you too can have the new improved hyperbole. Make sure you buy the road version for riding on the road and the mountain bike version for riding up those mountains, it makes all the difference. Remember the £100 helmet is bound to be ten times better than the £10 helmet. Don’t take any notice of the fact that they all have to conform to the same safety standards.
Rickardo
pibpob
Rickardo
Chiptivo
I purchased a helmet from WIlkinsons for £10?
Was I wise to do so, feels fine for me?
Let us know once you've crash tested it!
Let us know once you've crash tested this one - what evidence do you have that it's any better?
Depends what you mean by better, as that was not a point I was making, purely a jokey comment, as I'm happy with my Aldi one, thanks (even had built in light). As long as they meet the safety standards, but having had branded ones, the fit, comfort and breathability tend not be as good on the cheap ones ( some may also prefer looks and brand, but that doesn't bother me).
Unfortunately you get at least one joker on every thread about bicycle helmets implying that safety is somehow related to price. Even putting aside the huge question as to whether bicycle helmets have any benefit at all (and I do wear one), this encourages a misconception in people who have no idea about these things that somehow they must pay ridiculous amounts for them.

If the light in the Aldi one is the same as that in the Lidl one, it is extremely annoying as it takes CR2025 lithium cells. I don't know of any rechargeable alternative.
pibpob
Rickardo
Chiptivo
I purchased a helmet from WIlkinsons for £10?
Was I wise to do so, feels fine for me?
Let us know once you've crash tested it!
Let us know once you've crash tested this one - what evidence do you have that it's any better?


Depends what you mean by better, as that was not a point I was making, purely a jokey comment, as I'm happy with my Aldi one, thanks (even had built in light). As long as they meet the safety standards, but having had branded ones, the fit, comfort and breathability tend not be as good on the cheap ones ( some may also prefer looks and brand, but that doesn't bother me).

Edited By: Rickardo on Apr 05, 2017 07:39: Typo
Rickardo
Chiptivo
I purchased a helmet from WIlkinsons for £10?
Was I wise to do so, feels fine for me?
Let us know once you've crash tested it!
Let us know once you've crash tested this one - what evidence do you have that it's any better?
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Endura MTB mountain biking Hummvee Short Sleeve Jersey AW15 S-XL various colours only £13.99 @ CRC CHAIN REACTION

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CLEAR2017 for £10 but need to spend £75.
mcrobbj
Hot, also TLD tops for £19.00 down from £59.99 and 100% gloves for 10.99 from £20 and they are a steal at that.


Thanks O.P. ordered a red and a green.
Cheers OP ordered
Great price, ordered,,thanks op
Thanks - was meaning to get myself a proper cycling shirt for my short commute and in time for summer.
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Oxford Aqua B25 Back Pack Rucksack - White / Grey - FREE UK DELIVERY £32.99 @ SportsBikeShop

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hehehe :D

Edited By: j0bes on Apr 04, 2017 08:28: :D
Should be good for my swim to work
Should be good for my cycle to work
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Thule freeride 532 bicycle roof carrier - £42.52 @ Amazon

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k31ron
I have Thule Freeride, they work... but wish I had spent the extra on Thule ProRide (less faff)
Seem less secure though if this video is anything to go by. I have the Freeride and they are great. I don't leave a bike unattended though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzYYFVbqaTM

Edited By: marks97 on Apr 06, 2017 09:32
I have Thule Freeride, they work... but wish I had spent the extra on Thule ProRide (less faff)
1-2 months delivery.
pipehippy
What a daunting amount of systems.
I have a 2005 astra :|
I want to be able to carry 2 mountain bikes, i also anticipate changing cars in the next 12 months. What's the best gear to buy, in order not to lose out when i change vehicles?
Buy a rear bike rack like a Saris Bones 3 (get the 3 instead of the 2 as you'll have space between the 2 bikes with the vacant slot). You could get one brand new or a 2nd hand one in good condition off Gumtree. The Saris Bones 3 is pretty durable, stable and corrosion resistant, with the added bonus of being compatible with a wide range of cars due to its design.

Google Saris Bones 3 compatibility and you should find the Saris website page where you'll know if the rack will be compatible with your future car. Using a rear bike rack is less flashy than carrying your bikes on top of your car but you will save a considerable amount of money and hassle with the roof racks as footpacks and roof bars vary from car to car. All the best!
xorsyst
using 4 of these quite easily. I reckon you might *just* squeeze on 5, providing you weren't overloading the weight limit on the roof bars.
Will have a look into it - cheers.
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Kids bike Spokies £1.00 / £3 @ Halfords - Free c&c

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what will you to about your username with new 12 sided £1 coin coming into circulation and the old round one being discontinued?


I tried to start a petition to get them to postpone untill I retire, but it didn't work ;)
what will you to about your username with new 12 sided £1 coin coming into circulation and the old round one being discontinued?
I put some spokie dokies on my bike a few years ago.

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Pendleton Drake Hybrid Bike - £136.00 @ Halfords click & collect

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timothyw9
worthinger
These bikes are exclusive to Halfords group.
Any "price matching" is highly dubious when both bike brand and alternative supplier are owned by Halfords.
I doubt its a price match, Halfords/CycleRepublic always have different prices online and in-store.

If the stores are owned by the same people and the bikes are solely distributed by them it certainly won't be a "price match" in anything but name.

Contrived competition.
worthinger
These bikes are exclusive to Halfords group.
Any "price matching" is highly dubious when both bike brand and alternative supplier are owned by Halfords.
I doubt its a price match, Halfords/CycleRepublic always have different prices online and in-store.
KareemSaid
Not entirely sure who this bike is aimed at and what country? Unless you are in Holland or somewhere very flat in the UK it's going to be very limiting.

But probably infinitely better than the BSO in supermarkets and Sports Direct and it's cheap enough for a runabout / OAP


some towns are very well catered for bikes, oxford in particular, where hundreds of bikes areparked at the university/city centre/university.
These bikes are exclusive to Halfords group.

Any "price matching" is highly dubious when both bike brand and alternative supplier are owned by Halfords.
marty-401
It looks like they have price matched the deal I posted 3 days ago from Cycle republic ( Halfords where £160 then but you could get £10 off the £136 as a new customer from Cycle republic making it £126). But as its now sold out there this is the next best price I guess.


Not surprising, as Halfords own Cycle Republic.
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BTWIN MTB MOUNTAIN BIKING shorts only £2.99 @ decathlon (free C&C to Asda store) S-2XL PURPLE ONLY

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Cheers!!
BPH1977
Is the free C&C at Asda a permenant option at Decathlon?
It has been since the backend of last year
Is the free C&C at Asda a permenant option at Decathlon?
Medium out of stock.
My junk will look great in purple 8)
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There's been a 70%/clearance sale for just as long as a dfs sale
lol
There's been a 70%/clearance sale for just as long as a dfs sale
Can I ask why the deal is expire ASAP?

The bike, or bicycle as it otherwise known, is by far the most popular and most widely produced vehicle in the world. Great for sport, recreation and fitness, bikes are also used by courier services, military, and police for work. Today, there's a whole wide world of different bikes available, at a wide range of prices. The choice can seem overwhelming, which is why we've compiled some of the best deals to be found online, here at HotUKDeals, to help our customers make an informed choice.

Two Wheels Good, Four Wheels Bad

A beautifully simple invention, the pedal-driven frame with two wheels has become iconic in itself and the bicycle's basic configuration and shape has changed very little since the first chain-driven models were created in the late 19th century. There have, however, been many improvements on the small details, even more so since the technological developments of the 20th century, such as plastics and computer-aided design, have taken hold. These developments have allowed for the improvement of specialised designs for different types and styles of cycling. The invention of the bicycle has had a huge impact on society, both in cultural terms and in terms of advancing modern technological and industrial methods.

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The Different Types of Bicycle – The Pros and Cons

Road bike – Designed for travelling on paved roads at speed. Road bikes are built for endurance rather than fast bursts of speed, and as such they usually feature large numbers of derailleur gear combinations, narrow tyres and a lightweight frame.

Pros:

  • Agile and light, designed for speed.
  • The "over-the-handlebar" position allows for maximum leg power and an aerodynamic shape.
  • Tall, narrow light wheels reduce friction on the road.

Cons:

  • Not as hardy as a mountain bike.
  • Slow riding is difficult due to the high gear range.
  • The seating position can become uncomfortable for the rider's wrists and neck.

Mountain bike – Also known as All Terrain Bicycles, these are designed for cycling off-road. The features include strong, wide gauge treaded tyres, highly durable wheels and frames, and a cross-wise handlebar, which helping when riding over bumpy terrain.

Pros:

  • The sturdy frame and small components are made to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
  • The suspension allows far more control as the tyres remain in contact with the ground.
  • The geometry of the frame gives good traction to steep climbs and loose dirt or mud.

Cons:

  • Heavier than road bikes, and it is tougher cycling uphill as a result.
  • The suspension takes some efficiency away from the pedal stroke.
  • The smaller wheels mean more rolling resistance.

What You Need to Know About Mountain Bikes

Commuter bike – These are designed specifically for the daily commute over short or long distances in cities and towns. The typical commuter bike features 700c wheels with light tyres, derailleur gears and a carrier rack. A properly equipped commuter bike also features front and rear lights for use commuting in the early morning or evening. Some commuter bikes are also foldable, which is great for those who lack space at work.

Pros:

  • Good all-rounders, combining speed with durability and comfort.
  • A great way to exercise and lower your carbon footprint.
  • Perfect for everyday use in towns, cities and even between villages in more rural areas.

Cons:

  • Not as tough as a mountain bike.
  • Slower than racing bikes.
  • Can sometimes be on the heavy side.

Single speed bike – These bikes have just one gear and are designed for cycling relatively short distances, over relatively flat terrain. With some single speed bikes, the pedals can, or sometimes must, be pedalled backwards to slow down, in lieu of a brake attached by cable to the handlebar.

Pros:

  • They require less maintenance than more complex, multi-geared bikes.
  • Having fewer components makes them more a more affordable option.
  • The low number of components also makes them fairly lightweight.

Cons:

  • The lack of gears means riding uphill will be more difficult.
  • Not as versatile in terms of the terrain they can be ridden on.
  • Low power output and pedalling efficiency.

commuter bike

BMX bike – Standing for “bicycle motocross“, the BMX was originally designed for BMX-racing and is now used in park, street, dirt and flatland racing, as well as the famous, BMX Freestyle, where racers push the stylistic limits of the sport. The BMX has had something of a cult status in popular culture since the 1970s.

Pros:

  • They are an affordable choice, at around half the price of a mountain bike.
  • Lightweight, transportable and fun to ride.
  • Not too much servicing or maintenance is required.

Cons:

  • Not great for long commutes to and from work.
  • Less comfortable than commuter bikes as they weren't designed for "in-saddle" riding.
  • Going uphill can be arduous.

Cyclocross bike – Specifically designed for cyclocross racing, these bikes are designed to endure the rigours that the race demands. Cyclocross bikes look very similar to racing bikes, with the major difference being the geometry of the frame and the wider tyre clearances that a cyclocross bike has.

Pros:

  • Highly versatile. You can ride it on dirt or pavement.
  • Relatively inexpensive when compared with mountain bikes.
  • Great in all weathers.

Cons:

  • Heavier than a mountain bike.
  • Not as aerodynamic as racing bikes.
  • The brake power is somewhat diminished (unless you have disc brakes).

Electric bike – With an integrated electric motor used for propulsion, which is powered by a rechargeable battery, the electric bicycle, or e-bike, ranges from those with small motors which merely assist the pedal-power of the rider to those with more powerful motors which lean towards a more moped-like functionality. The key factor is that electric bicycles all have the ability to be solely pedal-powered, and therefore, they are defined as electric motorcycles.

Pros:

  • Cheap to run, costing just a few pence to charge the battery fully.
  • Quicker, safer and more controlled than pedal bikes and with faster acceleration capabilities.
  • Fun to ride and no need for a license or MOT.

Cons:

  • They're a more pricey option starting at around £500.
  • Heavy to pedal or push when the battery runs out.
  • The higher cost can make them a potential target for thieves.

Kid's bike – A bike fuels a child's imagination in many ways, allowing them to explore their environment. Designed especially with the needs of small children in mind, children's bikes come in various sorts, ranging from balance bikes, which don't have brakes or pedals, all the way up to replica racing and mountain bikes on a scaled-down size.

What You Need to Know About Road Bikes

Getting Your Head Round the Parts of a Bike

When you start looking for a new bike, you'll soon begin to encounter a whole world of jargon and terminology and it can become a little daunting. Here's some information about some of the main specifications of a bicycle's component parts.

Frames – The skeleton of a bicycle and a part that's largely remained unchanged since the bike was first invented. The frame can be made from a variety of materials, including hi-tensile steel, aluminium, carbon fibre, titanium, or even more unusual materials such as bamboo or wood.
Forks – The part that connects a bicycle's front wheel with its frame and handlebar, therefore allowing for steering.
Gears – The mechanism that moves the bike's chain, mostly using a cable, between the sprockets on a chain ring or sprocket assembly.
Brakes – Essential for slowing down, there are various types including rim brakes and disc brakes, which are operated by levers, and coaster brakes, whereby the rider must pedal backwards to operate them.
Wheels – The metal spoked parts that give a bike movement. Some bicycle wheels are “quick release“, which allows for removal and attachment without using a spanner.
Tyres – In most cases, bicycles use inner tubes which are glued to the rim of the wheels and then inflated. Tubeless tyres are, however, becoming increasingly common.
Handlebars – Attached via the fork to a steering tube, to let riders steer and to provide space for accessories and controls.

What to Think About When Buying a Bike

If you walk into a cycle shop or search online and it's very easy to quickly find yourself lost in the sheer number of choices. There are some factors to bear in mind, and questions to ask yourself when buying a bike to ascertain whether or not this is the right bike for you.

What sort of rider are you? – Be realistic, but don't underestimate yourself either. Are you a recreational cyclist or an enthusiast? Will you be going cross country or travelling in urban areas? The more you know when you go to make a purchase, the better equipped you'll be to make an informed choice.
What's your budget? – The price of bikes can range from under £100 to way up above £10,000 for very professional models. If money is no object, then that's great, but for most people getting a good bike at an affordable price is an important factor. When you know what you'll be using your bike for, it's easier to shop around for a good deal.
Get the right saddle – This is another important factor, not just for general comfort when riding but also for the health of your back and neck. Cycling, especially over longer distances, can be uncomfortable with a saddle that's ill-fitted to your shape. Women and men have differently shaped pelvises, so saddles are ideally different for the sexes. It's also important to adjust the saddle to your height.

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Pimp Your Bike – Accessories for Your Two-Wheeled Friend

You can really make the most out of your bike by choosing the right accessories for your tastes and requirements. There's a whole world of accessories available for your bike, ranging from safety features to maintenance and repair, to storage to the purely aesthetic. The appropriate accessories also depend on the type of bike you have. Some of the main ones are listed below:

Baskets – Great for commuter bikes or single speed bikes, especially if you don't want to carry a bag while you’re cycling.
Bells – Good for alerting pedestrians who aren't paying attention to your presence.
Helmets – A very important accessory and, in the case of an accident, a potentially life-saving one.
Lights and reflectors – It's illegal in the UK to cycle without lights on a public road in the hours of darkness. While this law is not always policed, they remain a very important and common sense safety feature to have for your own protection.
Hi-visibility jackets and strips – They may not be the most stylish accessories, but you'll definitely be seen in the headlights of any passing cars after dark.
Locks – It's important to have a good lock as, unfortunately, bikes are common targets for opportunistic thieves. Many cyclists, in fact, have one for each wheel.
Child seats – For carrying the little one safely and securely on your bike.
Kick stands – Helping to keep your bike upright when parked.
Toe clips and straps – Designed to keep your feet in place on the pedals, preventing slippage.
Cycling power meters and cyclocomputers – For measuring the rider's power output and calculating trip information, respectively.
Tool kits – Specialised, portable tool kits for basic repairs and maintenance, often including a thin wrench and a puncture repair kit.

Where to Buy Bikes Online

From specialist bike retailers to major supermarket chains to online retail giants, there's a wide range of sellers online who stock a variety of different bicycles. One of the UK's best-known bike and bike accessory shops is Halfords, and they're always worth checking out when it comes to anything bicycle related. In the last fifteen years Wiggle has also become a major force in UK bike retailing. Supermarket turned retail giant Tesco stock a range of bicycles, as do the UK division of Walmart, Asda. High street favourite Argos also provides bikes at good prices, and of course, you can also find a wide selection at online retail behemoth Amazon.

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The Best Time to Buy a Bike

While there's no official "best time" to purchase a bicycle, there are certain times of year when you can save money and get a good deal. Every year in September (or around that time) most of the major bike manufacturers release their newest models. Many bike shops will be looking to clear out the old to make room for the new, meaning lower prices. It’s a good option if you don’t mind having last year’s model.

You can also get a good deal on a new bike during the traditional (and also the more recent) annual sales. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and the January sales are all good times to look because not only are the retailers competing for your custom, the winter is the "off-peak" season for cycling and many bike shops are simply looking for business.

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