However, unless you are willing to spend hours trawling the internet, it can be hard to track down some of the great independent products out there. That is why we were so thrilled to introduce a new online store called Saddle & Spoke.
According to founder Claire Armstrong, the store has one aim: “to bring together the very best in cycling accessory designs from new and upcoming brands around the world.” Claire came up with the idea for the site during summer 2012, after realising that are are a lot of amazing small labels and brands out there, with new and exciting product ideas that just don’t get the attention or representation they should.
She began contacting a number of potential suppliers to see if they would be interested, and bam 4 months later the site was launched with an initial product range including upcoming brands such as Cleverhood, Quarterre, Flux Productions, Cardiff, Carmichael & Co, Crane, Belle Helmets, Rydesafe, C.neeon.
There are plenty of other new products that will being introduced to the site in the new year, but for now check out a few of our favourite things below.
Hood’s distinctive and sculptural form is architecturally inspired, creating a faceted hook for hanging your bike.
Made exclusively in England, Hood is crafted from folded steel and hand finished with leather. Hood is wall‐mounted and holds a single bike securely from its top tube. The leather sleeve lines the hanging–lip and protects the bike frame while an angular cut‐out on the upper surface can accommodate a bike lock for security. This top surface of Hood can be used as a self‐contained shelf for a helmet and other accessories.
The craftsmanship and sculptural lines of Hood artfully frame any bike. The stand provides a balanced accent to any living or work space whether viewed with a bike or independently.
This great cape is designed and made by Cleverhood in the USA. It features sturdy, waterproof breathable membrane fabric, and protective seam-sealing. It has a fitted hood with a large brim to keep faces dry, without blocking peripheral vision. Handy arm holes have snappy magnetic closures and elastic side cinches provide increased breathability. The chest pocket protects valuables with a water-resistant Uretek zipper that closes with authority.
The material is a traditional green Glen plaid with sharp 3M reflective piping. Strong, waterproof (10K mm) microfiber with reliable Uretek zippers. Magnetic closures snap shut at armholes. Elastic thumb loops keep bike riders dry and secure. Classic look built for performance.
A felt bicycle bag with two buckle attachments for either a Brooks style seat or your handlebars. For when you’re not on your bike this bag also comes with a long shoulder strap.