Northern Walker

Thorn Club Tour parked up for the nightNon-touring cycling friends often ask me: ‘What’s the best touring bicycle you can buy?’ In some respects, it’s a hard question to answer as the
choice of bike hinges on so many factors, not least the kind of journeys you are planning to undertake. That said, the simple answer to the question more often than not would be: ‘The bike in your garage or shed.’ A solid mountain bike, road bike or hybrid will be sufficient for your first tour.

For the purposes of this post, though, I will focus on the ‘dedicated’ touring cycle, which can be loosely categorised as ‘traditional touring cycles’, ‘expedition touring cycles’ and ‘others’ – including folding bicycles for touring. Not intended to be a definitive list, it does feature models that are available for purchase in the UK.

I thought it was about time I updated this post as it it generates so much traffic on this site. So…

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  1. Sharon B January 31, 2013 / 10:52 pm


    I still have my Raleigh Royale and the knapsack you gave me – 23 years ago? – use them both almost every day! – Sharon

    • bikegypsy February 5, 2013 / 4:37 pm

      Hello Sharon! How are things? Still in BC?

  2. Sharon B February 6, 2013 / 12:22 am

    Things are great! I can see from your website that you are in a wonderful state of being. I am still happily living in beautiful Vancouver.

    I have just changed my e-mail to a personal account, contact me there, if you so desire. You look great! — Sharon

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