Tour de France fever at forward2me

If you're a Francophile, love croissants, fine wine and cheeses and a little bit of je ne sais quoi - on yer bike! It's Tour de France time again and pedal power has taken over. This year was the 100th tour and the muscles pumped, as the riders jostled for that coveted yellow jersey.

The Tour de France began in 1903 as an event with just 60 riders. Only 21 finished but the effort and tenacity of the competitors caught the public's imagination and the Tour de France really caught on. Following the tour has become extremely popular and the route takes you through some spectacular scenery, places that are off the well-worn tourist tracks.

If the Tour de France has whetted your appetite for all things with two wheels - you're not the only one! Here at forward2me, we've seen a huge increase in the number of top-quality bikes passing through. The UK has a long standing (cycling) tradition of high build quality and robust bikes. With several Olympic cycling champions and now two British Tour de France winners, the equipment currently available in the UK is very high tech and probably the best the world has to offer.

If you're looking to upgrade your bike to something more serious or just starting out, there are many different stockists in the UK. You can have a custom bike built by Dolan, the latest frames from Hargroves or a good entry-level bike from leisurelakes or noahsark (not a zoo, a snowboarding and bike specialist). Westbrook Cycles are very popular and stock the latest in cycling gear. Many people are using our UK parcel forwarding address to get their hands on the best bikes and equipment.

Local to us here at forward2me, Ribblecycles also supply a huge range of bikes. We've noticed that Cannondale, Scott and Specialized bikes are in demand worldwide. The Tour de France competitors use Smart Aero too, also UK based, but you would have to contact them directly and then use our customer services department for help. They apply F1 technology to bikes and come with a similar price tag!

If the Tour de France has inspired you just to potter around on a bike rather than glide effortlessly at high speed in luminous lycra, you can still buy a decent bike from Evanscycles, Halfords or the place with my favourite name - Chainreactioncycles.

See you in that yellow jersey next year? Bon chance!