Need advice on planning and doing a big bike tour?

  1. Pick a date. Start saving.
  2. Get a bike, tent & sleeping bag.
  3. Choose a direction, and go.

That’s it.

I really mean this. Have another look at the picture above. Maria (left) departed Budapest on a bike she bought for £10 from a local scrapyard. After strapping a backpack to it, she spent two months cycling through Eastern Europe to Istanbul. Her life-changing bicycle adventure required less than 24 hours of planning and involved no specialist equipment whatsoever. Take your cue from her — not me. I’m over-equipped and over-prepared. Far better to keep it simple.

Need more reassurance? Think your trip’s going to be different? OK — here’s everything I know about planning a big bike tour, all in one place.

How To Plan A Bike Tour

The Basics

In-Depth Trip Planning, Lifestyle Design & Alternative Approaches

Your On-The-Road Concerns, Addressed

Cycle Touring Equipment

(A quick word. You don’t need any of this stuff. What you really need is the modern world’s most scarce resource: time. After that, a bicycle and a willingness to see where the road takes you are the only other necessities.)

Bikes, Parts & Luggage

Camping

Other Gear

Specialist Topics

Adventure Filmmaking Advice

Deep Winter Cycle Touring