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Planning – The Black Forest Micro #KomootAdventure

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The beauty of GPS mapping software is that you can plan the perfect bike adventure in just a matter of clicks. Using crowd-sourced information on the best trails, tracks, and roads — online and app-based mapping solutions such as Komoot enable you to explore completely new regions, without fear of getting lost or riding on unsuitable terrain.

I have tried and tested most online GPS mapping services that are available at present, and the one I keep coming back to is the German platform Komoot.com.

Komoot offers five unique advantages over other platforms:
1) Reliable routing on suitable roads and trails — based on crowd-sourced information on rideability
2) A breakdown of the surface types encountered on a route e.g. paved, unpaved, gravel, single-track
3) Option to choose between biking disciplines: Road, Touring, MTB — to get the best route and surface
4) 'Highlights' across the map — unique attractions and POIs previous riders have identified
5) Downloadable route guidanc…

Review – Fix MFG Wheelie Wrench Multi-tool and Strap On Holster

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Having a multi-tool with you on any adventure is a great idea; you never know when you might need to tighten a bolt or adjust a screw. The innovative Fix MFG Wheelie Multi-Tool is a compact unit, and slides into the special Strap-On Holster that can be mounted to a bag strap or belt — so it is always close to hand when you need it.

Fix Manufacturing is an American brand from Laguna Beach, California — sold in the UK through Cyclorise Accessories; it is new to European soil, and I was one of the first to test it out.

The Fix MFG Multi-Tool itself is a great piece of machining; made from durable stainless steel it is a compact tool containing all the essential torx bits, hex keys, and screwdriver bits; as well as detachable spoke wrench and 8/10 mm wrench. The quality tool bits should allow you to adjust any part your bike and carry out many small household tasks.

The Fix MFG multitool slots into a specially made holster that you can mount to any 5 mm or 10 mm webbing (two sizes avail…

Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2019

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Bicycle riders can be a tricky bunch to buy gifts for. This 2019 gift selection could provide some great ideas for cycling gifts. Not all of them are two-wheel specific, but all of them are fun and useful presents for a cyclist in your life.



Nite Ize Doohikey Key Chain Mini Pen-Knife This great little knife clips to your keys and provides you with a compact blade for those essential tasks. Whether it is cutting cable ties on your event numbers, or unpackaging the endless supply of cycling kit and components that arrives at your door; this sharp little locking blade is a super little companion. I personally find it especially useful for trimming tubeless tyre plugs and cutting race numbers down to size.

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Smoove Universal Chain Lube This is my go-to bicycle chain lube; whether riding road, gravel, or mountain bike, and whatever the conditions. It uses a unique wax-based formula that completely dries onto the chain, witho…

Review – OKO Magic Milk and OKO Magic Milk Hi-Fibre Tubeless Tyre Sealant

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I am a tubeless tyre convert; on road, mountain bike, gravel, and touring bike. Yet, the hunt for the best tubeless tyre sealant continues — with all major brands having pros and cons. Over the last few months I have been testing out OKO Magic Milk and OKO Magic Milk Hi-Fibre Tubeless Tyre Sealant. Here is my review…

The quality of the tubeless sealant is a key component in achieving success with tubeless tyre conversions; for more tips check out my post 10 Top Tips for Tubeless Tyres.

OKO are better known for producing tractor tyre sealant, but what works on big knobbly tyres should work on bike tyres. Their OKO Magic Milk is a synthetic tubeless tyre sealant that promises to seal large holes, require less sealant, and last longer than natural latex sealants. The latest release of the OKO Magic Milk Hi-Fibre is a further synthetic latex sealant development; containing quick seal mixed fibres to seal even larger holes at higher pressures — ideal for road race and downhill racing tyre…

Explore – 7 Best Cycling Cafes on the Isle of Wight

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In this 'Explore' blog post, I have picked out my 'Lucky 7' cycling cafés and pit-stops on the Isle of Wight. These venues are spread across the Island, but all serve up great homemade cakes, freshly ground coffee, and light lunches. They are welcoming to all riders — whether you are a muddy mountain biker or Lycra-clad road cyclist.

For route ideas to link up these great cafe stops, check out:
5 Best Road Cycling Routes on the Isle of Wight5 Best Gravel Biking Routes on the Isle of Wight5 Best Mountain Biking Routes on the Isle of Wight


The Garlic Farm Café – Newchurch (Central Wight) The Garlic Farm is well situated just off the Sandown to Newport cycle path, and it is also on the route of a number of my Road Cycling Routes and Gravel Bike Routes. Year round, this delightful café serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch, and afternoon teas; not all have to have a garlic theme. Homemade cakes and fresh coffee are always available too, and you can sit outside in the sunshine…