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19th May 2017
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On the Joys of Bikepacking Microadventures

Written by Jenny Tough, a cycling and adventure enthusiast. You can see her talk at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. Pictured: Bikepacking in Montenegro I’m a firm believer that we all need adventure in our lives. Adventures encourage us to explore, dream, discover, and, most importantly (IMO), push out the limits of our comfort zones.… Read more »

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12th May 2017
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How the replaceable gear hanger or ‘drop out’ on your bike saves it from certain doom

The rear gear hanger lives on the rear wheel of most modern bikes, and is the most vulnerable part of a bicycle frame. If the rear mech (aka ‘derailleur‘, the large oddly-shaped mechanism on your rear wheel) takes a hit, or the bike is knocked over (with or without you on it), or the rear… Read more »

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12th May 2017
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Pro cyclists in your backyard: The Aberdeen Stage of the Tour Series, 25th May 2017

Britain’s top road cycling teams will be racing through the streets of Aberdeen on 25th May as part of the Tour Series, your chance to see professional athletes competing on your home turf in the middle of the Granite City. Starting on Union Street at 7:30pm, the race will include such elite riders as triple… Read more »

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10th May 2017
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Whyte Clifton 2017: Customer Review

Written by Ian, Edinburgh cyclist and Whyte Clifton test rider As someone who commutes by bike to work, it was great to be able to borrow a Whyte Clifton e-bike from Edinburgh Bike Coop, especially as I’m increasingly overtaken by e-bikes on my daily commute. I picked it up at lunchtime and after having a… Read more »

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9th May 2017
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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 »

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5th May 2017
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Capsule Collections: New clothing ‘on tour’ across all our shops

Edinburgh Bruntsfield: Gore > Shop Now Leeds: Odlo > Shop Now Aberdeen: Race Face > Shop Now Newcastle: X-Bionic/X-Socks > Shop Now At the Bike Co-op we see it as our job to offer the most interesting bike stuff we can get our hands on. When we introduce a brand new range, we sometimes do… Read more »

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3rd May 2017
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Saris: Car racks that are good for your bicycle as well as your car

If you own a car and a bike, a boot rack is often the easiest and least expensive way to combine the two, so you can take your bicycle(s) with you to events, trail centres, holidays and the like. When it comes to car boot racks, manufacturers seem to come and go (anyone remember Rhode… Read more »

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3rd May 2017
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New pro quality bicycle workstands by Feedback Sports

Feedback Sports Pro Elite Workstand > Shop Like the perfect bike, this workstand impresses straight out of the box. When you open the silver-coloured clamp to release the tripod legs, you’ll know from its solid feel and perfect action that this is the smoothest-operating QR (quick-release) you’ve ever operated. And just look at those legs!… Read more »

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3rd May 2017
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How to take care of carbon bikes

The Cervelo S3 Ultegra 2017 carbon aero road bike Check the pro peloton. If you want the fastest, lightest road bike, carbon composite is king. For some of the most highly rated bike companies, no other material competes. Think Cervélo. But isn’t carbon comparatively fragile? Its use in aerospace applications informs us that carbon is… Read more »

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2nd May 2017
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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 »

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2nd May 2017
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Customer Review: Whyte Women’s Coniston 2017

Written by Gwynneth, Bicycle Co-op fan and confident electric cyclist. It is safe to say that this bike revolutionised my commute. Four years ago I stopped cycling to work after a near miss with a taxi. On top of this, the demands of childcare meant that I couldn’t get to nursery in time for pick-up.… Read more »

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28th April 2017
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Why Liv make the best women’s road bikes

Liv are the only global bicycle brand, solely managed and staffed by women. Their ambition is to create women’s bikes that look better, fit better and ride better. To this end Liv went to great lengths – literally – by measuring the key differences in men and women’s vital stats in nine different countries. As… Read more »

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28th April 2017
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Bicycle Co-op Hall of Fame: Simon Telford

When you visit our Newcastle shop, you’ll probably know Simon Telford as the friendly shop manager. Simon’s not one to blow his own trumpet so you might not realise that he was once a contender in UK road bike circles. Racing in the highly competitive amateur scene of the early 1990s, Simon loved to test… Read more »

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28th April 2017
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Contest: Be Our Next Facebook Poster Child

Reap the rewards of all your hard road cycling work by submitting a photo below of one of your most memorable road cycling experiences. Whoever gets the most votes wins! The form is up there ^, if you missed it it’s still loading

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28th April 2017
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5 Questions you wanted to ask about hydration but didn’t want to look stupid asking in front of your friends

Like a sentient cucumber, the human body is made up of two-thirds of water (actually, cucumbers are made of 96% water – Ed.) Proper hydration allows all kinds of great things to happen in the human body, like lubricating your joints, fueling your muscles, and regulating your body temperature. But why should you care? Here’s… Read more »

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