The image on the front cover of Bike Touring Basics was taken at 4,500m on the Puna de Atacama in northern Chile.

It was part of a multi-month bike tour in South America, by Harriet and Neil Pike (

Cycling South America
Photo by Neil & Harriet Pike (

“We were doing a loop which took a couple of weeks with no shops and not much water, so we had heavy bikes. You can see that Harriet’s 10 liter Ortlieb water bag, on the back of the bicycle, is reasonably full! In the photo we’re above the Salar de Maricunga and are descending a rarely used mine road, heading to the stunning Laguna Negro Francisco in Tres Cruces National Park,” says Neil.

In addition to the cover photo, we owe a huge thanks to many people in the bike touring community who made the HTML version of this book possible through their photos, articles, quotes and help with editing. We encourage you to visit their websites for even more bike touring inspiration.

For the chapter on tents, we’d also like to thank our Twitter followers for their suggestions:

And finally, the following people helped test the eBook file: