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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10 Tips For Planning Your First Off-Road Bikepacking Expedition

Cycling across Europe to the Middle East in 2007 gave me thousands of miles of on-road cycle touring experience. But in 2009 I quickly discovered that riding the dirt tracks of Africa was a whole different ball-game to the smooth, well-maintained asphalt of Europe I’d grown used to. A two-month…

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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 The Best Touring Bike? (2019 Edition)

Last updated in January 2019. Photo above is of the VSF Fahrradmanufaktur line-up at Eurobike a couple of years ago. The vast range of touring bikes on offer – that is, bicycles built specifically to serve the needs of cycle travellers – can be bewildering. So it’s no surprise that…

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The Best Sub-£1,000 Touring Bikes for Low-Budget Bicycle Adventures in 2019

Last updated in February 2019. Photo above taken on the crossing from Thailand to Myanmar in 2018, showing an upcycled mountain bike frame rebuilt for touring (for my wife!) by Oxford Bike Works. As cycle touring and bikepacking have exploded in popularity, many manufacturers have begun producing cheap, entry-level touring…

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