• Leo Freakin’ Gang UCI Downhill World Cup

      For many years I didn’t give a damn about downhill mountain biking. The sport seemed so far removed from road cycling, and came off as over the top, or even too try-hard at times. But last year I found myself at a UCI Downhill World Cup in Leogang Austria not far from where I live (I even rode my bike there). That day my mind was f-ing blown. These dudes were bombing down this insane mountain course like they had zero concerns in the world ...except ripping it. (...)
    • En Route - New Season Pedla

      Australian brand Pedla produce some of the most heavily rider oriented clothing out there, coupling stand out technical fabrics with their usual assortment of bold designs. With this their latest offering soon to be arriving in store at Always Riding, we thought it was high time that you got the low down on what's to come... (...)
    • Neutral Observer: Riding Shotgun With Shimano Neutral Race Service

      The bustle of the start village fills the little market square of Zottegem. The usual array of World Tour and Pro-Continental team buses line the main shopping street of the modest Flandrian town. Crowds flock around them, spotting heroes who obligingly pose for pictures with babies inbetween greeting friends from rival teams ahead of the 2nd stage of the 3 Daagse De Panne-Koksijde, the traditional leg stretching bridge between Gent-Wevelgem and the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. I'm sat in a cafe overlooking the square with Ben Hillsdon, PR officer for Shimano Europe. (...)
    • Race Report - 2016 Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic

      It's the morning of the 2016 Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic. Team WPG Amsterdam's young DS Arthur Van Dam is delivering a crash course in feed-zone technique to Always Riding's sidekick Tess amidst the pre-race bustle and prepping in the team area. “Hold it out just like this” Arthur demonstrates with one of the small, yellow musettes as it dangles loosely on an outstretched arm... (...)
    • Interview: Racing Captain Ryan

      In a country in which racing bicycles on the open roads was, for many years, outlawed, a nation not of shopkeepers but of time trialists was born. Time trialling is deeply entrenched in British cycling lore and custom, to the point of obsession for many devotees. Burton, Engers, Yates, Boardman, Botrill, Wiggins: all Gods (to name but a few) in the church of the Race of Truth. Widely considered the Blue Riband of Holy Grails at this altar is the National 25 Mile TT Title, a title taken in 2015 by a previously almost unheard of 29-year old British Army Officer: Captain Ryan Perry. (...)
    • The new bling at Always Riding...bicycle bells!

      At Always Riding HQ this week there has been a lot of excitement, a healthy helping of curious exploration and some damn-near drooling going on over our latest additions to the ‘For the bike’ category... and before some of you get over-excited, we haven’t suddenly expanded into groupsets and been spending our time goggling at tasty morsels from the Shimano Dura-Ace or XTR, SRAM Red or Eagle or Campag Super Record groupsets - that’s not really our style... (...)
    • Tour Divide Kit List - Brother Cycles x Always Riding

      When Brother Cycles approached us asking for a few tips for his upcoming Tour Divide attempt we jumped at the opportunity to help out and after a few cups of tea, we decided to sponsor Will (one of the brothers) in his attempt. (...)
    • Fit and Feel - A Guide to Brands and Body Shapes

      With our inboxes joyously replenishing themselves with your questions, requests and perusals, we aim to give individual insight into each inquiry we receive. By far and away the most frequent question posed is "what size am I?" - well, this one comes down to body shapes. So, in the hope of shining a light on the space inside each brand, we've gone ahead and created what we hope is a helpful guide, to give you a little more confidence as you click! (...)
    • On the Right Track - Independent Bikepacking Brands at Always Riding

      At Always Riding, we're firm believers that in the idea that the further you dive into a category or collection of products, the more likely you are to find gems. Well, having scoured the cybery halls of the vast interweb long and hard, we came up with three fantastic young, independent bikepacking brands that we just knew that we wanted to showcase to the world. Mavericks, artisans, hobbyists and perfectionists, it's a specific breed that one day ups tools and sits down at their sewing machine, but, frankly speaking, so coveted are their products, that we're willing to overlook that. (...)
    • Dirt Road Tested - New Smith Forefront and Overtake Helmets

      Check out the video from the inaugural Trans-Cascadia featuring the all new Smith Forefront trail helmet. Smith's innovative design for both the Forefront and Overtake will make you want to head for the hills in search of gravel tracks. (...)
    • Pas Normal Studios - Landing Soon at Always Riding

      Danish Brand Pas Normal Studios bring their new Spring/Summer collection to Always Riding via a stunning photo shoot in Lucca, Italy. We preview what's coming soon! (...)
    • Landed & Live - S'well bottles from the States

      Things move quickly in the cycle industry - and from what we gather, they're called bikes. Stepping off your trusty steed though after circumnavigating the city and you might well succumb to a thirst, so, in an effort to never leave you parched post ride, we've brought in some of the tastiest steel bottles we've ever laid eyes upon. Keeping your latte hot for 12 hours on the trot or simply keeping your ice tea cool for an astonishing 24, S'well bottles are a brilliant addition to your backpack as an accessory that just does a specific job incredibly well. (...)
    • Riding into Town - A Guide to Urban Cycling Backpacks

      With so many urban cycling backpacks to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming trying to work out which is the best choice for your needs. So, with a short run through of tips on how to choose and what to use, we guide you through the closeted world of city cycling bags and backpacks. (...)
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