Tips for Cycling in Fog
Nov17

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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Winter Cycling
Nov16

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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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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Give Time, Give Space
Sep05

Give Time, Give Space

Motorists are being asked to slow down and give cyclists room on the roads “Give Time, Give Space” is the annual Donna Fox anniversary appeal to motorists to slow down and give cyclists room on our roads. It is also a plea to the Minister for Justice to give teeth to the hard won 2019 Dangerous Overtaking of a Cyclist legislation by enabling robust enforcement in way of a designated national portal for cycling. Donna...

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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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