Friedel and Andrew

Planning a bike tour? This site is all about inspiring and helping you to get out and travel by bike.

It’s written by us, Friedel & Andrew. We’ve cycled in 33 countries and by 2010 we’d covered over 60,000km. At that point, we stopped counting but on average we cycle 4,000-5,000km a year.

Where to start? Try our FREE Bike Touring Basics book. It’s 66 pages of bike touring tips and advice on gear.

Bike Touring Basics

You can also read the online version of Bike Touring Basics. The text is broadly the same but the free PDF is easier to print and contains more photos.



Chapter 1: Why Go Bike Touring?
Chapter 2: No Experience? No Worries.
Chapter 3: How Much Will It Cost?
Chapter 4: Five Great Places To Ride
Chapter 5: Route Planning
Chapter 6: Where To Sleep
Chapter 7: Solo Or With Friends?
Chapter 8: Preparing For A Tour
Chapter 9: Dealing With Fear

Chapter 10: How To Pick A Touring Bike
Midrange Touring Bikes
Expedition Touring Bikes
Recumbents & Trikes
Used Bikes
Specific Models

Chapter 11: Common Bike Buying Questions
Steel or Aluminium Frame?
Good Wheels For Touring?
Disc or Rim Brakes?
Suspension Forks?
Gears For Touring?

Chapter 12: Our Favourite Bike Touring Gear
Bicycle Accessories
Tents For Touring
Camping Gear
Bicycle Locks

Chapter 13: Loading Up The Bicycle
Luggage Racks
Still Confused? Trailers Versus Panniers

Chapter 14: The Story of Louise Sutherland
Appendix: Packing List

Get in Touch if you still don’t see what you’re looking for. We’d love to share what we know and help plan your next cycling trip.

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Mavic XM719 Rims: Probably Not Suitable For Loaded Touring


When choosing a rim for the next wheel on your touring bike, you may want to avoid Mavic’s XM719 model. We’ve recommended this rim in the past but it seems something has changed. In the past month, several bike tourists have contacted us to report broken XM719 rims. read more...

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In this guest post, Grace Johnson shares practical tips for cycling Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway based on her trip there in the summer of 2013. read more...

Loading Up A Brompton Bike For Touring


We recently received an email from Peter. He wanted to share his touring set up on the Brompton folding bike and show how it’s possible to carry quite a lot of luggage with no modifications. read more...

A Free Guide To Cycling Across Australia’s Nullarbor


Download our new, free guide to cycling across Australia‘s Nullarbor Plain, including tips on where to stay, eat and fill up your water bottles. read more...

Bike Touring Books For Your Winter Reading List


In recent weeks we’ve had a ton of emails from bike tourists who’ve recently written books about their travels and experiences. We enjoy sharing the experiences of others on bike tours as much as possible so here are some of the titles that have recently come to our attention. read more...

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