Cycle Touring

A selection of posts and articles from Always Riding contributors about cycle touring and adventures.

  1. Rainspotting Watch Party

    Rainspotting Watch Party
    The chaps at Pannier and Brother Cycles spent some time cycling across the Scottish Highlands earlier this year and the result was this film: Rainspotting. It was originally due to be shown at various venues around the UK so as this is no longer possible they've gone for a Watch Party instead. Not sure what one of those is? Read...
  2. The Joy of Great Cycling Socks

    The Joy of Great Cycling Socks
      Steadfast, functional and a sometimes steamy stable-mate, no we're not talking about a Shire horse, we're talking about cycling socks, a cycle apparel category which has sometimes been seen as an unglamorous wardrobe necessity (a workhorse if you will). But have your feet ever felt in need of a hug after a long ride? Or have you felt an...
  3. 5 Road Bike Holiday Destinations to Give You The Jimmy Legs

    5 Road Bike Holiday Destinations to Give You The Jimmy Legs
    If you have to spend the night phantom pedalling, then you might as well have earned it riding luxuriously sinewy switchbacks, tapping out granny-ring gradients, and hustling the valley-floor home with only one end in sight: that of the rider in front of you. Or rather, a bed so downy plump it could be made of marshmallow, heady wine, ice...
  4. Riding RAGBRAI: The longest, largest & oldest cycling touring event in the world

    Riding RAGBRAI: The longest, largest & oldest cycling touring event in the world
    There are some places in the world that do not immediately come to mind when considering a cycling holiday. Whilst I'm sure Scotland has its charms, a headwind from hell chased with a self-inflicted Snickers overdose will always sully my opinion of what is, in many others' opinion, a fabulous place for cycling. For the purposes of this article, we...
  5. Bikepacking Set Ups - A Visual Guide

    Bikepacking Set Ups - A Visual Guide
    Bikepacking has become the term coined for any bike bags not deemed to be part of "conventional touring" - that of two rear panniers, two front panniers, and a rectangular handlebar bag with a clear top for easy map reading. With the introduction of ultra-distance road rides and off-road touring, the idea of super-light bags that attach to logical empty...
  6. Short Break Touring: What Tools Do I Need?

    Short Break Touring: What Tools Do I Need?
    If you’re planning a few days away on the bike, having a few bits and pieces to get you out of trouble if you do encounter any technical problems en-route will help make sure that a mid-ride mechanical will mean only a bit of a delay whilst you sort things out, rather than it being game over for your trip...
  7. Road Riding Radelaide

    Road Riding Radelaide
    We all long to feel at home, to have a place that’s our own. But as they say, the rolling stone gathers no moss, and for me, life as a professional cyclist consists of shuttling between locations, always on the move to the next gig. You can choose to see it as a hard way to live, or rather, as...
  8. Visual Vinyl - Shooting & Cycling the Alps on 35mm

    Visual Vinyl - Shooting & Cycling the Alps on 35mm
    No high-profile names or accounts of epic battles for prestigious podium placings in this one, and almost certainly no running. Just a set of photos of a group of friends riding some of the iconic roads in the French Alps, captured on Ilford 35mm film by analogue devotee Luke Pritchett. A warming yet haunting quality permeates the images, perfectly capturing...
  9. Tour Divide Kit List - Brother Cycles x Always Riding

    Tour Divide Kit List - Brother Cycles x Always Riding
    The Tour Divide is the race event that follows the Great Divide MTB route from Canada down to Mexico. It’s a huge challenge for the entrants, and not just in terms of scope, scale and the constant worry about refilling the pepper spray bottle! For the intrepid riders that roll wheels out of Banff this summer, crossing bear-itory without catching...
  10. Cycling in Tenerife: Cycling Monk and the Synergy Volcano Tour

    Cycling in Tenerife: Cycling Monk and the Synergy Volcano Tour
    It's mid-morning. It's still dark. Through the window, you see a film of damp cloak everything, the patio, the driveway, the pavements. Remnants of last week's snowfall still cling to the street gutters, dirtied and brown now and pockmarked as if violated by a shotgun. You crane your neck to see if the low, dark cloud is followed by a...
  11. Handmade Heritage - The Artisan Ethos of Carradice Bags

    Handmade Heritage - The Artisan Ethos of Carradice Bags
    To say that Carradice embodies the concepts of heritage and artisanship within the production of their legendary cycling luggage would be an understatement verging on a dis-service to the small, family owned company that nestles amidst the narrow streets of two-up, two-downs of Nelson, Lancashire: Carradice define these two concepts, pure and simple. It was here in this small, northern...
  12. The Endless Road - Cycling Monk: Scotland to Athens 2015

    The Endless Road - Cycling Monk: Scotland to Athens 2015
    You couldn't call mine a normal Mid-Life Crisis. There was no Harley Davidson or ridiculous sports car. No drink problem. No narcotic abuse. No, mine was quite the contrary. I'd just become lost as if the road ahead had become overgrown or the signposts removed. So I sold everything and got on my bike to find the way ahead. I've...
  13. Riding Away From Things

    Riding Away From Things
    In the midst of a whirling storm, chilled to the bone and lodged precariously against the stout wooden boarding (worryingly called The Groins) on Whitstable Beach, I realised with no little surprise that I was enjoying myself. What were we three doing on a beach in England in February? A foolhardy enterprise and no mistake, but the source of our...

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