Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Restaurant de la Madeleine, Commercy

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson stayed at Hotel Restaurant de la Madeleine in Commercy on the Meuse River bike route. • Sep 04, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Le Rialto, Neufchâteau

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson review the Le Rialto hotel in Neufchâteau on the Meuse River bike route. • Sep 04, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Hotel-Restaurant Les Boucles de Meuse, Monthermé

We review the Hotel-Restaurant Les Boucles de Meuse at Monthermé on the Meuse River bike route. • Sep 04, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Logis Hotel Restaurant Le Relais, Vacherauville

We review the Logis Hotel Restaurant Le Relais at Vacherauville near the Meuse River bike route. • Sep 04, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Arcombelle, Montigny-le-Roi

We review the Hotel Arcombelle in Montigny-le-Roi on the Euro Velo 19 Meuse Cycle Route. • Sep 03, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Château des Monthairons & Spa, Les Monthairons

We review the hotel Château des Monthairons & Spa at Les Monthairons on the Meuse River cycle route. • Sep 03, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Le Chateau Fort de Sedan

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson stayed at Hotel Le Chateau Fort de Sedan during their Meuse River bike ride. • Sep 03, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Novotel Suites Reims Centre

We review the Novotel Suites Reims Centre, which is on the Meuse River bike ride. • Sep 03, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Le Chapitre Guesthouse, Langres

Becky Allen and Mark Goodson stayed at Le Chapitre Guesthouse in Langres on the Meuse River cycle route. • Sep 02, 2019

Cycling guidebook review: Camino de Santiago, by Mike Wells

Bob Zeller reviews a guidebook for cycling the Camino de Santiago from St Jean-Pied-du-Port. • Aug 29, 2019

Product review: Spurcycle bell and tool review

Richard Peace reviews a couple of well-designed items from US cycle company Spurcycle. • Aug 28, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Hotel de l’Univers, Arras

Richard Peace reviews the Hotel de l’Univers in Arras, where he stayed while cycling from Lille to Paris. • Aug 12, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Les Beaux Arts, Compiègne

We review Hotel Les Beaux Arts in Compiègne, the starting point for the Paris-Roubaix classic. • Aug 12, 2019

Cycling hotel review: Citotel le Cèdre, Noyon

We review the bike-friendly Citotel le Cèdre in Noyon on the Trans-Oise bike network in the Oise department. • Aug 11, 2019

Cycling accommodation review: Le Clos du Clocher B&B and self-catering gites, Gueudecourt

After the relative hustle and bustle of some towns on his Lille to Paris bike route, Richard Peace found a more peaceful place to rest his head. • Aug 10, 2019

Cycling B&B and gite review: Accommodation In Provence, Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt

I stayed with David and Karen at Accommodation In Provence en route to the Ventoux. It was so nice I didn't want to leave. • Jun 24, 2019

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

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