Another really nice urban riding piece from Mission Workshop, with some seriously nice features and materials. They chose a fabric that has great stretch qualities making it perfect for a riding position, as well as being constructed from 96 g/m2 Polartec Neo-Shell that will pretty keep out most of what the weather will throw at you. The hood is shaped to work with a helmet and they have an internal media pocket to protect that iphone 6. It comes in two colors, black and charcoal and is available on the Mission Workshop site for $499.
Growing up I used to see a lot of German touring cyclists on the loop around Galway, pushing into an Atlantic headwind with bikes loaded full of bags and things strapped to them. Fast forward a couple of decades and the selection of camping and on-bike kit for touring is pretty astounding and technically advanced. Named after one of Britain’s most iconic routes that stretches the length of the country – this full pannier set stretches the full length of the bike front to back. The bag system uses an integrated Ortlieb mounting system that makes it compatible with pretty much all frame systems. Each pannier allows you to pack a substantial 23L – thats 92L of kit – enough for any trip. With the Ortlieb QL2 mounting system and the bags the system comes in at 1940g.
Vulpine + Sir Chris Hoy 02/14/2015
I have been following and wearing Vulpine kit for a while – although I just wore a hole in my socks (over-use). They really pay attention to the details, and their fabric choices are always really good. The launch of the “Hoy” line with Sir Chris Hoy looks like a really nice brand extension for them. The kit selection is designed to stretch from commuting to racing, with my favorite being some of the commuting kit in the pictures above. Creating performance kit in such a flooded market (even with the Hoy name behind it) is a tough ask, but Vulpine seem to be absolutely nailing and owning casual and urban riding. Best of luck!
Mido Riding Boots From PEdAL ED 12/21/2014
Really 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.
The JB4 Travel Wallet By Brooks 12/07/2014
Brooks 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.
Enve GPS Integration 03/26/2015
A nice new addition to the Enve product line with their integrated GPS holder. Made to be compatible with Garmin head units you get the option of attaching it to the top set or bottom set of bolts depending on your preference for where you want the head unit to level out. It weighs in at 26g and will set you back around $40. Gives your cockpit a nice clean look.
And There Was This 03/15/2015
The relaunch of the Jaguar brand has been a resounding success. They are once again making cars that if we could afford them they would definitely be on the list. Their partnership with Team Sky gives them an interesting media platform to get their products good air time in some of their biggest global markets. Last year they did a special edition F-Type Coupe for the Tour De France, only to see Chris Froome crash out. So they decided to try again in Paris-Nice this year and did a special World Champion Edition to follow Bradley Wiggins for the final time trial up to d’Eze. Alas Jaguar can’t seem to catch a break as Wiggins was a no-show for the final stage. No doubt looking at his over night position on GC and taking a peak out the window at the non-typical weather for Nice decided to say “Non” and stay in doors. Not sure they followed Richie Porte in the Jag, but they should have, he won.
The ALM Saddle By Fabric 02/03/2015
I haven’t seen the ALM saddle from Fabric in the flesh yet, but they look stunning. They have altered the basic design to push the rails further to the edge of the saddle creating what they call a “Leaf Spring” effect to help suck up road vibration. Love the buffalo etched cover. Gorgeous finishing.
The Magic Elixir 12/18/2014
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.
Vittoria Lorica 1976 Shoe 11/22/2014
Leather 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