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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Tips for Cycling in Fog
Oct12

Tips for Cycling in Fog

It’s no secret that we can experience all four seasons in a matter of hours here in Ireland so we have some tips for staying safe in the fog writes Ruth O’Connor Our changeable weather can be a bit of nuisance if you’re a cyclist – there’s nothing like heading out in your shorts and t-shirt only for the dark clouds to roll in and the wind to pick up. Being prepared for the unexpected can ensure that you stay safe and sound...

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Bags of Style: Our Guide to Carrying Stuff on Your Bike!
Sep20

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
Jul21

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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Three reasons to ride a bike
Jun24

Three reasons to ride a bike

Don’t knock it until you try it, there are so many good reasons to get on your bike writes Ruth O’Connor The statistics are in and they aren’t great. 75% of people who cycle every day in Ireland are men, according to the Department of Transport’s figures. So why are women less eager to hop on their bikes? Unsurprisingly, the reasons are the same reasons women are held back from so many things. Sexual harassment, safety...

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