You’ve got the teeshirt, the cycling kit – now stick something fabulous on your wall! We don’t just have cycling prints, however, we have some stationery, a training app to get you fit and faster, and a charity that knows what freedom a bicycle can mean …
Neil Stevens / Crayonfire
A big favourite of mine – I always try to treat myself to one of Neil’s prints when I have some extra cash (not relevant here but his Shipping Forecast prints are magnificent). His 2017 cycling prints are as fabulous as ever and here are two of my favourites. Make sure to visit Neil’s website, there’s a lot of gorgeousness!
Countryside cycling prints are 30x40cm; Velodrome Landscape comes in 30x40cm(£29) and 50x70cm (£40). Prints are giclee printed on High White Smooth 315gsm uncoated paper. Large prints come rolled in a heavy cardboard postal tube. All are sold unframed.
If you follow us on Twitter during the season (and why wouldn’t you?!), you’ll know that Handmade Cyclist does great giveaways during the Grand Tours. If you weren’t lucky enough to win one of their fabulous posters, why not drop some hints to get them under the tree? You can even get a limited edition print of the Higher Calling book jacket, which is really quite beautiful.
They’re also branching out into other merch, and oh how I love some stationery … Here is a beautifully embossed Italian Castelli notebook from their Arenberg 68 collection, that is just asking to be bought for a stocking stuffer.
Another perennial on our prints list is MassifCentral – from personalised one-off prints to limited editions, the detail is intricate, the design meticulous. If you’ve ridden the Ride London – Surrey 100 this year, why not splash out and get your own personalised print of your experience? The print is A3, £40 plus P&P and the personalisation is included in the price.
I’ve been a fan of the Sufferfest training videos for aaaagggggeeeeesss but as I use the spin bikes at the gym, it’s not always easy to download enough videos to make sure I have a course for my every mood. Well, my problems – and yours – are solved! Sufferfest has a high-kickin’ training app so you can take all their videos with you – plus there are training plans to work from (if you’re so inclined) from 10-week novice, intermediate and advanced plans and 3-week advanced speed and climbing plans. And it’s not just road cycling – it’s mountain biking, cross, triathlon, there’s even yoga for cyclists! There are more videos than you can shake a stick at (my favourite: a very dark place) – and you’re sure to either work up a sweat or throw up your breakfast or both! But isn’t that where the fun is?
The app has a free 7-day trial then it’s just US $10 a month (c£7.50) or an annual payment of US $99. Windows, iOS, MacOS formats available. Visit the website for more details and downloads.
Anyone who loves cycling knows that not only are bikes fun and keep you fit, they are also incredibly useful. Why not share that love with people for whom a bike could mean getting to school, to work and/or to health care? Qhubeka has so far distributed more than 80,000 in Africa. Donate, fundraise, participate in cycling challenges, buy cool Qhubeka march – there are a lot of ways to contribute to this worthwhile charity.
A bike could make a world of difference …
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