Check out a Cyclocross bike if you are after versatility in a no-nonsense, traditional package. ’Cross bikes will take a pounding, and can serve as a commuter workhorse, an off-road explorer, or a grizzled racer – with little more than a change of tyres. With a position broadly like that of a road bike, a Cyclocross bike will be swift and efficient on the tarmac. However, turn it loose off-road and with its greater stability and grippier tyres – and its slightly lower gearing – it will surprise you how it can handle mud and tricky climbs. And if you fancy taking on the intense rush of a one-hour ’cross race, The Bike Company can sort you out with a bike which will get you round in style.