The Book

‘Janapar’ is now available in paperback and eBook editions


On the 17th of June 2007 I cycled away from my parents’ front door on a mission to cycle the world.

I’d called my project ‘Ride Earth’. I was a cocky 23-year-old and I thought I knew it all. I could not have been more wrong.

Farsi In A Year 2013

Farsi Friday Week 3: Free language resources that work, and the theory of learning

I know, I know, it’s a Sunday. On Friday I was at the London Bike Show, where I did my first ever public talk about my travels (a first tiny step towards curing my phobia of public speaking).

And because the UK’s train drivers treat a flurry of snow as a reason to stay in bed for the day, the nice four-hour train journey home — on which I’d planned to write the update — did not happen.

Enough with the excuses. Onto the week’s developments…

Equipment Microadventures

A different kind of tour — of Taiwan’s bicycle industry

I’ve started to receive a steady stream of PR emails thanks to my blog’s more-or-less decent visitor numbers over the years. These emails usually go straight to the spam folder (sorry PRs!), but a recent one caught my eye:

“As part of your ongoing and deliberate transition to celebrity bike tourist,” it asked (not at all ironically), “would you be interested in participating in a tour of the Taiwanese bicycle industry?”

Hold on — an invitation to the centre of the bicycle-making universe? Hell yeah…

Cycle park 4, Taiwan Bicycle Bloggers Tour 2012

The Book

Book Launch: Saturday 26th, central London. All welcome

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Just a quick note to let you know that there’s a free meetup happening in central London a week on Saturday.

Officially it’s the book’s ‘launch party’ (because every book needs one) — the date after which the paperback will be on general release.

But it’s also a good excuse for a get-together in a cracking central London venue. Entry for this evening event is free, as is the first drink for everyone who comes along. The programme of events is to show the film first, followed by a short talk that I’ll do about the book itself, and then a Q&A session. Lastly, I’ll sign books for anyone who wants one (and doesn’t already have one on the way via Kickstarter or the pre-order), while everyone else can chill out and mingle until kick-out time.

It’d be great to fill the place with like-minded people for an evening — the more the merrier, so bring your friends — but I do need an idea of numbers. So if you’d like to come along, all that I ask is that you let me know via the link below. I’ll then send over exact details of the venue and time.

I’m coming! →

Really hope to see as many of you as possible there!

If you can’t make it and don’t already have a signed copy of the book reserved, you can still pre-order ’til this Sunday. Use TOMSBIKETRIP for a 25% readers’ discount.

Farsi In A Year 2013

Farsi Friday Week 2: Some Language Learning Techniques They Don’t Teach At School

Since last week I’ve been having a daily dialogue session with Tenny, and at the same time figuring out a learning system to suit me. I know from previous attempts to learn languages that my biggest stumbling block when I arrive in Iran will be vocabulary, so I’ve decided to make that the focus of the next few weeks.

Delving into the world of self-taught language learning has been fascinating because it departs from my school-based learning on so many levels. The biggest difference, of course, is that I actually give a toss. (I haven’t plucked Persian out of thin air. I wrote about my learning motives last week, if you missed it.)