Kona Sutra 2015 Touring Bike: A Preview

The Kona Sutra has been my general-purpose tourer of choice for the last few years, ever since I rode a 2012 model of the Kona Sutra down the Pacific Coast of America in 2012. When I reviewed the current (2014) Sutra, it seemed to me that Kona had moved it away from…

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And the winner is…

Well! This competition has been something of a revelation. Mainly in terms of the sheer variety of trip ideas submitted. Who’d have thought that there were folk out there planning to tour the breweries of the world, explore countries while researching historical-mythological novels, use bike touring to find a new…

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How Far Can You Go On A £10 Touring Bike? (Answer: A Surprisingly Long Way)

The other day I was invited to be a guest on the 2nd episode of The Cycle Show, which airs tonight at 8pm BST on ITV4 [edit: watch it on ITV player here]. (ITV billed me as ‘comedian Tom Allen’, which is actually another Tom Allen entirely. I’d just like to…

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About That Time I Went On Iranian TV

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will know that my mission for 2013 was to learn Farsi (Persian) in a year. This was put to the test on my recent journey to Iran, in which I spent six weeks attempting to follow the country’s longest river…

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Coolest adventure plan gets a free touring bike & gear. One week to enter!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been blogging about my biggest challenge yet. It has nothing to do with distance, speed, mileage, or any other kind of challenge we traditionally construct for ourselves. No; the challenge was to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats without any money whatsoever. What I…

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