The summer supposed to have been bombarding us with sunshine, however, waterproof jackets and overshoes were essential on most rides in July. That being said, the Tour de France brought three weeks of endless excitement and we talked about our Fantasy Cycling team composition on hours end. It was arguably one of the most exciting […]

Well here we are at 3,000m on the top of Pic Blanc, Alpe D’Huez. It’s 7am on a Sunday morning, 2 degrees and pretty blooming cold stuck in a long lift queue to get up the top of the mountain. But still, it’s pretty special. After my dismal qualifying run, I was pleased to be […]

We’ve now been in Alpe D’Huez since Sunday, and riding as much of the Megavalanche course as possible. Two words basically sum it up for me: ROCKS & DUST. Lot of both. Having only ridden in the Alps once before, I was expecting trails similar to Morzine and Chatel, but here you get a sense […]

Charge Bikes are one of our favourite brands. Why? We think they stand out from the crowd – they  are functional , unique, look good, and the brand is committed to producing steel bikes when much of the bike world is all about carbon bling. Now we like our bling just as much as anyone […]

After a very sunny spring, we have seen both very sunny and very rainy days in June, nonetheless, we’ve done quite a bit of riding – and here are the best post from last month: Will rode the 661 Gravity Enduro race in Kielder Forest Bert looked back on Litespeed’s history and introduces a few […]

This month’s customer review was written by Michael Whitelegge on the Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 2011, and as usual, he is entitled to the £250 voucher. Bought this after completing an introductory course on mountain biking riding a Hardrock hire bike. The frame geometry really suits me. I had to choose between the Sport Disc […]

As part of our Megavalanche preparations we headed up to Kielder Forest in Northumberland a few weeks ago to check out this new style race format, the 661 Gravity Enduro series. Enduro races are basically timed downhill runs, with linking stages (non timed)- all your times are then combined to give you a position. A […]

The Cooker is Charge Bikes first foray in to the 29” wheeled field of our sport. There are understandably dubious minds out there, questioning whether a relatively small brand employing two full time staff from Somerset can compete with the boutique brands that focus solely on 29ers or super powers that have the ability to […]

Muc-Off Silicon Shine After many hours toiling over the bike with a toothbrush removing every last speck of dirt, the thing that is really missing is a top-class finish to really make it sparkle. After all, you polish that rust-bucket on the driveway every Sunday morning; why not apply the same loving care to your […]

Anyone who has ridden a bike in the last 25 years or so has almost certainly used some kit from an all-conquering, yet strangely mysterious company: the big S. And while Shimano drivetrains, brakes, pedals and other bits of componentry have become so ubiquitous that the brand seems commonplace at first glance, the Japanese company […]

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