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

One day in 1884, Thomas Stevens left California on a penny farthing and became the first man in recorded history to cycle round the world. He was carrying little more than a bag of gold and a pistol rolled up in a blanket. Today, us cycle tourists tend to leave the…

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Cycle Touring & Bikepacking Insurance: What You Need To Know (& Recommended Insurers)

Travel insurance is a genius idea for a business. You buy it hoping you will never use it. When you do need to use it, something in the small print usually means you can’t. Then you find out it would be cheaper to pay the costs yourself anyway. Brilliant! Anyway. What…

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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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Как отправиться в кругосветное путешествие на велосипеде: три простых шага

Шаг 1. Раздобудьте велосипед. Какой именно — не имеет значения. Главное, чтобы он был удобным и исправным. В любом случае, без велосипеда вы далеко не уедете. Шаг 2. Увольтесь.* На путешествие потребуется несколько лет, так что напишите своему начальству в заявлении на увольнение о том, что вам, конечно, очень жаль…

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What’s Really The Difference Between Bikepacking & Cycle Touring?

Over the last few years we have seen the rise of a new sub-discipline of bicycle travel. It’s called ‘bikepacking’, and it’s become such a hit that almost every mainstream bike manufacturer now produces at least one ‘adventure bike’ or ‘bikepacking rig’, or includes the word in their marketing spiel…

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