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. Photo above taken while bikepacking across Armenia last 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 single wall, with…

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What’s The Best Touring Bike? (2020 Edition)

Last updated in January 2020. Title photo is the VSF Fahrradmanufaktur display at Eurobike a couple of years ago. The number of touring bikes on the market – that is, bicycles built to serve the needs of cycle travellers – can be bewildering. So it’s no surprise that the most…

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About The Time I Upcycled A Vintage Hardtail For Bikepacking & Rode It Across Armenia

In the months leading up to Bikepacking Armenia, I thought long and hard about whether to get myself a shiny new ‘bikepacking rig’ for the trip. Since I was in the UK for a few weeks in May, I took the opportunity to test-ride a Sonder Frontier with Adventure Pedlars…

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The Hennessy Deep Jungle Camping Hammock: Long-Term Review & Photos

I love hammock camping on bike trips. It’s convenient, comfortable, and a lot easier to find a pitch than people tend to think. Rather than hammock camping in general, which I’ve written about in the past along with other alternative sleeping systems, in this piece I will be taking a…

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