• Arenberg '68

    Introducing Arenberg ’68, a new range of stylish, high-quality clothing and goods inspired by cycling’s most brutal road. Available for pre-order now.

     

    In 1968 the feared Paris-Roubaix pavé (cobbled farm tracks) were slowly disappearing under tarmac. The critics said the race was stale. Too easy, too tame.

    One rider knew differently. Jean Stablinksi, a former world champion, was born and raised in the Arenberg region. A former miner, he told the organisers of a brutal, crumbling track. The track ran arrow straight through the heart of the Arenberg Forest above the mine in which he worked. A road to break wheels, bikes and hearts.

    In 1968, the riders tackled La Trouèe d'Arenberg - the Arenberg Trench - for the first time. The peloton was shattered, riders scattered, the race reborn. The Queen of the Classics had found her teeth.

    The Arenberg '68 range features ultra-wearable, premium quality tees and sweatshirt, bidons and a beautiful, embossed notebook. 

    Each item features a unique logo, inspired by the arrow-straight Arenberg trench and the cobblestone trophy awarded to the victor. We've also created a chevron pattern for the range, representing the pavé that makes the race such a brutal test of the legs and will.

    The t-shirts are made from organic, 200gsm cotton - you'll feel the weight and quality straight out of the packet. The classic heather-grey marl sweatshirt has a woven chest logo, and is made from a wonderful loopback cotton that will keep its shape wash after wash.

    Our Arenberg garments feature a Handmade Cyclist hip logo to complete the look, and all are ethically sourced for minimal environmental impact and guilt-free buying. We're really proud of the quality and fit of these garments - no baggy, cheap, thin shirts here - and we hope that these will become items you'll be equally proud to wear.

    There are four tees in the range. Inspired by the nicknames of this most storied of races there's 'A Sunday In Hell', in rock'n'roll black and 'The Hell of The North' and 'Queen of the Classics' in a classic grey marl.

    We're also really proud of our ultra-wearable white graphic logo tee, perfect for those who want a cycling t-shirt that doesn't feel the need to shout 'CYCLIST!' at the top of its lungs.

    Roubaix is a race that every racer dreams of winning, and every racer fears. A gift for journalists, writers, romantics and dreamers. The French journalist Yves Berger, covering the race in 1982, quickly realised that Roubaix is something more than just a race:

    “Don’t hunt around for other expressions; for the eighty years this race has existed, its chroniclers have used these words and these alone. By necessity. What words, you ask? Beauty, sadness, pain, courage, injustice.”

    Our journal features Berger's words, embossed into a lovely, tactile, soft-touch cover. A treat for you, or gift for another.

    Finally, we have our bidon set. These wide-mouth bottles are built to last - dishwasher safe, non-leak and with a premium spout. And we've tested them to make sure they don't bounce out the cage when you're smashing it on the pavé!

     

    The Arenberg '68 range is available for pre-order now. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

    As ever, we'd love you to get in touch and tell us what you think, so drop us a line or contact us on social media using the buttons below.

    And finally - enjoy the race on Sunday, as another chapter in the legend of Arenberg is written.

  • Be a Peloton Pundit and win Handmade Cyclist goodies

     

    Last season we had a little fun asking our friends and followers on social media to join us in predicting the winners of some of our favourite races throughout the season. Starting with the spring classics, and continuing throughout the Giro, Tour and more, we asked you to predict the winner (for the one-day races we asked you for your 1-2-3, just to make it interesting). Each day the winner would get some HMC goodies as a reward.

    Loads of you joined in - even some pro cyclists played along.

    So this year we're bringing it back, going bigger, and giving it its own name - Peloton Pundits. Join us on Twitter or Facebook and pick your winners for a chance to win HMC swag. It all kicks off tomorrow, Saturday 25th February, with one of our favourite races of the year - the Omloop.

    If cycling's heartland has a heartland, its Gent. Bang smack in the middle of spring classics country, and home to the traditional season opener, Omloop Het Niewsblad. Cobbles, hellingen, beer, rain and on-the-rivet racing.

    For many a rider the season proper starts here, with tough racing to sharpen the form; for a small, elite group of hard men the opening weekend is season-defining objective in itself. Gent will be a-buzz, the bookies and bars busy, the riders raring for the off.

    It's a nightmare to predict, the big riders may have an eye on the grander prizes of the Monuments on the horizon, a whole bunch of Belgians will ride as if their lives depend on it, and some just like dishing the hurt in a hailstorm.

    So - tell us your 1-2-3 over on our social pages, and keep an eye through the season for regular competitions for all the big races.

     

     

  • WELCOME TO OUR NEW FRAMING STUDIO

    We have been toying with the idea of framing for a while now but we just couldn’t find the quality of frames or the price we wanted.  One day I was discussing my frustration with Carl who works in our print studio and bingo. The answer was staring us in the face all along.

    Meeting Carl was one of the best things that ever happened to HMC. Carl joined our team as our printer but has metamophosised to being our hero in many ways, not least because he was amazing when we hit a rocky patch due to illness and helped keep the business going.  He can turn his hand to anything, pretty much.

     

     As a trained engineer, he has a thing about precision.   We get no complaints about the quality of prints because he is so fastidious about quality and hand checks every order (he is mortified if there are ever any printing issues).

     

    Years ago I trained in picture framing as a hobby but felt it too big a responsibility for to take it on. So when he suggested that he would like to hand make our custom frames then it seemed like a no brainer.

     

     So between us, we set about choosing samples and launching our framing studio. Equipment has been sourced, packaging custom made. We were ready for the off. Just one problem.   The beautiful Ash wood moulding is pretty much made of volcanic rock. It’s divine to look at but its the toughest wood ever to pin. But, with the purchase of the mother of all pneumatic underpinners (which could even pin a limpets tooth) we finally cracked it.

    All our lovely solid wood frames are custom made by us in our printing studio. Each frame is bespoke and made to order. We only use FSC certified solid Ash made in the UK meaning our wood is sustainably forested. The solid timber is then stained and lacquered to offer you one of three choices of finish; white, black or natural ash.

     The frames come in two sizes - medium or large.  We can frame a medium print in a medium frame.  Or a medium mounted print in a large frame.  Or a large print in a large frame.  The mounts are good quality and have a nice texture to them.  Carl, will hand mount each design.

     

    We didn’t think there was a viable alternative to glass but we were wrong. We use a fantastic superior shatter resistant acrylic glass. Carl discovered it and we love it – its genuine quality glazing. We have all our prints framed up in our office and I’ve been studying them to see if they resist dust OK or if they warp and they behave like glass I’m pleased to report. 

    All our frames are carefully taped and sealed on the reverse and include a signed label confirming authenticity.  The frames come provided with saw tooth hangers and are expertly packaged in custom made boxes ensuring they arrive with you in perfect condition.

    It took a while and fair to say at one point Carl never wanted to see a piece of Ash as long as he lived.   Thankfully we stuck with it and we are proud to produce a genuinely lovely handmade product.  

  • ANOTHER DAY IN THE OFFICE.....

    Many moons ago I used to work on the Brit Awards.   But I gave up much of the glamour when I had the bubs and moved from London to live in Winchester.   Neil was invited to the Brits and whilst I was a little melancholy, I was happy for him to go.   So, was just your average day in the office until this little lot showed up looking at our prints.

    No less than the England Rugby team.  Chris Robshank owns a coffee shop in Winchester called Black White & Red, which is (in my opinion) the best coffee shop in Winchester by miles.  Food is sublime, cakes are to die for, service is spot on.   I love going there.     

    Check it out if you are in Winchester, oh and don't forget to pop into The Consortium on Jewry street where we have our office and our prints are hanging.

    PS: That's not me, that was another customer eyeing up the prints too.  She was happy as Larry to have her photo taken.

  • HAPPY ACCIDENTS

    We sometimes stumble across articles about us - mainly because our website shows that we have had a spike in referrals from a particular site.  I tend to check them out as it's a brilliant way for us to discover some fantastic cycling blogs and magazines that are not on our radar (that said, most cycling blogs and mags are on Neil's radar being the bike geek he is).  They don't normally contact us to tell us so always a nice surprise.

     

    Here is one such magazine.  Steel.  I speak a little french so can grasp a smattering of the text but it's the images that really speak for themselves.  Some really cool design and photography. 

    Oh, and we are in it which we are pretty chuffed about, they have included a feature about The Hour, the collaboration we did with Rouleur Magazine.

    http://www.steelmagazine.fr/…/the-hour-by-the-handmade-cyclist

    Merci!

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