Monday, 7 January 2013

Saddle & Spoke

Purveyors of a whole host of cycling accessories, Saddle & Spoke launched towards the end of last year and are already building a reputation for stocking some of the most stylish bike bits around. I was lucky enough to win one of the stunning Suzu bells they sell in a competition over on The Discerning Cyclist. They stock a wide range of stuff, focusing on products with a strong design ethic which is easy to see when you browse through the site.

The range is well curated and diverse, covering things like the previously featured Quarterre stands through to some innovative decals from RydeSafe. There is also some great luggage options like this Felt frame bag from Flux Productions.

Felt Frame bag by Flux Prodcutions from Saddle & Spoke

The guys behind Saddle & Spoke pride themselves on scouring the globe to bring you the newest and freshest parts from up and coming companies and brands. With such a strong focus on products which are beautifully and meaningfully designed it's going to be really exciting to see how the site evolves and grows as new pieces are listed.

Made Good.

As a relative new-comer to the cycling world I've been spending the last couple of years learning all about how the bits of a bike work and what needs changing, cleaning or testing when. A very handy site, Made Good is full of helpful videos to guide you through a lot of the tweaks, checks and servicing bits you need to do on your bike. Presented in a very clear, and more importantly, non condescending way the videos guide you through the full spectrum of bike maintenance  And with a whole load of new videos due to be released soon you could find the answer to your biking problems without having to leave the house. So no need to be talked down too but a guy in the bike shop.

There is also a really good magazine section featuring a blog and forum, so if your particular problem isn't solved straight away you might get your answer from of the sites users. There's even a piece from someone you might know of.