Features

Read & shop Always Riding's journal and cycling kit guide, offering interviews, stories & features from the saddle.

  1. Donard Bikes - Custom Carbon & Steel Frames Made In The British Isles

    Donard Bikes - Custom Carbon & Steel Frames Made In The British Isles
      An old flax mill in County Down, Northern Ireland isn’t necessarily where you would expect to find cutting edge carbon bike frame engineering. But this picturesque setting (complete with serene mill pond and resident ducks) is where you will find Donard Bikes. Donard is Ireland’s only custom frame builder working in both carbon fibre and steel. Owen Byrne, the...
  2. Velogames – Vuelta a España – Win a £250 Voucher

    Velogames – Vuelta a España – Win a £250 Voucher
    When a Grand Tour comes up on the calendar, there is nothing that we like more than a bit of healthy competition in our Always Riding Velogames fantasy league. This year we thought we would open up the fun by creating a competition to win a £250 voucher to spend on the website. All you have to do to be...
  3. Will Travel For Gravel: Grinduro Scotland 2018

    Will Travel For Gravel: Grinduro Scotland 2018
      Well actually, this was my first proper gravel ride! My first time on my new bike and my first time to the Isle of Arran. Grinduro is an event born in the California foothills amongst the downhill, enduro and MTB hype. It is essentially a challenging ride over mixed terrain (70% gravel) with four timed sections. Although a hard...
  4. Ritchey Break-Away: a bike of two halves

    Ritchey Break-Away: a bike of two halves
      Ritchey has a range of framesets with the Break-Away tag, including a carbon Outback, carbon Road Logic, steel Road Logic, steel Swiss Cross Canti as well as an elusive Tandem. Ever since we started selling Ritchey, we have always wanted to get a closer look at these slightly left-of-centre travel machines – so we did just that, borrowing a...
  5. Pimp that steel: framebuilding courses in the UK

    Pimp that steel: framebuilding courses in the UK
      Ever thought about having a custom bike frame designed and built uniquely for you? What about taking it one step further and actually building the frame yourself? Making your own bespoke bicycle frame from scratch is something which is on the bucket list for many cyclists. Getting to ride around on a bike which you have designed and created...
  6. Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House

    Open House: Nightclubs And Dropped Trousers With Eurosport's Ashley House
      Ashley House: British Eurosport’s Grand Tour coverage’s Johnny-On-The-Spot when it comes to grabbing a candid word with riders and sports directors as the pre-stage espressi are sunk and the finish line carnage and elation erupts. Armed with a microphone, an easy charm and his boyish yet playfully rakish smile, it’s Ashley’s voice, smooth with a pleasing hint of Sloan-ish...
  7. The Joy of Great Cycling Socks

    The Joy of Great Cycling Socks
      Steadfast, functional and a sometimes steamy stable-mate, no we're not talking about a Shire horse, we're talking about cycling socks, a cycle apparel category which has sometimes been seen as an unglamorous wardrobe necessity (a workhorse if you will). But have your feet ever felt in need of a hug after a long ride? Or have you felt an...
  8. In Conversation With... Sir Richard Branson

    In Conversation With... Sir Richard Branson
      Entrepreneur, philanthropist, adventurer, cyclist. Richard Branson needs no introduction as one of the best known and best loved entrepreneurs in the world. As well as being the founder of the Virgin Group of Companies (now standing at over 400 since growing rapidly from the Virgin Record days of the 1970s), Branson includes a keen love of cycling in his...
  9. Coming soon... new Pedal Ed women's collection

    Coming soon... new Pedal Ed women's collection
      We are really excited to announce that we will soon be stocking the brand new Pedal Ed women's collection!!! Offering a comprehensive range of summer riding kit, the full collection includes jerseys, shorts, base layers, socks and outer layers. It was designed in collaboration with female riders from around the world, pros and regular riders alike. We can't wait...
  10. How to measure your bike for bikepacking bags

    How to measure your bike for bikepacking bags
      Bikepacking bags are a real game-changer for bicycle touring and adventuring, allowing you to do multi-day rides on virtually any bike. Mounted to the bike’s frame, seatpost and handlebars, they do not require dedicated mounting points like a rack and pannier set-up, meaning that you are not limited to a touring bike or hybrid bike but could also go...
  11. The Pedla Wilds Collection

    The Pedla Wilds Collection
      Pedla's The Wilds collection embraces and celebrates the challenge and joy of riding in the mountains. Taking inspiration from the Victorian Alps in Australia, the range includes men's and women's jerseys, gilets, jackets and bibs, and is designed with demanding ride conditions in mind. The Wilds Women's Windcheater Gilet (left) and The Wilds Men's Windcheater Gilet (right) About four...
  12. Bespoked 2018: The UK Handmade Bicycle Show

    Bespoked 2018: The UK Handmade Bicycle Show
      When the deadline for getting a place in the Dirty Reiver came and went without me having firm enough transport plans to be able to commit, Bespoked seemed like a nice alternative to getting my shred on in the Kielder Forest. Bespoked is something I've wanted to go to for a few years, ever since I knew that the...
  13. Passion, Pace and Peanut Butter... the ELF fixed crit racing team

    Passion, Pace and Peanut Butter... the ELF fixed crit racing team
      The Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn this weekend marks the start of the international fixed gear crit racing season for 2018. Now in its 11th year, the event brings together over 450 riders from over 40 countries to race against each other on a closed circuit course on fixed-gear, brake-less track bikes. If you're lucky enough to be able...

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