Is Komoot The Most Powerful Route Planning App A Cycle Tourist Could Wish For?

Full disclosure: Komoot was mentioned repeatedly in response to my 2018 round-up of apps for cycle touring. I got in touch with the team and they offered to make a modest contribution to my ride around Armenia in return for a detailed report on my experiences. Here it is. Lots…

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20 Hard-Earned Survival Tips For Cycling In Winter

This piece originally appeared in BikesEtc Magazine. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes once said. I don’t imagine he got the idea from winter cycling, but the same holds true: there’s nothing stopping you pedalling through darkening days and sub-zero temperatures, as long…

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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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What & Where To Eat On A Cycle Tour – Options For Every Kind Of Budget

One of the great pleasures of cycle touring is that you may eat whatever and as much as you like. You’ll reimagine food as fuel, and the more in the tank, the further you’ll go. You may indeed gain weight, but only in your thigh muscles. Cake lovers rejoice! By the…

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How To Stay Safe & Secure On A Cycle Tour Of Any Length

Safety and security is a real concern for newcomers to cycle touring, particularly if you’re off on a long trip and are faced with the prospect of riding through ‘scary’ places. It’s (usually) an even bigger concern for your friends and family. So it’s doubly helpful to understand the realities of safety…

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