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08. Jul, 2014

Review of Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring

Review of Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring

We recently got a copy of Tom Allen’s new Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring and thought it was such a great guide that we should share it with you.

gold backdropsThe guide focuses on all the gear you could possibly need for a cycle tour – long or short distance. It is the kind of thing we would really have benefited from reading when we were planning our South America trip, as we got very lost scanning through endless websites and forums for advice.

Essential Gear is split into two parts. The first looks at making decisions based on your situation. Do you have money to spend? What kind of trip are you planning? Do you really need expensive gear? Does an item do more than one thing?

These are really good points to consider. Some of the kit we bought, at not inconsiderable cost, like our water filter, turned out to get little use. Whereas, cheap electrical tape was one of the best things we took with us. It fixed holes in our bags, patched up chips on our bike frames and we even used it as rim tape.trustopt 挂靠

essential-gear-v2194The second part of the guide looks in detail at the different kinds of gear you might need. If, like us, you love kit then this is a salivating section to read through. However, Tom sensibly takes readers through all the decisions to be made, emphasising that many of the questions that are so easy to get hung up on – like should I take a steel or aluminium frame – are really not that important, and there is no right answer.

The guide is packed with great photographs and tips from other cyclists, which illustrates the really sensible points that Tom makes. If you are new to cycle touring or are planning a long trip for the first time, this guide is going to be invaluable to helping you through the organisational phase. It will also get you very excited about the adventures that lay ahead.

Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring is available to download at gearforcycletouring.com.

25. Jan, 2012

Review of the Brooks B-17 saddle

Review of the Brooks B-17 saddle

Our rating: 7/10

The Brooks B-17 saddle is difficult to review. We can’t say that we love it, but we both agree that we wouldn’t use anything different, especially now that we have gone to the effort of wearing ours in.

We chose the Brooks B-17 as it had good reviews from the cycle touring community and also it came as standard with our Thorn Nomads. Paddy went with the black version, whilst Laura opted for tan as we were told it would soften up quicker. We’re not so sure that it true, but the tan does develop a lovely worn-in colour. Laura chose not to bother with the specific female version as it added to the cost. A wise move or not? We aren’t sure. Laura has definitely suffered most with discomfort, but there is no guarantee that the women’s version would have been better. Probably though, if given the choice again we would have spent a few extra pounds. (more…)

06. Dec, 2011

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Leaving Peru, it was hard to believe that the last seven weeks of cycling covering over 2,000km was just one country such were our variety of experiences.  Lucho’s casa de ciclistas had been a welcoming place and fun to meet other cyclists but it was time to get moving again.

In Bolivia, we met cyclists who told us about an incident of bikers being shot at along our next stretch. Paijan, the particular hotspot, was 50km north along the Panamerican, so at Lucho’s recommendation we stopped at the police station on the outskirts. The chief officer confirmed the place was dangerous and insisted we have a police escort through the town and desert for 30km. (more…)

10. Nov, 2011

Review of the Clickstand bike stand

Review of the Clickstand bike stand

Our rating: 8/10

Our Thorn Nomads didn’t come equipped with a built in bike stand, and if we’d added one, we’d have invalidated the frame’s warranty. So we were left looking for other options, rather than throwing our shiny, new bikes to the ground each time we stopped.

Online, we stumbled across an American company, owned by cycling enthusiast Tom, producing the Clickstand. This is a long stand, made of similar tubing to a tent pole, which folds down into several pieces connected by elastic and will fit neatly into your handlebar bag. At one end is a fat rubber foot to stop the pole slipping, and at the other a piece of curved plastic that supports the top tube of your bike frame. (more…)

10. Nov, 2011

Review of the Thorn Nomad bike and Rohloff hub

Review of the Thorn Nomad bike and Rohloff hub

 

 

 

 

Updated 25/01/12

Our rating: 9/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having looked long and hard for the ideal touring bike we set our hearts on the (not cheap) Thorn Nomad and were delighted to receive sponsorship to justify buying them.

We were attracted by the sturdy steel frame, which would be easier to fix on the road than an aluminium one, and which would be likely to stand up better to the bumpy roads of South America. The choice of frame size was also an important option. It meant that we could have the same bikes, so share spare parts, and that Paddy, at 6’5, would have a bike that actually fit him. (more…)