Cycloscope: Bicycle Touring Planet Earth https://cycloscope.net a life on the road, cycling the world to learn and share Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://cycloscope.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-cycloscope-logo-elena-face-32x32.png Cycloscope: Bicycle Touring Planet Earth https://cycloscope.net 32 32 Britain’s Olympic Cyclists – meet the future. https://cycloscope.net/britains-olympic-cyclists https://cycloscope.net/britains-olympic-cyclists#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:41:21 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21495 Who are the future British Olympian cyclists? Team GB’s cycling team have more than pulled their weight at the Olympics over the last two decades, bringing home scores of golds, silvers and bronze medals. Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Becky James have all been shining lights of the British Cycling’s recent success. But what comes next? Who are the future British Olympian cyclists? 1.   Ben Tullet Ben Tullet is a promising cross cycler and brother of Dan Tullet, […]

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Who are the future British Olympian cyclists?

Team GB’s cycling team have more than pulled their weight at the Olympics over the last two decades, bringing home scores of golds, silvers and bronze medals.

Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Laura Trott and Becky James have all been shining lights of the British Cycling’s recent success. But what comes next? Who are the future British Olympian cyclists?

1.   Ben Tullet

Ben Tullet is a promising cross cycler and brother of Dan Tullet, a former winner of the 2017 Junior World Championships. Since he was three years old, he has been riding a bike, declaring that this is truly a “family sport” for him. He has ambitions at the Tour de France but first once to make his mark in the cross grouping.

2.   Georgia Holt

Georgia Holt is a 20-year-old cycling talent and also studying for a biomedical science degree at Manchester Met.

She has been on record discussing how she has yet to make the squad, meaning the funding she receives from Entain goes a long way to improving her nutrition and gives her more track time.

Entain is a gaming company and owner of big names like Ladbrokes and PartyCasino. They have been committed to helping promising athletes by providing funding through SportsAid. Balancing an Olympic dream and a degree is not easy, but it’s made easier through SportsAid.

3.   Harriet Harnden

Harriet Harnden is another promising female cyclist with some big wins already under her belt. As recently as December 2019, she won the National Trophy race for the second time in as many years at a very muddy York track.

Still, under 23 years old, Harriet has strong technical ability making her a genuine contender for an Olympic pick in the future.

4.   Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn pipped Ben Tullet to the finish line of the Junior National Title but has identical thinking to his opponent.

Sean also believes succeeding in cross is his first step to achieving more significant things in other formats of cycling. He especially enjoys racing on the continent to improve his physical and mental game. 

But you don’t have to be a professional to enjoy cycling the continent. Check out these ten incredible European cycling routes!

At what age do cyclists peak?

Unlike other sports, cyclists peak later into their 20s and sometimes in their early 30s.

Despite the sport being extremely physically demanding, many cyclists peak later in their 20s because there is a lot of tactical knowledge and experience needed to perform consistently throughout a season.

What are the five types of Olympic cycling?

The Olympic Games includes a variety of cycling events. There are four main categories of Olympic cycling, namely track cycling, road cycling, BMX freestyle, BMX racing and mountain biking.

Many cyclists compete in multiple events, including individual and team events. Track and road cycling events have been a significant part of the games since they began back in the late 19th Century.

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Great Cycling Routes From London https://cycloscope.net/cycling-routes-from-london https://cycloscope.net/cycling-routes-from-london#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 12:34:44 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21455 The Most Amazing Cycling Routes from London will Let you discover this beautiful city at your own pace London is the official capital of the UK. It’s also its cultural capital, the center of its trade and commerce, and a popular destination for tourists. The city is also home to more cyclists than any other part of the country. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. It boasts the largest population, has had a cycle hire scheme for more […]

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The Most Amazing Cycling Routes from London will Let you discover this beautiful city at your own pace

London is the official capital of the UK. It’s also its cultural capital, the center of its trade and commerce, and a popular destination for tourists. The city is also home to more cyclists than any other part of the country.

This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. It boasts the largest population, has had a cycle hire scheme for more than a decade, and has a number of initiatives designed to discourage driving. This makes folding bikes popular too as they can more easily be carried on public transport. 

According to recent research, around 20 million people ride their bikes every month in the UK, with many of them doing so for fun and for exercise. However, very few of these would consider heading to London to go on a leisurely ride. Instead, cycling in the capital is seen as a method of commuting rather than something to do for fun. 

Along the Thames – Battersea Park to Greenwich

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On the most easterly part of the National Cycle Route 4, this ride will take you from central London, past many of the most popular and famous sights in the capital, and over to Greenwich where the cycle route ends. 

You have two options to start. You can either drive to Battersea Park and leave your car in the car park there or just ride there and continue your journey from that point. 

The official National Cycle Route actually runs on the other side of the river, so you’ll need to make your way across either the Albert Bridge or the Chelsea Bridge

Once you’re there, turn right and head along Grosvenor Road. You’ll then bear left to head through Pimlico on Lupus Street towards Westminster. You can then cross the river on Lambeth Bridge or head past the Palace of Westminster and cross at the busier, but slightly more scenic, Westminster Bridge. Either way, you’ll get great views of the parliament, Big Ben, and then the London Eye as you ride along Belvedere Road. 

Keep following the road as it follows the meander of the river. As you pass through Bernie Spain Gardens on Upper Ground, you’ll see the famous Oxo Tower on your left. Further round, you’ll come to London Bridge before crossing over Greenland Dock and riding along the banks of the Thames; you will then head back inland at Pepys Park before returning to the water’s edge as you near the National Maritime Museum

The route ends at the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, but you could always cross the river again here and head back to your starting point on the opposite side. 

Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace

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London was one of the first places to embrace the railway when trains were invented. However, as the city has evolved not all lines survived. One of these has been converted into the Parkland Walk (South) Local Nature Reserve, which offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city without having to travel far. 

Some of the old stations still retain their platforms, which really gives you some perspective of how big trains actually are. 

The route offers something for everyone, with old relics of the railway, spectacular views of the city, and the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife. 

The route starts in the southwest corner of Finsbury Park, with the Parkland Walk branching off from the remaining railway line at Oxford Road. Following the route is really simple, just keep going until you get to Highgate Station.

Once here, you have a couple of options: you can cross over the railway line and pass through Queens Wood, pass through Highgate and then flank the B550 through the edge of Highgate Wood, or take the long way around Highgate Wood.

All three options meet up with the Parkland Walk (North) Local Nature Reserve which continues northeast until you reach Alexandra Palace Gardens

Once there, you can enjoy the scenery and admire the beautiful Alexandra Palace.

Regent’s Park

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Regent’s Park in London

Riding around Regent’s Park outer circle is probably one of the easiest cycling routes you could ever find. This is great for when you just want a leisurely cruise while enjoying some nature but don’t want to travel too far. 

A single lap of the park is about 4 km (2.5 miles), so if you want to ride a longer distance, just keep circling a few more times. 

It’s a popular route for cyclists, so you will almost certainly find yourself in company.

The Tower of London to Big Ben

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This is another route that flanks the River Thames but isn’t too strenuous if you want a leisurely sightseeing tour on two wheels. National Cycle Route 19 runs right along the river from its source in the Cotswolds all the way to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, but this route uses just a small 5km (3.1 miles) stretch.

Start at the Tower of London, admiring Tower Bridge, the Shard, and the Tower before heading west. 

It is (mostly) as simple as following the river as it bends around. Shortly after setting off, you’ll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the left and St. Paul’s Cathedral on the right. 

As the Thames turns sharply 90 degrees, the London Eye and Palace of Westminster will come into view. 

If you’re hungry for more after this 18-minute ride, then extend it by turning right at Westminster Bridge and head along Birdcage Walk, past St James’s Park until you reach Buckingham Palace.

Hyde Park Loop

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Prince Albert Memorial – Hyde Park

Another loop route, this time around London’s most famous green space, Hyde Park. It’s easy to ride here, even if you don’t have your own bike. Just pick up a Santander Cycle from one of the several nearby docking stations and take a leisurely ride through the park. 

The loop around the park will see you travel 7km (4.3 miles), but again, if you want to ride further, you can do multiple laps. 

Hyde Park offers some incredible sights too, including the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Marble Arch, and several beautiful gardens. 

There’s also the giant lake where you can watch the ducks, swans, and geese swimming about. 

London is full of great cycling routes that are fun and enjoyable while offering beautiful scenery and a mix of difficulty levels. So the next time you’re in the city, why not give one a try. 

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6 Best Bikes For Overweight Female

Cycling can help you lose weight while being easy on your joint. Here 6 Bicycles Designed for Overweight Women – Choose the Best Bike for Overweight Female

Cycling is a good form of exercise. It can help you lose weight while being easy on your joint. Selecting the right bike for an overweight woman entails choosing between a bicycle that makes it easy to shift gears, a bike whose tire rolls smoothly, and bikes strong enough to support your weight. Then there are the much less important factors such as color and step through style frame.

If you’re are a plus size lady looking for the right guide to select the best bike for exercise, mountain biking, road biking, etc., don’t look further than our passionately curated list.

6 Best Bikes For Overweight Female

1. DJ Fat Power Electric Bike

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Highlights

  • 750W motor 
  • Aluminum frame
  • Kenda tires
  • cushion saddle
  • LG lithium 48V battery
  • Tektro disc brakes
BrandDJ Bikes
Item weight57 pounds
Wheel size26”
Load capacity300 pounds
ColorBlack

DJ Fat Power Electric bike makes biking easy. It has a motor for supplementing your energy when you can’t generate enough force, such as when climbing up a hill. As such, it’s suitable for a lot of applications including mountain biking and road biking.

Durable LG lithium 48V battery helps to start up the motor and is recharged by first taking it out of its enclosure. The bike is constructed with a durable aluminium material. Rugged Kenda tire is part of what makes it applicable to any types of road. The seat is well cushioned, and the foam handle makes riding long distances a comfort.

Tetkro disc brake is effective for slowing down speed or bringing bike to an abrupt stop. With minimal effort you will be able to brake either gently or quickly during unexpected situations.

The bicycle has a headlight, too, suitable for night riding. DJ Fat Power also has a great shock absorber to withstand road bumps and maintain your joints.  



2. Sixthreezero Body Ease Comfort Bike

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Highlights

  • Rear and front handbrakes
  • Shock absorbent suspension fork
  • Upright riding position
  • Rear rack
  • Extra-wide foam core seat
  • Step through style frame
BrandSixthreezero
Item weight33.5 pounds
Wheel size26”
Load capacity300 pounds
FrameSteel
Color3 options

The sixthreezero Body Ease Comfort makes riding for overweight women easy; it is furnished with great ergonomics.

First, it is equipped with a step through frame for easy climbing on and coming off of the bike. You will also feel less pain in your joints because it has a superb shock absorber. Plus it has a rear rack, which helps you to carry on small weights. An easy shifter also makes working through three speeds a breeze.

Added to its comfy design is its stylish appearance. Also the manufacturers offer the bike in three fashionable colors.



3. Firmstrong Navitas Organics Cruiser Bike

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Highlights

  • Steel frame
  • Classic curvy beach cruiser design
  • Coaster brakes
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Sized for women from 5 to 6 feet tall
  • Over-sized seat
BrandFirmstrong
Item weight37.4 pounds
Wheel size26”
Load capacity300 pounds
FrameSteel
Color7 options

This is another bike on this list specifically designed for comfort. A cruiser bike, Firmstrong Navitas is durable and a great value for money.

It is furnished with Coaster brakes, which make slowing down or coming to a total halt easy. Just cycle in reverse to engage the brake. This key feature of Firmstrong makes this bike a firm favorite for newbie riders.

The bicycle has great curves, which make it even more feminine. One of the bikes standout features is the fact that it is made of steel, the strongest possible material a bicycle can be made from.

Furthermore the handlebars are padded and spacious, confirming it as a true cruiser bike, meant for relaxing ride. Lastly the shock absorbers that Frimstrong Navitas has make it a safe ride even on rough terrains.



4. Schwinn Phocus 1500 Hybrid Bicycle

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Highlights

  • Sport suspension fork
  • Aluminum frame
  • Front and rear Shimano derailleurs
  • Shimano 24-speed EZ-Fire trigger shifters
  • Double-wall alloy rims
  • Mechanical disc brakes
  • Shimano alloy cranks
BrandSchwinn
Item weight37.5 pounds
Wheel size29”
FrameAluminum
ColorMatte Grey

Are you a plus size woman looking to take on the mountain biking adventure? The Schwinn Phocus 1500 Hybrid is a great choice. While it’s suitable for mountain biking, it’s also applicable to road biking.

The front and rear Shimano derailleurs make it possible to ride any terrain at great speed. Sporty aesthetics gives the bike a really gorgeous look. Plus the disc brakes make slowing down or bringing your bicycle to a total halt a breeze. 

Schwinn Phocus 1500 is made of durable aluminum frames. Sport suspension fork acts as an efficient shock absorber, meaning you don’t have to worry about deteriorating your joints when riding on rough terrains.  



5. Schwinn Phocus 1400 and 1600 Road Bike

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Highlights

  • Carbon fiber road fork
  • Aluminum frame
  • Micro shift integrated shift/brake lever combo
  • Shimano Claris 16 speed derailleur
  • Promax alloy dual pivot caliper road brakes
  • Alloy double-wall rims
  • Alloy crank
BrandSchwinn
Item weight31 lbs
Wheel size29 inches
Load capacity250 lbs
FrameAluminum
Color2 options

A sturdy and versatile bike, Schwinn 1400 and 1600 makes losing weight a simple goal. It is able to do this by virtue of its rigidity.

Pro tip: always go for a rugged bicycle when your goal is to lose weight because it can withstand the consistent use without wearing out.

Schwinn 1400 and 1600 is furnished with alloy double wall rims, which are three times more durable than single wall rims. A 16-speed gear system makes it possible to ride any slope at great speed. Micro shift integrated shift/brake lever combo, on the other hand, lets you cope spectacularly with unexpected situations.

The bicycle is also blessed with great ergonomics that make it a comfortable ride.



6. Best for Budget: Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike

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Highlights

  • 21-speed SRAM grip shifters and Shimano rear derailleur
  • Step-through aluminum frame
  • Sweptback upright handlebars and padded saddle
  • Promax alloy linear pull-brakes
  • Matching fenders and rear carrier
BrandSchwinn
Item weight35.5 pounds
Wheel size28”
Load capacity300 lbs
FrameAluminum
Color2 options

The Schwinn Discover Hybrid Bike is a pocket friendly bicycle. It serves a special purpose of being a road bike and a mountain bike all at the same time. Despite being a budget bike, it still guarantees high quality.

It is made up of durable aluminium frame. It has a 21-speed SRAM shift lever with Shimano rear starter, which helps you deal efficiently with steep hills, and a linear-pull brake system that helps you cope excellently with unexpected situations.

Thanks to its fender, it has a luxury look and is stain-free.



Final Thoughts on 6 Distinct Bikes Specifically for Overweight Women

Hope you found our article on the best bikes for overweight women insightful? Did you? Good. As you can see, there are many bikes designed for overweight women.

Your final choice will be down to whether the bike has a sophisticated gearing system and on what road type it’s designed for. Other factors that can tip your decision include aesthetic beauty and color options.

Are you planning on purchasing a bike for plus size women? Tell us what your biggest criteria will be and why.

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South Tunisia on a Bike – Ben Gardan to Dhaiba https://cycloscope.net/cycling-tunisia-desert-ben-gardan-dhaiba https://cycloscope.net/cycling-tunisia-desert-ben-gardan-dhaiba#respond Sun, 23 May 2021 12:17:29 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21254 Cycling Tunisia 400 Km through the desert from Ben Gardan to Dhaiba Bicycle touring with Cherifi Saifeddine The south-east of Tunisia is rich in a large desert on both sides of its roads there are olive trees, palm trees and cacti, it contains a reserve to protect animals, it is a place to visit and home to many types of desert animals including deer and ostriches. The Smar region contains land that looks like the surface of the moon and […]

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Cycling Tunisia

400 Km through the desert from Ben Gardan to Dhaiba

Bicycle touring with Cherifi Saifeddine

The south-east of Tunisia is rich in a large desert on both sides of its roads there are olive trees, palm trees and cacti, it contains a reserve to protect animals, it is a place to visit and home to many types of desert animals including deer and ostriches.

The Smar region contains land that looks like the surface of the moon and multicolored rocks, and the mountains surround the road that runs through you through Ramtha to Dhahiba, the path is covered on both sides with sand dunes, of which some cover the road.

Difficulty Score
Climb
60
Surface
30
Weather
30
Essentials
Sleeping bag, tent, repair kits, first aid kit
challenges
Security patrols inspections and the intense heat. It is also difficult to find a place to camp in flat lands.
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Supply points are close to each other. Water is available through many wells along the road, food is available in many villages, and people are kind and cooperative.

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All places are safe and you will not find any inconvenience, and there are no predators that threaten you.

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Crossing the road from Ben Guerdane to Park Sidi El Tawy requires a permit, or you will be subject to interrogation

THINGS TO SEE ALONG THE ROUTE

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Pay attention to the sand-covered roads you may get lost there.

Riding along a desert path with few residents is an enjoyable experience and the people there are very friendly


Cherifi Saifeddine

Tunisian traveler and adventurer specialized in exploring the desert and rough terrain, charity activist, and travel blogger

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Best Waterproof Bicycle Covers for 2021 https://cycloscope.net/best-waterproof-bicycle-covers https://cycloscope.net/best-waterproof-bicycle-covers#respond Sat, 01 May 2021 07:21:04 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21222 Protecting a bicycle is essential, especially if you don’t possess a shed or garage. A reliable and durable bicycle cover can maintain cleanliness and shininess by providing protective layers against storms, rain, and heat. Experts aver that the best way you can extend your bike lifespan is by covering it when not in use. The best waterproof bicycle covers will protect your bike from its wheels. Should you want a bicycle to remain dry whenever you’re out of your bike, […]

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Best Waterproof Bicycle Covers

Protecting a bicycle is essential, especially if you don’t possess a shed or garage. A reliable and durable bicycle cover can maintain cleanliness and shininess by providing protective layers against storms, rain, and heat.

Experts aver that the best way you can extend your bike lifespan is by covering it when not in use.

The best waterproof bicycle covers will protect your bike from its wheels. Should you want a bicycle to remain dry whenever you’re out of your bike, it is best to invest in a waterproof bicycle cover.

That way, you become like a Cycling Hacker whose bike can serve efficiently and durably. Let’s look at the best waterproof bicycle covers for 2021. Shall we?

Best Waterproof Bicycle Covers

Best Waterproof Bicycle Covers for 2021

1. MayBron Gear Bike Cover

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Starting off the list is the MayBron Gear Bike cover which is amongst the best moisture-proof bicycle covers you can find on the market.

Curated from top-notch protection materials and durable fabric, MayBron will protect an entire bike. It’s effortless to take off and put on.

Use the Velcro straps and elastic fittings to tighten it. Removing it is also instantaneous. MayBron is a large bike cover that is versatile because it can effectively cover up to two bikes.

The elastic can stretch this cover over the whole bike to prevent it from car splashes and rain.



2. YardStash Bicycle Cover XL

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Another reliable brand that’s stern on quality, reliability, and functionality is YardStash. The YardStash bicycle cover is also designated to fit any bike size regardless of its width or length. 

In addition, it possesses a security feature that keeps your bike cover fastened during snowy or rainy periods. It is top-rated for travel use or during any other outdoor excursion activities to protect your bicycle.

Curated from UV 210D polyester and shielded coating, this cover will protect your bike from rain, cold, and heat.

Featuring a complimentary bag, you can use it to transport and store the cover. It is also foldable to a very compacted size, so you needn’t worry about tearing and wearing the fabric.



3. Ohuhu Outdoor Bike Cover

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Ohuhu is amongst the best and durable bicycle covers on the market. It can cover large road bikes and mountain bikes.

Apart from water, it can protect your bike from anything else that could damage it. Even bright sunlight can’t penetrate via the sturdy thick UV material. It is also built with top-notch 210T nylon that makes it denser and yet so durable.

There’s an additional buckle underneath this cover with designated locked holes meant for slipping your bike into a lock-in. Safety is highly guaranteed that you can never find your motorcycle missing regardless of where you left it. 



4. Pro Bike Cover

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Several bicycle covers have accorded the Pro Bike cover as an impressive cover for all types of bicycles, no matter the make and size.

It’s built to safeguard and sustain your bicycle in all weather conditions, courtesy of the patented stitch technologies.

This technology also keeps the cover’s seams shut. Besides, it’s easy to secure the lock onto a bike using several front holes. Strap the cover in using your bike’s locks.

If you want a cover that can go beyond serving tight fit, security, and safety, then the Pro Bike cover is an excellent choice. 



5. Puroma Bike Cover

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Puroma can help increase the lifespan of your bike, exceeding the expectation of what a typical cover could do.

It’s curated from waterproof polyester, which possesses UV and PU coating to effectively safeguard your bike from the sun, dust, and dirt damages.

Ideally, the UV proofing goes up to 50 percentile. This is to imply that your bike is protected by 50% from hazardous UV rays when you use this cover.

The bike cover remains intact even on windy days. It possesses double-stitched plastic hems that offer a snug fit after combining with peculiarly designated buckles. 



6. DAVANDI Waterproof Bike Cover

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DAVANDI comes with two years of warranty, so if your cover gets damaged, you can easily replace it.

Apart from that, the unique, thrilling features and quality render this cover the best fit in this list. It’s curated from heavy-duty rainproof and waterproof materials that keep your bike protected in the worst weather conditions.

In addition, this material offers UV protection to keep bicycles from adverse conditions. It’s also compatible with a vast array of bicycle models. It can securely cover beach cruisers, city, electric, BMX bikes. 



7. EUGO Bike Cover for 2 or 3 Bikes

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Moving on swiftly, we have the EUGO cover that can easily cover up to three bikes simultaneously.

You can be confident in EUGO’s quality thanks to the 210D oxford fabric materials that feature PU and waterproof coating. Also, the EUGO cover will protect your bike from dust and UV rays even in windy conditions.

With an elastic front, the cover will remain intact hence giving it extra protection. Bike cover possesses duo lock holes on the wheel area for securing and safeguarding your bike from theft. 



8. ATCG L Outdoor Bike Cover

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ATCG Bike cover features a sturdy storage bag. Thus you can store it easily when you’re not using it.

Featuring a 190T nylon that’s durable and waterproof, you’re assured of an extended-lasting bike cover. Plus, this cover protects your bike from scratches, theft, rain, dust as well as sunshine.

Given the durability and versatility of this cover, it can work on a vast plethora of bicycle models and usages. You can never go wrong with this bicycle cover!



9. Anglink 29 Inch Waterproof Bike Cover

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Anglink Cover is designated to fit bike wheels that even have 29″ sizes. The cover is additionally curated from 210D oxford materials that are sturdy and tolerate all outdoor elements.

Needless to aver, your bicycle will be protected from rain and even car splashes. It’s also enhanced using heat seams and double stitching.

All bicycle types and models can use this cover because it is efficient and effective. The cover is so affordable yet works amazingly like other top-notch cover materials.



10. Kotivie Lockable Foldable Waterproof Bicycle Cover

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Last but not least, we have the Kotivie lockable and foldable cover that’s made from long-lasting and top-notch polyester material.

The Kotivie cover boasts full-coverage performance and admirable protection courtesy of the heavy-duty materials.

It can’t be blown away by the wind because it has a wind-resistant designation that’s enhanced by eyelets, adjustable straps, eyelets, and two buckles for tying and locking.

It is also large enough that it can cover up to 4 bikes at the same time. What more could you ask for?



Buying Guide for the Best Waterproof Bike Cover in 2021

Having discussed the best waterproof covers on the market in 2021, let’s look at what you need to consider when choosing the best waterproof cover.

Material

The cover material needs to be UV resistant, waterproof, durable, thick, and quality to mitigate various elements from destroying your bicycle. Oxford materials are highly reliable to make such covers.

Dimensions

 Dimensions of a cover will help you know what size of bikes it can effectively cover. You should also see the dimension of your bike to help you choose the size of your cover. The dimensions should be sufficiently effective to cover the entire cycle such that you don’t struggle stretching it.

Lock holes

Apart from covering your bike to prevent it from dangerous elements, the cover of your choice also needs to secure your bike from petty theft. Front locks on a cover can effectively do this whenever you’re away from your bike.

Bottom elastic hem

 A bottom elastic hem will help cover your bike down to avoid damages.  

Conclusion

A bike will serve you long if it is well protected and safeguarded from various elements and theft. That’s why you need a waterproof bicycle cover that can shield your bike.

That said, we hope you enjoyed the review and the guide. Don’t forget to share the article with your biking enthusiasts who’d appreciate the review. Good luck in choosing the best waterproof bicycle cover.

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Which Stationary Bike is Best to Train on? https://cycloscope.net/best-stationary-bike https://cycloscope.net/best-stationary-bike#respond Tue, 27 Apr 2021 07:40:38 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21175 Also known as a stationary bike, an exercise bike is a convenient gym equipment that offers immense cardio benefits to athletes and those looking to maintain a healthy body. Although it’s usually overlooked, a stationary bike is very convenient as it allows you to exercise right in the comfort of your home. Now, some people might prefer to do the actual cycling outside. However, following the amount of restrictions put in place in recent times, a stationary bike becomes an […]

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Also known as a stationary bike, an exercise bike is a convenient gym equipment that offers immense cardio benefits to athletes and those looking to maintain a healthy body.

Although it’s usually overlooked, a stationary bike is very convenient as it allows you to exercise right in the comfort of your home.

Now, some people might prefer to do the actual cycling outside. However, following the amount of restrictions put in place in recent times, a stationary bike becomes an incredible option for burning calories, increasing muscle tone, and strengthening the lower body.

But, with so many options already in the market, picking the right exercise bike that meets your specific workout needs will be quite overwhelming. For that reason, this guide has come to your rescue to discuss at least five categories of exercise bikes that you can consider.

But First, What are Some Benefits of Exercise Bikes?

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  • Boosts Cardio Fitness: Cycling is an effective way of strengthening your cardiovascular system. It helps to improve blood and oxygen circulation and also improves the supply of energy around the body. As a result, you’ll enjoy better sleep, better mood, reduced stress, and low chances of getting high blood pressure.
  • Weight Loss: Depending on your workout routine, a stationary bike, especially an air bike, can help you burn more calories, which is essential in losing weight.
  • Low Impact Workout: If you’re a senior, or maybe you’re recovering from an injury such as a fracture, a stationary bike can offer a low-impact workout that can allow you to exercise without putting too much strain on the affected parts.
  • Strengthens Body Muscles: The last benefit of a stationary bike is that it helps you to build strength especially in the lower body. This includes the calves, hamstrings, glutes, and hip flexors.

So, Which are the Best Exercise Bikes to Train on in 2021?

1. Upright Bike

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The first exercise bike you can consider for your daily workouts is an upright bike. These stationary bikes are common in most homes and gymnasiums as they offer an affordable way of exercising your body. These stationary bikes are similar to regular bikes with seats and pedals positioned under the body.

The best thing about upright bikes is that they’re excellent low-impact options that help to strengthen your legs and improve muscle tone in the lower body. A good example of an upright bike is the Schwinn 130 Upright Series Bike and the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1714.

The best thing about these two stationary bikes is that they’re made using a durable steel frame that supports a higher weight limit. They also have fully adjustable seats and handlebars that make them usable for anyone.



2. Recumbent Bikes

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A recumbent bike is very different from an upright bike in so many ways. First, the seat is reclined in a position that supports your back when exercising. The handlebars are right next to your arms while the pedals sit right in front of you.

Built to offer ample comfort, recumbent bikes are best suited to those people recovering from joints, upper body, and lower body injuries. Among the best recumbent bikes you can consider for low-impact exercises are the Marcy Magnetic Recumbent Bike NS-716R and the MaxKare Recumbent Exercise Bike.

The best thing about these two exercise bikes is that they have ergonomic handles, wide seats, and comfortable backrests that support seniors and injured people exercising on a bike.



3. Air Bikes

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If you’re looking to challenge your body with more intense workouts, perhaps you can consider the convenience offered by an air bike. Unlike regular bikes, the air bike consists of two upright handles that protrude right up to your chest. Unlike in regular bikes, the handles in air bikes move independently making it easier to work out your entire body.

Another notable difference with air bikes is the oversized wheelsat the center that resemble an electric fan. The purpose of this wheel is actually to offer resistance when peddling. So, the faster you peddle, the harder you’ll have to work to overcome the challenge.

The best thing about air bikes is that they offer full-body workouts both on the upper and lower body. They also help to build muscles and burn calories thus making them the best for HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). If this is what you’re looking for, then you can consider the Schwinn Fitness Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike and the Assault Airbike Classic.



4. Spin Bikes

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One thing about stationary bikes is that they look pretty much the same. However, some unique qualities set them apart. In the case of spin bikes, the stationary flywheel is what makes the big difference.

In most cases, the large flywheel is set at the front while the pedals sit at the back to resemble a regular bike. The flywheel is usually heavy and it’s responsible for providing the resistance that mimics the experience of riding a bicycle in the outdoors.

So, if you’re intending to lose weight, burn calories, or workout the lower body, then perhaps you can consider the YOSUDA Indoor Spin Bike or the NordicTrack S22i Spin Bike.



5. Desk Bikes

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Last but not least, we have desk bikes. Although these types of stationary bikes won’t take you anywhere, they offer a convenient way of studying, working, or watching TV while exercising your body. While most of these exercise bikes come in the form of under-desk bikes, there are times when you might get a bike and chair plus desk combination.

But, regardless of what you get, the best thing about desk bikes is that they offer immense health benefits such as burning calories, improving blood flow, preventing diabetes, and lowering the sparks of arthritis.

So, if you’re a student or an office worker looking for a desk bike, then you can consider the FitDesk Under-Desk Bike, the Flexispot Desk Bike, or the ExerpeuticExerWork 1000 Desk Station.



Conclusion

So, which is the best stationary bike to train on? Well, the answer simply depends on your fitness goals. As you can see, there are so many variations of exercise bikes on the market. From foldable designs, under-desk variants to upright and recumbent bikes, your choice is highly influenced by what you need to achieve.

In this guide, we’ve managed to narrow down our options by discussing five common types of exercise bikes. In each category, we’ve highlighted at least two bikes you can consider. At least with this type of information, picking a specific bike that will meet your exact fitness goals will be easier than ever.


Check also:

The Best Indoor Bike Trainer
The Best Indoor Bike Rollers

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Discover Europe on a Bike: 10 Incredible Cycling Routes https://cycloscope.net/cycling-europe-10-cycling-routes https://cycloscope.net/cycling-europe-10-cycling-routes#respond Fri, 02 Apr 2021 13:30:53 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=21116 10 of The Best Cycling Routes in Europe that should be top of your list. Europe is a continent that offers a spectacular landscape to explore with mountains, rivers, coastlines and rolling green hills. There are many ways to get around but if you want to experience the best views up close and personal, there’s no better way to travel than by bike.  Bikes are very popular in Europe and in many of the cities you’ll find cycle paths which […]

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10 of The Best Cycling Routes in Europe that should be top of your list.

Europe is a continent that offers a spectacular landscape to explore with mountains, rivers, coastlines and rolling green hills.

There are many ways to get around but if you want to experience the best views up close and personal, there’s no better way to travel than by bike. 

Bikes are very popular in Europe and in many of the cities you’ll find cycle paths which are well used by commuters.

However, if you head away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll discover there are many cycling routes which wind their way through stunning vistas

You could fill an entire book with the fabulous cycle routes in Europe but here are 10 fantastic paths that should be top of your list. 

Before Heading Out

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You may be keen to slip the helmet on and slide your feet onto the pedals, but before you set off, you’ll need to be prepared. 

Cycling is a high-energy activity so even along the flattest routes you’ll need to have plenty to keep you going.

Cyclists typically pack light so they don’t have to carry around heavy bike bags. But there are some essentials that you’ll need such as snacks and fluids.

You might plan to eat en route but you should still be prepared just in case you can’t find somewhere, or you have a little mishap, such as a punctured tyre. 

The Aldi weekly flyer is the easy way to grab some food for your trip. Anything that won’t spoil easily is ideal so look for dried fruit and protein bars that you can pop in your backpack.

Don’t forget you’ll need fluids too so taking some bottles of water is recommended. 

The Best Routes

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Now that you’re stacked up with the essentials, here are 10 of the best cycling routes to follow:

#1: Danube Cycle Path

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Danube River cycling path

One of the first cycle routes ever created in Europe, the Danube Cycle Path is flat and easy enough to ride, even for beginners. This makes it very popular and you’ll regularly find families riding along it.

Beginning at the source of the River Danube in Germany, the path winds through a total of 2896km as it follows the river to the Black Sea in Romania.

This means you’ll also travel through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia past lots of quaint and picturesque villages. 


Read also: Danube Cycling Path, Slovakia to Austria


#2: Via Francigena

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This Italian cycle route is more than one thousand years old and is the longest signposted cycle trail in Italy.

Starting on the border with Switzerland at Great St Bernard Pass it travels all the way to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Originally a pilgrimage route, you’ll enjoy glorious Tuscan landscapes and pretty medieval towns such as San Gimignano along the way. 

#3: Flanders Beer Routes

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Flanders, Belgium

Located in Belgium, Flanders Beer Routes hook up a number of different cycle routes to create a longer path that pays homage to beer.

Each of the individual loops is 20-30 miles in length, and together they visit the traditional Belgian breweries and abbeys who produce beer in the Flanders region. 

Very flat and easy, this is another path that can be tackled by beginners and it’s perfect if you want a cycle route that’s got a purpose and theme. 

#4: The Iron Curtain Trail

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From one extreme to another, The Iron Curtain Trail is a cycle path in Bulgaria that’s best left to experienced cyclists.

Starting in the Thracian Valley (where you’ll find several wineries) the path heads east towards the border with Greece, winding through beautiful spa towns such as Devin and Gotse Delchev.

The final leg climbs up into the Rhodope Mountains, a very remote region which is unspoilt and natural.

You’ll find fresh spring water and there are plenty of options for wild camping, but don’t expect to be bedding down in luxury hotels – because there’s nothing around. 

#5: Piva Canyon Road

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If you’re a novice cyclist but want to experience the wilderness and quiet seclusion of remote regions, the Piva Canyon Road in Montenegro is for you.

Although there’s a steep climb at the start, the rest of the route is easy to navigate as you cycle by the sparkling waters of the Piva River. 

Unusually for a cycle route, you’ll pass through over 60 short tunnels before arriving at Lake Piva where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. 

#6: Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg

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This is a lovely cycle path for intermediate ability, offering a mix of mountain scenery and vibrant local towns.

Running for a total of 259 miles, the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg starts in Salzburg, Austria and takes cyclists on a tour of the Alps without subjecting them to arduous climbs or twisting roads. 

Once the path emerges from the mountains, it moves onto the Italian section where pretty rivers and small towns offer the chance to enjoy delicious pasta and wine. 

#7: Vasco-Navarro Railway

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You won’t be getting on a train but you will be following an old rail route on this flat 51-mile path which is an ideal introduction for beginners.

Relatively short compared to some others, it’s one of the longest routes in Spain and can be extended by deviating along the Camino de Santiago, a UNESCO network of pilgrimage routes which connect with the Vasco-Navarro Railway. 

The path begins in the capital of the Basque region, Vitoria-Gasteiz and passes through tranquil mountain areas, gorges and rivers plus a number of quiet villages and towns. 

#8: Rallarvegen

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Dramatic and spectacular, the Rallarvegen path in Norway is for cyclists with a little bit of experience without being too challenging.

Another route that was originally built for rails, Rallarvegen was intended to transport construction material for the Bergen-Oslo Railway.

At just 51 miles, you can complete the path between Haugastøl and Flåm in a single day but you’ll be cycling along dirt tracks and will cover mountains, glaciers, valleys and fjords in one of the most visually impressive tracks in Europe. 


Read also: Cycling Norway, the Ultimate Guide


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Best Camping Cot for Two [2021] https://cycloscope.net/best-camping-cot-two-person https://cycloscope.net/best-camping-cot-two-person#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 11:20:12 +0000 https://cycloscope.net/?p=20998 Camping cots are best for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground. We have curated this guide for you!: the best camping beds for couples in 2021! Camping cots are best for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground, even if it has an inflatable bed. Thus, making it a must-have gear. It becomes even more critical if you are planning a trip with your partner. A two person camping cot will be the ideal choice […]

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Camping cots are best for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground. We have curated this guide for you!: the best camping beds for couples in 2021!

Camping cots are best for those who prefer not to sleep on the ground, even if it has an inflatable bed. Thus, making it a must-have gear. It becomes even more critical if you are planning a trip with your partner.

A two person camping cot will be the ideal choice for you. It is understandable that with countless choices on the web, it can become tough to pick one. So, we have curated this guide for you! Check out the best camping beds for couples listed below.

7 Best Double Camping Cots

If you want home-like comfort while sleeping on your camping trip, choose any of the following double camping cots!

Coleman Camping Cot

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If you are searching for a complete camping cot package, then this one is the best for you. The term complete package signifies that the camping cot comes included with a mattress and a battery-operated pump. This one has it all.

The distinguishable aspect that this camping cot has is the side tables. You can turn out these tables and use them to keep light stuff like a book, glass, etc. If we talk about the strength of the cot, the frame of the cot is made from solid steel that can easily handle up to 600 pounds. Hence, both you and your partner can sleep on it comfortably.

When it comes to portability, the cot excels in that too. It can be easily folded to carry across locations in a small, easy-to-hold bag. These aspects make it the best double camp bed for your next camping trip.

Specifications
Dimensions59 x 22 x 78 inches
Weight Limit600 pounds
Frame MaterialSteel
Weight41.9 pounds
SizeQueen
ProsCons
Sturdy constructionThe cot may not lock in place easily.
Easy to carry across locations
Excellent comfort level


Kamp-Rite 2 Person Camping Sleeping Cot

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Well, it is not just the cot that you need on a camping trip; you also need some storage space. So, how about a cot that has ample storage for your light items. Here is the one that not only keeps you comfy while sleeping but also stores some bedside items for you.

The Kamp-Rite 2 Person Camping Cot is a heavy-duty cot that has a powder-coated frame that offers it optimum strength. Along with this, the cot also has a mesh storage hammock underneath that can help you keep your necessary things close like medicines, water bottles, etc.

Moreover, the cot comes with a padded head section that provides superior comfort while resting your head on it. Apart from this, the surface of the cot is made from 600D fabric that ensures comfort as well as strength.

Specifications
Dimensions (setup)85 x 40 x 28 inches
Weight Limit300 pounds
Frame MaterialAluminum
Weight25 pounds
Fabric material600 D fabric
ProsCons
Mesh storage includedThe weight capacity is less.
Padded head section for extra head comfort
It comes with a carrying case.


Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot

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If you need a tent for your camping trip along with a cot, then this one will be the best for you and your partner. The Kamp-Rite Compact Double Tent Cot has an innovative design with a cot under the tent.

The coolest thing is that you don’t have to worry about the changing weather conditions. You can rest comfortably while the rain fly does its work of keeping the rain away. Moreover, the cot has enough height so that you and your partner are not disturbed by any sort of insect or snake.

If we talk about the material, the tent is made from heavy-duty 210D material that is sure to last for a long time. For storage, it also has inside the tent pockets for all of your bedside stuff like water bottles, books, etc. You can set it up within seconds.

Specifications
Dimensions (setup)84 (L) x 52 (W) inches
Weight Limit550 pounds
Frame MaterialAluminum
Weight43.5 pounds
Closure TypeZipper
ProsCons
Inside pockets for storageThe poles may not be that strong.
Zipper closure enables ease of use.
Easy to set up and carry


GYMAX Camping Tent Cot

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The next on the list is also a tent cot, but this is a bit comprehensive. The tent cot comes with various add-ons like an air mattress and a sleeping bag. These items add extra convenience for you on your camping trip.

When talking about the functionality, the cot has an elevated design that keeps you 20 inches from the ground. Hence, making it fit for all types of rough surfaces. The design also helps you rest your body in a comfortable posture.

Along with this, the cot has the capacity to hold 405 lbs of weight with ease, hence making it perfect for two adults.

The brilliant army color of the cot adds grace to its overall aesthetics. Besides, the tent offers you a mesh window for superior ventilation and polyester construction for protection against bad weather.

Specifications
Dimensions (setup)76 x 57 x 71 inches
Weight Limit405 pounds
Cot Material190T Polyester Fabric
ColorArmy Green
Package Weight30 pounds
ProsCons
Free carry bag for carrying across locationsYou may experience water leaks sometimes
4 in 1 package for comfort and convenience
It features a pole-supported sunshade.


Timber Ridge 2 Person Full Fly Cot Tent

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Take a look at this attractive double wide camping cot! It not only has enough space for two people but also has a tent. The brilliantly designed cot frame is made from heavy-duty powder-coated steel that strengthens the cot and can easily handle up to 600 pounds of weight.

If you are worried about the assembly, be carefree. The cot is extremely easy to put up and take down in minimum time. And when you have enjoyed a good night’s sleep with your partner, you can easily pack it up and take it anywhere in a carry bag. The packed weight of the cot is around 44.09 pounds. So, it can be easily carried inside your car.

These features, along with the rain fly of the tent cot, make it one of the best camping tent cots for two people.

Specifications
Cot Dimensions (setup)81.6  x 50.4  Inches
Weight Limit600 pounds
Frame MaterialPowder Coated Steel
Weight44.09 pounds
Tent Dimensions81.6 x 50.4 x 47 Inches
ProsCons
Super-strong steel frameA bit heavy to carry by hand
High weight capacity
Two doors for easy entry and exit


MegaDeal Double Kwik Tent Cot

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If you are looking for a bit compact yet fit for two adults camping cot, go for this one. This MegaDeal campaign cot is the best choice for you and your partner if you want to enjoy comfortable bedding. The weight-bearing capacity of the cot is around 550 pounds, so it can easily adjust both of you on it.

The cot is designed in a remarkable way. It is made from aluminum and nickel that provides the required sturdiness as well as stability to the cot. This ensures a good night’s sleep, even on rough ground. Moreover, the cot is super easy to install and can be easily carried across locations in a zipped carry bag.

All these aspects make it one of the best double camping beds.

Specifications
Sleeping Area85 x 55 inches
Weight Limit550 pounds
Cot MaterialPolyester
ColorBlack
Frame materialAluminum and Nickel
ProsCons
The heavy-duty design ensures durability.It may get uncomfortable after some time.
Lightweight to carry across locations
Easy to set up


KingCamp Double Camping Cot for 2 Person

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All of the best camping cots come with a carrying case, but this one makes it much better. Unlike the other cots, this one has a carrying case with wheels which makes it super smooth for you to carry your double-size camping cot anywhere. Thus, a good option for those who like convenience.

Other than this, the camping cot is made from a thick 1200D Jacquard Oxford fabric that can easily handle 550 pounds. Besides, the cot has plastic wheels that make sure it does not sink into soft soil or damage the tent surface.

The cot excels in terms of stability too. It has a steel tube bracket, lock joint, and a triangular structure that keeps it in place. Get the best sleeping experience at the height of 18 inches above the ground with this camping cot. To add more, you can easily set it up and pack it within seconds.

Specifications
Dimensions (setup)84.6 x 55.1 x 18.9 inches
Weight Limit550 pounds
Cot Material1200D Oxford fabric
Weight35 pounds
Frame materialSteel
ProsCons
Wheels for easy transferThe middle bar of the cot is too high.
Durable steel frame design
Easy to fold and set up


All these are the best camping double beds or cots that you can choose to buy for your next camping voyage with your loved one.

Here are some of the questions that you may need answers to:

What should you look for while buying a Camping Cot?

There are multiple things that you need to keep in mind while buying a camping cot. Look for weight as more weight will be tough to carry. Buy the one that has enough space and high weight-bearing capacity. Moreover, look for the one that has strong cot material so that it does not tear off easily. Also, check for the installation process and if it comes with accessories like a carrying case.

How to Make a Camping Cot comfortable?

To enjoy a good night’s sleep, it is necessary to make your bed super comfortable. And if you are sleeping on a camping cot, it becomes more necessary. So, here are some tips for you: Install the cot on a leveled surface. Ensure the area has proper air ventilation.
Adjust it as per your body size. Use a comfy cloth on it. Ensure that the material of the cot is of optimum quality and has a flexible frame.

Are Camping Cots worth it?

Yes, a camping cot is worth investing in. Here are some of the basic reasons to prove it:
1. A camping cot ensures air ventilation for extra comfort.
2. The super sturdy material of the camping cot keeps you from sleeping on rocky grounds.
3. A camping cot keeps your body warm in winters and cools in summers.
4. Some camping cots also have weather-resistant tents.
5. Easy to carry in a carrying bag.
6. They are easy to install and have storage pockets.

Final Words

Camping trips are good once in a while to keep your mind away from your busy work schedule. And to make them even better, it is best to travel with your friends and some necessary gear. If you are looking for some necessary gear for your camping trip, then a camping cot should be your top priority. With this guide, you will be able to pick out the best one for yourself. Happy Camping!

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Whether you are a beginner or an expert, rest assured that you will find the perfect cycling routes in Scotland for you. From Hadrian’s Wall to John o’ Groats, there is a wide selection of awe-inspiring routes for all abilities and ages.

If you are looking for something to inspire you to get on your bike this summer, here are some of the greatest cycle routes Scotland has to offer.

1. Scotland Coast to Coast

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A road runs through sheep pastures in the Moorfoot Hills in Scotland’s Southern Uplands

● Distance: 125 miles
● Start: Annan
● Finish: The Forth Bridge

Running through the beautiful countryside of southern Scotland, the Scottish C2C offers a mix of seaside promenades, high-quality cycle paths, and country lanes.

This relatively new route is the brainchild of the same cycling enthusiasts that created the coast-to-coast route across northern England.

Before it opens out onto a panoramic view of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh Castle, and the Lothians, the route features two challenging climbs, through the Moorfoot Hills and over the classic Devil’s Beef Tub.

You can tackle the route in 2 or 3 days if you are a fit and fast rider. But if you want to make the most of the beautiful vistas you’ll come across, a leisurely 4-day itinerary may be more practical.

There’s plenty of accommodation en route. The Scottish C2C will take you all the way to the Forth Bridge—a landmark achievement of civil engineering and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Check the Campings, Glampings and Guest Houses along the Way


2. North Coast 500

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North Coast 500 route northbound in Torridon, Scotland

● Distance: 500 miles
● Start and finish: Inverness

If you were planning on cycling the Camino this year, but won’t be able to due to travel
restrictions, the North Coast 500 route in Scotland may be the next best thing.

Like the Camino Frances, it is an epic 500-mile journey that allows you to explore the culture and scenery of a beautiful European country in a unique way.

Gorgeous bends along the Scottish coast, meandering country tracks, and never-ending back roads are just a few things you can expect along this scenic circular route.

Even though the North Coast 500 route was created just 6 years ago, it has gained a bit of a reputation for itself. Many like to compare it to Route 66 in America.

You can do the North Coast 500 clockwise or counterclockwise. If you want to get the majority of the climbing out of the way early on, while you have more energy, choose clockwise.

It’s hard to get lost on the North Coast 500 since there’s literally just one road on most sections.

The road conditions are pretty good and most of the route is quiet. However, you will need to watch for bikers and camper vans during some sections. Since this route is all about the weather, the best time for this adventure is high summer.

There are many hostels and BnBs along the route. You can camp pretty much everywhere, but make sure to familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go.

If you decide to camp, make sure to bring lightweight camping gear.


Here all the Hotels, B&B, Campsite along the North Coast 500 route


3. The Caledonia Way

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Sign for the Great Glen Way beside the Caledonian Canal, Inverness, Scotland

● Distance: 237 miles
● Start: Campbeltown
● Finish: Inverness

The Caledonia Way is another scenic coast-to-coast cycle route in Scotland. It is the newest long-distance cycling adventure in the country. On your way to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, you will pass breathtaking mountains and lochs.

Following both the Great Glen and the Kintyre Peninsula for their full lengths, the Caledonian Way is characterized by the iconic geography of Scotland.

Some of the many Scottish historical sites and landmarks you’ll see include Ben Nevis and Loch Ness.

From the traffic-free paths through the extraordinary terrain of the west coast to challenging on-road hills, the Caledonia Way offers a variety of cycling. The route is very accessible, in spite of the remote rural cycling it offers.

If you want to, you can choose to complete only the shorter sections of the route. You don’t need a map for the Caledonia Way as it’s very well signposted.

You won’t have trouble finding accommodation along the way. If you want to pitch a tent, there’s the Loch Ness Shores campsite (pictures and reviews here) and a wild campsite near Aryhoulan.

However, eateries and shops are few and far between, so make sure to bring enough water and food.

The best seasons to ride the Caledonia Way are spring and fall. If you don’t mind seeing crowds of tourists around popular nature spots, summer can also be a good time for your adventure.

Make sure to pack insect repellent and nets because midges can be a nuisance.


Have a look at the accommodations around the beautiful Loch Ness Lake


4. Four Abbeys, Scottish Borders

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The Ruins of Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders Region of Scotland

● Distance: 55 miles
● Start and finish: St Boswells, Melrose, Kelso, or Jedburgh

This difficult but relatively short loop links four main abbeys in the Scottish Borders at Jedburgh, Kelso, Dryburgh, and Melrose.

Full of history and architectural wonder, all four abbeys are evocative places. However, Melrose Abbey is the most impressive one in terms of scale.

Either on the route or close by, you will find many other historic interest points. The small Border towns are interesting too. You will also get to enjoy fine views of the Cheviot Hills and the River Tweed.

You can tackle this scenic circular route either way. It is best to give yourself at least two days if you want to make the most of your adventure.

There are numerous lodging options in the area, from small holiday cottages to affordable hotels, so you won’t have a hard time finding a place to stay. There are also a few campsites around Jedburgh.


Here the Best Accommodations in Melrose


5. The John Muir Way

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The Forth Rail Bridge

● Distance: 133 miles
● Start: Helensburgh
● Finish: Dunbar

The John Muir Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails. It passes through several UNESCO World Heritage sites, small villages, various green spaces, and Scotland’s first national park.

You will see iconic buildings such as the Forth Rail Bridge, the Avon Aqueduct, and the Falkirk Wheel.

The route offers a great balance between wilderness and civilization. It is popular among hikers and horseback riders as well as cyclists. Most of the trail is smooth and flat.

The John Muir Way is great for beginners as well as more experienced cyclists. It’s best to start in Helensburgh since the wind blows from west to east.

It will give you that extra push when you need it the most. It takes about 4 to 5 days to complete the route. June through September is the best time to ride the John Muir Way.

As long as you bring your waterproof and warm layers, you can enjoy the route in spring or fall as well.

Since the John Muir Way runs through many villages and towns, you won’t have any trouble finding a place to stay overnight or buy supplies.

If you want to plan your trip in advance, the official site of the John Muir Way can be of great help.


Have a look at the Accommodations near Forth Bridge


6. Ayrshire Coast Cycleway

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● Distance: 19 miles
● Start: Irvine
● Finish: Air

If you want just a small taste of what Scotland has to offer to cyclists, the Ayrshire Coast
Cycleway may be the best option for you. Since it is a short coastal route, it makes for a great family weekend getaway.

Stretching across the glittering Ayrshire coastline, the route offers magnificent views of the Isle of Arran. The route also covers the thriving woodland and marshland of Shewalton Wood and Gailes March, two Scottish wildlife reserves.

If you feel like you want to cycle more or less, you can easily change the route to anything from 10 to 100 miles. Aside from fishing, the area offers great opportunities for angling, walking, and horse riding.


Here the Best Accommodations in Irvine


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Life without adventures can be quite tedious and meaningless. The feeling of getting out there into the unknown and unexplored world can be the most refreshing. More so when done on a bicycle.

Touring the world on a bike a lot more natural than shut in cars or vans. It is obviously more nature friendly and helps you see the world closely. 

However, a bike you choose for touring can be a decision that can tarnish all the fun you’re planned for adventure.

If the cycle isn’t up to par for the journey, you can end up having less than an ideal vacation and may get severely tired or injured. For this reason, we have gathered a few tips for you to have a great bicycle tour and avoid mistakes for purchasing the best bike out there:

Inadequate Sizing

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A rookie mistake in tour biking is getting a bike that doesn’t fit your size well. If your bike doesn’t adjust perfectly to your stature, you will be in for a tiring and uncomfortable ride.

As there are so many kinds of bikes in the market, ensure to survey them for adequate height and size for reaching the paddles and handlebar easily. These features will help you work your tour comfortably and efficiently.

Not Having Custom Build 

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It’s not mandatory to have your bike custom build, but the structure can be exceedingly more adjustable and perfect for you.

It’s easy to get a ready-made bike with all its shiny paint job surfaces and new bike smell, but the satisfaction of having a bike build on your own preferences can be the best thing for your tour.

For this reason, you should try at least once in buying tour bike parts and constructing the bicycle rather cheaply with added features of the comfort of your own. 

Being Budgetless

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Talking about getting a cheap bike means that you should have a budget constructed. Going to the mart without a budget for your tour bike can be harmful as you may end up straining your wallet.

Therefore, check out all your favorite and best bikes on the market to know the prices and then create a budget that works with you.

You will also have travel expenses to take care of, so ensure to create a travel budget with your bike included so that you don’t go over it.

If you are planning to travel this summer, the Wisper 806 folding electric bike is the perfect way to get around.

Getting a Regular Bike

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The worst mistake that you can make when choosing a bike for touring is not going for a touring bike, to begin with.

A touring bike is different from a regular bike in its working and build. It has a highly stable frame that works on the most challenging roads and helps you travel with ease.

Moreover, a touring bike is made to be more comfortable for seating and reinforced for carrying loads. In tour bikes also, make sure to get a type that fits your needs and carries any kind of traveling load you may have. 

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