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Latest News & Updates at Switchback Cycles

What to Wear for Cycling in Autumn: Gloves, Jerseys & More

Anthony Hood | 20/10/2021 09:28:00

Just like high street fashion, the cycling realm has its own seasonal trends. While they tend to prioritise function over style, there are definitely brands that do a fantastic job of combining both. If you’re planning to cycle your way through the colder months, read on for our complete guide on what to what to wear.... More

When and Why Should I Use a Rear View Cycle Mirror?

Anthony Hood | 10/10/2021 09:26:00

When it comes to bike safety, a rear view cycle mirror is one of the best ways to improve your credentials. Like car rear view mirrors, bicycle versions increase your field of vision and make it easy to keep tabs on what’s travelling behind and beside you. Want to know more about why.... More

How to Clean a Rusty Bike Chain in 5 Easy Steps

Anthony Hood | 20/09/2021 14:43:00

Want to know how to clean a rusty bike chain like a pro? We’ve got you covered. Featuring five easy steps, this guide covers everything you need to know about best-practice bike chain maintenance. We also throw in some expert tips and tricks along the way, designed to help you ride smoother, faster and longer. .... More

5 of the Best Cycling Routes in Yorkshire

Anthony Hood | 10/09/2021 14:38:00

Looking for the best cycling routes in Yorkshire? From urban bike paths in Leeds to off-road trails in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Northern England is a dream for cyclists. There’s so much to discover in this historic county, so swing into the saddle and start pedalling. Best bike rides in Yorkshire .... More

Everything You Need to Know About Electric Bikes

Anthony Hood | 20/08/2021 10:25:00

The British e-bike market is booming, with the latest data suggesting more and more people are making the switch to pedal assist. It’s no surprise really, with electric bikes combining speed, safety and comfort with eco-friendly appeal. Want to know more about electric bikes? From basic mechanics to speed laws, range and fitness.... More

How to Check My Bike Before Riding

Anthony Hood | 10/08/2021 10:21:00

Like cars, bicycles need a healthy dose of TLC to keep them performing at their best. At the end of the day, they’re pedal-powered machines with lots of moving parts that can and do malfunction if not maintained properly. Luckily, with a little knowledge and a good eye for detail, it’s easy to keep your bike.... More

What to Take on a Long Bike Ride This Summer

Anthony Hood | 20/07/2021 11:00:00

Warm weather, long days and plenty of sunshine make summer the perfect time to increase the length of your bike rides. Naturally, longer rides call for a little more planning than your average morning commute or weekend cruise around your local park. So, whether you’re setting off on a half day adventure or gearing up for.... More

Cycling vs. Running – Which is Better for You?

Anthony Hood | 10/07/2021 16:22:00

Accessible to pretty much anyone, cycling and running are two of the most popular sports in the world. While both are terrific when it comes to burning calories and improving your cardiovascular health, there are also some big differences to consider. Below, we’ve outlined a simple cycling vs. running comparison, including the differences.... More

What is a Hybrid Bike and Why Should I Buy One?

Anthony Hood | 20/06/2021 15:23:00

If you love the feeling of scoring the best of both worlds, a hybrid bike should absolutely be on your radar. Loved by commuters, adventure seekers and weekend warriors alike, hybrid bikes combine the urban-friendly characteristics of a road bike with the tough-as-nails features of a mountain bike. The result? Excellent general-purpose bicycles that can take.... More

The 5 Best Cycling Apps to Help You Stay Motivated

Anthony Hood | 10/06/2021 15:21:00

Even the keenest cyclists can sometimes find it hard to set off on a rainy day commute or get out of bed for a crack-of-dawn ride. The good news is, there are plenty of apps out there to give you the push you need. From fitness tracking to route mapping, here’s 5 of.... More

The Ultimate Guide to Commuting by Bike

Anthony Hood | 20/05/2021 10:01:00

Not only is cycling a more planet-friendly way to commute to work, but it also slashes time spent on public transport and makes social distancing easy. Transitioning to a bike from a car, bus or train carriage may seem challenging at first, but with the right tips and tricks you’ll soon be a convert. .... More

National Bike Week 2021 – How to Get Involved

Anthony Hood | 10/05/2021 09:58:00

National Bike Week is on the horizon and we’re gearing up for one of our favourite seven-day stretches of the year! Spanning from May 30 to June 5, Bike Week celebrates all things cycling and at Switchback we’re calling on everyone to get involved. “Bike Week, delivered by Cycling UK, is an annual.... More

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