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Latest News & Updates at Switchback Cycles

Road Cycling in Winter: Everything You Need to Know

Anthony Hood | 20/01/2021 11:21:00

Clear blue skies and crisp air can make winter an incredible season for cycling. But of course, the season also comes with its challenges. Wet weather, salty roads and less daylight are just some of the factors that can compromise safety and performance in the winter months. Luckily there are plenty of steps you can take.... More

Cycling Weekly Awards – Winners Revealed

Anthony Hood | 06/01/2021 11:15:00

Every year the cycling community holds its breath as leaders, high achievers and trailblazers are honoured at the annual Cycling Weekly Awards. The awards celebrate the crème de la crème in road cycling, as selected by the editors of Britain’s best-selling cycling magazine. This year we’re taking a look at the victors and bringing you the.... More

5 Reasons to Keep Cycling Through Winter

Anthony Hood | 18/12/2020 09:13:00

Cycling in winter is essential for those who commute on two wheels. It’s also pretty important for those who want to keep their fitness levels up and avoid undoing all their good work from the rest of the year. But no matter how much you enjoy cycling during the summer, it’s always harder to find the.... More

Christmas Gift Ideas for Cycling Enthusiasts

Anthony Hood | 16/12/2020 09:12:00

If you’re looking for a Christmas present for a friend or family member who loves cycling, but have no idea where to start, you’re in the right place. Explore our Christmas gift guide for cycling enthusiasts below and gain inspiration for the big day.  Stocking Fillers Fun socks Who.... More

Bike Wheel Rim Tape Explained

Anthony Hood | 18/11/2020 16:47:00

While polished spokes and a gleaming frame make a great first impression, what lies beneath the surface is incredibly important when it comes to bicycle performance. Rim tape is one of the most critical elements, forming a protective barrier between the delicate inner tube of a bicycle wheel and the sharp spoke holes. Without rim tape,.... More

All the Gear You Need for Winter Cycling

Anthony Hood | 12/11/2020 13:17:00

At Switchback Cycles, a little rain, sleet and snow doesn’t stop us from climbing into the saddle. In fact, with the right gear we think winter is one of the best times of the year to ride. Want to know more about how to master the art of winter cycling? Read on for.... More

Should I Wear a Cycle Helmet? - Your Questions Answered

Anthony Hood | 15/10/2020 15:44:00

One of the longest running debates in the cycling community is the legitimacy of wearing a helmet. While some cyclists swear by head protection others maintain helmets are bulky, uncomfortable, do little to help in serious accidents and as a result should be optional. As passionate bike buffs we’re all about engaging in a good cycling.... More

5 Reasons Cyclists Should Carry a Multitool

Anthony Hood | 06/10/2020 15:41:00

While cyclists generally want to keep weight down as much as possible, multitools are one of the few essential accessories that are worth the extra grams. Lightweight, compact and loaded with features, multitools are the ultimate cycling accessory. In one cleverly designed tool you’ll have access to Allen keys, screwdrivers, chain tools, spoke wrenches and more. It’s.... More

Top 10 Tips for Budding New Cyclists

Anthony Hood | 17/09/2020 10:36:00

Whether you want to kickstart a new weekend hobby, switch up your morning commute or take your fitness to the next level, cycling can get you there. The sport has enjoyed an enormous popularity boost during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Brits embracing the chance to get outdoors, burn calories and socialise in a way that’s safe and socially.... More

The Ultimate Bike Light Buying Guide

Anthony Hood | 10/09/2020 16:24:00

Any seasoned cyclist will testify that lights are one of the quickest, easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve your safety credentials. As well as drastically increasing your visibility after dark, bike lights make you more prominent in rain, fog and mist. Even on the sunniest summer morning, lights can help to capture the attention of drivers and.... More

Help! My New Bike Brakes Squeak

Anthony Hood | 27/08/2020 10:11:00

There’s nothing quite as disconcerting as the sound of squeaky bike brakes. Not only do they pierce your eardrums like nails on a chalkboard, they’re also a warning sign your safety could be compromised. Rather than turn up your EarPods, it’s important to address the issue and find the root cause of the squeaking. The good news.... More

How to Clean & Protect Your Bike with Muc-Off

Anthony Hood | 13/08/2020 10:10:00

Mud. Dust. Dirt. Grime. The trail is teeming with contaminants that can damage your bike components over time, drag down performance and compromise your steez factor. Even sailing through a puddle in a London bike lane can splash your components with oil, salt and other urban pollutants. Cue Muc-Off. The British-based brand is a little obsessed.... More

The 3 Best Cycling Blogs for 2020 and Beyond

Anthony Hood | 28/07/2020 16:14:00

From the winding roads of France to the urban bike lanes of London, cycling has global appeal. At Switchback Cycles there’s nothing we love more than staying up to date with the latest peloton news, gear reviews, personal insights and everything in between. If it concerns bikes, we’re keen. Of course, the internet can be a bit of.... More

Disc Brakes Vs Rim Brakes (V-Brakes) - What's the Difference?

Anthony Hood | 14/07/2020 15:42:00

From controlled descents to emergency stops, braking systems are a critical part of bike safety. They can have a huge impact on your cycling experience which is why all riders should have a good understanding of brake mechanics. In this post, we’ll discuss the basics of bike brakes including a comparison of the two main types –.... More

What is the Best Triathlon Bike for Beginners?

Anthony Hood | 12/06/2020 12:03:00

Swimming, running and cycling. When it comes to endurance, nothing quite compares to the challenge of a triathlon. With a name derived from the Greek terms ‘treis’ meaning three and ‘athlos’ meaning athlete, the sport made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. While there are plenty of ripped professionals out there, triathlons.... More