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For cycling festiveness, visit SPIN Xmas this December

Cycling festiveness, that’s what you want this holiday season. Throw in some tasty ales, a tipple of cider if we may, the obligatory but always tasty mulled wine, then serve the lot (don’t mix your drinks now) with a large, wholesome helping of bike stuff - lots and lots of gorgeous bike stuff in fact, and you have the free to enter SPIN Xmas show.

From composite bikes through to women’s cycling jackets, a visit to the SPIN Xmas show, held over the weekend of the 5th-7th December and housed in the intimate & quite beautiful venue of Rochelle School in Shoreditch, will reward the efforts of any cycling enthusiast who cares to visit.

SPIN Xmas - Bikes to take out to dinner, and smooch

We’ve mentioned the seasonal supping juice (super dudes Craft Beer Rising will be on hand to man the bar) but of course, the true focus is the bicycle. With over 30 rider-centric exhibitors pencilled in, SPIN Xmas promises to deliver a smorgasbord of two-wheeled delight. Speaking to us about the true heart of the event, co-organiser Luke McLaughlin said, “SPIN Xmas presents a collection of new, often never seen before, genuinely innovative cycling products, puts them under one roof, and makes them available to be bought and taken home on the day”. Sadly, Luke probably doesn’t mean the Revolución frame, from David Protheroe and James Dart. What a beauty that one is. If this is Flax, we want to see a lot more.

James Dart Revolucion Bike

A close up of the superb material blend frame on the Revolucion Bike

Visit James’ site to read about his flaxian experiments.

It’s probably true to say then, that SPIN is a talent incubator. A cottage industry focused show that celebrates the very special community derived nature of cycling, which we all love so well, and which exhibitor STIQUE is a fine example. Born out of a Kickstarter campaign, these now in production, new-fangled cycling tyre levers will be at the show, and available to buy. Our steel rims are singing with anticipation already.

And it’s not all men’s stuff either. The Riding Hood Parka Cape is a made in England water resistant women’s cycling jacket that looks as beautiful off the bike as on. To our eyes, pleasingly Scandinavian in design, and worthy of a try-on, and possibly a take-home at SPIN!

Women's cycling rain cape

To learn more about this most excellent event, ride on over to the: website.

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About the Rider: Peter
Co-founder of Always Riding, Pete enjoys road, trail and a good city commute. Most of all though, he loves chatting to other riders, the mid-ride stop after a leg-breaking ascent, and a cup of tea at the end of the ride. There is no truth in the rumour that he likes to wear women's clothes and hang around in bars. No truth at all.
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