What to Pack for Cycle Touring

Kit lists can go on and on.  Ideally you need to pack no more than 10kg.  Some people might be able to go as low as 6kg.  I call the photograph below “Deux Chevaux”.  Sadly I had loaded my bike as if I had the equivalent of two horse-power in my legs (I didn’t).  The…

A Slow Cycle Guide to Getting Started

The most important thing is to evolve your own style. How far do you want to cycle? How fast or slow can you go? You won’t know until you get out there and get your legs moving. For touring and traffic-free cycling your bike should be big and sturdy enough for beaten paths but light…

Slow Cycle Training in Derbyshire (Hardwick loop) 26 miles

This route takes in Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale (slow 4 hours including lunch) Luckily I’m located near some great Sustrans routes (greenways) and some of them link together.  I have a favourite training route with a mixture of tracks and country roads.  Going from home is the best way to go because…

Testing out the Tent in the Garden

Of course, to be a true slow cyclist you don’t have to go very far!  Before going away to France I put my tent up in my friend’s garden.  The food and wine was so good I got head-spin and did not get much sleep.  This is why I rarely drink on holiday – I…

Bordeaux – Getting There by Bus or Plane

My first real taste of traffic-free routes in France was in Bordeaux. Alongside the broad river where the Cruise ships disgorge there’s a food market, cafes, antiques and a cycle track. Getting there could involve taking your own bike on the EBE Bike Express or similar from the UK (by bus) or flying to Bordeaux…

Camping the Slow Cycle Way (On Tour)

Camping can be great fun (when you get used to it). It helps when the climate is just right (18-28 degrees). Most of the one-person lightweight tents (under 1.5kg) are frankly ridiculous when erect but they will do the job and camping is the best way to keep your costs down (so you can stay…

Food and “the French way” to Slow Cycle

Not for me stopping in lycra to stuff (whilst standing or leaning against the shop front) a delicate French fancy, croissant or baguette. This is not the French way!  NON! Not to say that I haven’t been guilty of this but I’d rather stop, order a coffee and unwrap something delicious to savour and devour…

Slow Cycle – Lessons and Experience

Nothing makes you feel younger than riding your bike along a shaded canal or through golden fields filled with sunflowers. Cycling traffic-free (in any country) is not like cycling in your local town. Once you get your balance the pace is up to you. Just keep moving forwards at a pace which you feel comfortable…