Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

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

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

On the blog

Reviews

More books

Cycling in France?

Search for tours & accommodation

Rhino Velo Pyrenees

Cycling Cote d'Azur

Roscoff to Mont St Mchel by bike

Nantes Brest Canal guide

Donation button

Moselle

Ferry tickets to France

Brittany cycling maps

© 2011-2017 Freewheeling France | Copyright, Cookies, Privacy and Advertiser T&Cs