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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Touring Bike FAQ #7: What Should I Remember Before Handing Over My Cash?

There are a few aspects of touring bike choice so utterly basic that they’re often lost in the quagmire of internet-based research. This is particularly the case when browsing websites for advice on touring bikes: features and technical specifications are a lot easier to talk about than the all-important intangibles. In…

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Touring Bike FAQ #6: What’s The Best Way To Avoid Buying The Wrong Bike?

When it comes to actually buying the touring bike they’ve spent months researching, people often look to online retailers, who can often undercut high street bike shops by a respectable percentage. This is for various reasons: there’s no physical shop front to maintain, fewer trained and experienced staff are needed,…

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Touring Bike FAQ #5: Derailleurs Or Internal Hub Gears (Rohloff)?

There are people in this world who you could put in a room and let them argue until the end of all time about whether or not a touring bike should be equipped with a Rohloff Speedhub. If you’re unfamiliar with the Rohloff, it’s a rear wheel hub that costs the…

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Touring Bike FAQ #4: Disc Brakes or Rim Brakes (V-Brakes)?

There’s plenty of debate over whether V-brakes or disc brakes are ‘better’ for touring. And, as usual, there’s no clear-cut answer. V-brakes, for our purposes, are a generic and misused term for the several varieties of caliper brakes that work by pinching the bicycle wheel’s rim between two brake blocks…

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