Review: Enzo Buttonhole cream

      No Comments on Review: Enzo Buttonhole cream

I kind of lucked out with the first chamois cream I ever bought, which just happened to be the first thing I found on Ebay. Enzo’s Buttonhole Cream is based mainly on shea butter. It also contains melaleuca oil, hamamelis, the Wu-Chu-Yu herb and organic silicone compounds. Mine cost me about a tenner for 50ml on Ebay, and I went for… Read more »

Room for everyone

      No Comments on Room for everyone

Over on Google+, I recently got into a ‘debate’ with another cyclist who took exception to us walking our dogs on the voies vertes. He was ill-mannered and aggressive, and his arguments, if you can call them that, not worth repeating here. But it did get me thinking about cycling spaces and infrastructure. The ‘rules’ about whether dogs should be on… Read more »

Review: Morgan Blue soft chamois cream

About the same time as I ordered my Second Skin chamois cream, I also ordered this. Morgan Blue comes in two textures, soft and solid. I plumped for the soft as being water soluble, as I loathe scraping chamois cream off my hands before the start of a ride. This cream got reasonable reviews as a good product for rides… Read more »

Review: Xenofit ‘Second Skin’ deer tallow cream

As I was getting to the end of my Enzo’s Buttonhole chamois cream and couldn’t find a stockist, I decided to look around for some other brands, and came across this. Xenofit is a German brand, made by Hirschtalg, and Second Skin contains deer tallow (which turns out to be a classic German skin softener – who knew?) and lanolin…. Read more »

Review: DHB Women’s Flashlight Thermal Vest and Jersey

I was on the hunt for a stretch, windproof, high-vis gilet when I spotted the DHB Women’s Flashlight vest – DHB is Wiggle’s own brand. The vest and the matching long-sleeved jersey are available in fluo yellow as well as this fluo pink, which is rather darker than the usual fluo pink, so although very bright in daylight, in lower light conditions it’s… Read more »

Winter light

      No Comments on Winter light

Taking a break from cycling can result in quite a shock when you get back in the saddle. For a variety of dull reasons, I haven’t ridden much lately. Then, just as I was ready to restart, we went on holiday. We took the bikes with us for our week in Brittany, knowing that the weather there is often surprisingly… Read more »

Review: Zéfal Arctica Isotherm water bottle

There’s nothing better than a cold drink on a hot day. And vice versa. Staying hydrated is obviously important. But you also want to feel refreshed on a blazing, dusty summer ride, and comforted with something warm when cycling through the chill of winter. That’s what led me to the Zéfal Arctica Isotherm water bottle. Its shell is a standard… Read more »

Green tunnels

      No Comments on Green tunnels

There are certain sections of the local voies vertes (greenways) that we ride frequently, but they never get boring. Every time is slightly different, depending on weather, light and – above all – season. In Summer, many sections of the voies vertes turn into green tunnels as the overhanging branches of trees fill up and bow down with the weight of their… Read more »

Summer cycling

      No Comments on Summer cycling

I’ve been riding a lot over the course of the summer, but not posting – just haven’t got round to it. But it’s  been a lovely time and I’ve discovered some gorgeous little byways and sights along the way. It’s been between 28 and 36 degrees and sunny, so having enough water is important. I tend to take a 600ml… Read more »

Dream rides

      No Comments on Dream rides

Cycling gives you a lot of time to think. And given how we often ride around the local countryside almost at random, it also brings you into contact with some unexpected sights. This can be a dangerous mix. Today, riding a road we’d never travelled before, we came face to face with this abandoned mill. It still has its water… Read more »

Finding the time

      No Comments on Finding the time

One of the great things about the days getting longer is that, even after a full day’s work (or as close to that as I ever get these days) there’s still time to ride. Of course, having slaved over a hot word processor all day, you’d think that I’d be too tired to go cycling. And you’d be right, except… Read more »

Review: Thule EuroPower 916 bike carrier

We had always planned to do a significant amount of our riding on greenways, so we knew we’d need some way of getting to the voies vertes. A bike rack for the car was going to be essential. It quickly became apparent that we were in for an expensive time. The first rack I looked at cost only €40 or so. And… Read more »

Back on the tracks

      1 Comment on Back on the tracks

It’s been a while since we hit the voie verte, other than a stroll some weeks back without (gasp!) the bikes.  So it was great to be out on the trail again, on such a fantastic spring day and also on a stretch of voie verte we’ve not ridden before. There’s a Eurovélo route (marked EV4 provisoire on my map) that runs… Read more »