Canyon Endurace AL Winter Bike, Initial Thoughts

A dedicated Winter bike to save my Canyon Aeroad and Van Nicholas from the harsh road conditions of the Winter months. After a fair bit of research and with a list of several key features an Aluminium Canyon Endurace topped the list for value as well so an online order was placed. Having had problems…

Garmin Edge ( an update )

Since writing an earlier blog on the Garmin Edge in October 2015 https://binstedscyclingandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/garmin-tab-repair/  it is time for an update. At that time I could boast a 100% failure rate for the 3 units I had purchased at that time as they all needed replacement within the warranty period. This update was prompted by my latest failure,…

A Ride Around Mont Ventoux

Bedoin is one of my favourite villages in Provence and as well as numerous trips up Ventoux I have enjoyed a lot of cycling in the local area but one ride I hadn’t completed was a circumnavigation of the great mountain so with local information and maps a course was set to follow “Le Tour…

Friday Night Ride to Bognor Regis

For the second consecutive Friday night I have swapped my bed for my bike and joined The Fridays for a night ride to the coast, on this occasion to Felpham ( Bognor Regis ) Arriving at The South Bank meeting spot at 11-30pm it was already busy with cyclists checking in and chatting. We were…

Semaine Fédérale

The main reason for our trip to France was to take part in Semaine Federale, a national cycling event which this year was being held in Mortagne-au-Peche so on the Friday we made our way to our designated camp site. Registration was from 14-00 and we thought we would get there early to get set…

Meung-sur-Loire, Beaugency and Lailly-en-Val

Still with time to spare before the start of Semaine Federale we decided to explore some more towns villages to the South. Sunday had finished wet and following a night of torrential rain I felt for the touring cyclists packing up their tents. We took the short drive to Meung-sur-Loire and parked up at the…

Châteaudun

After Fougeres we were trying to decide where to visit next, I typed in Chateaudun which my Mac auto corrected to “chase the sun” so that was an omen and the decision made for us. Friday 21st July Arriving at Chateaudun and we soon found the municipal campsite next to the river Loir, ( N48.08070,…