What Exactly Does ‘Freedom’ Mean When Travelling?

Freedom — or the sense of it, at least — is the one thing that keeps bringing me back to cycle touring. I have all practicalities whittled down to a slender routine; there is nothing more to learn from the act itself of travelling by bicycle itself. Yet back to…

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One Year On From #freeLEJOG, Here’s Some Thoughts From The Brink Of Departure

This piece was originally written for The Ride Journal, created to share personal stories from people obsessed in one way or another with bikes. You can download past issues for free from TheRideJournal.com, and connect with the project on Facebook and Twitter. The gates swing back with an affirmative bleep and…

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#freeLEJOG: What Happened To Tegan Phillips & Charlie The No-Budget Touring Bike?

Last summer I offered to give away a full touring bike and equipment. The winner was Tegan Phillips, a South African student looking for a way to spend a month or so before starting a semester as an overseas student in the UK. Tegan won the giveaway by making this awesome video: Then she…

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#freeLEJOG: How Tegan Gave My Touring Bike A New Lease Of Life

A couple of weeks back I offered up my no-budget touring bike and gear to whoever came up with the most appropriate plan for what they’d do with it. The winner, a South African student by the name of Tegan Phillips (whose video entry you just have to watch), is now en route…

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#freeLEJOG: The Total Bill For A Bicycle Journey The Length Of England (Hint: It Was Less Than £1)

If you haven’t heard of #freeLEJOG, start catching up here. Otherwise, enjoy the final chapter! Good travelling is characterised by a great number of very painful goodbyes. It is a difficult thing to accept; that the better the time spent in the company of new friends, the more torturous will…

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