Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Bike Touring!

Hello and welcome to Bicycle Touring Pro, the world’s most popular how-to bicycle touring website and information source! You’ve come to the right place if want to learn how to conduct your own guided, self-guided or self-supported bicycle touring adventures. Get started right away and learn how here!


What is Bicycle Touring?

“Bicycle touring” is the act of riding a bicycle for days, weeks, months or even years on end as you travel long distances across cities, states and countries. Thousands of people of all ages, incomes and demographics are traveling by bike… and you can be one of them!

In fact, my goal here at Bicycle Touring Pro is to not only inspire you with my own bicycle touring adventures, but to teach YOU how to travel by bike, remain comfortable while out on the road and have fun along the way! In other words, Bicycle Touring Pro is here to give you the inspiration, confidence and resources you need, so that you too can conduct the bicycle tour of your dreams!


bicycle touring professionals Dylan Brayshaw and Rian Cope and Darren Alff It’s The People You Meet Along The Way That Make Bike Touring So Special - It’s kind of cliche, but it’s also terribly true. One of the best things about bicycle touring is the people you meet along the road. But meeting someone special takes time. It doesn’t happen every day. If you travel alone (the way I do much of the time), days and even weeks can pass before […]...
bicycle panniers The Top 10 Articles Of The Year - In addition to Bicycle Touring Pro’s how-to resources, which have helped thousands of people from all across the globe conduct their own incredible bike tours, there are (at the time of this article’s publication) exactly 1,065 free articles on the Bicycle Touring Pro website designed to help you plan, prepare for, and execute your own […]...
Adventure-Podcast SNEAK PREVIEW: The Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast - I have some exciting news! On January 1, 2015, Bicycle Touring Pro will be launching a new podcast program called “The Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast.” The Bicycle Touring Pro Adventure Podcast will feature short, funny and motivational audio interviews with a wide range of the world’s most interesting and experienced bikers, hikers, campers, climbers, […]...
Two bicycle tourists riding past an impressive Tao Temple in Taiwan Cycling In Taiwan – Everything You Need To Know - The island nation of Taiwan is a small, but crowded place filled with friendly people, good food, affordable accommodations, and some of the best cycling infrastructure in the entire world. Taiwan is truly a land built for bicycle travel! Click here to read about (and see photos from) my month-long bicycle tour in Taiwan. How […]...
small portable solar panel Voltaic Fuse 6 Watt – The Best Solar Charger For Smartphones & Tablets? - After the incredible success of the Voltaic Fuse 4 Watt solar charger on my previous 14-month-long bicycle tour in Europe and Africa, I decided to upgrade to the larger and more powerful 6 Watt solar charger on my travels this year. While the two products are similar in size, the new Voltaic Fuse 6 Watt […]...
zahariz-bicycle-traveler-photography-360x220 Inspirational Bicycle Travelers You Should Be Following on Instagram - Instragram is the massively popular mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that in recent years has taken the Internet by storm. This ad-free service allows people from all around the world to take and share photos/videos, as they happen, with their friends, family members and the world! Because of services such as this, there […]...
fully-loaded bicycle tourist man on road in taiwan's rift valley Full Circle: Reflections On A Month Of Cycling In Taiwan - Bicycle touring in Taiwan was Kevin’s idea. I met Kevin in the summer of 2012, on a week-long bicycle tour across the Swiss Alps with a company called Bike Switzerland. Kevin and I were the two vegetarians on the tour, so that was our sticking point. We kept in touch over the last couple years […]...
Dylan Brayshaw and Rian Cope of EAT SLEEP SURF My 3 Favorite Films About Bicycle Touring - If you’re interested in bike travel and you’d like to get some inspiration for your own bicycle touring adventures, one of the best ways to do that is to watch one or more bicycle touring films. Today I’m going to share three of my favorite feature-length films about bicycle touring with you… and then I’ll […]...
female cyclist Heidi Nunnemacher This Young Woman Says Finland Is A Safe And Enjoyable Cycling Location For Female Travelers - Several months ago I received an email from a woman named Heidi Nunnemacher… and this is what it said: Dear Darren, My heart skipped a beat when I read in your email this morning that you are planning on touring in Finland this year. I’ve been meaning to email you for the past six months […]...
eat sleep surf bicycle tourists Sendiri: A Short Film About Bike Touring & Surfing In Beautiful Indonesia - In 2009, Australian natives Rian Cope and Dylan Bradshaw packed up their touring bikes and boogie boards and went on a three-and-a-half-month-long bicycle touring/surfing adventure in Indonesia while along the way recording their travels on video tape. When they returned home from their adventures, they edited the footage from their trip into an impressive 4-part […]...


Who is the Bicycle Touring Pro?

BicycleTouringPro.com is run by the world’s leading expert on bicycle touring – Darren Alff. Darren went from being a 17-year old high-school kid, riding across America on a dusty old decrepit mountain bike, to the Bicycle Touring Pro, after having bicycled across 28 of the 50 United States, and after traveling by bike through more than 50 different countries all around the world!

In addition, Darren is the celebrated author of “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint” and now coaches people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds so they may have a safe, successful and enjoyable bicycle touring adventure of their own, following his teaching, tips and shortcuts. “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint” has sold over 5,000 copies since it’s release and this unique at-home study guide details everything you need to know to conduct a bicycle tour of your very own. It is a step-by-step guide to bicycle touring, handed to you on a silver platter.

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Touring Bicycle Buyer's Guide

Darren Alff is the author of 4 popular cycling books:

  • The Bicycle Touring Blueprint – a 412-page book designed to teach you everything you need to know in order to conduct your own self-supported bicycle touring adventures.
  • The Essential Guide To Touring Bicycles – a book designed to help first-time bicycle tourists find the type of bicycle they need to conduct their very own bicycle touring adventure. This book also contains a list of each of the touring bicycles currently available on the market, so you don’t waste money by purchasing the wrong bicycle before you head off on your grand adventure.
  • Winter Cycling – the definitive guide for how to keep cycling the whole year round – regardless of the cold, wet or snow-covered weather you might encounter in your part of the world.

Darren Alff is also the founder of www.gobicycletouring.com, where people from all over the world can quickly and easily find the best guided and self-guided bicycle tours on the planet.

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What Can You Expect to Learn Here?

Here at Bicycle Touring Pro you will discover:

  • The types of bicycles built for short and long distance bicycle touring.
  • The gear you need to travel for days, weeks, or months on end.
  • How to plan out a safe and scenic cycle touring route.
  • How to plan and prepare for your first bicycle tour.
  • What to mentally and physically expect once you hit the road.
  • Where to find guided and self-guided bicycle tours to participate in.
  • Plus a whole lot more!

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Bicycle Touring Pro is the world’s most popular bicycle touring website. With a community of readers in just about every country across the globe, Bicycle Touring Pro is the leading international resource for cycle touring information across the globe. The information you find here has helped thousands of people just like you plan, prepare for, and execute their very own bicycle touring adventures.

Brandon Roesler Iceland bike tour
“I don’t think I could ever have prepared myself for my trip without your help. Every time I talk to you or go on your website I learn something new. Thanks for everything.” Brandon Roesler – Irvine, California

Bob Hopkins recumbent bicycle
“Your blog is the motivating factor in my decision to tour. With your help I toured solo for 712 miles in 7.5 days, averaging 94 miles per day. I also have 3 other tours planned for next year. Thanks so much for your help.” Bob Hopkins – Hillsboro, Tennessee

Daughter and Father on bike tour
Bicycle Touring Pro helped my daughter and I prepare for a 42-day bike tour across the United States and a 6-week bike tour in New Zealand. We learned that it really wasn’t difficult if you just take one day at a time.” Michael Rice - Florida, USA

Bernard recumbent bike tour
“I wish you had been around years ago when I started cycling in earnest. I learned much over the years, but the trial and error method is a slow process. Within a month I have ridden 1,400 miles for the year. Thanks again.” Bernard Parker

Man and woman on fully-loaded touring bicycles
“Most helpful are your gear reviews and stories from other touring cyclists. We left Empfingen, Germany on September 5, 2012 and we are still on the road – planning to be back home in spring 2014.” Baerbel Bussenius & Johan de Vries - Germany & Netherlands

“I started in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 23, 2013 and I’m on my way to Ushuaia, Argentina – planing to finish my adventure in February 2015.” Leon Fache - Columbia

Spencer Holmes bike tour
Bicycle Touring Pro showed me the most common mistakes people make on tour, without me having to make those mistakes myself. I’m really grateful there’s something like this site for people like me. Without it, I know my trip wouldn’t have gone as well as it did.” Spencer Holmes - Chico, California

“I love Bicycle Touring Pro’s how-to articles. I was on the road for two months. I cycled across Kampala, Uganda through Tanzania, cross through Malawi and Zambia, and stopped the journey in Lusaka.” Daniel Nanghaka - Uganda

Bike Tour for Couples
“We relied heavily on The Bicycle Touring Blueprint. Not only for its technical points about how to prepare for a bike trip as long as ours, but also things like what to wear and eat. It contributed to us having no question and no fear about tackling the task before us.” Jon & Earline Blumhagen - USA

Bicycle Touring Pro is an incredible source of how-to bicycle touring information. New articles, videos, and photos are added to the website every single week… and additional information is frequently posted on the site’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube , Google+ and Instagram pages.


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