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27 March 2012
Islabikes Beinn 29 Cycle Magazine Review
Islabikes Beinn 29
For anyone who just wants ‘a bike’, a non-specialised, all-purpose hybrid is a good choice. This new offering from Islabikes is a true jack-of-all-trades option. It’s like a Beinn kids’ bike writ large. Scaling up for adults means 700C wheels, called 29 not for marketing reasons but because the bike can be ordered with 29x2in mountain bike tyres. If you’ll mostly stay on tarmac, you can specify touring tyres. If you’re not sure, the default, lightly-treaded 38mm Kwik Trax tyres will do fine.
26 March 2012
Boardman HT Pro Cycle Magazine Review
Boardman HT Pro
At any given price, a 26-inch wheel hardtail should have a better specification than a full suspension bike or a hardtail 29er. When that price is ‘under £1,000’, where one poor component choice can tip the balance on a bike’s performance, there’s a strong case for choosing an uncompromised, 26er hardtail – like this Boardman HT Pro.

Cycle Magazine

Cycle Magazine - December 2013 / January 2014
In this issue: Gifts for cyclists; eurobike 2013; call of the wild; Singletrack touring; Safety bikes & box cameras; Facilitating cycling; Bigger-wheeled folders; Grouptest: rackbags; Bike test: Merlin S2200.

Components

Image of bicycle
Cycle components work together in systems or sets. Here each set or system will be explained by CTC Senior Technical Officer Chris Juden.

Configurations

Cycle Configuration
The common bicycle or bike, meaning two wheels, is only one of many possible configurations of pedal cycle.

Cycle Styles

Different kinds of bike suit different kinds of riding
Style means how a cycle is optimised to make it most suitable for a certain type of cycling, from a bike designed to carry loads to downhill mountain bikes for thrills and spills. Use CTC's handy guide to work out which style is best for you.

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