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Orange RX9: First ride

Orange RX9

Off-road specialist Orange has produced its first multi-purpose machine for tarmac or tough terrain. Perfect if you like your riding smooth one day, and with gritty bits the next

Forme Longcliffe 3.0 FE £769.99: First ride

Forme Longcliffe 3.0 FE

An all-British women’s road bike that shows how creative component choices can give top value for money

Trek CrossRip Elite £950

Trek CrossRip

Less cyclo-cross, more crossing genres is the theme embodied in Trek’s newest all-rounder — despite the off-road racing hinted at in the name

First ride: Frog 62 child’s bike

Frog 62

What’s bright orange and climbs really fast? It’s a tough new kids’ bike made from aluminium with seven gears

7 of the best summer cycling reads

Summer cycling books

If you’re not actually riding bikes, you could be reading about them — we review a selection of books covering everything from adventure touring to aerodynamic efficiency

Merida Ride Lite Juliet 94: First ride

Merida Ride Lite Juliet 94

We don’t know wherefore Romeo art, but the Juliet is Merida’s women specific contribution to the crowded sub-£1,000 sportive bike category

First ride: BMC Granfondo GF02 105 £1400

BMC Gran Fondo GF02 105

Carbon may be king, but BMC’s Granfondo GF02 proves there’s still life in good old aluminium

First ride: Genesis Equilibrium 10 £1,149.99

Genesis Equilibrium 10

Dan Baines spends some quality time with the stunning steel Genesis Equilibrium to find out whether it lives up to its name and offers the perfect balance of tradition and technology

7 of the best crash hats

7 of the best crash hats

When you just want to stay safe on the daily commute, full-on roadie lids can seem like overkill. Here’s seven quirky crash-hats that will protect your head without screaming ‘speed freak’

7 of the best handlebar bags

Handlebar bags

Phone, wallet, keys, iPad — they’re the accoutrements necessaire of modern life, but how best to carry them on your bike? One handy solution is a nifty little handlebar bag. Here are seven of the best

Bamboo Bikes CX Disc £1,899

Bamboo Bikes CX Disc

We get our hands on Bamboo Bikes’ first ever drop-bar bike. Is this cross machine just as happy playing in the woods as on tarmac? It’s time to find out…

Bianchi Vertigo 105: First ride

Bianchi Vertigo 105

Bianchi is the oldest bike brand in the world. Unsurprisingly, it knows how to design a mid-priced road bike

Dynamic Sidekick 8 review £525

Dynamic Sidekick 8

Shaft drive, hub gear and folding? That’s a lot of practicality to cram into one bike… the Dynamic Sidekick 8

BH Prisma 7.3 £1899.99: First ride

BH Prisma 7.3

BH’s sportive special from sunny Spain comes from a company boasting big-race credentials

Dawes Galaxy Cross: First ride

Dawes Galaxy Cross

Matt Lamy gets his hands on a pre-production version of Dawes’s new Galaxy Cross. Could this be the perfect commuter?

7 of the best: Insulated bottles

7 of the best insulated bottles

When it’s freezing out you fancy a hot cuppa and when it’s roasting you fancy cold refreshments, right? Choose the right beverage receptacle to get optimum liquid libations out on the bike

B’Twin Tilt: Shape Shifter

B'Twin Tilt folding bike

Matt Lamy speaks to Jean-Philippe Rode, the product manager for B’Twin’s brand new Tilt line of folding cycles — an enterprise that includes a long list of impressive integrated innovations and possibly Foldingbikeland’s funkiest and most-desirable frame

7 of the best winter gloves

7 of the best winter gloves

Nothing ruins a ride so quickly as freezing, numb fingers but sweat-soaked palms aren’t exactly an invitation to ride either. So how should you keep your hands happy this winter? Read on…

Cube Peloton Race: First Ride

Cube Peloton Race

Available in size and gearing options to suit all, Cube’s Peloton Race looks every part the square deal for £1079

Giant Defy 4: First Ride

Giant Defy 4

Giant’s road stalwart doesn’t seem to have anything too outlandish about its design – and that’s just the way we like it

Isla Bikes Beinn 20: First Ride

Isla Bikes Beinn 20

What every girl wants — a lightweight, perfectly proportioned bicycle in hot pink

£1,000 British bikes: Charge Juicer Hi £999.99

Charge Juicer Hi

Charge Juicer Hi £999.99: One of four British bikes in our grouptest for under a grand

£1,000 British bikes: Raleigh AirLite 400 £975

Raleigh AirLite 400

Raleigh Airlite 400: One of four British bikes for under a grand in our grouptest

Cannondale Trail SL 29er 2 £999

Cannondale Trail SL 29er 2

They may have started out as a sideshow but 29in wheels are edging towards mountain biking’s centre stage. So what difference does an extra three inches make? The answer comes courtesy of Cannondale…

Seven of the best: GPS watches

GPS watches grouptest

If you want to monitor and record your rides via satellite tracking, a GPS watch allows you to do just that, without the expense and technical complexity of a bar-mounted, map-plotting unit