Susten Pass – 1300m climb from Wassen

Susten Pass – 1300m climb from Wassen

The Sustenpass is located in Switzerland and connects the canton of Bern with Uri. It is high at 2,224m and is a particular favourite for motorbikers, car drivers and of course cyclists. It is actually one of several mountain passes and hard core cyclists often combine it with two other...Read more

Strava vs Komoot – which app do I need?

In simple terms, Strava is an app that records your sporting activity and displays analysis of your performance. The analysis breaks down your activity into segments which can be a section of road or a famous climb. Segments allow Strava to compare your performance against yourself and against the community....Read more
A really good handlebar bike bag

A really good handlebar bike bag

I know. To look really awesome on your racing bike you are supposed to stuff a few minimal things in your jersey back pockets. It maintains the sleek look. But what if you are climbing up a mountain and actually need a change of clothes at the top? What if...Read more
What is the best bike carrier for a car?

What is the best bike carrier for a car?

I once bought a bike carrier that was on offer in the supermarket and it cost next to nothing. It took me about two hours to put together and required me to use a large torque wrench to tighten it on the tow bar. Then it needed a strap to...Read more
What bib tights for Spring or Fall cycling?

What bib tights for Spring or Fall cycling?

It’s that time of year again. The fall is coming. I know this because the grapes on our vine are starting to turn a dark purple. It’s mid September. The leaves are still green but you can see they are starting to turn. The sunlight is soft. This is the...Read more
What is the best pannier rack for a mountain bike?

What is the best pannier rack for a mountain bike?

Mountain bikes are great for riding off road, doing single trails and all that jazz. But what about if you want to carry stuff? A full suspension mountain bike has a suspension damper which allows the rear wheel, seat stays and chain stays to pivot up and down as you...Read more
How to add a pannier rack to a bike which has no mounts

How to add a pannier rack to a bike which has no mounts

I bought a beautiful carbon fibre gravel bike frame from Boardman. The frame was a steal and I bought it in the Christmas sale. I then added Shimano Ultegra components (Di-2 you understand), a wheelset and some other pieces, and hey presto! the bike was built. Super lightweight, 9kg gravel...Read more
Panniers for the Gravel bike

Panniers for the Gravel bike

My wife and I have a plan to do multi-day cycle touring. It started with her dream of cycling through the Tuscan sunny uplands during the day, visiting off-the-beaten-track places to eat and by evening, doing the passagiata in the piazza dressed in a summery floaty dress. Of course you...Read more
How to solar heat a pop up pool for very little cost

How to solar heat a pop up pool for very little cost

Picture the scene – it’s a sunny day and the children want to splash about in your cheap and cheerful pop up pool.  You rush out and buy that $100 12ft round pool and fill it with 7000 litres (2000 gallons) of water. The children step in and immediately shriek...Read more