Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

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

Product review: Raleigh Mustang Elite gravel bike

Richard Peace goes in search of dirt trails on the new Raleigh Mustang Elite gravel bike. • Oct 28, 2015

Book review: The Lost Cyclist by David V. Herlihy

A long overdue review of The Lost Cyclist, one of the most fascinating books you'll ever read about bicycle touring. • Oct 22, 2015

Cycle campsite review: Camping Aux Pommiers, Mont St-Michel

Tracy Melass stayed at Camping Aux Pommiers in Beauvoir at the end of her Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike ride. Here's what she thought of it. • Oct 02, 2015

Cycling apartment review: Grange 87, Limousin

Jacqueline Brown checks out Grange 87, a self-catering apartment that may be an ideal base for your French cycling adventures. • Sep 22, 2015

Cycling B&B review: Manoir Michelet, Nogent-le-Rotrou

Tracy Melass stayed at Manoir Michelet in Nogent-le-Rotrou when she rode the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route. Here's what she thought of it. • Sep 16, 2015

Cycling B&B review: Saint Pierre CityBreak, Chartres

Tracy Melass stayed at Saint Pierre CityBreak in Chartres when she cycled the Veloscenic to Mont St-Michel. Here's what she thought of the B&B. • Sep 16, 2015

Product review: Hiplok V1.50 and Hiplok DC wearable bike locks

Richard Peace road-tests the Hiplok V1.50 and the Hiplok DC wearable bike locks – with pleasing results. • Sep 16, 2015

Cycling hotel review: Hotel de France, Domfront

Tracy Melass reviews Hotel de France, a bike-friendly hotel at the crossroads of the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route and La Velo Francette in Domfront. • Sep 16, 2015

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Le Moulin de Ducey

Tracy Melass road-tests the Best Western Hotel Le Moulin de Ducey, a bike-friendly hotel on the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route. • Sep 16, 2015

Product review: Park Tool PCS9 home mechanic repair stand

We review the Park Tool PCS9 home maintenance bike stand and find it an excellent addition to any amateur bike mechanic's shed. • Sep 15, 2015

Cycling B&B review: Les Dix Arches, Bagnères-de-Bigorre

We stayed with Caroline and Andy at Les Dix Arches B&B in Bagnères-de-Bigorre during last year's Tour de France. Here's why we liked it. • Aug 25, 2015

Cycling hotel review: Hotel Le Charleston, Le Mans

I stayed at Hotel Le Charleston in Le Mans before riding the Le Mans 24-hour Cyclosportive. Here's what I thought of the hotel. • Aug 25, 2015

Cycling hotel review: Hôtel des Ducs, Alençon

Tracy Melass stayed at Hôtel des Ducs in Alençon on her Veloscenic bike ride from Paris to Mont St-Michel. Here's what she thought of the hotel. • Aug 20, 2015

Product review: IXOW anti-bike theft devices

We review the Safering, Wheel Guard skewers and Lassolock anti-theft devices from French company IXOW. • Aug 20, 2015

Cycling hotel review: Hôtel Le Versailles

Tracy Melass stayed at Hôtel Le Versailles at the start of her Paris to Mont St-Michel Veloscenic bike route. Here's what she thought of it. • Aug 20, 2015

Cycling B&B review: Aux Charmes de Maintenon

Tracy Melass reviewed the Aux Charmes de Maintenon B&B for us as she cycled from Paris to Mont St-Michel on the Veloscenic bike route. • Aug 20, 2015

Product review: See.Sense 2.0 Intense rear light

Good bike lights are vital for night cycling. We tested a rear light from See.Sense to see how it went on busy roads and in poorly-lit commons. • Jul 20, 2015

Product review: Mini Hornit bike lights for kids

Freewheeling France's mini-cyclists road-tested a pair of multi-coloured Mini Hornit lights – with unsurprisingly loud results. • May 28, 2015

Product review: Hornit bike horn

Richard Peace honks his way through road-testing the Hornit bike horn for us (someone's got to do it!) • May 28, 2015

Product review: Wildcat bikepacking gear

Richard Peace has a first look at a new range of high-quality bikepacking gear from Wildcat. • May 28, 2015

Product review: Bike racks for folding bikes

Richard Peace road-tests two bike racks for folding bikes: the Tern Cargo Rack and the Dahon Traveller Rack. • May 20, 2015

Product review: Tannus Solid Puncture-proof Tyres

Richard Peace road-tests a set of Tannus solid puncture-proof tyres to see if they are as good as their name suggests. • Mar 02, 2015

Product review: Mudhugger Mudguards for full suspension bikes

Richard Peace straps a set of Mudhugger mudguards on to his full suspension bike and heads out in search of mud. • Feb 17, 2015

Review: London Bike Show, February 12-15, 2015

Richard Peace has this wrap of what was hot at the 2015 London Bike Show. • Feb 16, 2015

Product review: BioLogic Smartphone WeatherCase

Looking to use your smartphone as a GPS on your bike? Richard Peace tested a weather case and mount from BioLogic. • Feb 06, 2015

Product review: Circe Atlas Folding Trailer

Need a lightweight touring trailer? Richard Peace took the Circe Atlas folding trailer out for a spin. • Feb 04, 2015

Product review: Nano electric kit for Bromptons

Does your folding bike sometimes need a little boost? Richard Peace tries the Nano electric kit out on his Brompton. • Dec 27, 2014

Product review: Cycling Stars Trump Cards

Looking for a fun stocking filler or birthday present for the cyclist in your life? We checked out a set of Cycling Stars trump cards. • Dec 07, 2014

Product review: Endura Luminite II Jacket

Richard Peace heads out in the rain wearing Endura's Luminite II unisex jacket. Here's how he got on. • Dec 02, 2014

Book review: The Monuments

They are feared and reverred in equal measures – Lawrie Jones reviews Peter Cossins' homage to the one-day classics. • Dec 01, 2014

Book review: Book de Tour by Greig Leach

Greig Leich's Book de Tour is a detailed artist's impression of every stage of the 2014 Tour de France. Julia Stagg has this review. • Nov 21, 2014

Product review: Damart Thermal Baselayers

With winter well and truly here, we road-test Damart's thermal baselayers for men and women. • Nov 19, 2014

Product review: Proviz Nightrider High Visibility Rucksack

We road-test the Proviz Nightrider High Visibility Rucksack with the rechargeable light pack add-on. • Nov 13, 2014

Book review: The Climb, by Chris Froome

Julia Stagg says there are no shades of grey after reading Chris Froome's autobiography, The Climb. • Aug 21, 2014

Book review: Merckx 69’

He was The Cannibal. Lawrie Jones is blown away by Merckx 69, a photographic tribute to his best season. • Aug 20, 2014

Book review: Get On Your Bike

Committed but poorly attired racing cyclist Lawrie Jones finds Get On Your Bike an engaging read for new and returning cyclists. • Jul 03, 2014

Book review: Two Wheels by Greg Moody

Julia Stagg writes fondly about the cycling murder mystery, Two Wheels by Greg Moody. • Jul 01, 2014

Product Review: Focus Thron Impulse electric mountain bike

Richard Peace road-tests the Focus Thron Impulse, an electric mountain bike that does an incredible 100 miles on a single charge. • Jul 01, 2014

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