My Bicycle Touring Book is Now Available!!!

I can’t believe it. After six months of super hard work, my book is officially complete!!!

Bicycle Touring eBook

After cycling 31,000km through 30+ countries, I had acquired a whole bunch of knowledge about how to do this big crazy thing, and so I felt like people should KNOW how they too could do the same. I didn’t ever plan on writing a book, it kind of just happened.

At times the project seemed far bigger than I was capable of, but bit-by-bit I stuck to it, starting with words which I expanded and refined until I could justify every single one of them. I then went about teaching myself Adobe InDesign which is a ridiculously complicated layout program for the book’s design. I watched hours and hours of tutorial videos until I felt confident enough to start playing with my own layout – my first layouts turned out VERY average! Luckily I have rad friends who were able to help me through it. 🙂

The photos were one of the hardest things to organise as I have 20,000+ that can qualify for a place in the book. It took me weeks to sort through them all to find the optimal photo for each slot. While I was busy finishing off the book, I was trying to work out how to best sell and market the book. I found a rad company that allows me to take payments from inside my website (which I’ve secured with SSL certs) and then sends you a link for downloads. Not only did I make an interactive PDF version of the book, but I spent this week giving you access to eReader versions too (mobi and EPUB).

This book owes me a HUGE amount of time, but ultimately I am now equipped with heaps of amazing new skills to use in the future. Can’t wait to put them to use!

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the book.

Alee x

Big thanks to:
– Kitty, Ruth and Larry for the word editing and refining
– Dylan for the sweet imagery in Australia
– Greg for the design and layout, Ash for the final design critique
– Everyone who supported me along the way – you all rock!!!

  1. my husband and I want to get a tandem. Neither one of us has biked in years; but would like to learn to ride tandem and I am looking for a beginner bike (new or used) and don’t know where to start. I have been reading a lot about tandem riding and I am getting lost in all the nuances (ie; # of gears, type of frame, brands, forks…). I am hoping somwone can suggest a brand, frame type or wheel/tire type for beginners. We live in Omaha, NE and there are many bike trails, both paved and unpaved.

  2. Hi Katie

    I would recommend a tandem with:
    – Flat wide handlebars
    – 26″ or 700c wheels with wide tyres
    – Disc brakes
    – A wide gear range

    Any tandem manufacturer with a long history will make a stiff, sturdy and safe bike you will love. I ride a Co-Motion (USA made) and think it’s brilliant! The Co-Motion Periscope Scout is $3495 complete.

    I’d recommend calling some tandem shops in Des Moines or Kansas to discuss what they’d recommend, they probably have cheaper brands available too. Here are your closest Co-Motion dealers: http://co-motion.com/index.php/dealers

  3. Thanks for the information! I appreciate your advice and will use it to find a good learning bike. Also, I aspire to ride well enough to justify owning a Co-Motion Tandem in the future!!

    I am really looking forward to the challenge of learning to ride with my husband!!!!


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