What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking? (2020 Edition)

Last updated in January 2020. Photo above taken while bikepacking across Armenia last year. Choosing the best tent for your cycle tour or bikepacking expedtion is difficult because there’s a huge amount of choice out there. Ultralight tents, freestanding tents, 3‑season or 4‑season tents, double wall or single wall, with…

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The Hennessy Deep Jungle Camping Hammock: Long-Term Review & Photos

I love hammock camping on bike trips. It’s convenient, comfortable, and a lot easier to find a pitch than people tend to think. Rather than hammock camping in general, which I’ve written about in the past along with other alternative sleeping systems, in this piece I will be taking a…

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Terra Nova Starlite 2 Bikepacking Tunnel Tent: Long-Term Review & Photos

Full disclosure: Terra Nova sent me this tent on long-term loan for review on my blog. I agreed on the basis that I would return it after the testing period was over. I’ve received no payments or other benefits for this. For the last 12 months I’ve been road-testing a…

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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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