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  1. Cycle clothing advice for riding European sportives

    Cycle clothing advice for riding European sportives
    In recent years, a cyclist's desire to test himself against an impossibly difficult task has taken shape in the form of European sportives. Once the sole preserve of Grand Tour riders, enthusiastic cyclists from around the world now regularly descend in hordes during the summer months to complete Herculean distances in popular sportive countries such as Italy, France or Spain...
  2. An introduction to road bike riding apparel

    An introduction to road bike riding apparel
    One of the more interesting side effects of developing an obsession with road bike riding is that quite suddenly, everything matters. Whether it's appraising your once perfectly suitable (but oh so heavy) bike with withering contempt as you squeeze past it in the hall, to laughing nervously along with your friends about how girly it is to shave your legs...
  3. Handmade in Italy - inside the Vittoria shoes factory

    Handmade in Italy - inside the Vittoria shoes factory
    It's not often you get to see real craftsman at work, sound-tracked by a Metallica-esque thrash era metal track. However, that's just what this video, recently produced for the Discovery Channel inside the Vittoria shoes factory, manages to combine. So if you can forgive the wildly inappropriate music (they're not hot-rodding cars here), you can enjoy a peek behind the...
  4. Choosing the best cycling lights for your ride

    Choosing the best cycling lights for your ride
    If you increasingly find yourself cycling in low light or full on pitch black darkness, then before the decision is made for you (tree in your face!) it's a very good idea to purchase a set of cycling lights. However, choosing the best bike light for your ride is not always straightforward, but rest assured, like most bike related purchase...
  5. The Rise of City Cycle Clothing

    The Rise of City Cycle Clothing
    If you regularly ride in the city, is the time now right to reassess your cycling wardrobe? From jeans that you can cycle in, to cycling shoes that dance from pedals to pavement without flinching, the rise in popularity of riding to work has created hitherto unheard of apparel options for the cyclist looking to transition from the bike throughout...
  6. Top 5 reasons to wear Merino Wool for Cycling

    Top 5 reasons to wear Merino Wool for Cycling
    Cyclists can all benefit from riding with Merino Wool clothing, yet a lot of talk is made about this wonder fabric, and it can be hard separating fact from ficton. Come with us then, as we demystify the world of Merino, and list the top 5 reasons you should take it for a spin on your next bike ride. Natural...
  7. Magnic Light: A magnetic bicycle dynamo light that will blow your mind

    Magnic Light: A magnetic bicycle dynamo light that will blow your mind
    Batteries are undoubtedly one of man's most wasteful inventions. Expensive in cost and resources, they are not only quick to drain, but destroying them environmentally is nigh on impossible. However, a new development by German innovator Dirk Strothmann called the Magnic Light could be the great leap forward the cycling industry had been waiting for, and one which could consign...
  8. Training for the Tour Divide

    Training for the Tour Divide
    Always Riding's good friend Kevin 'Blackhound' Cunniffe is taking part in the epic 'Great Divide' race through America this year, and here, the intrepid adventurer deals with the difficult, yet essential issue of training... Training for the Tour Divide is difficult, but like any event, training is simply a matter of preparing yourself for the distance you have targeted, whether...
  9. Tour Divide: Bike Setup and Bears

    Tour Divide: Bike Setup and Bears
    Always Riding's good friend Kevin 'Blackhound' Cunniffe is taking part in the epic 'Great Divide' race through America this year, and here, the intrepid adventurer details his bike setup and worries over bear attacks, as realisation hits home about the exact nature of the wildlife he may encounter. The bike I plan to ride in the Tour Divide is a...
  10. Packing for the Tour Divide

    Packing for the Tour Divide
    Always Riding's good friend Kevin 'Blackhound' Cunniffe is taking part in the epic 'Great Divide' race through America this year, and here, the intrepid adventurer delves into packing, sleeping bag and other kit matters….. I have recently purchased a Lomo dry bag for about £8 that is longer and thinner than most dry bags. One problem I have had is...
  11. Turbo Trainer Film Delights

    Turbo Trainer Film Delights
    You are on the turbo trainer in the back room (or garage...). Rain, monsoon like and dreadful in its ferocity incessantly pounds the window. A desperate need to retain the last vestiges of pre-Christmas form has propelled you to this cave of suffering. A blank wall, suffused with the day's dying light, echos back your every exhalation, creak, squeak and...

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