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HGV safety.

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This is our guide on how to stay safe when confronted with large vehicles such as delivery trucks, HGVs, buses and construction plant machinery, when out on the roads. First thing to remember is that big vehicles are just that, they are big, very, very big and you on your bicycle in comparison are very, very small and you may ... Read More »

Why should I insure my bicycle?


Bike crime is a problem which affects many areas of the UK. Both writers at RCB have had their cherished bicycles stolen at one point. The fact of the matter is, thieves go around with bolt cutters in broad daylight and will steal your bicycle if it is at all possible to do so without being caught. Theft isn’t the ... Read More »

Five signs you’re improving as a cyclist.

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1. When you upload your ride to Strava you have started to see more and more PB’s! 2. You’ve started using the words “fun”, “cycling” and “hill” in the same sentence! 3. A 20km ride is now a piece of cake for you, and you’ve actually started to add kilometers onto your rides! 4. You can lay in longer as ... Read More »

How to remove your crankset. (Picture Tutorial)


Like the rear cassette, sometimes you may need to remove your crankset, to replace, clean or gain access to your bottom bracket or bearings. Follow our 3 step guide to see just how easy it is to replace! What you will need: Crank puller (It is likely you will NOT be able to complete the removal without this!) Allen Key (Normally 8mm) ... Read More »

How to remove your chain.


Every so often you are going to want to change your chain, as they wear over time and become less effective. Follow our 3 step guide to easily remove and replace your chain! What you will need. New chain Link removal tool Step 1. Place chain link remover tool onto the chain, and line up with one of the rivets ... Read More »

How to replace/clean your rear cassette.


Sometimes you will want to clean your rear sprocket, degrease it and put it back on, other times you may want to replace them for a better ratio. Either way, you’ll need to know how to get them off. Follow our 4 step guide for a stress free change! What you will need. Chainwhip Locking tool Spanner (If your locking ... Read More »

Tire and inner tube change (picture tutorial)


We, as cyclists, will all experience the dreaded puncture from time to time so it is important to familiarise yourself with how to change your inner tubes in case of puncture, and your tire if needs be. Follow our 7 step guide to a relatively drama free tire and inner tube change! What you will need. A new tire (correct ... Read More »

Replace that old nasty bar tape. (Drop bar picture tutorial)


Are you tired of looking at your worn, dirty, old bar tape? Follow our 6 easy steps to change it and make it look like new again. What you will need. New bar tape (Amazon are good for this) Scissors Electrical Tape (Black Ideally, but any will do) Patience! Step 1 Fold up the brake hoods and remove the old ... Read More »

Staying safe out there


We all want to enjoy our cycling experience and in order to do this we must ensure that we are a safe as possible! I thought I’d write a small piece on how to stay safe on the roads. Rules of the road. I would advise that anyone, before embarking on their bicycle, seriously study and make sure that they ... Read More »