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2nd Edition of the Bike Touring Survival Guide, Now Available!

Posted July 15th, 2014

Bike Touring Survival Guide Three years ago, we published our Bike Touring Survival Guide.

Our goal was to provide a helpful, affordable and comprehensive handbook for anyone planning a bike tour. So far, it seems to be hitting the mark, with over 6,000 copies sold and a raft of positive reviews. This success encouraged us to continue working on the book and in early 2013 we actively began pulling together an updated version.

What started as a ‘simple’ update turned into rather more. We’ve added maps, freshened up the diagrams, completely revised the text and unearthed dozens of new tips.

Today, we’re proud to say that the 2nd edition is complete! The book totals 450-pages (or 128,000 words) of bike touring guidance.

If you’ve bought a copy in the past through this website, you’ll be receiving an email in the coming days to download the new version. If you want to get a copy for the first time you can do that here.

Finally, let us say Thanks for all of your support over the past two years as we’ve tried to find a way to keep blogging and writing, while still being parents to our young son and holding down full-time jobs. It hasn’t always been easy and at times we’ve considered giving up the website altogether. Your kind comments, emails and feedback have kept us going, so cheers for that!

With the 2nd edition now out, we’re going to refocus on reviving the blog over the coming months. Hopefully we can slowly find time again to share more Bike Touring Inspiration.

Friedel, Andrew & Luke

Bike Touring Books For Your Winter Reading List

Posted October 13th, 2013

In the past few weeks we’ve heard from several bike tourists who’ve recently written books about their travels and experiences.

Here are some of the titles that have recently come to our attention. Maybe you’d enjoy adding a few of these books to your winter reading list.

 

#1. To St. Petersburg With Love

To St. Petersburg With Love e-bookIn 2010, the author of To St. Petersburg With Love was dreaming up ideas for an adventurous trip with a friend.

They debated hiring a camper or touring by car, and then came up with the idea of going by bicycle.

“It was a crazy suggestion as neither of us had cycled possibly more than 10 miles in a day for at least a decade. We were both 30- something and at that stage, shall we say built for comfort not speed”

So begins Mel’s tale of a 4,800km trip to St. Petersburg and back. The book is available from Amazon.

#2. Travelogue

TravelogueMany people think of a round-the-world bicycle trip as something that has to be done in one continuous journey but David Piper decided to divide his trip into a series of shorter journeys that eventually would take him around the globe.

Travelogue is the story of his many adventures, covering 18,610 miles through 32 countries. Also interesting is the fact that David did all of this on a racing bike with a minimum of luggage − proof that bike touring doesn’t have to include beefy bike frames, wide tires and heavily loaded bags.

David’s book is available on his website, with all proceeds going to charity.

 

#3. The Cycle Tourist

The Cycle TouristPractical advice is always welcome when setting out on a tour. The Cycle Tourist is a book that shares personal tips for booking a bicycle tour and picking out equipment.

It’s written by Australian journalist Gary Corbett and is based on his experience of participating in many guided, self-guided, bike-and-barge and long distance tours over recent years.

The book is available in Kindle format from Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Cookbook For Bike Tourists

Posted September 13th, 2013

For the last two years, our friend Tara (of Going Slowly bike touring fame) has been writing a cookbook just for bike tourists.

After months of hard work, Bike. Camp. Cook. is  now ready for pre-order through a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s the video that explains all about her project.

We helped Tara to edit the book in the earlier stages of her work, and we recently saw the finished result. It’s beautiful. If the recipes are half as inspiring as the photos (we’re sure they are!), the book should definitely provide you with plenty of tasty meals at your campsite in the years to come.

 

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And The Winner Of Our Photo Contest Is…

Posted March 15th, 2013

It took many hours to pore over the more than 700 entries, but after great debate we finally picked a winner in the contest to find a new cover for our Bike Touring Survival Guide.

Congratulations to Solidream, the photographic talent behind this amazing picture of three friends cycling through the eastern Sierra mountains in California.

Back on the road

Both of our judges loved this photo, and agreed it should be the winner of the contest. Paul Jeurissen said:

A well-balanced picture that really comes to life. Using the mountain to frame the cyclists really works beautifully.

Amaya Williams said:

This image evokes the challenge, camaraderie and simple thrill of cycle touring. It’s also shot from an interesting angle, the color really pops and the mountains in the distance provide a stunning backdrop for the cyclists.

We also have 3 runner-up prizes to award. They go to:

On Tour In Chile by Garths On Tour
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Cañon inesperado by Alvaro & Alicia
Cañon inesperado

On the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina by Ana Carolina Vivian
Somewhere on the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina.

All winners will receive a print and eBook copy of the new Bike Touring Survival Guide (due out this spring). Solidream – as overall winners – will also receive a €50 cash prize, while the runners-up get a DVD copy of Tom Allen’s film Janapar.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

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12 Great Bike Touring Photos

Posted March 6th, 2013

Our recent photo contest to find a cover shot for the upcoming 2nd edition of the Bike Touring Survival Guide received an outstanding response: over 700 photos were entered!

With so many great photographs, it was very difficult to shortlist just 10 photos. We ended up picking 12 favourites. There were many superb photos beyond those shortlisted but, for various reasons, they weren’t quite suitable as cover shots.

The shortlisted photos will now be judged by two bike-touring photographers, Paul Jeurissen and Amaya Williams. The winning entry will be announced on Friday, March 15th.

Without further delay, here are the 12 shortlisted photos (in no particular order). Clicking on the photos will take you to the image on Flickr.

#1. Early Winter In China by Cyclingthe360.com
Early Winter in China

#2. On Tour In Chile by Garths On Tour
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#3. Iceland by Mattaos
Matts photos

#4.  Land of volcanoes, sandy paths and salty salars by Gerard Castellà
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#5. Back On The Road by Solidream
Back on the road

#6. Laguna Tuyaito, Paso Sico, Argentina by Piciclisti
Laguna Tuyaito, Paso Sico, Argentina,

#7. Cañon inesperado by Alvaro & Alicia
Cañon inesperado

#8. On the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina by Ana Carolina Vivian
Somewhere on the way to Uspallata, Mendoza, Argentina.

#9. Kluane lake, Yukon (on the Alaska Highway) by Lorelyruss
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#10. Near Passu by Sloths On Wheels
Near Passu

#11. Descending From The Atlas Mountains by Leave Only Treadmarks
Descending From The Atlas Mountains - Morocco

#12. Magical road near Skuru by Vellowallah
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