It's also the kind of ride some people make an effort to dress up for.

Great North Bike Ride 30 August 2015

Four of us from Edinburgh Bike Co-op HQ (Derek and Perry from online and Doug and Ged from promotions) met up with our Newcastle shop colleague Gareth, his son, Dan, and more than 2,000 riders from all over the UK to ride Sunday’s Great North Bike Ride (GNBR) from Seahouses to Tynemouth.

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Viva the Revolution

Mr Burgess from West Yorkshire got an early birthday surprise when he found out he was the winner of his choice of Revolution bike in the prize draw comp we ran with Viva mag.

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Manchester to Wales in One Day

Manchester radio presenter Gareth Cottrell and his two friends took on a one-day ride from Manchester to Wales to raise funds for kids’ cancer charities. Pedalling 125 miles in one day is some achievement, given that Gareth and his mates are self-confessed occasional cyclists, so they’re proud to share this video of their ride.

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Tour o’ the Borders 2015

We extended our backup of the marvellous Tour O’ this year. As well as John and Calum in the backup van, we had two more mechanics, Keith and Gordon, further up the road on motor bikes. Plus we had three friends of the Bike Co-op (Markus and the two Andys) cycling the short 50 mile route while offering mechanical assistance along the way.

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Brooks Cambium Saddles

Brooks – the company most famous for their handcrafted leather saddles – caused a stir in cycling circles last year with the launch of a new range of saddles that retained Brooks’ trademark elegance but dispensed with the cow hide.

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NEW Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op Jersey

Our new Revolution Team Jerseys have just come in – and we think they are the absolute bomb. Designed by our in house team and made in Scotland by Endura, the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op jersey comes in three colourways: red, green, and pink.

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Specialized Helmets

As well as being the most frequently spotted bikes at this year’s Tour, Specialized’s are also the headgear of choice of teams Tinkoff Saxo, Astana and Etixx QuickStep’s pro riders.

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Summer rainwear

Sorry to state the obvious but this has been the sort of summer where it has made sense to pack a rain jacket on most trips. Here are five that we particularly recommend for their outstanding features and their value for money.

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