Mido Riding Boots From PEdAL ED 12/21/2014


MidoReally liking this new cycling boot from PEdAL ED. They are styled on a classic hiking boot design but with some bike specific modifications. A lowered back heel design allows for a smooth and comfortable pedaling action. A reinforced toe cap area gives some added protection when flicking the pedals. The heal also has a reflective strip built in for night time riding. The boot comes in four color choices and each color comes with a selection of three different lace colors. A contrasting color (like the blue laces above), a matching tone color (like the beige above) and some black reflective laces for night riding. All topped of with the excellent Vibram soles and hand made Italian leather by Diemme.

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The JB4 Travel Wallet By Brooks 12/07/2014


Brookes_WalletBrooks have extended their John Boultbee range with some leather wallet accessories. Our favorite is the travel wallet above. The pieces are made in Tuscany from one piece of leather, the same leather used in the Brooks saddles. Simple and beautifully made, a piece that is only going to get better with age. The closing mechanism is made from 100% copper.

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Categories: Design / Kit

The Lakeshore Jacket 11/15/2014


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Upright Cyclist just keep bringing really nice looking and practical pieces for getting around town. Their latest piece is the Lakeshore Jacket, made from a Cordura Cotton shell by Artistic Milliners, the style sits somewhere between a classic Moto jacket and a workwear jacket. As with all of their products it is designed for riding, with nice touches like the classic “Coaches Collar” and Nylon inserts over the shoulders to make the fit comfortable on the bike.

The Lakeshore Jacket

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Paul Smith “531″ Cycling Line 10/31/2014


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Well it was only a matter of time considering how much of a cycling nut he is. The new Paul Smith “531″ cycling line looks pretty nice. I am going to be in London next week so I will be making sure to stop by the shop on Floral Street to have a look in person. I expect the construction will be flawless as on all that Mr Smith makes and considering they are built using Swiss-made Schoeller fabrics I expect they are going to be both very practical and durable. More to come…

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The Magic Elixir 12/18/2014


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Any rider who has spent long hours in the saddle day after day has probably at some point had the misfortune to experience a saddle sore. That felling that starts with a mild irritation at the end of a ride, only to wake up the next day to a full on saddle sore and a world of hurt. At this point there is not a lot to be done, other than suffer. Although I once watched a documentary on the Tour in the days of David Miller, where they would take raw meat (usually Liver) and seal it in a ziplock bag to then be placed in their shorts over said irritated spot. Apparently it worked, but rumors of the team chief then cooking it and making the “Lantern Rouge” eat it for dinner are apparently not true. One method of prevention I was introduced to when racing in my teens was the wonders of “Savlon”.  Or ironically our knick name for it now used in other cycling circles was “Ass Saver”. Savlon is a British made antiseptic cream. The stuff that when you were a kid and grazed your knee was the go to “magic cream” that your mother used. For this particular use case, usually after a post ride shower and drying, I put a thin layer around any contact points that might need a little love and attention (or even if the don’t to be preventative). I have got to the point where I do this after every ride and have not had a saddle sore for nearly 20 years. Is it the Savlon? Maybe, but that is the magic. Something is working and I am not changing it. So my recommendation would be, like me, if you are ever flying through Heathrow make sure you make a visit to Boots Pharmacy (they are in every terminal) and pick up a few packets. It is always something I keep in my kit bag.

Categories: Classic / Kit

Vittoria Lorica 1976 Shoe 11/22/2014


Vittoria_LoricaLeather and laces are well and truly back. My first ever pair of racing shoes (granted in black) are back on the market. The original shoe launched in 1976 by Celestino Vercelli is handmade in Biella, Italy and sports the original punched holes for ventilation.

Available at Always Riding

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New Cycling Line From Ashmei 11/08/2014


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Running brand Ashmei who I have been following for a while just made their first steps into the cycling world with a small but beautifully constructed range. Runners who use their kit always talk of the quality and fit of their products, and the construction using high end Merino. Their stand-out cycling piece for launch is a softshell jacket in two colors red and black. The jacket mixes a Merino around the back for breathability, and a fabric they developed themselves over the shoulders and front that is waterproof and windproof. It is not cheap at about $330, which firmly puts them in the Assos and Rapha category, so the construction has a lot to live up to. The detailing is really nice, with a key pocket and small pump pocket as some of the stand-out features. The brand practices a performance first philosophy over looks, so the designs are very minimal and unfussy. I expect they are going to feel really nice on when they go on sale in the Spring, definitely worth watching out for.

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Isaora Quilted Combo Hoody 10/12/2014


isaora_hoodieSome beautiful new kit from NYC brand Isaora. Made with micro-quilted, water-resistant nylon for the unique front panels and a tight knit wool/nylon for the sleeves and back. The fabrics are from Japan and Italy and the piece is designed and made in New York. Great jacket for traveling.

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Machines For Freedom 09/07/2014


MachinesForFreedomSome beautiful new pieces from Machines For Freedom up on their site. Love the finish on their new Dot Print jersey and the oversized middle pocket for larger items. Our friend Tracy Chandler put some of their kit to the test this summer on the Alpine Fire Flies ride, you can read about it here.

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