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7 must have items of British-made cycling regalia

Last week’s Made in Britain debate with the MD of Brompton Bikes got us thinking about cycling and the accoutrements that go with it. Can you kit out both yourself and your bicycle only with British-made products? You most certainly can. Here are 8 items that we’ve found, do you know of any more?

Pashley Tube Rider Pintail

Pashley Tube Rider Pintail

The Pashley Tube Rider Pintail: Pashley hand build all their bikes in Stratford-upon-Avon and are best known for their upright classic models such as the Princess and the Governor. Recently they introduced this little beauty into the range, known as the Tube Rider, available in 5 limited edition colour combinations. Our favourite is the Pintail – a retro mix of duck egg blue and orange. www.Pashley.co.uk

Cambridge raincoats

Cambridge Raincoats

A Cambridge Raincoat: The Cambridge Raincoat Company’s cycling coats are made especially for keeping the wearers knees dry when riding an upright bike like the Pashley. Made from Nylon Taslan, a lightweight, waterproof and breathable fabric; they are available in 4 bright colours, all with a polka dot lining. www.cambridgeraincoats.co.uk

Veloman 'Strand' Cyclist's Umbrella Set

Veloman ‘Strand’ Cyclist’s Umbrella Set

The Veloman ‘Strand’ Umbrella Set by Once Was England: This nifty little number attaches your brolly to your bike. Made from showerproof canvas duck and bridle leather, it comes complete with its own Whangee crook handled telescopic umbrella made by Fox of England. www.oncewasengland.com

Dashing Tweeds Lumatwill Cape

Dashing Tweeds Lumatwill Cape

A Dashing Tweeds LumatwillTM Cape:  Made from a unique weave of wool worsted and reflective yarn, offering an alternative to the reflective vest for the more discerning cyclist. A modern classic. www.dashingtweeds.co.uk

Marsupial Grass-Shopper

Marsupial Grass-Shopper

A Grass Shopper by Marsupial Bags: Here’s something more out of the ordinary – a bike bag that is made from Astroturf! The Grass Shopper can be used as a basket or a pannier, and you can customise it with a choice of 7 different flowers and 4 colours of waterproof lining. All made by hand in the Marsupial workshop in Middlesex. www.marsupialbags.co.uk

Moody and Farrell Mr Ben Helmet

Moody and Farrell Mr Ben Helmet

The Mr Ben by Moody & Farrell for Bobbin Cycles: Although the technical helmet part of this hat is actually made in Denmark, the very British fur felt bowler that sits a-top it is handstitched in London, so we figure it qualifies. That other most British of hats, the Deerstalker, is also available in a cycle helmet too. www.moodyandfarrell.co.uk

Purple Harry Bike Floss

Purple Harry Bike Floss

Purple Harry Bike Floss:
Purple Harry describe their products as ‘aimed at the connoisseur who takes as much pride in maintaining their steed as they do riding it’. Their unique Bike Floss product is kind of like dental floss, but for those difficult to clean places on your bike. Included here because it is manufactured in Yorkshire, and also because we love the name Bike Floss! www.purpleharry.co.uk

 Do you know of any other British-made clothing or accessories for cycling that aren’t listed above? Please let us know in the comments below…



  1. Mike on September 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Hope, Orange, Royce, Middleburn, Brooks, Sturmey Archer, USE?

    • Kate H on September 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Mike
      Great list.
      Not being a sporty cycling type, more a sauntering round town on an upright kind of bike person, I was concentrating more on items chosen for their style rather than technical qualities. However, you are right to point out that I had omitted this lot.

      • Tim on September 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm

        It’s my understanding that Sturmey Archer actually make their stuff in Taiwan now … 🙁

  2. Peter Bragg on September 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    How about us at Shutt Velo Rapide, we’re UK bases and all our cycling jerseys are handmade in the UK…


    • Kate H on September 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Peter
      Thanks for bringing Shutt Velo Rapide to my attention, and glad that you manufacture in the UK. If you’ve got a moment could you fill in our survey on UK manufacturing too?

  3. Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle on September 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Carradice handmake their bags, panniers and clothing in Nelson, Lancashire. Classic designs and durable http://www.Carradice.co.uk

    Cyclodelic is a range of stylish cycling wear from London http://www.Cyclodelic.co.uk

    • Kate H on September 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Joyce
      Thanks for these 2 to add to the list.
      I’m not sure that Cyclodelic manufacture all of their range in the UK, but would love to be proved otherwise 😉

  4. brian palmer on September 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    gloves from dromarti.com
    clothing from velobici.cc
    energy food from bikefood.co.uk

    • Kate H on September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Brian
      The Velobici Merino products that are made in the UK are fantastic :-), thanks for letting me know about these.
      I will try and feature them in a future post.

  5. Jeremy Gould on September 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Errrr, Moulton?

  6. John Thompson on September 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    How about Brooks Saddles. http://www.brooksengland.com/

  7. Clive H on October 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Kate,
    Might I humbly suggest our range of Furniture For Bikes, bike stands designed in Clerkenwell, London and made here in the UK?

    Just found your blog earlier this week by the way, really great stuff!



  8. Sue on November 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    WateroffaDucksBack coats are all made in Kentish Town, London – and are meant mainly for upright bikes and to look ‘normal’ (not like a builder!)

  9. Kevin on November 25, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Lusso make an excellent and reasonably priced range of Cycle Clothing in the UK. I have been very happy with it’s performance.

  10. Kevin on November 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Weldtite make some of their Cycle maintenance products in the UK including their Cycle Repair Kits.

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