Category Archives: Cycling

How to show a cyclist you love them

Cyclists can be hard to love. All that mud. All that sweat. All the missing cheese. But cyclists have their good points, too. They’re less likely than train commuters to give you a cold, and they generally have nice legs. This Valentine’s day, remind yourself of all the lovable things about your cyclist, and show them you care. Here are … Continue reading

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Are you a discerning cyclist?

Some of us take the Henry Ford approach to buying cycling clothing: any colour, as long as it doesn’t show the mud. At the other extreme, some of us know our Bianchi blue from our duck egg, are very particular about sock length, and can spot a decent merino across a crowded pub. Where do you fall on the spectrum? … Continue reading

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Brand Spotlight on Svelte Cycling

The newest addition to Victor & Liberty’s stable of British designers is young London-based brand Svelte. The company launched at Spin London in May; after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Svelte are now producing subtle, classy jerseys, shorts and accessories, without the premium price tag. For our brand spotlight, Victor & Liberty chatted to Svelte’s founder, Tom Barber. Tom’s from a … Continue reading

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Eroica Britannia – a tale of the ride and the festival.

Victor & Liberty spent a marvellous weekend at the Eroica Britannia festival. Paul – or Victor, as we like to think of him – escaped from work for a few hours to take part in one of the rides. He looked every inch the L’Eroica part in his Creux Director Sportif merino vintage tee and his Walz cap. (He wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Carradice and Victor & Liberty: a cross-Pennine colloboration

Luckily, Lucy’s been here before. We’re weaving through a network of terraced streets in Nelson, Lancashire when she cries, ‘There it is!’ A tiny sign points down a cobbled side road. Here, tucked behind the rows of houses, is the Carradice factory. For some cyclists, a trip to Carradice is a little pilgrimage. Wilf Carradice made himself a cycling bag … Continue reading

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Bike bag memories

What’s in your bike bag? Squashed banana, two dog-eared maps and some unidentified tent pegs? Laptop, lunchbox and a copy of Rouleur? A week’s worth of food shopping? Spare inner tube, tyre levers and a credit card? While cycling itself is the definition of freedom – just hop on and go – how to carry our stuff has always presented … Continue reading

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Cycling in Spring

Getting dressed for winter cycling is easy: you just put on everything you own. Spring poses different challenges. The weather forecast euphemistically calls it ‘wintry mix’, but spring is all about ice, hail, wind, rain, sun and snow in quick rotation. Thin layers that you can take off and stuff away make sense. With a lightweight waterproof like Vulpine’s beautiful, … Continue reading

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Rain and wind and weather

Sometimes, we West Yorkshire denizens get a bit tired. We love our 15% gradients and showstopping views, but every now and again, we long to go for an easy spin on something nice and flat. Our Friends in Low Places (like East Anglia) say things like, ‘Ah! It may be flat, here, but we have the WIND.’ Well, guess what? … Continue reading

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New Year … Small Solutions

New Year resolutions are traditionally a hybrid of fantasy and spreadsheets. We truly believe we can plan our way to a fitter, better, brighter version of ourselves. But ‘Thinking Yourself Epic’ rarely lasts. This year, I’m thinking small. My 2015 cycling resolutions are all things I should be doing anyway. You may find a few you recognise… Plan routes in … Continue reading

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