The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

Planning

Weather for Canyoners

WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLY BORING!  Disclaimer: Make your own decisions when you’re deciding whether to head out on a trip. There are so many more factors than just these to consider! Sydney has been wet recently. I mean really wet. I mean crazy thunderstorms dumping 30-90mm of rain in an hour wet. With all of this weather the facebook group OzCanyons has been […]

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European Bikepacking Routes

Originally posted on gypsy by trade:
Luxembourg, GR5/E2 trail Two years ago I wondered about bikepacking routes in Europe.  After eight months of riding, researching, and blogging from Amsterdam to Sevastapol to Athens, this resource is the culmination of our efforts.  Europe is a great place to explore by bike, off-pavement, and self-supported.  Eat great food, visit fascinating cultural and historical places, and learn new languages, in between bike rides.  In Europe, there are rides…

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Dreaming again

So I am chilling out near Canberra tonight and dreaming of rides I could be doing.  I won’t be doing these rides in the immediate future, but I can dream! 1) Iceland… http://www.vegagerdin.is/media/upplysingar-og-utgafa/Cycling-map.pdf I admit this isn’t a particularly detailed idea, but the map appears to outline hundreds of kilometres of riding which one could do with options for highlands, fjordlands and large sections of the maps listed as “Loose sand possibly […]

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Surly ECR XXL four months on – Evading Clichéd Rides?

Originally posted on Northern Walker:
I’ve had my mahoosive Surly ECR since March. In that time, it’s been on numerous trips over the trails near home, took part in a celebratory ride for the bike shop that assembled it (and was greeted with nod of approval from the Surly dudes), lugged bikepacking gear on an epic trip from Settle to home along the Pennine Bridleway and ferried me out for…

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Places

Inspired by Dayna and her cool blog I’ve made a map of the photos I have stored on my computer. I would suggest it could be broken down a lot further, but it makes me realise there are a lot more places to go!

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Shopping trip…

Hello readers! This is a slightly unusual post in that I haven’t actually done anything but am putting a call out for opinions and ideas. I have some time up my sleeve you see and want to fill that time with fun and adventures and silliness ( to the extent that I may give up the use of commas). I have my two touring bikes, one set and ready to […]

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Surly ECR – Everything Combined Really

I took me new Surly ECR for its christening ride yesterday. For anyone one who has read and day dreamed about these – they are more amazing than you could have imagined. For a quick bit of nerd out, my bike has been built up with a pd8 front hub, alfine 11 rear hub, old man mountain rack and near standard parts everywhere else. At 17.5kg it is by no […]

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Hi All,

The blog has been a little quiet for the past few months, but it is Christmas time and I thought it time to join the cheeriness. So have two photos! One in my christmas present to myself for the next few years, the other is a strange likeness of me that I just happened to find on the internet!

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Happy Christmas to you and me!