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The Beautiful Ride – Cycling Notebooks

I don’t why, but I’ve always had a bit of an odd obsession with stationery trinkets. Stick me in any shop and I get a whiff of some stationery, I’ll be kept amused for the foreseeable future trying to justify to myself why I’d need to buy a box of paper clips, a new highlighter or a stapler. I’ve got a problem: stationery nerd.

Cyclist Notebook

Notebooks are a personal favourite and, having stumbled across The Beautiful Ride, an online shop that sells cycling-inspired gifts, I found some beautifully-bound cycling themed notebooks which particularly caught the eye.

These elegant notebooks come in A5, making them ideal for sketching – especially with the lovely, crisp, off-white pages within. While an A5 pad isn’t likely to squeeze into a trouser pocket, it will comfortably fit into any backpack or messenger back without fear of bending or scuffing thanks to its hardback matte laminated cover.

Bicycle Notebook

And it is these same covers that make these notebooks unique and of the greatest appeal to fellow cyclists. As The Beautiful Rider themselves say, their products are ‘designed to celebrate our passion for cycling’. Images on the covers include Pedro Delgado’s climb of the Alpe d’Huez in the 1987 Tour de France, Merckx and a host of the cycling themed delights. The personal favourite of mine being the ‘Good things happen on a bicycle’ notebook.

The Beautiful Ride Bike Notebook

While a little on the pricey side at Β£18 (although this does include UK delivery), these elegant notebooks do exude a quality feel – and as a nice little bonus are made in Great Britain (hoorah!).

Cycling Notebook

The Beautiful Ride is well-worth a visit though, with a random selection of other bits and bobs (random as in: iPhone covers, expresso cups and mugs) which I’d definitely recommend as a fetching little gift for a fellow cyclist.

Pete Reynolds


1. πŸͺ–Fend ONE Folding Helmet
A folding helmet that actually looks good.

2. πŸ§₯Helly Hansen Hooded Rain Jacket
Stay dry in style.

3. 🧴Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Cleaning Kit
Keep your bike feeling brand new.

4. πŸ‘–DUER-All Weather Jeans
Waterproof cycling jeans. Seriously.

5. πŸŽ’Rapha Reflective Backpack
A beautiful backpack that you can't miss.

Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

3 Responses

  1. John the Monkey says:

    Β£18! The paper looks half decent though (120gsm). I wonder how it would hold up to ink?

  2. John the Monkey says:

    Can’t see any feathering there – I’d want to run something like Pousserie De Lune, or Havana Brown over it before pronouncing definitively, mind πŸ™‚

    Still, Β£5 more than a Monsieur sketchbook (for example – 140gsm paper, leather cover)…

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