Author: Ste Johnson

Vulpine Lightweight Harrington Jacket Review

Finding a cycling jacket ready for the rigours of winter and the cold is a much easier task these days. Thicker softshell types, waterproofs and fleeces are widely available. Great. However, it has been known for the British Isles to...

Trowbridge Saddle Bag – Review

For the discerning lady or gentleman who cares to cycle (discerningly of course) there’s is a bicycle not for high sport performance or weekends going down a mountain but for a civilized mode of transport used at a leisurely pace....

A Chat with Velo City Girl Jools Walker

A Chat with Velo City Girl Jools Walker Inspiration, you can get it from everywhere, it’s all around in everything you see on a day to day basis. It’s quite marvellous how glancing at a sign or a picture or...

The Frame Builders: Geekhouse Bikes

Duncan Palmer from Made Good returns to the DC to continue his series on handmade bike builders this time with American firm Geekhouse Bikes. Marty Walsh – photograph by John Watson of prollyisnotprobably.com Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the guys at...

Vulpine Softshell Jacket – Review

Okay, so this has been reviewed and given the plaudits by such sites such as The Washing Machine Post and Road.cc, so it would be easy to end this review here with: ‘what they said’. I’m not going to do...

Muxu Town Jacket – Review

There are so many types of jackets that have the functionality required for a cycling journey. Some fare better than others in certain categories. There are the jackets that are functional kings but are luminous green others are stylish champions but a...

A Chat with Claire Armstrong owner of Saddle & Spoke

We all can appreciate the finer things in life, those things that have an edge, a sophistication, an eye for detail, a thing of beauty. Certainly recently there have been some wonderful products for our beloved activity commonly referred to...

The Frame Builders: Donhou Bicycles

Guest post by Duncan Palmer. A discerning cyclist needs a discerning bicycle to ride and recently Duncan Palmer from Made Good spoke to frame builder Tom Donhou and learned more about the discerning bike frames he builds. I love the...

Helly Hansen Warm Base Layer – Review

One of the first ‘made for cycling’ tops I got when I started this flirtation with all things bike was a compression base layer. It did it’s job, kept me warm but as it was a compression layer, man it...

A Chat with Liz and Phil Bingham from VeloVixen

A Chat with Liz and Phil Bingham from VeloVixen Who remembers Blind Date? With ‘our’ Graham and Liverpool’s own Cilla Black? Of course you all do, right? I just checked wikipedia and it ran for nearly 20 years! As my...

Cleverhood Waterproof Cape – Review

Cleverhood Waterproof Cape – Review The rain is a constant irritant to most cyclists but there are many jackets and coats around to help keep you as dry as possible. However they are not without their flaws. Breathable rain jackets...

Road Rags Ltd Merino Stylish Cycling Clothing

Thanks to Gerry from Cyclr, the DC discovered a new clothing range that’s just perfect for us cycling types. A range of merino clothing from a company called Road Rags. Four different styles of tops and a pair of women’s...

Torm T5 Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey – Review

So this review can be definitively summed up like this. One of the best cycling jerseys I’ve worn.  Okay, great, thanks for reading. What’s that? You want me to go into it a bit more? Well alright then… …It was...

(Il) Soigneur Musette – Review

Unless you are going a very short distance on your bike it’s usually a good idea to carry some kind of object that you can transport some cycling essentials. Now who you are will depend on what you truly decide...

A Chat with Brian Palmer of The Washing Machine Post

A Chat with Brian Palmer of The Washing Machine Post One of the big inspirations behind the Discerning Cyclist was The Washing Machine Post (TWMP for short). A blog offering reviews on a whole host of cycling related goods. From...

Stylish Cycling Clothes – Merino Tops

Stylish Cycling Clothes – Merino Tops So it’s getting cold, brrrr, as it does this time of year and if you’re the type of cyclist for whom the act of pedalling is not the only reason to go out on...

Stylish Cycling Clothes – Selection #001

It’s been a busy old week here at the Discerning Cyclist filled with pictures, meeting, greeting new people and of course a good chunk of looking around and seeing what’s out there. Lots of great gear popping up that’s fitting...

A Chat with Jenni Gwiazdowski from the London Bike Kitchen

A Chat with Jenni Gwiazdowski from the London Bike Kitchen A Californian in London opens a DIY bicycle maintenance workshop where you work on the bike, learning its particular nuances and how to properly maintain it, stripping it down and building it back...

H&M Merino Wool Jumper – Review

H&M Merino Wool Jumper – Review H & M. What can I say about them. I love the place, stylish gear for relatively cheap prices. They seem to keep an eye on what’s out there and then produce similar items...

Rapha Softshell Trousers – Review

Finding a stylish pair of trousers or jeans to cycle in is pretty easy as long as you’re not too particular about functionality and durability. Add those two factors and your search becomes a great deal harder. Getting stylish cycling trousers...

Vulpine Short Sleeve Merino Polo – Review

“The perfect all-day-anywhere cycling top. Classic and subtly styled, with immense attention to detail and and cycling-specific features. The cut is crisp and long at the back for riding.” And so say Vulpine about their Short Sleeve Merino Polo. This...

Vulpine Storm Cap – Review

My most recent cycling attire purchase was the Vulpine Storm Cap, available from Vulpine for £35. I’m not a big lover of helmets (I know, I know – how very cavalier of me, but still), so I like to wear...




TOP 5 FAVOURITES FOR WINTER RIDES


1. 🧥Rapha Lightweight Commuter Jacket
Stylish, waterproof and easy to throw in a bag.

2. 📍Sherlock Anti-Theft GPS Bike Tracker
Get alerted if your bike moves without you.

3. 👖DUER All-Weather Denim
Waterproof cycling jeans - need I say more?

4. 🪖LIVALL BH60SE Smart Bike Helmet
A helmet with lights that plays music.

5. 🥾Chrome Storm 415 Workboot
Waterproof shoes. No more soggy feet.