What kind of bike do I need?

Almost any bike will do. The routes are mostly on surfaced roads, using the quietest lanes and traffic-free routes wherever possible. Some routes also have sections of good, unsurfaced tracks and these are clearly identified in the route descriptions. These can range from a few hundred yards to several miles and most of the longer tracks have alternatives for those who don’t like to venture off the tarmac. While I have chosen good, rideable tracks, it’s always possible that in winter or after heavy rain a track or a section of a track can get muddy. Most of the off road sections can be ridden on a bike with tyres of 28mm or wider though I would recommend a tyre in the 30mm-40mm range as the most practical choice. A bike with low gears helps make riding uphill easier, and mudguards are always helpful if it’s wet.

How long are the rides?

The rides are designed as day rides, and are generally between 30 and 60 miles long. They vary greatly in terms of hilliness, and this is noted in the ride descriptions. Depending upon the hilliness a typical touring cyclist can expect to ride at an average speed of 10-12 miles per hour, adding in extra time for stops along the way. A fast racing cyclist will obviously go faster than this, and a really leisurely cyclist will go slower. An average cyclist will have no trouble completing any of the rides in a day, and it’s quite possible to extend a ride over two days, with extra detours and stops. Some of the routes can be linked together into multi day tours.

I’ve got the book but I can’t access the online route information. Help!

Because I want people to buy the books before accessing all the online route information the web pages are a tucked away and not easily accessible by Google Search. You will need the actual webpage address or URL and these can be found in the books. They take the form of lostlanes.co.uk/ followed by a four digit ride code.

Eg. https://lostlanes.co.uk/01vv or https://thebikeshow.net/01vv

You need to put the relevant web address into your web browser address bar, not into Google Search.

If you’re still having trouble, drop me a line.