Need advice on planning a bike tour?

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

That’s all there is to it. (Duration and budget make no difference.)

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.

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

On-The-Road Concerns Addressed

Recommended 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.)

Choosing Gear

Recommended Bikes, Accessories & Luggage

More Bike Gear Reviews



Specialist Topics

Adventure Filmmaking Advice

Deep Winter Cycle Touring