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

Last updated in January 2019 to reflect the current availability of parts and components and the resulting specification of the bike I’d build today. The original version of this article was published in March 2016. Questions about touring bikes are by far and away the most frequently asked on this…

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What’s The Best Touring Bike? (2019 Edition)

Last updated in June 2019. Photo above is of the VSF Fahrradmanufaktur line‐up at Eurobike a couple of years ago. The vast range of touring bikes on offer – that is, bicycles built specifically to serve the needs of cycle travellers – can be bewildering. So it’s no surprise that…

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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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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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