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13th July 2017

Why the new Specialized Diverge could be your “One Bike” for this year

When Specialized alerted us that their whole Diverge dirt road-capable road bike range was being radically upgraded for 2018 we were amazed. After all, the Diverge was launched as recently as 2015 when it was pretty universally hailed as a superb example of the ‘go anywhere bike’. Only last year, awarded the Diverge Comp… Read more »

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13th July 2017

Win a Born to Cycle (Forced to Work) T-shirt | Limited Edition

We’re giving away 5 limited edition t-shirts (designed by yours truly) that will identify you as one of the tribe. All you have to do is submit a photo on the form below. Please don’t try and enter the competition in the comments below. The form is up there! ^ (It might be loading…)

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13th July 2017

Top Notch Trail Attire | Mountain Bike Clothing

Endura MT500 Print Jersey £33.24 Price Tracked The MT500 jersey stands out for its mountain bike styling, its bold print, its ultra light weight, its silky feel and its fast wicking comfort. Buy now > Endura MT500 Spray Baggy Short II £75.99 Price Tracked Endura MT500 Spray Baggy mountain bike shorts are dedicated to helping… Read more »

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10th July 2017
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5 Tips for Family Bike Rides | Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Or: How to keep your child happy on a cycling trip 1. Take a friend A friend of your child’s, that is. It’s more of an adventure if your child has a chum riding along too. Let’s face it, most kids would rather be out with their mates. Your role is to buy the ice… Read more »

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10th July 2017
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Meet Alexis: Co-op sales person and e-bike touring business owner

Alexis is a keen cyclist, business owner and Sales Person in our Edinburgh Canonmills shop It was in the summer of 1998 that I first started working at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op in Bruntsfield as a sales person in the clothing department. At the time it was my dream job as I was a student, and… Read more »

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10th July 2017

UK Cycling Events worth doing in 2017

With so many cycling events being organised all over the country, you’re spoiled for choice. To help you choose the events that might suit you best, here’s our pick of the crop, based on the events we support along with rides that Bike Co-op members have really enjoyed and would recommend to our friends. EDINBURGH… Read more »

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6th July 2017
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Cycling across Scotland and back again to fight cancer

Guest post written by Adam, Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative fan and proud Genesis Croix de Fer owner Scotland C2C2C – Day 1 Foreword Somehow I got involved with some random people scattered across the country via a forum on the internet. Against my better judgement I met up with these people two years ago and rode… Read more »

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5th July 2017
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The Perfect Kit for Cycling Mini-Adventures

It’s the perfect season to get out and about on a little cycling adventure, but there’s no need to overdo it. Most of us want to be back in one piece for Monday morning. Our hand-picked selection of kit below will not only get you out on your mini adventure, it will also get you… Read more »

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4th July 2017
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Why a 1x (one-by) bicycle drivetrain might be the way forward

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 »

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30th June 2017
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United We Ride | What it’s all about

  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 »

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22nd June 2017
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Specialized Turbo Vado 2018: The electric commuter bike you’ve been waiting for

The Specialized Turbo Vado 2018, from £2,800 Based on its clean looks alone, you can tell this is an e-bike with a difference. With its motor integrated inside the frame’s bottom bracket and its battery enclosed in the down tube, it looks like a ‘proper bike’. It also sounds like a regular bicycle, thanks to… Read more »

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22nd June 2017

Are you mechanically challenged? A bicycle maintenance quiz

Why we have a workshop in every store We love cycling. We want you to do so too. It’s easy to love your bike when it purrs along smoothly. It’s not so easy when the tyres are flat, the gears mis-shift and the brakes barely slow you down. Hence our workshops – staffed by experienced… Read more »

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16th June 2017
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Why are bicycles so expensive? A consideration

The Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 2017, pro-level riding for £2,499 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 in Cambodia for that!” While… Read more »

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15th June 2017

More Best-Selling Bikes of 2017, soon to be gone forever

This small collection of bikes holds the best of 2017 as chosen by our customers (who can argue with them?) and they’re selling out fast. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever, so don’t miss out. Specialized Sirrus Disc 2017 £525 When you own a flatbar road bike with the speed potential of the Sirrus, you’ll… Read more »

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14th June 2017
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Father’s Day Gifts for Cyclists | Our Top Picks

Make the old man happy! Check out our favourite Father’s Day gifts below, and remember we offer free delivery for orders over £20. Velo Culture Recycled Chain Cufflinks £20 Campagnolo or Shimano, these recycled cufflinks from Newcastle’s Velo Culture are the business. SHOP Velo Culture Cake Stop Caddy £8.50 Hand-made from recycled inner tubes by… Read more »

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