Merino wool

Vulpine sample sale starts Friday

British bike clothing brand Vulpine is holding its first physical (as opposed to online) sample sale in London starting this Friday and running until Sunday.

Vulpine promise big discounts of up to 80% across a broad range of clothing including merino wool items, jackets, trousers and accessories. This includes gear for both winter and summer and for both sexes, and it covers different sizes and colours.

Ashmei launches cycle clothing range

British sportswear brand Ashmei is expanding into the cycling market with a small range of high-end clothing. Ashmei, based in Hertfordshire, has been in the running world for the past three years and plans to extend the cycling range over time.

“Whatever we make has to be a game changer,” says founder Stuart Brooke, who has designed for the likes of Rapha, Vulpine, Brompton, Douglas Gill and Madison.

First look: Vulpine 2014 Summer range +Video

Blazing June is upon us and with it comes the new Vulpine 2014 summer range boasting updates to favourite items and new gear designed for coping with the heat while looking stylish both on and off the bike.

Sneak peek: New Vulpine clothing

We’ve got our grubby little mitts on pics of Vupine’s new clothing, including four men’s merino tops in four colours, and three new women’s styles.

Road Rags Smithfield


When you pull on this Road Rags Smithfield jersey you realise that the merino wool this relatively new British company Road Rags use for this garment is a little bit more special than what a lot of the other merino labelled togs out there use.

dhb Merino SS Roundneck Base layer


This dhb Merino Roundneck base layer is very good indeed for most types of cold-weather riding.

I've been testing the short-sleeve round-neck version. Other merino options from dhb include versions with long sleeves and with long sleeves and a high, zipped neck. The vests are also available in two fabric thicknesses (M 150 and M 190, the numbers refer to the fabric's weight in grams per square metre), and in men's and women's cuts. Oh yeah, and they come in a range of colours too.

New French cyclewear brand launched

A new French cyclewear brand has just been launched offering retro-style clothing in high-end fabrics. Café du Cycliste, based on the Côte d'Azur, is certainly emphasizing style and quality and deliberately avoiding the current pro racing look. Think Rapha and Shutt VR but with more of a French feel.

Shutt Velo Rapide expands into luxury retail outlets

 Shutt Velo Rapide, UK manufacturer of handmade Merino Perform cycling clothing, has announced that it has moved into the luxury retail market with partnerships signed with both Cycles UK and Vita Cycles.

Cycles UK hold the exclusive rights to sell cycling goods in Harrods, and in addition to carrying the Shutt range will stock a bespoke-made Shutt Velo Rapide jersey for the store. Cycles UK will also carry the entire range of Shutt Velo Rapide tops for both men and women in all its outlets.

Shutt VR launch new winter range

UK clothing manufacturers Shutt VR – Shutt Velo Rapide for long – are massively increasing the size of their range by launching 20 new products for the winter season.

Smartwool Ewetopia Women's short


The pun-tastically named Ewetopia Knickers are a good looking garment, made from 39% merino wool mixed with nylon and elastic. The fabric is stretchy and robust with a pleasant matt finish and the natural anti-microbial properties of merino.

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