Do You Really Need Ortliebs? A Complete Guide To Panniers For Cycle Tours & Expeditions

One day in 1884, Thomas Stevens left California on a penny farthing and became the first man in recorded history to cycle round the world. He was carrying little more than a bag of gold and a pistol rolled up in a blanket. Today, us cycle tourists tend to leave the…

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Cycle Touring & Bikepacking Insurance: What You Need To Know (& Recommended Insurers)

Travel insurance is a genius idea for a business. You buy it hoping you will never use it. When you do need to use it, something in the small print usually means you can’t. Then you find out it would be cheaper to pay the costs yourself anyway. Brilliant! Anyway. What…

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Tom’s Guide To Cycle Touring In… The Netherlands

As a student at the University of Exeter I once joined an annual fundraising event known as the Amsterdam Hitch. Travelling in pairs or groups, participants would have 24 hours to hitchhike from southwest England to the Dutch capital, spend a couple of nights ‘recovering’, then take a prearranged bus…

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What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking? (2020 Edition)

Last updated in January 2020. 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 single wall, with or without awnings or footprints – and at a…

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What’s The Best Camping Stove For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking? (2020 Edition)

Last updated in January 2020. Every cyclist loves food. In fact, one of the pleasures of bicycle travel is the ability to eat whatever you like, and as much as you like. Your body becomes a calorie-burning machine, and it’s very vocal about what it wants! When it comes to…

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