Stanforth Kibo Bicycle – A Loaned Bike to Test

Stanforth Kibo bicycle

A few days ago, a Stanforth Kibo bicycle arrived for me to test out. It's the first bike that's ever been loaned to me to test, proving you're never too old to experience something for the first time! It came about after Simon, the owner of Stanforth, had gotten in touch via Twitter in June. He asked if I would like to test one out, and naturally I jumped at the task. I am all for playing with new toys! I've got the Stanforth Kibo Bicycle for 3 or 4 weeks, and during that time, I hope to test it out under a variety of circumstances. It will go to work and back with me on my daily commute, … [Read more...]

Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 2

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This is the second part of my Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers mini-series. If you would like to have a look at part 1, click here - Android Apps for Travel. Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 2 Tripadvisor City Guides - Of all the Android apps  for travel that I have tried over the last year, the Tripadvisor City Guides have really stood out. There is a guide available for the major cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Central and South America, and the Middle East and Africa, with more being added. Once downloaded onto your Android device, you … [Read more...]

Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers Part 1

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Preparing for TBEX in Athens - Essential Android Apps for Travel Bloggers With just under two months to go until this years TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens, it's time to start some planning and preparation. Forget what clothes to take, and how you are going to fit them all into your luggage. Instead, concentrate on the important things, such as making sure that you have installed the essential Android apps for travel bloggers on your phone or tablet. Oh, and before we go any further, yes you read it right, Android! It's the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and … [Read more...]

Travel the World by Bicycle – The Pros and Cons

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When looking at cheap ways to travel the world, very few can compare to cycling. The combination of having  no transport costs, along with plenty of opportunities to wild camp, means that overheads are minimal. The ability to easily get off the beaten track also appeals to those adventurous types that have become disillusioned with traditional backpacker trails and haunts. With some bicycle nomads spending less than $5000 a year, it is little wonder then that using a bike to travel the world is gaining in popularity. It's not for everyone though, because whilst bicycle touring does have … [Read more...]

Cycle To Work Day

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The second National Cycle to Work Day is almost upon us once more. This year, it falls on Thursday 4th September, so mark it down in your calendar! The aim of the cycle to work day is quite simple - To encourage more people to cycle to work. By asking people to pledge miles, and getting the support of employees as well as cycle shops, its hoped that more people than normal will commute to work for that one day. If even a fraction of those people continue to cycle to work after the event, its good news for everyone! Why is cycling to work good news for everyone? I could go into laborious … [Read more...]

Dealing With Aggressive Dogs on a Bicycle Tour

dealing with aggressive dogs when bicycle touring

Dealing with aggressive dogs on a bicycle tour can be a stressful and somewhat unnerving experience at first. The sight and sound of an aggressive dog running up to your bike, barking and snarling makes you realise just how exposed you are on a bike tour. Even if you are cycling with another person, the initial encounters may still trigger a "fight or flight" response. Neither of these reactions is the best way to deal with aggressive dogs on a cycle tour though. A calmer, more thought out approach is always better, and hopefully this article will help you to develop your own strategy in … [Read more...]

Bicycle Touring Navigation – Maps, GPS and Local Knowledge

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If only bicycle touring were as simple as just riding a bike, how easy it would all be! There's more to it than that though, and bicycle touring navigation is one of those things you will need to consider sooner or later. Sure, you have your bike and gear sorted out, but how exactly are you going to find your way around? Getting from A to B is only possible if you know where A and B are in the first place, after all! Well, there are three basic methods to bicycle touring navigation, and these are to use maps, a GPS, and seek local knowledge. Bicycle Touring Navigation - Maps Is it only … [Read more...]

Bike Multi-Tools – Bicycle Touring Gear or Not?

Bike Multi-Tools

When I sat down to write about bike multi-tools, I had every intention of whole-heartedly supporting their use when bicycle touring. However, as I researched and thought more about it, I came to realise that it was not as straight forwards as it at first seemed. In the end, what started off as an article I assumed would be written pretty quickly, took more than 12 hours spread over a week to complete. I either have far too much time on my hands, or I am doing my job properly as a bicycle touring blogger - That's for you to decide! So, let me start off by saying that on previous tours, I … [Read more...]

Flights and Hotel in Athens for TBEX

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Having just booked flights and a hotel in Athens, I thought I would write a quick update. As I may have mentioned in a previous blog post, this October, I am attending the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens. Held bi-anually, with one staged in the Americas and one in Europe, my first experience was in Dublin last year. I came away from there very impressed with the organisation of it all, and filled with new ideas about how to develop this travel blog. The Guinness wasn't bad either! I am happy to say, that almost nine months later, many of those ideas I developed have made their … [Read more...]

Best Foods for Bicycle Touring

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It has to be said, that bicycle touring makes you hungry! The bicycle may be a machine, but your body is the engine, and that engine needs fuel. The best foods for bicycle touring need to replace those lost calories quickly, be relatively light weight, and keep well on the road. In the case of cyclists on multi week/month/year trips, they also need to be cheap! Its hardly surprising then, that the same foods crop up again and again in the panniers of bicycle tourists around the world. Before I go any further, I should mention that I am a strong believer in a balanced diet, and also eat … [Read more...]