May 2015

Paul Smith 531 Collection & Ted Baker Raising the Handlebars

Paul Smith 531 Collection Bringing together Paul Smith's passion for cycling and the latest developments in technical fabrications, the 11 piece collection features lightweight jackets, merino jerseys and an all-black racing bike designed for city cycling. Take a look at the full range over at Paul Smith. Ted Baker - Raising the Handlebars Fusing dapper design details with innovative accents, it's time to get up to speed with Ted's bicycle-friendly collection. Fresh fabrics, reflective trims and secret pockets are far too stylish to be kept for the fast lane. See the full range at Ted Baker.

The Aftermarket

The Aftermarket - Unique Gifts for the Discerning Cyclist The Aftermarket is a shop window for independent makers of bespoke products associated with the fine pursuit of cycling. The marketplace features some great, little-known brands. None of the products listed could be termed mass produced. Here's some of my favourites, starting with Katie’s bike chain cufflinks (above) created from used chains, which are collected, cleaned, polished and re-purposed. One of the niches the The Aftermarket fills is for small run t-shirt prints, the best of which are produced by Cycology in Australia. The creative force behind these prints is an artist & designer who would rather be a full time athlete - but due to lack of talent, balance & the inability to keeping the rubber side down... stuck to her day job. This Wood and steel bike stand is handmade in New York City out of reclaimed from demolished warehouses and carefully crafted into something beautiful for your bicycle. What better way to celebrate the Tour de France than with a triple pack of Look Mum No Hands underpants..? Here's a Harris Tweed musette, made individually by hand from Pedalling Squares. Each bag has the Harris authentication orb stitched to the side. We all know part of the fun of cycling is having a midway break at a cafe for a cuppa and a bit of cake, but where do you put your money or card while you’re riding, then your coins after you’ve had that piece of cake? The Cake Stop Caddy from Velo Culture solves that problem, it has a slot for your bank card or notes, then on the other side a Velcro pouch to pop your change into. There’s also room for a door key. See more over at The Aftermarket website.