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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Someday. a product is going to land on Earth proudly labelled ‘Made on Mars’. Ignoring its little green man icon for a moment (you know it’ll have one of those - humans don’t change, even between planets), the idea of something arriving on Earth made on a faraway planet will no doubt have us Earthlings in a mini-uproar. But we’ll still buy it. Read More
Ready the razor and reexamine last year’s faded tan lines, for spring has arrived, and with it, a collection of rouleur-ready road cycling jerseys set to remind you that arms are for tanning, and legs are for shaving. So here are six summer road cycling jerseys from some of our favourite cycling brands. Read More
Easily accessible from the UK, Mallorca offers a bounty of scorchingly fast routes for the sun-seeking road cyclist. We’ve put together three rides that showcase Mallorca’s charms, including the climber’s delight of Port d'Andratx to Sa Calobra, the views from Port Pollensa to Formentor, and a gentle 40km into the heartlands. Read More
Sooner or later, perhaps we all experience a Del Monte moment. For Simon Stanforth, founder of Stanforth bikes, it was while listening to Richard & Nicholas Crane’s tales of bicycling up the Kilimanjaro that a feeling of wanderlust first awoke. "It showed me where bikes could go; that there's no limit,” explains Simon. Read More
Easter, 1984. Maybe ’85. Half-term holiday with my parents. A Spanish hotel, a TV in the corner of the bar. A bike race, but not like any bike race I’d ever seen before. Not like those sunny Grand Tours scaling the snow-capped, sun-drenched peaks of the Alps; suntanned limbs and a carnival of colour. Shirtless Tifosi pouring Evian over dazzlingly white-socked continentals.
To get into road cycling, all you need is some kit, time and a can of shaving foam. We’ll take a look at the best way to aero-up those legs in another post, but for now let's visit the misunderstood world of road cycling pedals, cleats and compatibility with a pocket-sized question and answer session. Prepare to be enlightened.
At what point does a trip become a journey; a journey become life? For the cycling couple Daniele and Simona of BeCycling, a globe-spanning project to ride to the top of the seven highest passable mountain passes of the world, the road was always home. “It’s been life since the beginning,” explains Daniele over the phone from Mexico. Read More
Following up on our recent news about moving production of the Fixed Collection to the UK, we are pleased to announce the opening of pre-orders for the black edition of the Sheffield-made Fixed England Shoe. Buffed to a beautiful shine and detailed with dashing pink aglets, this black edition of our vintage-inspired cycling shoe will ship on May 31st. Read More
Before it got co-opted by big business, artisan-made used to stand for something. But after years of misdirection, its value is all but lost. Within the bike industry though, thanks to makers like Portland’s Makeshifter Canvas Works (and our very own UK-made Fixed England shoe, of course), artisan means as much today as it ever did. Read More