Merlin Wear Summer Clothing

High quality and great value are the two core attributes for our own Merlin Wear clothing range. Last week saw a new shipment of summer clothing enter the warehouse. Three types of Bib shorts and new jerseys have boosted our existing Merlin wear range. Here’s the details of the new stock and our existing Merlin […]

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Diamonds On Gravel

As gravel riding has become more popular and more products and bikes are out in the market, there is some kit which is simply the stuff of dreams. Here’s our pick of shiny stuff from the top of the gravel pile. De Rosa Ekar Gravel Bike Whether you view it as an all-Italian thoroughbread or […]

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Father’s Day Gifts

Eagerly anticipating even more socks & boxer shorts? Avoid sock overload in your drawers by forwarding this list of potential gifts around your family, what’s the worst that can happen? Oh yes, more cycling socks, at least they are useful… Assos Equipe G1 Socks £7.50   Troy Lee Designs XC MTB Gloves (From) £10.50 Muc […]

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Forza Italia! (Part 2)

The Giro D’Italia reaches its climax in Milan this weekend with two lancashire born riders in the top 5. We follow on from part 1 last week, as we continue to appreciate the volume and variety of bikes and associated products heralding from Italy. Aside from some outsourcing of manufacture, these companies are 100% Italian […]

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Forza Italia! (Part 1)

As the Giro D’Italia gets to the pointy end of the race (and with two Lancashire riders in the top five after stage 11), what better time to consider the volume and variety of bikes and associated products heralding from Italy. Aside from some outsourcing of manufacture, these companies are 100% Italian and the cornerstone […]

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Team Merlin Race Update

Our intrepid team has faced it all so far in the 2021 season – Cold, Rain, Cold Rain and more Extreme Cold. However, they have battled through the start of the season with some very promising results. Bex Rimmington As well as great multisport race results, Bex has lodged a solid set of time trial […]

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10 Minute Wash & Go

You are not alone. The last thing anyone wants to do when they climb off their bike, is give it a clean. However! As we all know, the best way to make your bike last and keep working properly is to keep it clean. Got 10 minutes? You’ve had a shower, got dressed, maybe had […]

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2021 Cycling Glasses Guide

While it might seem odd to cycling newcomers, many riders use glasses all year round – not just when it is sunny. Eyes need to be particularly well looked after, afterall, they are very delicate and 80% of all the information received by the human brain is received through the eyes. Glasses offer eye protection […]

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Look What’s Fresh @ Merlin

With our wealth of experience and knowledge of bikes and associated gear here at Merlin, we like to put our own name to products which we really like, as well as stocking the big brands. It gives more choice and price points for quality bike gear, and we are all for that. Last week saw […]

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Make It Last!

Unfortunately, as you are no-doubt aware, bike parts are harder to find and cost more. Sadly, the knock-on affects from Brexit and the Covid 19 Pandemic, aside from the horrendous human cost, looks to be ongoing disruption to global supply chains and a period of relative uncertainty. So, what can you do to minimise costs […]

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10 Tips – Time Trialling – Beginners Guide

As the UK evenings get lighter and there is some warmth in the air, it’s that time of year in the UK when local club time trials start. Often 10 miles on relatively flat courses. Not too hard to put people off, but still capable of attracted decent quality local riders too. As well as […]

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Top 10 Tools for Bike Riders

In these days of penny-pinching cutbacks, learning to keep on top of your own bike maintenance is a sure-fire way to reduce ongoing costs of being a bike rider. Taking on your own bike maintenance also reduces down time waiting for a service / mechanic. Here’s ten essential tools which will help keep your machine […]

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Essential Anti Theft Tips for Your Bike

Just as some locks are better than others, some ways of locking up your bike are better than others too. Here’s our quick guide to the Do and Don’ts of securing your bicycle. DO buy the best lock that you can afford. Ideally you actually could do with two U-locks or a U-lock and a cable […]

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How to Choose the Right Cycling Socks

You what? Socks are just socks? Now you’ve put your foot in it… Road cycling socks have become much more important in the last few years. Forget about disc brakes, power meters and zwift, sock length and colour have both been THE hot topics in the cycling world. So what should you look for in […]

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2021 Spring Classics

With 2021 looking relatively ‘normal’, compared to 2020 at least, the World Tour Riders are set to do battle in the historical one-day races of Europe – The Classics. Steeped in cycling history, the classics often offer far more in terms of fireworks and entertainment than Grand Tours. The big five Classics are known as […]

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10 Tips: Road Bike Spring Clean

Forget all about the white stuff that has been falling from the sky, and that icy coating that turns every trip outside into a potentially painful game of roulette. Spring IS coming!  Here’s 10 tips for a springtime ‘pimping’ of your ride. Rebuild Rebuilding your bike in spring is a great way to check all […]

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All You Need to Know About Bike Tyres

Tyres provide the vital connection between you and the road or ground. They are also responsible for providing a large percentage of comfort as well as affecting your speed and grip. Is it time to get to know your tyres? Tyre Fit Options Most tyres are clinchers. Tubeless tyres started in high level MTB riding […]

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Aus’ National Time Trial Champs

In a flashback to a previous life supplying cycling magazines with photos, I had the opportunity yesterday to photograph some world class riders doing their thing. Finally, following the World Cyclocross Championships, bike racing on roads got started in 2021. While the European season got started on the same day, with the Etoile De Besseges […]

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Brand in Focus – Selle Italia

Selle Italia is one of the longest running businesses producing bicycle components. We are not talking last century, but the one before that! They started making saddles in 1897. Sitting through the Years If you started riding road bikes in the 1980s you more than likely spent some time sat on a Turbo saddle. If […]

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‘Best’ Bits of 2020?

I know, I know – best bits of 2020 is a bit like choosing your favourite disease or most lovable serial killer… However, with lots of people at home trying to dodge Covid19, lots of blogs got read, or at least got given a cursory glance. With nearly a million Merlin blogs read in 2020 […]

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