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…

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…