About the Blog

Unbelievably, the ELEVEN vélo blog has been ticking away in one form or another for over 10 years, with it’s origins dating back to 2004 or so. While the articles have been curated and culled as they age, the best of those that have not, remain online.

Today the blog is mainly penned by ‘g’, a.k.a. the guy behind ELEVEN vélo, and ‘Rich the Roadie’, formerly known as ‘The Bike Tart’- from the blog of the same name. Occasional articles from others in the ELEVEN vélo circle also crop up from time to time.

Both Rich and ‘g’ have a solid backgrounds of not only riding all types of bikes, all over the place, but also of working in and for the industry at various levels and points in time; well enough of both to have a healthy skepticism. These backgrounds and the fact that the ELEVEN vélo blog is a ‘casual’ undertaking, mean the articles and views expressed are free of the general constraints of ‘not wanting to offend advertisers’ and generally revolve around whatever takes the fancy at the time, regardless if it may offend someone, somewhere; because it is guaranteed that by publishing online, especially about anything bike related, someone, somewhere will be offended.


The reviews of kit/gear you’ll find here are based on the reviewer actually having paid for the item in question, hence the reviews are, in short, honest. Occasionally an item reviewed was either sent in, or offered at a discounted price for the sole purpose of a review, in these instances this fact will be fully disclosed and the review is no less honest.

The blog is open to review anything but clothing (for the obvious conflict of interest reasons). Items are accepted at the discretion of the reviewer and there generally has to be a level of interest in the product itself in order for a review to happen.


Input, ideas for, or offers of articles are always welcome. Feel free to contact us via our contact form.

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How To Tidy Cabling

A little while back, my good lady wife’s bike was in need of a spring clean so I took the opportunity to finally cover something I’ve been meaning to do for ages – cables. But this is not so much a ‘how to setup and tune your brakes and gears’ and more like ‘how to keep…

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Didn’t I already write a bit on what I thought of the crotchety old men of the UCI and bicycle design?

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SeaSucker Review

Our car was big enough for all of the baby stuff plus her bike, surely?

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earHero Review

Headphone use on bikes is always a hotly debated internet forum topic…

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Fit for use

Last week it happened, I met the ground with a thud.

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The Schlumpf

It’s every rider’s little dirty secret. I’m sure it’s the same theory for all activities, but for cycling deep in the back of every cyclist’s mind they secretly like to think themselves as being ‘hardmen’. Some just think it, others are quite overt about it but either way it lingers there, simmering under the surface.…

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The Hype Cycle

I’m allergic to production bikes. Ok, that’s not strictly true, but I will generally avoid most production machines – usually based an irrational dislike of the brand, a less irrational dislike of the available colourschemes, ill-suited geometry or a combination of the above. Recently, on the hunt for a new project, I had a (rather…

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Bikes are boring

I bet that title caught your attention!? Let me expand on that. Bicycle ‘design’ is boring and I mean both in terms of visual appeal and in terms of design and designing. It’s funny when you think about it but somehow, in the world of bicycles, we seem to have ended up with a never…

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Be seen – Orfos bike light review

Orfos lights started as one of those Kickstarter campaigns that did rather well. What was the final result…?

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What Type of Cyclist Are You?

At the London round of the Rollapaluza National Series during the week a conversation got my cogs whirring… Nick Hussey, Damien Breen (of that most excellent In The Saddle blog) and myself were talking – it was like a mini bloggers convention (although not ‘mini’ in that any of us are particularly short I might…

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