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17th May 2019

Free Bike Check

 Free Bike Check You might have seen in Scrum Magazine that we’re offering everyone who has signed up to the Doddie’5 Ride on 11 August (or any other sportive) can take their bike into any of our shops for a FREE bike check. Getting your bike checked by a mechanic before a big ride is really… Read more »

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14th May 2019

Cycling For Everyone

Cycling for Everyone It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus of this year’s campaign is Be Body Kind. We hate the idea that anyone feels they can’t go cycling because they are ashamed or embarrassed about their body. Cycling is for everyone. No matter what their shape, size or age. While ads for bikes… Read more »

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9th May 2019

Bike Reviews

 Have you bought a new bike recently? If so, we want to pay you for your bike reviews! Write us a bike review and if we publish it on our blog, we’ll give you £30 voucher to spend. Rules: The bike you’re reviewing can be for adults or children but must be currently available to… Read more »

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30th April 2019

Training for a Charity Ride

We spoke to Omar, a customer of our Newcastle shop to ask him a few questions about an upcoming charity ride from London to Paris. Currently, he’s training for this event while also juggling a busy job as a Stroke Medicine Consultant at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. So first of all, with a busy life, what… Read more »

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30th April 2019

Local Bike Shop Day – Saturday 4 May 2019

Find your nearest shop Local Bike Shop Day is a nationwide initiative to encourage people to use their local bike shop…But why should you support your local bike shop? There are plenty of online only or big chain bike retailers with big discounts, special offers and fancy adverts. However, shopping at your local bike shop… Read more »

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23rd April 2019

Best Kids Bike Helmet

There are a range of helmets for kids on the market. But you don’t want any old helmet. You want to buy one that 1) a child or teen actually wants to wear and 2) will do it’s job if it’s ever needed – to protect the head as much as possible in an accident.… Read more »

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19th April 2019

Specialized Roubaix – My Review

Alan, our director was very lucky to go to the launch of the Specialized Roubaix and gives us his review below. “I was lucky enough to attend the recent launch of the new Specialized Roubaix. Fittingly, the launch took place on the Belgium / French border in the area and race from which the bike… Read more »

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18th April 2019

Why I wear a Specialized Angi Bike Helmet

Our director, Alan Nestor, explains his thoughts on helmets and shares what he wears: “Perhaps only cat memes light up the internet more than a discussion about bike helmets! Well, buckle up – this might light a match! Full disclosure; 1. I wear a helmet. Always have. 2. It is not a legal requirement to… Read more »

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16th April 2019

Best Folding Bike: Brompton B75

When Brompton announced they were developing a new entry level model, we were excited. As you might know, a Brompton doesn’t come cheap, The Brompton M3L costs £1,025 for example. It performs well, lasts well and looks great but regardless of that, it’s out of some people’s price range. This new model costs just £745.… Read more »

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11th April 2019

Specialized Roubaix

Specialized have just dropped a major new launch – a brand new Roubaix. It’s a wheel up redesign of the hugely impressive and popular platform that, it’s hard to believe, was launched 15 years ago. This is, of course, the bike that has won the Paris – Roubaix 6 times. It would appear that Specialized… Read more »

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9th April 2019

Whyte Clifton Review

Leeds longest-serving mechanic, Ian, turned to an electric bike last year when heart trouble laid him low for a while, and he picked up a 12 year old Kalkhoff with a Panasonic drive system to make the part-time commute and shopping a little easier. Now thankfully much recovered and back to a full-time role, and often… Read more »

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5th April 2019

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2 Review

The Cooperative first met Torquil Hall as a teenager he purchased his trusty Revolution Country Traveller from our Leeds store and set off to explore Scandinavia by bike.  Three years later he was back, working in our Leeds shop and sharing his expertise with customers.  Although he’s recently moved to a very busy (and rather… Read more »

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4th April 2019

Brompton M6R Review

Our Leeds store have become big fans of the wonderful British Brompton since we first became a dealer five years ago. Store manager Graham is a particular fan who owns two and uses them to follow cycle races or commute up to head office. We gave our demo Brompton M6R to co-op friend (and former mechanic… Read more »

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18th March 2019

Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 2019 | Bike Review

Dave from our Brunstfield store has reviewed the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 2019. This bike is one of many which are available to demo from any of our shops for one or two days. Never mind the roadies… “I recently had the opportunity to try out the new 2019 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 for a… Read more »

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14th March 2019

10 uses for an electric cargo bike

10 uses for an electric cargo bike Not sure an electric cargo bike is worth the investment? Here we run through ten ways a e-cargo bike can easily fit into your daily life. Electric Cargo Bikes Home and Family The School and nursery run. Yes, you can use the car but it’s nots teaching your… Read more »

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