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Latest News & Updates at Switchback Cycles

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

Have You Cycled the Transpennine Trail Yet?

Anthony Hood | 05/03/2020 16:23:00

Stretching for 130 miles across Northern England, the Transpennine Trail (TPT) is on the bucket list for most cycle enthusiasts. It links the North and Irish Seas and takes you through rolling hills, along picturesque rivers and past chocolate-box towns. With surfaced paths and gentle gradients, it's no wonder the Transpennine Trail was recently voted one of.... More

What is a Gravel Bike? All of Your Questions Answered!

Anthony Hood | 20/02/2020 16:29:00

Searching for the perfect all-rounder? A bike that’s fast on tarmac but also efficient and hardy exploring dirt roads, bridleways and forest tracks? If so, then the gravel bike could be just the ticket for you. With an increasingly vast range of bikes available all designed for different purposes, it can be a minefield to discover.... More

Are E-Bikes Legal in the UK? Everything You Should Know

Anthony Hood | 10/02/2020 16:31:00

To e-bike or not to e-bike that is the question? With the UK e-bike industry set to grow by nearly 40,000 percent by 2050, potential e-bikers are curious to know more about this exciting trend in the cycling industry. One question budding e-bikers want to know is quite simply – are e-bikes legal in the UK? .... More

Raleigh E-Bikes Guide: Range, Features & Prices

Anthony Hood | 24/01/2020 13:26:00

Founded in 1885, Raleigh is one of the oldest and most iconic bicycle manufacturers in the world. The company is based in Nottingham and has been producing best-in-class bikes for more than a century. It prides itself on innovation and cutting-edge technology, so when the electric bike trend emerged, Raleigh had its finger on the pulse. .... More

A Guide to Children’s Bike Lights

Anthony Hood | 15/01/2020 13:21:00

Cruising around the neighbourhood on a bike is a rite of passage for most British kids. The latest statistics from reveal just how popular bicycles are, with 83% of English children aged between 5 and 10 owning or having access to a set of wheels. While biking is a fun, practical and eco-friendly way to get.... More