Bikepacking to Work – A midweek #microadventure

The term ‘microadventure’ is, very possibly, another marketing buzz-word dream for outdoor equipment companies, eager to catch a ride on a wave being driven on by it’s own social media hype. So it was, being a slave to such social media hash-tagging, that I decided to plan my first bikepacking microadventure. To ride out one night for a wild camp and then carry on to work the next morning. Continue reading “Bikepacking to Work – A midweek #microadventure”

Updated – Thompson R9300 Gravel – First Impressions

On my more scenic route home from work, after a railway crossing, there is a gravel road leading off towards the river somewhere, I’ve looked at it regularly, I wonder where it goes. Now, thanks to the Thompson R9300 Gravel and it’s “take me on an adventure” attitude, I’ve found out. I struggled to find much information about the R9300 online, so for anyone else looking at one, read on. Having now ridden in excess of 1000 miles on the R9300, this post has been updated with my further thoughts.

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Travel by Yourself – You won’t be lonely

Sometimes you can spend your whole life waiting for other people to be free, to be ready or to turn up. We probably miss out on many of our best experiences due to a desire to be accompanied. This weekend does not fall into this category. This post was originally from my old website a few years ago, having managed to find the draft of it I thought I would post it again on this site. Continue reading “Travel by Yourself – You won’t be lonely”

Disc Brakes on Road Bikes

Close up of disc brake caliper

I was chatting to a neighbour recently when he noticed the disc brakes on my winter bike. He’s a commissaire for British Cycling, who have recently announced that discs will be permitted at British domestic road racing events for the 2018 season, so he was interested to discuss this “new” technology. It was also a hot topic for conversation on our club ride this weekend. So here’s my take. Continue reading “Disc Brakes on Road Bikes”