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27 Nov


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Get Hunting: New Deux North Apparel

November 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

Deux North have expanded their range including my favourite, the new Defeet gloves with touch screen friendly fingers meaning you have no excuse not to go hunting this holiday season.

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27 Nov



Race Dots

November 27, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

My inability to pin a number and the impact it has on my kit has led me to believe that Race Dots could be the greatest invention ever;

Check it here.


26 Nov


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Thule getting us to the races

November 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

One of the draw backs of cross racing is that it requires a vehicle to get you there. This can prove prohibitive and selective in who actually makes it to races. The NYC community tends to rally round and lifts and car pooling is pretty effective.

Thule have been in awesome in outfitting 5th NYC with their rack systems ensuring we can get the full team with 5 bikes to the races. The rack system is super secure during transit and when were in parc ferme with its locking system. We’re using the 526 circuit model, specs here.

Thanks to Angelo for the photos and Chris for ferrying us around the east coast this season.

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20 Nov


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Cafe Du Cycliste: Josephine Bibshort Review

November 20, 2013 | By | No Comments

We love Cafe Du Cycliste, as we’ve expressed here. We sent James off into the Dolomites with some Josephine Bibs in his hands and asked him to let us know his thoughts. Click Read More to read the full review. Take a moment to check out their new winter releases too. Amongst our favorites is the Geraldine City Jacket. There’s free worldwide shipping until 30th December too.

I often feel sorry for the bibshort. As a product so essential to a good ride it seems unfair that jersey’s, jackets and even gloves seem to take precedent whenever a cyclist dips back into the apparel market, which as we all know, is far too often then healthy. Therefore when one does choose to purchase a pair the importance of getting it right is even more prevalent. Two things we look for more then any other are: quality + durability, and from the moment Cafe Du Cycliste’s Josephine Bibshort arrived in a clear, classic + stylised vinyl case, it became clear we were dealing with a product with both of these. Having ridden these 600 miles through the Italian Dolomites, 100’s of miles around NY’s infamous River Road, 9W + Parks and even in the odd velodrome I am pleased to say my initial confidence has been well served.  Read More

The 5th Floor Cap by

November 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

We are pretty excited to have Ragpicker sponsoring our London team for the 2014 season and The 5th Floor cycling cap by Ragpicker is the first piece of collaboration with the cycling apparel brand. The caps available in 2 different colourway will be available first at Spin x LCF Xmas 2013 at the end of the month. They will also be launched on our webstore early December, just in time for Christmas.

09 Nov


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5th Floor X Grimpeur Bros: “Fifth Hour” Coffee

November 9, 2013 | By | No Comments

We teamed up with the awesome Grimpeur Bros to bring a super limited run of “Fifth Hour” Coffee roasted in Brooklyn and for the first time available in the UK.

Pre-orders will run from now until December 8. The batch will be roasted week of December 8th and posted out week of December 16th. will take “Fifth Hour” coffee orders from now until Sunday, December 8.
We will be taking orders for the UK only, if you ever wanted to try Grimpeur Bros this is your chance.

US friends do not fear, you can get yours from Grimpeur Bros here!

The Fifth Floor’s “Fifth Hour” blend is a truly unique one of a kind find. It is a four origin coffee, intended as espresso, which really shines when pulled as ristretto. After some experimentation, we found it to be a lovely pour over and press as well. It’s all fruit upfront and finishes off with some nice chocolate notes.

The Fifth Hour could represent the wee hours of the morning when you have to wake up ‘early to shred at dawn light but we chose it to represent the temporal difference that exists between our team in New York and London for the majority of the year. United by a passion for coffee and cycling, Grimpeur Bros. have celebrated that in this special roast.

We’re also offering a really limited combo pack with our tin mug here.




05 Nov


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The 5th Floor / pOcpacs: iPac3

November 5, 2013 | By | One Comment

You’d think it would be a simple thing…
But we’ve been looking for the perfect solution to keeping your phone accessible and protected for ages, from ziplock bags to a host of pouches that cracked quickly or we needed to take our phones out to ‘gram that ride.

We worked with pOcpac a UK based company to meet all these needs and translate our Team kit design onto the perfect phone pouch.
Swoop here.

– Won’t crack in extreme heat or cold or jag into your back or pocket.
– Water, sweat and muck resistant
– Touch screen compatible
– Camera window
– Zipper closure so wont burp open
– 94mm x 161mm fitting iPhone 5
– Ability to make and receive calls without exposing phone
– Fits in jersey pocket

Size guide here

05 Nov


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HSUPER: Original Classics

November 5, 2013 | By | No Comments

I love this take on the shoe cover by Johnny. the Original Classic is so not pro its pro. Pre-order here.

10 Oct


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Nutter caught on Video

October 10, 2013 | By | No Comments

I’ve been looking forward to this for some time once I learned who was behind the production. Here it is, the promo vid for the recently released Full Windsor Nutter.

The Nutter – The Next Generation Of Bicycle Multi Tool from Rob Antill on Vimeo.

10 Oct



The Park Warrior Bidons

October 10, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

A Bidon that celebrates having to put your training rides in the big city parks.

“If you live in metropolitan city, the ride out of it sometimes takes longer than you are willing to spend between cars and traffic lights. So for many of us the large parks of these big cities become our training ground. Our own shortloop suburban hamster wheels gives us a second home while training. Thus the concept of the #parkwarrior was born. For the people who get up at 5am to get a few hours of reasonably uninterrupted training in going lap after lap around the parks. The riders who take a detour home from work to smash it against friends and strangers in this vacum the city created. If you are lucky to live in a place where the green stuff is just 20 minutes from your door I envy you beyond words. For the rest of us that only has a precious hour or two to spare between work and everything else we sooner or later find ourselves as park warriors. Having spent years now in both London and New York I decided to honor these parks we are forced to love, sometimes loathe but no less ride until the city becomes our own unsanctioned Kermesse.” – Erik Jonsson.

Designed by Erik, both New Yorker and Londoner bidons are available on the beatiful Parkwarrior’s site. Make sure you are quick as quantity are limited and they have been very popular. Happy riding!