How Far Can You Go On A Scrapyard Touring Bike? (Short Answer: A Very Long Way)

A few years ago I was invited to be a guest on the 2nd episode of The Cycle Show, which aired on July 15th 2014 at 8pm BST on ITV4. (ITV billed me as ‘comedian Tom Allen’, which is actually another Tom Allen entirely. I’d just like to take this…

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Do You Really Need Ortliebs? A Complete Guide To Panniers For Cycle Tours & Expeditions

One day in 1884, Thomas Stevens departed California on a penny farthing and proceeded to become the first man in recorded history to cycle round the world. He did so carrying little more than a bag of gold and a pistol rolled up in a blanket. Today, us long-distance cycle tourists…

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27 Incredibly Useful Free Apps For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking In 2019

While I firmly believe that your first bicycle adventure should be free from modern electronic devices, there are plenty of cycle tourists and bikepackers 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…

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How To Choose A Camping Stove For Cycle Touring Or Bikepacking: A Foolproof Guide

In the same way as having a kitchen is not essential for being able to eat, packing a stove when cycle touring or bikepacking is not essential for feeding yourself. There are other ways to refuel your body than by cooking your own hot food every day. Having said that,…

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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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