As January (thankfully) comes to an end, there's a hint of Spring just around the corner and all the lovely miles that can be ridden without wearing a ton of winter kit. There's also only a few days left to take advantage of the January sales! CycleSurgery have sent us their best deals and they're certainly not holding back. And if you have a look around their sale, there's an extra 10% off their sale prices this week!
Below, we've got loads of great bikes and there's also deals on kit that will be perfect for the commute.
With the lightweight frame and the stiffness it gives, you'd be forgiven for asking who really needs carbon fibre. At this price, the CAAD12 is easily better than an entry level carbon frame. The classic geometry with the horizontal top tube gives great handling.
This version, with 11 speed Shimano 105 is a great balance between performance and price. The internal cable routing adds a clean finish to a great bike.
If all day comfort is your thing, then there are few better bikes than the Giant Defy. The taller head tube combined with some nifty tube shapes makes this a great bike for a relaxing day on the bike.
This model features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with the new 10 speed Shimano Tiagra shifting. The disc brakes are great for general control, but really shine when the rain falls. The D-Fuse seatpost and flattened seatstays reduce vibrations through the frame, making this a really popular Sportive bike. Mat got to test this late last summer and loved it, giving it 8/10.
With a frame offering great stability, space for 28mm tyres and the added bonus of hydraulic disc brakes, the Attain Race Disc is perfectly suited to the rough UK roads.
With the same Tiagra groupset as the Giant above, you've now got 2 excellent options for sportives and general riding. Here, you get a 50-34 crankset paired with a 11-34 cassette which should see you up just about anything. The Fulcrum Racing 77 Disc wheels just look so good, especially with the colour matched decals.
If you're after a slightly higher spec for your £1k, then this Attain GTC comes with 11 speed Shimano 105. You also step up to a monocoque carbon frame with the weight coming down slightly from the Attain above.
The wheelset and tyre choice also suggests a faster ride, with the skinnier 25mm Continental Grand Sport Race tyres sitting on Mavic Aksium Elite wheels. If you're a fan of the hills, or you're planning a holidy in the mountains, then this would be a great bike to take with you. Mat gave the slightly higher spec version an 8/10 when he tested it.
This Urban bike from Liv is super versatile. The lightweight build will do both city spins and loner road rides with ease.
The bike has a few great features, the tyre size being our favourtie. The 28mm wide rubber is not only great for grip and confidence, the puncture protection is great when riding on poor surfaces. The bike also gets the D-Fuse seat post for extra comfort.
We're big fans of the Osprey Escapist. It's a comfy backpack that, especially in this 32L version, fits everything we need for commuting to work and also trips to bike events.
The bag has internal dividers that are great for staying organised and the laptop compartment is big enough for a 17" device. The carrying straps make lugging a heavy load much easier and the included rain cover is great for when we get caught in a downpour. This got 8/10 from Siobhan when she tested it.
Winter jackets are notoriously expensive, so having one jacket for 6 months of the year would make a sensible purchase.
This Gore Phantom jacket has zipper sleeves meaning you can choose daily between long sleeves, short sleeves or vest. The jacket is fully windproof and also water resistant so it's perfect for changeable weather. You can even take the sleeves with you, rolled up in the rear pockets. Dave liked it, giving it 8/10 when it was in for review.
This Cannondale Ryker AM helmet is designed for use when on the MTB, but we think it'd make a perfect urban or commuter helmet. The 20 vents are large for cooling in the summer and the retention system is designed for the abuse of mountain biking, so it should stand up well to daily use.
The removable peak means that you can choose between a little eye protection or sleeker styling.
This set of lights is ideal for a great quality be seen set when riding in towns and cities.
The front light is from the same range as the Auto Pro that I tested this winter. It's super easy to operate and this one will be perfect for urban riding with it's 200 lumen output. The rear kicks out 30 lumens which is just enough in lit areas. Both are USB rechargeable and they'll recharge in 2 hours.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.