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Mini Molly Alternatives

Sometimes stocks of a popular bike run low and I start getting lots of queries to see if it is available anywhere at all. Recently I have had a few desperate parents looking for the Mini Molly 20 inch Girls Bike.

Wiggle are listing on their site, but if you select the model (only one to select) it is out of stock. Which is a shame as this is a super retro looking bike and any little girl who has her heart set on this is not goimg to be happy with anything less.

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PlanetX(citing) Discounts

When It's gone, it's gone - this PlanetX Pro Carbon Shimano Ultegra
When It's gone, it's gone - this Planet X Pro Carbon Shimano Ultegra could be yours for £1099.99

I know the weather isn't exactly enticing at the moment. But it will get better and now is an excellent time to buy a new bike or bike equipment - because now they are cheap! If you wait until the weather improves you will have missed lots of great deals like this one from PlanetX (I can't tell you how much I love my Pro Carbon - best bikes per buck bar none!)

The PlanetX Deal:

10 day sale on all liquidation stock

25% off all stock in liquidation sale

Use code: pxliquid25

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Hargrove’s Weekly Top Deals

Christmas is getting closer and the clocks are due to go back this weekend. We've put together a selection of products from Hargrove Cycles. They have some excellent deals on shoes and lights.

Hargrove's Weekly Top Deals

Specialized Comp Black Red MTB Shoe

Our Price: £89.99 | RRP: £129.99 | SAVING: 31%


Specialized Comp Black Red MTB Shoe

Specialized Pro XC White Black Shoe

Our Price: £159.99 | RRP: £199.99 | SAVING: 20%


Specialized Pro XC White Black Shoe

Specialized S-Works Trail Black MTB Shoe

Our Price: £199.99 | RRP: £249.99 | SAVING: 20%


Specialized S-Works Trail Black MTB Shoe

Specialized Motodiva Titanium Black MTB Womens Shoe

Our Price: £89.99 | RRP: £129.99 | SAVING: 31%


Specialized Motodiva Titanium Black MTB Womens Shoe

Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light

Our Price: £179.96 | RRP: £199.95 | SAVING: 10%


Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light

Moon LX360 Front Light

Our Price: £44.99 | RRP: £49.99 | SAVING: 10%


Moon LX360 Front Light

Moon COB Rear Light

Our Price: £22.49 | RRP: £24.99 | SAVING: 10%


Moon COB Rear Light

Moon Meteor 100S Front Light

Our Price: £26.99 | RRP: £29.99 | SAVING: 10%


Moon Meteor 100S Front Light

Specialized Pro Road Shoes Black Red

Our Price: £99.99 | RRP: £159.99 | SAVING: 38%


Specialized Pro Road Shoes Black Red

Specialized Pro Road White Shoes

Our Price: £99.99 | RRP: £159.99 | SAVING: 38%


Specialized Pro Road White Shoes

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Planet X

Planet X Article

When I decided a year ago to take the plunge into the world of road bikes (having previously only favoured the off-road variety) I was keen to buy a bike that would be of a spec that was as good as it was possible to be without breaking the bank. After trawling the web and talking to friends who knew about these things I had set my mind on a few essential points:

  1. Must be cheaper than £1000. Preferable a lot cheaper.
  2. It should have a decent gear set - Shimano 105 or equivolent.
  3. It should fit me.
  4. Lightweight aluminium or carbon frame
  5. The colour should be black (all my bikes/cars/motorbikes/guitars etc are always black)

It seems I had set myself a difficult task. For most brands the cheapest I could get was about £1.5k which I wasn't prepared to spend on a bike that was going to be secondary to my mountain bike. I could find two exceptions. Ribble and Planet X, both of which met my criterea at an affordable price.


Ribble 7005 Audax/Winter Training 105 5800

Ribble Audax 105

Ribble's offer was the 7005 Audax/Winter Training 105 5800 (currently priced at £623.94). It has Shimano 105s and an alumnium frame with carbon forks. This is a seriously tempting bike, but I wasn't convinced I wanted a 'winter' bike. Also the blue frame/styling wasn't really doing it for me.

For about £100 more Ribble have the Gran Fondo which has a carbon frame, but only Sora gears. These can be upgraded to 105s for an extra £142 which is still within budget. However I had found a way to get everything I wanted for a lot less...


Planet X Pro Carbon

Planet X Pro CarbonThe Planet X Pro Carbon (prices currently start from £799.99) is a bike that popped up often when talking about bargain bikes. And what you can get for your money from the Sheffiled company is impressive. The exact spec of the bikes they have for sale changes regulary. Currently  you can get a carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra 6800 gears for only £999.99.

At the time I was ready to buy the Ultegras weren't available at this price, but for £799.99 the 105s were. I also had found a discount code for 20% off (we don't have any for Planet X right now, but always check for discount codes) which meant for £640 I got everything on my list.


My only concern was that I hadn't sat on one so wasn't sure of the fit. And as they only sell online there was nowhere I could try one out. In the end I did some measuring and bike fitting calculation and decided that as I was pretty much an average build (I have no extraordinary dimensions) that I would probably be OK. That worry was soon put to bed once the bike arrived.

This bike is so light the delivery driver joked that the box seemed to be empty. Once out of the box all I had to do was straighten the handle bars and fit the pedals and I was ready to go. The bike has been super comfortable from the first and I haven't once regretted not going for the Ultegra gears - the 105s do a sterling job.

Usually at this point in an article I would point out some little flaws, but I genuinely can't think of anything that I would change. A year and 1,700 miles later the bike is still going strong and mechanically I haven't done anything more than pump up the tyres occaisionly, oil the chain every now and then and adjust the brakes.

Check the range of Planet X Bikes available on Cheeky Cycles.

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Unsure whether to insure?

Billie Ward - A lesson in the futility of chaining up one removable part.

With over one hundred thousand bikes reported stolen every year and the actual number probably much higher (most thefts go unreported), that moment when you realise your bike has been pinched is one many are familiar with.

The open garden gate. The missing padlock from the shed. The prised open garage. The shattered glass on the floor. Or just an empty space in front of some railings. All things that precede that plunging sinking feeling of knowing some thieving git has made off with your Bike.

Most thefts are opportunistic. Unsecured cheap bikes (even worthless old bangers) are easy-pickings for any unscrupulous individuals, although it is more likely to be taken by local scallywags than a serious or aspiring criminal.

It is more likely that if you leave you bike anywhere public, outside the shops or near you place of work for example, it will be locked up, but even this as most people know is not much in the way of defense - thieves can remove a lock in seconds. Any bike that is halfway decent would be at serious risk of being pinched in broad daylight. And many that are less than halfway are still taken anyway.

If your bike is taken from the streets there is little that can be done about it. If you report it to the police they will take your details, but don't expect much more (even if you have proof - stories about police inactivity even when there is a good chance of recovery are rife). You are just as well off checking ebay/gumtree and putting your details on sites like Stolen Bikes UK.

If your bike is taken from your home and is worth below a certain value (usually about £300) you may be able to claim it on your household insurance. If you want to cover more expensive bikes you'll need declare it separately and pay an extra premium, but even then it usually only covers bike taken from your property.

But what are your options if, like many people these days with the popularity of cycling being in the ascendancy, you have splashed out on some rather tasty machinery? No matter how much security you install expensive bikes are always at risk. With very little to stop stolen bikes being identified they can be resold at good prices and this makes them a target for serious organised thieves.

Although specialised bicycle insurance can be a bit pricey it is worth looking into what is covered. You can claim if your bike is taken from pretty much anywhere - or even if it is just damaged. You can also be covered if you hurt yourself or (more importantly) you injure someone else. You can cover your kit. Get a replacement hire bike while your bike is repaired and even get roadside recovery.

To get fully covered on all these areas will cost a fair bit, but picking and choosing the right cover for you can be easily affordable. Insurance only becomes good value if you are unlucky enough to need it, but if you do you will be glad you got it. For more details we recommend CyclePlan who offer excellent services and a 20% discount for new customers!



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So Good: Five-Ten Freeriders

Five-Ten Freerider cycle shoes
Bought for style - loved for comfort and performance

Five-Ten Freeriders

The decision to buy Five-tens was definitely one of style. I own a pair of clipless shoes, but prefer to be able to fall away from my bike when I come off so I mostly rode in old skate style trainers anyway. The trouble is that the have flimsey soles - especially the worn out ones I wore.

The Five-Ten Freeriders offered me the style I liked with the performance of a proper cycle shoe. The sole is very firm so no power is lost in flexing it, and also very grippy - reducing those awkward foot-slipping-off-pedal moments often encounter with platform pedals. And they are super comfortable.

The price is a bit steep though - even with a discount. Still, I have ridden them awful conditions and hosed them down afterwards and they still look fresh so in the long run they may well prove to be good value.

Five-Ten shoes are available from Evans and Chain Reaction Cycles.

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So Good: Urge Endur-O-Matic

Urge Endur-O-Matic Helmet
I found the urge to buy this helmet irresistible

Urge Endur-O-Matic

I've always looked odd in cycle helmets. I think I have a funny shaped head or something. I was hoping the Urge Endur-O-Matic (which sounds like something invented by Wallace and Gromit) would look as cool on me as it does off.

My first issue was that I couldn't find a local shop that stocked one so couldn't try one on before buying (Chain Reaction stock them). Secondly it only comes in two sizes: Small and Large. I measured my head to find I was exactly between the sizes. I went for the smaller reasoning that it is better to have a close fit than a loose one.

I'm not sure I made the right choice... It does fit, but feels a bit high on my head. However it is comfy. The real question though is does it look good on me? The answer. No. Not really. It doesn't look any worse that any other helmet I've tried, and it is a pretty thing on it's own - it just doesn't look great on my misshapen noggin.

Urge Helmets are available from Chain Reaction Cycles.

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So Good: Lapierre Zesty


Lapierre Zesty 514
No limits bike for most riders an excellent buy (if you can afford it)

Lapierre Zesty

I bought my 5 series Lapierre Zesty a couple of years ago when I was becoming painfully clear that my old Specialized Hardrock just wasn't cutting the mustard for the sort of riding I was doing.

This bike was getting rave reviews in the press and looked awesome so when I saw a heavily discounted bike at the end on the season on 0% finance I did some maths and realised that for slightly less a month than I had been shelling out for my 'just-paid-off' student loan I could riding around on a carbon framed, full suspension mountain muncher I was convinced. Once my wife was too the bike was mine.

And I couldn't be happier, it is an awesome bike. I think it will always be more capable that I am so I have no fears about out-growing it. Although getting it set up right was a bit of a learning curve... The Lapierre range has changed a bit since then, but they still have an excellent selection of full-suspension mountain bikes (some even have electrical gizmos) that are just as good as ever.

Lapierre Bikes are available from Evans and some models are also stocked at Chain Reaction Cycles.

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So Good, I Bought Them

  • Urge Endur-O-Matic Helmet
    I found the urge to buy this helmet irresistible

Am I a slave to fashion, easily convinced by a bit of slick publicity, or am I a savvy purchaser of quality goods. I'd like to think the latter.

I have always believed that the benefit of expensive kit is proportionally less that the price. A bike that costs five times your current one won't make you five times faster. Indeed, my first mountain bike event was completed on a Raleigh Attitude in an old t-shirt and trousers and in such a gentlemanly attitude compared to the lycra'd folk about me that my friend joked I would only have looked more relaxed smoking a pipe.

I managed to post a respectable time with kit that only cost a tiny fraction of that which I now have. So have I been spending all this money just for a marginal improvement in performance or comfort? Or did I spend it just to look cool?

I will be posting about some of the kit that I have bought (and that you can buy on this site) over the next few weeks.