Author: Alex Cowie


  • Alex Cowie

    Outdoor Leadership and Coaching BA (Hons) Keen cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. I have been cycling since I was very young and always had a love for the outdoors. I have completed many long distance events including ultra marathons such as the Chester 100, Berkeley Marathons UK and Gravel Century rides.


5 Gravel Bikes Under £1500! Great for a Budget!

Here at Merlin Cycles we have plenty of gravel bikes available for under £1500! In this blog I will be highlighting some worthy contenders you may want to cons... Read more.
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Elevate Your Ride: The Best Gravel Bike Upgrades for Better Performance!

Many of our customers and staff have opted to upgrade their gravel bikes, including this recent modification to Mike’s Merlin Malt G2X making it a flat ba... Read more.
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Conquering Cold: The Ultimate Choice in Cold Weather Cycling Apparel

Paul, our general manager has been braving the cold weather on his winter bike. He’s put together this week’s blog, covering the very best cold weat... Read more.
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The Best Castelli Women’s Cycling Clothing Winter 2024

Castelli has been making cycling clothing since 1910 and remain at the forefront of cycling clothing tech. Here’s some of our top Womens Castelli Clothing... Read more.

New Year New Me? Cycling Challenges for 2024

The start of a new year offers a perfect opportunity to set fresh goals and embrace healthy habits. Whether you’re a long time cycling enthusiast or just ... Read more.

Festive Pedalling: 5 Reasons to Cycle this Christmas…

As Christmas draws closer, the festive drinks, hearty meals, and cosy gatherings can make it tempting to stay indoors. However, heading out on the bike can be w... Read more.

The Best Gravel Bike Trails in the North West!

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite Gravel Bike Trails on offer in the North West! The Guild Wheel The Guild Wheel is a Merlin Cycles local 21-mil... Read more.