Features

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

  1. Looking Cool Whilst Staying Warm - Ornot Autumn / Winter Cycling Kit

    Looking Cool Whilst Staying Warm - Ornot Autumn / Winter Cycling Kit
    As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, having the right kit for winter cycling can be a great motivator for getting out on the bike when you might rather roll over and curl up under the duvet. Ornot’s autumn/winter range for 2017 includes updated arm and leg warmers and thermal bib shorts as well as a gorgeous orange...
  2. Shoe and shin friendly pedals for urban riding!

    Shoe and shin friendly pedals for urban riding!
    Have you experienced the pain of whacking a shin or damaging a pair of expensive shoes on your pedals whilst riding around town? Finding the right pedals to use for urban cycling can be difficult, particularly when you want to wear ‘normal’ (i.e. non-cycling-specific) shoes when out and about on your bike. Luckily for those of us who follow the...
  3. Lisa Paarvio: Learning to fly

    Lisa Paarvio: Learning to fly
    A few clicks, a chirp of a connection made, and a pixelated screen slowly sharpens to reveal an animated Lisa Paarvio waving at me from the other side. “Hey, you made it!”, she exclaims. Clearly the internet is better in rural Catalonia than in London, as my first words emerge short and staccato. But Lisa picks up the thread and...
  4. 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...
  5. A sock-like fit? Say hello to Giro Knit Shoes

    A sock-like fit? Say hello to Giro Knit Shoes
    Has your grandma gone missing? Has the swish and click sound of her incessant knitting been replaced by scone-less silence? If so, Giro has relocated your favourite octogenarian and put her to work knitting its new line of 'Xnetic™' Knit shoes. Sadly, stories of unsustainable tea consumption, cheek-pinching, photo album pass arounds and gossiping breaks amongst this get-up-and-forget-where-to-go workforce have...
  6. The Chrome Welterweight Collection

    The Chrome Welterweight Collection
    In boxing parlance, welterweight sits between lightweight and middleweight. Known for its knock-out combo of speed and toughness, it doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to see why the new Chrome Industries Welterweight bag collection has been so named. Built with lighter fabrics and an aluminium buckle hollowing out the weight alongside uprated reflective tech, the new line looks...
  7. Gerard Vroomen on bike design, cycling & taking over the reins at 3T

    Gerard Vroomen on bike design, cycling & taking over the reins at 3T
    There are some bike brands that, whether by plan or happy chance, become more than the sum of their parts, fanning out as part of a wider popular bike culture; reference points for stellar design and engineering. Arguably, Cervélo is one of these brands, and with Gerard Vroomen at the helm as co-founder and designer for 15 years, this road...
  8. Meet the Maker: Bamboo Werk Arts

    Meet the Maker: Bamboo Werk Arts
    When woodworker Barret Werk looks at the thousands of acres of native bamboo growing around his home city of Honolulu, he sees bike frames. Lots of them. That’s because he’s worked out a way to skip man-made frame materials and make an aesthetically pleasing, bump-absorbing bike frame out of a single shoot of Hawaii-grown bamboo. The resulting bike is lightweight...
  9. Unveiled: The Brompton Electric

    Unveiled: The Brompton Electric
    Will we soon be living in a city bike e-assisted world, where every bicycle has a motor, and every rider is capable of crossing the city at Tour de France speeds? With the unveiling of the Brompton Electric this week - a long rumoured electric version of the British brand's folding city bike - that world is now one pedal...
  10. In Conversation With... Eliza Southwood

    In Conversation With... Eliza Southwood
    At the time that we speak to Eliza Southwood about her cycling artwork, she has been busy creating a fun action-packed week for a work experience girl she has taken on for the week. “Well that sure beats working at Coventry University Library!” I think, cursing my fifteen-year-old self for not having the wherewithal at the time to arrange a...
  11. Always Riding.....Bikes?

    Always Riding.....Bikes?
    When we started back in 2008, it was with a handpicked collection of apparel from new makers and start-ups (with a smattering of mainstream brands in there for good measure, of course). A little later we added a range of rider-favourite accessories, like bottles, bar-grips, bags & beer openers (you get the picture). Where there was one glaring omission, well...
  12. The Welder of Verona: Dario Pegoretti

    The Welder of Verona: Dario Pegoretti
    Dario Pegoretti steps out of his door, characteristic long hair pulled back in a workmanlike ponytail, stretching out a hand with a twinkle in his eye, “Welcome Pete, Dario.” Wearing a paint-spotted t-shirt and pocket-heavy 3/4 length shorts, he stops to pat his shuffling 13-year old German Shepherd Jack as we step out of the fierce heat of Verona’s midday...
  13. Choosing your Cambium C13 Saddle Width

    Choosing your Cambium C13 Saddle Width
    With the release of the Cambium C13 one-piece braided carbon frame saddle - a racing evolution of the phenomenally successful Cambium C15 model - Brooks England has taken a decisive step to support the more hard-charging 'on the rivet' road cyclist. With a vulcanised rubber and cotton saddle upper for a reassuring natural flex mated to a continuous carbon saddle...