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Successful Evening


Thursday evening saw JE James Cycles Sheffield hold the Aussie Grit Clothing Range launch event. A full-house of Mark Webber fans turned up to hear what he had to say about the gear. It was a great night with everybody getting the chance to meet Mark and check out Aussie Grit for the first time.



Staff Rides - Episode Four


In this episode of Staff Rides we ask Carl to impart his wisdom onto us. An avid competitor over the years if it has skinny tyres Carl has probably ridden it. Find out more about it in episode 4 of Staff Rides.



Staff Review - RSP Calavera


We took these budget carbon wheels on a run down our local favourite trails to see how they held up. At under £500 a wheel these are a great option for riders looking for carbon wheels that don't cost the earth.





Aussie Grit Launch Event


JE James Cycles are proud to launch an Aussie Grit Clothing event on Thursday 19th April. The Aussie Grit Founder and Formula One driver Mark Webber will be in attendance to answer any questions regarding his part in this exciting new venture.



Staff Opinions - E Bikes Why The Hate?


A lot of misconceptions and dirty looks are flying around regarding E-bikes. So let's take a look at what fuels this hatred and see if we can soften those snarls or even convince those haters to give E-Bikes a try. We have a dedicated E-Bike blog page too should you want to delve further.



Staff Opinions - Bigger Is Better?


Are More gears at the back the answer to a problem that does not exist? Or is running a single ring up front the next logical step for mountain bikes? Either way it looks like the front mech is becoming extinct. Find out what might be killing it in the blog below.





Tech Tips - Hibernation Period


Winter is slowly creeping away and Summer is tentatively approaching, so why not get your bike ready now so you don't miss out. Find a few tips on what to check on your bike after a prolonged storage period.



Spring Break - Cycle Festival


This April why not come and join us at our Spring Break Cycle Festival. With a host of events including demo days, workshop tutorials and much more, there's sure to be something for just about everyone. The Festival, hosted by our two new Sheffield stores is a great way to Spring into cycling this year.



Aussie Grit Apparel


Mark Webber of F1 fame has turned his hand to outdoor wear and he has not scrimped on detail. Find out how he is changing the clothing game with his new brand Aussie Grit exclusive to the UK only through JE James Cycles.





Whyte T-130 C RS


In my opinion one of the best UK trail bikes on the market today. Find out why I hold this view and why you should get one if you are serious about having the best time on the UK trails as possible.



Just Rolled In March


Spring is in the air and someone should let the weather know, closed roads and snow drifts could not stop our goods from arriving though, and here is a selection of what we have to offer in this mixed up month of March.



Endura One Clan


Endura clothing have produced a fantastic new range of clothes inspired by Danny Macaskill. Based around a laid back casual style take a look at some of the new range in this blog post.





Introducing Luke Knight


Young downhill talent Luke Knight is looking forward to this year's season of downhill racing. JE James Cycles Sheffield Service Centre is proud to be supporting Luke by preparing and maintaining his bike during the upcoming season.



Here today, with you tomorrow!


For many years we at JE James Cycles have consistently provided the lowest prices on bikes and cycling accessories both in store and online. We have over these many years endeavoured to enhance our mail order service - with the launch of Primo Delivery, we feel we have made the experience a whole lot better.



Staff Rides - Episode Three


In our third entry of our blog series Staff Rides we have an entry from another one of our content creators Sarah. Find out why Yorkshire and the surrounding areas is such a great place to ride, along with some great tips on how to be prepared on those longer rides.





Our New Look Stores


On the 24th of February 2018, JE James Cycles were honoured to welcome the Lord Mayor of Sheffield to the VIP Opening of their new dedicated E-bike and Brompton Premier store.



Sherlock GPS Device


We at JE James Cycles are all for any device that means bikes will be protected against thieves, so when the Sherlcok device was announced on Kickstarter we paid close attention. Now we have tested these devices as you can read in the blog, they are available online and in stores.



Staff Rides - Episode Two


In our second blog post looking at JE James Cycle staff rides we welcome our Rotherham store manager James. Come into our Rotherham store and you will probably meet him in person.





Scott Numbers Explained


If you have cast your eye over a fantastic Scott bike recently you will have noticed they all have different numbers. There is more to it than just a different colour scheme though, in this blog we explain Scott's number game. p.s it is not as complicated as it seems.



Garmin - Pedal Power


When it comes to planning an effective training regime you'll need time, commitment and the right kit. There seems to be little doubt that consistently and accurately monitoring, measuring and recording your power is the way forward. Garmin's Vector 3 dual sensing power pedals have to be one the most advanced systems currently available.



Staff Rides - Episode One


Welcome to the first entry in a series of posts that look at what JE James Staff members ride and where. To kick things off you may be familiar with this staff member if you regularly read these blogs, as he is one of our content creators.





Staff Review- Specialized Levo


Our current staff reviewer Sam takes out the Specialized Levo 2018 bike for a spin in the winter mud. Find out if the Levo can convince him that ebikes are just as fun as mountain bikes and how he got on with the climbs and more importantly the descents.



Just Rolled In - February


The postman arrived early this month but it seems he could only carry so much. So we have a smaller offering for February, but don't let that put you off, have a read have a browse and eagerly await March's entry.



Smith Optics Rover Helmet - Staff Review


Our staff reviewer takes this feature packed helmet for a spin. See how he got on in the depths of a British winter. Currently this is a special order item so if you want one get in touch with one of our stores or our very own Mail Order call centre.





Staff Review - Sombrio Prodigy


Our staff reviewer Sam takes these gloves through their paces in a winter ride. Read about his first impressions on these gloves and how they performed. Grab these gloves while you can, they won't be around for long as they offer excellent value for money.



Just Rolled In - January


Better late than never I suppose, here is a round up of all the cool new shiny goods that arrived into our stores in January. Have a look through, read about why you should buy one and head in-store or online to grab one for yourself.



JE James to the Rescue


A recent accident meant David Fullick was prevented from training in preparation for the Invictus Games UK Trials. JE James heard of his misfortune and were only too happy to help out...





Very Special Bianchi


The Bianchi Specialissima is a very, very special Bianchi. A road bike that benefits from 130 years of Bianchi experience. The Specialissima looks and performs as a top-end road bike should behave - it is incredibly light, fast and responsive with classic styling and Bianchi flair.



Orange Bikes Show Off Beautiful Titanium Hardtails


Orange bikes turn thirty years old this year, and to celebrate that third decade they have released some drool worthy Ti beauties in 650b and 29er flavour! Take a look at them in the blog above.



JE James Enduro Team


JE James Cycles are proud to announce we are entering the world of Enduro racing with our very own Danny Featherstone amongst the team riders. Want to know what Enduro is and how to keep up with the teams antics? Find out in the blog above.





Bianchi go Electric


The rise in popularity in power assisted bikes has grown tremendously over the last few years. Many of the major bike manufacturers have produced e-Mountain bikes and e-hybrid bikes but very few e-Road bikes have been developed. Bianchi have seized the opportunity and developed the e-Road, a beautiful looking and technically advanced electric road bike. Italian styling and heritage combined with the latest e-Bike technology



Orange Bikes Show Off New Formula Edition Bikes


Orange bikes turn thirty years old this year, and to celebrate that third decade they have released some amazing looking versions of the Orange Five and Alpine 6.



Bianchi - Steel is Real


Italian bike brand Bianchi have been producing quality, performance bikes for over 130 years. The variety of bikes now currently available from this leading bike manufacturer now includes mountain bikes, hybrid,gravel and, of course, road bikes. Two recent releases have benefitted from Bianchi's heritage with frames built from quality Bianchi cro-mo





He Ain't Heavy... He's a cyclist


At this time of year many people consider trying to lose weight and many opt to pay for gym membership, but not so many get on their bikes to cycle to and from work...a study published in the International Journal of Obesity concluded that a regular bike ride to work, 5 days a week can result in weight loss equivalent to a 35-55 minute gym workout, five times a week over a six month period.



Ride to Fitness


Come the New Year, many of us promise to start the year afresh. We endeavour to become a fitter, leaner, and in my case, better looking me. Alas the looks are staying, but with the right motivation we may be able to say bye bye to those few pounds we've found over the festive season and get back on track to a fitter cyclist.



Revenge is Sweet - Disc Venge is Sweeter


Specialized's aero bike offering, the Venge Expert Disc, is an out and out speed machine. And when you need to bring it under control, the hydraulic disc brakes, give assurance in any weather condition.





Orange Five 2017 Deals


You will be hard pressed to get a better deal than this, we squeezed a lot of great specs into these hand-picked bikes which we are sure you will find appealing. At these prices we are sure you will find the investment fruitful so go on and add an Orange to your basket today. Remember if you miss out don’t be bitter these deals can’t stay around forever.



Bianchi Jab Mountain Bikes


Bianchi are well known for their road bikes in the UK but they also make some pretty neat full suspension bikes too. Two of which are now on offer, so get an absolute bargain and read about why they are well worth the money.



Whyte 905 - Staff Review


Another year another colour change, the 2017 bike season is over and the deals have begun. Good news for bargain hunters who can now get a 2017 Whyte 905 for a fantastic price, if you don't mind having last years colours you can pick up a fantastic hardcore hardtail, perfect for UK trails.Read on to find out why...





Staff Opinion - Whyte T-130 SR


One of our staff writers managed to blag his way onto a Whyte demo ride, find out how the Whyte T-130 SR faired on the lady Canning trail and how our staff writer got on under the cover of darkness.



Focus Bikes to You


For many years Focus bikes have only been available from our physical stores. But this has now changed with Focus recently allowing JE James to ship their bikes directly to your door. So you can now access their stunning Road, MTB and E-bike ranges with quality JE James Service wherever you live in the UK.



Staff Opinion - Whyte G - 170 S


One of our staff writers managed to blag his way onto a Whyte demo ride, find out how the Whyte G- 170 S faired on the lady Canning trail and how our staff writer got on under the cover of darkness.





Staff Opinion - Night Rides


Read about how to continue riding through the winter months and let our staff writer make the mistakes so you don't have to.



Pirelli P Zero Velo


From one of the top names in motorsport performance tyres comes a new range of clincher tyres. Pirelli have launched themselves back into the world of cycling and cycle racing with the new Pirelli P Zero.



Rotherham Wheelers Winter Wear


To follow on from the successful Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club kit launch earlier in the year, the JE James Cycle Club Kit Scheme is proud to announce the addition of winter items to their existing kit.





Times, they are a-changin'


As of 1st January 2018, British Cycling will allow road bikes fitted with disk brakes to compete in domestic road and closed circuit races.



A Mountain Bikers Guide To Avoiding Black Friday


So it’s that time of year again where another American phenomenon floats over to the British shores and takes hold of us much like Trick or treating. Here are a few things you can do instead of sitting in front of the computer battling it out with hundreds of other customers punching in credit card details while frothing at the mouth over that ti Hardtail.



Black Friday - A Roadie's Perspective


This year's Black Friday Sale is nearly upon us. A time when all ardent sale devotees get the chance to scour the stores and web for their latest bargain. Here's a road cyclist's view on proceedings.





Marin Bikes Are Back At J E James Cycles


We are proud to announce the return of a brand that has shaped the sport of mountain biking since 1986. See the new 2018 lineup and read about what they have to offer.



First Look - Bontrager Mips Helmet Offers


Some deals get overlooked but this is one deal that needs your attention. Adults and children can both have the benefits of extra protection for a fantastic price with our offer on MIPS equipped Bontrager helmets



Staff Review - Maxxis Minion DHR II Exo 29 TR Kevlar Tyre


This fantastic tyre is currently on offer at an amazing price in a 29er size while stocks last! Find out how our staff member Samuel found its performance when he took it for a trail centre ride.





Specialized Tarmac 2018


Could the Specialized Tarmac get any better? For 2018 Specialized have done their utmost to re-define the Tarmac as the best, all-round road race bike available. Extensive development sees the new Tarmac lead the way in road bike design.



Kona Process 111 - Staff review


Don't let the short travel deceive you this bike packs a punch on the trail. Find out why less is more when it comes to Kona's Process 111 mountain bike. Now with £1000 off!



Orange - The Alpine Gets Juice


One of the top UK bike manufacturers step into the E-bike market, Orange make ripples in the E-bike pond with a fantastic new offering that promises to let you climb up as fast as you can descend down.





Bianchi - Style & Flair


As the oldest bike manufacturer, Bianchi certainly knows what makes a great bike. Road, MTB, Hybrid and e-Bikes all benefit from Bianchi's dedication to style and tecnhological development. The bikes for 2018 are no exception.



Christmas Layaway


Every year J E James Cycles offers a Christmas layaway service - this service grows in popularity, year after year. If you'd like to lay a bike away for Christmas and want to find out how, check out our little guide.



Cyclefest - Success


This year's J E James Cyclefest was a superb weekend of bike testing. With demo fleets from many of the major manufacturers, including MTB, Road, e-Bike, Hybrid and Folding bikes to choose from, all who attended had a great time trying out bike after bike.





Giant Road-E+ 2


There are many pedal assisted e-Bikes currently available but maybe the hybrid style or MTB is not your preferred choice. The Giant Road-E+ 2 is a well designed and excellent performing e-Bike with drop bars, road geometry and road gearing. J E James have reduced the 2017 Road-E+2 giving you the chance of purchasing one of the best looking e-Bikes currently available.



Transition Speed Balance Geometry


Transition Bikes have long been shouting about the fact that they are a company owned by riders for riders. For 2018 the team has decided to bring something special to the new fleet of bikes something they have called Speed Balance Geometry find out all you need to know about this interesting new direction for Transition in 2018.



Giant Glory Advanced 0 FS 2017


A composite, out and out downhill bike that is competition ready - the Glory Advanced 0 will, no doubt, be your go to bike for your downhill adventures. The 2017 model has now been reduced, so if you're looking to replace your DH bike, now's your chance.





Giant TCR Advanced SL1 Ui2


J E James Cycles have a few of these outstanding bikes available. This 2017 model is now dramatically reduced. So why not take this opportunity to grab a race ready, top spec road bike before they've all gone.



Castelli Clothing is Back


J E James is proud to announce the stocking of Castelli clothing to our, already comprehensive range of road cycling attire.



Giant Full-E+ 2 - 2017


The 2017 Full-E+ 2 from Giant is one heck of a trail bike with power to assist the trail enthusiast - J E James Cycles have now reduced this model, giving you the chance to own a top spec e-bike for a fraction of the RRP





MET Roam Trail 2017


The new Roam Trail helmet from MET has been launched and J E James Cycles have been chosen as one of a few select stores to stock this superb trail helmet.



Rotherham Wheelers
Kit Launch


Our J E James Cycles Rotherham store recently hosted the official kit launch for Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club. It was a well attended and very successful evening for all.



CYCLEFEST 2017 - SOLD OUT


This year's Cyclefest has built on previous years' popularity and is now sold out - nearly two weeks before the event. J E James Staff are looking forward to the weekend and hope all those who are booked will take the time to peruse our little pre-event guide.





Bike Lights for Dark Nights


Whether you're looking for a set of new lights for commuting or need to light your way on the trails after dark, our guide to lights and lighting is sure to be illuminating.



Rotherham Wheelers New Kit


The new Rotherham Wheelers Kit is a part of the J E James Cycles Club Kit Scheme. This scheme offers clubs the ability to get an updated kit designed by Milltag, one of the UK's top cycling clothing manufacturers. Rotherham Wheelers are the first club to take advantage of this scheme.



Giant Propel Disc 2018


Autumn this year sees the launch of the new Giant Propel Disc. So what can we expect from this new version of the ever popular Propel. It certainly will be a head turner and superbly aerodynamic and for sure they will sell like the proverbial hot cakes. So let's have a look at what Giant's AeroSystem Shaping Technology has created.





Cube Litening C:62 Race


Cube design and produce bikes for all styles and disciplines. Their range of road bikes is extensive with the Litening being one of their most progressive race bikes. The C:62 race is an incredibly versatile and great looking bike.



Bikes in Movies


There are many movies about cycling and there's even more with bikes or cycling featured in the movie. We've put together a list of our top ten movies featuring bikes and cycling. Enjoy!



Whyte Bikes - Style & Function


For the past 18 years Whyte have been building quality high-end full suspension and hardtail mountain bikes in addition to superbly stylish road, cross, gravel and hybrid/city bikes. The continued development of frame designs coupled with the very best in bike technology ensures Whyte bikes are some of the best around.





J E James - Charity T-Shirts


With four unique designs to choose from and two outstanding colour options (black or white) these new T-shirts from J E James Cycles are available in 5 sizes from Small to XXL.



British 4X | Round 4 Redhill, Gloucestershire


Round 4 of the British 4x series brings us to the sunny south of Gloucestershire, to the fastest track in the series. With new owner Katy Kurd and her 4x experience as world champion really bringing new light and new changes to the track, making more room for racing and overtaking.



Moterra | For the Ultimate Ups and Downs


Cannondale have taken their years of technological know-how and developed one of the best power assisted mountain bikes currently available – the Moterra.





J E James Hire Bike Services


J E James Cycles is one of the largest UK independent bike retailers with three stores in the South Yorkshire/North Derbyshire region. We stock a comprehensive range of bikes from most of the major bike manufacturers.



Tour de France 2017


The Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana, are without doubt, great cycling tours and every year I do what I can to watch as much as possible. However, Le Tour de France is still considered by many as ‘Le Tour’. So what has the first week of ‘Le Tour’ given us…



What Do Pashley Offer?


The Pashley bike has been manufactured in England since 1926. They are crafted to last and have a style that is often copied but seldom bettered. Without doubt, Pashley bikes are truly in a class of their own.





J E James Cyclefest 2017


On September 30th and October 1st, J E James are holding the UK's largest bike demo event - Cyclefest. For the second time running this will be held at the Rother Valley County Park.



British 4X | Round 3 Affan, Wales


Motto heats and I must say regardless of being ill, my gates where still pretty good! First heat I battled into the first corner easing off a little to avoid a big crash and keeping my head straight and crossed the line in second.



British 4X | Round 2 Harthill, Cheshire


Harthill, not a particularly demanding track, but tricky to an extent, having had some very mixed results here in the past I took the race weekend with an open mind.A little rain Sunday morning, but nothing to heavy, in fact it did more good keeping the dust down on the track.





Scott Bikes Now At J E James


J E James Cycles stock the finest range of road, mountain and E-bikes currently available from many of the world’s top manufacturers. We are always looking to improve our range of quality models and towards increasing the number of brands on offer.



Steel City | Downhill, Sheffield


What an event! Hundreds of spectators and riders cramped into the little wood in Grenoside, Sheffield. Just like most DH races I've been to in the past, the rain waits for when the pro lads were about to do timed runs.



Pro 4X World Pro Tour Race Report


After kicking off the season in a very wet England at the British 4x and Sheffield city dual slalom we took to the skies and found ourselves in Frejues France and boy was it hot! I've always found some of my best riding comes out when the weather is above the normal temperature, but this was another level reaching highs of 28 degrees.





British 4X | Round 1 Chicksands


We are back! Round 1 of the British 4x Mountain bike series, with the shortest winter break of only 4 months, it is time! Winter training, a full time job and some horrendous weather saw us into one of the hardest racers I have ever had the pleasure of competing in.



Review: Focus Paralane


The chance was presented to test ride some new Focus bikes. I arrived early on the day before the test rides were planned and told that if I was quick in getting changed a small group were going on a little café ride. Great! By the time I was changed there was little time to find the ‘perfect bike’ and was presented with Paralane.



Specialized Body Geometry


Specialized have over the years used advanced technology for developing their Body Geometry fit system. Body Geometry products improve the fit, comfort, and performance of vital cycling products such as shoes and insoles. Developed in conjunction with Dr. Andy Pruitt, BG shoes are a vital link between the rider and the bike.