Mavic Sale

Mavic Sale

We’ve got a great sale on Mavic wheels at The Bike Factory that you’re not going to want to miss out on. It is commonly said in the cycling world that the best upgrade for your bike is the wheels. Read on for some great reasons why Mavic should be your first choice.

Essential Winter Kit

Essential Winter Kit

There is a permanent film of water and grit on the roads, it’s is cold and windy, and the sun rarely shows up for work. This can mean only one thing: the country is in the firm grip of winter. Although any motivational slump might very well have been overcome now, particularly after the debauchery of Christmas indulgence and the promise of a New Year.

Get ahead this winter with our Christmas gift guide

Get ahead this winter with our Christmas gift guide

Whether you’re shopping for someone who already loves bikes or you’re a keen cyclist yourself hoping to share you passion with those you love, we think there are plenty of great ways to give the gift of cycling this Christmas. From whole bikes, right down to that reliable Christmas stalwart, a pair of socks, there’s a gift idea to suit every rider – and every budget – in our comprehensive gift guide.

10 Christmas gifts for the Cyclist who THINKS they have everything

10 Christmas gifts for the Cyclist who THINKS they have everything

Christmas can be one of two things for a cyclist, either laden with bags full of well-intentioned gifts from friends and family (which you already have or do not need), or packed with joyful kit and components that you bought yourself. If there is a cyclist in your life, we’ve put together a list of things which they very possibly already have, but which a cyclist can never really have enough of. We’ve ordered them on price, from you stocking fillers to your larger, more practical items.

A year in review - what happened on the road in 2016

A year in review - what happened on the road in 2016

In a year which has seen Chris Froome take his third Tour scalp in sometimes comedic style, the coming of age of the hopelessly lovable Orica BikeExchange squad, the reinvigoration of the Manx Missile (Mark Cavendish) and the shock-and-awe domination of Peter Sagan, we have also witnessed the continuing corrosion of credibility, the withdrawal of teams under financial pressure, and the retirement of some of our favourite riders.

​Tour of Britain flies through Cheshire – Stannard wins on “home roads”

​Tour of Britain flies through Cheshire – Stannard wins on “home roads”

Every year the Tour of Britain, formerly known as the good old ‘Milk Race’, seems to grow and grow, with an ever expanding list of amazing, world-class riders turning up to compete over seven days around the British Isles. It’s no surprise, for those of us in the know, that Cheshire has played host to the race a few times – what with the spectacular scenery and challenging riding there is on offer here.

OK, I missed the Boat, Tell Me About Enduro

OK, I missed the Boat, Tell Me About Enduro

We hear a lot about enduro, but what exactly is it? It’s a term which people use to describe their riding style a lot, but have they ever been near an enduro race? In short Enduro is a race which has the emphasis on racing downhill, gravity assisted, but with short sections of uphill to separate the men from the boys, or those with good cardio, from those with none.

Basic Nutrition for Riders: Part Two Water, Fruit & Veg and Fats

Basic Nutrition for Riders: Part Two Water, Fruit & Veg and Fats

The pros are pampered, they’ve got a nice tour bus, mechanics to look after any squeaks or worn components, and at the end of a hard ride they’ve got a chef who’s nutritionally qualified to come up with some tasty food to make sure they perform well. The truth is that they deserve to be pampered, they need to be able to concentrate on one thing, and one thing only: riding hard. We’re a lot less fortunate...

Basic Nutrition for Riders: Part One, Protein and Carbs

Basic Nutrition for Riders: Part One, Protein and Carbs

The pros are pampered, they’ve got a nice tour bus, mechanics to look after any squeaks or worn components, and at the end of a hard ride they’ve got a chef who’s nutritionally qualified to come up with some tasty food to make sure they perform well. The truth is that they deserve to be pampered, they need to be able to concentrate on one thing, and one thing only: riding hard. We’re a lot less fortunate...