Three Years On, How Is “Tom’s Expedition Bike” Holding Up?

Just before I flew out to Bangkok for my current trip, I paid a visit to Richard Delacour at Oxford Bike Works to collect Tenny’s newly upgraded tourer. Based on a vintage steel Trek frame, the lovingly recycled bike is a tidy piece of work, naturally – but it got…

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What’s The Best Touring Bike? (2018 Edition)

(Last updated: January 2018.) The range of touring bikes on offer can be bewildering to the newcomer. And so it’s only natural that amongst the many questions I get asked about planning a cycle tour, the most frequent is “what’s the best touring bike?” Trouble is, it’s a question with no…

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What Does The Ideal Cycle Touring Clothing Collection Look Like?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel I’ve ever quite solved the cycle touring clothing quandry. Walk into a bike shop or outdoor store and it isn’t quite as simple as finding the ‘cycle touring’ department and taking your pick. I inevitably end up wearing garments – such…

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The Ultimate Fix-Anything Cycle Touring Toolkit: Contents, Explanations & Links

What tools, spares, consumables and accessories would the ultimate cycle touring toolkit contain? Is it even possible to construct such a list? And if it is, precisely which example of each item has earned the strongest reputation on tour? These are questions that Lawrence Brand of Porterlight Bicycles recently set out to answer. Lawrence has…

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How To Build The Ultimate Round-The-World Expedition Touring Bike (With Pictures)

This article is part of a series about the cycle touring equipment provided by the Janapar Grant, which is now open for applications. The deadline for submissions is April 15th – don’t miss it! Info on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. Questions about touring bikes are by far and away…

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