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If you’ve never been to Swinley Forest near Bracknell, it’s definitely worth checking out. There are miles of tracks to suit everyone – from gentle leisure rides to fast, technical trails. There’s even a new jump area currently under construction for more accomplished MTB cyclists. Three main routes wind through the forest – with increasing levels of difficulty – Green (easy), Blue (moderate) and Red (challenging). Blue and Red offer plenty of opportunity to push yourself. This all-weather, purpose-built environment is simply a great place to improve your abilities on cornering, berms, drops and jumps. Parking is plentiful and cheap...

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Lacking motivation? Never mind – here are a few tried-and-tested ways to get you back in the saddle. Just pick one or two (more if you’re feeling ambitious or happy to shell out a few quid) and make the most of the best time of year to be out on two wheels. 1. Book a cycling holidayGot nothing planned this summer? Organised trips take place all over the UK and abroad. You can DIY it with some friends or book a holiday with an itinerary and meet a new bunch of cycling buddies. 2. Enter a cycling event or ‘sportive’Literally...

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From everyone at Bikes Direct we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! #HappyCycling    

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As part of the Cycling Weekly Bike of the Year awards, they’ve been looking out for the best endurance bike on the market, something that is ideally suited for making those long days in the saddle just that little bit easier.However they’re not just looking for the most comfortable bike that money can buy, but something that is still fun to ride and also able to cope when it’s time to put the hammer down. The winner of best endurance bike in the 2016 Cycling Weekly Bike of the Year awards is the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2. While a lot...

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Most of you will probably be aware but if not, Cycle Scheme is one of the most cost effective ways to buy a bike. It allows you to get kitted out with a brand new bike and all of the essential safety equipment completely tax free. Tax is complicated; Cyclescheme is not. You choose a bike, hire it for an agreed length of time, then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. It’s like a year-round sale, with interest free credit available in over 2,000 retailers nationwide. We are registered with the CycleScheme, Bike2Work, Halfords Cycle2Work and...

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