One of the ways in which I make a living today is by publishing books and films on the topics of cycling, travel and adventure.
In this online store you’ll find both entertainment in the form of travel memoirs and award-winning adventure films, and education in the form of comprehensive guides to some of the most challenging aspects of the adventure cycling lifestyle. When you buy these products directly from TomsBikeTrip.com, you’ll be directly supporting the continuation of this blog and resource.
Books & Guides
Janapar – Love on a Bike (Travel Memoir)
The best laid plans always go astray — and Tom’s are no exception.
Janapar: Love, on a Bike goes much further than recounting the nuts and bolts of a long bicycle journey, exploring what it means to be a modern-day journeymaker, the challenges and tough sacrifices one must make in order to follow a dream, and the series of realisations that must befall the young and naive traveller about life and love.
Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring
257 pages of hard-earned advice on getting kitted out for your adventure.
Essential Gear, my second book, is a comprehensive and timeless resource on gear for cycle touring — a guide that takes a step back from kit lists and equipment reviews and looked instead at tackling the underlying concerns of newcomers to this limitless and exciting form of travel.
Available as a digital download in PDF, Kindle and EPUB formats.
Understanding Touring Bikes For Epic Expeditions
A complete roadmap to finding the perfect bicycle for a really long ride.
The bike is the single biggest investment most adventurous cyclists will make. This guide distils almost a decade of touring experience and that of dozens of other veteran tourers into a comprehensive yet newbie-friendly discussion of what to look for in a touring bike for a long-haul expedition tour, as well as providing a clear guide to how to go about finding it.
Available as a PDF digital download.
Janapar – Love on a Bike
The multi-award-winning tale of life and love on the open road.
It was the start of a brand new life, but Tom Allen’s dream journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with an Iranian-Armenian girl. Filmed by Tom over four years, Janapar is an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.
A source-to-sea misadventure along Iran’s longest river.
Two British adventurers set out to follow Iran’s longest river, aiming to go beyond the politics and showcase the culture and geography of this misunderstood nation. But when the waters of the Karun turn white, they begin to wonder if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew…
The Last Explorers on the Rio Santa Cruz
Exploring the past, present and uncertain future of a wilderness.
Three horseback travellers set out to retrace the 1836 expedition of Captain Fitzroy and Charles Darwin along the Santa Cruz River in southern Argentina. As they travel, they discover that the valleys future is in jeopardy – and that the plot is thicker than anyone thought.