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Love On A Bike (And A Kickstarter Campaign Worth Supporting)

Posted November 1st, 2012

Last week an email dropped into our box from fellow adventurer Tom Allen.

“Would you be up for doing a review of ‘Janapar’?” he asked. We didn’t have to think long. Absolutely we would! Ever since we saw the trailer a few months back, we’ve been waiting anxiously for the film to be released.

It didn’t disappoint.

We’re not film critics so we won’t launch into a detailed review. We’ll simply say that this is the stuff of bike touring dreams and hard reality all rolled into one. It pairs breathtaking landscapes with moments of intense self reflection, and then there’s an unexpected romance with a charming woman…

The film is just barely out of the starting gates (it’s been shown at some film festivals and will soon be released on DVD and as a digital download). You’d think Tom might be ready for a break but instead he’s launched straight into the mammoth task of producing a book as well.

To do this, Tom is asking for your help to finish it via a Kickstarter campaign so if your interest is piqued, take a look. We’ll be pledging our support. Here’s Tom to tell you about it in his own words:

The World’s Only Suspended Bicycle Roundabout

Posted October 7th, 2012

This blog mostly focuses on bike touring but occasionally we get a bit carried away with the bicycle bliss in the Netherlands and feel compelled to share it with you.

On that note, here’s a short video that shows what we did today: travelled to the world’s only suspended bicycle roundabout. It’s the Hovenring in Eindhoven!

And just in case you were wondering, it takes about 50 seconds to bike around it on a Brompton folding bike, while towing 25kg of baby + trailer.

Video: Bike Touring In Ukraine

Posted September 28th, 2012

Ukraine isn’t the best known of bike touring destinations, so it’s especially nice to see a new video from keen cyclist and film maker Blanche that looks at cycling in this ex-Soviet state.

If you like what you see here, you can follow Blanche on Twitter, where she also regularly promotes other videos from the bike touring world.

Ukraine from Blanche on Vimeo.

A Bike Tour Powered By Local Food

Posted September 9th, 2012

This is a quick update to let you know about a group of Canadian bike tourists, currently touring the province of Manitoba and fuelling their journey only with local food.

The 17-day trip will cover about 1,200km. Daily video updates are being posted to their website: TailwindTV.

Here’s a summary of their trip…

…and an update from Day 8.

Posted in Map, Video

The Stove Tube: Waterproof, Smell Proof and Out Of Your Panniers

Posted August 15th, 2012

Stove TubeIf you carry a multi-fuel stove on tour then you’ll know that it can sometimes be quite dirty and smell of fuel.

For that reason, a lot of cyclists aren’t crazy about keeping a stove in their panniers.

World bike tourists Dave & Bethany think they’ve found a solution to this dilemma: a stove tube. Watch the video to find out more.