Casting Bicycle Touring As A Sporting Achievement Is Completely Missing The Point

Today’s guest post is from Victoria Cadman, who has completed several solo, long-distance bike journeys across Europe as part of an extremely ill-defined idea to explore the history of the continent. I asked her to write about the perception of cycling as a sporting endeavour, why transferring the goal-oriented mentality to travel…

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How To Train For Long-Distance Cycle Touring (Bicycle Optional)

So you’re dreaming of life on the open road on that epic long-distance cycle tour. Yet you’re doing nothing proactive about it, because (among other reasons) you think you’re not fit enough. The odd commute or day-ride isn’t enough; it’s waaaaay too big a leap from your current lifestyle to…

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Eurobike 2014: The Best Of The Rest, Plus More Fatbikes Than You Ever Thought Possible

Over the last week I’ve gone off on an unusually long tangent in the field of cycle touring equipment, mainly because I happened to be passing by the world’s biggest bicycle industry expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and thought it’d be rude not to drop in. We’ve so far seen awards won…

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Eurobike 2014: New Folding Tourers from Tern, Plus (Probably) The World’s Most Expensive Touring Bike

I wrote a while back about the Tern Link P24h, a 20-inch wheel folding bike with luggage-carrying capabilities that I had on long-term loan from the company. This year Tern are launching the successor to that now-discontinued bike in the form of the Verge S27h. At a glance, you’d be forgiven…

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Eurobike 2014: What Happened When Brooks And Ortlieb Got Together And Made Panniers

In what is sure to be a ludicrously hipster-pleasing move, Brooks of England and Ortlieb of Germany have got together once again and significantly expanded their range of insanely expensive expedition-grade panniers and bags for 2015. Sold under the Brooks brand but advertised as being made in Germany, the existing Land’s…

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