Cycling Articles Archive
Cycling in France, general cycling, touring, holidays with kids and many more of my ramblings;-)
Here you'll find articles on cycling, touring, equipment, France and some slightly off-the-wall topics, sometimes funny, sometimes serious and frequently opinionated. It's an archive built up over the last 20 years so please bear in mind that when I do things like describing pulling a baby trailer, that was a very long time ago.
Read and enjoy and I am always very happy to add contributions from others in order to make the Archive as broad and as worthwhile as possible.
Cycling Article Index
Carradice bar-bag - perfect for cycling holidays in France? * Dawes Sonoran Hybrid Cycle review * Touring USB battery review * Touring Bike Brakes review * VSF T50s touring hybrid bike review * Ridgeback Expedition Touring Bikes review * Wheelbuilding book review * Cycling in Europe book review * Orbit Romany touring bike review * DTI Hugi Touring hubs review * Orbit Gold Medal touring bike review * Ortlieb pannier review * Burley and Thorn child trailers review * Brooks Titanium saddle review * Two person Tent test review * Brooks leather saddles review * Yak BOB trailer review * Trangia cooker review * Thermarest problems review * Robens Lodge 2 tent review
Stiffness in bicyle frames * Tyres for cycle touring * Reynolds 531 history * 26" vs 700c wheels * Tyre pressures * The technical facts about steel frame tubing * General use of steel in touring frames * Ladies Frames - why not? * Chain-link extractors overview
General cycle touring advice and guides
Cycling holiday on the Velodyssee * A Guide to E-Bikes - central or hub motors? * Go on a cycling holiday – encouragement! * The Breton Bikes Guide to Cycling Holidays in France * Cycling Holidays for Beginners * Cycling holidays for experienced * Touring tyre tread patterns * Why cycle in Brittany * Food and Brittany * Cycling tool kit * Gearing for Cycling holidays * Carrying loads on a cycling holiday * DIY cycle camping holiday guide * How to choose a cycling holiday tent * My anti cycling-fashion rant! * How to climb on a touring bike * Hi Vis - worth it? * Death of the drop handlebar * Things to watch out for in a tent * A Cyclists Toolkit * Cycling with children - guide
Cycling Holiday route ideas
Cycleroutes from Gouarec in central Brittany (France) * Free hotel-based touring route from Roscoff * Free camping based route from Roscoff * Cycle touring up the Ventoux! * Tour de France 2018 in Gouarec * "A day in the mountains" * Climbing the Tormalet
General 'Fun' Articles
Cycling a 100+ years ago!
And last but not least – the whole saga of.... The Breton Bikes ITG charity ride to the French Pyrenees
Latest Cycling Articles
What can the Ridgeback Expedition offer? (Updated for 2017 - see below)
Sadly Ridgeback inform me that for 2017 the Expedition is to be updated with Hydraulic disc brakes. Though lovely to use these aren't a great idea on a true expedition tourer - too easy to damage, difficult to get spares or 'bodge' on tour in Europe let alone outside... - Manufacturers Website
Why do tyres have a tread pattern?
If you go onto the website of any cycle tyre manufacturer you will see a bewildering range of tyres – all sizes, constructions and weight. But the most obvious difference between tyres is the tread pattern which seems to come in all shapes and sizes from massive tread blocks to completely slick, it's no wonder that cyclists looking at this get confused, so the purpose of this article is to try to uncover some of the mysteries of the subject and more importantly to expose some of the misconceptions.
For a lot of our customers this will be their first ever cycling holiday especially in France, in fact that was one reason Breton Bikes was set up as it is – to encourage people to try something that may get them hooked so that in the future they set off on their own. But there are beginners and 'beginners'...
Regular cyclists read on...
One of our specialities is providing cycling holidays for experienced cycletourists. If that means you then you are probably used to decent equipment, reasonable mileages and don't want to cycle in a group of beginners. On the other hand you don't want the hassle and cost of bringing all your gear to France and then risking the chance of a breakdown writing off a hard-earned holiday. If that's the case then you've come to the right place.