These days when road cycling, were faced with the growing battle between cars and bikes for space. Whilst some countries embraced cycling as a general form of transport many years ago: Holland, Belgium, parts of Germany and France; elsewhere in the world you can take your life into your hands by riding the roads.
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About Robert Thorpe
Writer and cycling website editor. UK develeopment director for Cycology Gear, from Sydney, Australia
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As a cycling venue Yorkshire is hard to beat; whilst it may not have the endlessly long climbs of the Alps and elsewhere, it does have a plethora of savagely steep climbs that hit you in quick succession. Jere in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you’d have difficulty finding a hill that has a gradient […]
Imagine a pair of winter bib tights that are so well thought out that they ooze quality and look so technical and stylish that you simply can’t wait to ride in them. Too often, winter bib tights serve no purpose other than wrapping and constricting you like a dummy. Alé don’t think like this; instead […]
Yes, trails and hills are beginning to look like a retro wonderland as the good old hardtail is back in fashion. You can now drink alongside Homer Simpson with pride as you discuss the merits of a loose and bouncy backend, without fear of being sent to see the psych. With new head angles, gears […]
Sitting nicely within the ALÉ Clima Protection 2 range of garments, when this simple but stylish thermal vest arrived for testing I was a little hesitant. I’m not usually a vest or gillet wearer, but it did make me think that for this reason I was probably just the right person to provide an independent […]
Simplicity can be stylish and beautiful. Alé from the Italian city of Verona understand this; it’s in their dna and their new winter Colour Block thermal jersey is testament to their dedication to style and performance. Far too often, brands believe that weird and wacky design and ridiculous names will sell jerseys. Sorry to spoil […]
Baselayers have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. It’s not simply about keeping you warm, as the latest garments also manage moisture and provide useful compression and other technical features. We decided to take a look at innovative Italian brand ALÉ. Putting carbon into material isn’t new, but how ALÉ have done it […]
Cyclocross – it’s muddy, tough, it’ll wreck your bike and your stamina at some point. A good friend of mine who’s ridden and completed the Tour de France 3x, once told me that cyclocross is a great discipline to ride, as it increases your handling skills and improves your peripheral vision, which is critical in […]
Pirelli is all geared up to backing Marco Trentin’s prestigious mountain bike team once again, with the announcement of an even greater commitment. No doubt as to the objective: all efforts are focused on reaching the topmost positions of the XCM and that’s not all. This year, the team also has its eye on the […]
We’re reaching the end of our road bike build series and it’s now time to tape up the handlebars and set up the bike for riding. Getting the setup tuned in is really important, as there are so many variables that can make the difference between a poor ride and being all day comfortable.