With more Londoners travelling on two wheels nowadays, it should come as no surprise that the city is home to some swish bike brands. Here are five you should know about.
Blaze makes those projection laser lights that you'll soon see all over London. The Bethnal Green-based startup recently won a contract to supply all Santander cycle hire bikes with its light, and it's also got plans to expand its range to include a rear light following a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Based in Wandsworth, Vulpine is all about cycling clothing that's both stylish and functional. From waterproof jackets to merino tops, a lot of detail goes into its collections. And commuters clearly agree; the company recently closed off a crowdfunding campaign early after raising £1 million.
'Made in London' is Brompton's tagline, and they're pretty damn proud of it. The west London company has been doing its thing since the early 1980s, producing the most popular folding bikes out there.
Otto makes stylish and practical ponchos to keep urban commuters dry and comfortable when the London weather's a bit rubbish. It's based in NW6 but you’ll find the ponchos in various bike shops across the capital.
Hill and Ellis London
Founded in 2012, Hill and Ellis makes cycling bags in Hackney. It started out to fill a void in the pannier market, making a bag that looks as good on your shoulder as it does on your bike.
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