Round-ups

Round Up: What can I buy on Cyclescheme?

Round Up: What can I buy on Cyclescheme?

08.05.2018
By Cyclescheme

This bike, those accessories… If you can use it for cycling to work, the chances are that you can include it in your Cyclescheme package.

Round Up: 5 essential accessories for commuting

Round Up: 5 essential accessories for commuting

01.02.2018
By Cyclescheme

To help get you started Cycleguard have put together a list of 5 essential accessories.

Round Up: Cycle maintenance made easy

Round Up: Cycle maintenance made easy

17.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Maintaining and repairing your own bike is fairly straightforward with the right tools. Follow these tips to save time, money, and stress.

Round Up: Cycle maintenance essentials

Round Up: Cycle maintenance essentials

16.01.2018
By Cyclescheme

Your local bike shop will be happy to fix your bike – for a fee. With the right tools, you can do the easier jobs yourself, saving time and money.

Round Up: Necessary accessories

Round Up: Necessary accessories

04.12.2017
By Cyclescheme

Some cycling accessories are optional extras. Others are essential for the day-to-day commuter.

Round Up: Trek bikes for under £1000

Round Up: Trek bikes for under £1000

24.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

Every Trek is built to enhance the quality of your ride, and every model is backed by their history of performance, durability and precision engineering.

Round Up: 5 of the best rear lights

Round Up: 5 of the best rear lights

24.11.2017
By Cyclescheme

A good rear light forces other road users to notice you and encourages them to treat you like traffic. Here are five shining examples.

Round Up: 5 of the best waterproof jackets

Round Up: 5 of the best waterproof jackets

13.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

A waterproof jacket is your first line of defence against bad weather, a barrier not just to rain but cold wind.

Round Up: Top Bike Hacks

Round Up: Top Bike Hacks

12.10.2017
By Cyclescheme

Bodges and dodges that will get you home or simply save you money. Here’s ten of our favourites.

Round Up: 10 Important commuter accessories

Round Up: 10 Important commuter accessories

25.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Did you know that through Cyclescheme you can also get the accessories you need for your ride to work. Here’s what to consider getting.

Round Up: Reasons to Hate Driving to Work

Round Up: Reasons to Hate Driving to Work

18.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Unless you have one of those traffic jam-free journeys that only exist in car adverts, driving to work is usually worse than cycling. Here’s why.

Round Up: 5 of The Best Cyclocross Bikes

Round Up: 5 of The Best Cyclocross Bikes

16.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Designed for racing around muddy fields, most cyclocross bikes make decent drop-bar commuters. Just add mudguards and, if necessary, smoother tyres.

Round Up: Your Cycle to Work Day checklist

Round Up: Your Cycle to Work Day checklist

14.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Give cycle commuting a go on Wednesday 13th September. It could transform your health, wealth, and happiness. Here’s what you need to know.

Round Up: 5 of The Best Budget E-bikes

Round Up: 5 of The Best Budget E-bikes

10.08.2017
By Cyclescheme

Electric assistance lets any cyclist cruise up hills or ride alongside fitter companions. Here are five decent e-bikes that won’t break the bank.

Round Up: 5 of The Best Commuters From Boardman

Round Up: 5 of The Best Commuters From Boardman

21.07.2017
By Cyclescheme

Best known as a racer, Chris Boardman is a strong advocate for recreational and utility cycling too. His bike range reflects that.

Round Up: 5 of The best Touring Bikes

Round Up: 5 of The best Touring Bikes

15.06.2017
By Cyclescheme

Designed to go the distance while carrying luggage, a tourer is well equipped for commuting too. Here are five good ones.

Round Up: 5 of the best Folding bikes

Round Up: 5 of the best Folding bikes

23.05.2017
By Cyclescheme

A bike that folds to the size of a suitcase can go anywhere with you: on the train, in the car, into the office or an upstairs flat… Here are five good ones.

Round Up: 5 of the best 2017 adventure road bikes

Round Up: 5 of the best 2017 adventure road bikes

24.04.2017
By Cyclescheme

With wider tyres, disc brakes, and the facility to fit mudguards and a rack, a ‘gravel bike’ is a much better bet for commuting than a standard road bike.

Round Up: Buying a budget commuter

Round Up: Buying a budget commuter

16.03.2017
By Cyclescheme

The less you’ve got to spend on a new bike, the smaller your choice of good ones. But they’re there. Here’s how to find them.

Round Up: 5 of the best road bikes for commuters

Round Up: 5 of the best road bikes for commuters

15.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

For commuters who want to travel faster or further, a road bike is hard to beat. But it needs to be practical too – like these.

Round Up: The Folding Stuff

Round Up: The Folding Stuff

14.02.2017
By Cyclescheme

For mixed-mode commuting and indoor parking, it's hard to beat a folder. Here's what to consider before investing in one.

Round Up: 5 2017 head-turners

Round Up: 5 2017 head-turners

25.01.2017
By Cyclescheme

Here's a closer look at a handful of this year's more practical and more interesting commuter bikes.

Round Up: Step-through hybrids

Round Up: Step-through hybrids

05.12.2016
By Cyclescheme

Often marketed as women’s bikes, these bikes are also suitable for anyone who finds it difficult to get on and off a bike with a top tube.

Round Up: Belt drive bikes

Round Up: Belt drive bikes

01.12.2016
By Cyclescheme

An oily chain isn't the only way to transfer power from your pedals. A belt drive is cleaner, quieter, and needs very little looking after.

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

23.11.2016
By Cyclescheme

Flat-bar road bikes are lightweight sporty hybrids that put the 'rush' in rush hour.

Round Up: Rechargeable Lights

Round Up: Rechargeable Lights

22.09.2016
By Cyclescheme

Lights are a legal and practical necessity for cycling in the dark, and rechargeables are the best option when it comes to battery power.

Round Up: Mudguards

Round Up: Mudguards

22.09.2016
By Cyclescheme

Mudguards are a no-brainer for commuting, keeping your clothes and your bike clean. So which is best for your bike?

Round Up: Bags for commuting

Round Up: Bags for commuting

19.08.2016
By Cyclescheme

Rain jacket, shoes, lock, laptop, lunch… cycle commuters have plenty to carry. The two most popular ways to do it are panniers and backpacks.

Round Up: Four seasons cycling

Round Up: Four seasons cycling

21.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Cycle commuting year-round is easier than you think – so long as you and your bike are prepared…

Round Up: Jackets

Round Up: Jackets

21.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Whether it’s a full-on waterproof for winter storms or a lightweight showerproof you can roll up in your pannier for midsummer emergencies, if you’re commuting by bike you’ll need a jacket (or three…)

Round-up: Gravel bikes

Round-up: Gravel bikes

21.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Also known as an adventure road bike, a gravel bikes is one of the better options for drop-bar commuting.

Round-up: Essential Kit - Locks

Round-up: Essential Kit - Locks

18.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

Prevent that heart-sinking feeling of seeing a space where your bike used to be and get yourself a decent bike lock.

Round-up: Town bikes

Round-up: Town bikes

18.07.2016
By Cyclescheme

With practical touches and an upright riding position, a typical town bike is the perfect commuter choice.

Round-up: Disc-brake road bikes

Round-up: Disc-brake road bikes

23.06.2016
By Cyclescheme

For the ride to work, road bikes with disc brakes have a number of advantages over their rim-brake stablemates.

Round Up: Bike to Work on a Budget

Round Up: Bike to Work on a Budget

23.06.2016
By Cyclescheme

The right bike and accessories depends on you and your journey. If you're a new or returning cyclist, don't feel you have to break the bank.

Round up: Casual cycling gear

Round up: Casual cycling gear

25.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

You don't have to dress like you're in a bike race to ride a handful of miles to work. Here are some alternatives that look good off the bike too.

Round-up: Entry-level pedelecs

Round-up: Entry-level pedelecs

01.04.2016
By Cyclescheme

Need a little extra energy for your ride to work? An electrically-assisted bike doesn't have to be super expensive.

Round-Up: Essentials for April showers

Round-Up: Essentials for April showers

22.02.2016
By Cyclescheme

Don't get caught out by sudden spring downpours. Here's what you need to keep comfortable and dry.

Round-up: Top 5 overshoes

Round-up: Top 5 overshoes

20.01.2016
By Cyclescheme

Overshoes keep your feet warm and dry and your shoes clean. Here's what to look for, plus five of the best pairs.

Round-up: Top 5 winter gloves

Round-up: Top 5 winter gloves

11.12.2015
By Cyclescheme

Cold hands make cycling a misery. Here's how to keep them snug and warm in even the worst weather conditions.

Round-up: Top 5 rear lights

Round-up: Top 5 rear lights

23.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

Winter days are short and often gloomy. A brighter rear light will get you noticed more easily in the twilight and the dark.

Round-up: Winter clothing

Round-up: Winter clothing

23.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

Invest in quality cycle clothing – perhaps through a Cyclescheme Accessory Package – and even the coldest, wettest winter days are tolerable.

Cycling Etiquette

Cycling Etiquette

19.11.2015
By Cyclescheme

Your fellow cycle commuters are your companions, not your competitors. Good cycling manners make the journey to work better for all of us.

Round-Up: Normal-looking cycling gear

Round-Up: Normal-looking cycling gear

21.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

Skin-tight cycling gear for the ride to work is strictly optional. Here are some ideas for staying a bit more stylish on and off the bike.

Round up: Folding bikes

Round up: Folding bikes

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

On the train, bus or tube, in the boot of a car, up (or down) in a lift, under the desk… the benefits of a folding bike for commuting are many.

Round up: Bikes for those with mobility issues

Round up: Bikes for those with mobility issues

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

A large range of bikes for people with disabilities means few should have to give up the idea of a two- or three-wheel commute.

Round up: Budget hybrid bikes

Round up: Budget hybrid bikes

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

A cheaper bike with less-costly-to-replace components could be just the ticket for your daily commute.

Essential kit: Jackets

Essential kit: Jackets

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

A good waterproof jacket will keep you warm and dry and help keep you safe on your commute.

Round up: Cyclo-cross bikes

Round up: Cyclo-cross bikes

15.10.2015
By Cyclescheme

These are great for getting to work, especially if your commute involves a bit of rough stuff.

Cycling shoes and cleats

Cycling shoes and cleats

29.09.2015
By Cyclescheme

In just an hour of cycling, you could be performing well over 5000 pedal strokes so it’s essential to get this key area right.

Round-up Top 5 commuter helmets

Round-up Top 5 commuter helmets

23.09.2015
By Cyclescheme

Wearing a helmet for the ride to work doesn't mean having to look like a racing cyclist from the head up.

Round-up: Top 5 front lights

Round-up: Top 5 front lights

23.09.2015
By Cyclescheme

Even if you work nine to five, longer autumn nights mean that you'll soon need lights for your commute – but which?

Round-up: Material Benefits

Round-up: Material Benefits

26.08.2015
By Cyclescheme

What will your next bike be made out of? Steel, aluminium, carbon fibre, and titanium each have their pros and cons.

Round-Up: Autumn and winter essentials

Round-Up: Autumn and winter essentials

26.08.2015
By Cyclescheme

The right equipment will keep you comfortable as the weather worsens. It will soon pay for itself too, especially if you get it through Cyclescheme.

Round-up: Top 3 roadsters

Round-up: Top 3 roadsters

23.07.2015
By Cyclescheme

The opposite of the lightweight race bike, a roadster is supremely practical for shorter-distance commuting in normal clothes.

Essential tools for the bike and home

Essential tools for the bike and home

22.07.2015
By Cyclescheme

A little knowledge and the right selection of tools will keep your bike running sweetly. Here's what to start off with.

“Which is the right bike for me?”

“Which is the right bike for me?”

21.07.2015
By Cyclescheme

Asking the question, “Which is the right bike for me?” is such a broad question that it is impossible to answer without further questions.

Summer Cycling Checklist

Summer Cycling Checklist

22.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

As spring turns to summer, it is hopefully time to shed your arm and leg warmers and to enjoy the feeling of the sun on your back as you ride.

Round-up: Road Bikes

Round-up: Road Bikes

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

A drop-bar race bike is ideal for fitness training and summer weekend rides, and it can be used as a quick commuter.

Round-up: Electric Bikes

Round-up: Electric Bikes

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Even if an electric bike costs over £1,000, you can get one through Cyclescheme. Here's how – and why you might want to.

Round-up: Casual Shorts

Round-up: Casual Shorts

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Don't feel like striding into the office in skintight Lycra? There are comfortable summer shorts for cycling that you can wear off the bike too.

Round-up: Panniers

Round-up: Panniers

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

For longer trips or heavier loads, it's comfier to carry bags on your bike than your back.

Round-up: D-Locks

Round-up: D-Locks

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

When your bike's out of sight, it needs to be locked. A D-lock is portable and tough.

Round-up: Mountain bike essentials

Round-up: Mountain bike essentials

09.06.2015
By Cyclescheme

Got a mountain bike? Take a second bite of the Cyclescheme cherry and get the commuting equipment and accessories that you missed.

Round Up: Top 5 commuter bikes for beginners

Round Up: Top 5 commuter bikes for beginners

26.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

If you haven't cycled for a long time, don't be swayed by fashion or sport: get a bike that's comfortable, practical and useful for you.

Long Ride Essentials

Long Ride Essentials

26.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

Most regular cycle commuters can comfortably complete a sportive, charity ride, or other long day ride – given the right equipment

Top 5 Accessories for Summer

Top 5 Accessories for Summer

22.05.2015
By Cyclescheme

Summer is the perfect season for cycle commuting, with long days and warmer weather. Make it better yet by investing in these essentials

Round-up: Top 5 road bikes for commuting for under £1000

Round-up: Top 5 road bikes for commuting for under £1000

21.04.2015
By Cyclescheme

For commuting further or faster, you can't beat a road bike. They're great for fitness riding and summer sportives too.

Round-up: Best e-bikes for cycling to work

Round-up: Best e-bikes for cycling to work

31.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

An electrically-assisted bike is the no-sweat solution for the cycling commute that's longer or harder than you'd like.

Round-up: Adventure road bike essentials

Round-up: Adventure road bike essentials

27.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

Got an adventure road bike? A Cyclescheme Accessories Package will save you money on the crucial accessories for commuting and beyond.

Round Up: Women's Hybrids

Round Up: Women's Hybrids

06.03.2015
By Cyclescheme

Let's get one thing straight: unless you want to ride in a skirt or dress, a step-through frame is strictly optional. Step-through frames are useful for men and women who can't get their leg over a top tube due to limited mobility, or who are restricted from doing so by their clothing.

Round Up: Seatpacks

Round Up: Seatpacks

06.02.2015
By Cyclescheme

Seatpacks or saddlebags attach to a bike's saddle rails, and often the seatpost too. While some are huge most are small, being designed to carry only essential spares and tools. Here are six of the best.

Round Up: Hub-gear hybrids

Round Up: Hub-gear hybrids

13.01.2015
By Cyclescheme

As transport cycling becomes more popular, hub gears are appearing on more bikes. Internal gears make sense for an urban bike: they don't require the same care as derailleurs to keep working well, and they enable you to shift gear while stationary.

Round Up: Compact Folding Bikes

Round Up: Compact Folding Bikes

25.11.2014
By Cyclescheme

A folding bike lets you combine a train's town-to-town speed with the across-town efficiency of the bicycle. Ride to the station, fold the bike, board the train, stash the bike in a luggage rack, then alight, unfold, and ride those last few miles at the other end.

Round Up: Stocking Fillers for Cyclists

Round Up: Stocking Fillers for Cyclists

20.11.2014
By Cyclescheme

In honour of the 12 days of Christmas, we've picked 12 gifts (in ascending price order) that could improve any commuter cyclist's Christmas stocking. Most of them are available from your local bike shop too!

Round Up: Cold-weather gear

Round Up: Cold-weather gear

02.10.2014
By Cyclescheme

After an unseasonally warm September, the cold weather might still seem far away. But make no mistake: winter is coming. To stay comfortable while you're cycling, you need to protect your extremities.

Round Up: Mountain Bikes

Round Up: Mountain Bikes

09.09.2014
By Cyclescheme

Mountain bikes are all-terrain bikes: they'll go anywhere. That includes urban journeys. It's harder to equip them with commuting essentials like mudguards, and those knobbly tyres are slow on tarmac. But they have advantages too, especially for heavyweight riders.

Round Up: Cycling jerseys

Round Up: Cycling jerseys

31.07.2014
By Cyclescheme

You don't need a cycling jersey if your journey to work is the cycling equivalent of a stroll; normal clothes will be fine. If your cycle commute is more like jogging – exercise that makes you sweat – then a dedicated cycling jersey is a sensible option.

Round Up: Women's Road Bikes

Round Up: Women's Road Bikes

03.07.2014
By Cyclescheme

Women's road cycling is finally starting to attract the attention it deserves. There's was a women's tour in May this year. And because more women are taking up recreational road cycling, there are more women's-specific bikes available now.

Round Up: Bike Bag Essentials

Round Up: Bike Bag Essentials

06.06.2014
By Cyclescheme

A pre-packed commuter bag makes cycling to work faff-free. Some things you might pack the night before; others can live in the bag semi-permanently. The essentials don't take up much space.

Round Up: Sportive Road Bikes

Round Up: Sportive Road Bikes

29.04.2014
By Cyclescheme

Sportive road bikes are designed for enjoying rather than enduring long, hilly road rides. They're still lightweight and efficient like racing bikes, but there's an emphasis on comfort that race bikes lack. Subtle differences make them more suitable for general purpose cycling on roads, including commuting.

Round Up: Gilets

Round Up: Gilets

01.04.2014
By Cyclescheme

If you ride to work in cycling gear, get a gilet. Its role is to keep the wind off your body without the weight, bulk or superfluous warmth of a jacket. You can wear one over a thick long-sleeved jersey in the depths of winter, or over a short-sleeved jersey for cool spring or summer starts; just add arm warmers if it's nippy.

Round Up: Bikes for shorter riders

Round Up: Bikes for shorter riders

06.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

The range of sizes of adult human follows a normal distribution – most people are fairly close to average, but a few are unusually tall or short. The fact that very short people are in a minority can make it harder to find bikes to suit.

Round Up: Shoes

Round Up: Shoes

03.03.2014
By Cyclescheme

It is, of course, entirely possible to ride a bike in any kind of shoe (although those Manolo Blahnik slingbacks might not be ideal). But shoes made specifically for cycling have a number of advantages.

Round Up: Handlebars

Round Up: Handlebars

04.02.2014
By Cyclescheme

As well as steering your bike, the handlebar affects your riding position and your comfort. A new one could cure aches and pains. Getting comfortable on your bike is largely about having the right handlebar and saddle in positions that are right for you.

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

04.02.2014
By Cyclescheme

Flat-bar road bikes are the opposite of go-anywhere multi-use hybrids. They're designed, like their drop-bar cousins, to be quick and efficient on roads only.

Round Up: Multi-use hybrids

Round Up: Multi-use hybrids

10.01.2014
By Cyclescheme

Hybrids are a blend of different bike types, as the name suggests. Some are flat-bar road bikes, trekking bikes are closer to tourers, and multi-use hybrids have more mountain bike in their DNA.

Round Up: Locks

Round Up: Locks

10.01.2014
By Cyclescheme

Whenever your bike is out of your sight, it needs protecting by a lock – either a locked door or a good bike lock. This month's kit round up looks at some of the best bike locks on the market.

Round Up: Gifts for cyclists

Round Up: Gifts for cyclists

10.12.2013
By Cyclescheme

If these don't turn up in your Christmas stocking, even after you've directed your significant other to this page, you can always treat yourself afterwards!

Round Up: Singlespeeds

Round Up: Singlespeeds

10.12.2013
By Cyclescheme

One-geared bikes aren't just for cycle couriers and fashion-focused hipsters, they suit sportier commuting too.

Round Up: Four Season Road Bikes

Round Up: Four Season Road Bikes

30.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

Most road bikes aren't meant to take mudguards. That's because they are – ostensibly, at least – designed for racing, and in racing all that counts is where you cross the line. Dirty kit doesn't matter. Getting filthy is a bigger deal for commuting, because even if you ride to work in cycling gear and change you'll have to pull on that cold, soggy kit for the ride home…

Round Up: Waterproof overtrousers

Round Up: Waterproof overtrousers

30.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

Even with mudguards fitted, your legs can get very wet while cycling. As you pedal your legs come close to horizontal from hip to knee, so your thighs get much soggier than they would if you were walking. Rain will also run down your waterproof jacket and onto your upper legs and crotch. It's as clammily unpleasant as it sounds. That's why you need a pair of overtrousers in your commuter bag.

Round Up: Fully-equipped hybrids

Round Up: Fully-equipped hybrids

04.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

When you buy a bike for commuting in the UK, you usually need to add mudguards, a pannier rack, and lights, because most are sold without them. Buying a hybrid that's factory-fitted with the accessories you need for commuting can save you time and money

Round Up: Multitools

Round Up: Multitools

01.10.2013
By Cyclescheme

Compared to a set of separate tools, a multitool keeps everything together in a portable, lightweight package. It’s ideal for slipping into a pocket or commuter bag.

Round Up: Road bikes with disc brakes

Round Up: Road bikes with disc brakes

02.08.2013
By Cyclescheme

Sporty road bikes with drop handlebars traditionally use sidepull calliper brakes, which operate on the rim. These brakes are lightweight, inexpensive and quite powerful. But they're not without drawbacks, particularly for commuters.

Round Up: Pumps

Round Up: Pumps

01.08.2013
By Cyclescheme

You'll need a pump any time you puncture or change a tyre. That won't be very often. More commonly, you'll use a pump to keep your tyres topped up to the right pressure. That's because air slowly seeps out of even intact innertubes.

Round Up: Carbon road bikes

Round Up: Carbon road bikes

03.07.2013
By Cyclescheme

Every bike you'll see in the Tour de France this year is made of carbon fibre. It's the material of choice for professional cyclists' bikes because it's light and strong. It's also relatively expensive: even budget carbon bikes are more expensive than their aluminium or steel equivalents.

Round Up: Child seats

Round Up: Child seats

01.07.2013
By Cyclescheme

A child seat is the cheapest way to turn your commuter bike into a family vehicle. And you can do it on the Cycle to Work scheme.

Round Up: Bikes for women

Round Up: Bikes for women

05.06.2013
By Cyclescheme

Bikes and their components are designed with Mr Average in mind. Ms Average is shorter and lighter. Designing a bike to suit her, however, isn't as simple as 'shrinking and pinking' the gent's version.

Round Up: Alternatives to lycra shorts

Round Up: Alternatives to lycra shorts

03.06.2013
By Cyclescheme

Whether your bum does indeed look big in those lycra shorts, and whether that bothers you, are questions only you can answer. If you want to wear them, do. If you'd prefer not to, don't be persuaded otherwise by 'proper' cyclists: lycra shorts are flat-out not necessary for riding a bike – and certainly not for commuting to work.

Round Up: Essential Accessories

Round Up: Essential Accessories

03.05.2013
By Cyclescheme

'And you'll need lights, a lock, a jacket…' The bike shop assistant selling you a bike isn't giving you the hard sell with these suggestions. There are lots of extras you might well need. The good news is that you can get them as part of your Cyclescheme package – even as an accessories-only Cyclescheme agreement.

Round Up: Touring Bikes

Round Up: Touring Bikes

02.05.2013
By Cyclescheme

A touring bike is designed to carry luggage easily and its rider comfortably. It's an obvious choice for cycling trips, such as riding coast-to-coast across Britain.

Round Up: Folding Bikes

Round Up: Folding Bikes

05.04.2013
By Cyclescheme

What folding bikes do best is mixed-mode commuting: you can take the train or car part way to work, then cycle the last few miles. When your bike collapses to the size of suitcase, you don't have to worry about whether you're allowed to take it on such-and-such train, or if it will fit in the back of your car.

Round Up: Mudguards

Round Up: Mudguards

02.04.2013
By Cyclescheme

The constant spray of dirty water from a mudguardless bike on a wet road is worse than being rained on. Unless you ride in full cycling kit and are happy to soak it, you'll want guards any time it isn't dry. You or your bike shop can fit some sort of mudguards to any bike.

Round Up: Road bikes

Round Up: Road bikes

27.02.2013
By Cyclescheme

A road bike is one of the fastest ways to get to work under your own steam. It's tempting to turn every commute into a training ride. You'll likely be wearing cycling kit already, because that's more comfortable on a road bike, and you'll find yourself catching and passing other cycle commuters.

Round Up: Puncture Resistant Tyres

Round Up: Puncture Resistant Tyres

25.02.2013
By Cyclescheme

Until you've ridden on solid tyres, which are awful, it's easy to forget how good air-filled tyres are. The obvious disadvantage is that the air escapes when something pokes a hole in them. No one wants punctures. The question is: how badly do you want to prevent them?

Round Up: Cyclocross Bikes

Round Up: Cyclocross Bikes

31.01.2013
By Cyclescheme

Sales of cyclocross bikes are rising. Most are bought not by muddy racers but by commuters wanting something more rugged and practical than a road bike, or by the cycling specialist – typically the roadie or the mountain biker – who wants a bike with a broader focus. Because as your local bike shop owner will confirm, 'cross bikes are versatile.

Round Up: Luggage Racks

Round Up: Luggage Racks

31.01.2013
By Cyclescheme

For anything other than short trips with light loads, you'll sweat and ache less if your luggage goes on your bike rather than your back. Any bike can carry some luggage, but you'll have more options and a bigger load capacity if there are threaded eyelets on the frame.

Round Up: £500 hybrids

Round Up: £500 hybrids

30.11.2012
By Cyclescheme

Buying a cheap bike – anything much less than £300, let's say – is often a false economy. It probably won't be comfortable, efficient, and reliable enough for regular use. Getting a bike for less than £500 has some real advantages, however, even if you'll save 32% or more by obtaining it through Cyclescheme.

Round Up: Waterproof jackets

Round Up: Waterproof jackets

30.11.2012
By Cyclescheme

A good commuting jacket makes miserable winter weather tolerable. It doesn't need to be insulated like a jacket for walking as you'll generate more body heat by pedalling.

Round Up: High-end Hybrids

Round Up: High-end Hybrids

24.10.2012
By Cyclescheme

By definition, hybrids are not one-trick ponies; they're a blend of other bike types. Even a multipurpose bike is better at some tasks than others, however, so it makes sense to pick the hybrid that does best what you do most often.

Round Up: Battery Lights

Round Up: Battery Lights

24.10.2012
By Cyclescheme

Quite how bright your lights need to be depends on whether you'll be cycling under streetlamps or on unlit lanes. Under streetlamps, you need to announce your presence to drivers.

Round Up: Dynamo Lights

Round Up: Dynamo Lights

25.09.2012
By Cyclescheme

Dynamo lighting is green energy. A generator in or on the wheel siphons off a little pedalling energy to power your bike lamps. It's the predominant system in countries where transport cycling is popular, such as Germany and the Netherlands, because it's so convenient. Your lights are bolted to your bike and are always ready to shine; there's no recharging routine to remember or disposable batteries to buy, and no faffing with fixture or removal each ride.

Round Up: Trekking Bikes

Round Up: Trekking Bikes

24.09.2012
By Cyclescheme

The trekking bike is the northern European equivalent of the British tourer, only with a flat handlebar and a more casual, less mile-eating focus. It's a tarmac-and-gentle-tracks hybrid, factory-fitted with the accessories you'll want for weekday commuting or weekend wandering.

Round Up: Cycles for all

Round Up: Cycles for all

27.08.2012
By Cyclescheme

Whatever your disability, the chances are that there will be a cycle that you can ride. More sophisticated (and lighter weight) special needs cycles are expensive, as they're not mass produced, but entry-level machines are available within the Cycle to Work threshold. And there are lots of conventional cycles that will suit a disable rider too, with or without adaptations.

Round Up: Shorts

Round Up: Shorts

22.08.2012
By Cyclescheme

Cycling shorts come in two types: skin-tight Lycra shorts, originally designed for road racing; and baggy shorts, initially made for mountain bikers. Either is fine for commuting, and baggies look okay off the bike; liberal clothing policies may even allow them for work. Unless you're heading for somewhere like The Royal Ballet, Lycra (also known as spandex or elastane) is strictly for the bike.

Round Up: Eyewear

Round Up: Eyewear

25.07.2012
By Cyclescheme

After the wettest April to June on record, you might think that any talk of sunglasses is a bit rose tinted. But in overcast Britain, cycling shades aren't worn primarily to block out ultraviolet rays, nor even to look cool in like a pair of aviators. They're worn to keep stuff out of your eyes, like wind, flies, and dirt. A fly in the eye at speed can make you lose control, while the wind in your face from riding quickly will make your eyes tearful – and your nose run.

Round Up: Road Race Bikes

Round Up: Road Race Bikes

18.07.2012
By Cyclescheme

Television footage of the Tour de France and the Olympic road race should see the strong sales of road race bikes rise further this summer. You don't have to be Wiggins or Cavendish to appreciate this sort of thoroughbred. If your ride to work is a Lycra-clad workout, a race bike can also be your transport.

Round Up: Hub-geared Hybrids

Round Up: Hub-geared Hybrids

18.06.2012
By Cyclescheme

Hub gears can be found on all kinds of bikes, from tourers and tandems to mountain bikes, but it is on town bikes and hybrids that they are most common. For urban use, the narrower range of a hub gear isn’t a problem and the low-maintenance reliability that internal gearing brings is a real bonus.

Round Up: Backpacks & Courier Bags

Round Up: Backpacks & Courier Bags

14.06.2012
By Cyclescheme

Compared to panniers, backpacks and courier bags give you the freedom to commute on any bike because you don’t need a carrier rack. They’re handy if you plan to make multiple stops, as your luggage goes with you as soon as you step off the bike. And a load on your back is better isolated from vibration from the road, so it’s a good way to carry fragile items such as laptops. Sportier cyclists sometimes prefer the handling characteristics a bag-less bike.

Round Up: Helmets

Round Up: Helmets

24.05.2012
By Cyclescheme

Cycling is not a dangerous activity. Per hour, you are more likely to suffer an injury requiring medical attention while gardening; per mile, you are more likely to be killed while walking. Nevertheless, if you fall off your bike and bang your head you can do some nasty damage. Helmets are designed to limit that damage.

Round Up: Mountain Bikes

Round Up: Mountain Bikes

22.05.2012
By Cyclescheme

Mountain bikes are built for riding over rough ground, more often on trails through forests and moorland rather than actual mountains. Their tyres have deep tread lugs for traction in dirt and are fatter to absorb bumps. To improve bike control and comfort, most also have suspension for the front or both wheels. Gears go low to cope with steep climbs, while brakes – often hydraulic discs – are powerful to keep difficult descents in check. Mountain bikes are the 4x4s of the bike world.

Round Up: Touring Bikes

Round Up: Touring Bikes

26.04.2012
By Cyclescheme

Touring bikes are designed to carry you and your luggage comfortably and efficiently as far as you want to go. That could be a five- or ten-mile trip to work just as easily as coast-to-coast cycling holiday.

Round Up: Waterproof panniers

Round Up: Waterproof panniers

24.04.2012
By Cyclescheme

Rain is a fact of life for UK cycle commuters. As well as wet weather gear to keep you dry, you’ll want rain protection for whatever you’re carrying - laptop, work shirt, or just your lunch. Pannier contents can be kept dry in three ways. You can use one or more plastic bags inside a non-waterproof pannier; you can use a dedicated rain cover, which will provide protection from showers; or, best of all, you can use a pannier that is itself waterproof.

Round Up: Grips and bar ends

Round Up: Grips and bar ends

26.03.2012
By Cyclescheme

Riding a bike can cause your hands to ache, tingle or even go numb. Don’t panic. It’s caused by the compression of nerves in your hands, specifically the ulnar and median nerves. That can be due to your own bodyweight bearing down on your hands or bumps and vibration being transmitted from the tarmac. It soon eases, and there are things you can do to stop it happening in the first place.

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

Round Up: Flat-bar road bikes

19.03.2012
By Cyclescheme

You’ll hear this kind of hybrid called different names depending on the manufacturer. Some call them fitness bikes, others sports bikes, urban bikes, or simply hybrids. We’ve used ‘flat-bar road’ because that describes it best. It’s not a jack-of-all-trades bike like the do-it-all hybrid; it’s designed to be ridden on tarmac, for commuting, fun, or fitness.

Round Up: Saddles

Round Up: Saddles

19.02.2012
By Cyclescheme

'There may be a better land where bicycle saddles are made out of rainbow, stuffed with cloud; in this world the simplest thing is to get used to something hard.' That was Jerome K Jerome, writing in Three Men on the Bummel, his 1900 novel about cycling.

Round Up: Singlespeeds

Round Up: Singlespeeds

15.02.2012
By Cyclescheme

The singlespeed bicycle is the most popular in the world, mostly because it's cheaper to have one gear. Yet in the last decade, the singlespeed has enjoyed a renaissance in the cities of Western countries. Cyclists who can readily afford machines with multiple gears are riding minimalist street bikes instead. Why?

Round Up: Cycling shoes

Round Up: Cycling shoes

25.01.2012
By Cyclescheme

On the right bike and right commute, normal street shoes are ideal. They enable you to switch instantly from cycling to walking or vice versa. If you want to ride further or faster, however, dedicated cycling shoes have plenty to recommend them.

Round Up: Commuter-ready road bikes

Round Up: Commuter-ready road bikes

17.01.2012
By Cyclescheme

If you want to get to work in a hurry, you can’t beat a road bike. Speed and efficiency on tarmac is what these sporty machines are all about. But unless you want to arrive with a stripe of dirty water up your back, you’ll want a bike that’s not just quick but practical.

Round Up: Winter tyres

Round Up: Winter tyres

12.12.2011
By Cyclescheme

Murphy’s law says that you get more punctures in winter. And when you do get one, it’s a pain to replace an innertube at the roadside with cold, stiff hands. So it’s worth investing in tougher tyres for the ride to work. Most ‘winter’ tyres are fine year round for commuting.

Round Up: Do-it-all hybrids

Round Up: Do-it-all hybrids

06.12.2011
By Cyclescheme

If you just want ‘a bike’, you probably want a hybrid. It’s the jack-of-all-trades machine, with features borrowed from road, mountain, touring and town bikes. In the Venn diagram of overlapping bike varieties, the do-it-all hybrid sits at the centre.

Round Up: Winter Warmers

Round Up: Winter Warmers

28.11.2011
By Cyclescheme

Cycling generates a lot of heat, often too much. If you wrap up like you’re going for a winter walk, you’ll be sweating buckets a mile down the road. It’s better to be not quite warm enough when you set off, so that you’re comfortable once your ‘cycling engine’ is in gear. For your extremities, however, the opposite applies: you need more protection than you would on foot, or your fingers, ears and toes will burn with cold.

Round Up: Compact folding bikes

Round Up: Compact folding bikes

15.11.2011
By Cyclescheme

If you live too far from work to cycle, or you just don’t fancy riding all the way in winter, you can still get your cycling fix (and save time and money!) by using public transport or private car and then pedalling the last few miles. That’s easiest with a bike that folds quickly and compactly.

Round Up: Wet weather gear

Round Up: Wet weather gear

24.10.2011
By Cyclescheme

Even in the wettest areas of the UK, it rains on only one day in two. The odds of that rain falling heavily while you’re commuting are low. You’ll usually just encounter wet roads and showers. Because of this, the most important equipment for keeping dry isn’t clothing but mudguards. Full-length mudguards stop the water that’s lying on the road spraying all over you.

Round Up: Cyclo-cross Bikes

Round Up: Cyclo-cross Bikes

20.10.2011
By Cyclescheme

Autumn is the start of the season for cyclo-cross, the oldest form of off-road cycle racing. Competitors pedal around fields and parks, often shouldering their bikes to run up steep banks or hop over obstacles. You’re probably thinking: that doesn’t sound much like my ride to work. Yet there’s a reason that sales of ’cross bikes are soaring and it can be summed up in one word: versatility.

Round Up: Commuter Lights

Round Up: Commuter Lights

26.09.2011
By Cyclescheme

When the clocks go back, daylight scarcely exists outside of the working day. If you’re cycling anywhere, you’ll want lights – because if it isn’t dark when you set off, it will be when you come home.

Round Up: Town Bikes

Round Up: Town Bikes

19.09.2011
By Cyclescheme

Not sure which type of bike is right for you? Each month we'll take a look at the plethora of bikes available, and give you the lowdown on what will work best for you. This month we're looking at the classic 'Town Bike' - the perfect bike for a hassle-free, low maintenance commute.

Essentials: Bike Locks

Essentials: Bike Locks

01.06.2011
By Cyclescheme

If you want to keep your new bike safe, you need to protect it with a decent lock. Here are eight good options to suit every budget.

Essentials: Bike Pumps

Essentials: Bike Pumps

05.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

Keep your tyres inflated to the pressure rating that's stamped on the side of them...

Essentials: Lights

Essentials: Lights

03.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

We give you the lowdown on the bike kit you just can't do without...

Essentials: Helmets

Essentials: Helmets

02.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

You don't legally have to wear a bike helmet... but if the worst happens and a car pulls out in front of you or you slip on a wet road, wouldn't you rather have one on?

Essentials: Gloves

Essentials: Gloves

01.05.2011
By Cyclescheme

Winter riding is a whole lot more fun with warm hands, so you need to get yourself some high-quality cycling gloves.