The Swiss Army Bicycle

The Swiss Army Bicycle

Designing the Swiss Army Bicycle...  At OLSEN Bikes we wanted to design a “Swiss Army” Bicycle.  A Bicycle that has many drivetrain options. We have put together keenly priced bike builds with SRA...
Bikepacking with Kids

Bikepacking with Kids

We went bikepacking with kids over the weekend.  This is a really rewarding thing to do and they had a lot of fun.  These are a few notes of what we learnt and what we would do next time.  We have...
IS RIDING CHAINLESS STILL RIDING?

IS RIDING CHAINLESS STILL RIDING?

You may have heard about Aaron Gwin winning Leogang Downhill World Cup in 2015 – CHAINLESS After breaking chain at the start of his run…  This guy is obviously a talented rider – however I cannot ...
Durable?? - Lovely Jubbly...

Durable?? - Lovely Jubbly...

The Queen has been around for a long time... So how can we all make things last? 12speed is not for everyone. Thin chains are wo.rking on a knife edge of breaking.  2-3 chains a year. Every 3 chai...
Long Distance Riding Part 3: Drop Bar vs Flat Bars YOU choose

Long Distance Riding Part 3: Drop Bar vs Flat Bars YOU choose

The Monster Cross vs Cross Country Bike Experiment. At Olsen HQ we wanted to develop bikes that are versatile. We have developed bikes that can change and adapt with the riding that you do. The Ka...
Comfort vs Speed vs Distance

Comfort vs Speed vs Distance

Long Distance Riding Part 2: Comfort vs Speed vs DistanceSummer is coming and already there are riders out there training… I am training to get fit and to do the 100mile South Downs Way (SDW) and h...
"N" minus 1.

"N" minus 1.

"N" minus 1.  There is a joke that cyclists want one more than they have. "N" being the number that the have and "+1" what they "want".  What happens if you have a DO-IT-ALL bike? Can we change th...
BICYCLE GEARBOXES

BICYCLE GEARBOXES

Bicycle Gearboxes... Mountain Bikers have been talking about the perfect gear system for decades. Imagine a drivetrain system which was quiet and sealed from the elements? Imagine a drivetrain tha...
WHEELS RIMS, SPOKES and HUBS.

WHEELS RIMS, SPOKES and HUBS.

OLSEN have 5x Different Wheels:  Gravel Cross 700c Wheelset with 28mm Rims =  2085g per set. 29er Monster Boost Wheelset with 28mm Rims. 2100g per set. All-Packer 29er Adventure Boost Front Wheel ...
THE EBIKE QUESTION

THE EBIKE QUESTION

People are always asking me this question: why choose a human-powered bike over an electric bike? It's true, there have been significant improvements in the ebike market in recent years. Don't get ...
Go FAR and FAST.

Go FAR and FAST.

Riding bikes in the UK is all about Mud, Sweat and Tears. MUDBased in Sussex near the South Downs Way - we are used to different types of mud.In fact, Sussex has more than 30 dialect words for mud....
BODY CARE PRODUCTS

BODY CARE PRODUCTS

HONEST HEMP We are big fans of Honest Hemp Chamois and Sports Creams. Honest Hemp is a pioneering British grower of organic industrial hemp and a trusted importer, and manufacturer of CBD (cannabid...
SAVE the 142mm HARDTAIL

SAVE the 142mm HARDTAIL

There are now 3 or MORE standards for REAR Derailleur hubs and therefore bike “standard” confusion. 142, 148 and 157mm. There seems to be a push for the NEXT best thing and that is derailleur gears...
SPOT the DIFFERENCE...

SPOT the DIFFERENCE...

OLSEN Bikes are all different. I have named OLSEN frames after bucket list rides around the world, however they can be ridden anywhere your legs will take them. This is the guide for what is best f...
The MINISTRY of FUNNY FORKS...

The MINISTRY of FUNNY FORKS...

OLSEN MTN CARBON ADVENTURE MTB FORK 142 x 12mmWith a rear wheel spacing for 142x12mm hub and rear wheel post mounts for disc brakes, this fork will turn any mountain bike into an adventure bike pac...