#freeLEJOG: How Tegan Gave My Touring Bike A New Lease Of Life

A couple of weeks back I offered up my no-budget touring bike and gear to whoever came up with the most appropriate plan for what they’d do with it. The winner, a South African student by the name of Tegan Phillips (whose video entry you just have to watch), is now en route for…

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How To Travel 100% Money-Free, Indefinitely

A quick search on Google reveals a number of blogs and articles entitled ‘how to travel for free’, ‘how to travel the world for free’, ‘how to travel forever’, and other variations thereof. Reading these pieces, however, usually reveals that they are not really about free travel at all. Instead, they’re…

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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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