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18th January 2018
Step through e-bikes by kalkhoffStep through e-bikes by kalkhoff

Our Top 5 Step-Through E-bikes for 2018

Effortless cycling and German practicality on these Kalkhoff step-through e-bikes Step-through e-bikes are the pinnacle of practicality. Not only do you get to enjoy the effortless glee of using a pedal-assist motor, you can also step right onto both pedals without having to lift a leg over. Ideal for men (yes, men) and women wearing… Read more »

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11th January 2018
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Mountain Bike Roadshow: Come try our 2018 Whytes

To celebrate the new year we’re proud to be touring our fleet of Demo Whyte Mountain Bikes across our shops in Aberdeen, Leeds, Newcastle and finally Edinburgh. Not only can you take the bikes below for a spin, you can also hire one for 2 days by contacting us either through the chat box on… Read more »

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10th January 2018
Highgate Womens E-BikeHighgate Womens E-Bike

Can you get fit on an e-bike?

The Whyte Highgate e-bike 2018, a much harder workout than driving to the shops. Can you achieve the same fitness levels on an e-bike that you can with an “acoustic” bike? Absolutely not. Can you get fitter than if you did no exercise at all? A thousand times yes. Shop E-Bikes > You still have… Read more »

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28th December 2017
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Cycling HIIT: The fastest way to get fit

Photo by Josh Nuttall on Unsplash In the time-poor modern age, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) could be the answer to all our fitness problems: A fast-paced full body workout in only 20-30 minutes, where your metabolism can stay in a heightened state for up to 24 hours afterwards, burning extra calories even while you… Read more »

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15th December 2017
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Festive Opening Times and Delivery Dates 2018

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash   Merry Christmas! We hope you’re getting into the spirit of things as much as we are. To help you keep your life running as smoothly as possible this festive season, here are all our key times and dates: Christmas Delivery Cut-Off Dates UK Delivery: Order before 2pm Monday… Read more »

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11th December 2017
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Mountain Bikes for Short People and Tall Kids

Shop Whyte Compact Mountain Bikes > It can be a struggle to find a decent mountain bike when you’re a short adult or tall child – say between 5 foot to 5 foot 6 – as manufacturers tend to design bikes for “average” heights. We hooked up with Yvonne who runs the Ginger Squirrel mountain… Read more »

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10th December 2017

Find a Golden Ticket and win back the price of your kids bike

> Shop kids’ bikes < Buy a kids’ bike from us this festive season and we’ll reward you with our famous Elf Certificates and perhaps one of the 200 Golden Tickets we’re giving away. Each Golden Ticket is a voucher for a specific prize. The prize could be anything from a set of lights to… Read more »

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23rd November 2017

Free Bike Maintenance Demos: Give Something Back Friday

We won’t be doing Black Friday this year, and you can read about why here. Instead, we want to give something back in the form of free basic maintenance demos in two of our shops this weekend 26th/27th November (granted it’s not on a Friday, but we thought ‘Give Something Back Friday’ had a ring… Read more »

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22nd November 2017
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Why buy a Smart Turbo Trainer for cycling?

Away from stop-start traffic, indoor cycling is a proven way to build strength, speed and stamina on the bike in the shortest time. However, even avid home trainer users admit that this can be a grind – hence the existence of spinning classes, designed to pep up and make indoor cycling much more fun. Smart… Read more »

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15th November 2017

Win a pair of Sealskinz gloves and socks of your choosing (up to £89!)

No more cold hands and feet this winter – we’re giving away a pair of Sealskinz gloves and socks of your choosing up to the value of £89. Please don’t try and enter the competition in the comments below. The form is above this line, but may still be loading!

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9th November 2017

Why treat your child/teenager to a real mountain bike?

Rachel Atherton, the first British woman to win the Elite Downhill World Championship, began mountain biking when she was 11. If you enjoy mountain biking, think how much your young-un would love it too. As with any bicycle, but especially if it’s for your child, there are five things to look for in a mountain… Read more »

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26th October 2017
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We have the only Brompton Electric in Scotland

We are extremely proud and chuffed to announce that Brompton have chosen our Canonmills store to be one of the first bike shops in Britain where you can view and try out the all-new Brompton Electric. ‘Our’ e-Brompton is so rare, it’s not actually for sale (yet). It’s one of small pre-production run, which Brompton… Read more »

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26th October 2017
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We’re closed Monday 30th October 2017 for our AGM

The AGM is a very important event in the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative’s calendar because it is the one day of the year when our people from every Bike Co-op branch, including those in Aberdeen, Leeds, and Newcastle can all get together in Edinburgh. Since we’re a workers’ cooperative, the AGM is also a time when… Read more »

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26th October 2017
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Spooky Halloween Stories from Near Our Shops

  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 »

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24th October 2017
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Are Bike Lights Necessary?

Photo by Cedric Brule on Unsplash Shop Bicycle Lights >> After dark, yes. A thousand times yes. In the UK, bike lights after dark are not only extremely sensible, they’re a legal requirement according to the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations. Meanwhile, Rule 60 of the Highway Code states: “At night your cycle MUST have white… Read more »

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