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Thorn Sherpa Review – Steel Frame Touring Bicycle

I’ve been collecting my thoughts for this Thorn Sherpa review since I first built the bike in my grandad’s shed. I built it in the middle of winter four years ago. I had attempted to build up my new Thorn Sherpa frame in my garage, but at a fun dampening -2°C I received a better offer from my grandad who told me I could use his quintessential English ‘shed at the bottom of the garden’, fitted with a cast iron multi-burner.

Thorn Sherpa review.
Thorn Sherpa attachment points.

I took my tools, stacked up in front of a small fan heater, and hauled the Thorn Sherpa frame and components up the road to a balmy 22°C Costa-del-English-Shed and had a fun couple of days tuning the gears and perfecting the cabling, sweat gently beading on my forehead. Thanks grandad! Continue reading Thorn Sherpa Review – Steel Frame Touring Bicycle

Continental Travel Contact Review – Destroyed!

I have finally squeezed the last mile out of my Continental Travel Contact tyres (Twice!). I can now give you the grim specifics on how long they lasted, how well they performed, and how gracefully they failed. Consider this the Continental Travel Contact review; tested to destruction! Continue reading Continental Travel Contact Review – Destroyed!

KNOG Blinder 4V review

In my latest review in the series of ‘what worked on my latest tour’ I’m sneaking in the KNOG Blinder 4V that I bought in Australia after my last rear light, also an older KNOG light was stolen from my bike in Serbia. It didn’t join me for the whole tour but it did help me to finish it safely and is a wonderful rear light. I’ve also had the opportunity to test it out properly over the last few months in a commuting capacity…

I didn’t get my KNOG Blinder 4V from Wiggle but I might have done if I wasn’t in the midst of touring! I never recommend products or retailers that I haven’t used myself and am happy with. Thank you.


Surly CroMoly front rack review

Behold! My video review of the Surly CroMoly front rack. It’s the first video in a series of reviews on what hardware worked best on my 6 month cycle tour from England to New Zealand. I’m not totally at ease at talking to the camera yet, and you may detect me rambling on a bit, but I endeavour to improve my performance as I progress through the series. So here we go…

I got my Surly CroMoly front rack from Wiggle and it helps me to maintain and grow CycleFar if you do to. – and, as always, I never recommend products or retailers that I haven’t used myself and am happy with. Thank you.


Trangia Stove Boiling Speed Test and Review [Updated]

If you think that Trangias are slow then you must have been talking to my friends, they’re always telling me how painfully slow they are, and how useless they become at high altitude. The thing is, despite this common criticism, my experience has always been very positive.

Trangia 27-1 UL
Trangia 27-1 UL

I think Trangias are very fast. I can’t prepare the food for it faster than it can boil a pot of water. I’m the weakest link, I’m the bottleneck in the process, the Trangia runs rings around me so here I want to test how fast this cooking stove really is and give my Trangia 27-1 UL review. Continue reading Trangia Stove Boiling Speed Test and Review [Updated]

Sugru; what would you use it for?

Sugru has arrived
Sugru has arrived!

A few months ago I came across an interesting product called Sugru, a silicon based putty that air cures, and knew immediately that I wanted to play with some. The problem was I didn’t think I had any real uses for it, so I decided to make a list on my desktop and every time I came across a possible use for Sugru I scribbled it down. If I could find a reasonable amount of jobs that couldn’t be solved as well with other material’s then I’d get some to try.

As you may have guessed the list is now long and the Sugru has arrived so here’s my first use of it; On my approaching tour (3 days to go!) I’ll be cycling from Switzerland back to the UK with a couple of friends from Uni and I’ll be just taking a Bivy (the MSR AC Bivy) and a tarp for shelter. I have borrowed from a friend two collapsible tent poles to support my tarp, for when there are no trees or other supports, but there isn’t a simple way to hook my tarp to the ends of the poles. Continue reading Sugru; what would you use it for?