Need advice on planning a bike tour? OK:

  1. Pick a date. Start saving.
  2. Get a bike, tent & sleeping bag.
  3. Choose a direction and start pedalling.

That’s all there is to it. (Length, location and budget make no difference.)

I really mean this. Have another look at the picture above. Maria (left) departed Budapest on a bike she bought for £10 from a local scrapyard. After strapping a backpack to it, she spent two months cycling through Eastern Europe to Istanbul. Her life-changing bicycle adventure required less than 24 hours of planning and involved no specialist equipment whatsoever.

Need more reassurance? Think your trip’s going to be different? Right. Let’s see…

First Things First

How To Plan A Cycle Tour

The Basics

Before You Go: Your Concerns Addressed

On The Road: Survival Guides

Lifestyle Design for Ambitious Adventurers

Bikes & Equipment

(A quick word. You don’t need any of this stuff. What you really need is the modern world’s most scarce resource: time. After that, a bicycle and a willingness to see where the road takes you are the only other necessities.)

Advice On Choosing A Touring Or Expedition Bike

FAQs About Touring & Expedition Bikes

Equipment Choice For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking

In-Depth Gear Reviews

Cycle Touring On A Shoestring Budget

Surviving Deep Winter On A Bike