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Cycling in the Veneto

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Cycling in the Veneto

We recently added a new manufacturing facility in the Veneto region of Italy to complement our Leicester factory. Leicester will continue to make our Merino Perform range, with the premium Custom and Performance wear manufactured in Italy. So why here? Italy has a strong claim on being the spiritual home of cycling, in fact we’ve blogged about this in the past, and the Veneto region is its cycling products manufacturing capital with Campagnolo, Pinarello, Fi'z:k, Wilier, Sidi, Sportful, Castelli, Alè, Fondriest, Basso, Selle Italia, Selle San Marco and Miche among the 60+ factories based in the region. They produce top riders too....

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Six go mad in Mallorca - is cycling the new skiing?

Mallorca Shutt Velo Rapide Training

Six go mad in Mallorca - is cycling the new skiing?

There’s been a lot in the press lately about cycling being the new golf, but personally I was never drawn to the balls and sticks - but skiing, that’s a whole new ball game. Where I once headed to the Alps for a week’s skiing each spring - now with a bike in tow my attention has switched to the warmer slopes of Portugal, Spain, and most recently… Mallorca. The similarities with skiing are quite pronounced in Mallorca, partly because of the sheer number of cyclists out there but also because most stick to riding around the Tramuntana mountains on...

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Golden Age Cycles

Golden Age Cycles

A good friend of ours at Shutt Velo Rapide has recently given up a successful career in teaching to make the bold leap into the vintage bicycle business. Golden Age Cycles was launched online in January with their new retail shop opening very shortly in the centre of Banbury. Golden Age plans to cater for the growing interest in British cycling heritage, and will be specialising in racing cycles from the 1950s to the 1990s. This was the heyday of steel bicycle production and the machines were handmade by craftsmen proud to show their name, such as Hetchins, Mercian and...

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Designing our 2016 Team Kits

Designing our 2016 Team Kits

The 2016 racing season is nearly upon us so it’s time to design and make the new team kits. Last year’s kit was really popular and my suggestion that we changed the colour met with a resounding no from the team. So I asked custom designer guru Roger to come up with some ideas – using black again for the ShuttVR riders and purple for Squadra Donne. Here are the designs... Perhaps naively, I expected some consensus from the riders when I posted Roger’s ideas on our team forum, but almost everyone had a different opinion. If there was a favourite,...

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How to Wear a Buff

How to Wear a Buff

We think the humble Buff is one of the most versatile accessories you can have in your cycling wardrobe. It’s for this reason that we are never surprised to see it topping our best selling accessories list. With this in mind we thought we’d share some of our favourite ways to wear one… A casual scarf all year round or a neck warmer when the the weather turns chillier. Wearing your Buff as a face mask protects you from dust and dirt, whilst still being highly breathable. Or for full coverage try a balaclava which provides either total sun protection...

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