Brooks saddles, made in Birmingham, England, are the de-facto bicycle saddles for touring. They also have a stronghold in the commuting markets and the… erm… cool types. You know the ones, they have (at the moment) long sleeve shirts, skinny trousers and crepe soles. It strikes me as unusual that what suits the terminally trendy also appeals to the nomadic traveller as well as the cantankerous, heritage supporting, northerner (such as my friend Adam) and even the casual cyclist, father of three, who just wants to ‘pop’ to the shops to replenish his secret stash of Werther’s Originals in his shed. Continue reading What You Need To Know About Brooks Saddles [Video]
One of the heaviest items when you are cycle-touring is your tent. Good tents will have a double lining and adequate leg room to keep you dry and allow you to stretch out. Of course you can manage with a single skin tent and leg room might not affect everyone but there’s a few alternatives worth mentioning. This is one of them.
This is my tarp. It’s a hugely versatile piece of kit and very light. It weighs 545 grams and comfortably covers an area big enough to sleep three people. Another one can be used on the ground if you wish, but a bivy works well to keep your sleeping bag dry if you’re on damp ground. I use the MSR AC Bivy or a second tarp just to protect the sleeping bag from the damp and any rocks and sticks, etc, from ripping it. Continue reading Light Weight Cycle Touring Tent Alternatives