What’s The Best Tent For Cycle Touring? (2018 Edition)

Choosing the best tent for cycle touring is difficult because there’s a heck of a lot of choice out there. Ultralight tents, freestanding tents, 3-season, 4-season, double wall, solo, with and without awnings – and at a whole range of prices from next to nothing up to hundreds of pounds…

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The 27 Most Useful Free Apps For Cycle Touring In 2018

While I firmly believe that your first long, personal 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…

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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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The Ultimate Fix-Anything Cycle Touring Toolkit: Contents, Explanations & Links

What tools, spares, consumables and accessories would the ultimate cycle touring toolkit contain? Is it even possible to construct such a list? And if it is, precisely which example of each item has earned the strongest reputation on tour? These are questions that Lawrence Brand of Porterlight Bicycles recently set out to answer. Lawrence has…

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How To Go Ultralight Bikepacking (A Fully Loaded Cycle Tourist’s Perspective)

Ultralight cycle touring – a.k.a. bikepacking – is something I’ve been asked repeatedly to cover on this blog. As luck would have it, lightweight bikepacking is also something I’m getting more and more interested in, especially now I’m based in a place with endless potential for dirt road adventures in…

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