Category: Bike Coop

Cycling at 50: Getting back into it

Bicycle at the Kelpies in Falkirk

Guest post by returning cyclist and Co-op fan Alan H. I was going to call this article The Grey Haired Cyclist but thought it made me sound too old, I’m only 50! “Only” I hear you young ‘uns snigger! So, I’m a 50 year old office worker who got back into cycling pretty recently in… Read more »

Spooky Halloween Stories from Near Our Shops

hooded man red background scary

  Once upon a midnight dreary, while I polished, weak and weary, The electric Brompton bicycle entrusted to me just the day before, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my bike shop door. “’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my bike shop… Read more »

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op voted Britain’s Best Bike Shop

We are overjoyed that our Edinburgh Bruntsfield store has been voted the Best Bike Shop in Britain by more than 21,000 people from all over the UK, who cast their vote in Cycling Weekly’s annual poll. The people’s favourite From the lovely Cycling Weekly article about the winning result: “You get the impression speaking to… Read more »

Complaints about cyclists – and ways to respond

complaints about cyclists - bingo card

Anyone who’s ever read an article about cycling will know that the comments section quickly descends into a cyclist-hating rampage, which is why we made the Cycling Bingo card above. Why not treat yourself to a game? How to respond (some suggestions) Cyclists don’t pay road tax. Road tax was abolished in 1937, and was… Read more »

Why Choose a 1x (one-by) bicycle drivetrain?

1x drivetrain

Introduced by SRAM in 2012 for their top-end 1×11 mountain bike drivetrains, one-by (usually referred to as 1x) groupsets are growing in popularity for all types of bicycle, including road, hybrid and electric bikes. 1x drivetrains are now available in a growing range of iterations including 1×9, 1×10, 1×11 and 1×12, and not just from… Read more »

United We Ride | What it’s all about

United We Ride - Edinburgh Bike Coop

  We’re not elitist here at the Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative. We believe cycling is for everyone, whether you’re into commuting, mountain biking, road cycling, touring or just pottering about. While our shop staff and mechanics are true diehards, some of us only cycle on the odd weekend or purely for commuting – just like many… Read more »

Why are bicycles so expensive? A consideration

The Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 2017, pro-level riding for £2,499 LAST UPDATED 7TH FEB 2019 The answer is: They aren’t. But they can be. Many people who are new to cycling are horrified at the thought of a £1,000 bicycle, and usually say something along the lines of: “You can buy a car/motorbike/one-bedroom flat… Read more »

Cycling Route of the Week: The East Lothian Garden Trail

A day for all cyclists – whether you’re after an easy dawdle through the countryside or a garden-to-garden sprint, the East Lothian Garden Trail suits all needs. Scotland’s Gardens opens over 500 private gardens to raise money for around 200 different charities. The East Lothian Garden Trail lets you a buy a ticket, which gives… Read more »

Bicycle Co-op Member Hall of Fame: Les Simpson

Les has been our Aberdeen store manager since the shop became part of the Bike Co-op in 2002. Having worked at the shop for its former owner (Cycling World) over the previous 19 years, Les is the living embodiment of the expression – a safe pair of hands. When Les started working in the shop… Read more »