Home To The Old World – What I Miss About England

After 5 days of cycling from Leicester to Dover and briefly pausing in Reading to see my Dad, I left England on the 23rd of June, 2012.

By the time I disembark from my flight on the 6th of August 2014 at London Heathrow, I will have been away for 2 years, 2 months and 2 weeks!

For those of you who don’t know, I spent the first 6 months cycling from England through France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, India, Australia, finally arriving in New Zealand with my partner Ellie. Continue reading Home To The Old World – What I Miss About England

Reduce Cycle Touring Weight – 5 Simple Tips

Five tips to reduce cycle touring weight. Cycling ultralight is an exhilarating experience but even fully loaded tourers can benefit from reducing cycle touring weight by a few kg. Here are my top 5 tips to get you started.

5 Quick Ways To Reduce Cycle Touring Weight

1 | Chief Weight Offenders: Sleeping Bag

When writing my book, the Ultralight Cycle Touring Guide, I made an infographic showing the weight distribution of my equipment. Chief amongst the weight offenders was my sleeping bag. Though down insulated, which has a good warmth for weight rating, my sleeping bag is quite heavy. If your sleeping bag weighs over 800g and you’re camping in normal spring/summer conditions then you may benefit from swapping it for a lighter model. It will reduce cycle touring weight significantly. Yeti, Lightwave and Rab all make great lightweight sleeping bags and there are many more brands with fantastic products. If you’re in the UK Go Outdoors is worth a look. Continue reading Reduce Cycle Touring Weight – 5 Simple Tips

Warm Showers Hosting – Bicycle Touring Hospitality

Have you ever thought of being a Warm Showers or Couchsurfing host? Warm Showers has over 24,645 active hosts and 41,412 members at the time of writing and is cycle touring specific. Here is Jack Moore’s account of hosting bicycle tourers and contributing to the Warm Showers community.

Jack Moore | The Velo Hobo:

“Much of the adventure of bicycle touring is meeting new people. Most of my tales of the road center on the wonderful fellow travelers I’ve happened across. A person on a loaded bike isn’t a stranger, but another adventurer out adventuring, and there seems to be an instant connection. Curiosity overcomes shyness and a roadside friendship is born.

When not on tour that instant connection is something I miss. One way to experience that same camaraderie when not touring is to open up your home to bike tourists as they pass your way.

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Cinematic Sunday #5 – Rising From Ashes, Rwanda Bicycle Racing Film

I’ve been interested in watching this film since I first came across the ‘in the making’ trailer a few years ago, details at the time were scarce but it looked like a great cycle film. Unfortunately I forgot all about it and the name of the film. Luckily I rediscovered it by chance this week and I’m now nominating it as CycleFar’s 5th Cinematic Sunday feature.

The film is nicely shot and is documentary style, great for getting you motivated for a quick sprint around the block, or perhaps something more. . .

Here is the official website: risingfromashesthemovie.com and synopsis:

“Rising from Ashes” is a feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

enjoy!

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