Bags of Style: Our Guide to Carrying Stuff on Your Bike!
Sep19

Bags of Style: Our Guide to Carrying Stuff on Your Bike!

If you’re going to travel by bicycle, be it to work, to school, to the shop or around the world, chances are you’ll have to bring a thing or two with you writes Ruth O’Connor When I invested in my Surly Long Haul Trucker five years ago, the bag setup was the one of the most important decisions I had to make. Did I want to go for classic panniers or a more compact bikepacking setup? There are benefits and drawbacks to both but in...

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Cycling in a Heatwave
Aug09

Cycling in a Heatwave

Ruth O’Connor has some tips on how to cope on a bike in this summer’s heatwave  Back in 2015, I was cycling up 20% hill on a fully loaded tourer in 40’C heat. I had sunburnt legs, my nose was peeling, and I had very little water left. It wasn’t what one would describe as ideal. So, I’m here to help you avoid situations like this and make sure you stay happy and safe when cycling in a heatwave! Hydration Whether you’re...

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Six tips for tackling your first bike tour
Jun24

Six tips for tackling your first bike tour

  Ruth touring the Rota Vicentina, Portugal Bicycle touring is one of the most enjoyable ways to see the world. Slowing things down, you get to take in the world from a completely different perspective writes Ruth O’Connor If you’re thinking of venturing off around Ireland or further afield, here are a few tips to help make the trip a lot more enjoyable.   Weight – When I think about the gear that I packed when I...

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On Yer Bike! A Guide for Cycling Newbies
Apr01

On Yer Bike! A Guide for Cycling Newbies

As we move into the summer many are considering cycling to work  or simply getting out on a bike we have some tips for the newbie cyclist writes Ruth O’Connor I’m like an excited child, squealing with excitement as we pass each other. I try to communicate my delight and solidarity with an enthusiastic nod and smile, whilst also trying not to come across as a total oddball. But every single time, my gleeful grin is been mirrored...

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Winter Cycling
Nov25

Winter Cycling

Let’s face it. We live in Ireland. If we are to wait for fine weather before we venture outdoors, we’d never do anything! If you’re keen to stay on your bicycle this winter, here are a few tips to keep you comfortable, safe, and having fun as the cold, wet weather arrives writes Ruth O’Connor Clothing I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”. Nothing takes the joy...

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