Cycle Touring Wheels – Touring Bike Build

building wheels for cycle touring

Everybody starts with the frame when planning a new touring bike build but wheel size is really where the adventure begins. Where you plan touring and the terrain you’ll face, dictates the most sensible size wheels for the job. If you’re sticking to road riding you may prefer the roll of a 700c size wheel, if … Read more…

Dynamo Hubs for Cycle Touring

‘Self Reliance’ is what cycle touring is all about. Self propelled bike travel with a tent affords a freedom that for me, can’t be rivalled.  However, I want to record as much detail of my journey as possible. Cameras, iPads and smart phones all need recharging. Dynamo hubs allow electricity to be generated as you roll which … Read more…

Cycle Touring Festival 2016 – What’s on?

Cycle touring Festival 2016 the uks premier cycle touring meet

Cycle Touring Festival 2016 Waddow Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire Don’t miss out on a ticket to the years premier cycle touring event. 2015 saw the birth of the UK’s first cycle touring festival. Read my review of last years inaugural festival here and grab your ticket for this years event below. There are just FIVE WEEKS left to buy … Read more…

Surly Troll / World Troller Touring Bike Build

Surly World Troller - The off road full size touring bike that splits in two for travel

I’ve pondered long and hard over what I’d do differently for my next bike. Alot of that contemplating was done whilst on the saddle of my current ride, a ‘Surly Long Haul Trucker’. I love the ‘Trucker’ it’s proved to be everything it’s renowned for. It’s a solid, comfortable touring bike that I trust whole-heartedly but I now need a different steed … Read more…

Rohloff v’s Derailleur – Cycle Touring

Rohloff Speedhub or standard derailleur drivetrain for cycle touring bikes

If you’re not familiar with the Rohloff Speedhub you may not want to read any further.  Since the birth of this high end hub in 1998, cycle tourists have had another decision to make when planning their next bike build. The mainstay of touring bikes rely on regular external derailleur drivetrains to provide gear range but there is another option, and it’s an option more and more cycle tourists are seriously considering. The … Read more…

Cycle Touring Tool Kit List

tools needed for cycle touring bicycle touring repairs fix breakdown

What tools should I take cycle touring? It’s a common pre tour quandary.  Taking a tool for every possible mechanical failure just isn’t practical but simply slinging a multi-tool and pump in your pannier is asking for trouble! There’s more exciting things to consider during your pre-tour preparation than bicycle repair and maintenance but it’s … Read more…

Two Wheeled Wildlife Watching

cycling at dawn and dusk are great times to experience nature

Whatever I’m doing at the weekend I can guarantee one thing, it’ll be in the great outdoors. Whether it’s fishing, walking, wild camping or cycling, it’ll be somewhere as far detached from civilisation as possible. This doesn’t necessarily have to be miles away from my home town of Portsmouth, just somewhere rich in nature and … Read more…

Cycle Touring & Wild Camping Dungeness

national cycle route 2 leading to wild camping in Dungeness, Kent

It was one of those rare weeks where work went to plan. I never needed Saturday morning to tie-up loose ends or get prepared for the week ahead. I had the whole weekend at my disposal. I could have gone anywhere but Dungeness was calling. I first visited this part of the Kent coastline as an … Read more…

Clothes – Packing for Cycle Touring

large clothes cube organisder for ortlieb rackpack

It maybe a list of obvious choices but the clothes you select and how you organise them can make a big difference to your daily routine during your cycle tour.  Again, the rule is ‘get out there’ go with whatever you have and don’t be put off by what you don’t. There’s no better way to … Read more…