2015 Eroica Britannia – Sunday

2015 Eroica Britannia – Sunday

After a year of anticipation, the day of the actual 2015 Eroica Britannia ride had arrived. After the inaugural event, at the same location as last year’s — Bakewell, in the hilly Peak District, the locals were just as excited about it as this year’s 50,000-odd visitors. Saturday’s festivities were the final stoke of the fire. It was Sunday morning, and we were ready to ride. Read More »

2015 Eroica Britannia – Saturday

2015 Eroica Britannia – Saturday

The 102nd Tour de France begins in a few days time, on the 4th of July, and it is, for cycling fans, one of the highlights of the year. Yet, while this year’s peloton will enjoy the bleeding edge of technology and the comfort that only significant corporate sponsorship can afford, it’s sobering to remember the onerous conditions racers had to endure even 30 years ago.

That is not to say today’s racers have it easy; 2,087 miles circumnavigating France and riding up and down hors catégorie climbs is no walk in the park. But even 30 years ago, when bikes were still made of steel and riders still used toe clips, it was a harder race. Go further back, even to the first Tour, and you’ll begin to appreciate the reason for this event called Eroica. Read More »

Donhou Bicycles Dazzle Road

Donhou Bicycles Dazzle Road

As part of the UK’s 14-18 NOW programme, the HMS President, permanently moored at the Victoria Embankment, has been repainted with a coat of dazzle camouflage. Dazzle has enjoyed renewed popularity over the last few years; it’s a poignant reminder of the role it played during the Great War.

The latest frame to roll out of the Donhou Bicycles workshop in Hackney Wick, built for a customer who is an architect, has been decorated with a theme inspired by dazzle camouflage, but there’s still no disguising the fact that it’s a damn fine bike. Read More »

Gear: Showers Pass Cascade Collection

Gear: Showers Pass Cascade Collection

From the press release: The Showers Pass Cascade Collection introduces a new line of cycling apparel, built specifically for changing weather conditions: from summer sun to alpine cold. The Cascade Collection includes the Alpine Jersey, Cyclone Jersey, Track Pant, Gravel Short and a Liner Short: all available in men’s and women’s specific fits. Read More »

Gear: Upper Downs Neo Jacket

Gear: Upper Downs Neo Jacket

Mountain bikers are spoilt for terrain in the north of the United Kingdom. There’s the spectacular dales and glens of Scotland, and Wales’ Brecon Beacons, for example. With spectacular scenery, however, comes treacherous changes in weather, which inspired the Neo jacket by Upper Downs. Read More »

Stelbel Pista Inseguimento

Stelbel Pista Inseguimento

One Italian marque that has arisen like a phoenix from the ashes is Stelio Belletti’s Stelbel. Founded in 1973, it has been resurrected with a new line of frames inspired by Stelio’s original innovation. Here’s one he prepared earlier, the Inseguimento track pursuit, impeccably restored and signed by its father. Read More »

Norwid Vättern

Norwid Vättern

You can be forgiven for not having heard of a German frame builder by the name of Rudolf Pallesen. There’s not a lot of information on him online, at least in English. His workshop is called Norwid, from Nordwind — German for North Wind — and his skill far exceeds his online presence. Read More »