The TomsBikeTrip.com Guide To Adventure Cycle Touring is out now!
Get everything you need to know to plan your next big bike trip in one 277-page digital guide.
If you’re dreaming of an adventurous bicycle journey, and you’re looking for advice on putting that dream into action, this guide will no doubt be rather appealing.
With contributions from more than 50 veteran cyclists, my new ebook The TomsBikeTrip.com Guide To Adventure Cycle Touring has been written to walk the newcomer through every step involved in planning and undertaking a bicycle-mounted adventure.
It’s out now as a Kindle ebook at the entry-level price of just £4.99.
This isn’t your average how-to guide. Here’s why.
I remember ‘discovering’ cycle touring. It was 2006, and I was browsing a bookshop in Edinburgh when I noticed a title called The Adventure Cycle Touring Handbook. I bought it on a whim and spent the afternoon under a tree devouring its contents. By the end of the day I’d decided to try and cycle round the world.
Then I started Googling. This was the mistake that cost me a year. For all the fine detail and information in that book, nobody mentioned that cycle touring was actually really simple.
Part of my confusion was all the conflicting information I found on the web. Nobody quite agreed on anything, and everyone claimed to know best.
My other big stumbling block was fear. I was daunted and didn’t know where to start. There seemed so much I needed to know, and Google only uncovered more things I needed know. I thought I needed to have every last detail figured out before setting off, otherwise something terrible would happen.
I did eventually set off to cycle round the world. And I soon realised I could have started much sooner and with far less stress.
Turns out most lessons are best learned on the road. I wish someone had told me that explicitly – and at the same time, given me all the practical information I did need to know to get to the starting line.
Demystifying cycle touring is the aim of this guide.
I’ve now spent a decade either on the road or writing about it. In terms of UK visitor numbers, my blog TomsBikeTrip.com is now the number one cycle touring blog on the web – mainly for the advice and resources section, which now contains about 400,000 words of hard-earned knowledge.
This has all resulted in some key principles for this new ebook:
- It’s concerned with simplicity and breadth, covering the full range of topics, but not getting bogged down in details that don’t matter.
- It presents a range of perspectives, rather than the “my way is the best way” approach you’ll find on countless blogs and forums.
- It is a manual of reassurance as much as a practical guide, because getting going isn’t about knowing everything, but about being confident that you know enough.
- And it covers trips of a few days right through to multi-year epics.
Whatever you’re planning, and wherever you’re going, this beginners’ guide has got you covered. Even if you only discovered cycle touring today. (Especially if you only discovered cycle touring today.)
The guide is broken down into four logical parts.
The Introduction is where you’ll get up to speed on the basic principles of bicycle travel – the Who, What, When, Where and How. (Come back here if you start to feel overwhelmed.)
Part One: How To Get Ready contains 9 chapters covering the big questions you’ll probably have already asked yourself. You’ll learn about a range of approaches to each topic, and come away with a much clearer picture of how to approach planning your trip in a way that fits your priorities.
Part Two: How To Get Going contains 14 chapters on every common scenario you’ll encounter between leaving your front door and finishing your ride. This is all about helping you visualise what life on two wheels is going to be like, so you can prepare mentally in advance of hitting the road.
Part Three: How To Go Further contains an additional 11 chapters that are likely to become relevant once you’ve got the hang of the basics, or if you’re planning something particularly ambitious. This is where the long years of experience of the guide’s 50+ contributors really come into their own.
If, after reading all that, you still don’t know where to start – well – I’ll film myself eating my cycle helmet and upload it to Youtube.
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