Reviews of bikes, accessories, books and cycling accommodation

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

Product Review: Giant Escape 3 Hybrid

How would a £300 bike fare on the road in France? Richard Peace tests one of Giant's 2014 budget offerings. • May 08, 2014

Product review: Axiom Typhoon LX 40L Panniers

Richard Peace puts Axiom's 40L Typhoon panniers to the test, and says Ortlieb's superiority at the top of the pannier picking order might be in danger. • Mar 24, 2014

Book review: The Foundling Boy by Michel Déon

The Foundling Boy by Michel Déon is a beautiful tale of a young boy's adventures in France, many of them by bike. • Feb 25, 2014

Product review: Monkii Carrying Attachments

Ever felt the urge to attach a flask to your bike? Need a clip-on bag for your tools? Then check out these Monkii carrying attachments • Nov 26, 2013

Product review: Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike 2014

Richard Peace takes to the road on the new 2014 Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike. Here's what he thought of the ride. • Nov 22, 2013

Product review: T2 Single Wheel Bicycle Trailer

Looking for a trailer for your French cycling holiday? Richard Peace reviews the T2 Touring Trailer. • Oct 09, 2013

Book review: City Cycling - commuting by bike

City Cycling refers to France as one of those countries that has been actively reviving the bicycling culture since the year 2000 • Aug 18, 2013

Book reviews: Tour de France 100th anniversary books

Two coffee table books have been released to celebrate the 100th edition of the Tour de France in 2013. We compare them • Jun 25, 2013

Book review: On the Road Bike by Ned Boulting

ITV cycling correspondent Ned Boulting is back with his second book, On the Road Bike, a search for the soul of British cycling • Jun 12, 2013

Book review: Baguettes and Bicycles by Steven Herrick

Steven Herrick's Baguettes and Bicycles proves that it is possible for a mere mortal to climb Tour de France mountains • May 16, 2013

Book review: France on Two Wheels by Adam Ruck

Guest reviewer Julia Stagg joins Adam Ruck as he explores France on Two Wheels. • Apr 17, 2013

Book review: The Valley or Heaven and Hell by Susie Kelly

We review Susie Kelly as she cycles around France in the shadow of Marie Antoinette in her book, The Valley or Heaven and Hell. • Apr 13, 2013

Book review: A Tour of the Heart by Maribeth Clemente

Maribeth Clemente (and her boyfriend) cycle through France in A Tour of the Heart. • Apr 10, 2013

Book review: Good Vibrations by Andrew Sykes

Julia Stagg joins Andrew Sykes as he rides his bike, Reggie, along EuroVelo 5. • Mar 15, 2013

New Guidebook for Cycling Northern France

A new guidebook to cycling routes in the north of France will make you want to go • Feb 23, 2013

Book review: Cycling Along Europe's Rivers

Cycling Along Europe's Rivers is a good introductory bike guide for newer bicycle tourers • Jan 22, 2013

Book review: My Time by Bradley Wiggins

Julia Stagg has lots of good things to say about the new autobiography of 2012 Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins. • Nov 18, 2012

Book review: Raoul Taburin by Jean-Jacques Sempé

Julia Stagg reviews Raoul Taburin by Jean-Jacques Sempé, one of France's best-loved writers and illustrators • Oct 29, 2012

Books: Cashing in on the Lance Armstrong years

As the scramble begins to rewrite Tour de France history, could the deletion of the Lance Armstrong years be an investment opportunity for book collectors? • Oct 28, 2012

Book review: The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton

Julia Stagg critiques The Secret Race, the autobiography of Tyler Hamilton – the first cyclist to so publicly point the finger at Lance Armstrong • Sep 30, 2012

Books: Brittany by bike - 2 great cycling in France guidebooks

A short blog about two great cycling guides to Brittany, including one that is now available as an e-book. • Jun 12, 2012

Book review: The Dog Detectives

The Dog Detectives - cycling's very own bike-riding crime hounds - are the perfect companions for the mini-cyclist in your life. • Jun 06, 2012

Book review: Inside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche dishes the dirt on life in the peloton in this honest and engaging read. • Jun 06, 2012

Cycling in France Books #2

An updated list of the latest books about cycling in France – it includes guidebooks as well as travelogues. • Jun 02, 2012

Books: Stephen Roche Autobiography Released

It's 25 years since Stephen Roche won the Tour, the Giro and the World Championships in the same year. He's finally written about it. • Jun 01, 2012

Bjarne Riis Q&A in London

Team Saxo Bank owner Bjarne Riis will be in London on May 30 for a Q&A session to promote his autobiography, Riis: Stages of Light and Dark. • May 14, 2012

France On Two Wheels - A new cycling in France book

Travel writer Adam Ruck has released France On Two Wheels, a collection of six cycle tours through France • Apr 10, 2012

Books: How Cav Won the Green Jersey by Ned Boulting

ITV's Ned Boulting has written a short, digital-only series of dispatches from the 2011 Tour. • Mar 28, 2012

Book review: Shay Elliott: The Life and Death of Ireland's First Yellow Jersey

A biography shines the light on Shay Elliott, the first Irishman to wear the coveted Tour de France Yellow Jersey • Dec 10, 2011

A book club for cyclists

If you're in London, get along to the Cycling Book Club to chat about bike books (and lots of other random cycling stuff). • Dec 10, 2011

Author interview: Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys spent fours years cycling 46,000 miles around the world. His first stop was France • Dec 06, 2011

Author interview: Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont's book, The Man Who Cycled The World, was an international bestseller. We spoke to him about the ride that inspired it. • Dec 06, 2011

Author interview: Josie Dew

Josie Dew recalls her first cycling trip to France when she discovered the joys of boulangeries and patisseries • Dec 06, 2011

Book review: The Bike Touring Survival Guide

The Bike Touring Survival Guide – from the founders of the Travelling Two website – is essential reading for prospective cycle tourers • Dec 06, 2011

Book review: Brian Robinson, Pioneer by Graeme Fife

Graeme Fife's biography of one of British cycling's original heroes, Brian Robinson • Dec 06, 2011

Book review: It's All About the Bike by Robert Penn

Bike geek Robert Penn travels the world to source the best parts for his dream bike. • Dec 06, 2011

Book review: A Race for Madmen

Chris Sidwells has produced an accessible and lively history of the Tour de France • Jun 28, 2011

Book review: Sky's the Limit

Richard Moore goes behind the scenes to lift the lid on the formation of Team Sky and its bid to win the Tour de France for Britain • Jun 28, 2011

Book review: It's All About the Bike by Robert Penn

Bike geek Robert Penn travels the world to source the best parts for his dream bike. (Even Mulga Bill gets a mention) • Jun 07, 2011

Book review: How I Won the Yellow Jumper by Ned Boulting

Ned Boulting's How I Won the Yellow Jumper is an entertaining insight into life on the road with the Tour de France. • May 16, 2011

Interview: Graham Robb, Cyclist and Author

Graham Robb is the author of The Discovery of France, a book he researched by cycling 14,000 miles around France • Mar 03, 2011

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French map and book sale

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