About the Blog:

The point of this blog is mainly just somewhere for me to document a few bike trips, and also to post the odd review about the stuff I use. Hopefully it might even be of some use to someone.

And if you’re looking for an opinion from  someone who can do Cat 1 climbs in the big ring,  then this most definitely is NOT the place!

About Me:

My name is Mícheál Halpin, and I’m originally from Kerry, I’m now living and working in  Limerick (Ireland, in case these places sound exotic to anyone).  The day job is IT, so hence there is a beer belly.

Why Cycling?

In July 2010, after a lot of beer and a lads roadtrip that never happened, a lower budget option of cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head (the Irish version of Lands End – John O’Groats) was proposed. Needing a lifestyle change to combat an expanding weight line, and with a year train the bike seemed like a great idea.

  1. portajohn
    January 21, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Hi! I noticed I was on your blogroll – thanks for the support. I’m curious what cycling in Ireland is like – how is the terrain, what is the touring culture? I’d love to visit and tour through Ireland one day. My fiancee (and I) have Irish heritage, but her family keeps good contact with those who still live there.

    • January 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Hi portajohn!
      Cheers for dropping by!

      I’m really new to cycling, so by no means an expert. But Ireland is definitely a good spot for touring, especially if you only have a week or 2.

      I’ll start with a few (minor) negatives. The terrain isn’t too bad, no really bad climbs (although there are a few 15-20% that randomly appear that “real” cyclists don’t even mention!). I absolutely hate climbs, but most are long, drags rather than steep Alpine like climbs. Most roads are ok surface wise, although they can be very bad in places (like where I’m from). The biggest issue is that most of the roads you wan to cycle on (ie scenic) are narrow (by American standards).

      The weather/rain is probably the biggest drawback, but having said that I actually find that I get wet a lot less than I would expect.

      But overall I would really recommend a tour around here. Any of the coastal areas really, West Cork, Kerry, Clare Galway are all stunning, but sometimes the “touristy” areas are worth avoiding if possible. I haven’t cycled in the North, but driving the Antrim coast it looks like stunning bike country as well.

      That week tour we did last year was definitely one of the best ever holidays I had, a bike is a great way to enjoy the country, even if you’ve only 2-3 days. If you have any specific questions or are looking for any suggestions, just shoot me an email and I’ll try to help!

  2. April 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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