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

  1. The Zephyr helmet - the latest must have road cycling lid from Bell

    The Zephyr helmet - the latest must have road cycling lid from Bell
    First seen in this year’s Tour de France being used by the Lotto NL-Jumbo team, the Bell Zephyr has been a long time in the making - several years in fact. The Zephyr is Bell’s latest offering for road cycling and according to the brand is “the most innovative road cycling helmet Bell has ever created”. There are a couple...
  2. Definitely Happy: Toms Skujins On A Life Argyle

    Definitely Happy: Toms Skujins On A Life Argyle
    Browsing 25 year-old Latvian Toms Skujins’ results throughout his professional career to date, the viewer is treated to a pleasingly steady upward trajectory. From the early days at La Pomme Marseilles (now Team Delko Marseilles Provence), whose leap to Conti status was garnered via a co-operation with the Latvian cycling federation in 2011, through to a solid debut season (the...
  3. Timeless in Tuscany - L'Eroica Delle Foglie Morte

    Timeless in Tuscany - L'Eroica Delle Foglie Morte
    It’s really foggy in Gaiole, Chianti this morning. It was raining all night but the temperature is warm at 17 degrees. I was lucky in my accommodation, and find myself very near the Brolio Castle. While I was getting to the starting grid to follow the new “Chianti Classico” route, a 115 km ride through some of the most famous...
  4. Through the Early Morning Mist, 7Mesh Unveil their Fall Collection

    Through the Early Morning Mist, 7Mesh Unveil their Fall Collection
    Rain, cold, wind - one is certainly worth tackling, even two perhaps; it's the layering up or pulling on of clever kit that keeps you rolling. But what do you do when you live and work in an area where the seasons threaten to squander your chances of a ride altogether? Squamish, in the south-eastern part of Canada is famous...
  5. Pas Normal Studios - Scandinavian Skirmish

    Pas Normal Studios - Scandinavian Skirmish
    Setting out on a point to point is always a challenge. For all the plotting of stops, careful picking of routes and intricate tracing of lines, a long ride is an experiment in serendipity. With the Pas Normal Studios riders no strangers to the ways of the rivet, even for this road-hardened group of friends, deciding to ride from Oslo...
  6. Giro Techlace… the shoe closure system that does it all

    Giro Techlace… the shoe closure system that does it all
      Over the past couple of weeks, the cycling press has been full of eager initial reviews of the latest additions to Giro's road cycling shoe range: the Giro Techlace Factor men's road cycling shoes and the Giro Techlace Raes women's road cycling shoes. As we are big fans of Giro shoes and just dying to get our hands on...
  7. Anything but Standard: The New Twin Six Standard Race Collection

    Anything but Standard: The New Twin Six Standard Race Collection
    With their Minneapolis home recognised as a fully fledged bicycle playground, T6 are building a reputation for off-the-beaten-track explores; something which the guys amply demonstrated on recent trip into the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which saw the team testing out both their new Titanium Rando Frameset and the new Standard Race Collection of jerseys. The Standard Race Collection from Twin Six...
  8. Woods, sheep and Always Riding (plus a little rubber)

    Woods, sheep and Always Riding (plus a little rubber)
    There's something about being amidst the trees, above the morning mist, and nestled amongst hills more mountain than rolling dale. We don't know what that something is - it could of course be a debilitating sheep-allergy, but it's where we are from, where we belong, and now, thanks to an epic tea-fuelled move from our former HQ in London, where...
  9. P-P-Pick up a pump... the Always Riding guide to buying a bicycle pump

    P-P-Pick up a pump... the Always Riding guide to buying a bicycle pump
    With a whole range of sizes, features and designs available, there really is a bicycle pump for every occasion. To help you pick the pump that is right for you, we’ve put together a handy guide, starting with the workshop staple, the track pump.   Track pumps The Silca Pista pump is a compact track pump ideal for travelling...
  10. Cycling Guide to Girona: Nathan Haas shows us the eats, meets & rides

    Cycling Guide to Girona: Nathan Haas shows us the eats, meets & rides
    Girona is without a doubt one of the meccas of the road cycling world. Nestled an hour or so north of Barcelona and just 40km from the Mediterranean coastline, the enchanting and playfully twisting catacombs of archways, alleyways, and hidden plaça sit upon a confluence of four rivers which flow down from the lush mountain terrain surrounding the plain in...
  11. The Standard Rando Frameset - Adventure Vibes Courtesy of Twin Six

    The Standard Rando Frameset - Adventure Vibes Courtesy of Twin Six
    Take that towpath you ride past every day - the one just before the busy stretch on your commute. Explore new paths, trails, bridleways and include a bit of sneaky single track into a training ride. Tackle down at heel lanes in winter, and worry not of the grit, grime and debris littered on the road. The kettle's on, pop...
  12. New American Artisans - Spurcycle Join the Ride

    New American Artisans - Spurcycle Join the Ride
    Crossing the Golden gate Bridge in San Francisco can be a tricky and bustling affair. Getting bored of the sorrys, excuse mes, coming throughs and on your rights that constituted a bell-less bike ride pushed Spurcycle founders Nick and Clint not only to decide to buy a bike bell, but to go the whole hog and design and make one...
  13. Landed - Craft Pulse Spinning Apparel

    Landed - Craft Pulse Spinning Apparel
    Whether training for the road or simply hammering it out in the gym after a tough day, spinning is a great way to enjoy the fundamentals of cycling, namely, being out of breath and enjoying a springy sensation when walking down stairs! With this in mind Craft have designed a range principally for the fist-pumping, beat-thumping spin class attendee. If...

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