Ireland by Bike Blog

Our Cycling Holiday/Bike Tour Difficulty Ratings

Several years back I attended the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) Annual Conference in Killarney, Ireland.  As part of the conference, a seminar was organised specifically for operators of bike tours/cycling holidays. One of the main aims of the seminar was to come up with a uniform system of rating how easy or difficult a bike tour is.  It was the ideal time to discuss the topic as there were operators of cycling holidays from all over the world present.  However, as the discussion proceeded, it soon became clear that coming up with a standard rating system would not be...

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What To Pack For An Irish Cycling Holiday

You have chosen to tour Ireland by bicycle.  Congratulations!  You will experience the country at its absolute best.  But what items should your suitcase contain to allow you to really enjoy your Irish bike tour? You will be familiar with the absolute essentials of travel, such as passport, money, etc., so we won't go into those.  Whether you carry items such as a camera etc. is totally up to you, so we are not going to list those items either. If you are a seasoned traveller by bicycle, you will already know what you need to bring.  On the other...

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Touring By Bicycle. A Feast For All 5 Senses

Have you ever been travelling by car and spotted something really beautiful? It happens to me all the time. Maybe it's an amazing view, or an animal in the field, or perhaps a beautiful building. The urge is always the same; stop the car… get out… take a closer look. Take some photos! How often though has it happened that you wanted to stop, but you couldn't find a spot to park. Eventually, you find yourself driving so far past the place that piqued your interest that you simply decide it's easier to continue on. How much better would it...

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A Simple Bike Repair Kit To Carry When Cycling

Anyone who has done a reasonable amount of cycling will almost certainly know what a nusiance it can be if you have a sudden breakdown or puncture that leaves you stranded on the roadside. Yet while such incidents will always be an inconvenience there is no reason why they should be anything more than that. By carrying a puncture repair kit and some simple tools you will almost always be back on your bike in a short time. So what should you carry? Over the years we have refined our tool kit to include everything to get you back cycling...

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A Stunning Day of Cycling on the Causeway Coast

If you take our Causeway Coast self-guided cycle tour you will enjoy great ocean views, a wealth of history, pleasant towns and villages and quiet country roads. Every day has something different to offer. Something unique to that part of Ireland, or even to that stretch of road. On one day however you might want to get up just a little earlier than normal. It is the day on which you cycle from Portstewart to Ballycastle. This is a day that is simply packed with must see  highlights. Here is a flavour of what there is to see. Portrush East...

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5 Hidden Gems Not to Miss On Your Donegal Bike Tour

One of the big advantages of choosing to travel by bicycle it the ease at which it allows you to stop and explore. Compared to our fellow visitors, who opt to explore from behind the wheel, being on a bike allows you to easily climb off, to check things out, or head down that narrow road simply because it happens to be there. With a coastline that weaves in and out past bays, beaches, headlands and cliffs, Donegal has more than its fair share of hidden gems. All of these are easily discovered as part of a cycling holiday. With...

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Guided Or Self-Guided? Which Cycling Holiday Is For Me?

If you have made the decision that you are going to tour a country by bike, then congratulations! No matter what your destination, you are embarking on a great adventure. A wealth of experiences await; the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside.  Friendly villages and towns.  Chance meetings. The easy going pace, and the many chances to stop for photographs.  Each experience is a mini adventure that combines to make touring by bike so special. So the question arises; “Do I join with a group for a guided cycling holiday, or would it be better for me to have...

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Which is the Best Bicycle Brand?

Whether you are looking to buy a bike in order to travel the world, or if you simply want to beat the traffic to get to the shop, it is worth while taking a little time assessing what you are going to buy before parting with your hard earned cash. A question we are often asked is; “which is the best bicycle brand?”  The answer, however, is not exactly straightforward!  This is mainly due to the way that the bike manufacturing industry works. Most manufacturers don't really manufacture in the normal sense of the word.  What they do is assemble...

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Top Tips for Maintaining Your Bike

It’s the middle of winter here in Ireland now, and the weather this time of year can put increased strain on your bike. But no matter what the time of year, a bicycle that is well looked after, will make your tour safer, your ride more comfortable and your adventure more fun. So we thought this would be a great time to give you our top tips for looking after your bicycle. 1 - Keep your tyre pressure right. The sidewalls of your tyres have information about the appropriate inflation pressure written on them. Keeping the pressure within this range...

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Choosing the Best Bike

There is no better way to see the world than by bicycle. Indeed, there is no better way to get from A to B than by bike — whether that involves a quick spin to the local shop, or the daily commute to work and back. As you cycle, without even trying, you will improve your mental and physical health, leave no carbon footprint and reduce pollution and congestion in your area. There is also a growing amount of evidence to suggest that cycling or other exercise can reduce fatigue. So if you have decided to take the plunge and...

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