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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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08.04

From Russia, With Hubs

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.
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From Russia, With Hubs | Brand, Bikes & Business With Raketa
Spring ’18 Edit: Six Tan-Worthy Road Cycling Jerseys

06.04

Spring ’18 Edit: Six Tan-Worthy Road Cycling Jerseys

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.
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Three of the Best Road Cycling Routes in Mallorca (with GPX Files)

30.03

Climbs, Views and Chills: Three of the Best Road Cycling Routes in Mallorca

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.
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Stanforth Cycles Adventure

26.03

Breadcrumbs on the Trail: In Conversation With Simon Stanforth

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.
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Lost Souls in a Storm: The Hell of the North

21.03

Lost Souls in a Storm: The Hell of the North

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. 

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Kit Guide & Questions Answered: Road Cycling Pedals

20.03

Kit Guide & Questions Answered: Road Cycling Pedals

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.

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BeCycling - From seven hills to seven passes

14.03

A Life by Bike: Around the World in More Than Eighty Days

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.
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Quoc Fixed England Vintage-style Leather Cycling Shoe - Black

13.03

Available to Pre-Order: The Fixed England Black

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.
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Makeshifter Canvas Works

08.03

Reclaiming Artisan With Makeshifter Canvas Works

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.
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Talking True Grit with Lauf's Gudberg Björnsson

06.03

Talking True Grit with Lauf's Gudberg Björnsson

Eagle-eyed riders visiting the Quoc site and social pages in recent days may have sighted a custom Stanforth bicycle in a few photos from our Welsh bikepacking adventure. This beautiful bicycle is a story in itself, but after a cursory glance at its smooth lines and svelte tubes, your eyes are drawn back to the fork; yes, something unusual is happening there.
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Bike, Hike & Break Camp: Previewing the Quoc Gran Tourer Shoe

01.03

Bike, Hike & Break Camp: Previewing the Quoc Gran Tourer Shoe

Compared to a gravel bike shoe, road shoes have it pretty easy; cruising the black-top calls for smooth, stiff carbon underfoot, not the sort of sole that can hack trails, tracking and tinder foraging in the space of a single day. The Gran Tourer All-Terrain Bike Shoe is our response to the challenges of the backcountry.
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