How to Make a Mobile Phone Mount

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.

Instead of spending on a mount, you may want to try building one yourself. Thanks to Instructables, it’s easy to create a mount right from scraps of old bike parts you may have lying around. Continue reading How to Make a Mobile Phone Mount

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 Secondhand Bicycle Free Book Promotion 6th and 7th September

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 Gruelling Travel, Homelessness and Balancing Bike Weight

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 Brasher Hillmaster II GTX Review, Tested To Destruction

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