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Bilsland News

Bikes Arriving This Month – Jan 2021

Electric

We have both the Electron and Electron+ from Ridgeback due in this month which are ideal for making your commute sweat free or general leisure riding. Low step frame and upright riding position make both the Electrons very user friendly and offer a comfortable ride. These bikes are available in sizes small through to large with a starting price of £1899.99. The main difference between the Electron and Electron+ is the drive system and therefore the range. The Electron is a more affordable bike however, is only built to last 65km, the Electron+ on the other hand is a little bit more pricey but you do get up to 125km of range.

Ridgeback Electron
Ridgeback Electron – Shop Now
Ridgeback Electron+ – Shop Now

Gravel

If you are a regular follower of our shop then you’ll know that we can’t get enough of the Cannondale Topstone. So at no surprise we have two models due in this January, Topstone carbon Lefty 3 and Topstone carbon 5. Both these bikes are ideal for Bikepacking, gravel racing and gravel riding with your mates. We have the Lefty available in sizes extra-small and small which is coming in at £3499.99. If you’re looking for something with a bit less comfort but more speed then check out the Carbon 5 which we have available in sizes small and medium, price point £2299.99.

Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty 3 – Shop Now
Cannondale Topstone Carbon 5 – Shop Now

Mountain

Unfortunately we are struggling to get our hands on some mountain bikes at this time, therefore we only have one bike due this January, the Cannondale Trail 7 hardtail. This bike is ideal for singletrack riding and trail centers. We have this modle available in an extra small as well as a large at an affordable price point of £479.99.

Cannondale Trail 7 – Shop Now

Hybrid Bikes

We have three hybrid models coming in this January, of which the first two are from Ridgeback. The Motion is ideal for commuting and urban leisure riding, it is available in both a low step frame model and a standard frame making it suitable for a wide range of riders. This bike is coming in at £449.99 in sizes ranging from 15″ through to 21″. On top of all that we also have the Cannondale Quick Women’s 5 arriving this month which is also a low step frame. The Quick is ideal for the same riding styles but does have upgraded components. The most noticable would be the disc brakes which offer maximum stopping power in all conditions. Due to this the Cannondale Quick 5 does come in at a slightly steeper price point of £549.99, we have this available in size medium only.

Ridgeback Motion Standard – Shop Now
Ridgeback Motion Low Step – Shop Now
Cannondale Quick 5 Women’s – Shop Now

Endurance Road Bikes

We have recently taken a new brand into the shop, LOOK bikes. If you’re looking for the perfect belnd of style, performance and quality then LOOK is the brand for you! The 765 Optimum Plus is the perfect ‘do it all’ road bike, from long days in the saddle to light off road paths the 765 Optimum Plus has you covered. We have this bike available in two models, Shimano Ultegra and Shimano 105 and they start at £2490.00.

LOOK 765 Optimum Plus 105 – Shop Now
LOOK 765 Optimum Plus Ultegra – Shop Now

Aero Road Bikes

We have a couple more new LOOK bikes arriving in January, the 795 Blade and 795 Blade RS. Now this is the ultimate speed machine designed to win at all costs, therefore ideal for smashing your mates on the club run or achieving your racing goals. We have the 795 Blade Shimano Ultergra available in size Large which is coming in at £3800.00. However if it’s the absolute pinnacle you’re after then the 795 Blade RS is for you. RS models from LOOK have superior carbon frame layup which offers better ride quality, stiffness and comfort. However this does come at a price of £7150.00 for the Shimano Ultegra Di2 model, although our head mechanic Barry has been riding one for the past year and says its worth every penny.

LOOK 795 Blade Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 795 Blade RS Ultegra Di2 – Shop Now

Lightweight Road Bikes

We have four lightweight road bikes due this January, two from Cannondale and two from LOOK. Lightweight road bikes are ideal for long days in the saddle and of course climbing hills. First up we have the Cannondale Supersix Evo which is a classic in terms of high end lightweight road bikes, it even won BikeRadar’s Bike of the Year award in 2020. We have both the Shimano 105 and Shimano Ultegra models coming in, which start at £2499.99 and are available in sizes 51cm through to 56cm. Lastly, we have both the LOOK 785 Huez and LOOK 785 Huez RS models due in. If you’re pure alpine climber and willing to sacrafice a bit of aero capability then the Huez is the bike for you. LOOK as a brand have a heritage of race winning results and this bike certainly lives up to that. We have the 785 Huez with Shimano Ultegra groupset available in sizes small and medium which is coming in at £3190.00. If you are after the best of the best then go for the 785 Huez RS with upgraded carbon frame layup making this bike handle like a dream. We have the 785 Huez RS with Shimano Ultegra groupset available in sizes extra small through to large, which is coming in at £4750.00.

Cannondale Supersix Evo 105 – Shop Now
Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 785 Huez Ultegra – Shop Now
LOOK 785 Huez RS Ultegra – Shop Now

If you don’t see a particular size or model you’re after, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch as this page only shows bikes we have on order that are due for the current month, therefore your dream bike might be just around the corner!

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Our Best Selling Kids Bikes

Looking for a new bike for your little shredder? Here is our kids bike top picks.

Our kids bike are built to last. Equipped with lightweight frames and quality components such as Sram and Shimano making them easy to work on. However, we do offer lifetime free servicing on all kids bike bought from ourselves so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty.

Firstly we have the Tadpole from Frog. This is where the bike riding journey begins for your little one. The Tadpole is a balance bike, this means that there are no pedals or stabilisers. The Tadpole is designed to get kids used to the balance needed to ride a bike by using there feet to balance rather than leaning on the stabilisers because if you teach your kid this, when you take them away it will more often than not involve a few crashes as when they lean over there will be nothing there, this is why a balance bike is the safest and quickest way of teaching your kids to ride. The Tadpole would roughly suit kids aged between 2 and 3 years old. Don’t sweat it if your little one isn’t so little, we often take the chain set and pedals off of bigger bikes to make them into a temporary balance bike until they are confident enough to put the pedals back on. This also stops our customers from having to buy another bike as soon as their child learns how to ride. The Frog Tadpole comes in a plethora of colours, even spotty, and is coming in at £160.

Next up we have our most popular kids bike by far, the Frog Hybrid. This is the natural progression from the Tadpole and beyond as it is available in all sizes from 14” wheels right through to 26” wheels therefore suiting kids at all ages. The Frog pedal bikes are numbered, this is not a only a model number but also their sizing system. The number on the frame correlates the the riders inside leg measurement making it one of the most accurate kids bike sizing systems out there. For example the Frog 55 is aimed at kids aged 6-7years old but if you want to be sure, the minimum inside leg measurement that will fit this bike is 55cm. We love this sizing system here at the shop because the last time we check kids came in all shapes and sizes no matter their age. These bikes are equipped with either a single speed gear set up or rapid shift 1x gear system depending on the bike size. The Frog Hybrids are available in a wide variety of colours and are starting at £270.

Frog 55 Hybrid Kids Bike for Ages 6-7 - Spotty - Buy Online ...

Now have a very similar bike to the Frog Hybrid, the Ridgeback Dimension. This bike from Ridgeback comes in marginally cheaper than the frog but is not available in as many sizes or colours. The Dimension comes in 14”, 20”,24” and 26” wheel options and each model is available in two colours. These bikes are also available in either single speed or rapid shift 1x gear systems, depending on size. The Dimension starting price is £250.

Dimension 24 Blue | Ridgeback

Now we have another bike from Frog, their Mountain Bike range. These bikes are ideal for introducing your kids to the woods, equipped with suspension fork and nobly tyres these bikes are ready to eat up the single-track. Frog’s Mountain Bike range is available in two wheel sizes (24” and 26”) and three frame sizes (62,69 and 72). Frog say that their Mountain Bikes will fit kids roughly aged 8-14 years old. The 69 model won the Red Dot Design award in 2018 so there is no telling that these are top notch bikes. Each of the Frog Mountain Bike models are available in two colours and are starting at £630.

Frog MTB 72 mountain bike preview: 'If only they'd made bikes like ...

Here we have arguably the coolest looking kids bike out there, the Cannondale Cujo+. Yes that’s right a fat bike for kids! This bike is equipped with super wide tyres which allows you to ride with lower tyre pressures therefore offering suspension. This allowed Cannondale to offer suspension for kids while maintaining a lightweight construction that makes it easy for them to ride. This is why the Cujo+ is available in smaller sizes(20”and 24”wheels) compared to the Frog Mountain Bike Range. The Cujo+ is available in two colour schemes, 1 per size, and is coming in at £350 for the 20” and £400 for the 24” model.

Cannondale Cujo 20inch Kids Bike 2020 Orange Crush £349.99

Finally we have our favourite mountain bike brand’s kids hardtail, the Whyte 403. This is the ultimate kids off road machine. Equipped with hydraulic disc brakes,suspension fork, sleek internal cable routing, 1×9 Shimano gear system, WTB trail boss tyres and Whyte’s famous out front frame geometry the 403 from Whyte will have your little ripper railing every trail. This bike is available in only one model with 26” wheels and is coming in at £599.

403 PETROL – WHYTE BIKES

A little extra tip for you, our best selling kids bike accessories, besides a helmet of course, is a kickstand and a gear guard. These accessories will fit on every bike on this list apart from the Frog Tadpole and are only £20 (£10 each). We offer trade ins on all kids bike bought from us as we understand it can be hard keeping up with how fast they grow! Therefore most of our customers end up going for these accessories in order to get more money back for their trade in towards the next bike. Also I mentioned the free servicing on all kids bikes bought from us at the top of this list, this is for labour only if your kids bike needs any parts then there will be a charge for this but we will fit them for free. The gear guard is a mere £10 but protects against a very popular yet very expensive repair where the rear derailleur catches on the spokes of the rear wheel, therefore resulting in new rear wheel, new rear derailleur and new chain. So long story short, our advice would be to spend the £20 at the start to avoid a much greater expense in the future…

If you interested in any of these bikes please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the shop via Sales@billybilslandcycles.co.uk or give us a call at 01415520841/01415527882.

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Buyers Guides

Buying Bikes with Billy Bilsland Cycles

Here at the shop we believe that buying bikes should be fun and easy. That’s why we offer a buying process tailored to each customers needs to ensure that all our customers buy the best bike for them. Whether your bike of choice is a speedy Cervelo S5 Di2, Cannondale Treadwell Hybrid, Electric Bike or a Frog kids bike we do our best to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with their purchase.

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If you are unsure of what bike it is that you want to go for, then we will start by asking you what kind of riding it is that you plan on doing and how tall you are (to determine the bike size) . Then we will show you a selection of bikes that are best suited for your riding style and go through with you the pros and cons of each model.

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Then once you have decided your favourites our bikes at Billy Bilsland Cycles are available for a free test ride! We consider bums on saddles the best way for our customers to chose the correct bike. We understand that reviews don’t lie, but bikes are so personal in terms of fit and how you like to ride so that’s why we are on hand to offer our advice on what’s best for your riding style and most importantly you can decide based on your own opinion and not the keyboard warriors on the internet. As the picture above shows, our bikes very rarely go out the door ‘as stock’ from the supplier as during the test ride process more often than not slight position changes are made. Whether that be a different stem, saddle or in some occasions if our customers want to go that extra mile to ensure an optimum position on their new bike we also offer a full professional bike fit service.

bike fit

As a shop we believe that the biggest mistake bike riders make is waiting until their bikes break then bringing it in for repair, that’s why even after you have purchased a bike from us it’s not bye bye customer. For the first year you own the bike we offer free ‘tune ups’ with all bikes bought from us (excluding sale bikes) and life time free ‘tune ups’ on all high end road bikes and kids bikes. This service is to help our customer save money by nipping small issues in bud to avoid big and possibly costly repairs in the future. As well as educating our customers on how to look after their bike and what the tell tale signs are that their bike may need some adjustment. We recommend that your first tune up should be roughly six weeks from when you bought the bike so we can make sure that your bike is still running sweet after the settling in process of new bike components such as headset, bottom bracket and gear cables. This service is usually done while you wait as bikes we sold jump the repair que past ones not bought from us.

servicing

As a shop we pride ourselves in having the quickest repair turnaround time in Glasgow. Although if we still aren’t quick enough for you then we do offer free courtesy bikes from our range of hire models (only for bikes bought from ourselves).

If you do find the right bike in our store but you don’t want to splash the cash all in one go, that’s okay. We take all Cycle To Work Vouchers! E.g Halfords, CycleScheme, Bike2Work etc. Don’t have access to the Cycle To Work Scheme? No worries, we also take payment via V12 Finance.

So why not come by the shop or give us a call/e-mail, we are always free to chat bikes.

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Maintenance

How To Take Care Of Your New Bike

Firstly, Happy new bike day!

Here at Billy Bilsland Cycles we love selling bikes however, we love our customers more. That’s why we have put together this simple guide on how to look after your new bike to try and avoid common, and sometimes costly, repairs.

First things first, Puncture prevention. The most common repair we get in the shop is a puncture, yes we understand that the Glasgow roads and cycle paths are somewhat different to the silky smooth  tarmac that you find in Spain. However 90% of punctures we see are due to impact, this is caused by your tyres being too soft. We recommend pumping up your tyres once per week, the correct air pressure will be located on the side of the tyre. Having hard tyres will not only prevent you from walking home but also make your bike feel super fast! Riding with low tyres pressures requires you to push extra hard on the pedals, you wouldn’t drive around in your car with flat tyres, so why cycle with them?

Puncture prevention multi

There is a running joke in the bike industry, ‘if customers start maintaining their chain, bike shops would close down’. Basic drivetrain maintenance is so easy and can save you a hefty repair bill. As the chain wears on a bike it begins to wear into the chainrings and cassette, this means that if caught early enough you can get away with only replacing the chain. However if you continue riding without checking then you will have to replace not only the chain, but the chain rings and cassette as well. Usually you will get about 1000 miles out of a bike chain, although if you do not keep it clean and lubed then this figure will dwindle massively. We recommend washing your bike once per week (could be done along with pumping up your tyres), however if the weather is bad and/or your bike is looking pretty dirty then we would recommend that you wash your bike more frequently. In order to wash your drivetrain effectively you will need some degreaser and a chain bath or sponge. Apply the degreaser to your drivetrain and leave to soak for a few minutes (we usually wash our frameset and wheels in this time with bike cleaner). Then once you have let the degreaser soak in, get your sponge or chain bath and run the chain through by using the pedals with your other hand. Now rinse off any excess with water and then dry off your chain, only now can can you re-lube your chain. Please don’t make the mistake of adding more and more lube to your chain without cleaning off the old stuff. This will only attract more dirt and grime therefore causing your chain to wear even faster. To take the extra step to ensure you don’t ride with an excessively worn chain you can purchase a chain checker, once your chain reaches 0.75 then it is time to replace the chain. If your chain reaches 1.0 then unfortunately you will more than likely have to replace the entire drivetrain.

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Lastly we have the derailleur hanger. This is a tiny part which attaches the rear derailleur to your frame and is designed to break off if needed, in order to stop your frame from snapping in a crash. However this piece is very fragile and if your bike is dropped or leant over on the drive side where the hanger is located it can cause it to bend. If the hanger is bent it is at a higher risk of snapping and also when you change into the easier gears the derailleur will become too close to the spokes in your rear wheel. Before you know it your derailleur will be in your wheel and you will be on your way to the dental hospital…We recommend checking that your hanger is straight before every ride to avoid danger to yourself and your wallet. To check if your hanger is straight, simply stand behind your bike and ensure that it is parallel to the frame and not bent to the left or right.

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All bikes bought from us come with your first tune up service for free! We recommend coming in for this after 6 weeks or 200 miles of riding, which ever comes first. With all new bikes there is a settling in period where the cables and bearings will settle in and stretch. The easiest way to see if this has happened is if the brakes start pulling into the handle bars and shifting gear is not a crisp as it was when you first bought it. This is why we offer the first tune up for free in order to take care of the settling in process and any other issues you might be having. After this we expect to see you every three to 6 months depending on how much you use the bike. Please don’t wait until there is a problem to come back because more than often these problems could have been prevented by maintenance carried out little and often and will save you paying expensive repair bills.