“After a very long break from cycling (work and kids), I decided that the time was right to get on my bike again. Money being short, I picked up this Schwinn frontier for not much money. I decided on a easy start to my touring, Glasgow to Balloch, Loch Lomond, then over to Drymen ending up in Balmaha, Millarochy campsite. An overnight stay there fighting off the midges then a 4.30am start back to Glasgow following national cycle route 7 from Balloch. A great ride out!”
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“I tried cycle touring for the first time after reading a book by Josie Dew. I’ve always been a keen cyclist but never as a mode of travel. That was until I went on that first weekend. Now I don’t wish to go anywhere by any other means but my bike. My trips have mainly been a couple day adventures around Devon and Cornwall but I have just got back from my first 2 week tour in France and am planning for more already. My kit hasn’t even dried properly!”
“At the age of 49 I rediscovered the love of cycling and gained a desire to tour by bike. I’ve always loved travelling and it seemed such a great combination. Work and family commitments currently prevent me from embarking on a big tour, but having just completed my first small tour (a loop of Southern Florida) I am keen to do more. This picture was taken at the southernmost point of the U.S. in Key West, and was the midway point of my tour which took me from Miami to Key West, and then from Fort Myers Beach back to Miami via Lake Okeechobee.”
“I’m a College Student in my mid-20s, living in Sydney, Australia. I refurbished this 1982 Raleigh Royal Touring Bicycle in the second semester of 2010. Just about all the parts date from the 1980s, so it is practically a period might-have-been for a customised touring bicycle from the late 1980s.”
“I took it on a ride from Mittagong to Goulburn via Wombeyan Caves but only got half-way through the 4-day trip when grit off the unsealed road worked its way into the freewheel mechanism and seized it up. I had to hitch a couple of lifts the last 70km to Goulburn after a visit to a repair in Taralga confirmed that the freewheel was dead.”
Thomas Stevens is one of the best known early bike tourists, and was the first person to go around the world by bicycle. His trip began in 1884, when he set off on a penny farthing built by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Chicago.
He carried a handlebar bag with essentials like socks, a spare shirt and a rain jacket that was also his tent. His journey took him across Europe, through Iran and into Afghanistan, across India, China and Japan, before he returned by steamer to San Francisco.
You can read about his adventures in his book, Around The World On A Bicycle.