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Gravel bikes

2016_C5_Profile_01_6eefcab63aIts official, gravel bikes are a thing and brands like Cervelo and Ridley have some of the finest gravel bikes on offer today.

So what is a gravel bike? Is it a cross bike with a smoother tyre? Is it a road bike with a bigger tyre? The answer is both and neither. Gravel bikes could be the one bike to rule them all with the longer more stable wheelbase of an endurance road bike, a lower bottom bracket than most CX bikes for a lower centre of gravity, disc brakes for stopping in all conditions plus other features they make excellent all rounders. The massive tyre clearance means you can ride on a bigger cushion of air and most come with a slim 27.2mm seat post to help take the sting out of the bumps.

Prices start from around £699 for a Giant Revolt and go up to £7500 for the super light Cervelo C5 featuring the lightest frame in its class and hydraulic Di2 running gear. Ridley also have a comprehensive range of gravel bikes in the X-Trail range starting from £1100 on aluminium frames and carbon bikes starting from £2299. We have probably the best range gravel bikes in the north east across our two shops so why not  come along and see what gravel bikes are all about.

Look Bikes demo evening 27th April

On April 27th we will be hosting a demo evening in partnership with Look bikes. These exclusive machines are only available in a select number of dealers around the country so this will be a great opportunity to try some of the most cutting edge bikes on the market today.  Everyone who attends will also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a GoPro Hero action cam so we can see you exploits on your new Look bike!  There will be a selection of models available to see and ride in addition to the bikes we carry in stock across a range of sizes within expert staff form Look UK on hand to answer any of your questions.DSC_0106


January is sale time and there are plenty of deals to be had in store. We have at least 20% off all Mavic winter clothing is stock, 20% off Castelli Cervelo clothing and a selection of 2015 bikes in stock to clear from Ridley and Cervelo. So whether you are looking for something warm for the winter or a new TT bike for the season come and see

Christmas opening hours

Christmas opening hours as follows-
Monday 21st-Wednesday 23rd December 9am-5pm
Thursday 24th December 9am-1pm
Christmas day-closed
Boxing Day-Closed
Monday28th December-Closed
Tuesday 29th 9am-5pm
Wednesday 30th December 9am-5pm
Thursday 31st December 9am-1pm
Friday 1st January Closed
Saurday 2nd Jan 9am-5.30pm
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Look Cycles return to Cycle Art

After a brief  absence  Look are returning to Northumberland with their stunning bikes and cutting edge design. Look have always been at the forefront of cycling technology as the inventors of the first successful clip in pedal  (1984), producers of one of the first carbon frames (1986), a pioneer of aero road bikes (1990) and holders of many patents for their ground breaking designs.  The first to arrive is the new Look 765. Using flax fibres in the frame and employing their own unique tube shapes. Look have always produced stunning looking-sorry-bikes that will always feature the trademark mondrian logo somewhere. All of us here at Cycle Art either own or have owned a Look at some point, a fact which speaks volumes for the brand.765_LIME__20185.1438108043.750.750

More than just a bike shop.

Here at Cycle Art cycling is more than just our job, it is our way of life. Cycling is not something that we do, it makes us what we are. Both Tony and Chris at Cycle art are deeply involved in the sport at grass roots level with their  local clubs. We are often asked why we don’t have a shop team and maybe we should.  Plenty of other shops do and good luck to them but we have always preferred to do things differently. We have always preferred to support the great work done by local Go Ride clubs such as Derwentside Cycling Club which Tony belongs to and Tyneside Vagabonds of which Chris is a member.

So What does that support involve? Tony organises several races throughout the season including the popular summer cross series and also some of the key events in the local CXNE league. Tony can often be found in the pits helping other riders out when he is not racing himself and he takes some of the racers on training rides after work. He also took some of the talented young riders from the club on an unforgettable trip to the home of cyclo cross-Belgium-to race at the famous Koppenberg cross. Koppenberg Tony loves nothing more than helping to inspire and drive on some of the talented young riders from the region. He even finds the time to race himself winning the recent CXNE round at Penrith.

Chris does his bit for the sport too. When not helping his clubmates get round a Sunday ride he is often to be found at tracks all around the country coaching and supporting riders from some of the local Go Ride clubs. Chris was the coach for the North East team at the 2015 Inter Regional Track Championships that were part of the prestigious Sainburys Schools Games.  He has also helped coach sessions at the new Middlesbrough Velodrome, helps out at the Regional School of Racing sessions at Glasgow and is looking forward to helping a new generation of riders develop as the track program is established at Middlesbrough. Schools games

So why do we do it? We do it because we love it. We dont get paid for it nor do we want to be. Helping others enjoy the sport that has given us so much pleasure over the years and seeing others enjoy it is more than enough incentive. Hopefully many of those people will enjoy the sport for life and go on to do the same for others. Maybe they will remember some little nugget of advice given or tip offered. Maybe they will remember the person who offered that advice. That is all the reward we need.

Mavic Winter Clothing

The nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder so its time for the winter warmers to come out.
DSC_0007We have an extensive range of winter clothing in from Mavic to keep you warm and dry form head to toe. Perhaps the biggest development in technology over the last 20 years has been in the technical fabrics we use. Those of us that have ridden for long enough will remember wool tights to keep warm, nylon fronted jackets to keep the wind off and having to wear so many layers that we looked like michelin men when we set off for a bike ride. Thankfully today’s breathable waterproof fabrics, merino infused base layers and DWR coatings means those days are behind us.
Good winter clothing can turn a grim experience into an enjoyable ride. Warm hands mean you can still feel your gear and brake levers, warm feet mean you can still feel your pedals. A good gilet can do wonders to keep your torso warm. An often forgotten area is the base layer but this can make or break a winter outfit. A good base layer such as Mavic WarmRide range can help to wick moisture away from the skin keeping you dry and trap pockets of air close to the body which provide insulation. Layering is the key. Layers or even sleeves can be added or removed as the temperature dictates. DSC_0017
We have a range of garments for men and women so come along and try some for yourself. Winter miles mean summer smiles.

Parentini Mossa

v519a_retro It is that time of year again when the temperatures are starting to drop and the air is getting a bit damper. We are always on the lookout for quality brands at Cycle Art that are hard to find and that is where Parentini fit in. Their flagship garment is the Mossa jacket. The Mossa has a tailored cut made from four way stretch Windtex Stormshield fabric in a range of weights and colours, long and short sleeves. Highly breathable, water repellent and an excellent fit this is the garment that the Gabba strives to be. Sizing is on the small side like a lot of Italian kit but not quite as small as some. We have been testing these ourselves and they are excellent. come and choose yours today.

Parentini arrives at Cycle Art

We are always on the lookout for exclusive products and brands that are hard to find at the on-linev519a_retro behemoths or on the high street. Parentini is one of those brands. Parentini are a small family firm based in Italy and they produce all their own kit in house. We have been testing some of the kit ourselves including the Gabba beating Mossa jacket and we have been very impressed. The Mossa offers superior water proofing, market leading breath-ability and an excellent fit all at a lower price than the competition. We will also be part of the Parentini test programme so if you want to find out more come and try the kit for yourself.