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Latest News & Updates at Switchback Cycles

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

5 Signs You Need a Bike Check-Up

Anthony Hood | 04/06/2020 11:56:00

To get the best out of your ride, regular check-ups are essential. But the time between bike checks can vary significantly, with everyday riders often opting for a triannual tune up and weekenders getting away with once every eight to 12 months. Of course, these are just guidelines. How often your service your bike will ultimately depend on.... More

GT E-Bikes Guide: Range, Features & Prices

Anthony Hood | 15/05/2020 09:20:00

E-bikes are a great option if you want to enjoy the fun of cycling with that little bit of help from the motor. They allow you to pedal like a normal bike, but build up power when doing so, which you can then use as a boost on hills or rough terrain. However, GT e-bikes have provided.... More

Cycling Encouraged By the UK Government

Anthony Hood | 12/05/2020 09:11:00

A lot has changed since the UK entered lockdown on 24th March. Two months on and it looks like we’re past the peak of the virus and moving towards a phased return to normality. According to reports, cycling could be key in that process. Read on to find out more. Returning to work With a.... More

What is a Balance Bike? And Do They Work?

Anthony Hood | 14/04/2020 10:38:00

Teaching your child to ride a bike is one of the most iconic moments for any parent. It’s up there with their first words and the moment they master walking. But, like those two examples, you’ll probably be wondering how you can help? And what’s the best way to teach them? That’s where balance bikes come in..... More

A Cyclist’s Guide to Social Distancing

Anthony Hood | 05/04/2020 08:41:00

The UK is officially on lockdown since the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March. Pubs, bars and restaurants are shut. Non-essential shops have been forced to close. And all public events and large social gatherings have been cancelled. Crucially, the British public have been asked to stay at home whenever possible. Aside from trips out for food.... More

A Complete Guide to Kuota Road Bikes

Anthony Hood | 16/03/2020 16:38:00

Not all road bikes are created equal and no one knows this better than Kuota, a Lombardy-based brand that's been manufacturing premium quality bicycles since 2001. The brand is known for its robust yet lightweight carbon fibre reinforced resin (CFR) frames, as well as its innovation-driven aerodynamic concepts and unrivalled performance. Invest in a Kuota and you're.... More