Quad Lock iphone Case & Bike Mount Kit Review

the best bike mount for your iphone 6 7

Quad Lock claim their phone case and mounting kit as the lightest, strongest and most secure available. It’s nothing new for a manufacturer to claim their product is the best available. But, as soon as you have the Quad Lock kit in your hands you know this products claims are true. Quad Lock Phone Mount Quad … Read more…

Surly Troll / World Troller Touring Bike Build Part 3

Maybe the best go anywhere off road cycle touring bike - The Surly Troll World Troller

Building my Surly Troll / World Troller part 1 looked at the decision process leading to choosing this go anywhere touring bike frame. It also covered the use of S&S Couplers and reasons to chose a Surly Troll over the Surly World Troller. Part 2 looked at the key decisions in fitting a Rolhoff internal … Read more…

Cycle Touring Festival 2017 – Clitheroe, Lancashire

Cycle tour festival

Save a tenner and guarantee your place at the UK’s best Cycle Touring Festival. The early bird tickets are available now until the end of January priced at £75. As with the previous two festivals, this is excellent value; three nights camping, two days jam-packed of talks and workshops and you’ll be fed until you … Read more…

Navigating – Cycling Lands End to John’O’Groats Part 2

planning and navigating from Land's End to John'O'Groats traffic free, off road and on quiet roads

Following on from LEJOG part 1  this article focuses on plotting and navigating your route from Lands End to John’O’Groats. Previously I asked if you want to challenge yourself by riding a fast and direct route or if you plan to see the sights and make a ‘full on’ cycle tour of your journey? Decide what appeals … Read more…

Preparing for Cycle Touring LEJOG Part 1

LEJOG riding cycling lands end to john o groats by bike cycle

So, you fancy a challenge? or maybe not? If you mention that you intend riding from Lands End to John’O’Groats (LEJOG) you’ll usually get a look of disbelief in return. People consider this epic ‘end to end’ ride a challenge, the next question is usually “how long will that take”? Personally, I’ve never seen cycling … Read more…

Cycle Touring the Forest of Bowland, Ribble Valley

cycle touring bicycle touring in the forest of bowland clitheroe lancaster lancashire

Laura and Tim Moss are round the world cyclists and organisers of the excellent Cycle Touring Festival. The Festival has been running for two years now and has been a great opportunity to meet up with fellow cycle tourists, exchange ideas and listen to the program of excellent talks on all things cycle touring. With so … Read more…

The Forest of Bowland – Cycle Touring Weekend

cycle touring through the Forest of Bowland with the Cycle Touring Festival gathering

The Cycle Touring Festival is wonderful, interesting, friendly, fun…but doesn’t involve any CYCLING. We’re going to put that right and invite you all to come cycling with us through the stunning Forest of Bowland on the weekend of 17 / 18 September 2016. The plan: We are planning to ride in the beautiful Forest of … Read more…

MODUAL – A Different Bicycle Multi-Tool

a different type of cycling bike multi tool system by Altum Designs The Modual

I was sent the following release by Altum Designs. The MODUAL range is the London based companies first product and very promising it looks too. It’s a different type of bicycle multi-tool compared to the switch-out tool cluster we’re all use to. As the name suggests, this is more of a modular Tool System (MTS) … Read more…

Surly Troll / World Troller Touring Bike build – Part 2

surly tugnut with rohloff on a surly world troller troll

In part 1 I wrote about the decision making process when choosing a touring bike frame, in my case the (Surly Troll / World Troller). Although really, the first decision to make is which wheel size suits the type of touring you have planned. This article looks at my choice of wheels and drive-train, individual … Read more…

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…