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A cyclist  wearing a cycling helmet mending his bicycle on Regents Canal path near Camden Lock London England UK KATHY DEWITT. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.

A guide to hassle-free cycling

Does the thought of fixing a puncture fill you with dread or are you happy to get your hands dirty? Cycling expert Richard Peace explains how to keep your bike in good order

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Super home extensions guide – part 2

After the dust has settled and the builders have packed away their tools, property expert Nicola Venning finds out what words of wisdom homeowners can pass on about their new extensions

Red brick cottage with extension, Ashurstwood, West Sussex, England, UK.. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.

Super home extensions guide – part 1

Thinking about transforming your loft into a panoramic leisure lounge or blending the kitchen and garden space? Property expert Nicola Venning guides you through the extension planning process…

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How to cycle on the roads with confidence

Don’t let fear undermine your experience of taking to the open road. Cycle specialist Richard Peace explains how practice, planning and the right kit are key to the perfect ride

Pinarello Bike Shop in London

Buying the right bike for you

Once upon a time choosing a bike meant opting for a town bike, a road bike or a mountain bike. Fuelled by technological developments pushing the boundaries of bike design, the choice now verges on the bewildering. Cycle specialist Richard Peace makes sense of it all

Spiral wine cellar

How to design a wine cellar that suits you

It’s enough to make oenophiles pop their corks with delight – wine cellars are now almost as coveted as the precious vintages they house, as property expert Nicola Venning discovers