Need advice on planning a bike tour? OK:

  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. (Length, location 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? Right. Let’s see…

How To Plan A Cycle Tour

The Basics

Before You Go: Your Concerns Addressed

On The Road: Your Concerns Addressed

Lifestyle Design for Ambitious Adventurers

Deep Winter Cycle Touring

Bikes & 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.)

Complete Touring Bike F.A.Q.

Recommended Bikes & Gear

Choosing A Touring Bike

Choosing Cycle Touring Gear

More Cycle Touring Gear Reviews

No Money? No Problem