WHAT IS CYCLINGABOUT?
CyclingAbout started as a little travel blog, but quickly snowballed into one of the biggest bicycle travel resources in the world. Cycling and travel are perhaps my two greatest passions, and I can’t express how happy I am knowing that I can share it all with you.
Once in the CyclingAbout vortex, you’ll find yourself absorbing high doses of cycling content that’ll inspire you to experience the world like I do. This website is home to the web’s most detailed tech resources, oodles of inspiration, in-depth reviews, fun videos, tips, how-tos and more.
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WHO’S BEHIND THIS BLOG?
My name is Alee and I’m a professional bike, gear & travel nerd. I love learning, writing, educating, sharing and inspiring others to travel by bike! There’s a page with a bit more about my background and experiences right HERE.
BICYCLE TOURING IN ONE HOUR
I wrote a book to help people travel by bike. I remember when I first started out I was lost and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of bike travel information out there. So, after my own two-year bike trip through 31 countries, I made the simple book I wish I had when I started out. It is without doubt, the fastest and most inspiring way to learn how to conduct your own trip, as it removes so much of the guesswork. You can grab your copy HERE.
Find exactly what you’re looking for by browsing a text list of EVERY ARTICLE that’s ever been published in the Article Directory.
ESSENTIAL TOURING BIKE RESOURCES
A Complete List of Touring Bike Manufacturers
A Complete List of Off-Road Adventure Touring Bikes
Frame Sizing: Manufacturers Measure Frames Differently
Understanding Bicycle Frame Geometry
Understanding Bike Fit: How does it work? Do you need one?
700C vs 26″ Wheels for Bicycle Touring
All About Handlebars for Bicycle Touring
All About Touring Bike Brakes
Gear Ratios: How to Select Touring Bike Gearing
Gates Carbon Drive: Everything You Need to Know
Everything About the Best Touring Bike Mudguard and Fenders
Seatposts: Overlooked Yet Critical For Your Comfort
Saddle Comfort For Cyclists: The Best Bicycle Touring Seats
Tents for Bicycle Touring: Everything You Need to Know
What Tyre Pressure Should You Use?
ESSENTIAL GEAR RESOURCES
A Complete List of the Best Panniers for Bicycle Touring
A Complete List of BikePacking Bag and Frame Bag Manufacturers
The Ultimate Power Resource for Bicycle Touring: Solar Panels, Dynamo Hubs, Power Supplies, Batteries
List of Hub Dynamo Power Supplies for USB Devices
GPS Navigation: Bike Touring or Cycling With A Smartphone
The Best Apps For GPS Navigation on a Smartphone
The Best Bike Smartphone Cases & Mounts for Cycling
RideWithGPS: How to Create and Export Custom Routes for a Smartphone / Garmin
How to Put 100% Free Maps on Your Garmin
All About Rear Pannier Racks
All About Oversized Bidon Cages and Bottles
22 Ways To Run Rohloff Shifters with Road Handlebars
Cycling SPD Sandals: The Most Versatile Cycling Shoe
Tips for Picking the Best SPD Shoes for Bicycle Touring
Keep Your Bike Safe: Strong Bike Locks and Tips
TRAVEL FILM SERIES
I produced a short film travel series about the countries I travelled through on my two year trip from Amsterdam to Melbourne. They provide a 5-minute snapshot into many different cultures around the world.
Alleykat Explores Georgia
Alleykat Adventures Azerbaijan
Alleykat Meets Iran
Alleykat Discovers Turkmenistan
Alleykat in Uzbekistan
Alleykat Shares Kyrgyzstan
Alleykat Crosses Korea
Alleykat Canoodles Japan
Alleykat Admires the Philippines
Alleykat Roams Cambodia
Alleykat Races Vietnam
Alleykat Loves Laos
Alleykat Tastes Thailand
Alleykat Stomachs Malaysia
I documented the process of buying a tandem, and have all the information you need to know in order to start riding tandems. My most popular resources are Tandem FAQ and Tandem Tech.
You’ll find lots and lots of gear and part reviews on CyclingAbout.
PLANNING YOUR VERY OWN BIKE TOUR
I documented the process I went through to go bicycle touring around the world! It is all available in the Trip Planning section.
I carried a bit over 60kg (including bike) with my partner (at the time) on our two-year tour. This is the full breakdown.
VISAS FOR CENTRAL ASIA AND THE SILK ROAD
This post covers visas for Central Asia – Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan etc
You can find the travel tips on the front page.
IPADS AND TRAVEL
I love travelling with iPads. Learn why I often go iPad over a computer and how I protect my iPad when bike touring. Here’s some useful apps too. I tend to use SD cards as external storage and move data with an Airstash Wifi Server.
Learn how to take a really good photo.
Get advice on buying your next camera for travel in compact camera vs DSLR.
See my Flickr page for every photo I take, or my Facebook page for a select range of those photos.
My favourite videos include:
The Complete Travel Series from Georgia to Australia
The Little Jacket That Could
A Volunteer Farmstay Documentary in Turkey
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
Istanbul By Bike
Vlora to Dhermi in Albania
Dhermi to Lukove in Albania
Riding in the Snow in Greece
If you love coffee as much as me, check out my reviews and information about different coffee products including: the Airspresso coffee maker, Aerobie Aeropress coffee maker and Hario coffee grinder. Check out my Airspresso Coffee Machine video to get an idea for how it works.