How to Cut Costs On A Bicycle Tour

cut costs on a bicycle tour

Long term travel comes in many forms, but few can match bicycle touring when it comes to making a budget stretch further. It's mainly due to the simplicity of touring itself - Sleep. Eat. Ride. Repeat. (Actually, you should probably put a few more 'eats' in there, but you can see where I am coming from). Transport costs, the bane of other modes of travel, are totally eradicated. 6-8 hours of cycling a day removes the desire and in most cases the ability to go partying every night, and who wants to buy material possessions that you have to lug around with you in the panniers day after day? It … [Read more...]

Topeak Mini Dual DXG Pump – Bicycle Touring Gear

Topeak Mini Dual DXG pump

A bicycle pump is one of those essential pieces of cycling equipment that no-one should cycle without, whether on a quick jaunt to the shops, or a cycling expedition around the world. Choosing a good pump for bicycle touring then, is perhaps one of the smartest things you will do when preparing for a long distance cycling trip. A suitable pump needs to be well made, durable, up to the job, lightweight, and none too bulky. Ideally, it should also have a pressure gauge, so that tyres can be inflated to the correct pressures. Enter the Topeak Mini Dual DXG pump then. A compact and affordable … [Read more...]

Should You Wear a Helmet For Bicycle Touring?

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Few things are more divisive within cycling circles than whether or not you should wear a helmet. This isn't just on a person to person level either, it's on a national level. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand, wearing helmets is compulsory for cyclists. In other parts of the world such as the Netherlands, they shake their un-helmeted heads in bewilderment at the very idea. Just why is the world so divided over something so seemingly simple? After all, in theory, it only makes sense to use one. I think it's because most folk get hung up over the word 'compulsory' when it's thrown … [Read more...]

Cycling Route Through Europe – The Problem With Choosing One

cycling route through Europe

If you are a regular visitor to Daves Travel Pages, you will probably be aware by now that I am planning to cycle around the world beginning in April of 2015. If you are not a regular visitor, well, now you do know! Of course, its all very well saying that I will cycle around the world, but sooner or later, I will need to come up with a route. The world's a big place with many roads to choose from (preferably unsealed for that added sense of adventure!), and whilst I might not want to plan too exact a route, a rough direction would be nice! The Problem With Choosing a Cycling Route … [Read more...]

An Expedition Bicycle With Style – The Stanforth Kibo

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Three months after being loaned a Stanforth Kibo expedition bicycle to test out, I am in a pretty good position to give it a final review. During this time, I have ridden it unloaded and fully loaded, on sealed roads and rough single tracks, and in rain and shine. In short, it's been given a bit of a thrashing. Many apologies Simon Stanforth! As this review is likely to be a bit in depth, you might want to make yourself a cup of tea before you go any further. If you just want the short version however, here it is - 'The Stanforth Kibo is a well thought out, excellently designed bike that can … [Read more...]

IntoCircuit PowerMini 3000 Power Bank Review

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When Hisgadget got in contact with me, and asked if I would like a sample of the IntoCircuit PowerMini 3000 Power Bank to review, I of course said yes. I love testing out new bits of gear, and seeing how useful they might be for bicycle touring, camping or just every day use. It arrived about 2 weeks ago, and during that time, I have been able to assess its performance and usefulness. The following review of the IntoCircuit PowerMini 3000 Power Bank is my own opinion, and not influenced by the fact I was given a freebie by HisGadget to try (which was very nice of them by the … [Read more...]

Quit My Job to Travel – Decision Time

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So, it feels like I am approaching a time when I need to make quite a big decision - Namely, when to quit my job to travel. There are a number of factors behind needing to make a decision, and also that have to be taken into consideration before I do. After all, any decision I make now, could drastically affect my cycling trip around the world for better or for worse. This article then, is as much about getting my own thoughts in order, as it is about letting you know what is going on. Like any good story though, it's probably best to start at the beginning. When to Quit My Job to travel … [Read more...]

Athens TBEX – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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I am writing this having just recently returned from the Athens TBEX travel bloggers conference. I've already made a couple of posts about some of the things I did whilst there, and so this is about what I thought to the actual Athens TBEX convention itself. Athens TBEX - The Good One of the great things about these TBEX conferences, is that you get to meet some really interesting people. I must have met dozens, all with their own unique stories to tell. I caught up with old friends such as Maria from www.horsensandbeyond.com, and made many more new ones besides. Perhaps the story that … [Read more...]

Using the Ryanair App

using the ryanair app

On my recent trip to Athens, I decided to give using the Ryanair app a go on the return journey. The reason for this, was due to the fact that Ryanair have a new ticket printing procedure that didn't work out for me. For those that may not know, Ryanair's new procedure is to now offer allocated seating only. The drawback though, is that you can only print off the boarding passes 7 days or less if you want to do it for free. As I had 9 nights in Athens, I was not able to print off my return flight boarding pass. On top of that, the hotel  I was staying in didn't have a printer that worked. So, … [Read more...]

Athens Street Art – A Look at Alternative Athens

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During my time in the Greek capital, I have become fascinated by Athens street art. It's certainly not something that was top of my 'Must Do in Athens' list, and to be honest, not something that normally interests me at all. As the days went by however, I found myself drawn more and more towards these urban street murals. What were they for? Who was painting them? What did they mean? Well, whole books have been written on the subject, so I was never going to become an expert. But, it was helpful to get some insight into the Athens Street Art scene by spending a few days with Vanessa … [Read more...]