Talking about NAHBS…

In 2012 (March 2-4), the North American Handmade Bicycle Show will be held in Sacremento, California. It would be great to make it over there as these builders push the boundaries of bike design. Gates Carbon Design is sponsoring a frame design competition this year which should see some cool innovations.

I’m really attached to my T2000 Cannondale as it’s seen more than a few thousand k’s with me and almost has the same amount of airmiles (second is my favourite chair but let’s avoid that for now). And of course, being aluminium it’s becoming a little fatigued 😉

Please specify a Flickr ID for this gallery


But, and I say this hesitantly, and more than a little softly, I’m contemplating replacing her. I’ve more than a few thoughts about a possible touring bike, discs, belt drive, titanium, dynamo powered lighting system, curved lines, drop bars with STI’s, geared hub, and internal cabling.

Any bike builders interested?

 

Posted in Cycling Thoughts, General

John Caletti Custom Road Frame

After many years of thinking, discussing, dreaming and a bit of bike fitting I’ve gone custom. Yes, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has succeeded in its task and I’ve become a bike snob. Some would say I already was :p No more off-the-peg factory produced blandness for my next bike as bland will be replaced by factory produced bling. And a bit of handmade steel bling…a handbuilt masterpiece by John Caletti from Santa Cruz.

John has been kind enough to provide a couple of photos:

Please specify a Flickr ID for this gallery


I’m cannibalising some parts from my old Moots but have bought a few bits here and there. The paint is still to be finalised but a painting by Clyfford Styll has provided the inspiration.

It will be a shy, retiring type of bike once built. More pics to come!

Posted in Cycling Thoughts, General

Cycling Robots

Neal Stephenson linked this video from his FB page. This video became more unnerving the longer I watched it. I don’t know if it was because of its size, the sound it makes, or the concept. I think it would make a great sweeper for the cycling holidays!

YouTube Preview Image
Posted in General

Prius X Parlee Concept Bike

Wow, tech just keeps getting more amazing. For less than $300, you can buy yourself a Neuro headset from the Emotiv Store, write your own phone app, hook it up with your Shimano electronic shifting system (Di2) and change gears by thinking.

YouTube Preview Image
Posted in General

Bike Snob NYC: Forking in the Road: Midlife Crisisway

Another entertaining post from Bike Snob.
Bike Snob NYC: Forking in the Road: Midlife Crisisway
His observations on recumbents are pretty funny 🙂

Posted in General

Trip Review – Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights – 07/2011

Ivor, Helen, and Lachlan from Scotland had a wonderful time on their cycling trip this year. As usual Atlatonin turned on her charm for the Baltic Coast, Tonatiuh moved the sun across the sky, and there was a brief moment when Tlaloc poured down pleeenty of buckets!

“My wife, youngest son (aged 13) and I had a great holiday cycling in northern Poland in July of this year (2011). I would wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone wanting an active holiday, good food and accommodation and the opportunity to see a very attractive, but not that well known, part of Poland. Our party, consisting of 2 Americans, 2 Hungarians, an English couple and us 3 Scots met up with our tour leader Neal (Australian) and his Polish partner Agata in Gdansk and took a ferry out to the end of the Hel peninsula. The first 2 days we cycled along the Baltic coast of Poland. This was fairly flat with plenty of time to get used to the bikes and to stop and swim in the Baltic! We then headed inland into the hills of the Kashubian region for 3 days. This was quite energetic but the countryside was beautiful – lakes, forests etc. We swam in one lake and it was much warmer than the Baltic! Our final 2 days took us back to Gdansk via the magnificent castle of Malbork, where we saw a re-enactment of the famous siege of Malbork.

Neal and Agata were excellent tour leaders and a lot of thought had clearly been put in to the route we took (avoiding busy roads as much as possible) and overnight stops (all good including a country club with spa and a beautifully renovated Prussian mansion where Hitler had stayed during World War Two). Konrad drove the backup van which carried our luggage and provided a welcome respite if you need a rest. With cheap Ryanair flights to Gdansk this was a really good value for money holiday.

Finally, we were a bit worried about how our 13 year old would cope with the cycling etc. No problems. He had a great time and told us later it was the best of the 5 cycling holidays we had been on. Neal made one big mistake though. He told us at the start that it had never rained before on this tour. Well, we had 2 wettish mornings and one short, but dramatic thunder storm – it reminded us of home!”
Ivor, Helen & Lachlan

Posted in Cycling Poland Holiday Reviews

Trip Review – Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights – 07/2011

Sarah sent me a wonderful email about the trip we were on together. I’d forgotten about the cheeky kids ‘helping’ us to apples from the orchard, poor Bela wasn’t too good at catching them though 😉 Ah yes, and the old salt / restaurant owner who helped us warm up with “wsciekly pies” (Mad Dogs – vodka shots with a little raspberry juice at the bottom and tabasco saucee on top). Like Sarah, I loved how the group was easy going, adventurous, and open-minded.

“Neal,

I just want to thank you again for an amazing vacation on our bike tour around Gdansk and the Baltic.  I remember you asking our favorite part of the trip and I really had a hard time picking out the best part of that tour.  I absolutely loved our time biking Hel Peninsula, and taking a break for a swim in the Baltic.  And each hotel we stayed was so lovely and unique– what a dream it was to to spend each day biking through the Polish countryside, past beaches, and farms and horses and quaint little towns, and then arrive at a lovely hotel (or palace!!) to find our bags already there waiting for us! And I really haven’t eaten that well in years.  I never knew how delicious Polish food was!

You just had everything so well organized, and chose the best restaurants and cafes for our breaks, and it was just a pleasure to spend the week with you and Agata. You were both so accommodating, adjusting to all of our varying speeds.  I still laugh to myself thinking of those little kids in the orchards throwing apples at us! Ha! Otherwise, the Polish hospitality was just amazing, from the shopkeeper who brought us all popsicles, to the restaurant owner who gave us all welcome vodka shots, the people were so lovely. And did we not have the greatest bike tour group ever!?  I just had a total blast, Neal, and cannot thank you and Agata enough for the wonderful memories.  I will highly recommend your tour to everyone!! Pati and I travel frequently, and we both agreed that this was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Thank you so much!”
Sarah

Posted in Cycling Poland Holiday Reviews

Trip Review – Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights – 07/2011

It’s always good to receive feedback about the cycling holidays I have the joy of sharing with others. The Gdańsk, the Baltic, and the Teutonic Knights holiday for 2011 combined perfect cycling, fantastic hotels, brilliant food, and even better company. English, Scottish, American, Hungarian, Polish, Australian, and Peruvian cultures came together to create a dynamic group full of laughs and interesting conversation. And once you add a bit of rain, a relaxing jacuzzi, an indestructible ‘leatherman’, and free icy poles from a local shopkeeper, you end up with a Flickr Gallery and grey matter full of memories! Anyway enough from me, let’s hear from Thomas and Bela, and Clive and Angela.

“I’m a 30-year old American professor and spent a week with Cycling Poland on the Teutonic Knights trip this past July (2011).  Like most people, I found the trip online, and thus I had no expectations before I departed for Gdansk.  I had never been to Poland before, and although I’m in fairly good shape, I’m not a regular cyclist and had never been on a cycle holiday.

To be honest, the trip was amazing and beyond my expectations.  Neal and the other staff members were extremely friendly and accommodating, the hotels were all top-notch, the bikes and gear were excellent, and the food was exquisite and plentiful.  I also found Cycling Poland to be great value for money, as similar quality trips elsewhere in Europe sell for double (or more) the price.  Not only do I highly recommend this trip, but I intend on doing another cycle holiday with Neal next year.  Poland is a beautiful country and there is no better way to see it than from the small country roads that are best accessed by bicycle.  I recommend this trip for cyclists of all skill levels and all ages, as our group ranged from ‘beginner’ to ‘expert’, and from 13 to 55 in age.”
Thomas and Bela

“First time for us, on a cycling touring holiday. So being in Poland was a real adventure for us, everything was made easy by having such great hosts Neal & Agata. It really made a difference to have Agata on board as not only could she translate for us but also gave us lots of local facts and history of Poland. The accommodation was superb with such great breakfasts it was a good job we where on a cycling holiday, the highlight was staying at the Palace in Godetowo and Neale and Agata found some great restaurants for us to try the local specialities. The holiday was a wonderful experience with too many memories to mention, the scenery and the people we met will stay with us, everyone was smiling even in the rain. Our arrival in Malbork and the tour of the castle on the last day was a great way to end our holiday.”
Angela & Clive

Thanks for the kind words guys. I’m wrapped that I could provide such memories and it was a pleasure spending time with you. It would be great to share a different corner of Poland in the future!

Thanks,

Neal & Agata

 

 

Posted in Cycling Poland Holiday Reviews

New Krakow tour for 2011!

I’m pleased to announce that 2011 will see the inaugural tour: Kraków, UNESCO Wooden Churches, & Tatra Foothills. This is a 7 Days / 6 Nights / fully guided tour for the low price of £698 (July 3rd – 9th, Aug 14th – 20th) and as per normal all our guided road cycling holidays include:

  • nightly accommodation (+breakfast and dinner),
  • high quality Trek 7000 series bike,
  • English speaking local guide (please enquire about other languages!)
  • daily luggage transfers,
  • support vehicle,
  • a regular and extended mileage route,
  • maps and sightseeing information.

Krakow acts as a magnet for over 7 million tourists each year and is the most visited city in Poland for many reasons. Sitting royally in the region known as ‘Little Poland’ it epitomises the grandeur, romance, and history of one of Europe’s greatest and most beautiful medieval cities and encapsulates the legends, heritage, and culture of Poland as a whole. From the ‘Cloth Hall’ which has dominated the centre of the Old Town since the 14th century, to the imposing Gothic presence of the St Mary’s Basilica which is home to the breathtaking ‘Altarpiece of Veit Stoss’, to the ancient Wawel Castle built upon the cave of the dragon – Smok Wawelski – on the limestone banks of the Wisla River, it soon becomes obvious on visiting why UNESCO listed the ENTIRE town way back in 1978. Read more ›

Posted in Cycling Holiday Travelogues Tagged with: , , , ,

Chris King Cielo Fabrication

A fascinating look in to the world of hand crafting a stainless steel bike frame for the 2011 North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS).

Posted in General

FAQ & Useful Info

Hungry for information? Want to find out more about your future cycling tour? The FAQ and the Important Info pages contain all the ins and outs of what your tour will be like, what you can expect, and what we do for you. If your question isn't covered or you would like to discuss the finer details of lugged or filleted frames .

Contact Cycling Poland

Cycling Holidays Poland
Adventure Cycling Holidays
+44 (0) 1536 738 038
Email: .

Twitter Feed