Author: Pete Reynolds

How to Ride a Bike: For Adults, Kids and Dogs [TIPS + VIDEOS]

How to Ride a Bike: For Adults, Kids and Dogs [TIPS + VIDEOS] Life can’t half be complicated sometimes. Tax returns. Starting gym memberships. Cancelling gym memberships. Ikea flatpacks. Roadworks. Traffic jams. Car insurance. Urgh. And that’s why riding a...

Why Mandatory Bicycle Helmets Laws DON’T Make Cyclists Safer

Why Mandatory Bicycle Helmets Laws DON’T Make Cyclists Safer It may seem counter-intuitive but forcing people to wear a helmet when cycling doesn’t improve the safety of cyclists. But why? Surely extra protection around your most important organ can only...

8 Top Tips for Planning a Cycling Holiday

8 Top Tips for Planning a Cycling Holiday A cycling holiday, whether in the UK or abroad, is a great way to travel and see the countryside at your own pace. But it takes some planning and a good deal...

How to Cycle Safely on Roads

How to Cycle Safely on Roads Many more people are seeing cycling as a viable form of daily transport rather than just a weekend pastime. Environmental issues, the ever-increasing number of the overweight and obese and the need to take...

Evoc MacAskill Street Backpack – Review

Evoc MacAskill Street Backpack – Review When it comes to bags, there are many options available to urban cyclists: the messenger bag – as popularised by bike couriers, pannier bags and of course, the good old backpack. While many may...

Get Back on the Trail by Cycling in Poland

Get Back on the Trail by Cycling in Poland If you are planning a European holiday to get back into the saddle, recent upgrades to the biking infrastructure have made Poland a perfect destination. It’s also the birthplace of Rafal...

John Smedley Lundy Pullover Review

John Smedley Lundy Pullover Review Do you ever come across a piece of clothing that you just love? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about the John Smedley Lundy pullover. To me, it is perfect. Now, I realise that in...

How Do You Fancy a Virtual Bike Ride?

How Do You Fancy a Virtual Bike Ride? Just a few months ago, this site touched on the idea of cycling in autumn, specifically pointing to some outfitting ideas that can keep you comfortable in cooling (or wet) weather. Generally,...

What is Cycling in Liverpool Really Like?

What is Cycling in Liverpool Really Like? Having done several “Cycling in…” posts over the years on Discerning Cyclist, it came to my attention that I’ve never done one for my hometown: Liverpool. So just how does Liverpool stack up...

9 Great Stocking-Filler Presents for Cyclists for under £20

9 Great Stocking-Filler Presents for Cyclists for under £20 UPDATED GIFT GUIDE: 51 Best Presents for Cyclists (under £40) Stuck on finding some small Christmas gifts for the cyclist in your life? Need Secret Santa ideas for cyclists? Or maybe...

Is This the Best Black Friday Deal for Urban Cyclists?

Is This the Best Black Friday Deal for Urban Cyclists? The world’s gone mad. Shopping mad. But hey, if you want to find a bargain, there’s probably no better day than Black Friday. However, most places use Black Friday as...

Padded Knickers for Lady Cyclists – Bike Nicks Review

Padded Knickers for Lady Cyclists – Bike Nicks Review There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable underwear on a long bike ride. Some people opt for padded shorts, some go for generic cycling shorts, while others opt for their regular undies. But...

Behind the Scenes at Rapha’s London Office and Shop

Behind the Scenes at Rapha’s London Office and Shop Upon arriving outside Rapha’s headquarters at 18 Imperial Works in north London, I was very surprised to not see a single bicycle parked up outside. Not one. Maybe Rapha’s 120-plus employees...

Report: The UK’s Pothole Problem

Report: The UK’s Pothole Problem Potholes in the UK are becoming more common on our roads and can sometimes take months until they’re fixed by the council. Potholes are especially problematic for cyclists, and if the results of this new...