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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How To Build The Ultimate Round-The-World Expedition Touring Bike (With Pictures)

The original version of this article was published in September 2015. It was fully rewritten in January 2019 to reflect the current availability of parts and components, and last updated in July 2019.. Questions about touring bikes are by far and away the most frequently asked on this blog. And…

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The Best Sub-£1,000 Touring Bikes for Low-Budget Bicycle Adventures in 2019

Last updated in February 2019. Photo above taken on the crossing from Thailand to Myanmar in 2018, showing an upcycled mountain bike frame rebuilt for touring (for my wife!) by Oxford Bike Works. As cycle touring and bikepacking have exploded in popularity, many manufacturers have begun producing cheap, entry-level touring…

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First Glimpse: The New-For-2019 Oxford Bike Works Expedition Disc

When visiting the UK earlier this year, I popped over to Oxford Bike Works to catch up with Richard Delacour and to check out a prototype of the new Expedition Disc touring bike he’s been working on. This disc-equipped specification will be part of Richard’s custom-built bike lineup as of 2019,…

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