Garmin Forerunner 920XTa Red White

Garmin Forerunner 920XT – What’s The Point?

I saw today that Garmin has announced a new sports watch, the Garmin Forerunner 920XT. At first I was very excited to see a shiny new Garmin Forerunner product. I’ve been expecting and anticipating some big advances in display resolution, connectivity and features in Garmin products for a while now.

My reasoning behind this is that other areas of mobile device tech are rapidly evolving and to remain competitive (or at least, interesting) Garmin would have to pull its sleeves up and make something more than a box with a GPS unit inside. Technically they have – they’ve made a box that works with the Russian GLONASS system too. But I’m my opinion it’s an underwhelming product to release in late 2014.

The Garmin Forerunner 920XT is listed on garmin.co.uk as costing a whopping £389.99. To put that into context with other mobile tec that’s more than the LG G3! Continue reading

Secondhand-Bicycle-Promotion

Secondhand Bicycle Free Book Promotion 6th and 7th September

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.”

This book will be free to download this weekend, on the 6th and 7th of September 2012 only. Don’t miss your chance to download a book that could save you money and give you confidence when you next come to buy a bike! Continue reading

Alpkit Fuel Pod Review

Alpkit Fuel Pod Review – Ultralight Bikepacking Luggage

It’s finally time for my Alpkit Fuel Pod review. I’ve been using the Alpkit Fuel Pod for the last month where it’s been invaluable on several long rides and some light touring. It’s not the first top bar mounted frame bag that I’ve used, I previously carried my essentials in a Topeak Fuel Tank, but Alpkit’s Fuel Pod it might just be the best.

Alpkit Fuel Pod Orange
My partner Ellie also has an Alpkit Fuel Pod in orange.

Alpkit Fuel Pod Review

Coming from an ultralight cycling perspective the Alpkit Fuel Pod is a promising product. The materials are strong and light, the total weight for size medium, including straps, is a mere 80 grams.

Particularly important to me is the water-resistant seal and zip dock that has kept my camera dry for the prolonged rainy days cycling from Reading to Devon. Continue reading

Cycling In Plymouth

Gruelling Travel, Homelessness and Balancing Bike Weight

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.

After the grueling and demoralising flight we stayed with my Dad in Reading, cycled to Cornwall to see Ellie’s family, took a train (with bikes) to Leicester and now we’re staying with my parents for a week before scooting off to Cambridge to see more family. Continue reading

Taranaki's Pouakai Ranges

Brasher Hillmaster II GTX Review, Tested To Destruction

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.

The leather is a fully waterproof layer before you even hit the Gore-Tex membrane underneath, and with so few seams, washing and waxing them is a simple and satisfying task. Leather boots tend to bounce back time and time again with a tin of wax and ten minutes of your best massaging. Continue reading

Ultralight Cycle Touring and Fully Loaded Bicycle Travel