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We just released a pre-order for a black long sleeve version of our ‘support your local dealer’ collaboration with London’s raddest illustrator Matt Blease.

We got seriously harassed for more of these after the white version sold, out so we’ve gone and done a limited run of some long sleeve jobs just in time for Autumn. This one also caters for all those grease monkeys that need everything in BLACK!

As with the other version this will be a one time press, so bag one while you can by clicking the image below… They’ll be gone before you know it… Only £25
We’ll be shipping around 10th October!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL DEALER!

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Back in June my friend Mads and I decided to ride to Brighton, the route would be semi-off road (read: bridleways) and would involve one night camping, a perfect opportunity for me to test my newly acquired bike packing gear. Come Saturday morning we set off a bit late (Mads had been out the night before, I am lazy), and headed to the Hampton Ferry (Founded in 1514, it’s one of the oldest companies in the UK). The ferry man said we were lucky to arrive when we did as it had been raining torrentially shortly before, we’d been blissfully unaware in a bubble of sunshine, clearly a good omen. Following the Thames South West for most of the route, we eventually turned due South to camp just below Guildford. We pitched camp, setting up under my tarp, and deciding to go the pub for beer, we were also treated to a free lecture from the landlord on the evils of the EU.

Day two brought a bright morning, and a slug who had decided to have an adventure of his own, into my sleeping bag. Enlivened by beans and hot beverages we packed up and hit the road. Most of the the route followed a disused rail line, until we turned off for lunch in the shadow of the South Downs Way. It came as a welcome break as the path I’d picked to turn off involved a fair portion of riding through waist high nettles and brambles mixed in with long grass which threatened to jam our derailleurs. Once revived we scaled the chalk wall and rode a short section of the South Downs Way before descending into Brighton for some much needed fish and chips.

Ride on Strava – Day 1 and Day 2

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The LEGEND Greg Falski featured the shop in his most recent issue of SOFB… We’re P.66 onward but theres loads of other awesome stuff in there… Be sure to have a read!

A couple of weekends ago about 8 of us left the big smoke to go camp and go riding at Penshurst Off Road Cycling Trail Centre or PORC for short. We joined another 8 people there, so we had a good group for laughs and shredz.

We wrapped up work at 6pm and hopped on the train from London to Tonbridge. By the time we got there it was pitch black. We had no idea where we were going and most of us had less than adequate lights for the unknown surroundings. We were relying on Marks Garmin to lead the way. Needless to say it took us the most “friendly” route… Which just so happened to be a 5 Mile cross country ramble “cycle route” through boggy trails and fields littered with cows and dung in the pitch black, hoisting our bikes over numerous styles and farm gates… It was great fun none the less… Made even more hilarious by Peter (Dear Susan Bicycles) playing film soundtracks at full volume through a minirig speaker he’d rigged up on his Surly Krampus…

Imagine the scene: Eight out of place city dwellers on Mountain Bikes riding through farms with Star Wars Death March blasting out…

We eventually arrived after a ton of ridiculous, broken english phone calls regarding directions to the campsite from the Polish and Spanish friends we were trying to meet there… They already had a roaring fire going and were ready to cook up a storm. Peter had braised up a spit for a whole leg of lamb that morning and we had loads of veg to roast… Ales were drank, food was eaten… We dined like kings…

The trail centre is an ever evolving landscape of twists and turns on the side of a large hill owned by a guy called ‘Mike’. He has a general love for cycling of all kinds and creating a haven where he can host events and races on a regular basis as well as keep the trails open for anyone to use all year round… The camp site isn’t an official pay per night place. He just asks that if you camp or use the trails you donate a fiver to help cover the parks upkeep…

The dirt jumps there are insane and range from small table tops to huge kickers and step ups that’ll throw you over 10 feet in the air with ease… I think we’ll need a bit more practice before getting rad on those… The highlight of the day was seeing Matt bust over a step up on the least suitable bike in the whole park, his Surly Cross Check!

We smashed around a few trails and realised we’d lost Petor at some point. We later found out that he’d hit a jump wrong and bashed his head open and broken 2 ribs. Bummer. It knocked some sense in to the rest of us that were’t wearing helmets and we decided to call it a day… Heal up soon mate…

Here’s to many more shredz with solid dudes!

Thanks to Dear Susan Bicycles for the pics and Stuart, owner of Bike Fix for organising the trip and cooking up an absolute feast… We owe you one…

A week after Skulls finished the Straggler for me I took it for it’s first little test ride to the South Downs.

Day one was riding the London>Brighton off road route to the pub in Petworth for dinner and beers, then a quick blast out of town to some local woods to camp. Day 2 took us on a mix of roads and singletrack along to the New Forest for another sleep under the stars (rain). Great riding, lots of drinking and some “camp vibes”. The bike swallowed it all up no problem and with some tweaks over winter it’ll be ready for a longer trip on the Tour Divide route next summer.

Rides on Strava: Day 1 –  Day 2

SEPTEMBER 13th – SWINLEY TRAIL CENTRE
Details below…

Meet at SBC Cycles at 9am Sunday Morning

From here everyone will ride to Paddington Station to catch the train to Martins Heron (Return journey will drop you off at Waterloo Station)

OFF-PEAK Day Return costs £14.50 and can be bought at the station

Trains leave every hour at 37 minutes past

From Martins Heron Station it’s 2.1 miles to the trails (All on cycle paths – No roads!) – See map below…

We will meet everyone at Swinley Bike Hub (The trail centre bike workshop) before heading out on the trails

Swinley is a well maintained trail centre which caters to all abilities of riding skill. Lots of fun to be had…

A few of us will be travelling by car, so if you bring picnic stuff we can ditch it in the car while we ride and come back later for food!
Also bring money for a beer in the pub afterwards

We aim to be back in London for 7pm so bring lights…

Things to bring…
Food
Water
Spare Tube/Repair Kit
Lights

See you sunday…

Jamie & Mark

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1st day of official trading saw us building this rad Surly Straggler for Mick. Custom painted frame and handbuilt wheels…
A definite upgrade from his trusty, rusty Raleigh Royale…
Thanks for being our first customer!

Surly Straggler Frame and Fork Repainted Tarmac Grey
XT Triple Chainset
XT Shifters and Mechs,
Cane Creek Forty Headset
Hope Bottom Bracket
Hope RS 25.4 Stem
Nitto B352 Handlebar
Deda Bar Tape
Paul Love 2.5 Brake Levers
Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brakes
Gusset Lofty Seatpost
Brooks B17
Handbuilt Wheels DT Swiss TK540 / Hope Pro 2 Evo Hubs / Sapim Race Spokes
Pitlock Security Skewers
Schwalbe Marathon Tyres
SKS Cromoplastics Mudguards
Tubus Disco Rear Rack

We have some of these SBC Classic Pocket Tee’s en route to the shop for the opening party…

If you turn up on Sunday 26th you can snag one for a Tenner!!! (Normally £15)

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Fingers crossed we should have some pretty awesome stickers to give away too…