Scottish NC500 part 3

Wednesday 4th April Every time I woke during the night I could hear rain on the van roof so when morning arrived and it seemed quiet I opened the curtains to reveal a covering of snow on the grass and a temperature of 0c, the forecast was predicting an improving situation so with a bit…

Scottish NC500 part 2

A cold night in the van and waking up to a hard frost and -3c meant ice on the roads, no gritters here so a delayed start until the icy patches had cleared. A beautiful clear sky and the sun rose lighting the hills on the far side of the Loch, sheep walking down the…

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…

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…