Bike Touring Basics: A Free eBook

biketouringbasicsSince we started this site in 2006, you’ve sent us all kinds of questions on bike touring.

How can I save money for a tour? Are panniers better than trailers? What kind of bike should I buy?

From today, you can get the answers to these and many more questions in our new Bike Touring Basics eBook. It’s taken us many weeks of work but we think you’ll agree, the final result looks great.

It’s 60 pages of advice, tips and inspiration, drawn from our own bike touring experience and put together with photos, quotes and contributions from across the bike touring community. We hope it will encourage you to get out and travel by bicycle, as well as answering some of those questions everyone has when they get ready for a big tour.

In the book, you’ll learn about:

  • Why bike touring is so much fun
  • How to save money for a tour
  • How to pick out a destination and a route
  • Training before you leave
  • What bike to buy
  • The basic gear (sleeping mats, tents, bike accessories)
  • Finding the pace that’s right for you
  • Where to sleep
  • Managing Money

And more!

To get Bike Touring Basics, just go here and download it for free.

Just one more thing, once you’ve read Bike Touring Basics, don’t forget to let us know what you think. This is just the first of many books we hope to publish so we’d love to know what you want to see in the next one.

*100% spam free. May inspire you to quit your job and go cycling.


  1. chris
    16th May 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Congratulations on getting this done! Very nice!

  2. Rik Williams
    16th May 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    Way to go, a great read! Got myself stranded in Den Haag last Tuesday, went on a sub-1 hour cycle tour with my girlfriend =)

    • friedel
      17th May 2010 at 10:29 am #

      Ah, you should have come for apple cake! Come look us up next time.

  3. Tyler & Tara
    16th May 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    We will be forwarding this to TONS of people. Finally, a semi-comprehensive, fully-professional introduction to bicycle touring!

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Tyler & Tara

  4. friedel
    17th May 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks everyone. We’ve had a lot of fun putting it together so it’s nice to know that you’re enjoying it.

  5. Fred Bouwman
    19th May 2010 at 1:24 am #


    It is very well done and covers a lot of very practical information. After reading your entire journal, I find you give very worthwhile advise that people can use right away. I tend to do things on the go and despite leaving for a long trip in a few months, found excellent reminders of things I still have to do. My reminders to myself always seem to get lost so it’s nice to have a single source.

    If anyone is contemplating a bike tour, particularly beginners, this is where they should start.

    Well done to you both.


  6. Raditya
    1st June 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Thanks a lot. It gives me some other inspirations to do more bike touring. Great..

  7. Huffman
    7th June 2011 at 1:40 am #

    Very nice, but I hate giving away my email address!

  8. Griffen
    3rd April 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Hey Friedel & Andrew,

    First and foremost, this was an excellent read!

    I own a small bicycle shop online and I would love to offer this e-book to our customers. Should I just forward them to the download page or can I send them a copy upon request?

    • andrew.grant
      8th July 2016 at 9:23 pm #

      Either are good. Glad you like it!

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