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Latest News & Updates at Switchback Cycles

The Best Cycling Shoes for Beginners

Anthony Hood | 20/04/2021 14:05:00

While a good bike is of course important, what many newbie riders don’t realise is that gear can have a big impact on the cycling experience. Shoes are especially important as they support and protect your feet, which are ultimately what power your bicycle. Why do good cycling shoes matter for beginners? Not only.... More

How to Plan a Cycle Route: Things to Consider

Anthony Hood | 10/04/2021 13:52:00

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a sharp rise in cycling, a trend that we hope is here to stay. From daily commutes to working up a weekend sweat, we’ve seen Brits across the country embrace travel on two wheels. Preparation can make a big difference to your experience, which is why we encourage all.... More

Crucial Cycling Safety Equipment That Every Rider Needs

Anthony Hood | 18/03/2021 09:34:00

From boosting your fitness to improving your posture, cycling has a range of great health benefits. Taking to the open road on your trusty bike is a brilliant form of exercise – and it can work wonders for your mental wellbeing, too. But unfortunately, this wonderful pastime isn’t always risk-free..... More

How To Get Fit And Lose Weight Cycling

Anthony Hood | 10/03/2021 09:18:00

Whatever your current fitness level, cycling is an excellent form of exercise. Brilliant for beginners and experts alike, it’s a low-impact activity that can be easily modified to help you achieve your goals. Want to start cycling to get fit and lose weight? You’re in the right place. In this post, we’ll share.... More

A Complete Guide to Kali Protectives

Anthony Hood | 20/02/2021 12:21:00

When it comes to gearing up for a ride, the best equipment is made for cyclists, by cyclists. Kali Protectives is one of our all-time favourite brands for this reason, fronted by a team of bike crazy enthusiasts just like us. Here’s a glimpse at what’s on offer from the award-wining company. A.... More

Cycling During Lockdown – What’s Allowed?

Anthony Hood | 10/02/2021 11:25:00

If there’s been one silver lining to COVID, it’s the nation’s newfound appreciation for cycling. The pandemic triggered a boom in bicycle sales, as Brits across the country began to look for new, socially distanced ways to exercise and get outdoors. Heightened concerns over public transport also prompted more people to pedal to work, instead of.... More

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