Bikepacking the Balkans – 6 countries in 6 days pt 2

We left Montenegro for Albania and either side as far as the eye could see were rows of vines, only occasionally interspersed by a...

Cycling East Part 23 – Kyrgyzstan the part with the big...

The next section of cycle touring  out of Bishkek and around Issyk Kul lake did the impossible and out scenery'd the first part of...

Three of my favourite North Lakes road bike routes

These three routes all pass through Keswick but take in a very varied selection roads, which I feel show what this area is all...

Greece Lightning – Cycle touring the length of Northern Greece

We made it into Greece a few days ago and have now arrived at Kavala. It has been such a friendly country so far. It makes...

Dirty Reiver 2017 – I think I might have actually enjoyed...

At last year’s Dirty Reiver I vowed never again, but as ever, with type 2 fun here I was heading south for another go...

Cycling East Part 2 – Western Germany

We left Holland on the river Rhine cycle path, a flat gravel path meandering its way along the river heading into Germany. The river...

Cycling East Part 9 – The Republic of Bulgaria

Romania was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Bulgaria certainly held its own. As we rode away from the Danube the...

Cycling East Part 19 – Uzbekistan Part 12

Looking in the mirror at the Uzbekistan border I was covered in dust from the desert riding, making my hair look grey and my...

6 Pros and Cons of Cycle Touring V’s Bikepacking

Why do I choose bikepacking bags over traditional cycle touring panniers? This is still something I get asked a lot so I thought I'd write...

Cycling East part 12 – The Black Sea coast in central...

The view along Turkey's Black Sea coast to Amasra was simply fantastic, the sun setting silhouetted the rugged coastline and the blocks of flats....

Faster and lighter – My kit list for central Asia

As I started my central Asian section of the ride I really wanted to push lightweight touring even further and drop the panniers completely. I...

Gravel Grinders: Tyres for the Dirty Reiver

It seemed such a great idea when I entered the Dirty Reiver but now the thought of riding 200km in April for a gravel...