Author: Kevin Glenton

Chainless Bikes: How Shaft-Driven Bicycles Work

Chainless bikes are not a new innovation. The first machines to resemble what we recognise as bicycles were propelled by a rider’s legs, but it didn’t take long to find an engineered alternative to human power.  Solutions and tinkering from...

Oil for Bike Chain: The Dos and Don’ts

Keeping your bike chain in good working order should be a priority. The average chain will give you between 3,000 and 8,000 kilometres, depending on use. It does a straightforward job, but there’s a lot happening to ensure it synchronises...

How Long Does an Electric Bike Battery Last?

Electric bike batteries run on the same lines as a smartphone equivalent. They need to be charged with due care and attention. Efficient charging will produce anything up to eight years of charge. It’s imperative to note that lifespan is...

How Many Bike Gears Do I Need? [ANALYSIS]

Using gears helps you ride a bike efficiently and enjoyably. Gears help to turn the pedals effectively and consistently. The number of gears required are influenced by what you need and want from a ride. Fitness, cargo, pedal assistance, terrains...

Belt Drive vs Chain Drive Bike [PROS + CONS]

Bicycle engineering methods pioneered in the nineteenth century are still used to this day. The double diamond frame is the best example. Pneumatic tyres are another. Close behind is the chain drive system of propulsion. The belt-drive system is an...

Is Cycling More Dangerous Than Driving? [STATISTICS]

Politicians have woken up to the need to alter the driving and cycling infrastructure of towns and cities. The combining forces of pollution, congestion, long-term concerns over health and a sedentary lifestyle, plus environmental concerns, have made laboratories out of...

How Much Do Bike Wheels Cost? [REPLACEMENT PRICES]

Bicycle wheels must be robust and tolerant. Their cost fluctuates from the cheap, to the equivalent of a second hand car. They’re responsible for acceleration, stability, ride comfort and braking. These rotating rims are mass-produced or luxuriously created by artisans...

How Much Do Bikes Weigh? [BICYCLE WEIGH-IN]

Bicycle weight varies according to use, materials, budget, rider preference plus regulations from the sport’s governing bodies. The difference in weight between the lightest production machine used by competing pros, and a robust commuter loaded with accessories, can be as...

Combination vs Key Bike Locks [PROS + CONS]

Securing a bicycle usually comes down to using a D-lock/U-lock, a cable, or a chain. The locking mechanism for each needs careful consideration. These use a combination of numbers on a dial, or a key. The key lock type is...

Cycling v Walking: Which is Better? [ANALYSIS]

Cycling and walking are excellent forms of exercise, both of which generate significant health benefits. Choosing which one is best for commuting may come down to which is the most enjoyable. The more pleasure derived from an activity should see...

Can Cycling Reduce Thigh and Belly Fat? [ANALYSIS]

Cycling can reduce thigh and belly fat as well as benefiting the circulation of blood around the body, strengthening the heart and other muscles and increasing the metabolism. It is a low-resistance exercise which means it puts less pressure on...

Does Cycling Make You Smarter? [ANALYSIS]

Going for a bicycle ride is one of the best all-round examples of exercise you’ll get. I’ll bet you feel the instant gratification once your pedals start turning and your heart rate increases. And your increased efforts are rewarded instantly....

What Muscles Does Cycling Tone? [ANALYSIS]

Cycling is well known to provide physical and mental health benefits. Overall wellbeing is helped by a positive boost to your mind, body and soul. Focusing on the body workout part, cycling is an aerobic, resistance activity which tones your...

Are Bike Frames Hollow? [WHAT’S INSIDE?]

Bicycle frames are hollow thanks to the genius of design, the intelligence of science and the power of engineering. The iconic ‘double diamond’ frame shape hasn’t really changed in over 125 years. However, the components and materials used to manufacture...

Are Shimano Gears the Best (and Why Are They So Popular)?

Shimano are a Japanese company, and world-leaders in supplying engineered moving components that are bolted or fixed onto a bicycle. Celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2021, with forecasted sales in 2022 of ¥580billion (£3.5billion/$4.3billion), this company has developed a market-leading...

What is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Bicycle?

Wondering where to start to buy a bicycle? It’s not complicated if you have a clear idea of what you want, have a budget, know what size frame suits your measurement, and know that it’s available for you to collect...

Types of Bike Locks (and Which is Best?)

Even the best bike lock cannot guarantee your bicycle will be waiting when you return to it. Over 100,000 were stolen per year in England and Wales from 2002 to 2021. As cycling becomes more popular as a commuting alternative,...


TOP 5 FAVOURITES FOR COOL RIDES


1. 🪖Fend ONE Folding Helmet
A folding helmet that actually looks good.

2. 🧥Helly Hansen Hooded Rain Jacket
Stay dry in style.

3. 🧴Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit
Keep your bike feeling brand new.

4. 👖DUER-All Weather Jeans
Waterproof cycling jeans. Seriously.

5. 🎒Rapha Reflective Backpack
A beautiful backpack that you can't miss.