About The Time I Discovered How To Travel 100% Money-Free

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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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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What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring?

I recently conducted a survey of several hundred experienced cycle tourers, asking what they’d recommend as the best tent for cycle touring. Before I dig into the results, there’s one important thing to remember: the word ‘best’ has no meaning without context. You may be looking to spend a few hundred…

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Everything you’ll need to know about choosing gear for cycle touring in a single resource

If you missed it back in February, you’ll be pleased to know that my latest eBook, Essential Gear for Adventure Cycle Touring, is now available to the public. Combining the hard-earned wisdom of more than 50 experienced long-haul cyclists into a single 257-page volume, reading Essential Gear will take the…

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Don’t Bother With The Whole Sponsorship Thing

A few weeks back I joined seasoned round-the-world cyclist Alastair Humphreys for a coffee in a secret location in central London (OK, it was the British Library canteen) in order to chat about bike trips — specifically, bike trips that could be made for under £1,000 and within the average…

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