27 Incredibly Useful Free Apps For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking In 2019

While I firmly believe that your first bicycle adventure should be free from modern electronic devices, there are plenty of cycle tourists and bikepackers who pack a smartphone or tablet alongside their tent, stove and toolkit, and for good reason: they can come in bloody useful. Smartphone technology moving as…

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How To Choose A Camping Stove For Cycle Touring Or Bikepacking: A Foolproof Guide

In the same way as having a kitchen is not essential for being able to eat, packing a stove when cycle touring or bikepacking is not essential for feeding yourself. There are other ways to refuel your body than by cooking your own hot food every day. Having said that,…

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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)

Last updated in January 2019 to reflect the current availability of parts and components and the resulting specification of the bike I’d build today. The original version of this article was published in March 2016. Questions about touring bikes are by far and away the most frequently asked on this…

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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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