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Big and small cycling adventures

That's me on my bike, loaded with bikepacking bags, standing in the garden with palm trees in the background.

Welcome to Bikes and Bacon

It doesn't matter how far, how fast, or how hard your rides are. It doesn't matter if you're riding the most expensive bike or an antique found on a scrape yard. As long as you get out there and allow yourself to get lost, you can call it adventure.

This blog is a collection of ride reports, reviews of gear I use, and some personal thoughts about cycling. You probably won't find anything too extreme in my posts, as I don't cycle as often or as far as many other awesome adventure cyclists out there.

But that's exactly why I decided to start this blog. To ride more and inspire those who are on the verge of dusting-off their two wheels left for far too long at the back of the garage. Perhaps you want to spend a night in the wild, disconnect from your daily life, try something new, something basic... But you're not sure where to start? It's easy to give up between searching Youtube for what's the best route for the first bikepacking trip and selecting the lightest frying pan on Amazon...

I hope this blog will make your cycling trips easier for you in some aspect. I believe that in adventure cycling there's no such thing as a failure, as long as you're having fun along the way.

Enjoy the read and I hope to see you out there on a trail some time!
- Marek, Bikes and Bacon

Latest posts

Why some of your posts date back to 2017 if you started this blog in 2021?

That's for a couple of reasons. 1. I finally decided to start writing to improve my language skills (I'm trying my best!). 2. With a new addition to my family 👶, it's a little bit harder to commit to regular epic rides - so a mental journey back to some visited places is a really nice thing for me to do.

What cycling discipline do you do?

For a very long time I used to ride hardtail mountain bikes, but there was a short time when I had a roadie too. In 2019 I switched to gravel bike. It's the most versatile and comfortable type of bike for the style of cycling I do.

Where do you ride?

Living in Dorset, a county in the south of the United Kingdom, the trails of Isle of Purbeck are the closest to my heart.

I'm a vegan, I hate you for eating the bacon!

It's hard to please everyone... but if you start your own blog I'll read it happily and I won't be offended by the pictures of your meatless feasts.

How can I contact you?

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