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In homage to Decathlon...

Having just placed my first order on their new online service I am possible tempting fate by writing this piece but I just wanted to say how much I love Decathlon!

Some cycle snobs may think this statement is mental but I have nothing but praise for them in general and even in a cycling context.

Forget the clothing that keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer, although that is most welcome.

In a cycling application you can't beat their entry level machines and I should know, when I came back to cycling I used one for training and time trialling.

Yes, there were sniggers on the start lines as I rocked up on a machine badged up with the name of a discount sports superstore but it didnt phase me one bit. That bike is five years old and despite selling it on to a mate, I know it is still going strongly and is being enjoyed.

My winter jacket from there was £27.99 about four winters ago and despite not being a sleek racy cut or sporting as many features as something from Assos or Rapha keep the cold and wet out... these things are important to me !

I have even ridden in a B-Twin (their new cycling brand) helmet for three years now and found it airy and strong (£35.99 was its cost).

My advice to anyone thinking about going to one of their stores but feeling a bit of shame or apprehension is to give them a try.

Its worth it for the £7.99 fleece offer !

If only they could fix the weather, it looks like a turbo heavy weekend of cycling for me again...




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