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Howies Base Layers

A while ago I heard from a man named Dan Marsh, who represents a clothing firm called Howies. They are based in Cardigan, South Wales. I had not heard of them before, but it turns out they produce a range of organic merino wool clothing, including a line of merino base layers. Having noticed my…

Warm Hands on A Cold Ride

Bitterly cold out on the marshes this morning, with another thick frost forming as I rode – and not just on the leaves and twigs along the roadside but a thin almost snow-like veneer on the surface of the road itself. I could hear it crackling softly like rice paper beneath my wheels as I…

Merino Base Layers

For some time now, with frosty moonlit nights being upon us, I have been wanting to do a review of merino base layers. I have had two in mind (and in my closet) that I have been using the past couple of years – Icebreaker and Rapha – but had wanted to include a third.…

Foxes and Hounds

Being late on the scene, as ever, in the world of fashion and pop culture it should come as no surprise that I discovered this fox-and-hounds photo-shoot magazine advertisement for Brooks saddles only yesterday. It was shot last year by photographer Frank Herholdt in Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire, a beautiful piece of ancient woodland where…

The Visible Man

When you ride a lot at night or in the dark of early morning, you naturally want to see and be seen and so you spend a lot of time and money getting decent lights – powerful headlamps to illuminate the road in front of you, and dazzling LED beacons to indicate your presence to…

Riding in the Rain

All the wind and chilly torrential rain this past week has underscored one of the great and often pointed-to drawbacks to relying on bicycles for your primary transportation – you’re going to get cold and wet. To be sure, if you’re out riding a bicycle in these sorts of conditions you’re going to be much…

Autumn Collections

A brisk ride along the seafront this morning with cold clear skies and temperatures down in the single figures, which made me grateful for my long-sleeve sportswool jersey and a nice lightweight breathable softshell. Between these two articles of clothing and a pair of three-quarter length cycling shorts, I was comfortably cool, the autumn chill…

Oh to be a fly on the wall at Rapha

Just for fun the other day, when the weather was still balmy enough for such foolishness, I set up my camera and tripod on the Bexhill promenade and by the use of a self-timer did my own send-up of a Rapha fashion shoot – posing with my ‘epic’ face, that hard, gritty Rapha-rider look, as…