What’s Really The Difference Between Bikepacking & Cycle Touring?

Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new sub-discipline of bicycle travel. It’s called ‘bikepacking’, and it’s become such a hit that almost every mainstream bike manufacturer now produces at least one ‘adventure bike’ or ‘bikepacking rig’, or includes the word in their marketing spiel…

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Oxford Bike Works & Tom’s Expedition Bike: The Story So Far

Just before I flew out to Bangkok for my current trip, I paid a visit to Richard Delacour at Oxford Bike Works to collect Tenny’s newly upgraded tourer. Based on a vintage steel Trek frame, the lovingly recycled bike is a tidy piece of work, naturally – but it got…

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What’s The Best Touring Bike? (2018 Edition)

(Last updated: January 2018.) The range of touring bikes on offer can be bewildering to the newcomer. And so it’s only natural that amongst the many questions I get asked about planning a cycle tour, the most frequent is “what’s the best touring bike?” Trouble is, it’s a question with no…

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

Questions about touring bikes are by far and away the most frequently asked on this blog. And a significant proportion of these questions are from people planning epic tours across multiple continents, or even cycling round the world. So I recently set out to design and build the ultimate touring bike…

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A Pro Bike Builder Reviews The ‘Adventure Flat White’ Budget Touring Bike

New this year at the budget end of the UK touring bike market is the Adventure Flat White, an entry-level road tourer whose RRP of £430 makes it the cheapest off-the-peg touring bike in the UK (at the time of writing). Being abroad for an extended period of time and…

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