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Author Archives: Peter

Co-founder of Always Riding, Pete enjoys road, trail and a good city commute. Most of all though, he loves chatting to other riders, the mid-ride stop after a leg-breaking ascent, and a cup of tea at the end of the ride. There is no truth in the rumour that he likes to wear women's clothes and hang around in bars. No truth at all.

    • Handmade Heritage - The Artisan Ethos of Carradice

      To say that Carradice merely embodies the concepts of heritage and artisanship within the production of their legendary cycling luggage would be an understatement verging on a dis-service to the small, family owned company that nestles amidst the narrow streets of two-up, two-downs of Nelson, Lancashire: Carradice define these two concepts, pure and simple. (...)
    • Meet the Maker - Saffron Frameworks

      Based only a stone’s throw from London’s Thames Barrier - that 520m wide moveable flood barrier that stops us all getting wet feet, lives Saffron Bikes, a builder of fine bespoke bicycles. Bookended by double bass makers and the innumerate small, independent businesses that keep the Big Smoke smoking, Saffron occupy a light, friendly workshop space, heavy on tools, tea, and just the right amount of visible swarf to reassure as to the reason for our visit. (...)
    • Landed - Ibex Wool Cycling Shorts, Knicks & Bibs

      Ibex wool has long been an Always Riding favourite. In fact, if we lived in Middle-Earth, these Vermont-based woolieers would undoubtedly be based in Rivendell, where, between altogether too many poems about sheep (the love betwixt man and sheep, price of wool etc etc) their Merino meisters would blend and twirl this most soft of fabrics into cycling garments of style and utility. (...)
    • Landed - Lumo Cycling Jackets, Bags & Accessories

      A clever combination of wearable LED light tech and the sort of high-grade fabric that has Swiss scientists jiggling in their seats, the Lumo cycling jackets collection includes the wool-blend Regents Parka and swish Herne Hill Harrington Jackets for both men and women. (...)
    • Preview - Omata Analogue GPS Bike Speedometer

      For any road rider laden with a seemingly endless array of bleeping, calorie counting, pixel-heavy tech on their bike (and increasingly on their person), there comes a time when riding free of distractions becomes more desirable than counting the minutiae of the ride. It seems that we are not the only ones looking to reclaim our handlebar real-estate from over-eager gadgets, which is why the Omata are building “world's first analogue GPS bike speedometer” and holy cow if it isn’t bloody gorgeous! (...)
    • Riding Away From Things

      In the midst of a whirling storm, chilled to the bone and lodged precariously against the stout wooden boarding (worryingly called The Groins) on Whitstable Beach, I realised with no little surprise that I was enjoying myself. What were we three doing on a beach in England in February? A foolhardy enterprise and no mistake, but the source of our current discomfort was not far away. (...)
    • Kit Complete - Cafe du Cycliste Gloves & Overshoes

      Cyclists looking to ride out head to toe wearing this handsome Nice-based brand's uber-cool apparel can now enjoy the sartorial stylings of Cafe du Cycliste gloves & overshoes; a capsule collection of accessories befitting the stylish cyclist. (...)
    • Preview - The Quoc Road Cycling Shoe

      Regular visitors to Always Riding will perhaps know that we've been rolling with Quoc Pham cycling shoes since day one. Made with real care, attention to detail and ideally suited to both on and off the bike use, Quoc has made a name for urban cycling and touring footwear of the finest quality. On a personal note, Quoc is also one of the nicest people in the bike industry, and it's been a real pleasure watching his brand take off, and to become firm friends along the way. (...)
    • Out of Instagram & Into Our Hands - 2016 Giro Footwear Hits the Store

      A new drop of Giro footwear never fails to excite, and for 2016, this genre-spanning US brand has taken its cycling shoe game to a whole new level; with fresh colours that have us amped for the epic rides we now we’re going to tackle this year. (...)
    • 'Tis The Season To Get Muddy!

      Ah, the wind in your hair, the grit in your teeth, and the tantalising danger of mowing down frantically bleating sheep - it can all only mean one thing! Yes sir, the hose-it-down-she'll-be-alright-oh-jesus-don't-aim-it-at-the-hubs-you-maniac season is among us! Rejoicings! (...)
    • Bikepacking with Restrap Bags

      "So, do they pass the cup of tea test?". It's a question we've asked ourselves more than once when deciding on brands for the store. In many ways, taking those first few steps with a new partner isn't so much about the product, but the person or persons behind it. So if we feel that the kettle could go on, and we can really get into a bike chat, then we know we've found a great supplier, partner and maybe even a friend. (...)
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