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The Pedaler

Quoc Road Cycling Blog

21.11

The Quoc Road Cycling Gift Guide

The festive season is here, and with it comes the Quoc Road Cycling Gift Guide: a handpicked selection of Hors Categorie products that any fan of the blacktop would be pleased to have plonked under their front wheel come the special day. Enjoy.
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Quoc Surrey Hills Gravel Ride: November 3rd

30.10

Quoc Surrey Hills Gravel Ride: November 3rd

Saturday, November 3rd: 50km no-drop gravel ride around the UK's Surrey Hills with Quoc, and our friends from @pannier.cc, visiting four of the finest viewpoints in the area - can you make it?
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Photo Journal: Chris King Open House

24.10

Photo Journal: Chris King Open House

With beer, bikes and enough Chris King bling to satisfy even the hungriest headset hound, October 13th's Open House and Builder Showcase held at Chris King's Portland headquarters was guaranteed to be a great day out. 
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Specialist in All Styles

26.09

Specialist in All Styles

The hack is a winter commuter, grocery shopper and gravel mover. It’s the best of everything. It can even make a good show on the road when salt has your best bike holed up at home with a cappuccino and a copy of Rouleur.
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15.09

Early Riser

The message arrived while I was closing my laptop, just as the shadows were settling in for the night. “How do you feel about early mornings?” How did I feel about early mornings? Generally fine, as long as I’m wrapped up in a duvet, slumbering when they happen.
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Early Riser
Foot Fall - The New Quoc Merino Sock

11.09

Foot Fall - The New Quoc Merino Sock

Can you ever have enough socks? Probably. So let's assume you don't already own a pair of high rotation merino wool bike socks and tell you about our new accessory, the Extra Fine Merino Tech Sock.
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Quirk Cycles and the Fine Art of Frame Building

20.08

Quirk Cycles and the Fine Art of Frame Building

“Carbon can feel like a one-way conversation, but steel wants to be playful; it encourages you to push on,” says Robert Quirk, waxing lyrical about his frame material of choice at Quirk cycles while phoning in on the eve of his flight to ride the Silk Road Mountain Race in a pair of Quoc Gran Tourer Gravel Bike Shoes
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Buyer's Guide: Road Bike Handlebar Bags

07.08

Buyer's Guide: Road Bike Handlebar Bags

Bringing a handlebar bag to a carbon-tubed road ride in England is a spicy move. But without a fleet of downtrodden domestiques to shoulder your extra gear, kit-stowing alternatives are thin on the ground when it comes to long days in the saddle. That's where road bike handlebar bags come in.
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Lessons Learned: Sean Conway on the Good and the Bad of Unsupported Bikepacking

26.07

Lessons Learned: Sean Conway on the Good and the Bad of Unsupported Bikepacking

Looking to embark on an unsupported bikepacking adventure? Sit down as Sean Conway, he of the Guinness Book of World Records Fastest Crossing of Europe by Bicycle, imparts some sage words of advice.
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Good Times Adventuring: Four Indie Bikepacking Bag Brands

06.07

Good Times Adventuring: Four Indie Bikepacking Bag Brands

Where touring meets mountain biking, you’ll find bikepacking - that new-but-not-really blend of camping, cycling and good times adventuring. With its roots firmly planted in turned-up trousers meandering, the bikepacking boom has swept up bike makers and rubber merchants alike.
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Joshua Poertner - Silca

26.06

Joshua Poertner on Rebuilding SILCA

Joshua loves to get hate mail. “We print them out and hang them on a board,” he says. “I’m always so proud when we get hate mail. I tell the guys all the time, 'We're doing things that are so different that people will take time out of their day to open write to us. My God, that's amazing. I mean, that's passion, right?'”
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Photography Freedom & The Death of Road Cycling Shoes

19.06

Photography Freedom & The Death of Road Cycling Shoes

I quit wearing road cycling shoes about a year ago. I destroyed every single pair I ever owned within a few months. In case you’re wondering, I wasn’t wrecking them on purpose. And the spontaneous gravel stretches that I often toss into my rides didn’t do the damage, either. The blame lays with the lens.
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Buyer's Guide: Urban Cycling Pedals

13.06

Buyer's Guide: Urban Cycling Pedals

With the right mindset, a reliable bike and some well-chosen accessories, cycling in the city is one of life’s most satisfying pastimes. Taking the tube has its merits, as does jumping on the bus, but there’s nothing quite like speeding past stuck traffic on your bicycle, feeling the city move around you like a changeling thing.
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Bicycle Crumbs Quoc Shoes

30.05

Talking Art, Bikes & Brands With Bicycle Crumbs

Some days, you’re the eagle, whipping past your fellow cyclists with ease, style and a massive sense of superiority. Other times, you’re the dodo - awkward, shuffling; wrapped tighter than the lunchtime sandwiches you’re currently trying to stuff into your miniature seat bag (very stylish, very Italian).
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Giro d'Italia: A Love Supreme

19.05

Giro d'Italia: A Love Supreme

Milano, 1908. Sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport is in dire financial straits. The boss is looking for ideas and quick. Enter one Armando Cougnet, he who, in 1898 aged 18, cycled from Reggio Emilia to Milano to take up a position with the pink-papered publication. Armando had twice followed the Tour de France in his role and witnessed how effective a marketing tool it had proved to be for the Parisian newspaper L’Auto.
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