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20. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Cycling London to Paris: the French part

Early the next morning, we rolled off the ferry into a grey,cold drizzle that masked the industrial toughness of Le Havre. It was hard to motivate ourselves to get moving after a breakfast of croissants and pain au chocolat in town, where our confident French practice from the previous day was found out quickly by the perplexed locals.

Having forced ourselves to get into the saddle, we picked up a local cycle route to escape this industrial maze of a city, but still managed to get lost in a car park on the edge of town. We were soon joined by an-equally lost Josh, a cyclist from the ferry who was heading off on his first bicycle trip: to Barcelona. His route wasn’t planned, so he decided to join us for the day as he figured we were going broadly in the right direction for him. (more…)

18. Jul, 2013

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

Cycling London to Paris: the English part

London to Paris, everybody does it differently. Some people jump on their road bikes and race it in 24 hours, for others it is the challenge of a lifetime and they raise thousands for charity as they take several days to make their way south. It doesn’t matter how you do it, but if you’re a cyclist, you must at some point.

We’d had it on our wish list for years, but at last we had a date and, excitedly, company having persuaded our friends Tom and Katie to come along over an extended May bank-holiday weekend. Our plan was to take a relatively leisurely pace following the Avenue Verte, a signposted route between the two capitals, via a ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe. (more…)

16. Jan, 2013

Back in London, but not on our bikes

Back in London, but not on our bikes

We’ve been back in London for a while now, but our bikes have made less of an appearance around town. Before we left for South America, we both commuted to work and used our bikes for generally getting around, but since we returned we’ve been pedalling less and less. Why? (more…)

22. Nov, 2012

Our top tips for cycle touring

Our top tips for cycle touring

The advice we picked up from other cyclists and websites whilst we were planning was invaluable. For that reason we thought we would put together a list of equipment we loved and that we hated, along with a few top tips from our time cycling around South America.

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25. Jun, 2012

Review of the Hilleberg Nallo 3GT tent

Review of the Hilleberg Nallo 3GT tent

Our rating: 7.5/10

The Nallo 3GT tent from Hilleberg has a fantastic reputation and for that reason we decided it was worth splashing out on for our trip around South America. We’ve discovered its good points but have been disappointed by its performance in hotter climates and in the end we switched to hammocks for a decent night’s sleep.

Many cycle tourists choose the Nallo for long distance bike trips in spite of it being pricey and it’s easy to see why. At less than 3kg (plus optional footprint) it is one of the lightest tents around that will live up to life on the road. It fits neatly into a roll bag (in our case an Ortlieb) to go on the top of your back rack and has a reputation for being hard wearing. (more…)