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Early Riser

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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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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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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Lessons Learned: Sean Conway on the Good and the Bad of Unsupported Bikepacking
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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The Engineer: Rob English of English Cycles

14.05

The Engineer: Rob English of English Cycles

Rob English made his name at the 2013 NAHBS, winning the coveted  Best in Show award for the second version of his ‘extreme’ state-winning Time Trial Mk2 bike (the saddle to bar drop measurement is big, to say the least). Best Campagnolo Bike and Best Road Bike soon followed, and a deserved reputation for perfectionism was born.
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Jan Heine Interview: Allroad Origins, Randonneurs & Wider Tyre

05.05

Jan Heine Interview: Allroad Origins, Randonneurs & Wider Tyres

Having first coined the phrase 'Allroad' back in 2007 to describe the bikes he and his Bicycle Quarterly Team were building for themselves, this softly spoken German has become the de-facto doyen of gravel cycling, reasserting lost truths in an effort to recover the spirit of the first randonneurs.
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Beat the Bonk: A Cycling Dietician Talks Sugars, Science & Gummy Bears

24.04

Beat the Bonk: A Cycling Dietician Talks Sugars, Science & Get-Me-Home Gummy Bears

If there’s one thing to avoid on the bike, it’s the bonk. And as every rider knows, the hollowed out, broken down feeling that comes from flatlining sugar levels is not a pleasant experience. To better understand what we should be eating and when, we spoke to Colorado’s Run Wild Nutrition, to talk sugars & science.
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Sean Conway: Crossing Europe by Bicycle, at Speed

16.04

Sean Conway: Crossing Europe by Bicycle, at Speed

It was on day four that things fell apart for Sean Conway; what this endurance adventurer calls a hiccup on his refreshingly candid website. Averaging 200 miles a day, a leg problem forced the 37-year-old Zimbabwean to pull up on the side of the road, and out of his attempt to be the fastest individual to ride across Europe.
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