Cycling the Fens – A Bicycle Tour in East Anglia


So, as it turns out, East Anglia is a lot bigger and has more to see than you might think! One week of cycling would certainly not be enough time to do it justice, and a rethink was in order. I needed a route which would make the best use of the time I had, and would also allow me to see a varied selection of the regions highlights. Additionally, it would need to include campsites where I could camp each night. After some tinkering with Google maps for a couple of days, I ended up with a route which meant predominantly cycling the Fens region.  Cycling the Fens - A map of the rough route I … [Read more...]

Bicycle Touring in East Anglia – Some Last Items of Gear

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Despite preparing for an around the world cycling trip starting in 2015, I still had a reasonable amount of gear left to buy for bicycle touring in east Anglia. The reason for this, is that I was originally going to buy a piece of gear a month leading up to my departure for my RTW trip in the spring of 2015. Doing this pedal around East Anglia in just a couple of weeks though, meant that I had to bring my timetable forwards. Gear Still Needed for Bicycle Touring in East Anglia First on the list was a tent. I had originally toyed with the idea of buying a Hilleberg Akto which has a great … [Read more...]

Pedal Around East Anglia

pedal around east anglia

Through the cunning use of bank holidays, I have managed to get almost three weeks off from work this month. A pedal around East Anglia seems just the thing to do during some of that time! It will be a great chance to test some gear out, and to focus my mind on the around the world cycling tour I begin next year. I'm really looking forwards to it, as during all my years of bicycle touring, I haven't spent that much time touring my own country. Somewhat uncharacteristically though, I haven't planned this months in advance. So, I basically have two weeks to sort out a route, and buy gear … [Read more...]

Spring Clean Your Bike and Go Cycling!

spring clean your bike and go cycling

As we get towards the end of March, it's time to spring clean your bike and go cycling! With longer days and better weather in front of us, cycling in the great outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy it. There really is no better way to keep in shape both physically and mentally. Leaping straight onto a bike which may have just spent the last few months gathering dust in a garage or shed, is not the best idea though. Some basic maintenance before taking it out is advised. Here's how to spring clean your bike and go cycling. Spring Clean Your Bike and Go Cycling Perhaps the first thing to be … [Read more...]

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Bicycle Panniers – Bicycle Touring Gear

Ortlieb Back Roller Classic

When it comes to bicycle panniers suitable for touring, the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic range is the first and only choice for many cyclists. This isn't because there are no other makes of bicycle panniers available, it's simply because they are the best. I really mean that, and before anyone mentions it, no I have no affiliation with the company. (Although I wouldn't be adverse to Mr. or Mrs. Ortlieb getting in contact to arrange something!). Why do I think they are so good? Read on...     Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Bicycle Panniers Review In my opinion, there are several … [Read more...]

TBEX Athens 2014 – Why I am Going Again


TBEX Athens 2014 was announced just a few days ago, and after having such a good experience at last years event in Dublin, I decided straight away that I would be going. Early bird tickets for the TBEX Athens 2014 conference were priced at $97, and I was probably amongst the first to get mine. These cheaper early bird tickets have a tendency to sell out quickly! If you are thinking of going to the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens but haven't quite made up your mind, read on!   What is the TBEX Athens 2014 Conference About? Basically, TBEX is a bi-annual event aimed at … [Read more...]

Altura Night Vision Waterproof Winter Cycling Gloves Review


I have been using the Altura Night Vision Waterproof Winter cycling gloves for five months now, and so I thought it was about time to write a little review of them. Hopefully someone will find it useful, and although winter is now drawing to an end, they might be available on sale during the Spring months, and I am fairly certain they will be released once more (perhaps updated slightly) for the Winter of 2014. Altura Night Vision Waterproof Winter Cycling Gloves Firstly, I should start by saying that I bought these gloves primarily to commute to and from work. In addition to this, I … [Read more...]

The Best Wheel Size for Bicycle Touring

The best wheel size for bicycle touring

The best wheel size for bicycle touring can be the subject of much debate amongst cyclists, and heated discussions often ramble on for several days in various forums and Facebook groups. Over the course of several long distance cycling trips around the world, I have come to my own conclusions which is the best size, and to cut to the chase, it's 26 inchers. Here's why... Firstly, touring bicycles carry quite a bit of weight in terms of luggage and the weight of the cyclists themselves. This can put considerable strain on the wheels, especially when cycling over rough roads, and every … [Read more...]

Sealskinz Waterproof Beanie Hat

sealskinz waterproof beanie hat

The Sealskinz Waterproof Beanie hat has to be one of the best purchases I have made in a long while, and it's been a great addition to my cycling gear. Over the last six months, it's been used on wet or cold days commuting, on longer weekend rides, and even unloading lorries with a forklift in the rain at work. It's definitely being taken with me on my planned cycling trip around the world, and I thought I would do a little review of it here. Now, you might ask why a man that has no hair needs a waterproof hat, and indeed, that was my own view for many years. After having worn it throughout … [Read more...]

Presta Valves and Schrader Valves – Bicycle Touring Inner Tubes

presta valve

There are two main types of valve used on bicycle inner tubes nowadays, and these are Presta Valves and Schrader Valves. Bicycle touring is possible with either one, and most of the time, no choice or thought is involved. A bicycle will simply come with wheels that are pre-drilled for either Presta valves or Schrader valves to sit through the rim, and that is the type of valve that will be used going forwards from there. Anyone considering building their own wheels for bicycle touring, replacing wheels, or working out the specs for a new expedition or touring bike might like to think a little … [Read more...]