Cycle Solutions' Guides


Our helpful guides can get you pedalling in the right direction with advice on safety, style and value for money!

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Road Bike maintenance solutions

A big asset for many, it's worth looking after your new road bike to ensure it performs well and is safe to ride at all times.

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MTB maintenance solutions

A big asset for many, it's worth looking after your new mountain bike to ensure it performs well and is safe to ride at all times.

Best 2015 Mountain Bikes Under £1,000

Check out the best 2015 mountain bikes for under £1,000 that are available from Cycle Solutions.

Cold Weather Cycling tips

Cold winter weather is finally here!! If you Then 've been taking some time off or haven't had to endure cold-weather Riding in awhile, you may not be fully prepared for the frigid onslaught.

Best 2014 Mountain Bikes under £1,000

Mountain bikes have come a long way from the 'rigid' frame days of old, they now come with a variety of types of suspension, whether this be a hardtail (front suspension) or a full suspension bike (front and rear suspension), many also now come with disc brakes and a variety of wheel sizes, and from the selection we have available, it is easy to get flustered about what you like compared with what you think you need.

Best 2014 Road Bikes under £1,000

Luckily, for the modern day commuter, using our cycle to work scheme, there is a great deal of choice if you decide to go for a road bike and only have £1,000 to spend (this year, we have an astonishing 235 different models to choose from). There are, however, a few rules you should follow when picking your bike to ensure you get the best deal for your money...

Which is my perfect Bicycle?

Most varieties of bike are available on the cycle to work scheme. Here are some of the most popular to help you decide.

Setting up your bike after delivery

Once you have received your new bicycle from Cycle Solutions, there are just a few easy steps to follow in this video before you are ready to ride your bike. Written instructions will also be provided with your bike.

Waterproof Cycling Jacket

Riding in the rain? We show you what to look for in a waterproof commuter jacket

Get Seen!

When you're commuting, the main aim is staying safe. The best way to do that (in addition to cycling carefully) is to make sure you're constantly visible to other road users.

Helmet Buying Guide

Helmets are designed to protect your head. You don't have to wear a helmet by law, however it is wise to be as safe as you can whether on or off road. The Government recognise this and do not charge VAT on helmets.

Light Guide

Legally a rider must have sufficient lights and reflectors on their bike between sunset and sunrise, so when you are cycling to work it is important to make sure you are visible to other road users. A good light set is a must if you are planning on using your bike for your daily commute.

Essentials: Bike Locks

Lock out thieves! Unfortunately there are many thieves around who would like to steal your bike. The best way to keep them at bay is an effective lock.

Brakes Explained

A guide to the various braking systems in use on bikes.

Commuting Pannier Guide

What is a pannier? A pannier is a bicycle specific bag which attaches directly to a bike, usually via a rack. Panniers generally attach to the sides of a front or rear rack (next to the wheels).

Helmet Cam Round Up

Helmet mounted video cameras are traditionally for extreme sports athletes to showcase their latest stunts. However, they have recently found vogue with cycle couriers and commuters.

Lube It Up

Bikes only run smoothly because of grease, oil and lube on any moving surfaces.

Minimise Theft Risk

It sounds basic, but it is very easy to make mistakes that make your bike more attractive and accessible to thieves.

Mudguard Guide

Getting covered in road grime is no fun, even if you're in your waterproofs. The best solution is to buy a quality set of mudguards.

Multi Tools

Multi-tools are very compact and light. You can stash it in your bag and forget about it until you need it most. Multi-tools are designed to give you everything you need to cope with minor breakdowns.

Bike Maintenance Guide

To get the best from your new bike, it's important that you keep it in good condition.

No Sweat

Speaking as a cycle commuter, working in a smart office, getting sweaty is a major worry. But if you follow these simple tips, you can arrive at work refreshed and relaxed.

Pump Guide

Having properly inflated tyres dramatically reduces friction from the road and improves a bikes handling.

Safe Commuting Guide

Being on the roads can be a daunting prospect for a would-be cycle commuters. There is an unwarranted perception that cycling on roads is difficult and dangerous.

Silly Commuter Racing

If you're the competitive type, or you look for ways to amuse yourself whilst commuting, then this is a great pastime for you!

The Bicycle

It's very easy to take the humble concept of a bicycle for granted; it's so ubiquitous within our society.

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