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Bike Components

All the parts of your bike from tires to drivetrains to saddles.
Are your tires bald? Gears not changing the way they used to? Is your saddle a pain in the butt (sorry, terrible pun)?

This is the section where we talk about the different parts that make up a bike. This is where we look at the best bike components for you, including:


Our section on bike brakes.

Disc and rim brakes are the most common types of braking mechanisms for bicycles. We flesh out the jargon behind the different types of bike brakes and help guide you on choosing the right ones for the task.

We also have numerous guides on how to look after your brakes and troubleshoot braking issues that plague bike brakes from time to time.

Drivetrains, Cranksets and Gears

The parts of a bike that drive you along (with some help from your legs of course!).

What size cassette do you need? What tooth size is needed for riding up hills? Do I need a 1x or 2x drivetrain? How do I size a chain?

The terminology, specifications and sizes of these components can be quite confusing for beginner cyclists. We break it all down so you don't have to work it all out for yourself.

Read more in our drivetrains, cranksets and gears section.


A lot of beginner cyclists prefer the ease of using flat pedals.

For cyclists who want to transfer as much power as possible into the bike with greater efficiency, there's the option to ride with clipless/clip-in pedals and cleats.

The pedals section covers all bases.

Wheels, Tires and Tubes

There are A LOT of choices when it comes to choosing the right wheels, tires and tubes.

Should you ride with slicks or treaded tires? Do you need inner tubes or go without and use the tubeless option? What size wheel is best and should you use alloy or carbon?

There are dozens of different options for wheelsets and associated rubber. Our guides will help you choose the right hardware and the how-to articles will help you maintain them.

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Guide To Commuter Bike Handlebars

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Best Commuter Bike Saddle

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