The All-Time Best Camping Stoves For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking: A Foolproof Guide

Last updated in July 2019. Photo above is a self-portrait of cooking my instant noodles over an MSR Dragonfly in the Sinai desert of Egypt. Every cyclist loves food. In fact, for me, one of the great pleasures of bicycle travel is the ability to eat whatever I like, and…

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How To Wild Camp Anywhere For Free And Not Get Busted

It’s that time again — another ‘how-to’ sharing the essential tools of the adventurous cyclist’s trade. This time I’m going to deal with what is often a stressful thought for every rider: “Where the hell I am going to sleep tonight?!?” Sleeping is a right, not a privilege I believe…

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

The original version of this article was published in September 2015. It was fully rewritten in January 2019 to reflect the current availability of parts and components, and last updated in July 2019.. Questions about touring bikes are by far and away the most frequently asked on this blog. And…

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10 Tips For Planning Your First Off-Road Bikepacking Expedition

Cycling across Europe to the Middle East in 2007 gave me thousands of miles of on-road cycle touring experience. But in 2009 I quickly discovered that riding the dirt tracks of Africa was a whole different ball-game to the smooth, well-maintained asphalt of Europe I’d grown used to. A two-month…

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What Are The Best Tents For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking? (2019 Edition)

Last updated in November 2019. The photo above was taken while bikepacking across Armenia earlier this year. Choosing the best tent for your cycle tour or bikepacking expedtion is difficult because there’s a huge amount of choice out there. Ultralight tents, freestanding tents, 3‑season or 4‑season tents, double wall or…

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