Do I need a special Bicycle for Touring?

  This question crops up time and time again in conversation, especially in cycling forums and groups.   The answer is no, you don't need a special or specific bicycle to go Bicycle Touring.  Whilst there can be certain factors to consider (i.e. carr...

What do I need for my first Bicycle Tour?

So, you have possibly made the best decision of your life. You have decided to go on a bicycle tour! But what next? You have a destination in mind. Maybe have some ideas of what to do along the way and thoughts about where you can sleep. The sta...

Do I need to train for Bicycle Touring?

This is such a common question, and it can put people off starting a Bicycle Tour.  The simple answer is no, you don't need to train to go Bicycle Touring.  A baseline fitness will fine to get most people started.  If you already ...

Cycle Touring Navigation: Paper Map or GPS Device? | Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this blog post about the world of cycle touring navigation.  Read part 1 here. As touched on in part 1, I love paper maps and still use them for my touring planning and navigation.  I also love GPS devices.  Having...

Eating and Cooking on a Bicycle Tour | Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of this post about my take on eating and cooking whilst on a bicycle tour. In Part One I talked about how I cook, where I eat and what works for me. In this part I'll run through a few of the things I like eat and how...

Eating and Cooking on a Bicycle Tour | Part 1

In my list of things I love in this world, both cycling and food are up there. Obsession is probably a better way to describe my commitment level for both.  My poor suffering family, friends and work colleagues generally have to listen to me tal...

Cycle Touring Kit for my First Bicycle Tour

Don’t be fooled into thinking you need an expensive bike, luxury panniers, specialist clothing, ultra-lightweight tent, etc... to go bicycle touring.  Yes, these are nice items to have, and they could make life easier at times, but not having th...

Keep Cycling during Autumn & Winter

As autumn and winter approach in the northern hemisphere, like many people I'm starting to find it a little chilly and darker, especially when it comes to riding my bicycle. To be honest, I have not always been the greatest fan of the colder months. ...

Convert an old bike into a new cycle touring bike...

The touring bike I use today started its life as a hardtail mountain bike. A Cube Reaction Race Edition to be precise.  A mid-range aluminium frame mountain bike that cost me around £1500 at the time. It came with all the usual parts; suspension...

Eurohike Backpacker Tent for Cycle Touring

Your first cycle tour is all planned. You know roughly where you want to go and how long you will go. You have thought about camping, but maybe your last experience was a Scouts/Girl Guides weekend away when you were 12 years old! Looking through you...

Sleeping Bags for Cycle Touring | Terra Nova Voyager 800

Are you like me and have owned a few cheap sleeping bags over the years? Purchasing them for occasional usage; crashing at someone's house, back garden camping, festivals, etc... You stand in your local camping shop with a couple of thoughts in mind....

Grip, Release, Shuffle, Grip, Release, Drop....

  Hello and welcome to another guest blog post. This time our author is Kent MacWilliam. I have been in contact with Kent after he sent me an email about his handlebar tape product, Fatwrap Handlebar Tape.  Kent wanted to share his gre...

Yoga for Cyclists

Many of us cyclists are guilty of only taking care of one thing - your pride and joy that is your bicycle.  We invest hard earned cash to buy the bike and carry on this trend throughout it's life to make sure it is running in tip top condition. ...

Fat Wrap Handlebar Tape Review

Hands up if you have ever suffered with pain or discomfort in the wrist and hand areas when cycling?   If your hand is in the air, then you will understand how painful and frustrating this can be.  At one end of the scale it can be annoying...

Cycle Touring Navigation: Paper Map or GPS Device? | Part 1

So what is it to be when you go on a cycle tour? The good old paper map or a modern day GPS device (Garmin, smart phone, Bryton, etc..)?   Some people get a little hot under the collar about this subject.  They think you have to chose a pat...

Micro/Mini Cycle Tours - Maximise Cycling Opportunities

Do you ever dream about long and elaborate cycle tours?  For many of us these don't fit in with everyday life all year round.  They need to be planned, time booked off work and much more.  Sometimes you need to think smaller and take o...

Get Up & Go Cycling!

I wrote a little blog post last Sunday evening after popping out for a night time cycle ride, to encourage other people to be motivated during the dark and cold months. Here it is...   It was a Sunday night. Dark and getting cold. I was little t...

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