Cycle Touring Festival 2016 in Photos

Ghyllside Cycles, Exped, Adventures Pedlars at Cycle Tour Fest

Massive thanks and congratulations to Laura, Tim, Sharon (aka mum), all the speakers and entire team behind the Cycle Touring Festival 2016. In contrast to last years festival, we enjoyed glorious sunshine right across the May bank holiday weekend amongst the stunning grounds of Waddow Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The whole festival was excellent across … Read more…

Cycle Touring & Wild Camping Dungeness

national cycle route 2 leading to wild camping in Dungeness, Kent

It was one of those rare weeks where work went to plan. I never needed Saturday morning to tie-up loose ends or get prepared for the week ahead. I had the whole weekend at my disposal. I could have gone anywhere but Dungeness was calling. I first visited this part of the Kent coastline as an … Read more…

Clothes – Packing for Cycle Touring

large clothes cube organisder for ortlieb rackpack

It maybe a list of obvious choices but the clothes you select and how you organise them can make a big difference to your daily routine during your cycle tour.  Again, the rule is ‘get out there’ go with whatever you have and don’t be put off by what you don’t. There’s no better way to … Read more…

Cycle Touring Tips – Outdoor Clothing

outdoor clothing - clothing to wear cycle touring

Everyone has their own ideas about what items are packing list essentials for a cycle tour. I often read spirited forum debates about what should or should not be found in your panniers. The first point to make before you read any further is ‘just do it’! Whatever gear you have, too little or too … Read more…

Titanium camp cook pots – a guide

lightweight titanium cook sets

Titanium really is the perfect material for lightweight travel. It’s super lightweight, strong, hygienic, will not taint the taste of food and drink and if it’s looked after correctly, titanium kit will last a lifetime. Titanium as a material is expensive but the benefits to the outdoor explorer far outweigh the one-off outlay cost. It is … Read more…

Lighten your Tent weight

The best way to camp. Wild camping guide for camping in the UK

Last month I wrote about what qualities to look for in a tent for cycle touring; see here. In this following article I look at what steps you can take to lighten the weight of your tent pack and improve the performance of your bargain tent. I paid less than £100 for my ‘Vango Banshee 200’, it’s … Read more…

‘Evernew’ or not? Titanium Alcohol Stove

Mysolo alcohol stove vs Evernew alcohol stove

I wanted to upload a short film of the ‘Mysolo’ alcohol stove in use. I’ve had a few enquiries asking how this stove compares against the ‘Evernew’ branded stove.  I’ve used the ‘Mysolo’ stove a lot recently and it really does perform well. On the surface there isn’t any obvious differences between the ‘Mysolo’ and … Read more…

Cycle Touring Tents – Lightweight Camping

Best cycle touring tents - The vango banshee is a reasonably priced tent that is classed as a two man but is comfortable only for one

Attach the term ‘lightweight’ to any kit associated with camping or cycling and it usually means two things: One, you’ll enjoy yourself considerably more, and two, there’ll be a hefty price tag attached to it. This article asks the reader to identify what it is they need in a cycle touring tent, it maybe available … Read more…