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Electric Demo Bikes January 16 2018
Why ride an electric bike?
There are a lot of reasons to ride an e-bike. Sometimes you’ll ride for fun, and sometimes you just have to get from A to B. Electric bicycles offer unique solutions to the challenges of commuting by bike. On- or off-road, they’re perfect for those who want to climb for a bit longer, adventure a bit further or just get there a bit faster.
These rides are all about possibility. Only e-bikes offer the flexibility to get in a workout, ride with a faster friend, haul a heavy load or simply cruise. Even if your ride varies from day to day, an electric bicycle always gives you the option to do and experience more.
Can I try out an E-bike today?
We now stock 2 electric E-bikes for demo purposes, we have both a hybrid and a full suspension. To try out instore, just call us on 02082897802 and pop by with a proof of identity.
Hows the ride?
Trek e-bikes simply amplify your pedaling effort. They pedal like a regular bike, but the wind is always at your back and hills melt away.
Whats the best part about an E-bike?
Electric bikes break down barriers to riding. Most importantly, they are incredibly fun. Ride farther, see more, and explore the possibilities that come with a little extra power.
Bike Maintenance Course January 10 2018
2hr Beginners Maintenance Course £35.00
Join us in our fully equipped workshop – we aim to give you the essential advise to help keep your wheels turning.
24th December Deal December 24 2017
Get your last minute Christmas shopping at Panagua Bikes!
15% off everything in store, today only!
Plus get a free Panagua Bikes bottle worth £3.99 when you spend £5 or more!
(15% off all items at RRP)
23rd December Deal December 23 2017
40% off Tifosi Sunglasses
Today only, in store
22nd December Deal December 22 2017
30% off all saddles
Today only, in store
December 21st Deal December 21 2017
Unmissable Value! Get 40% off the performance box in store
For today only £5.99!
That's £18 worth of nutrition for £5.99Max 2 a customer
20th December Deal December 20 2017
Free kid's helmet worth £34.99 with any kid's bike bought today
19th December Deal December 19 2017
Book a bike fit today and get 20% off
Booking as a Christmas gift for someone else? Get in touch for our voucher option.
Normally £130 Today only £104 Save £26
Call 0208 289 7802
or email us
18th December Deal December 18 2017
Today only. 30% off chains and get fitting free!
17th December Deal December 17 2017
40% off all Kryptonite locks in store
16th December Deal December 16 2017
Buy one, get 2 free on all Torq products!Max 5 per person.Same or less valued items free.
15th December Deal December 15 2017
Save yourself a muddy bike and bottom with a set of mudguards this winter.
Free fitting when you buy mudguards at Panagua Bikes today only.
Book now and Save £22.50Call us on 0208 289 7802
14th December Deal December 14 2017
Buy a pair of Giro shoes over £100.00 and get Bontrager inform insoles worth £24.99 for free to make for your comfiest pair of cycling shoes yet!
13th December Deal December 13 2017
60% off Craft Winter Baselayers in store
Today only £18.50
Mens and Womens Available in various sizes
Makes for a perfect Christmas present!
12th December Deal December 12 2017
15% off the Tacx Flux and a free Sweat cover worth £21.99! Get the best deal online before Christmas!
In store only
For today only £595!
11th December Deal December 11 2017
60% off the Topeak Ninja Series
Topeak Ninja Pouch Normally £23.99
For today only £9.60!
10th December Deal December 10 2017
Get 10% off and a free Topeak Pump worth £38.99 when you spend £500 or more on any set of Mavic wheels
9th December Deal December 09 2017
Buy one get one free on Muc-off Products!
In Store Today Only!
While stocks last
T&Cs apply: Cheapest item free
8th December Deal December 08 2017
Massive 25% off Giro Helmets in Store!Why get a helmet from us?Unlike online you can see what the helmet actually looks like in real life and browse which model you like best. Plus you can find out what size is ideal for you!So get a great deal and support your local bike shop!
7th December Deal! December 07 2017
Has the bar tape on your bike lost its mojo, is it tattered, discoloured, and old?
We're offering 30% off any Lizard Skin Bar Tape bought in store and free fitting for the rest of the month when you quote this post!
6th December Deal December 06 2017
Castelli Idro Jacket 25% Off
The best lightweight waterproof and breathable jacket out there!
Was: £260.00 Now: £195.00 Save £65!
The best price online!TODAY ONLYBuying online? Use CODE: IDRO25 Buying in store? Just mention this promotion to a member of staff!You can check out the Road.cc review here
5th December Deal! December 05 2017
20% Off and Free Panagua Cycling Cap worth £14 with any purchase of a Panagua Thermal or Windstopper Jersey!IN STORE & TODAY ONLY!WE'RE OPEN LATE UNTIL 8PM!
4th December. Massive saving on one of the best jackets out there. December 04 2017Get 20% off the ASSOS IJ HABU5 JACKETUSE CODE: ASSOS20or quote this offer in storeNormally £240.00 WITH CODE: £192.00That's the best price anywhere for this jacket, get in touch if you see it cheaper elsewhere. Pop in store to see what it's like!Check out this review by Road.ccWhy Assos? And why the high price tag?Assos cycle clothing wear is kit that will last years, just check out the reviews online to learn about its solid reputation as a premium cycle clothing brand. The materials and design that goes into their products make it the most comfortable and long lasting cycle clothing out there.Why from Panagua and not elsewhere online?You can try it on before you buy, making sure you nail getting the right size first time! Being an independent shop we offer exceptional customer service whilst being price competitive.
Free Lezyne tyre levers with any Lizard Skin Saddle bag bought December 03 2017
We stock a fantastic range of Lizard Skin Saddle Bags in various sizes and colours to suit any bike. They're neat, sturdy and have converted even the most die-hard followers of Rule #29 Plus if that doesn't persuade you to get one we're throwing in a free set of Lezyne Tyre Levers with any purchase of a Lizard Skin Cache Saddle Bag.
2nd December Christmas Deal! Panagua Custom Winter Bike builds December 02 2017
Put down a deposit in the run up to Christmas on a custom winter bike and get 10% off!
Quote this post in store
The discount code applies to the Custom Kinesis bikes pictured above. The discount also applies to any custom build with your specifications ordered this December
Call us on 0208 289 7802 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why a bike from us and not online?
- Bikes out the box from online retailers often aren't always running how they should. At Panagua Bikes we'll have your bike fully set up and running smoothly saving you the hassle of assembling it yourself.
- Before you buy you'll have no doubt you're getting the right frame size for you. Denver, our professional bike fitter with over 10 years experience, will find you the ideal sized bike. Furthermore he'll set up on the bike with a free initial bike fit!
- We understand you're price conscious, so are we, that's why we're happy to discuss price against our competitors.
- We currently have two Kinesis winter bikes in stock, we had great fun building these; we chose the parts so they're bikes we would love to ride and we think you'd love to ride them too. They're built with fantastic looking Kinesis frames and top quality Shimano drivetrains, wheelsets and finishing kit chosen by us to make for unique builds.
- We're flexible. We want you to fall in love with your new bike, prefer a different saddle or width handlebars? No problem, we can make the bike suit your needs and budget.
- You'll receive a free 6 week Basic Service worth £45 to make sure your bike is running smoothly.
- Continued support- we look after our customers and are happy to offer advice with all aspects of cycling.
- You'll be supporting your local bike shop, it means we can carry on the work in supporting the cycling community.
- Plenty of choice, but guidance too. We offer a range of custom build options, from frame-sets to handlebar tape. We'll help find the right selection for your preference and budget.
- Finally, you'll be sure to get a bike you'll love to call your own and ride!
Advent Calendar Deal of the Day! 1st December December 01 2017
Every day for the next 24 days we're going to have exclusive deals at Panagua Bikes. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media!(Assos man may be rumoured to bathe in Chamois cream but really the image is not to scale)Save 10% and get a free pot of Assos Chamois Cream!The best deal online, anywhere!USE CODE: ASSOS01DEAL LASTS TODAY ONLY!"These have to be one of the best tights money can buy, the fit is incredible and they enter another league of comfort. These are a gift that will just keep on giving. Don't just take my word for it though, pop in the shop try them out yourself and see what I'm raving on about! Reviewers online love them too!" - Ed
Kids' Bike Buyer's Guide November 28 2017
As parents, we all want the same thing for our kids: a bike that provides safety, comfort, reliability and ease of use without breaking the bank. We want your child’s first riding experience to be as memorable as yours, and that’s why every child’s bike that carries the Trek name is held to the same rigorous standards as all the products that we make. The bottom line is that getting your child on a well-designed machine is more economical for you in the long run, is easier to learn to ride and ultimately more enjoyable for your child from day one.
Bikes are not toys
This may go without saying, but a bicycle is not a toy. While the prices of mass merchandise shops may seem enticing, these bikes are often poorly designed and were not assembled by certified mechanics. A bike that may seem “pretty” or “cool” standing next to the toothpaste aisle will often not retain resale value or remain functional for a younger sibling, and is ultimately a bad investment. Trek bikes are engineered and crafted by people who care about bikes and their riders. In the end, a good rule of thumb is that you should never buy a bike where you buy your cereal.
What is dialed?
Many of us at Trek are parents as well. We get it – you don’t want to buy a new bike every year. That’s why we came up with what we call “Dialed Fit Design” – bikes with saddles, grips, handlebars, pedals, brake levers and cranks all designed to fit the appropriate age rider for that model. Some Trek kids’ bikes come with adjustable crank length to fit a child’s growing legs and extend the bike’s lifespan.
What size bike does my child need?
Kids’ bikes range in wheel size from 12-26". For simplicity’s sake, it’s easy to think about your child’s age when determining which size is best for them. Though the guidelines below are general, they go a long way in zeroing in on where to begin your search.
Kids’ bikes are optimised around these wheel sizes in terms of fit and performance level. As wheel size increases, so do the number of options to accommodate the additional skills and riding preferences of older children. While Trek offers one incredible balance bike for the youngest tots, larger wheel sizes include multiple models optimised for road, mountain or city riding.
Beyond wheel size, the factors driving your decision should be colour/style, training wheel compatibility, brake type, gearing and finally category.
What about stabilisers?
You probably learned to ride a bike with stabilisers. Most professional cyclists probably did, too. Stabilisers are a great way to get kids comfortable on the bike, and to get them hooked on the feeling of freedom that only a bicycle can provide. Trek offers removable stabilisers on all of our 12" and 16" kids’ models, and these options are ideal for children who are too big for a balance bike or who simply need a bit more time to get comfortable.
When teaching your child to ride, remember that the emphasis should be on balance, not pedalling. As soon as your child is comfortable with the thought of removing the stabilisers, it’s time for them to go.
What's with these different brakes?
Most bikes designed for the youngest children feature an easy-to-use braking system where simply pedalling backwards engages the brakes. You’ll hear this system referred to as 'pedal brakes' or 'coaster brakes'. Quite simply, it is easier for the youngest children to use their feet for both acceleration and braking, allowing them to focus on more essential skills like balance as they are first learning to ride.
As with stabilisers, pedal brakes are only best for children who need them to ride confidently. Hand brakes designed for the size of a child’s hand and reach are easy to use, and are far more effective in all riding situations. This means that hand brakes are ultimately the safest choice for children able to grasp their operation. Those who fit on a 20" bike are generally old enough to use them effectively, so we introduce hand brakes at this wheel size.
As your child grows older and begins riding at faster speeds, it may be worth considering a model featuring disc brakes. Disc brakes provide more stopping power than traditional rim brakes, and are more effective in adverse weather conditions. Beginning in the 24" wheel size, Kids’ Neko, Kids’ Dual Sport, Superfly 24 , Farley 24, and Fuel EX Jr are offered with disc brakes. The dedicated mountain models come equipped with hydraulic discs, which offer even more stopping power and variability in braking intensity.
Should my kid's bike have gears?
Gears are great. Gears significantly increase a bike’s versatility, and reduce fatigue so that your child can participate in longer rides with the family. As with hand brakes, some amount of gearing will be beneficial to children who are able to operate them properly. Trek dials in gearing for a child’s age and assumed strength, meaning that the range is optimised for weight and performance at each of our kids’ sizes.See kids' bikes
Trek introduces gearing at the 20" wheel size on models designed for children who have already developed solid bike handling skills. These include the Precaliber and Superfly families.
In the end, the ideal gearing for your child depends on the type of riding they will be doing. Longer rides on more variable terrain will require a wider range of gears. Youngsters interested in exploring mountain biking or getting serious on a road bike should have more gears than a kid who will primarily be cruising the neighbourhood with friends.
Does my kid need a mountain bike? Are they ready for a real road bike?
The final consideration in finding the right bike for your child is category. Bikes are generally divided into the categories of mountain, road and hybrid. At the smaller wheel sizes, most kids will probably be riding short distances around the neighbourhood, and will benefit from a simple city-style bike that does not add weight with unnecessary components.
What else do I need?
Remember that it takes more than just a bike for your kid to have a safe and enjoyable riding experience.
A comfortable helmet that fits properly is an absolute necessity. Your child needs to wear one every single time they step on the bike. A light such as Bontrager’s Flare R, the first rear light designed for visibility during all hours of the day and night, is another safety accessory that is just as critical as your child’s helmet.
To keep things rolling smoothly, a pump and some spare tubes are good to have around. Your child may want accessories such as a bell or horn. Once they are going on longer rides, you may want to consider cycling-specific clothing, gloves and a dedicated set of shoes/pedals.
Remember that the most important component to your child enjoying riding their bike is you. A supportive and patient teacher is the key ingredient to creating an experience for a child to develop a lifelong passion for cycling.
Wheels at Panagua Bikes November 23 2017
Give your bike a fresh new look with a set of wheels from Panagua Bikes.
Why new wheels?
- They can instantly transform the look of your bike!
- You’ll go faster, opting for a lighter pair of wheels will give you that extra push up the hills!
- Go faster still! Opting for a pair of aerodynamic wheels will catapult you down your favourite Strava segment compared to the stock wheels that might have come with your bike.
- Bang for your buck. If you’re looking for a change in ride quality, a new wheelset is the most cost effective way to do so.
- Go Tubeless with the new range of Mavic wheels. Less weight, less punctures, less worry.
Why buy from Panagua Bikes?
We're price competitive, seen them cheaper somewhere else? Get in touch with our friendly team who'll be happy to help.
- We have a great range of wheels, starting from £160 a pair.
Experienced advice and guidance, not quite sure which wheelset you'll get the best use and benefit from? We can help find
Warranty with us is super easy! In the unlikely scenario you find something wrong with your purchase, we're here to help, in person, so you can get the best possible service.
You'll be supporting your local bike shop and community, supporting us means that down the line if your wheels get buckled, we'll be here to true them, that's something online retailers can't do.
Muc Off How To Clean Your Bike November 02 2017
Muc Off is obsessed with making the most innovative care products around to keep you and your bikes running at their maximum and making them look like new when you’re done!
Three steps on how to Clean, Protect and Lube your Bike
- Spray drive-train cleaner onto chain and cogs.
- Deep cleanse your chain using the X-3 dirty chain machine.
- Pre-wet bike.
- Completely coat the bike with nano tech bike cleaner, make sure the bike is out of direct sunlight.
- Agitate extra grimey areas with brushes.
- Wait 3-5 minutes for Muc Off to work to work its magic.
- Rinse the whole bike being careful not to blast delicate areas e.g bearings.
- Clean your disc brakes, pads and wipe away the excess residue.
- Apply bike protect to your frame for a protective P.T.F.P finish. Avoid braking surface.
- For matt finish use matt finish detailer to protect and quickly detail your frame. Wipe off excess residue.
- Spray M094 over your cassette and chain to drive out moisture. Avoid braking surfaces!
- Apply silicone shine to fork stanchions and rear shock for smooth suspensions. Avoid braking surfaces!
- Wipe off excess residue.
- Apply miracle shinefor a high gloss shine and long lasting protection.
- Wait 10 minutes and buff off.
- Carbon components ? use carbon gripper, and use bio grease for your bearings moving parts and cables.
- Which lube does my bike needs?
- Hydrodynamic chain lube for professionals racing in all conditions.
- C3 ceramic wet weather racing lube.
- Dry weather conditions bio lube.
- Wet weather conditions bio lube.
- Rotate pedals backwards and apply chosen lube to each link.
- Wait 15 minutes before riding or leave overnight for best results.
Ideas for Zwift October 17 2017
ZWIFT IN STORE NOWTo use Zwift, you put your bike on a turbo trainer, you link up your turbo trainer (or ANT+ devices on your bike such as a speed/cadence sensor or a power meter) to your computer, and you ride online courses – against other people if you like.
What is Zwift?
Zwift is a turbo trainer game that enables you to link you turbo trainer up your computer, your iPad and iPhone, letting you ride with other cyclists in a virtual environment, therefore helping to alleviate some of the boredom associated with indoor riding.
What are the computer requirements for Zwift?
Of course apart from the turbo trainer you’re going to need a computer on which to play the game. The minimum computer requirements for Zwift are as follows:
- OS: Windows 7 x64 bit, OSX 10.7
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
- Memory: 4GB
- Graphics: 1GB dedicated GPU, or embedded Intel HD 4000/AMD R5
- Hard Drive: 4GB of free space
However it’s important to note that those are the minimum requirements, and Zwift would recommend that you have 8GB of memory and a 2GB dedicated GPU if you want to play the game and see the virtual worlds in all their glory.
In September 2016 Zwift launched its iOS beta version available for iPad and iPhone, while the app will fully launch by the end of the year.
What equipment do I need?
First, you need a computer (or an iOS device) and an internet connection, and you obviously need your bike and a turbo trainer.
You can use any turbo trainer if you have a power meter on your bike. If you don’t have a power meter, you need a speed sensor on your bike that transmits using the ANT+ protocol.
- BASIC : Classic Turbo Trainer & Speed Sensor
The Basic set-up is the most cost effective option making it perfect for the rider who is new to cycling or on a budget.
- FLEXIBLE : Classic Turbo Trainer & Power Meter
The Flexible set-up is ideal for the rider who already owns a power meter for out door rides but doesn't have an indoor trainer
- PREMIUM : Smart Turbo Trainer
This set-up changes your resistance in real time based on road gradient and is ideal for the riders that wants the most immersive experience.
Once you’ve worked your way through the different types of turbo trainers to establish what gear you need, examples of products are below:
1. A laptop, computer or tablet devices compatible with USB
2. An ANT+USB dongle
3. The Zwift software available from Zwift.com
4. A bike (yes, really!)
Cyclocross Guide September 05 2017
What is cyclocross?
Like triathlon, cyclocross mixes multiple athletic endeavours, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skilful bike handling.
The pace, barriers, climate and technical aspects of the course weed out the weak and make for good theatre. Spectators with horns and cowbells provide a festival environment, especially in Europe.
Most races are held on 1km to 3km courses, mixing tarmac, sand, dirt, mud, run-ups and sometimes steps. Races typically last a set timespan — between 30 minutes and an hour — plus a final lap. However, if you're lapped by the leaders then you have to pull out at the end of that lap to avoid confusion.
The pace at the sharp end is unrelenting and brutally fast, and the stop-go nature of the courses and racing mean you get an intense workout.
With muddy conditions, intense levels of activity, and plenty of dismounting and remounting of the bike, there's a whole raft of kit that is either designed specifically for cyclocross or is popular with 'cross racers.
However, for most beginners the cycling kit you already have is good enough, though we wouldn't recommend bringing a high-end carbon road bike to races as you'll end up trashing it.
Some race series though are fine with regular road bikes (with knobbly tyres added) and even hybrid and mountain bikes. Check with the organisers to make sure
1. Cyclocross bikes
The ideal cyclocross race bike is a road/mountain bike cross-pollination: lightweight aluminum, carbon, steel or titanium frame; carbon fork; drop bars (for leverage on climbs, and for sprinting); integrated shifters/brake levers; 700c x 30–38c (1.2–1.5in) knobby tyres; mountain bike clipless pedals; and a double or single chainring (smaller than on a road bike) with guard.
Mud clearance is a big issue; the fork and rear stays need room for mud to build up on the tyres without clogging.
Frames and forks are tougher than on standard road bikes, top tubes are shorter and bottom brackets are often slightly higher.
Disc brakes are very popular for cyclocross racing giving powerful all-weather braking. Some racers still use linear-pull (V) brakes or cantilevers, which still offer plenty of power when set up right. Top-bar brake levers are often added for better control.
Many cyclocross bikes play to their utility potential, with mudguard and rack mounts for commuting/weekend exploring work. There's also a growing number of crossover-style bikes, which trade race weight and jarring rigidity for a heavier and more forgiving chassis, often in smooth-riding steel.
2. Cyclocross shoes and pedals
Had you picked up on the fact that there tends to be a whole lot of mud at 'cross races? While it's very much part of the scene, it can catch in the cleats and moving parts of your clipless pedals and gum up the works.
This means that most cyclocross racers will tend to opt for mountain bike style cleat and pedal systems, as they are designed to cope with mucky conditions and keep working. Popular choices are Shimano SPD pedals, Crank Brothers Candy and Speedplay Syzr.
Similarly, mountain bike shoes are a popular choice, as they tend to have lugs and sometimes spikes that help grip the ground for any running sections that crop up.
3. Cyclocross clothing and kit
Because cyclocross races are short and sharp, and despite the fact they take place in winter, you don't need to worry so much about getting cold. Regular cycle kit should be fine, but don't forget all that mud — your best club ride kit might not be the best choice.
With that in mind, make sure you have something warm to wear when you arrive and as you warm up, and something dry and warm to get changed into after the race.
Orla and Skye have been racing at Lee Valley! April 16 2017Orla and Skye have recently been racing in the CC Hackney Primavera 2017 series at Lee Valley Velopark, enjoying the sunny weather, battling the wind and raking in some great results between them in Panagua colours!OrlaLee Valley Race report: Race 1 in the series. 8th AprilToday was a fun race; it was a sunny and warm day. This wasthe first time that I had ridden at the Lee Valley Velopark. Ienjoyed the race and wanted to have a good start, I tried myvery hardest and finished second in the under 8 girls race.Lee Valley Race report: Race 2 in the series. 15th AprilMy race was very fun. There were some hills that were quitehard, but I rode up them. I liked my course. It was challengingtoday because it was so windy, but I still came first in the under 8girl's race. It was really nice riding at Lee Valley and I’m lookingforward to going back in May for race number 3.SkyeRace 1 in the series. 8th AprilI was more confident at this race because there weremore people of my ability. My race plan was to stick inthe main group for two laps, but I felt more confidentso I stayed there throughout the whole race. It ismuch easier working in a group than working on yourown because you are sheltered from the wind. I reallyenjoyed this race and feel much more confident withracing now.Lee Valley Race Report 2 in the series 15th AprilToday was my second race at Lee Valley. Unlike last time, itwas rather windy and I was glad to be working in a group. Iwas getting all the shelter from the wind and that was veryimportant. A sprint was used to finish off the race. Like lasttime, I came 3 girl. I really enjoyed this race.
"Just as the F1 did, the FR2 handles accurately and delivers power effectively, yet it also offers a level of comfort that ensures the road buzz never distracts the rider from focusing on the ride." - Cyclist Magazine
Check out the full review here!
The FR2 available at Panagua Bikes
Tacx Turbo Trainers February 06 2016
Kick start your season with Tacx
Home Delivery & Collection on Bike Servicing January 01 2016
Christmas Opening Hours December 22 2015
A massive thank you to everyone that's supported us this year and hope you all have a great break over the festive period. For anyone needing our services our opening hours are as follows:
Wednesday 23rd 9am-3pm
Christmas Eve 9am-12pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Sunday 27th 11am-4pm
Monday 28th 9am-6pm
Tuesday 29th 11am-8pm
Wednesday 30th 9am-6pm
New Years Eve 9am-12pm
New Years Day Closed
January 2nd Normal opening hours resume…
Hire for only £30 per month (first months hire refunded if you buy)
Given the technology available for us to splurge our money on, sorry, to invest in, it’s understandable that some of us might approach new technologies and theories of training, diet and nutrition with a degree of suspicion.
It’s sometimes hard to trust a salesman, a sponsored pro or, indeed, someone who has just forked out several hundred quid on a piece of equipment for an unbiased opinion. Frankly, if I had just spent a four-figure sum on a new piece of gear I’m not sure I’d put my hand up and say ‘it’s utter bobbins’! After all, who wants to look like a sucker who has just spent a packet on a flashy but pointless purchase?
And one of the greatest temptations with the biggest price tag are power meters. If you’re really ‘into’ cycling then you can’t possibly have escaped these devices and the claims made for their efficacy when it comes to improving your fitness and strength.
We’ve now been using and selling Stages Power Meters (as used by Team Sky) for a couple of years and have seen some significant improvements in performance for those riders training with them regularly. However, even at the entry price of £599 (£540 for local cycle club members and £525 for members of Panagua.CC) it can still seem like a big gamble for those new to training with Power.
So for only £30 per month, you can now hire the Stages Power Meter units from us. Whether you want to use it for a few months while training for a specific event or just try one to see what all the fuss is about you can now do so cost effectively.
What’s more, if you hire a unit and then decide you want to buy one we’ll credit the first months hire charge against the cost of the new unit.
The Stages Power crank is very quick and easy to fit simply by swapping out your left crank arm with the stages unit. We can do this in the shop for you and it only takes a few minutes. It then syncronises with most of the popular cycle computers such as Garmin to give you real time data whilst you train.
We’ve got hire models to fit most groupsets so if you’re interested just email or call the shop for more details.
Why train with Power?
At a stroke, instead of riding within a certain heart rate zone, you find yourself working in defined power zones. The ‘joy’ of power is that, unlike your heart rate, it doesn’t drift or fluctuate as much, from one day to the next or even on longer rides.
The effort you produce to see a heart rate of 170bpm might vary from day to day. The real effort required – irrespective of heart rate – to press on the pedals and generate 230 watts is the same no matter where or when.
Additionally, short interval training efforts of anything from six seconds up to two minutes per effort, become targeted and tailored. As any of us who have tried to carry out short-duration but high-intensity intervals based on heart rate knows, your heart rate takes time to rise, long after the minute when your legs have started squealing in complaint.
That’s no longer an issue when training with power – the reading on your screen tells you within a few pedal revs whether or not you are ‘hitting the numbers.’
Useful Links for training with Power
There are loads of articles out on the internet dedicated to training with Power Meters. Below are a few of the more useful links:
TrainingPeak's "How to Start Training with Power" - really useful introduction on how to train using Power
Ever wondered how a Colnago C60 or V1-R rides? May 02 2015
Colnago Demo Fleet
Exclusively Available at Panagua Bikes from 6th to 14th May
Look Bikes - Free trials of full range! April 02 2015
We've been lucky enough to secure the UK demo fleet of Look bikes for next week so if you've ever wondered how well they ride nows your chance to find out!
Refer a friend and save 50% OFF your next Bike Service March 06 2015
We really love it when our friends tell us about an experience they’ve enjoyed – so why not start referring your friends and colleagues to Panagua Bikes? All new customers* you refer will benefit from 50% off their first bike service. And as a thank you, for each new customer* you refer we'll give you 50% off your next service as well.
Final discounts on in stock turbo trainers! January 28 2015
Reasons to Shop Small December 05 2014
Forget the early-morning pushing and shoving in a crowd. Sleep in, meet for breakfast at a local, independent cafe, then go shopping in your small friendly stores.
Team Sky sticks with Stages power meters for 2015 December 04 2014"Stages has proven to be a great partner, with a great power meter that meets the needs of cyclists at all levels – from the amateur enthusiast who wishes to use power data to better inform and refine their training, to catering for the demands at the highest level of professional road cycling."
New shop jerseys now in! December 03 2014Limited stock so if you like them be quick!
Store now open 7 days! December 01 2014
This new schedule comes into effect on 1st December 2014. Cycling is a 7-day-a-week passion, and we want Panagua Bikes to be accessible whenever riders have the urge or need for our services.
Bigfoot CC Charity Auction in aid of NAPAC November 30 2014We are proud to be supporting Bigfoot CC with their Christmas Auction in aid of NAPAC. We've helped put together an amazing set of auction items that are just not normally available to members of the public. All the profits raised will benefit our chosen charity NAPAC – The National Association For People Abused in Childhood.
Interest Free Credit now available August 11 2014Panagua Bikes is now offering finance options with facilities provided by V12 Finance. These enable you to apply for Interest Free Finance and get a decision in minutes.