Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

Cycling B&B review: The Free Range Chalet, Bagnères-de-Luchon, Pyrenees

We've stayed at many places over the years in France, and The Free Range Chalet is one of our favourites. • May 03, 2019

Cycling kit review: Pedaled Tokaido Alpha Vest

With lightweight gear seeming to dominate the bike clothing market, we review the Pedaled Tokaido Alpha Vest. • May 02, 2019

Cycling computer review: Garmin Edge Explore GPS

Bob Zeller has recently started using the Garmin Edge Explore GPS unit on his cycle tours. He discusses its relative merits. • Apr 19, 2019

Product review: Darn Tough cycling socks

Enough can't be said about a good pair of socks – Richard Peace reviews a rugged pair from Darn Tough. • Mar 07, 2019

Cycling kit review: Mountain Hardwear men’s arch long sleeve top

An alternative to a cycling jersey, Richard Peace reviews the Mountain Hardwear men’s arch long sleeve top. • Mar 07, 2019

Product review: Arkel Signature BB 4-litre handlebar bag

Bob Zeller road-tests the Arkel Signature BB handlebar bag. • Jan 14, 2019

Book review: Overlander, by Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness recounts tragedy and suffering of Australia's Indian Pacific Wheel Race, writes Julia Murfin. • Jan 14, 2019

Product review: Arkel handlebar bags

Bob Zeller reviews Arkel's Signature 4-litre handlebar bag, plus the 7.5-litre and 10-litre bags – it's a brand he's been putting through its paces since 2007. • Jan 14, 2019

Product review: Oxford Pro Commuter X4 wearable LED light

Richard Peace heads out after dark to road-test the Oxford Pro Commuter X4 wearable LED light. • Dec 13, 2018

Product review: Oxford Aqua B25 waterproof backpack

A waterproof backpack can be ideal if you're not using a rack and panniers. Richard Peace reviews the Oxford Aqua B25 • Dec 13, 2018

Cycling kit review: Bamboo Luxe Zip-Neck Base Layer

We review a the Bamboo Luxe Zip-Neck Base Layer to see if it is a worthy addition to your cycling attire. • Nov 26, 2018

Product review: Acros A-flat XL pedals

In the market for non-cleat pedals? Richard Peace reviews a pair of Acros A-flat XL pedals that are ideal for touring and leisure riding. • Nov 26, 2018

Cycling shoe review: Vaude Moab AM cycling shoes

Richard Peace reviews the Vaude Moab, a practical mountain biking and cycle touring shoe that doesn't require clipping in. • Oct 15, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Hotel ibis Périgueux Centre

Lyn and Nicky stayed at Hotel ibis Périgueux Centre after riding from Thiviers to Perigueux at the end of their La Flow Velo bike ride. Here is Lyn’s review. • Oct 15, 2018

What's new in e-bikes for 2019

E-bikes are getting better year on year. Richard Peace previews what's heading your way in 2019. • Oct 13, 2018

Product review: Vaude Road I Handlebar Bag and BeGuided Smartphone Pocket

A Vaude handlebar bag and smartphone pocket combination that's useful for cycling in the rain. • Oct 05, 2018

Pannier review: Arkel panniers for cycle touring

Bob Zeller has been using Arkel panniers since 2007. Here, he compares the latest options available from this established Canadian bike bag manufacturer. • Oct 04, 2018

Product review: Sena R1 Smart Helmets

Richard Peace reviews the Sena R1 'smart helmet', which uses Bluetooth technology to allow you to speak with other riders or listen to music on your bike. • Oct 02, 2018

Bike review: Haibike SDURO Trekking 4.0 electric bike (2018)

Our e-bike expert Richard Peace reviews the 2018 model SDURO Trekking 4.0 from German manufacturer Haibike. • Oct 01, 2018

Product review: Vaude Karakorum panniers

Richard Peace reviews the Vaude Karakorum three-pannier set for cycle touring. • Sep 27, 2018

Book review: The Good Mountain Biking Guide

Richard Peace reviews the second edition of The Good Mountain Biking Guide for England and Wales. • Aug 14, 2018

Product review: Mission Workshop Axis Beltbag

Beltbags can provide extra carrying space on cycle tours. We review Mission Workshop's Axis Beltbag. • Aug 09, 2018

Electric bike review: Raleigh Motus Grand Tour

We review the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour, a fast, smooth-riding ebike featuring a new motor from Bosch that can conquer long bike tours. • Jul 30, 2018

Guidebook review: Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland

We occasionally run book reviews for the other side of the Channel. Bob Zeller reviews the Cicerone guidebook for Cycling the Wild Atlantic Way and Western Ireland. • Jul 23, 2018

Guidebook review: Cycling the Way of the Roses

With so many of our readers based in the UK, we occasionally run book reviews for the other side of the Channel. Here, Julia Murfin reviews the Cicerone guidebook for cycling the Way of the Roses. • Jun 15, 2018

Cycling accommodation review: Clos du Magnolia, Orb river valley

Clos du Magnolia is a gem of a B&B. It's run by cyclists near the Orb River, just 20km north of Beziers. • May 23, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Hôtel de France et de Russie, Thiviers

We stayed at Hôtel de France et de Russie in Thiviers at the end of our Flow Velo bike ride from the Atlantic Coast. Here's what we thought. • May 07, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Les Chambres de l’Abbaye, Saintes

Les Chambres de l’Abbaye in Saintes is a living, breathing piece of history – and you can be part of it. • Apr 30, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Inter-Hotel Confluence, Damazan

Britta Sorensen reviews the Inter-Hotel Confluence in Damazan on the Canal de Garonne. • Apr 26, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Lafayette Hotel, Rochefort

We review the Hotel Lafayette in Rochefort - ideal for the Flow Velo cycle route from Ile d’Aix to Thiviers. • Apr 25, 2018

E-bikes - Spring 2018 model reviews

Electric bike use is on the rise – we are hearing from more readers bringing their e-bikes to France, or hiring them while here. We review some of the latest e-bikes on the market. • Apr 04, 2018

Book review: The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes Cycling Book

We take a step back in time to an age when getting something from Amazon probably meant a relative was visiting South America. Bob Zeller reviews an old cycle touring classic, the The Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes Cycling Book. • Mar 29, 2018

Book review: V4: A Brittany Cycle Route guidebook

If you're cycling the northern French coast between Roscoff and Mont St Michel, then the V4: A Brittany Cycle Route could be the guidebook for your pannier. Review by Richard Peace. • Mar 16, 2018

Book review: Gravel Cycling - The complete guide to gravel racing and adventure bikepacking

Whether you already love the feel of gravel under your tyres or want to learn more, Bob Zeller says Gravel Cycling by Nick Legan is for you. • Jan 22, 2018

Cycling hotel review: Hôtel La Jetée, Ile-de-Ré

We stayed at the Hotel La Jetée in Saint-Martin-de-Ré on Ile-de-Ré during a recent cycling holiday. • Nov 04, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Hôtel Arène, Orange

We stayed at Hôtel Arène when we stopped in Orange recently to check out the amazing ancient theatre there. Here's what we liked about the hotel. • Oct 02, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Chateau de Mazan (for Ventoux)

We stayed at the elegant Chateau de Mazan hotel on a recent trip to Provence. It's an ideal base for an assault on the mighty Ventoux. • Oct 02, 2017

Cycling accommodation review: Vélo Gîte Valence

Vélo Gîte Valence offers budget cycling accommodation on the ViaRhona. Here's our review. • Sep 30, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Grand Hotel, Avignon

I stayed at the Grand Hotel in Avignon at the start of a cycling trip in the Vaucluse. Here's our review. • Sep 27, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Campanile Paris 19

Richard Peace stayed at Hotel Campanile Paris 19 while cycling in Paris. • Aug 02, 2017

Cycling accommodation review: La Maison 19 (for Calais)

We review La Maison 19, a cycling B&B with self-catering accommodation within reach of the port of Calais. • Jul 06, 2017

Cycling B&B review: La Vie en Rose, Charente

Jacqui Brown cycled in the Charente and arrived at La Vie en Rose B&B after a lovely day in the saddle. Here she shares her thoughts on the warm welcome she received. • Jun 13, 2017

Product review: Muc-Off Luxury Shaving Cream

Bike cleaner and lubricant manufacturer Muc-Off has branched out to help keep the boys feeling nice after a ride. We review their shaving cream. • May 15, 2017

Book review: Avenue Verte London to Paris guidebook

The official Avenue Verte London to Paris guidebook has been published by Sustrans • May 09, 2017

Book review: Brompton Bicycle

With the folding Brompton bike as popular as ever, Bob Zeller reviews the story of the struggle to make the original concept a reality. • May 02, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Le RexHotel, Tarbes

If you're looking for a base near the Pyrenees, Jacqui Brown says Le RexHotel in Tarbes could be a good option. • May 02, 2017

Cycling accommodation review: Gites Au Marcassin and Au Cocorico self-catered gites

Jacqui Brown stayed at the Gites Au Marcassin and Au Cocorico, self-catered gites that welcome cyclists in the Deux-Sèvres. • Apr 06, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Hotel de La Porte Dorée, Paris

Looking for a Paris hotel whose staff won't blink an eyelid if you drag your bike and panniers through the door? The Hotel de La Porte Dorée is for you. • Mar 30, 2017

Cycling hotel review: easyHotel, Luton

We review the easyHotel in Luton – a budget hotel option for cyclists flying to and from France from Luton Airport in the UK. • Mar 29, 2017

Cycling hotel review: Pierre & Vacances Haguna, Biarritz

We stayed at the Pierre & Vacances Haguna apartment-hotel during a recent visit to Biarritz. Here’s what we found when we arrived. • Mar 28, 2017

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