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Wild Women Wanted

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Wild Women Wanted

  Reilly’s Wild Women is a bike packing overnighter on 7/8 May 2022 for women interested in trying out adventure cycling in a safe and supported environment. A circular route setting out from Washington, West Sussex, will offer off road and road options with basic overnight accommodation and porterage (for those not ready to embrace the full bike packing experience.) It'll be as much of a social as a biking challenge, so if you are up for a night away with a group of bike-loving ladies, why not sign up? To register your interest email: annak@reillycycleworks.com

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Do we need women's specific bikes?

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Do we need women's specific bikes?

        Flick back through the history books of women’s liberation and the humble bicycle looms large. It granted freedom and independence to Victorian ladyfolk who pedalled fearlessly all the way to emancipation. Many criticized the unseemly act of straddling a bike, fearing it could lead to medical complications. Thankfully, we now know this is bollocks. Yet a woman’s body (with no bollocks) has caused much consternation in the cycling community and lead to the age-old question… do we need women's specific bikes? Master frame builder Mark Reilly was adamant this was not necessary and that a frame...

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Touch up that bike you have been lusting after .....

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Touch up that bike you have been lusting after .....

After Covid-induced delays, Bespoked #10, the UK handmade bicycle show was back in October at the Harrogate Convention Centre. If artisan, custom-built, hand-crafted bikes and kit are your thing, then Bespoked is your nirvana. “For us, the show is a tribute to the passion of our exhibitors about what they design and make,” says Bespoked founder, Tessa Taylor. “Everyone who visits Bespoked #10 has the chance to encounter the bicycle of their dreams.” This was the first show since Mark Reilly’s untimely death. As a master frambuilder and stalwart of the event, it was a fitting platform to pay homage...

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Argentina to Alaska

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Argentina to Alaska

  Reilly Ambassador Phoebe Heveron is embarking on an epic bike adventure from the southernmost tip of Argentina all the way up the west coast to Alaska. She will be sending weekly updates back to Reilly HQ but I managed a quick catch up the day before she left. Tell me about the trip We fly to Patagonia and then cycle from the south of Argentina north to Alaska.  We need to get to Alaska in summer so if we don’t make it this June we might extend till next June, I don’t know.  I have just finished my training as...

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An Introduction to Adventure Cycling

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An Introduction to Adventure Cycling

On a blustery Saturday night in a room above a pub in Hove, Reilly Ambassador Elaine Burroughs and fellow wanderer Helen Kellar are imparting their wisdom and extensive bike packing knowledge.  Bike Packing is the subtle art of bundling your essentials into very small bags, strapping said bags onto your bike and propelling yourself out into the wild. Romantic as this sounds it’s also slightly terrifying. How do I know where to go?  What do I wear? What if everything gets wet? How can I pack it all on my bike? What do I eat?  How do I eat it?...

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