Great British Bike Rides: 40 Classic Routes for Road Cyclists is the follow up to Dave Barter's first publication, Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder. The first, self-published, book was largely an anthology of blog posts that detailed Barter's increasing obsession with cycling that developed when his running years were ended after injury. Great British Bike Rides […]
Cycling Equipment Reviews
A recurring theme in reviews for the original 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs went something like "Why wasn't such-and-such hill included?" Fans of Scottish hill climbs in particular took offence at the ratio of their favourites to those in Wales (7:14) – and the inclusion of some lesser climbs in the South East especially. Back in […]
I bought 50 Classic Cycle Climbs: Yorkshire & Peak District from a bike shop in Pickering on a holiday last year during which I rode five climbs that had featured in one or other of Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. Perhaps for that reason I find it difficult to review this book without comparing […]
Park Tool PRS-20 Team Work Stand After years of making do without the benefit of a cycle work stand I finally took the plunge and got one. And a pretty decent one it is too. The Park Tool PRS-20 Team Work Stand felt like a bit of an indulgence when I got it, but now […]
It has taken me almost 30 years to try a bar bag. Handlebar bags (I don't mean shopping baskets) are not a new idea; they were apparently listed in the 1890 Brooks catalogue, but I'd hesitated buying one in case it would interfere with the front cables, and also my GPS, front light and bell. […]
Santa brought me a GPS this year but I still like to have a computer on my bike. At the moment I only use the GPS to claim Audax Altitude points or for venturing into foreign parts, otherwise the simplicity of a bike computer suits me fine. I have had a spell of breaking things […]
The night before we left on our Pyrenees tour our son dropped off a helmet camera. He bought it earlier this summer for the tour he and his finacee did of the Sunshine Coast in B.C. After giving me a fast tutorial on its setup (which I pretended to understand), he helped stuff our bags […]
No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money (Samuel Johnson) 'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder' is the self-published anthology of 30 articles written by blogger Dave Barter. It covers a ten year period and a range of cycling activities during that time. I hope Barter can make some money out of this amusing and […]
For most of my cycling life, I never bothered with mirrors. I had a go with one when I was a thirteen year old – bought from Halfords maybe – using my pocket money. It was clamped onto the handlebars of my Hurcules but was really a waste of time. A novelty at best, but […]
Hope Vision One LED This is a review of the Hope Vision 1 LED. It is not the most powerful front light available, it seems to be overpriced, it switches off without warning, its quick-release clamp has a number of detractors, and some have called the light ugly. So why should you have one?
One of the first trip reports we read said that you can always count on your bicycle computer malfunctioning on a tour. Certainly ours have. Lady CoMo has her needs, one is a computer. We decided on a Garmin 800, mounted on the stoker's handlebar. If I think Mary's bored I can call out, "What's […]
We knew that as soon as we picked up Lady CoMo we would be faced with the challenge of transporting her. We had a bicycle car top carrier from Volkswagen, but there was no tandem carrier available for it. Also, although the Volkswagen carrier is made by Thule, it is a lower end product (more […]
Mini camcorder for cyclists DogCam's Bullet HD WIDE mini camcorder is a wide angled version of their original mini bullet cam reviewed here in January. The lens resolution is the same high definition 1280 x 720 pixels but the camera's field of view is increased from 60° to a much wider 135°. The new bullet […]
On our last tour, locks and cables were the heaviest items we carried. Securing our bike frames is one thing; keeping our wheels from walking off is another matter. Pinhead skewers are a good, simple solution for keeping your wheels attached to your frame.
DogCam Bullet HD 720p Camera At 78mm long x 22mm in diameter and weighing 32 grams the DogCam Bullet HD 720p video camera is a convenient size to mount discreetly on bicycle handlebars or a cycling helmet. With a charge of its built-in battery and an 8GB MicroSD card this tiny cordless cam records up […]
The Jetboil Flash is one of the most striking looking stoves. Its undoubtedly the prettiest stove in my collection, but does it offer any significant increase in performance compared to other gas stoves?
It's almost a year since I was allowed to put a pair of pedals and Brooks B17 Standard saddle on to the Christmas present that was to become my winter trainer/commuter/club run/Audax bike. So, belatedly perhaps, here is a Kinesis Racelight T2 2010 review. Kinesis Racelight T2 2010: a winter training bike, amongst other things.
The Altura Orkney handlebar bag – minus its detachable front pocket and map case. The Altura Orkney handlebar bag is Altura's top of the range bar bag, but seems to have in-built faults, and these faults are frequently reported on cycling blogs and customer review web sites. Despite this, I rather like it. So here […]
A couple of weeks ago my front light was accidentally left in the Leo Smit bike shop in Medemblik, Holland, when we'd got Mrs Taylor's touring bike repaired after her crash, so back in the UK, with the darker nights coming on, I needed a new one. Here it is: a Hope Vision 1-LED front […]
In the place I store my bikes I am tight for space. I bought a cheap hoist from LiDL (a false economy as it turned out I couldn't use it in such a small place) and, via Amazon, a Gear Up Off-the-Wall 2-Bike Horizontal Bike Rack after doing some research on the most useful way […]
The Isle of Wight has suffered from drought this summer but this week the rain has returned with a vengeance. We had two inches on Sunday and its continued in a similar vein all week which has come as rather a shock to we soft southerners! When I was a big tough northerner (or was […]
I never venture out for more than half a day without taking a stove with me – I like to be very sure of my tea supply! On a short tour its no problem to take sufficient gas to last the trip but my recent longer visit to France and Spain created something of a […]
All of my bikes that have been fitted with pannier racks have Blackburn models. There is no particular reason other than that they were ‘in’ when I took up cycling seriously in the late 1970s. You will find no shortage of cyclists who will tell you they prefer the racks produced by other manufacturers. I […]
For the first time in about six years, I've bought some new cycling shoes. My old Sidi shoes were starting to look decidedly tatty, so I shopped around for replacements. I found these: Dromarti Race expensive, but beautiful. So expensive, that they would be the most expensive footware I'd ever own.
My first “Computer” on a bicycle was one of those little metal odometers that were actuated by a peg fitted on a spoke. The unit was mounted on the front RH dropout and the peg clicked away every wheel revolution. Cyclists of a certain age will remember them well. Mine eventually bit the dust by […]