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Rapha Hardshell Jacket – Review

What it is  The Rapha Hardshell is a road cycling jacket, described by Rapha as the “ultimate workhorse” designed to deal with the most inclement weather you can withstand on two wheels. From my knowledge of the brand and the

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Bristol Green Spaces Cycle Tour

Bristol is an amazing city and i’m lucky enough to have lived here for the last eight years. I wanted to show others the glory of Bristol’s Green Spaces by bicycle so I put this ride together, which takes in

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How to plan a route in Google Maps and export it to Gpx / your phone


I find google maps an excellent tool for planning cycle routes along roads which I know, and using this method you can convert your planned route to a .gpx file. If you are reading this you may also want to

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Scottish Hostels join Beds for Cyclists

Twenty nine hostels across Scotland are on the map for cyclists. The SYHA (Scottish Youth Hostel Association), the biggest network of Youth Hostels in Scotland, can now be found on Beds for Cyclists. The hostels provide great value accommodation all

Posted in Long Distance Rides, Touring articles & tips

Way of the Roses cycle route

The rise and climb of the long distance cycle route – Way of the Roses cycle route       Back in 1995 the Sea to Sea cycle route was opened offering cyclists a fully signed route between the east

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Beds for Cyclists in the Press

What the cycle industry thinks of Beds for Cyclists   The who, what and why behind Beds for Cyclists. An interview with co-founder Sam Howard in Cycling World.         Beds for Cyclists website celebrates first birthday with

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Beds for Cyclists celebrates 1st year online with new-look website

Beds for Cyclists launches its new look website today, to coincide with the cycle-friendly site’s first anniversary. With record numbers of new accommodation providers and site visitors, finding bike-friendly accommodation across the UK is about to get easier than ever.

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England’s Top 5 Long Distance Cycle Routes

To celebrate English Tourism Week 2013 we’ve put together five of England’s best long distance cycle routes. There are so many superb cycle routes in England but these have been carefully selected for their diversity and their suitability for riders

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Cycle Touring – the essential cycling kit guide

This is a beginner’s guide to the Essential cycling kit I’d recommend for a cycle tour in the UK. For what to bring see Beds for Cyclists Top Touring Tips. There are various other bits of kit that you could

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