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VeloHalo: The Bike Lights in the Spotlight

It goes without saying that being seen by other road users when you’re cycling is vital. And while a good front and rear LED set up is a decent start, something a bit more eye-catching – especially when you’re at a 90˚ angle to others – can hugely improve your Read more >


Primal Wear Paxton Men’s Hoodie – Review

Layering in the winter months is vital. And a key asset in your layering arsenal should be a nice hoodie. Pop on a t-shirt, throw over a hoodie or jumper and a medium-weight jacket and you should be plenty warm on your upper body for whatever chills you may face. Read more >


How to choose the right size bike for you?

It’s easy to underestimate the importance of choosing the right road bike size. If you choose an ill-fitting bike, it can not only negatively affect your comfort during a ride but also reduce efficiency and put you at risk of developing an injury. But with a little help, it is Read more >


Resolute Bay NX1 Cordura Cycling Jeans – Review

For the most part of 2016, I have been wearing pretty much one pair of jeans: the Resolute Bay Cordura jeans that I reviewed back in March. It’s not that I don’t own other jeans. I probably own four or five pairs (I know, what a show-off). But the simple Read more >


LUMO reveal 3 new innovations on Kickstarter

Having launched via Kickstarter on 2015, and enjoyed great success with their innovative range of stylish cycling attire (including the a dashing Harrington Jacket which we reviewed), LUMO are back on the lookout for investment for their next range of products. Next in line for the West Sussex-based start-up are Read more >


11 Chic Christmas Present Ideas for Cyclists

It’s here: Xmas 2k15. Merry Christmas, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noël, メリークリスマス! But what is the perfect Christmas gift for the cyclist in your life (short of a bicycle, of course)? Well, to help you on your way, and to avoid the High Street madness, Discerning Cyclist Read more >


Can a Woolly Hat Really Save Your Life?

You can’t beat a good old hand-knitted woolly hat for the colder months, can you? It’s the epitome of a cosy winter. So it’s all the more impressive that On The Glo, who launched their Kickstarter campaign on 23rd October, have taken such a classic simple design and added a Read more >


Cycling Lifestyle Survey: Win £100 Amazon Voucher

In order to help get a better feel of what the Discerning Cyclist audience wants and feels, we’re running an exclusive survey until 30th November 2015 – creatively named the ‘Cycling Lifestyle Survey’. And, to show our gratitude to those who complete the survey, we’re giving away a £100 Amazon voucher Read more >


Why Your Bike Lock Is about to Look Very Outdated

From navigation, to helmets and bike lights, there’s no part of the cycling gear industry that’s immune to innovation – much of it crowdfunded. However, perhaps the greatest opportunity for innovation is with bike locks. Theft continues to blight the experience of cycling for many. From theft of individual components Read more >


The Ultra-Reflective Cycling Backpack Catching Attention on Kickstarter

Blending cycling functionality, style and safety in cycling clothes and accessories has become increasingly popular amongst cyclists recently, and one of the most eye-catching projects currently on Kickstarter certainly ticks all three boxes. RA Reflective have come up with two backpack designs (the ‘Reflect | Pack’), along with a beanie Read more >


How to Shower without a Shower

Not having a shower at their workplace is one of the biggest gripes cyclists tend to have with their employers. Well, things have changed. And it’s nothing to do with your employer. A wet shower is so last year. Now, you can have a dry shower from a can – Read more >


Should Bikes, Cars & Pedestrians Be Separated?

I’m convinced that separating bikes from cars and pedestrians is the key to reversing an alarming rise in road casualties. New annual figures from the Department of Transport show that casualties rose to 194,477 in 2014, an increase of six per cent from 2013, halting a steady downward trend since Read more >


Kickstarter Cycling Stars: Port Hardy

One of the latest Kickstarter projects to really catch my eye is Port Hardy, who have created some of the most discerning and elegant vintage bicycle bags I’ve seen in a long time. The Port Hardy range consists of various saddle, handlebar and frame bags, some of which also double Read more >


Get Your Own Ste Illustrates Prints

If you’re a fan of the awesome cycling illustrations that you’ll see from time-to-time on Discerning Cyclist, then you have come across the work of the super talented Ste Johnson! Ste and I started Discerning Cyclist back in 2012, and he was absolutely integral in helping to get it off Read more >


How to Cycle Like a Local in Amsterdam [INFOGRAPHIC]

Amsterdam is a cycling inspiration for every city. But not only can city planners and governments learn from the Dutch capital, cyclists can also learn how to ride better thanks to this cracking infographic on ‘how to cycle like a local in Amsterdam’, put together by the team at Cheapflights. You don’t Read more >


Everything You Need to Know to (Re)Start Cycling

In 2012, I rode a bike for the first time since I was 16. I didn’t have anything against cycling – I loved it when I was younger – but as you enter your latter teens (in the UK at least), it’s just not deemed ‘cool’ to have a bicycle Read more >


Managing the Summer Sweat Problem

There’s nothing quite like heading out on a bike ride on a crisp winter day – beautiful scenery, an invigorating ride and, most importantly, you’re as fresh when you arrive home as you were when you left! In summer, it’s a different story! Most of us struggle to manage the Read more >


5 Common Cycling Mishaps (and How to Fix Them)

Every cyclist has experienced that maddening moment – when your chain comes off as you’re late for work or your gears jam as you’re slogging uphill. From stain removal to avoiding flat tires – this article will take you through five of the most common cycling calamities, and some speedy Read more >


What is England’s Best City for Cycling?

A new study published by Toothpick has ranked all of the UK’s cities and towns based on how ‘bike friendly’ they are. Toothpick’s study used data collected by the Ministry of Transport and Sport England about the number of people who cycle regularly (at least once a week). Cities were ranked Read more >


Find Cheap Bike Parts in Your Area with Shpock

One of the big ‘perks’ of cycling that people often mention is just how cheap it is. Which is, for the most, true. There’s no fuel costs, no “road tax” and the general up keep is pretty low. Nevertheless, whether it’s finding a seat, wheel or basket, when we do Read more >


Is This Cycling Jacket Ready for the Boardroom?

Cycling jackets, well more specifically cycling blazers, are something that many ‘office’ cyclists have yearned for. Blazers are one of the key items that generally aren’t built for cycling, as they are normally offer relatively little give on the back and around the arms. Meaning cycling can put an almighty Read more >


In Profile: Goodordering – the Good Cycling Bags

Launched in 2012 by fashion designer Jacqui Ma, East London-based Goodordering is one of several companies in the cycling fashion arena that got its big break thanks to Kickstarter. Drawing inspiration from Japanese school bags, Scandinavian design and retro luggage, Jacqui’s bag designs – aimed at commuter cyclists – are Read more >


The Bicycle Vote – Who Promises What?

The UK election takes place on the 7th May, so if you’re registered, you need to get down to your local polling station (or in my case by proxy) and make yourself heard. In this article I will try to provide the most balanced viewpoint on cycling policies from each Read more >


3 More City Cycling Destinations for a Summer Jolly

Following on from my recent post about tips and potential destinations for an urban cycling holiday, this post will look at three more destinations you might want to consider for a holiday on two wheels. With summer right around the corner, if you’re hoping to head off on holiday this Read more >


A Chat with Louis Pollack, Founder of Fairwear

I caught up with Louis Pollack, the founder of Fairwear – a start-up brand in 2014 that launched some fantastic ‘performance inspired apparel’ that is great for cycling as well as before and after your ride. Last July, I tried out one of Fairwear’s early products, the Silkroad Shirt, which Read more >


Spin London 2015 – 8th-10th May

Spin London 2015 is almost upon us, with the ever-growing-in-popularity urban cycling exhibition on from Friday 8th until Sunday 8th May. The first exhibition took place in 2012 and has been a rip-roaring success ever since, meaning the latest exhibition will be coming from a new, bigger location: The Sorting Read more >


Urban Cycling Holiday: Tips and Trips

There are many reasons why people choose to cycle. As we discovered in 10 Reasons Why People Cycle to Work, explanations ranged from happiness and health, to cost, calories and “not wanting to be stuck in a cage” (also known as the tube). Because riding a bike isn’t just about Read more >


So I Moved to Germany and…

I’ve been awfully quiet on the Discerning Cyclist for the past couple of months. Something that certainly wasn’t my intention at the start of this year. I’m never sure how much of my personal life I should put on this website. I mean, I know it’s good to connect with Read more >


Everything You Need to Know About Bicycle Insurance

Insurance is nothing new. There’s pretty much nothing you can’t insure nowadays, so you won’t be surprised you can also get cycling insurance. But what is it? And, importantly, is it worth it? But first, let’s get down to basics. What is Cycling Insurance? There are three things that cycling Read more >


Why Do Cyclists Bloody LOVE Coffee?

I should probably start this post with a disclaimer, one that may greatly offend and possibly upset the cycling community. Okay, here it goes… I don’t like coffee. In truth, I’m not really bothered about any hot drinks. They just don’t do it for me. I’ll have the occasionally cup Read more >


How to Clean Cycling Clothes

Cyclists are caring more and more about their appearance on the saddle. There are men who won’t be seen riding without having had a bit of a beard trim beforehand, and women who would never entertain the idea of putting a helmet on top of anything less than perfectly styled Read more >


How to Carry Your Bike Upstairs with Ease

Living on the second floor of an apartment with only a narrow stairwell for access, I spend a great deal of time carrying my bike up and down stairs. It’s awkward and uncomfortable, and I’m amazed I haven’t injured myself – or fallen down the stairs thanks to an off-balanced Read more >


11 Celebrities Who Cycle in Style

Not all ‘celebrities’ cycle for publicity… … some, like a lot of the population, actually enjoy getting about town on two wheels. In a change of pace for the Discerning Cyclist, we thought we’d run through 11 of the most stylish famous cyclists. Lowbrow or what, eh? Jennifer Aniston Before Read more >


How to Protect Your Bike from Thieves in 4 Steps

My bike is extremely basic. It cost me £120 new and is probably now worth a generous £40. But, that hasn’t stopped people trying to steal it before, as you can see from the picture below. (Some thieves are cretins. In this case, they managed to cut off my cheap Read more >


10 Reasons You Should Try an Electric Bike

With cycling growing in popularity across the UK, could electric bikes be the bridge needed to convince motorists to ditch four wheels for two? Some people love them, others loathe them. But for anyone considering following Bob Dylan’s lead and go electric, then we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Read more >


Best Buys from the January Sales

They say hair of the dog is the best recovery method for a hangover. So, obviously, what better way to get over that lingering stress of Christmas shopping than a splurge in the January sales? It sounds horrendous, I know. But then again there are some rather good offers knocking Read more >


7 Common British Cyclists: A Spotter’s Guide

Post compiled on behalf of Montague Burton who are celebrating the modern gent by providing dapper tips and style knowledge as part of their #justtheticket campaign. The Discerning Cyclist has compiled a list of seven of the most common varieties of cyclist found across Great Britain, with the appropriate notes to help Read more >


Cycling-Friendly Ladies Jeans from Ligne 8

I think I am not alone in believing that buying new jeans, for women, can be as challenging and frustrating as buying swimsuits. My favourite pair, purchased in 2006, is in such terrible shape that I can’t wear them out of the house anymore. I have others, but I’ve been Read more >


Ladies Cycling to Work Tips

So you are thinking about biking to work – good for you! It is a great way to get some exercise, save some money, increase your happiness, enjoy the world around you, and do something good for the environment. Despite knowing all the benefits, it still is not as easy Read more >


10 Secret Santa Ideas under £30 for Cyclists

Have you drawn the office cyclist in your Secret Santa? Never fear, The Discerning Cyclist presents a mixture of fun and practical stocking filler ideas for under £30 that you can get from Amazon. Winter Cycling Smart Phone Touchscreen gloves – £6.50 Straight in with a practical gift for cyclists, Read more >


Cycling to the Office PART 3: Footwear

If you’re a regular reader of Discerning Cyclist, you may have noticed that I’m a big advocate for stylish clothes that have performance aspects subtly built in suited for commuting on a bicycle. However, when it comes to cycling-friendly office shoes, I am, quite frankly, at a bit of a Read more >


How to be a Gentleman on a Bicycle in 9 Steps

Post compiled in tandem with pro cyclist, Liam Stones, on behalf of Montague Burton who are celebrating the modern gent by providing dapper tips and style knowledge as part of their #justtheticket campaign. There’s nothing more quintessentially British than being a true gent. But what can you do to continue Read more >


Are These the Perfect Bike Pants for Ladies?

Having eyed Iladora’s “Perfect Bike Pant” for a while, I naturally jumped at the chance to test out a pair. Designed and made in San Francisco, these pants were carefully created for women bike commuters who want pants that easily transition from bicycle to office.  Most of the biking I Read more >


Cycling to the Office PART 2: Shirts

In the second part of our series on cycling clothes that also work in the office, we take a look at the best cycling shirts you can cycle in. You can read PART 1 – Trousers – here and PART 3 – Footwear – here. So what do we look for Read more >


Cycling to the Office PART 1: Trousers

This is the first of our three-part series on cycling attire that is perfect for the office. Part 2 – Shirts is now also available, as is Part 3 – Footwear. A rhetorical question usually comes up when talking about stylish cycling clothes: “can’t you cycle in ‘normal’ clothes?” The Read more >


The Cycling Clothing Challenge

I recently challenged myself on my bike. No, not a century, or some feat of strength bike ride – I challenged myself to wear something different to work on my bike commute. I sew, and I sew bike-friendly office clothing, because I am: A) too lazy to change clothes at Read more >


How EVERYBODY benefits from investment in cycling

With the parliamentary debate on cycling set to reignite once more, British Cycling today published an academic paper to highlight the benefits investment in cycling can bring, not only to cyclists, but the entire population. British Cycling today published a paper looking at how increasing investment in cycling infrastructure could Read more >


5 Stylish Cycling Jackets this Winter for Men

Winter’s upon us. That means there’s nothing to do but wrap up warm and keep riding until the sun comes back. It will… I think. Don’t worry though. You don’t have to look like a prat to ride a bike and stay warm through the cooler months, as you can Read more >


PHOTO SERIES: Wine, Bicycles and Wood Boxes in Bordeaux

Guest post by Chris Cooley, of the excellent wine blog, Drinking It All In. Bordeaux is renowned the world over for its wines – especially its reds – and for being a powerhouse in the global wine industry. It showcases its prowess in viticulture with a bi-annual, four-day, wine festival that Read more >


Showcase: Ted Baker – Raising The Handlebars

A new season is upon us. Unfortunately that season is autumn heading into winter. Summer is over kids, go home. Sorry. The good news is that with the new season comes new clothes lines. The better news is that brands are finally waking up to the fact that most regular Read more >


sugru: How to Attach a Bike Light and 20 Other Cycling Uses

What is sugru? Form and fix the stuff you love. That is the motto of sugru, who produce self-setting rubber – effectively, useful Play-Doh for adults. How to use sugru The process is simple: wash your hands, open the mini-pack (5g) with scissors, use your fingers to make your desired Read more >


NOMONRO Dress Clips: Cycling in a Dress

One of the best things about biking in the summer is the pure pleasure that comes from biking in a skirt or dress and sandals. It’s a hard-to-describe feeling but it’s very freeing and relaxing. Of course, it can sometimes be too freeing, if a breeze catches you off guard Read more >


10 Reasons Why People Cycle to Work

This week, I decided to ask followers on Twitter and Facebook why they choose to cycle to work. QUESTION: If you cycle to work, why do you choose the bicycle over other modes of transport? #whycycle — Discerning Cyclist (@discerningcyc) June 3, 2014 I expected the answers to be along Read more >


A chat with Vaughn Brown of Parker Dusseau

Suits and bicycles rarely mix – much to the frustration of many. But has Parker Dusseau come up with, not a compromise, but a solution in the form of the Commuter Suit? Parker Dusseau, based in San Francisco, was formed in 2012 and has been receiving rave reviews from the Read more >


3 Vital Cycling Accessories for Rainy Days

It’s 8am,  I’m on the way to work and it’s pouring down with rain. Urgh. Cycling in the rain can often leave us asking: “why do I do this?” But, wrap up well, don the unflattering waterproofs and invest in some cheap accessories for your bike, and your journey’s will Read more >


12 Cheap Christmas Present Ideas for Cyclists

NEW: 10 Secret Santa Ideas Under £30 for Cyclists There’s no getting away from it. It’s December. So in the words of Slade: “It’s Christmasssss!” And, whether you’ve embraced the merriment of Christmas or not, it’s time to start looking for your presents now whether it’s for a friend, family Read more >


A Ride in the Park

Guest post by Jamie Fewery Since I took up cycling seriously four years ago I have combined commuting with leisure. The grind with the glory. The former has always been subject to the petty annoyances of urban life. Traffic, discourteous road users and the like. It’s to be expected and Read more >


Cycle to Work Scheme

In the last decade we have been constantly reminded of the issues affecting our planet such as global warming, and how things we do every day can have a dramatic effect in the long term. This includes things we think nothing of, like leaving a light turned on, a television Read more >


What Are Fixies?

Guest post by bicycle manufacturers Quella Bicycle. The diamond-frame fixed-gear bikes (not to be confused with single-speed bicycles) ridden today are fundamentally the same as those built in the nineteenth century. They are a tangible link to cycling roots; our point of contact with the formidable cyclists, the Olympic athletes Read more >


Vickers Bicycles: Getting the Bike Right

Guest post from Vickers Bicycles‘ Ian Covey. How you dress on a bicycle is so often dictated by the bicycle itself. You have to change your wardrobe and, to a certain degree, your personal style if you still want to look good while you pedal across town. And while Discerning Cyclist is testament Read more >


The Art of Cycling

Guest post from Tusk Journal’s Editor Alexander Lester. Congestion charges, road tax, petrol duties, high interest rates, depreciation and parking meters, just six reasons (I could list many, many more) why the car and its once majestic beauty is being subjected to the metaphorical scrap-heap in a modernizing, European (apologies Read more >


Bambikes – Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bicycles

When it comes to fashion, there is no dearth of available choices for someone living in this modern world. A similar conundrum is true of travel too; multiple options are readily available when you are on the lookout for a suitable and sustainable vehicle. Motorbikes, scooters, budget cars, coupes, vans, Read more >


Frosty the Bike Messenger

Guest post by Andrew Stephen. Spring may have blossomed, but in the northern latitudes the air is still chill, the light still short, and cycling remains challenging even for enthusiasts. Despite the conditions, we desperately want to get into the saddle again. It’s going to require the right gear for Read more >


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 seeing a pattern can push you to create something new for yourself. When you meet someone or talk Read more >


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 Geekhouse are proud of the frames they make. I’ve always Read more >


Georgia in Dublin – Stylish Cycling Gear & Accessories

Irish company Georgia in Dublin have made it their aim to look stylish on the bike whether it’s a tad drizzly or a major deluge. Highly functional cycling clothing is the key behind their product and Georgia in Dublin is dedicated to providing gear that has dual uses of function Read more >


The Story of Yossi and Max from Nisnas Industries

One of the my favourite things about the internet is that you sometimes you stumble upon something exceedingly beautiful. That’s what happened when I came across Nisnas Industries – producers of some of the most elegant, unique, intricately-crafted messenger bags and notebooks I’ve  seen. But Nisnas is also a statement; Read more >


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 as cycling that have been crafted and introduced to the Read more >


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 aesthetics of bikes. I consider the bicycle to be one Read more >


Rachel’s Journey – The Story of Michaux Club

We all like a nice bag to carry our wares about, women in particular appreciate a good handbag but when you jump on a bike you can suddenly find that very nice bag of yours, a lot of the time, doesn’t have the function to joining you for the journey Read more >


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 memory serves through the entire series I think only one couple carried on after the show ended through to Read more >


Cycling in Amsterdam

There appears to be some level of a ‘revolution’ going on in the cycling world. It’s a hot topic in the papers and on the news, particularly with high profile accidents involving Messrs Bradley Wiggins, Shane Sutton and Chris Boardman. The idea of how to make cycling a better and safer commuting Read more >


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 jerseys to DVD’s, books to bikes, Brian even talks about grease (just to be clear – not the place or Read more >


Stylish Cycling Clothes – Selection #002

Interviews and a mammoth post about merino have been the way of life this week at the DC but it’s still not denied us the pleasure of nosing around the web looking at great gear for on the bike and beyond. We’re finding great new gear everyday plus with existing Read more >


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 a given day you will be looking for something suitable, and hopefully stylish which is going Read more >


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 of the tag – discerning. Still a lot more that Read more >


Stylish Cycling Jackets for Rainy Days

This post may seem more relevant now due to the fact that it’s autumn and it’s been raining – and heavily at that, and we all associate autumn with rain (especially if you live in northern England!). But the fact is, it’s been raining since the spring, so a rain Read more >


Cycling in the Rain — Part 2

Finishing off the Discerning Cyclist’s style ideas (see Part 1 here) for stylish yet functional gear to keep you as dry as possible whilst you’re pedalling about in the pouring rain, we’re going to look at the lower half of the body. Getting dedicated waterproof trousers and shoes is not Read more >


Cycling in the Rain — Part 1

So it turns out you like going on cycle rides that take longer than 30 minutes. Great, happy riding. Oh it looks a beautiful day out, it’s going to be such a good cycle. Off you go whistling away, in your favourite jeans and hooded jacket. Oh yes, this is Read more >


Best Cycling Clothes – Casual Ride

If you’ve only got a short commute or you’re going out to town for the day and you’re travelling by bike, Discerning Cyclist has put together this little collection of stylish cycling attire that will serve you well – while riding and even enjoying a beer with friends. 1. Commuter Hooded Read more >