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  1. 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 yourself...
  2. 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...
  3. Wintertime Cycling

    Wintertime Cycling
      Within certain cycling circles, the thing to do in winter is to struggle through the miserable weather and get training. This has trickled down from the pro ranks and is applicable to both pro and amateur racers, whose likely objective for the upcoming season is to win races – something that doesn’t happen without serious winter training. For many...
  4. Caring for your cycle kit - a brief guide

    Caring for your cycle kit - a brief guide
    It’s natural that after investing in some nice cycle kit you’ll want to ensure it all stays in tip top condition for as long as possible. At the same time it is also very natural that at the end of a ride, caring for your kit may not be your number one priority. Showering, having something to eat, and maybe...
  5. Getting kitted out for a successful cyclocross season

    Getting kitted out for a successful cyclocross season
    It’s November (would you believe!), and with the 2017 UEC Cyclocross European Championships taking place in the Czech Republic this Sunday we are well and truly into cyclocross season. For those of you who enjoy the epic mud fest that is ‘cross, we have put together a brief guide on the kit that will help you to get the most...
  6. Transporting a bike by car or van - pro kit you can use

    Transporting a bike by car or van - pro kit you can use
    Transporting your bike safely and conveniently can sometimes seem like more of a challenge than the actual ride you are setting out to do (Disclaimer: this is probably not true if you’re heading to Paris-Brest-Paris or something similarly epic). Seriously though, at its best moving your bike around by car or van still tends to be a bit of a...
  7. What's in the bag? Chrome's Bravo Pack Day Essentials

    What's in the bag? Chrome's Bravo Pack Day Essentials
    Perspective can be hard to come by when choosing the right bag for your ride. Take Chrome's popular Bravo Backpack. Sure, it's got pockets aplenty, heaps of style and build quality that's guaranteed for life, but how much can you really stow in there? With our series of Pack & Ride videos, we hope to answer that question. Enjoy. SHOP...
  8. Shot from the saddle: We asked 5 pros for their top cycling photography tips and kit advice

    Shot from the saddle: We asked 5 pros for their top cycling photography tips and kit advice
    Taking photos from the saddle is a pretty popular pastime these days. With the opportunities for snap-worthy scenery that being on the bike affords the rider, and the fact that nearly all of us are riding with a pretty sweet camera holstered somewhere or other, there's never been a better time to record your ride and share it with...
  9. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Squares

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Squares
    We all know that ride snacks are essential, even on the shortest of jaunts. Even if you’re not entirely in need of fuel, a snack is always a nice excuse for a short break. I am a big fan of homemade granola bars, as they are easy to adapt and tweak depending on your personal taste preferences. For this one...
  10. Yoga for Cyclists with Lexie Williamson - Session 2: Bike-Specific Core

    Yoga for Cyclists with Lexie Williamson - Session 2: Bike-Specific Core
    In part two of our blog series on yoga for cyclists, yoga for cyclists expert Lexie Williamson gives us some tips on how to improve our core. Over to Lexie! Ditch the crunches; when did you ever ride a bike on your back? Flip over and make core work ‘functional’. For cyclists this means replicating the bike stance and keeping...
  11. Yoga for Cyclists with Lexie Williamson - Session 1

    Yoga for Cyclists with Lexie Williamson - Session 1
    In this upcoming blog series we are excited to be joined by yoga for cyclists expert Lexie Williamson, who will be giving us some tips on how to use the practice of yoga to relieve tightness and speed up recovery after riding, as well as to improve on the bike positioning and core strength to allow us to ride in...
  12. Bikepacking: A (mostly) All Year Kit List

    Bikepacking: A (mostly) All Year Kit List
    Until recently, multi-day trips meant wrestling a rack onto your bike and loading up some hefty panniers. The emergence of lightweight & streamlined bags, along with the growing popularity of long distance events such as the Transcontinental and The Tour Divide, has put bikepacking firmly on the map. Unlike panniers, the majority of bikepacking kit can be attached to any type of bike and the endless...
  13. Short Break Touring: What Tools Do I Need?

    Short Break Touring: What Tools Do I Need?
    If you’re planning a few days away on the bike, having a few bits and pieces to get you out of trouble if you do encounter any technical problems en-route will help make sure that a mid-ride mechanical will mean only a bit of a delay whilst you sort things out, rather than it being game over for your trip...

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