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 Are The Best Tents For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking? (2019 Edition)

Article last updated in January 2019. Photo above taken in May 2018 while bikepacking through southern Armenia. Choosing the best tent for your cycle tour or bikepacking trip is difficult because there’s a huge amount of choice out there. Ultralight, freestanding, 3-season, 4-season, double wall, solo, with and without awnings…

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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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The 27 Most Useful Free Apps For Cycle Touring In 2018

While I firmly believe that your first bicycle journey should be entirely free from modern electronic devices, there are plenty of tourers who pack a smartphone or tablet alongside their tent, stove and toolkit, and for good reason: they can come in bloody useful. Smartphone technology moving as fast as…

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What Does The Ideal Cycle Touring Clothing Collection Look Like?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel I’ve ever quite solved the cycle touring clothing quandry. Walk into a bike shop or outdoor store and it isn’t quite as simple as finding the ‘cycle touring’ department and taking your pick. I inevitably end up wearing garments – such…

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