Whether you’ve been cycling all your life or are just getting into the whole idea of cycling for fitness, you probably rely on your phone for many things – music, route tracking, maps, you name it.
Mobile phones are becoming quite the necessity in the modern world. The latest statistics report that there are now 1.75 billion worldwide, a massive increase since the number that Gaming Realms, operators of Castle Jackpot Online Slots, reported in 2012, which was 1 billion. Smartphones have evolved to become handy tools for the cyclist as well, and we all love to carry them around wherever we go. But it’s not always convenient to keep your phone on your arm band, and unfortunately, mobile phone mounts can be quite expensive, with ones that are considered “low-end” costing $20 or so.
Scottish stunt cyclist Danny Macaskill is back with a new video. Ten days of filming, a helicopter, a mad bike and a madder man, resulted in some great footage and a trip up Sgurr Dearg. Though Red Bull presumably paid for the adventure I’m sure no one on the team was desperate enough to consume anything produced by them.
I’ve just completed a guide to help people buy good second hand bikes. It goes through all the checks you should make and the things you should look for when making a good purchasing decision. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
“Have you ever bought a real lemon of a bicycle? I know I have! This book is simply a guide to show you where and what to look for when buying a second hand bike. It has a quick checklist for experienced people and a detailed walkthrough guide for those new to bikes and cycling.
Even if you only pick up on one little problem and are able to legitimately haggle for a discount (or have a problem fixed before you buy) then this handy little guide will save you more money than it costs.”
That’s what my partner and I have done since I last posted from New Zealand. Flights, more travel, bad luck, sabotage and finally left with (planned) homelessness. Our flight, for anyone that would like to imagine such a thing, went like this:
New Plymouth – Auckland (45m) Auckland – Hong Kong (11h30m) Hong Kong – London (12h30m including the 1hr delay sitting on the plane but not in the air!)
Back to back! I was one more in flight film away from sucking on my own trousers. Insanity was lurking perilously close.
Brasher Hillmaster II GTX walking boots review: I’m willing to bet that a few of Cyclefar’s readers like walking. After all, to enjoy cycling is to enjoy life and there are many ways to experience the world. I have seen a fair bit of the great outdoors standing in these Brasher Hillmaster II GTX walking boots and now as I prepare to leave New Zealand (three weeks to go!) I’m also preparing to leave my beloved boots behind. I hope I don’t spoil the surprise by saying that these boots have never ever let me down in the estimated 500+ miles traveled in them.
I bought the Brasher Hillmaster walking boots on a recommendation from my dad who’s a keen walker and, whilst penniless at university, he kindly subsidised the price for me, telling me his philosophy ‘buy once buy right’. More specifically ‘buy leather’. Leather boots have the distinct advantage of being easy to clean, easier to care for and more water resistant than synthetic shoes in my opinion.