What’s The Best Touring Bike? (2017 Edition)

(Last updated: March 2017.) 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 simple answer.…

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What Would Your 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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Planning Your First Big Bike Trip? Ask Yourself These 7 Critical Questions First

I know the title of this post might sound odd. For the last 9 (wow… 9!) years, I’ve been banging on about the sheer awesomeness of going on bicycle adventures. I’ve been doing it so consistently that I’ve now published more words on this blog than in all six Lord…

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