Cycling routes and bikes: guidebooks, expert advice, touring, kit and adventure stories
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Day rides, cycle touring, mountain biking, sportives, bikepacking or just a bike ride. Here we focus on all aspects of getting on your bike for a great adventure, starting with getting your bike in good order, and leading up to the most epic of cycling adventures. With guidebooks, articles and video to bring everything to life.
Feature · 25 Apr 2020
How to make sure your bike is safe, roadworthy and ready to go
Has your bike been in the shed for far too long? Perhaps the lockdown is inspiring you to dust off the old bike and go on a cycle ride (within government limitations of course)...
Article · 27 Apr 2020
Jon Sparks on the Correct Riding Position
Whether you’re on a brand new bike or you’ve dusted off an old one, a vital and yet frequently neglected issue is getting the riding position right. Jon Sparks, author of The...
Day rides on roads and tracks
The most accessible form of cycling, for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These guidebooks will provide a range of suggested routes in some great locations. If you're looking to push yourself more competitively, then the Sportive guidebooks provide plenty of guidance on training and suggested routes in the south of England.
Cycle touring has all the benefits of a journey powered purely by your own effort, but you get to cover more ground in a day than you would by walking, yet you are moving slow enough to fully appreciate the scenery around you. Start your cycle touring adventures with trips just taking two or three days. If it feels good, then there is no real limit to what you can achieve.
Article · 23 Apr 2015
What is the best bike for cycle touring?
Cycle touring is a brilliant activity for people of all ages and most levels of fitness. In this blog post, Cicerone Press author Richard Barrett explains what, in his opinion, is the best bike for cycle touring.
Article · 26 Sep 2020
How to discover a new cycling route from home
Consisting of family-friendly cycle routes across the UK, the Sustrans National Cycle Network is the perfect source for exploring your local area by bike. As Paddy Dillon...
Feature · 8 May 2016
Tips for fast-and-fun touring on carbon bikes
Author of Cicerone guidebook, Cycling in the Lake District, Richard Barrett sheds some light on, well, touring light. From cross-dressing to communal toothpaste, he shares some...
Suggested routes for first cycle touring trips
Feature · 5 Jun 2017
Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more
Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's...
Podcast · 11 Nov 2020
Hadrian's Cycleway with Rachel Crolla and Carl McKeating
Visiting Roman forts, milecastles and other historic sites in the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Cycleway is a fantastic three-day ride across northern England...
Feature · 9 Nov 2015
Cycling the C2C 17 years on
Lesley Williams reflects on her second time cycling the Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route from Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria to Tynemouth on the north-east coast near Newcastle and Sunderland. Read on, and then watch the video...
Suggestions for more challenging cycle touring
These are very roughly arranged in order of difficulty of the challenge. This can depend on overall length of the route, the terrain, and any challenges related to the region or country.
mountain biking and gravel biking
Article · 19 Jul 2017
What is a gravel bike? Chiz Dakin explains
Chiz Dakin has been enjoying riding a gravel bike for the new edition of Cycling in the Peak District. Here she explains exactly what a gravel bike is.
Feature · 3 Apr 2017
Top Tips for Mountain Biking in the Slovenian Alps
Rob Houghton takes some time out over the winter to reminisce on his mountain biking research trips to Slovenia. Using his own hard-won experience, he provides some advice for...
Feature · 19 Jan 2019
E-bikes: Innovative, fun and controversial
The mountain bike world loves its trends: 29-ers, 650b, 1x transmission and fat-bikes have all stirred the pot in recent years. But Jon Sparks doesn’t think any innovation has...
Article · 13 Jul 2018
E-bikes are just for softies
I’ve never been a strong cyclist, but until recently I’ve always enjoyed cycling. Now I simply love it! This is not just an isolated remark overheard in a pub, it’s a growing phenomenon, and cyclists who scorn e-bike riders should pause to...
bike packing, panniers and camping
Article · 26 Aug 2018
What is bikepacking?
Jim Sutherland explains what bikepacking is: the combination of lightweight backpacking with mountain biking, or touring on a mixture of roads, gravel tracks, single track and sometimes walking paths for multiple days with an overnight stop.
Article · 18 Nov 2017
Bikepacking the Moray Coast Trail
Jim Sutherland describes his bikepacking trip along the Moray Coast Trail in Scotland - plenty of hills, laughs and some good food.
Feature · 6 Nov 2017
Around Spain, off road, on a mountain bike
We all know Spain is a beautiful country, but most of us visit the coasts and the famous cities. Jonathan Halstead, author of Three Wheels on my Bicycle, decided to visit a less...
Article · 19 Jun 2019
Frame packs or panniers: what’s right for you?
Almost all cycle luggage manufacturers offer a range of frame packs alongside more traditional panniers. Richard Barrett explores the different choices and matches the optimal...
Feature · 2 Oct 2016
Finding My Way and Not Getting Lost – Cycling around the world
In 2011, Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Here, she describes some of the highs and lows of her adventure across multiple continents.
Feature · 6 Feb 2017
Travelling solo: a female long-distance cyclist’s reflections
In the final article in the series, around-the-world adventure cyclist Cressida Allwood describes her journey from the solo female traveller perspective. She tells us about some...
Feature · 5 Dec 2016
Staying mentally strong and motivated on long distance bike tours
In 2011, Mountain Leader Cress Allwood began a journey on her bike that would take her around the world. Returning to England in 2013, she now works as a leadership coach. Here...
Feature · 11 Sep 2017
Cycling the Vía de la Plata
The Vía de la Plata is one of the great Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone author John Hayes set about cycling the route. Here, he describes the history and culture of the region as well as giving some planning and logistics tips.
Feature · 6 Oct 2019
Cycling the north coast of Scotland
The North Coast 500™ is a 500-mile lap of Scotland starting and finishing in Inverness, which many people choose to do as a cycle tour. James Cox and his companions looked at this route but decided instead to design their own, cycling 498 miles...
Feature · 11 Mar 2016
Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 1
In this first of three articles Tim Salmon describes a journey he and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia, Serbia...
Feature · 10 Apr 2016
Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 2
This is the second of three articles describing a journey Tim Salmon and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia,...
Feature · 8 May 2016
Cycling the Danube: Budapest to the Black Sea Part 3
This is the last of three articles describing a journey Tim Salmon and his wife Camilla made along the lesser-travelled lower Danube, from Budapest across Hungary, Croatia, Serbia...
Feature · 5 Jun 2017
Cycling in the Pyrenees – Col des Tentes and Cirque de Troumouse
Seen the Tour de France? Cycled the Col du Tourmalet? Want to do something else? Why not try these two huge and stunning lesser-known climbs in the heart of the Pyrenees?
Feature · 13 Oct 2015
The Haute Route Alps – a long tough cyclosportive
The Haute Route Alps is 791km and almost 22,000m of ascent over seven consecutive days in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Regular Cicerone Extra contributor...
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