On Yer Bike! A Guide for Cycling Newbies #BikeWeek2024
May11

On Yer Bike! A Guide for Cycling Newbies #BikeWeek2024

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
Nov12

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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New regulations for e-scooters and e-bikes are on the way
Jun28

New regulations for e-scooters and e-bikes are on the way

The Road Traffic and Roads Act 2023 has finally been signed into law so what are the implications for e-scooters and e-bikes writes Geraldine Herbert What is the current situation with e-scooters? Despite the growing popularity of E-scooters they are currently illegal on Irish roads and this is due to the fact that they are classified in law as mechanically propelled vehicle or MPVs. In order for an MPV to be used legally on our...

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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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Tips for Cycling in Fog
Dec09

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!
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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