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Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

Interview 037: Katie Hatton | Big Rides and Hikes + Tips For Women

In this episode of Bike Tour Adventures, I get to meet Katie, also known as You’ve Got to Wander. As a female adventurer, Katie is an inspiration to woman all over the world to get out there, seek new challenges and to overcome bigger and bigger obstacles. From cycle touring across the world, to hiking the lengths of England and New Zealand, Katie has some wonderful stories, advice and knowledge to share with our listeners.

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Interview 036: Michael Conti | Supported Ultra-Distance Bike Racing & Tips For A Successful RAAM

In this episode of Bike Tour Adventures, I have the chance to speak with Michael Conti, an American ultra-distance endurance cyclist that came 1st place in the Race Across the West in 2015 and in 2018 placed 4th overall and 1st American overall in the Race Across America. In today’s episode, we’ll learn all about what it takes to make it in the world of ultra-distance bike racing and how to be mentally and physically prepared after something uneventful happens.

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Interview 035: Luke Grenfell-Shaw | Re-Writing The Narrative As A CAN(cer) Liver

In this Episode of Bike Tour Adventures i speak with Luke Grenfell-Shaw while he is temporarily back in the U.K. after the Corona Virus made things too difficult to keep on cycling. Luke’s story is different from most, in that on 19 June 2018 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, a very aggressive and rare type of sarcoma which left his lungs riddled with 13 cancerous nodules. One year after being diagnosed and having been through chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, Luke wants to show that it is still possible to live with cancer and to never give up. On January 1st, 2020, Luke left home on a tandem bike with a dream of cycling 23,000km from Bristol to Beijing, passing through 24 countries along the way. Luke decided to ride a tandem bike in order to allow other Can Livers to join him along the way. One major aspect of Luke’s adventure is to also raise money for four cancer related charities as well as a selected charity for each of the legs on the journey.

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Choosing A Bike Bag Setup

Handlebar Setup When deciding on how you will setup the cockpit of your bike, it’s important to choose the right bag for the job. Depending on the type of riding you are doing, the handlebar bag setup can differ greatly. Handlebar bag The benefit of using a handlebar bag is that you have quick access…

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Parts Of The Bike | Bicycle Components For Beginners

Parts of the Bike One of the biggest challenges every cyclist has to go through at some point is learning the names of the parts on their bikes and what they do. We’ve all been there. We walked into a bike shop when we decided we wanted to buy a bike, and for all we…

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Spare Parts For Touring

Spare Parts For Your Bike Tour After numerous bike tours and extensive conversations with bike tourers from around the world, I have put together what I consider to be the best lists of spare parts for long-distance bike tours. Extra spokes and nipples You may need as many as three different spoke lengths: one length…

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Interview 034: Shred America | A Journey Across America By Skateboard And Bike

In Interview 034 of Bike Tour Adventures I have the chance to talk with and get to know James Lagen. In 2008, James and three friends rode their bikes and skateboards from Chicago to New York City. Fueled by youthful ignorance, the four navigate America’s landscape through a maze of wrong turns and unfortunate circumstances. Today we are going to hear from James about their adventure and what they learned along the way. With their upcoming documentary, Shred America, their project is coming to an end.

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Pros and Cons to Touring on a Folding Bike

Pros and Cons to Using a Folding Bike for Touring Having done some bike touring on road bikes, mountain bikes, and folding bikes, I decided to put together some information about bike touring with a folding bike. Having interviewed a friend of mine who rode a Brompton 5400km throughout Europe and having personally experienced touring…

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Touring Talk Episode 003: What Bike Do I Need?

In Episode 003 of BTA Touring Talk, Adam Hugill and I discuss the various types of options available when it comes to finding the right bike for the tour you are looking to do. Relaying our own experiences, we discuss the pros and cons of various types of touring bikes, such as road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, traditional touring bikes, and adventure bikes. Hopefully, this will help you on making the right decision for your planned adventure. Cheers.

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Interview 033: Ian Finlay | My Endless Summer + Tips for Cycling The Pamir Highway

In Interview 33 of the Bike Tour Adventures Podcast, I have the chance to speak with 53 year’s young Ian Finlay. In August of 2018, he loaded up his bike with everything he would need to finally take his “gap year” and cycle around the world, old enough to appreciate it and young enough to do it by bike. Within a few weeks, the tour grew from a few months to two years. Having never cycle toured, filmed, photographed or blogged, Ian decided he would learn as he goes and through these media he would share his Endless Summer.

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