Cycle to Work with Cyclescheme

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The Cycle to Work scheme is a government initiative that allows you to get a brand new bike and safety equipment for your commute to work – all tax free! yippee! 🙂

One of the Cycle to Work partners that we use at Cycle Centre is Cyclescheme, if your employer isn’t signed up to a Cycle to Work provider here’s a link with more information for your employer.

http://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/employers

Getting a bike through a Cycle to Work scheme makes sense. Not only can you save money (between 25% – 39%, depending on how much tax you pay) you get to spread the cost over a year and there’s no credit check either! You’ve got up to £1,000 to spend, so make sure you make the most of the potential savings by getting a bike package that includes everything you need to cycle to work – this includes the essentials like lights, locks, helmets and clothing which can all be bought through the scheme.

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You can choose the right bike for your commute – whether that’s a road bike, mountain bike so that you can take in a trail on your commute or a do it all hybrid bike.

This youtube clip is all about Bob and how he wants to get started riding a bike to work. I want to do something with Bobs hair, but apart from that its a really helpful short film.

Need another helping of Bob? You got it! (do you see what I mean about his hair?)

This film explains what happens at the end of the 12 month hire period and what your options are for either keeping the bike or giving the bike back.

 

Hopefully your mind is nearly made up to ride to work, but if not what about the fact that cycling can burn up to 500 calories an hour. Its a low impact form of exercise. Riding gets you out of the traffic and once you have ridden a few times to work and got over the initial wheezing stage, you arrive at work feeling energized and ready for whatever happens during your working day.

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We just want to get more people riding bikes, and we understand fitting a bike ride into your busy life can be really difficult, so if you can turn your commute to work into a blast on the bike it will be a guilt free exercise session.

If you would like help or advice please contact us with whichever method you prefer. Its always good to see you in person but we understand you may be stuck in traffic 😉

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Why should you buy a bike from Cycle Centre?

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How about ten reasons why you should buy a bike from Cycle Centre!

  1. A free tune up after 8 weeks, normally £30
  2. A 10% discount card for use on accessories, valid for 12 months
  3. 48 hour priority workshop turnaround on menu services with Cycle Centre bikes, if we let you down we will give you a £10 voucher for your next visit.
  4. Priority invites to Cycle Centre events and promotions
  5. Access to our Saturday morning social rides
  6. All Cycle Centre technicians are qualified and Brompton certified
  7. A 10% discount card for refreshments from our friends at the Cycle Hub
  8. We will get you set up on your new bike and make sure you are ready to ride
  9. We will fit any accessories bought with your bike free of charge
  10. We all ride bikes at Cycle Centre, BMX, mountain and road and we commute most days so we can advise you on what new bits and pieces we are using.

All this and I didn’t mention the top brands we stock!

We look forward to seeing you instore soon.

The Cycle Centre Team.

Bike Review : Forme Calver X Sport Disc

As a keen cyclist (of the road variety) I think I know most bikes when I spot them. So when I was offered the chance by the guys and girls at Cycle Centre to test a Forme Cyclo Cross bike, my first thought was…. Who are Forme? And why do I need a Cyclo Cross Bike?

Turns out Forme are a British Bike manufacturer, and have only been established for two years. Now I must admit, I was a little sceptical about a new British Cyclo Cross bike, especially when the big boys, Trek and Giant have some excellent bikes in this category.

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Shiny new Forme Calver X Sport Disc

I picked up the bike on a dry, crisp, Spring day, and I must say, I was impressed immediately. I was expecting this bike to be heavy, cluncky, and poorly built. Turns out I was wrong. Its not much heavier than an entry level road bike, far lighter than most mountain bikes, and looking further, has a very good spec. At 6’ 3” the 58cm frame also fit me very well, and gave me a sporty, yet relaxed feel.

My first ride was one I’ve done hundreds of times before, my commute home, usually done on a road bike, the 6 miles on the road usually takes me around 20-25 minutes. Again, I wasn’t expecting any fast times. The thicker, grippier tyres and heavier frame I was sure were going to slow me down. Here’s the science bit… Using Strava to track the ride via GPS, I was actually only 40 seconds off my personal best, set on my racey road bike! So once again, I was proven wrong.

In fact, the only time I felt as though I was going slower than normal was on the uphill stretch, when the thicker, 32mm tyres really did seem to slow me down. On the flat, and downhill, this thing handles like a road bike. The aluminium frame, and carbon fork were stiff, and sharp in the corners.



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I’ve ridden plenty of mountain bikes before, but I’ve always preferred road bikes, faster, lighter, and more fun to ride. To me, mountain bikes are heavy, slow, and clucky. However I do occasionally fancy a spot of off roading. And with the Forme, you can. My second ride took me through a nature reserve, with gravel tracks, muddy fields, grassy patches, and bumpy hills, areas I would never dream of going with my roadie! But the Forme shone out here on the dirt. Again, it didn’t feel like a mountain bike, more like a road bike. With no suspension on this bike, I was also expecting to feel every lump and bump, on my hands and on the saddle. But the carbon forks and big tyres soaked up most of the bumps, giving me a nice, fast, but relaxed ride.

The Forme uses the excellent Shimano Tiagra compact group set, and I used all 20 gears. The granny gear was used when the ground got soft, I’d forgotten how tiring it was peddling over mud! I was glad the compact was there with its 28T cog on the 34T chainset, giving me the escape I needed. But back on the road, I had the gears to keep up with the roadies.

Shimano Tiagra Compact Chainset

Shimano Tiagra Compact Chainset

This bike also uses Disc Brakes, more commonly seen on mountain bikes, and I was glad they were there. As most roadies know, cartridge pads are useless in the wet, and when the weather did turn, these brakes gave me instant stopping power.

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My ride around the tracks gave me something that my road bike can’t, the feeling of exploring. Lost in the woods, It was like I was the only person for miles, when in actual fact, I could be home in 20 minutes, by jumping back on the road for a quick sprint home.

So who would buy this bike? At £1049.99 RRP its not exactly cheap. But what it is, is fun, versatile, fast, and exciting. With its relaxed frame, its not as racey as a road bike, but it’s a hell of a lot faster than a mountain bike. This bike isn’t just a middle ground between a mountain bike and a road bike. Its in a class of its own, a bike you can take on 75+ mile on-road sportives, or take it off road and tear through the tracks.

I think this bike would suit someone who wants both the fast road riding, and the offroad ability to get into the woods and explore. The versatility makes it an ideal bike for commuting, as it will cope with anything you need it to do, snow, rain, or school run traffic. Unless you want to get into the real wilds, this will give you all the grip you need offroad, and most of the speed you want on road.

All in all, the bike looks great, handles superbly, delivers the power when you want it, is the most versatile of all bike categories, and is so simple to ride. I bet I wouldn’t even get any funny looks from the roadies in the weekend club run. With the Cyclo Cross bike, you can also change your tyres to fit your riding style. Add slicks to go faster, add spikes to ride in the snow. Its your choice.

From now on, if anyone tells me they’re going to buy a hybrid… I’ll be sure to tell them to buy this instead. It’s a great bike, I might just get one myself.

The Forme is at home on the tracks

The Forme is at home on the tracks

Weeeknd Bike Ride

Well, after what the spring weather has thrown at us this week, I’m really hoping that this weekend is better!  And that it gives me a chance to get back out on the bike.

So this Sunday I’m planning a route from Tynemouth to Newcastle.  It’s a bit further than I’ve been doing lately but I feel ready for the new challenge, and love to cycle around the Tyne, especially on a sunny day as the water is so beautiful!

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And who would have thought it would burn up at least a medium sized wedge of cake?  Possibly even a skinny latte on the side too.

So, fingers crossed for some blue skies, and no more snow…

 

New Torq Energy Gels, Bars and Recovery Drink.

I have recently tried some of the new Torq products and have been really impressed with them!

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Although our recent ‘spring’ weather has been somewhat prohibitive in terms of cycling opportunities, I have really enjoyed popping to the gym for a less snow and wind battered experience!

I usually use an isotonic sports drink during a workout to keep me going, but instead tried one of the Torque Gels.  I liked that they are so easy to carry because of their shape and size, easy to open and easy to drink from, and can see how useful those aspects would be while cycling.  I loved the different flavours and my favourite is the Rhubarb and Custard one.

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I have also used their Recovery powder, in place of my usual protein shake following a work out.  I really liked that there are no synthetic nasties in there- I had started making my own protein shakes with soya protein, soya milk and fruit juice as I had found that a lot of the protein shakes available in shops made my gut bloated and painful because of the additives in them.  But the Torq Recovery was a winner, and really tasty!

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 I have asked some friends who do a lot of road biking to try them out too and so am looking forward to finding out what they thought about the energy bars.

The Countdown to Summer Begins!

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Secial Offer: Raleigh ACT Fifth Avenue

On Special Offer this week, we have the Raleigh Fifth Avenue reduced from £200 to £175.

This comfortable hybrid bike is great for commuting to the shops, to work, or for popping out on cycle paths with the kids on the weekend, or after work as the nights get lighter.

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Available in store and on line at www.cyclecentreuk.co.uk.  We are always happy to help so pop in any time for a chat, or contact us on 0191 2651472.

15% Off Forme Bikes

We have 15% Off Selected Forme Bikes…

…with Mountain bikes starting from £237.99 with the Mens Sterndale 4.0 (reduced from £279.99)

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Mens Sterndale 4.0

…and Racing Bikes staring from £450.49 with the Mens Longcliffe (reduced from £529.99)

 

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Mens Longcliffe 5.0

… and womens bikes from £297.49 Reduced from £349.99 with the Sterndale 2.0 FE

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Womens Sterndale 2.0 FE

All of our offers are on our website www.cyclecentreuk.co.uk as well as in store at 250 Shields Road, Byker, NE6 1DX, 0191 2651472.

Come and get your 15% Off Selected Forme Bikes.

 

 

 

£100 Off Selected Trek Bikes

We are offering £100 Off Selected Trek bikes, in store and on line.

We have on offer:

  • the 2012 Trek 7.1 FX in Charcoal reduced from £350 to £250 in a 17.5 inch frame.
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Trek 7.1 fx

  • the trek 1.5 C H2 58cm frame in Blue Ink and Chrystal White reduced from £850 to £750
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Trek 1.5

  • the Trek 8.4DS in Matte Chrystal in a 17.5 inch frame reduced from £675 to £575
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Trek 3.4

  • and the Trek Domane 4.0 C 56cm in Black and Placid Blue reduced from £1500 to £1400.
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Trek Domane

Pop in to see us for a chat, or call us on 0191 2651472 to get your £100 off Selected Trek Bikes.

Cube Sale: Up to 15% Off Selected Models and Selected Sizes

 

This weekend we are offering 10% Off All Cube Bikes and 15% Off Selected Models and Selected Sizes.
In our 15% Off offer, prices start from £339.15 with the Cube Aim 26 black n grey 2013 in 22″ frame (reduced from £399), to £917 with the Cube Peleton Race Compact black and red print 2013 in 58cm frame (reduced from £1079).

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£339.15

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£917

 

All other Cubes have 10% Off for this weekend.

Please call us for more information on availability, or check out our website at www.cyclecentreuk.co.uk.

We are at 250 Shields Road, Byker and would love to have a chat with you any time about your cycling needs.

Get your 10-15% Off in our Cube Sale, ends Sunday.