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What’s New || Warehouse Clearance || West End - London’s largest bike shop

We won’t be beaten on price! We guarantee not to be beaten on price for any item we stock. If you see it cheaper elsewhere we’ll match the price, and if you find it cheaper within 7 days of purchase we’ll refund the difference! Contact our sales team or bring details of the offer in-store.

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r e m m u S ummer is fast approaching and we hope you’ve been enjoying what has been some pretty good weather since the last issue of Ride It! Last time out we spoke about “committing to the commute” and how, with a few tweaks and a bit of preparation, you can ride pretty much all year round. Thank you to those of you who filled in our questionnaire - potholes, driver attitudes and cycle paths (or lack of them) came out as your main gripes. Read on to find out how you can do your bit to make the roads better for all. To everyone who took part in our King Of The Downs ride we hope that our

“...not everybody is a hardcore rider; bikes are also a stylish, fantastic and practical way to simply get around.” Try any bike before you buy it The best way to buy a bike is to try it out for yourself, ensuring the right fit and a comfortable ride. We offer a FREE test ride facility from our stores for anyone considering purchasing a new bike.

training plan helped you prepare for the big day. We revisit the route to test out some great road bikes while the mountain bike team do the same on the trails. The “Ride-Off” ends with a big ‘eat off’ at Box Hill’s Smith & Western restaurant - those off-road guys can sure put their food away! The new front cover has been quite a discussion point around the office… we recognise that not everybody is a hardcore rider; bikes are also a stylish, fantastic and practical way to simply get around. You don’t have to dress in cycling gear; you can look amazing, like Louise, and just enjoy the ride! Let’s not forget, this is the time of year when the long days give you a great opportunity to head out for some family fun. Find out how you and your ‘little ones’ can ride where there are less traffic worries and you can have a safe and enjoyable day out. Enjoy the summer and just remember to get out and Ride It! The team at Evans Cycles

3 ways to shop Free delivery on all uk orders Let us take the hassle out of getting your bike or bulky purchase home when you purchase in-store. Free UK delivery available on all mail order purchases too!

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Cycling has burst into the urban fashion mainstream in the last couple of years...



We take a look at some options on where to ride as a family this summer...



We send three mountain bikers and three road riders from our in-house “Ride It and Rate It!” team to test some of today’s best bikes. Turn to page 8 for the full story...

Contents Climbing Tips Getting to the top made easy

Trail Skills Easy tips to improve your MTB riding

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THE HOLE STORY - Potholes are a menace to cyclists. We give you a few safety tips...











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WHAT’S “Hot off the press, these ed great products have either just arriv or are due in-store soon...” Nike Livestrong Jersey


Constructed in Michron, the latest in fabric technology to keep you cool. This Italian-made mens jersey offers 3 rear-cargo pockets, with a 45cm invisible zip at the front and can be machine or hand washed and hung dry. It’s unique honeycomb-textured knit ensures ultimate airflow to keep you cool and dry with it’s wicking properties.


S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL

Nike Livestrong Bib-Shorts


Made with Moxie lycra offering brilliant wicking properties. These H-panel bib shorts have mesh straps for breathability, and a seamless 1-piece insert which stretches with body movement and returns to original shape at rest. The fabric is treated to promote moisture evaporation, making you feel cool and dry. Italian-made, machine or hand wash and drip-dry. S, M, L, XL and XXL

Saris Bones Solo Rack



An efficient, compact and convenient way to transport your bike The simple and affordable way to get your bike from A to B. Whether you need to safely transport your bike to and from your local bike shop or annual charity ride, all whilst keeping the inside of your car clean. Just place it, tighten the straps, secure your bike, and go. Its compact uni-body frame fits a variety of vehicle makes and models, just like bigger bike racks do, minus the adjustments. It also fits neatly in a trunk or closet, making Solo as easy to store as it is to use.

£44.99 Time I-Clic Carbon Clipless Pedals


These Time manufactured pedals are Olympic and World Championship winning The fi rst pedal with a carbon blade, experience has shown that the substitution of the carbon flex blade on road pedals assists the pre-opening function, improves fatigue resistance and significantly reduces weight. It is also the fi rst instantaneous, intuitive, and effortless, and thus the fi rst ‘open’ pedal. RRP: £144.99 Black or Red

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£129.99 / 01293 574 900

Giro Remedy Helmet


An all-new full face helmet allowing extreme riders the best protection at an affordable price. With design and style inspired by motocross, this fi breglass helmet boasts a 3-position bolt-on visor, as well, as a removable and washable lining, increasing hygiene and helmet lifespan. Meets the CE EN1078 standard, and the ASTM 1952 standard for downhill use. S, M and L - Black or Yellow


Fulcrum Red Metal 5 Disc Wheelset

Evoc Bike Travel Bag

Enter the Fulcrum off-road universe with these great all-rounders. These rims have a specific profi le for disc brakes with a height of 19 mm, a bonded joint and black anodized fi nish. This is the same fi nish that distinguishes the spokes mounted in a 2:1 configuration with 16 elements on the sprocket set and eight elements on the axles, with 20 mm diameter both front and rear, run on sealed bearings. RRP: £199.99 Front and rear - Black




Providing 100% protection for your bike, it can be stored and ready-to-go within mere minutes. A clever interior belt system keeps all parts fi rmly in place, with padding and rubber reinforcements protecting fragile components. With reinforced side pockets for the wheels this Ripstop-Nylon bag has extra wide tread, providing stability and comfortable transport. Only the handlebar, pedals and wheels need to be dismounted. Black or Blue


Don’t just take our word for it, see what our customers have to say too. Throughout this catalogue we’ve highlighted equipment that’s received high ratings or positive comments from past purchasers.

London’s largest bike shop f your mental image of a bike shop is that of a cramped, dusty space with bikes all leaning against each other and piles of random bolts and washers all over the place, it may be time to bring yourself up to date. Evans Cycles recently opened its 36th branch, and as well as being the largest bike shop in London the new West End store also offers a unique customer experience. For a start, the store is mostly underground. From the entrance on Mortimer Street you descend to the 10,000sq ft main level, where you’ll find over 250 bikes on show. With all that space to play with, it’s no surprise that the store covers the full spectrum of cycling. You’ll find a wide range of commuter and utility bikes as well as road and mountain bikes, plus bikes for kids, BMX and triathlon. Buying a bike is only half the story, but our new store deals with the other half thanks to its impressive purpose-built workshop facilities. Staffed by Cytech-qualified mechanics, the workshop is designed to be easily viewed from the main shop so you can see exactly what’s being done to your bike. Demand for bike repairs in London is huge, and the new Evans store has the capacity to even up the supply. There’s also a vast range of clothing, parts and accessories, again covering all styles of riding. Whether you’re looking for a suspension fork, slick tyre, panniers or puncture kit, you’re bound to find it here.

now, with its carefully themed areas and insightful bicycle-related quotes inscribed on the ceiling beams, you’d never guess that it was previously a car park. There are plenty of custom-designed fixtures and fittings that give the West End store a unique look, with different sections getting different styles – rough-hewn timber for the MTB area, curved plywood ramps for the BMXes, smoothed, primary-coloured shelves of folding bikes and commuters displayed against exposed brickwork and wooden doors. Some corners

Over 10,000 sq ft with 250 bikes in-store, monitored customer bike parking and full workshop facilities.

Thanks to the generous size and well thought out layout and design of the store, it feels spacious and airy, despite the amount of bikes and kit in it and the fact that it has no windows. To look at it 06 Summer 2010

NEW STORE // West End

look more art installation than bike shop... “We’re all excited about this new store opening, “ says Mark Smith, Retail Director at Evans Cycles. “Having this flagship store right in the heart of London showcases our product range in a unique and consumer-friendly way. The West End store caters to all types of cyclist and truly is a sight to behold. We’re looking forward to sharing this great store with the cycling community.” You’ll find the Evans Cycles West End store at 62 Mortimer Street, London. There’s free bike parking and the shop’s open until 9pm every weekday, making it easy to visit. / 01293 574 900

With over 250 bikes theres something for everyone. All of cyclings big brands are included such as BMC, Trek, Gore bike wear and many more.


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“We want to know how typical riders find different types of bikes in everyday conditions to help you decide what’s the best option for you.”

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here’s gonna be a shoot-out… but with bikes! Here’s the plan: we’ve got three mountain bikers and three road riders, all part of our in-house “Ride It and Rate It!” team, and we’re going to send them out riding to find out how some of today’s best bikes get on in the real world. We want to know how typical riders find different types of bikes in everyday conditions to help you decide what’s the best option for you. The road riders are going to take on the western loop of the King of the Downs super sportive

“...prices range from £550 to £4,200 so there’s something for everyone.” route, which means they’ll be clocking up 56 miles in the Surrey Hills and the North Downs. They’ve got six bikes to trial between them. Two of them are alloy, two of them combine alloy and carbon, and two of them are full carbon. The bikes are designed with slightly different purposes in mind, they come with various types of gearing and prices range from £550 to £4,200 so there’s something for everyone. The roadies have five big hills to climb, and their reward for getting around is a slap-up meal with the mountain bikers in the Smith & Western Wild West-themed restaurant at the top of the final one – Box Hill, near Dorking. The mountain bikers, meanwhile, are heading out on the medium length off-road route from the last Dorking Ride It! event – 25 challenging miles in a classic riding area. It’s a ride that features over 1,000m of climbing and plenty of singletrack to spice things up. Like the roadies, the MTBers are riding six bikes between them – priced from £650 right through to £2,700. They’ve got women’s specific bikes in there and both hardtail and full suspension setups.

Go for your guns!


ROAD RIDE umpy. That’s the word that sums up the route our intrepid road riders were taking on. Dave, James and Kerry had decided to ride the 56-mile western loop of the King of the Downs super sportive ahead of time to prepare for the event itself, and it’s a toughie. “It’s a fantastic ride. It’s serene, it’s beautiful, it’s scenic – all the things you want, basically,” says Dave. “It also takes in some of the most renowned hills in the Southeast. You climb 4,800ft in the Surrey Hills and the North Downs,

Kerry: Running convert who’s ridden at a couple of Ride It! events and is now looking to take her riding to the next level. Kerry rode two women’s specific machines, the popular alloy-framed Specialized Dolce and the Bianchi Dama Bianca 105 Mix with it’s alu-carbon frame.

Dave: so we knew it was going to be a challenge.” It’s just as well, then, that our riders had a selection of excellent road bikes to help them get around the route quickly and comfortably. “I started out on the alloy-framed Specialized Dolce 24 and it was great on the big climbs like Leith Hill, which is over two miles long,” said Kerry. “The triple chainset gives you enough gears to get up pretty much anything and I got on well with the women specific saddle too which was a bonus.” James had a triple to start with too, on his aluminium Trek Pilot 2.0, and he was impressed with the fairly upright ride position offered by the tall front end. It’s perfect for longer rides like this when keeping your back strain-free is vital if you want to have a good day in the saddle. Dave, meanwhile, was tearing about on a beautiful BMC Race Master SLX01. With a lightweight carbon/alloy frame, high-end Shimano Ultegra components and Easton wheels, it was no wonder he was setting the pace through the quiet lanes. Passing the halfway mark, it was time to swap bikes with Kerry going for another female-specific option. “The frame on the Bianchi Dama Bianca 105 Mix is designed especially for women so it 10 Summer 2010


Bike purchasing team member, Triathlete and frequent Ride It! event rider. We put Dave on Fuji’s full-carbon SRAM Red-equipped SL1 RC and BMC’s carbon/ alloy Race Master SLX01, both exclusively available at Evans Cycles.

Gore Bike Wear Xenon Jersey (122840) Short sleeve jersey with cooling and venting microfi bre technology for temperature management.

£74 .99

Gore Bike Wear Xenon Sonic Bib-Shorts (123371) Quality bib-short made for people who never stop exercising!


immediately felt right,” she said. “And the carbon rear stays and forks really helped smooth over the rough sections of road, and that made a big difference on the fast descents.” James: Dave was feeling good in the saddle too, having Store Project Manager, Cyclocross somehow managed to bag himself another and road racer often found looking vibration-damping carbon dream machine in for cobbled roads. James took out the shape of the Fuji SL1 RC with SRAM Red. the aluminium-framed Trek Pilot Dripping with high-end loveliness, this is one fast 2.0 and the full carbon Cannondale race bike and Dave was making the most of it as Six Carbon 105, recently voted Cycling Plus Bike of the Year. he charged up and down the Surrey hills. The sting in this ride’s tail comes in the shape of Box Visit: Hill and the Zig Zag road to the Smith & Western restaurant at the top – to see our full range of road bikes where our riders were hooking up with the / 01293 574 900

HTC Columbia Team Jersey (123079) Classic race-fit lycra jersey in the HTC Columbia team colours. S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL


HTC Columbia Team Bib-Shorts (123080) Superb quality bib-shorts with a classic 7-panel design. S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL


Pearl Izumi Quest Bib-Shorts Castelli Prologo Jersey (123332)

Castelli Prologo Women’s Jersey


Showcasing Castelli’s ingenious technology

(123335) A “solid” Castelli Prologo women’s

like reversed arch pockets and Stratus two-

short sleeve jersey executed with style.

These bib shorts offer Tour 3D Chamois comfort and anatomic fit for everyday cycling. • 6-panel structured design with silicone leg gripper • Reflective elements for low-light offering increased visibility

layer fabric.



Castelli Velocis Bib-Shorts (123329)

Gore Bike Wear Power Lady Shorts

Combining most details of top Castelli

(122851) Anatomically designed with

shorts with the outstanding KISS3 seat pad.

advanced female specific pad and increased

£94 .99

elasticity to eliminate chafi ng.

£59.99 S, M, L, XL and XXL


High end...


Fuji SL-1 RC SRAM ‘10 (129494)

RRP: £4999.99


Felt AR3 ‘10 (129429)


mountain bikers for food. “Box Hill is a famous climb and everyone tries to get up there as fast as possible – it’s a

“Dripping with high-end loveliness, this is one fast race bike...” bragging thing,” said James. “I was on the Cannondale Six Carbon 105 Compact and I was still going great guns. It’s a really comfortable bike with lightweight Mavic Aksium wheels, and the compact chainset means you get lower gears than normal – so I was able to spin up the final climb without any worries.” “I’ve ridden past the restaurant a few times before but never been in. Turns out it’s a pretty lively joint. It’s a sight to behold with Stetsons and all sorts kicking around… and plenty of chips and burgers. Let’s just say that I was pretty glad I didn’t have too much riding to do in the afternoon!” Jump to page 21 for the verdict.

Astana Team Jersey (123076) A top quality short sleeve jersey reflected in the classic three pocket design.

£59.99 Astana Team Bib-Shorts (123077) Classic 7-panel bib-short in the 2010 Astana team colours.

£74 .99

Mavic Helium Bib-Shorts (122864)

Innovative materials and construction offer high performance and minimal weight. • Maximum comfort padding with three different densities and 4 different thicknesses. • Unique double layer elastic mesh for maximum grip and breathability

Mavic Helium Jersey (123391) Features lightweight construction and materials for the highest mountain passes. • Maximum breathability and moisture transfer • 3 rear pockets with unidirectional mesh back for pocket support


S, M, L, XL and XXL


BMC Race Master SLX01 ‘10 (129478)

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S, M, L, XL and XXL

Pinarello FP2 105 ‘10 (129144)


£1899.99 / 01293 574 900

Adidas Team Sky Jersey (132134) Stylish short sleeved jersey manufactured by Adidas, designed for comfort and breathability. • Full length hidden zip and rear pocket cuts. • Minimal material bunching and drag. XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL


Adidas Team Sky Bib-Shorts (132137)

Made with high quality Lycra and manufactured by Adidas, featuring a premium synthetic chamois. • Superb lycra construction allows for a superior fit • Classic Adidas 3- stripe and Sky logos complete the look XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL


Asymmetrical zip is ergonomically positioned to limit irritation and sensitive pressure points

Handy small rear zipped pocket designed for easy reach

Foska Wallace & Gromit Jersey

and comfort


A classic short-sleeved road jersey, designed for touring, training, racing or commuting. • High performance, breathable Coolmax keeps you fresh and comfy • Easy-care material, machine washable at 40 degrees S, M, L, XL and XXL

Mavic Helium Jacket (123090) Extremely lightweight and compact jacket for cooler weather, wind or rain. Innnovative construction and the Dura Lite SL fabric make this ideal for all eventualities. Helium jacket uses Wind Ride and Micro Vent technology – micro laser perforations that increase breathability and moisture management. Also features Pro Fit – a tailored cut for the cyclist’s body – and an asymmetrical zip.


S, M, L, XL and XXL




Cannondale SIX Carbon 105 Compact ‘10 (128836)


Specialized Secteur Comp ‘10 (126020)


Assos FI Uno S5 Bib-Shorts Assos Mille Jersey (130740)


A high quality endurance racing jersey, perfect for use in spring and summer. • Breathable with anti-bacterial properties and UV protection. • Reflective strips for visibility, rear pocket with zip.

These 6-Panel design with a racing fit are perfect bib shorts for racing and training. • Back panel in antistatic carbon fi bre mesh. • One-piece high density foam insert protects all contact areas.

S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL - White or Red



S, M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL

Altura Synchro Women’s Jersey (123307) A close fitting summer jersey that’s ideal for all types of riding. Available in white or pink, this Meryl jersey is soft, comfortable and beautifully fitted. Perfect for all year riding, stylish and clean-cut, it boasts multi panel women’s specific fit, a long front zip and a zipped rear pocket 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 - White or Pink


Endura FS260 Pro Jersey (122817) Jersey with underarm panels and flat-lock seams for performance and comfort. The FS260 Pro’s Fieldsensor and Kooltex fabrics offer easy care and fast drying performance. Stretch panels under the arms offer unrestricted movement. The jersey features three open rear stowage pockets with reflective section, plus ultrasonic cut and bonded secure zip pocket for valuables. Silicone waist gripper ensures secure fit. S, M, L, XL and XXL - Yellow or Black


Bianchi Dama Bianca 105 Mix Women’s ‘10 (129044)

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Cannondale CAAD 8 105 ‘10 (128807)


£999.99 / 01293 574 900

Specialized BG Comp Mitts (121517)

Endura Rapido Mitts (121354)

With their padding and lightweight mesh, these gloves provide great all-around performance for every cyclist. • Body Geometry gel pad relieves pressure on ulnar nerves • Soft Clarino synthetic leather palm

Stretchy, high value mitts with padding for comfort plus added grip. • Breathable stretch matt Lycra with Velcro wrist adjuster tab • Embossed palm and Silicone grip padded prints dampen vibration


S, M, L, XL and XXL


S, M, L, XL and XXL

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pittards Gel Mitt (121186) This gel glove provides P.R.O. level performance with Comfort Bridge Gel padding. • Pittards WR 100X Natural Carbon Leather for superior softness • Gel padding relieves pressure on Ulnar and Median nerves


S, M, L, XL and XXL

James York Manager James is the manager at our York store, and is an incredibly accomplished road and cyclo-cross racer. We asked him to give us the lowdown on what is happening in the road bike market. I have to say that the biggest change is that carbon fi bre is becoming more prevalent in bikes at lower end of the pricerange, whether it be full carbon or carbon alloy mix. This wonder-material can make a big difference to the performance of a bike if used properly, though not to undermine the alloy frame that is now almost perfectly developed, and still gives a great ride. Also, componentry further down the ranges are so improved that the differences are even more subtle. An entry-level road bike has some great quality kit which 5 years ago would have been on a bike of twice the price. Ride character istics have been so well developed and advanced that bikes can be used all year round across all types of cycling.

Gore Bike Wear Power Mitts (121265) Foam and gel padding on the heel of the hand gives maximum impact protection. With further foam padding on the inner forehand, ventilation at inner side of hand and Velcro width adjustment at the wrist, these gloves offer reduced vibration and comfort. Finished with pull loops, reflective piping and a terry wipe on the thumb S, M, L, XL and XXL - Black or White/Black


Trek Pilot 2.0 ‘10 (128711)



Specialized BG Comp Road Shoes (123636) Lightweight and stiff FACT carbon/glass fibre sole and M-Lock SL buckle. • Insole and outsole both body geomety contoured for ultimate fit • 3-bolt cleat fits SPD-SL, Look, Time and Speedplay


39 to 48

Mavic Avenir Road Shoes (123753) High-end, performance road shoe feature packed at a good value price. • Ergo Lite Ratchet closure giving a precise fit and adjustment. • Ergo Fit 2D insole compatible with all major pedal systems.

External moulded heel


6 to 12

cup prevents heel-slip and provides ventilation

Simple and intuitive two straps plus buckle design for ease of use

Bontrager Race Road Shoes (123652)

Specialized Torch Women’s Road Shoes (123799)

Premium synthetic leather entry-level road shoe The Bontrager Race Road Shoe might be Bontrager’s entry-level road shoe, but it still has an unbelievably comfortable fit and class-leading performance. Packed with features and plush with comfort, the only thing entry-level about the R is its price tag.

An efficient, economical women’s design with performance-enhancing ergonomics • Low profi le and lightweight M-lock SL buckle • Contoured footbed and tuned stiff ness in the outsole


39 to 49

36 to 42



RRP: £749.99

Trek 1.5 Triple Women’s ‘10 (128708)

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Pinnacle Sentinal 2.0 ‘10 (129716)

£649.99 / 01293 574 900

Endura Marlin Glasses (121017) Featuring a single photochromic lense and a superlight rimless frame construction. Rubber-touch temples with a moulded nosepiece make these glasses super comfortable and weightless. The lense is light reactive and is superb for all-weather cycling.

£49.99 •

Providing excellent protection from all the elements

Comes complete with hard case and soft-wipe microfibre carry pouch

Rudy Project Rydon ImpactX Glasses (121082) Endura Angel Glasses (121016) Super-comfortable glasses with 1-piece photochromic lenses for year-round use.


These galsses combine advanced design technology and materials with ergonomic features.

Oakley Livestrong Radar Path Glasses (121088)


Lance Armstrong designed, special edition Jet Black/Black Iridium glasses.


Giro Monza Helmet (121502) Race-bred styling and cool performance for life in the faster lane.

Specialized S-Works Helmet



Specialized Dolce Women’s ‘10 (126034)


Specialized Echelon Women’s Helmet (121541)

The lightest CPSC-certified helmet in the world, worn by many Pro teams.

Ideal for female road enthusiasts, offering comfort and ventilation at an affordable price.



Specialized Allez ‘10 (126017)




If you want to get to the top of the climbs faster, use a heart rate monitor... on’t panic! That’s the best advice for tackling the hills. Yes, climbing is harder than riding on the flat, but it’s all part of the fun of cycling and, anyway, that’s what your gears are for. Gauge your effort right and there’s no reason why you can’t get up the steepest slopes painlessly enough… especially if you have a heart rate monitor (HRM) to help you. Lots of people see a hill and they go like stink to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Bad move! You need to rein yourself in, change down a gear – or several – and keep your effort as close to normal as possible. A heart rate monitor is an excellent measure of how hard you’re working on your bike. When you work harder, your heart beats faster; when you take it easier, your heart rate comes down – simple. In general, if you want to ride as fast as possible for as long as possible, you want your heart rate to stay pretty consistent without too many peaks and troughs. Above all, you don’t want to go into ‘the red zone’ too often. The red zone is the level at which your body produces lactate faster than you can disperse it, so it accumulates in your blood. It’s a complicated old business but if you go into the red zone too often, you’re on a slippery slope and your performance will start to drop off. Although it varies between different people, the red zone begins at about 80-90% of your maximum heart rate – although the more you use your rate monitor the easier it will be to find this level. So, get yourself a heart rate monitor and it’ll help you get to the top quicker by judging your intensity better on the climbs.

There are loads of different heart rate monitors to choose from and they vary massively in the functions they provide. The most basic give you a heart rate reading and a stopwatch while top-ofthe-range models measure speed and distance and even incorporate GPS features. 18 Summer 2010


“Gauge your effort right and there’s no reason why you can’t get up the steepest slopes painlessly enough…”

Suunto T3D Heart Rate Monitor (130921)


Climbing tips • Get out of the sad dle and sta nd on the peda ls to stretc h you r mu scles an d add more power – but on ly occasion ally becau se it takes a lot more energ y. • Practice moving from seated to sta nd ing and back again wit hout stopping peda lin g in order to ma int ain

you r pace and rhy thm on the hil ls. • Change down thr ough you r gears to keep you r cadence – the speed at wh ich you tur n the peda ls – as close to no rmal as you can. It’s bo und to drop a litt le. • Keep you r uppe r body as relaxed as possi ble so you can breathe deeply.

Garmin Edge 500 GPS Enabled Computer with Cadence Sensor and Heart Rate Monitor (103982)


RRP: £249.99 / 01293 574 900

BMC Passion Jersey (121787) A short sleeve jersey guaranteeing the best aerodynamic riding experience • Dry-Skin Polyester offering effective sweat wicking properties. • 3 back pockets with closable additional pocket. S, M, L, XL and XXL

Road ride Essentials £59.99

Specialized Butyl Inner Tube (101211)

Pearl Izumi Quest Jersey (122226)

Inner tube made of high quality affordable

Road jersey with updated Pearl Izumi epaulets and made from high-performing UltraSensor fabric. • Featuring set-in sleeves, elasticized bottom opening and three rear pockets • Semi Form fit and 3/4 zip offers a snug fit and easily regulated temperature

butyl rubber and a long valve.

S, M, L, XL and XXL - Yellow or Black


£4 .99

Knog Multi 12 Tool (120645) Forged chrome vanadium tools with a machined aluminium hard cover.


Pearl Izumi Quest Women’s Shorts (122952) Comfortable yet hardworking and durable everyday shorts with added comfort features. • Sensor fabric consisting of 72% nylon and 28% spandex • 6-panel ergonomic design for a comfortable female-specific fit XS, S, M, L and XL

Specialized Mini Wedgie Seat Pack (120719) Snugly fits under your saddle to

carry all the mechanical essentials.



Check out the latest road gear online at:

Park Tyre Levers (103210) 3-lever set made from glass injected nylon for long life and damage free operation.


Bontrager Air Support Pump (104735) Aluminium mini pump that’s suitable for use with both valve types.

Polar CS200cad Computer & Heart Rate (104067)


RRP: £124.49

Suunto T4D Heart Rate Monitor (130920)


£14 .99

Shimano Dura-Ace (7950) Compact Chainset (119579) Look Keo 2 Max CroMo Clipless Pedals (120392) Features a large, strong platform to improve pedalling action and increased surface contact area.

RRP: £89.99


Shimano DuraAce - the global choice for road racing’s elite riders.

Cinelli Cork Tape (119962) RRP: £429.99


Since 1987 Cinelli have made cork bar tape, the ideal mix of comfort and grip.


Shimano Ultegra (6700) Cassette (120193) Quality 10 speed cassette with a rigid alloy sprocket carrier for reduced weight.

Selle Italia Q-bik Saddle RRP: £64.99



Ritchey Comp V2 AHead Stem (119950)

100% waterproof whilst offering great elasticity and softness.

The Comp V2 offers performance and value without compromise.



Michelin Pro3 Race Tyre (119297) The choice of many pro-teams, for grip, lightweight and puncture resistance. Using technologies Michelin originally developed for Moto GP racing, Pro Race 3 uses dual compound for minimum rolling resistance in the centre and maximum grip on the shoulders. It incorporates a High Density Puncture Protection strip under the tread to virtually eliminate fl ats. Very lightweight for racing at just 200g. 700 x 23c - Light Grey, Grey, Yellow, Blue or Red

Bontrager Aelous 5.0 Wheels (101319/20)

Full range of wheels & tyres online at:

The carbon clincher version of Astana’s daily racing wheelset. The 50mm cross section and aero profi le provide the optimal height to width ratio for aerodynamic performance on everyday rides (with 22mm tire). A new lacing pattern and revised layup OCLV rim work together to provide the best combination of aerodynamics and weight in the Aeolus line Front

Profi le Century ZB Aero Bar

Easton EA50 Drop Bar




RRP: £49.99

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RRP: £39.99



Shimano Ultegra (6700) SPD SL Pedals (102837)


RRP: £99.99



Continental Grand Prix Tyre (131157)

from £29.99 / 01293 574 900

THE LUNCH STOP While the roadies tucked into their well-earnt Smith & Western lunches we asked them for their thoughts on the bikes...





Bianchi Dama Bianca 105 Women’s ‘10 (129044)

Fuji SL-1 RC SRAM ‘10 (129494)

Trek Pilot 2.0 ‘10 (128711)

Dama Bianca Alu/Carbon/Kevlar Lady frame with a Bianchi FL5 K-VID Carbon fork

C-10 SuperLite monocoque High Modulus carbon frame with a FC-330 carbon monocoque fork

Alpha Black aluminium frame with a Bontrager Satellite Plus carbon fork

Shimano 105 20 speed gearing, FSA MegaExo Omega compact chainset and Shimano wheels

SRAM RED chainset, derailleurs and DoubleTap levers

Shimano Tiagra 27 speed gearing, FSA Vero triple chainset and Bontrager alloy rims

“A beautifully pretty and extremely lightweight bike which had a great component mix. I prefer a slightly more relaxed riding position but I could feel how zippy the Bianchi felt, and the carbon fork and rear stays seemed to absorb a lot of the road vibration.”

The Fuji looked like a bike that was going to impress, and didn’t fall short on expectations. Super light, without sacrificing stiff ness and lightning quick. The race ready spec makes this bike a dream to ride; something to really bring out the Pro-Tour rider in you!”

“While I personally prefer something a bit more racey, I could see how the relaxed angles and high front end of the Pilot would keep you comfortable for the whole day. Also, the inclusion of a triple chainset will get you over any hill with ease.”

Specialized Dolce Women’s ‘10 (126034)

BMC Race Master SLX01 ‘10 (129478)


Specialized Dolce A1 Premium aluminium frame with a Dolce Carbon fork

BMC Race Master alloy/carbon frame with a Straightedge 48 SL carbon fork

Shimano 2300 24 speed gearing, triple chainset, dual pivot brakes and Alex S500 rims

Shimano Ultegra 6700 20 speed gearing, Easton EA70 wheelset and Continental Ultra Race tyres

“A very comfortable and well balanced bike. I loved having the second brake levers on top of the bars as I felt more in control. Personally, I liked having the larger range of gears available with the triple chainset.”

“The BMC has been the bike of choice for George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team) for training and some races this year. I found the Alu-Carbon frame created a balanced ride and the geometry allows for comfort on those longer rides.”





ith a decent morning of riding behind them it was good to see there were no bad apples among the road bikes. The general consensus was that the aluminium framed machines gave a good ‘solid’ ride but the stiffness could be a bit unforgiving on longer rides. The addition of carbon fibre, whether as a full frame choice or an alu/carbon mix would be a great option as the material dampens a lot of the vibration from the road due to its shock absorbing properties. However, as Kerry pointed out, the little things like secondary brake levers can make all the difference to some people so make sure you consider the complete bike package.

“...there were no bad apples among the road bikes.”


Cannondale SIX Carbon 105 CD ‘10 (128836)

Cannondale SIX Carbon frame with a matching SIX Carbon fork Shimano 105 20 speed gearing, FSA Gossamer compact chainset and Mavic Aksium Race wheels “A racey feel for a great value bike, perfect for the rider who wants more from their bike and intending to dabble with some racing. The Six had a lively feel which helped on the climbs and twisty roads and it felt like all of my effort was going through to the pedals.”


MTB RIDE hile Dave, James and Kamian tackled the North Downs road loop, Stu, Mark and Terri-Anne set out from Dorking on a 25 mile off-road route. It may be less than half the length of the road circuit, but with over 1,000m of climbing including Box Hill and Ranmore Common plus the lower average speeds that come with lumpy surfaces, it’d take around the same time to complete. For all three it was an opportunity to ride the loop

Endura Humvee Jersey (123342) Designed for comfort and minimal moisture build up with its mesh material.

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Terri-Anne: Purchasing team member, National Four Cross racer and part time Down Hiller. We sent Terri-Anne out with two women’s specific rigs, the hardtail Scott Contessa and the full-sus Specialized Myka FSR Expert.

that was used for the medium ride at the Evans Ride It! series, and to try out some of the bikes and kit that Evans customers would be choosing between. Mark and Terri-Anne are responsible for deciding a lot of what the stores carry, so it’s important that they know what’s what. There’s no better way of finding out than to get out there and give it a go. And of course it’s a day out riding bikes on a work day, which is always tough to beat! “It was great to get out again, fill the lungs with fresh air, get the heart rate up, take in the views and most of all have a giggle,” said Mark. Have a giggle he certainly did, pinging Cannondale’s RZ One40 off every root in the trail. And this being the North Downs, there was no shortage of roots. According to Stu the Surrey Hills closely resemble his home town of Queenstown in New Zealand, but no-one could quite be sure if he was joking or not. Either way, his Lapierre Zesty 214 made short work of the tricky terrain with a healthy dose of Gallic flair. Terri-Anne, meanwhile, was embracing the simplicity of two wheels, choosing Scott’s women-specific Contessa 30 hardtail. At £650 it’s a popular option among women looking for

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Stu: Marketing executive who loves riding fast, flowing singletrack when he’s not in the office. The New Zealander offered to put the 160mm travel Mondraker Dune and the front-suspended Trek 6500 Disc through their paces.

Mark: Accessory category buyer, ex-MTB guide and now fair weather rider (who could have been a contender if only he’d got out more and stopped making excuses….!). We opted to give Mark the popular Lapierre Zesty 214 and the Cannondale RZOne 40 5 with it’s single-legged Lefty Max front fork.

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an affordable but capable mountain bike. She wasn’t going to let the lads do all the showing off, though: “I tried my best to hold it up for the girls and act ‘fierce’ in the photos – elbows out!” The plan was to rendezvous with the roadies for lunch, which meant scaling Box Hill. The road climb may be something of a local icon, but mountain biking doesn’t tend to glorify climbs – they’re more of a means to an end. Everyone approached it with good humour, though, and even the longer-travel full-suspension bikes proved light and sprightly enough to flatter the riders’ efforts. After a leisurely refuelling (and mild roadiebatiting) session, it was all-change for the second half of the loop, back around to / 01293 574 900

Mavic Notch Jersey (123394) Light and durable Airwick Sl fabric in a warm weather trail jersey. This short sleeve jersey is the perfect for hot weather trail riding. With its half fastening front and rear zip pocket, it offers brilliant comfort and style for all year round. Its neatly shaped collar adds a touch of style to a relaxed cut.


S, M, L, XL and XXL

Fox Clothing Sergeant Shorts Fox Clothing Race Jersey (123351)


Fox Clothing Gaia Women’s Jersey (123361) Technical female specific jersey in

wicking fabric with screen print graphics.

£34 .99

Military styled trail shorts with detachable inner liner and RIDE chamois and adjustable waist


Performance fitted with full front zip, 3 rear pockets in micro-grid polyester


Fox Clothing Dirtpaw Women’s Glove (121179) Lightly padded, Clarino-reinforced palm

for the ultimate feel in a women’s specific fit.


Gore Bike Wear Plaster Ultra Shorts (123372) Fox Clothing Flow Jersey (123349)

Short sleeve Tee, ideal for your epic days out on the mountain.


Long-cut baggy shorts with detachable insert, many pockets for goodies and a cool look.


High end...

Scott Genius 20 ‘10 (128530)



Cannondale RZ One40 5 ‘10 (128882)


Dorking. Stu cunningly took advantage of being at the top of a hill to swap his Lapierre for a 160mm travel Dune from Spanish brand Mondraker. Mark went the other way, deciding to go for a hardtail for the afternoon. Trek’s 6500 Disc comes in at a penny under a thousand pounds, which brings it in under the Ride2Work scheme threshold – if you’re looking for a bike to commute on in the week and have fun on at the weekend, something like this could be just the ticket. Terri-Anne’s post-lunch choice was the Specialized Myka FSR Expert. She’d appreciated the

Helly Hansen Trailwizard Jersey (122857)

Fox Clothing Live Wire Jersey

A technical jersey combining the moisture management of Lifa with a unique Coolgrid structure. • Moisture rapidly transports away from the body • Reduced heat retention and reflective elements.


Relaxed fit top lets you conquer that next turn with confidence and classic style! • Full front zip and 3 traditional rear pockets • Featuring sunglasses cloth sewn in at hem


S, M, L, XL and XXL

Endura Humvee Shorts (122297)

24 Summer 2010

Ultra-feminine loose fit shorts complete with a removable 4-piece chamois liner. • Adjustable waist for perfect fit - no need for a belt • Thigh vent zips for airflow and breathability


Commencal Meta 5.5 Team ‘10 (129156)


Fox Clothing Diva Women’s Shorts (123360)

Riding shorts made from durable Teflon treated nylon with sidezipped ventilation. • Pockets include: 2 rear, 2 front zipped, 1 cargo and zipped mobile phone. • Cut with stretched lower back and seamless stretch inner leg panels S, M, L, XL and XXL

S, M, L, XL and XXL


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S, M and L


Mondraker Dune ‘10 (129278)


£2199.99 / 01293 574 900

simplicity of the Scott, but the Myka offered the extra comfort and control that full suspension gives you - at £1,399 it’s at the affordable end of full-suspension, but it doesn’t lack for performance. At the bottom of the first descent she pronounced it “great fun”. And that’s what it’s all about. All too soon the gang was back in Dorking, reflecting on the day. All the bikes had performed well, and everyone had managed to escape the office while still doing something that could justifiably be described as “work” - double win... Jump to page 33 for the verdict.

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Fox Clothing Three Minutes Tee (123356) The perfect short-sleeved T, suitable for casual and freeriders alike. • 50% Polyester, 25% Bamboo Charcoal, 25% Recycled Polyester • Odour resistant charcoal fabric M, L and XL


Zipped Napoleon pocket with a double flap cover

Velcro fastening for separate hood and ultra soft collar

Altura Gravity Shorts (123301) Great all-round baggy shorts with padded liner for added comfort in the saddle. • Lightweight durable shell, soft mesh liner and Coolmax insert • Comfortable elastic waist with draw cord S, M, L, XL and XXL

Gore Bike Wear Alp-X Jacket (123365) A very lightweight, waterproof and breathable mountain bike jacket. Weighing in at just 345 g, reinforced with high-strength material on the shoulders and lower arms, it offers protection for narrow trails or riding through forest country, ensuring total freedom of movement as well as robust protection. The long drop down tail offers spray protection but folds away for convenience.






Lapierre Zesty 214 ‘10 (126270)

S, M, L, XL and XXL


Specialized Pitch Pro ‘10 (126054)


Garmin Oregon 300 GPS Unit (103971)

Durable and waterproof, Oregon 300 is built to withstand the elements. • Colour touchscreen display and easy-to-use interface • Slim and lightweight at 192.7 g with batteries


Memory Map Adventurer 2800 GPS Unit (103979) Stay on track with this 50 channel high sensitivity GPS receiver. • Running time of approx 8hrs, weight 135g • Full colour 2.8” high resolution touch screen


Neat little storage pocket situated on your shoulder for an energy gel

Small top pocket for headphone storage Garmin Edge 705 GPS & MTB Pack (103969)

Camelbak Lobo Hydration Pack (120843) Great trail pack with enough fluid and storage for hard riding. 3 litres of fluid and 3.3 litres of storage are neatly contained in this mountain biker’s pack. There’s a place for everything including easy access gel storage on the waist belt. The Air Mesh Harness keeps things cool, even if you are riding hard, as well as ensuring stability. 3 litre reservoir capacity - Black or Teak


Specialized Myka FSR Expert Women’s ‘10 (125088)

26 Summer 2010

Heart rate and cadence measuring turn-by-turn mapping GPS device. • Large buttons for easy operation… • Detailed mapping keeps you on track…



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RRP: £409.99



Trek 6500 Disc ‘10 (126101)

£999.99 / 01293 574 900

Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack (120673) Consistent and ergonomic water delivery during periods of high activity. • Cargo Capacityof 8(small)/10 litres(medium), bladder size:3 litres • Bio-stretch elastic waist belt and adjustable sternum strap S/M or M/L - Green or Grey

£74.99 Endura MT500 Spray Shorts (123340) Stay dry in these 3-layer waterproof but breathable baggies • 4-way lightweight stretch Cordura throughout • Waterproof 3-layer fully seam taped rear to prevent splash back S, M, L, XL and XXL


Gore Bike Wear Ozon Windstopper AS Jersey (122838)

Dakine Nomad Hydration Pack (120750) Keep your essentials nearby for when you need them most in comfort • 100oz/3L Hydrapak reservoir of FDA approved TPU • Fold and Slide wide mouth opening for easy fi lling Checks or Black


Short-sleeve jersey using Windstopper fabric to keep you warm and protected. • Suitable across a wide range of weather conditions • Cut with a tight fit and long back and fl atlock seams. S, M, L, XL and XXL



RRP: £899.99

Pinnacle Evolution 1.0 ‘10 (129711)


Specialized Rockhopper SL ‘10 (126074)


Specialized Tahoe MTB Shoes (123795) Comfortable and durable off-road shoe that’s ready for the trail. • Top strap fastener for secure closure • Padded BG plush insole for all day comfort


39 to 48

Five Ten Freerider Shoes (123803) A stylish yet practical shoe, with Stealth rubber sole. • Extra padding cushions and protects your feet • Abrasion resistant Action Leather

Bontrager Race Lite MTB Shoes (123658) Lets you ride in comfort and style whilst keeping weight to a minimum. • Reinforced toe box for protection and durability • Carbon outsole for excellent power transfer


39 to 48


39 to 49

Colin Braehead Assistant Manager Specialized Motodiva Women’s MTB Shoes (123633) During the last year, we have seen a subtle shift in the types of MTB’s people are buying, especially at the higher end of the market. The key-sellers are still the hardtail mid-range bikes, these being extremely versatile, able to function both as a commuter machine during the week and a great off road bike at weekends. What has changed is the move to full suspension medium-t ravel bikes, also known as all-round trail bikes, capable of hammering the down-hills whilst still being fast on the flats with the ability to climb well. Some of the key models in this category are the Trek EX range, the Lapierre Zesty, the BMC Trail Fox and Specialized Stumpjumper FSR. Do come in to any of our stores and we will be more than happy to talk to you about any of these amazing bikes.

Contoured women’s fit, high performance MTB race shoe with ratchet closure. • Velcro straps and micro adjusting m-lock buckle • 2-bolt SPD-style cleat compatibility


36 to 42


Scott Contessa 30 Women’s ‘10 (128560)

28 Summer 2010

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£649.99 / 01293 574 900

Specialized Arcterra Adaptalite Glasses (121056) Superb lightweight performance for top performance during rigorous off road use. Using the updated Mountain Formula Adaptable lens in a shield for the fi rst time, the Arcterra is the highest end off road model. The lenses adapt to varying UV levels changing from light to dark tint in less than 15 seconds. The unbreakable optical polymer is 10-20% lighter than other sports lenses.

Full range of shades online at:

Black or Silver frame


Endura Full Monty Gloves (121153)


Oakley Flak Jackets (106206) Lightweight O Matter frame for increased comfort and performance. • Oakley Hydrophobic lens coating prevents streaks and sheens • With interchangeable lenses to give you the best performance Jet Black/Black Iridium


Specialized Tactic Women’s Helmet (121540) Helmet with all-mountain features including integrated visor and new double clutch dial-operated fit system. • Micro-adjustable dial with four height positions • Light and simple u-turn strap adjusters S, M and L

Fox Clothing Flux Helmet (121476) A deep rear profi le offers more comprehensive coverage than a normal helmet. • 20 strategically placed vents promote airflow and circulation • Dual ratchet system for ultimate fit.


S, M and L


RRP: £599.99

Pinnacle Peak 3.0 ‘10 (129709)


Trek Skye SL Disc Women’s ‘10 (126116)


Top 5 rated

Gore Bike Wear Freeride Lady Jersey (123377) A technical mountain bike jersey combining design and functionality. • Easily accessable rear zip pocket • Mesh insert in back for ventilation


36, 38, 40 and 42

Topeak Mini 9 Multi-tool (103457) A one piece ultralight folding tool -with 7 allen keys, Torx wrench and Philips screwdriver. £12 .99

Gore Bike Wear Countdown Jersey (123370)

With a comfortable loose-fitting cut, a top choice for training and recreational trips. • 2-part back pocket with lateral zippers • Mesh inserts under arms for ventilation

Lezyne SV10 Multi-tool (103385) Centre mounted tool pieces give a more conventional feel to this tidy multi-tool.



S, M, L, XL and XXL

Bontrager Rhythm Comp Jersey (123322)

Crank Brothers Multi 19 Multi-tool

Comfort fit trail jersey in moisture-wicking fabrics for off-road performance. • Quick drying fabric with figure fl attering panels and zipped pocket • Micro-mesh neck insert and access zip for venting and nonrestricting fit

(102818) Invaluable multi-tool, every tool you

could need and then some.



S, M, L, XL and XXL

Check out the latest MTB gear online at:

Crank Brothers Multi 10 Multi-tool (102820) Compact and light with the 10 most

common tools needed.


Topeak Hexus 16 Multi-tool (103448) Award winning multi-tool with 16 high quality tools for road or mountain use.


Vaude Alpin Air 25 Backpack (103642)

£69.99 30 Summer 2010

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Camelbak Aurora Women’s Hydration Pack (120822)

£44.99 / 01293 574 900

TRAIL SKILLS A few easy tips to make you more confident in the saddle...

“Then you’ve got dips, lumps, jumps and drops, and again it’s all about where you put your weight.”

Camelbak Rogue Hydration Pack

Deuter Cross Air Back Pack





rail skills There’s a fundamental difference between cycling on the road and off it. Fast road riding is largely a matter of fitness and strength (bike handling skills are a bonus), but the constantlychanging surface over which mountain bikes tend to roll makes it a very different proposition. Except on the very tamest trails, just sitting there and pedalling is not an option. Riding off-road trails successfully is largely a matter of weight distribution. If you’re descending a steep slope, moving your weight back helps prevent you flipping over the bars. On tricky climbs, moving forward keeps the front wheel on the ground, but don’t overdo it or the rear will break traction. In corners, pulling yourself over the front will boost grip, while a rearward shift under hard braking will reduce the tendency of the back end to lift. Then you’ve got dips, lumps, jumps and drops, and again it’s all about where you put your weight. Unweight the front up the face of a lump and then push the front wheel back down over the back. Pushing the bars forward and out as you hit a lip will automatically put you in the right position to avoid the front wheel just tipping over the edge. Use bent arms and legs to let the bike move around underneath you and it’ll successfully negotiate rough stretches of trail largely by itself. Even the notoriously-tricky bunnyhop is mainly a matter of carefully-timed weight shifts – a rearward one to lift the front wheel flowing seamlessly into a forward push of the bars and a push back on the pedals to unweight the rear. That one needs a fair bit of practice, though... Need more help? MTB skills coaching is a growing industry, with coaches operating across

the country. If you want to step your riding up a notch, a day’s tuition is money well spent.

Shimano Saint Shadow Rear Derailleur (120137) With it’s low profi le, super wide link, this is a must have component for any gravity rig. The cold forged alloy links and pivot body lead to lower weight without compromising strength and durability. Four fluorinecoated link pin bushings make this one of the slickest shifting derailleurs on the trails. It’s broad link gives awesome rigidity, bracing the mech body to increase pivot joint rigidity resulting in a crisp shift. RRP: £117.44


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Bontrager XR4 Tyre (101098)

Maxxis Crossmark 70a Kevlar Tyre

A folding tyre with aramid beading, resistant against punctures.

Truvativ Hussefelt Riser Bar



A dramatic evolution of the cross country racing tyre with cornering precision.

(119801) RRP: £24.99


A solid choice rider-bar of quality and value with aggressive styling.


TruVativ Hussefelt MTB AHead Stem (119833)

RaceFace Atlas AM Low Rise Bar (119805) A high quality, highly engineered bar designed specifically for all-mountain riding.

DMR V8 Alloy Platform Pedals (120407)

£24.99 32 Summer 2010

RRP: £59.99


Perfect compliment to the Hussefelt bar, a strong, gravity defying stem.

Shimano XT (M770) SPD Pedals (102783)


RRP: £78.29

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Charge Spoon Saddle (120529)


Charge’s famous saddle has a huge following and offers great value.

Shimano SLX (M660) MTB Chainset (119689)


RRP: £129.99


Fox Racing 32 Float RLC QR15 Suspension Fork (100913)


RRP: £629.00 / 01293 574 900

THE CONCLUSION Once they returned back to base we asked the MTB team for their opinions on their off-road rigs...





Specialized Myka FSR Expert ‘10 (125088)

Mondraker Dune ‘10 (129278)

Cannondale RZ One40 5 ‘10 (128882)

Myka FSR M4 tubed frame with X Fusion 02RC rear shock and RockShox Recon 335 SL fork

Dune Stealth FT alloy frame and a Fox Float R XV shock with 160mm rear travel

Cannondale RZ alloy/carbon frame with 140mm rear travel and a Lefty Max front fork

Shimano Deore/XT gear mix, Avid Juicy 4 RSL hydraulic disc brakes and DT Swiss 445D rims

RockShox Lyric SA fork, Shimano SLX/SRAM X9 gear mix and Formula K18 hydraulic disc brakes

Shimano SLX/XT gear mix, Avid Elixir R hydraulic disc brakes and Mavic XM317 Disc rims

“I love riding XC on a hardtail so to fi nd I enjoyed the women’s specific Myka was a pleasant s urprise. The suspension kept the trails smooth while the adjustable rebound and lockout control options really helped on the climbs.”

“The Dune was a dream when pointing downhill, with a slack head angle and loads of travel it sucked up all the bumps and handled anything the trail threw at it. You won’t win fi rst place for climbing due to the added weight but just sit back and it’s not too bad, the smile from the downhill makes it all worth it!”

“I was surprised how much I liked the RZ One40 - I usually ride slightly heftier rigs and I really enjoyed the response and agility gained from the low weight and nimble handling. This is a great fast trail bike and you’ll either love or hate the single-legged fork!”

Trek 6500 Disc ‘10 (126101)



Scott Contessa 30 ‘10 (128560)


Contessa Sport 6061 alloy frame with a Suntour XCR suspension fork with 100mm travel Shimano Deore gearing, Shimano M486 disc brakes and Alex XC-44 disc rims “I’m used to riding with really wide bars so the narrower bars on the Contessa felt strange at fi rst. However, once I got to grips with this the bike felt great. For a bike priced at under £650 I found the ride to be brilliant - suitable for any trail riding but still racey enough for competition use.”



Alpha Black aluminum frame with a RockShox Recon SL Solo Air fork Shimano Deore/XT gear mix, Shimano M575 hydraulic disc brakes and Bontrager Ranger rims “This lightweight hard tail was great out on the trail. Some smooth componentry mixed with a great front fork made the Trek very enjoyable on the trail.”

he day’s riding saw the team out on bikes ranging from superlight carbon road racers to long-travel all-mountain weapons, and all of them proved rewarding in their own ways. The surprisingly hilly and varied terrain of the Ride It! loops helped there, of course. Between them, the six riders got some valuable experience of a healthy cross-section of the market, helping them to appreciate – and communicate – the benefits of different kinds of bikes. That’s experience that will ultimately help you to find the right bike for the riding you want to do, narrowing down your choices to a sensible shortlist. With the vast range available at Evans Cycles, your perfect bike is waiting...


Lapierre Zesty 214 ‘10 (126270)

Alloy SL Hydroformed frame with a Fox Float R rear shock and RockShox Recon 335 fork Shimano SLX gearing, Formula RX hydraulic disc brakes and Alex SX44 rims “The Zesty lived up to its name with just the right amount of zest tempered by confidence-inspiring handling. This was the benchmark in its class for 2009 and I’m pleased to fi nd the 2010 incarnation has built on that further.”

“...all of them proved rewarding in their own ways.”

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Hope Tech M4 Disc Brake Kit Date: 29 March 2010

Hope Tech M4 Hydraulic Disc Brake (120349)



These brakes are amazingly powerful! I upgraded from my old V Brakes because I found the performance in rain and mud to be pretty bad. Fitting these brakes is extremely simple, ensure that you get the correct mounting brackets. If you are unsure which brackets you might need, contact Evans first or take a look on Hope’s website. I would recommend getting a decent cable cutter if you don’t have one already. Don’t try using a cheaper alternative to cut the cables after investing in a great product like this! Braking is now razor sharp and a real pleasure. You know that in those extreme circumstances when you need to stop as quickly as possible, these will more than do the job. I have done over 300 miles so far and have not noticed any fade in power after sustained usage. The brake levers are also very well designed. Lots of adjustment without the need of tools and the holes drilled into the levels mean that your fingers really grip them even when wet. Buy them now!!

Location: Eastbourne Age: 35-44 Style: Mountain Biking Experience: Regular Gender: Male Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Altura Dryline Bar Bag Date: 29 March 2010

Altura Dryline Bar Bag (103556)



I purchased this for use whilst doing a weeks touring with friends around the coast of Cornwall. As it was the first time I had done any touring, the idea of a box to contain all my valuables/ things I needed access to quickly seemed ideal, and luckily this bag does what it says on the tin. The mount is very secure, simple to fit and strong, as well as making the bag very quick to remove which is ideal for nipping into shops etc and taking valuables with you - although standing around waiting for friends with old-fashioned Velcro-attached bar bags to remove theirs can be frustrating! The detachable carrying strap is also useful for this, although it is quite bulky. The bag itself is very easy to use even whilst cycling, due to the Velcro it can be opened one handed and then you can get access to the bag safely. The rigid internal frame is very good, stopping the bag collapsing around heavier items and hiding small items as cheaper bags often do. The small internal pouch is also good for keeping these items safe, especially hair bands for me! The best thing about this bag has to be the waterproof layer - not having to worry about keeping phones/ cameras/documents dry is a blessing and means no faffing around with little plastic bags etc. Although I’ve only used it in a couple really heavy downpours it kept everything bone dry. Inevitably there are a few downsides, firstly the price, which seems quite a lot for a bar bag but if you’re going to do any touring or regular wet commuting its definitely worth it for the hassle saved. Secondly, it would be nice if the adapters for oversized handlebars were included, instead of having to purchase them separately. Overall a great useful bit of kit, which unlike so many things these days simply does what it is supposed to do well!

Location: Plymouth Age: 18-24 Style: Touring Experience: Regular Gender: Female Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Oakley Eyewear - Half Jacket XLJ Date: 29 March 2010

Oakley Half Jacket XLJ Glasses (106104)



I never ride without glasses of some description, as they provide essential protection from dust and grit, as well as from the wind and, when we have any, the sun! I like the way the frame of the half jackets contours around my head, and the XLJ lenses prevent anything from creeping in around the edges. The only downside is that they have a tendency to mist up if you put them on cold, but on the bike there’s always some airflow to clear the lenses. I have bought a pair of transitions lenses for my half jackets - these change as the light conditions change, which means that I don’t have to worry about choosing the right lenses unless conditions are exceptionally bright, and even in dusky or stormy conditions, the lenses perform well. These glasses are just as good off the bike as on, and it’s fair to say that they go everywhere with me. If I were to break them, I would replace them, like for like, immediately.

Location: Yaarkshire Age: 25-34 Style: Road Cyclist Experience: Regular Gender: Male Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes 35 Summer 2010


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CYCLE CHIC / 01293 574 900

Some fashions may come and go but the explosion of two wheeled style that’s been unleashed on Britain’s streets is here to stay...

ourier chic and those fixedwheel hipsters blazed the trail, but cycling has burst into the urban fashion mainstream in the last couple of years and it doesn’t look to be leaving it any time soon. If anything it’s just getting cooler still. As cycling’s popularity grows a generation of young city dwellers have come to see bikes as the smart way to get around town, wearing stylish, fashionable clothes on a whole

new breed of bikes that mix classic design with urban utility from the likes of Viva, Charge and Cooper - right now cycling is about as cool as it gets. Who’d have thought nearly 20 years ago when couriers started adapting fixed-wheel track bikes for use on the city streets that it would lead to this, but those early pioneers spawned a whole new cycling culture mixing elements of BMX, track cycling, and skating. Over the years many people have dismissed the fixed scene as a flash in the

A. Mavic Roadie Cap (123398) £17.99 B. Basil Jada Mirte Shopper Bag (131512) £44 .99

C. Brooks B17 Standard Saddle (120567) £49.99 D. Charge Leather Oven Gloves (121245) £29.99

E. Basil Mirte Shopper Bag (120764) £43.99

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pan‚ but it’s still here and as vibrant as ever, expanding and evolving in much the same way that mountain biking has done, with new sub-genres and tribes, the re-birth of bike polo and the emergence of fixie freestyle riding. The Bikes have evolved too, the Charge Plug in all its many different forms is a good example of this, with all bases covered from the pared down Freestyler through to the beautifully pimped yet functional Grinder. Drop bars have steadily given way to risers and cut down micro


“Who’d have thought nearly 20 years ago when couriers started adapting fixed-wheel track bikes for use on the city streets that it would lead to this, but those early pioneers spawned a whole new cycling culture mixing elements of BMX, track cycling, and skating.” / 01293 574 900

1. Viva Juliett ‘10 (132550) £849.99 2. Charge Lazy Susan ‘10 (128896) £499.99 3. Yakkay Paris Helmet £94 .99 // Altura Sprint Women’s Mitts (121170) £14 .99 4. Chrome Corsair Utility Bag (120666) £74 .99

5. Bianchi Maillot Jaune Jersey (122174) £61.99

6. Cooper T100 Monza ‘10 (130660) £594 .99

7. Pashley Princess Sovereign (118765) £595.00

bars on the modern fixed and singlespeed bikes. Steel is still real though, but there are aluminium and even titanium fixed bikes out there too and these days you can even opt for belt drive on bikes like the Trek District so no need to get oil on your Paul Smith jeans that’s how much a part of the fashionable landscape cycling has become. Bikes like the District and the Charge Plug Grinder are signs of how what started out as a gritty urban underground scene has, in cities like London, Paris, Copenhagen and New

York, also morphed into something different - smart bikes for smart people. They’re still transport but these are bikes for getting around town in style and certainly not in a sweat. Classically styled bikes with the clean lines of the fixed or singlespeed, but often with the addition of chainguards, mudguards and other refinements, plus the odd discreet hub gear - expect to see lots more of these in the future. These are bikes that combine eye-catching looks with low maintenance, toughness and durability - the

ideal combination for city streets. Another company well placed to ride the retro wave are Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Pashley. Founded in 1926 and England’s longest established bicycle manufacturer, Pashley build all their bikes, including the flagship traditional Princess and Roadster models, to exacting standards. As ever, Charge have their finger on the pulse with bikes like the Grinder and the Lazy Susan, the former a reimagined roadster for the 21st century with colour

“As cycling’s popularity grows a generation of young city dwellers have come to see bikes as the smart way to get around...”

Surface Wool Jacket (123294) Herringbone woven riding jacket designed with the urban rider in mind. • Napoleon chest pocket with secure zip keeps important items close to hand • Water repellent ‘Aquaphobic’ wool fabric in a herringbone woven fi nish


XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL

Surface Tech Trousers (123298) Comfortable, water repelling and stylish - ideal for the smart commute. • Slim cut, flat fronted trousers that feel like you’re wearing Lycra • Liquistretch fabric makes water bead immediately on contact


XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL - Black or Grey

1. Surface Tech Zip Hoodie (123296) £59.99 // Nike 6.0 Air Mogan Mid Shoes (123431) £54 .99 2. Knog Cycling Cap (122912) £9.99 3. Charge Plug Griffi n ‘10 (128899) £569.00 4. Brooks B17 Special Saddle (120583) £64 .99 5. Odyssey JC-PC Pedals (131425) £39.99 6. Charge Straw Straight Bar (119957) £19.99

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co-ordinated mudguards while the latter features chrome, wood and an integral basket on the front. And of course, there’s the Globe brand of bicycles, inspired by and designed for urban cyclists, commuters, city dwellers, the progressively minded and the eco-conscious. Probably the coolest bikes of all though with the urban smart set have to be from Viva - hailing from Copenhagen, the unlikely capital of international cycling chic. The Danish outfit appear to have all bases of cycling cool covered with

smart retro-inspired lugged steel models like the Duro, Extravaganza and Strada for zipping around town on. The Strada comes with swept back bars, a 7-speed hub and coaster brakes, giving the cleans lines and skidability of a fixed, but with gears too while machines like the Kilo and Velo are modern takes on the old sit-up-and-beg Dutch roadsters. Along with the explosion of cool new bikes comes cool new clothing to wear on them. Cities are fast-moving places, even if the traffic often isn’t / 01293 574 900

Basil Blossom Hook-On Woven Basket (103687) Classy looking rectangular basket from Europe’s basket leader. • Rectangular woven basket with steel frame and carry handles • Metal hooks slot straight over your bars for a secure fit


Bianchi Celeste Jersey (122173) A classically styled jersey that you’ll want to add to your wardrobe. • Hand crafted for Bianchi in Italy by Nalini/Moa • Summer weight 100% polyester fabric keeps you comfortable S, M, L, XL and XXL


Casco Emotion Helmet (121165) A new stylish, lightweight helmet designed for the needs of the urban bike user. • Features anti theft ring for attaching to a cycle lock • Safety combined with a sophisticated ventilation system S/M and L/XL

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and the new city cyclists don’t have the time or inclination for togging up in Lycra or baggies every time they hit the streets. They want good-looking stylish clothes that match their steeds and their lifestyles - stuff that works on the bike, in the office or down at the pub. New brands like Surface mix elements of street style with cycling specific features to meet that demand. Surface go for technical fibres with a street style cut, with jeans, jackets and a range of technical Tees. Water repellent fabrics and breathable fabrics combine

£119.99 with a cut subtly tailored to the needs of the more active urbanite. Some fashions may come and go but the explosion of two wheeled style that’s been unleashed on Britain’s streets isn’t just a passing fad - its roots are already deep and it just keeps on growing and changing in new and exciting way. The bike is back on city streets and it’s here to stay. Thanks to Louise from Sportsister the sports magazine for women.

A. Castelli Retro Cap (123339) £13.99

B. Charge U-Bend Bar Tape (119992) £8.99

C. Bicycle Union Love/Hate Gloves (121332) £22.99 D. Bern Berkeley Women’s Helmet (121399) £59.99 E. Basil Dutch Shoulder Bag (131517) £40.99

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enjoy the benefits of cycling with your loved ones this summer... / 01293 574 900



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e all need to do more exercise, and getting our kids used to an active lifestyle sets them up for a healthier life. Family cycling is a fantastic way to have fun, get a bit of fresh air, burn off a few calories and get some quality time together. All you need is somewhere to ride… Parklife If you live in a town or city then your first port of call for a bit of recreation time is the local park. Obviously some areas are better served than others and each park will have its own rules about

CoPilot Limo Child Seat (105828)



£59.99 what you’re allowed to do and where, so best to check before you set out. Nobody will object to a couple of kids wobbling along the path, of course, but if you’re heading out as a family then it’s best to find a dedicated route that’s set up for cycling. Many of the larger parks have routes of surfaced or unsurfaced trails you can use, check with your local council where the best facilities are. Country parks on the edge of towns are often a good bet, as there’s plenty of space and usually a cafe to boot. The day we caught the train One of the best destinations for a family day out is a traffic-free railway path. Dr Beeching may

Specialized Small Fry Toddler’s Helmet (121481)


Adams Folder 1 Compact Trailer Bike (125017)

Trek Trikester Boys (123856)

“Family cycling is a fantastic way to have fun...”


Trailer not have done the rail industry much good with the mass closures of branch lines in the 1960s but the legacy of those cuts is a wealth of flat, accessible, traffic-free routes that have been repurposed for leisure. Sustainable transport charity Sustrans have worked with local agencies to resurface many old railways and open them up to walking and cycling traffic. Chances are there’s a route near you; here are some of our favourites. Remember though, don’t go too far! just because you can pack the miles in doesn’t mean your non-cycling other half and the kids can. You won’t be thanked if you turn a family ride in to a junior chain gang, but lots of stops for ice cream

“...get a bit of fresh air, burn off a few calories...”

SixSixOne DJ Youth Knee Pads

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RRP: £22.99

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Ridgeback Adventure AT3 Trailer



and to admire the view and you’ll be everybody’s favourite. Here are eight of the best… Tissington Trail, Derbyshire Running 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, the Tissington Trail follows the route of the Buxton to Ashbourne railway line, opened in 1899. In its heyday the line carried express trains from Manchester to London but now it’s one of the best established leisure routes in the country, having been open nearly 40 years. The route is well surfaced if a little rough in places and mostly flat with a couple of short climbs. The Camel Trail, Cornwall Attracting 400,000 visitors a year, the 17-mile

RRP: £499.99

Pinnacle Peak 2.0 ‘10 (129708)

£399.99 / 01293 574 900

Bontrager Rhythm Women’s Jersey Altura Airstream Jersey (123300) A multi-panel, full featured jersey, ideal for all types of riding.



Altura Sprint Kid’s Mitts (121171)

Laid-back style with moisture-wicking helping keep you cool, dry, and comfortable.

Quality kids mitts with palm padding for comfort and hard wearing amara for durablity.

Altura Gravity Shorts (123301)

Altura Ascent Women’s Shorts

Great all-round baggy shorts with padded liner for added comfort in the saddle.



Highly versatile women’s baggy shorts with removable padded inners.

Giro Indicator Helmet (121503)

Specialized Sierra Women’s Helmet (121533)

The perfect helmet for riding roads, trails and everything in between.

Features the new HeadSet SX dial for easy adjustment and a perfect fit


Camel Trail from Padstow to Wenford Bridge is one of the most popular traffic-free routes in the country. There’s plenty of parking at Wadebridge and Poley’s Bridge, allowing you to ride a shorter section of the route. There’s lots to see along the way, including a fine bridge across Petherick Creek and plenty of cafes to stop at for refreshments. Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire The Forest of Dean is home to an 11 mile circular route which is a great first proper bike ride for slightly older kids. It follows the route of the Severn and Wye railway line, climbing gradually to the former station at Drybrook Road, before



Foska Bart Simpson Kid’s Jersey (131642)


A classic kids road jersey, designed for having fun in style.


Giro Flume Youth’s Helmet (121511)


Easy to adjust features and durable construction with groovy graphics.

dropping back to Speech House and Cannop Wharf where there is an excellent picnic site. The trail is best suited to mountain bikes and sturdy hybrids as the surface is rough in places. Meon Valley Railway Line, Hampshire The Meon Valley Railway closed its doors to trains in 1968 but nowadays the 9-mile section from Wickham to West Meon makes a great day’s ride. The route is level but can get muddy in places and there’s a couple of minor road crossings where bridges have been dismantled. A less well-known route than some of the others here, it’s usually quiet which increases your chances of seeing some wildlife on your ride.


“...find a dedicated route that’s set up for cycling.”

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Crab and Winkle Way, Kent The Crab and Winkle way was world’s first passenger railway when it opened in 1830. Starting at the University of Kent Campus the route runs for seven and a half miles to the coast at Whistable. About half of the route is trafficfree and there’s a few climbs along the way, so it’s a good one for older kids who are a bit more confident. Bristol to Bath Railway Path, Bristol The jewel in the crown of Sustrans’ network and the most-used traffic-free route in the country, the Bristol-Bath follows the old Midland Railway route

and was completed in 1986. The route is tarmac along its entire route, and there’s plenty of interest along the way including the steam engines of the Avon Valley Railway and the 300m tunnel at Staple Hill. The Wirral Way, Merseyside This 12-mile path runs through the Wirral Country Park from Hooton to the beautiful beaches of West Kirby. You’ll get great views across to Wales over the Dee Estuary and the visitor centre at Thurstaston has cycle hire facilities and a cafe. Hillend Loch, Lanarkshire Easily accessible from Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Hillend Loch trail follows the line of the Airdrie to Bathgate railway and winds for 14 miles, with sculptures along the route reflecting the rich industrial heritage of the area. The route is trafficfree for all of its length with the exception of a short road section at Caldercruix.

If you’re a skilled cyclist there’s one last thing to remember, don’t go too far; turning a family ride in to a chain gang is not the way to get kids cycling!

Full range of kids bikes online at:

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RRP: £399.99

Fuji Nevada 3.0 Women’s ‘10 (129516)

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Giro ME2 Infant’s Helmet (121426)

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Kids bikes

Hudora Joey Runner (118653) Durable wooden balance bike helps develop key motor skills in young children.


Specialized Hotrock 12 Boys ‘10 (125071) In premium aluminium, this is the perfect fi rst-choice bike frame for kids, with learner stabilisers.


Ridgeback MX16 ‘10 (128946) This 16” wheeled bike comes complete with 6061 heat-treated aluminium frame and hi-ten steel forks.

Kids bikes

Ridgeback Honey 14 ‘10 (128945)



Gary Fisher Pre Caliber 20 ‘10 (128756) 20” wheels with Great Fit SR suspension fork and 6 speed rear derailleur.


Pinnacle Aura 24 ‘10 (129687) Travel under your own steam on this great 24” wheeled girl’s mountain bike.

Scott Spark Jr. 20 ‘10 (128579)



RRP: £219.99

Evans Cycles have been supporting the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bikeathons for over 5 years by encouraging people to get out on a bike and do their part for charity. If you haven’t been involved in one of these events they are a great day out and with this handy checklist, there’s no more excuses! Whether you... • Are looking for a challenge • Want to be part of a fun day out with family, friends and colleagues • Just love cycling ...sign up for one of the many events held nationwide - there’s something for everyone!




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After some of the harshest winter weather of recent times, potholes in the road are a real concern. Here’s how to stay safe… otholes are no joke. After two hard winters in a row they are all over Britain’s roads, and they are a real menace to cyclists. Here at Evans Cycles we know that the state of the roads is important to you. In our recent customer survey you told us that, along with the attitude of car drivers towards cyclists and your desire for more bike paths, poor roads are among your biggest concerns. Thanks


to everyone who filled in our survey and here’s our guide to coping with potholes. Potholes form when water seeps into cracks in the asphalt or under the sides of the road, and then it freezes in cold weather. As the water freezes it expands and that affects the underlying layers of the road and eventually the surface, causing a hole. And once a pothole forms, it can quickly get worse. One estimate says that there’s an average of one pothole for every 110 metres of road in

the UK right now. And if that’s bad news for motorists, it’s a nightmare for cyclists. First of all, potholes can damage your bike. The most common problem is a pinch flat – also known as a snake bite puncture – which is caused when the inner tube is squashed hard between the rim of your wheel and the surface you’re riding on, usually leaving two distinctive parallel slits in the tube. They’re hard if not impossible to fix, so it’s usually time for a new tube. The force of hitting a pothole

can also damage the wheel rim or break spokes, so you’ve got to put up with the time and expense of getting your bike fixed.

The other more serious problem is the effect of potholes on your safety. Hitting a hole can cause you to lose control, while swerving to avoid one can put you in danger too. Unfortunately, accidents can – and do – result from both.

“One estimate says that there’s an average of one pothole for every 110 metres of road in the UK right now. And if that’s bad news for motorists, it’s a nightmare for cyclists.” Okay, so that’s all the gloom and doom: there are lots of potholes around and they’re definitely a bad thing for cyclists. What’s the good news? Well, to start with you don’t just have to accept potholes as a fact of life, you can get 50 Summer 2010

Specialized Sirrus ‘10 (126169) The speed and agility of a road bike with ergonomics and control of a fl at bar.


Boxing clever

These days many city centre traffic lights come complete with Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) or ‘Bike Boxes’ as they are often referred to. They are there to help make cyclists visible to other road users at the head of the traffic queue when the lights turn green and traffic pulls away. Bike boxes are usually fed by a cycle lane and if you’re on a bike that’s how you are supposed to enter the box - in theory you could get a fi xed penalty fi ne if you don’t. Motorists aren’t allowed to stop in the box… unless it would be impossible or unsafe to stop on the fi rst stop line, then they have to stop before the second stop line. It’s always important to keep an eye on the lights when fi ltering through traffic - you don’t want to be so fi xated on getting to the box that you pull in front of a car just as the lights change! Turning right can sometimes be a bit tricky too, especially if you have to go across the box to do so - just try to be as assertive as possible. Finally, remember to keep an eye out for oncoming traffic turning across you too.

something done about them. When you spot one, you can report it – and that’s easy. CTC have set up a website for exactly that reason: www. You just log on, fill in some simple details, and that’s it – a two minute job. CTC take it from there. Councils are responsible for dealing with potholes on A and B roads, but they can’t deal with them if they don’t know


they are there. Once notified though they have a statutory responsibility to fill them in, if they don’t and an accident occurs – they will be liable. CTC say that anecdotally, they know that the majority of potholes reported to www.fillthathole. are filled quickly. Their Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen recently estimated that 30-40% of reported holes were filled.

Toughen up your bike If the roads are tough going it’s not a bad idea to toughen up your bike to cope. If you ride a standard road bike, fitting bigger tyres will help. Swap from 23c to 25c and you’ll get a larger air chamber to cope with any impact, helping you stay in charge / 01293 574 900

Icebreaker Velocity Zip Top (123387)

Sleek and funky zip top designed for extreme action. • Eyelet gussets to give extra ventilation andseams sewn to reduce friction • Streamlined styling and a handy stash pocket on the hip S, M, L, XL and XXL

Northwave Mission MTB Shoes (123730) Freeride, all-terrain footwear with the go anywhere cyclist in mind. • Suirtable for riding off road over uneven terrain • Structure provides protection and optimised closure


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Endura Singletrack Trousers (122310)

Full length pants made of Cordura nylon fabric with Teflon HT fi nish. • Wicking waistband helps moisture control • Front, rear and zipped security pockets S, M, L, XL and XXL


Helly Hansen Trailwizard Jersey (122857) A technical jersey combining the moisture management of Lifa with a unique Coolgrid structure. • Moisture rapidly transports away from the body • Reduced heat retention and reflective elements. S, M, L, XL and XXL

Cannondale Bad Boy Disc 700 ‘10 (128769)

Foska I Pay Road Tax Jersey (131650) Get the message across loud and clear in this great quality jersey. • Breathable Coolmax fabric keeps you fresh • Sport-cut with a long back to keep you warm



S, M, L, XL and XXL

Trek District ‘10 (127697)



Bern Watts Helmet (121396) Widely appealling to BMXer’s, commuters, snowboarders and skiers!

and reducing the chances of damage. And make sure you keep the air in your tubes topped up to avoid pinch flats. You can also adjust the way you ride in order to cope with potholes. When you’re in traffic, hang back from the vehicle in front by several bike lengths so that you can get a good view of the road surface ahead, giving you plenty of time to take evasive action if necessary. Vehicles behind will often be tempted to overtake into this space so you might want to move out into the centre of the carriageway when you do this. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly legal and it makes a lot of sense if you’re


Altura Crochet Mitts (121111) Modern comfort and fit in a retro styled, traditional looking mitt.

You want more bike paths, hopefully they are better thought out than this!


Bontrager Street Shoes (123653) Performance shoe striking the perfect balance between on-bike comfort and off-bike walkability.

Al Brighton Workshop Manager


Endura Padded Under-Shorts (121804)

Lots of people commute on mountain bikes - they’re tough bikes easily capable of dealing with anything city streets can deal out, but a little ‘roadification’ will help you get much more out of a mountain bike as a commuting steed. Lock out your suspension - on the road your bike’s tyres are all the suspension you need and you want as stable a pedalling platform as possible to translate as much of your pedalling energy as possible into forward momentu m. Likewise, the single most effective way to roadifying your mountain bike is to fit some slick tyres, a typical knobbly tyre is 15% less efficient on the road than a slick. To save you the hassle of changing tyres before you hit the trails it’s also worth considering getting another set of wheels.

Perfect for wearing underneath regular clothing, enhancing your riding comfort.


Specialized Nimbus Armadillo Tyre (101132)

£24 .99

Scott Sub 30 Solution ‘10 (128597)

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£549.99 / 01293 574 900

Full range of locks online at:

Abus Granit Steel-O-Flex 1000 Cable Lock (120943-100) Popular steel cable lock equipped with an Abus-plus security locking mechanism. Featuring a large diameter steel shell which protects a flexible but tough twisted steel cable, and a completely steel-encased solid lock body. At 80cm long it has a security rating of 10 and a sold secure rating of Silver. 100cm long - Sold Secure Gold Rating

Kryptonite New York 3000 Shackle Lock (104643)

Abus Varedo 47 Shackle Lock

The ultimate bicycle shackle lock for high theft danger areas. • 16mm through-hardened Kryptonium Steel shackle resists bolt cutters and leverage attacks • Double deadbolt locking mechanism for extensive holding power

High-security robust D-lock to keep your bike safe from thieves. • Rugged Abus Plus Cylinder lock with anti-picking protection for extra security • Patented Powercell technology offers maximum impact and pulling protection

203mm long - Sold Secure Gold Rating




230mm long - Sold Secure Silver Rating


Kryptonite Kryptolok 2 Shackle Lock (104654) Kryptonite Kryptoflex Cable

Bicycle security for moderate to high crime areas with a standard length shackle. • 13mm hardened Kryptonium steel shackle with a Patented deadbolt locking mechanism • Off set key location and overhead cam locking mechanism resists leverage attacks.


Flexible steel cable for use with a shackle lock to secure other items. • 10mm-thick braided steel cable protected by a vinyl covering • Use with padlocks or disc locks for security 7’ long


230mm long - Sold Secure Silver Rating


RRP: £549.99

Pinnacle Mean Streak 2.0 ‘10 (129737)


Specialized Sirrus ‘10 (126169)


Altura Urban 20 Rear Pannier (120688)

A snazzy coloured pannier constructed of two layers for continuous use. • Easy and adjustable clips make for easy transportation, on and off your bike • Additional hi-viz reflective trim for the ultimate in being visible 20 litre capacity (single) - Black/Grey or Black/Blue


Specialized Briefcase Bag (103612) An expandable briefcase designed for the commuter, featuring a padded adjustable shoulder strap. • 840D Nylon-coated for water resistance. • Internal laptop sleeve with velcro closure.


Continuous adjustability of the lower hook, horizontally and vertically, on the elliptical rail

Automatic closing and opening of hooks by lifting the pannier handle

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Rear Panniers (103223) Classical waterproof rear pannier complete with the QL1 mounting system. This lid has been generously designed to maximise the packed volume. The inner dust/snow gasket is easily accessible from the front, and features large, highly efficient reflectors, and perfectly fits your bike due to simple symmetrical design. It can easily be mounted to racks with a diameter of up to 10mm. 40 litre capacity (pair) - Red/Black, Yellow or Black


Vaude Cycle 25 Convertible Backpack/ Pannier (103647) The quick-change convertible backpack to bike bag, perfect for commuting to work. • Comes with a rain cover so you are prepared for any weather. • A helmet holder makes storing your helmet quick and easy.


25 Litre capacity

RRP: £299.99

Ridgeback Velocity ‘10 (128909)

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Pinnacle Stratus 1.0 Women’s ‘10 (129724)

£274.99 / 01293 574 900

Specialized E.M.T. Survival Kit Bag (103582)

Specialized Air Tool Mini Pump

Packed with essential tools this Survival Kit should be on every bike you own!

A small size crossed with big performance pump in aluminium that fits inside a jersey pocket.






Park Fold Up Wrench (AWS-9) (103215)

Bontrager Air Rush Road Mini Pump/CO2 Infl ator (103188)

Respro Waterproof High-Viz Hump Rucksack Cover (106122) High visibility

Allen keys and screwdrivers in a neat easy-to-use resinhandled multi tool.

This compact 2-in-1 design combines a CO2 inflator and mini pump.

backpack cover to keep you seen on the




£24 .99

CatEye SL-110 Loop Light Set (106170) Neat little lights fitted with powerful LED’s that are visible from many angles.


Topeak Rocket Micro Alloy Pump (104700) Mini pump that will keep you inflated without weighing you down. The aluminium version of the award-winning Micro Rocket pump locks down into a compact unit (16cm long) that can be stowed in a jersey pocket or clamped to your frame with the included side mounting bracket. Despite its small size, this presta-valve compatible pump can reach pressures of 160psi.

Nimrod Trouser Clips (106054) A subtle, stylish pair of black trouser clips, non reflective and discreet.


£19.99 keeping up with the flow of traffic. It’s also worth knowing ‘your roads’ - most of us ride the same routes regularly so it makes sense to make a mental note of where the sections of poorly surfaced roads are in order to stay safe. Then, when you know you’re approaching a rough section, you can adjust your speed, or signal to other road users in plenty of time and steer around the dangerous bit. If you spot a pothole at the last moment and you can’t avoid it, the most important thing is to stay calm. Don’t turn the

bars and veer out into the road unless you’re 100% confident that it’s safe to do so. Instead, hold your line and ride it out by doing what mountain bikers do to get over bumpy trails. Keep your upper body relaxed and bend your elbows a little more than usual so that your arms can act as shock absorbers. If you’ve got time, stand up on the pedals too, keeping your knees slightly bent so that your legs can provide more damping. Stay loose and the chances are that you’ll get through the hole without any trouble.

Check out the latest commuter gear online at:

Madison Sam Browne Belt (120990) Instantly recognisable safety item that’s visible in the day or at night.


Madison Hi-Viz Arm/Ankle Bands (106073) A highly versatile and eff ective

safety band for all road users.


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£500 bundle

The Ride2Work Scheme takes advantage of the Governments’ Green Transport Plan and can supply your employees with a new bike at more than a 50% saving over retail price! The aim of the Green Transport Plan is to make cycling a more attractive way of commuting to work by enabling employees to benefit from some unique tax incentives. However, as well as being an employee benefit, employers can also make considerable savings on their employees National Insurance contributions. Ride2Work takes all of this and offers it to businesses as a complete package - from supplying the contracts and administrative support through to expert advice on bikes and cycling. Through the Ride2Work scheme Evans Cycles offer many after-sale services such as repairs and servicing. By partnering with Ride2Work your company can be confident of receiving a complete service that enables your employees to benefit from the full advantages of the scheme and get the most out of their cycling!


Trek Allant ‘10 (127696)

Abus Varedo 47 Shackle Lock (104599)


Advantages of Ride2Work • Evans Cycles is the UK’s largest Independent bicycle retailer - with stores nationwide • Price Promise - we guarantee not to be beaten on price. • You may further benefit from our extensive range of sale items and promotional offers. • Evans Cycles provides the largest range of bicycles and accessories in the UK.

Specialized Align Helmet

• Free delivery Nationwide.


• No Administration Fees.


• Full Service Provider - We deal with every aspect of the scheme meaning you have consistent customer service and a single point of contact throughout.

Smart Polaris 4 Lux / 3 LED Light Set

• Dedicated support Hotline to deal with any queries that you or your employees have.

Start cycling for less!

To see how much you could save use our personal savings calculator at: This initiative is only available through your employer. If you are responsible for HR or employee benefits in your organisation please contact us if you would like further information. If you’re not then please tell your employer about us!



Effective monthly cost* Overall saving*

£20.92 £248.92

*All pricings and savings shown here are for illustrational purposes only and actual savings will depend upon personal circumstances. Effective monthly cost is based on a 12 month hire period.

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Did you know that you could save up to 50% off the retail price of a new bike? Example

£750 bundle


Dahon Vitesse D7HG ‘10 (130296)


£1000 bundle


Trek 1.5 Triple ‘10 (126105)

Bontrager Air Support Pump

Topeak Mini 9 Multi-tool




£12.99 Topeak Mini Master Blaster Pump (104704)


CatEye EL-135 / LD-170 Light Set (106168)

Abus Granit Steel-O-Flex 1000 Cable Lock



£69.99 Kryptonite Evolution 4 Shackle Lock (104658)


Specialized Tactic Helmet (121538)


Giro Rift Helmet (121412)


Cateye Uno/TL-600 Light Set (106167)


Effective monthly cost* Overall saving*

£31.38 £373.37

Effective monthly cost* Overall saving*

£41.84 £497.84

, e k i b a t o g e v You’

now Ride It!

Saturdays are for mud worshipers with a mountain bike ride, Sundays are for tarmac lovers with a sportive road ride. Ride It! is a great value day out for everyone. There is one entry fee for all ride and route options (with the exception of the discounted fun road route adult entry). The entry fee covers one ride only. If you wish to ride both the off-road and road rides two entry fees must be paid for. STANDARD PRE-ENTRY FEES Adult - Fun road route £5 Adult - All other routes £11 Child entry (16 and under) - FREE* (On the day entries incur an additional £2.50 surcharge per person) (* When accompanied by a paying adult)

Every Ride It! event includes: 3 or 4 Marked Routes Memory Map OS Map Mechanical Support SIS Drink Stations Demo Bikes Book online now! Evans Cycles gives you the opportunity to try out a selection of brand new cutting edge bikes from the cycle industry’s leading manufacturers at selected events.

Special prices are available at certain rides (Night Rides, King of the Downs, TCR Show Ride It!) - see the relevant event page for entry fees. Kids ride FREE! We’re passionate about cycling and enjoy nothing more than instilling that passion in younger riders. That’s why all kids under 16 years of age ride free when accompanied by a paying adult - a great value day out for the whole family!

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Gore Bike Wear ‘try before you buy’ GORE BIKE WEAR™ is the official clothing provider for the Evans Cycles Ride It! series and will be offering you the chance to use their latest products for FREE! with the ‘Try Before You Buy’ service at every Ride It! event!

“I mu st say this was a fantast ic experie nce and I had a smi le on my face all the way rou nd the cou rse.” Stephen Man n / Med ium Off-Road Route

/ Great Missende

“After a running injury I decided to get on the bike - since then the running shoes have been gathering dust!” Gavin Lawrence / Medium Off-Road Route / Brighton

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DATES & LOCATIONS: 5th/6th June Thirsk (N. Yorkshire) Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Thirsk. YO7 2EH 12th/13th June Dorking (N. Downs) The Priory School, Dorking. RH4 3DG 3rd/4th July High Peak (Peak District) New Mills College, High Peak. SK22 4NR 17th/18th July Hatfield (N. London) Chancellor’s School, Hatfield. AL9 7BN




24th/25th July Brighton (S. Downs) Plumpton College. BN7 3AE 7th/8th August Kingswood (Cotswolds) Kingswood Village Hall. GL12 8RF 21st/22nd August Liphook (Hampshire) Bohunt School, Liphook. GU30 7NY 4th/5th September Coniston (Lake District) John Ruskin School, Coniston. LA21 4AW 11th/12th September Great Missenden (W. London) The Misbourne School, Great Missenden. HP16 0BN 25th/26th September Biggin Hill (N. Downs) Fairchildes Primary School, Croydon. CR0 0AH 9th/10th October Cannock Chase (Birmingham) Tackeroo Campsite, Rugeley. WS15 2UQ Enter online:









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We would like to thank our suppliers for their assistance with the production of this magalogue and to all models for their sterling help. Disclaimer: This publication has been prepared solely on information supplied by the contributors and manufacturers; its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The publishers and their production team cannot accept liability for inaccuracies, errors or omissions in such information howsoever arising. Prices are correct at the time of going to press, excluding genuine mistakes. Evans Cycles reserve the right to implement manufacturers price or VAT changes. Full terms and conditions are available on request or online at www. © F.W. Evans Cycles (UK) Ltd. 2010 Registered Office: Camino Park, James Watt Way, Crawley. RH10 9TZ. Registered in England No. 2784079 / VAT No. GB 927-170-229

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Evans Cycles - Summer Catalogue 2010  
Evans Cycles - Summer Catalogue 2010  

The Evans Cycles Summer 2010 Catalogue. A 60 page guide to your Summer riding.