Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

Book review: The End of the Road – The Festina Affair and the Tour that Almost Wrecked Cycling

Julia Stagg journeys back to the Festina Affair with a copy of The End of the Road by Alasdair Fotheringham. • Sep 05, 2016

Cycling cottage review: Longère Louise, south-west France

Need a cycling base in south-west France? Jacqui Brown checked out Longère Louise, a self-catering cottage east of Poitiers. • Sep 02, 2016

Guidebook review: Cycling in the Lake District

Mark Stickland heads off into the hills with a copy of Cycling in the Lake District by Richard Barrett in his jersey pocket. • Sep 01, 2016

Cycling B&B review: La Maison du Canal, Nantes-Brest Canal

Gerry and Janet stayed at La Maison du Canal on a recent Nantes-Brest Canal cycling holiday. Here's their review. • Aug 25, 2016

Product review: Showerspass Refuge Pant

Richard Peace heads out into the rain to road-test a pair of Showers Pass cycle trousers for us. • Aug 16, 2016

Book review: The Cyclist’s Bucket List

Julia Stagg pops The Cyclist's Bucket List into her pannier as she heads off into the hills of the Pyrenees. • Aug 12, 2016

Bike review: Wallerang electric bike

Our electric bikes expert Richard Peace reviews the Wallerang electric bike, an ebike option with automatic gear changing. • Aug 12, 2016

Review: Luggage Mule bike shipping service

Charlotte Chapman road-tested the Luggage Mule bike shipping service when she visited us here in France recently. • Aug 09, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Landeillau B&B, Nantes-Brest Canal

While cycling the Nantes-Brest Canal, Gerry and Janet Wells stayed at the Landeillau B&B. Here's what they found. • Aug 01, 2016

Review: SplashMaps wearable maps for cycling

So your maps get wet and soggy? Richard Peace road-tested a new range of wearable, washable maps for cycling. • Jul 29, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Astrofarm B&B, Confolens

I headed to Confolens to check out the bike-friendly Astrofarm B&B, which has budget cycling accommodation plus telescopes for stargazing. • Jul 28, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: Alpine Velo Montalbert

Andy Hodges stayed at Alpine Velo's Montalbert chalet in the Tarentaise Valley on a recent trip through the French Alps. • Jul 27, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: White Eden Chalet, Bourg-Saint-Maurice

Andy Hodges parked his bike at the White Eden chalet, just south-east of Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley. • Jul 11, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: The Nest, Les Gets

After a cold descent of Col de Joux Plane, Andy Hodges checked into The Nest at Les Gets. • Jul 08, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: Chalet Giettaz, French Alps

Need cycling accommodation in the Alps? Andy Hodges checked out Chalet Giettaz on Col des Aravis. • Jul 08, 2016

Book review: Le Tour: Race Log

Guest reivewer Julia Stagg checks out Le Tour: Race Log by Claire Beaumont and Neil Stevens. • Jun 30, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Les Amandiers Hotel, Tournon-sur-Rhône

Jacqui Brown checked out the accueil vélo Les Amandiers Hotel in Tournon-sur-Rhône on the Via Rhona bike route. • Jun 28, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Les Voyageurs, Le Cheylard

Jacqui Brown stayed at Hotel Les Voyageurs in Le Cheylard when she rode the Dolce Via bike route for us. Here's her review of the hotel. • Jun 27, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Le Cèdre de Soyons, Via Rhôna

Jacqui Brown road-tested hotel Le Cèdre de Soyons on the Via Rhôna. Here is what she thought of the hotel. • Jun 27, 2016

Review: Cycling accessories to help you carry more

Richard Peace reviews some cycling accessories to help give your bike some extra carrying capacity. • Jun 17, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: Brown Bear Lodge, Morzine

Andy Hodges checked out the specialist cycling and triathlon chalet, Brown Bear Lodge, on a recent cycling holiday in Morzine. Here's his review. • Jun 17, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Domaine de la Courbe, Le Lude

Jacqui Brown stayed at Domaine de la Courbe in Le Lude when she cycled La Sarthe a Vélo. Here’s what she liked about it. • Jun 02, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Masqhotel, La Rochelle

Champagne for breakfast? On a ride to La Rochelle, Jacqui Brown stayed at the Best Western Masqhotel – here's her review. • Jun 02, 2016

Book review: The Great Bike Race by Geoffrey Nicholson

Guest reviewer Peter Stickland wanders down memory lane with the new edition of Geoffrey Nicholson's The Great Bike Race. • May 18, 2016

Product review: HX-ONE Home and Travel Essential Kit

Need bike tools? Richard Peace road-tests a high-quality hex key set from Silca. • May 12, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Hotel La Barque, Beaumont-sur-Sarthe

Jacqui Brown stayed at Hotel La Barque in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe when she rode La Sarthe à vélo. Here's her critique. • May 09, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Les Cabanes de Do, Le Mans

Jacqui Brown stayed at Les Cabanes de Do in Le Mans when she rode La Sarthe à vélo. Here's her review. • May 09, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Chambre d’hôtes Aubert’Cail, Saint-Lô

I stayed at Chambre d’hôtes Aubert’Cail when I rode from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's my review. • May 08, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Le Louvre, Cherbourg

I stayed at Hotel Le Louvre in Cherbourg when I was cycling in Normandy. Here's more about it. • May 08, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Gavarni, Paris

Passing through Paris with your bike? The Hotel Gavarni is a bike-friendly hotel option close to the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. • May 03, 2016

Book Review: Ride! Ride! Ride!: Herne Hill Velodrome and the Story of British Track Cycling

With memories of visiting Herne Hill in the post-war years still fresh in his mind, Peter Stickland reviews Ride! Ride! Ride! by Mark Wellings. • May 03, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Chez Diane and Robert Sébire, Blainville-sur-Mer

I stayed at this rural B&B while cycling Stage 1 of the 2016 Tour de France from Mont St-Michel to Utah Beach. • May 02, 2016

Cycling B&B review: Chambres d'hôtes les Clematites-en-Cotentin, Normandy

I stayed at Chambres d'hôtes les Clematites-en-Cotentin in Montebourg when I cycled in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's my review. • May 01, 2016

Product review: Ortlieb Panniers

Road-testing the Ortlieb panniers in France, we find they live up to their reputation as the best bike panniers on the market. • May 01, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Le Grand Hard, Utah Beach

I stayed at Le Grand Hard, a hotel a few kilometres from Utah Beach, when I was cycling in the Manche department of Normandy. Here's what I thought of it. • May 01, 2016

Product review: Rapha Liberty Essentials Case

Orderly chaos has descended on my back jersey pocket after Santa brought a Rapha Liberty Essentials Case (or a posh cycling wallet) for Christmas. • Apr 27, 2016

Cycling B&B - Chambre d’hôtes Les Epinettes, Mont St-Michel

I stayed at Chambre d’hôtes Les Epinettes when I cycled Mont St-Michel to the D-Day Beaches - here's what I thought of it. • Apr 27, 2016

Product review: Clif Bars and Clif Shot Energy Gels

Richard Peace chews on some Clif bars and throws back some energy shots in the name of research. • Apr 21, 2016

Product review: Topeak RX Beamrack with side frames and RX trunk bag

If your bike can't take normal pannier racks, then this review is for you. We review a Topeak RX Beamrack and trunk bag. • Apr 18, 2016

Cycling accommodation review: Manoir du Coatudual self-catering house, Brittany

Gerry and Janet Wells stayed at the bike-friendly Manoir du Coatudual near both EuroVelo 1 and EuroVelo 4 on recent weekend in Brittany. Here's what they thought of it. • Apr 17, 2016

Product Analysis: Puncture-proof Tyres - Are They Here to Stay?

Richard Peace looks at puncture-proof tyre options following the recent launch of Gecko's cellular rubber tyres. • Apr 11, 2016

Product review: Quad Lock Smartphone Mounting Kit

Richard Peace road-tests Quad Lock's universal kit for mounting smartphones on bikes. • Apr 11, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Campanile Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint-Jean

I checked out the Campanile Bordeaux Centre Gare Saint-Jean (yes, that's a mouthful). Here's what I found. • Feb 24, 2016

Cycling hotel review: Première Classe Le Mans Centre Palais des Congrès

I stayed at the Première Classe Le Mans Centre Palais des Congrès after riding the Le Mans 24-Hour Sportive. Here's what I thought of it. • Feb 16, 2016

Product review: Topeak Combo Aero LED lights

Richard Peace finds the Topeak Combo Aero LED lights perform well out in the real world. • Feb 04, 2016

Cycling Hotel Review: Hotel Le Donjon, Carcassonne

Hilde Morris stayed at the Hotel Le Donjon in Carcassonne at the start of her Canal du Midi bike ride. Here's what she thought of it. • Jan 26, 2016

Bike review: Folding bikes within Eurostar's hand luggage limits

Avoid the hassle of bike boxes and shipping charges by bringing a folding bike to France on the Eurostar. Richard Peace looks at some options. • Jan 26, 2016

Canal du Midi Cycling B&B Review: Le Jardin d'Homps

Hilde Morris stayed at Le Jardin d'Homps in the village of Homps when she cycled the Canal du Midi. Here's her review. • Jan 25, 2016

Cycling Hotel Review: Hotel la Residence, Narbonne

Hilde Morris stayed at Hotel la Residence in Narbonne when she cycled the Canal du Midi. Here's her review. • Jan 25, 2016

Book review: Brittany's Green Ways, 2nd edition

Brittany's Green Ways by GH Randall is the definitive guidebook for cycling Brittany's voies vertes and veloroutes. Richard Peace has this review of the updated edition • Jan 17, 2016

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