Cycle touring is the dream adventure from many points of view; the thrill of fresh air, the open road, the immersion in your surroundings and the freedom that comes with being able to stop and start wherever and whenever you want.
But what about the logistics of it? What’s the best way to get your bike overseas and how do you package it back up again on the other side? How do you avoid spending your days on tour lost and battling a map in a town where nobody can understand what you say?
We recently flew a couple of bikes over to Italy to travel unsupported around Tuscany; riding from Pisa to San Gimignano, passing through Empoli and visiting Florence with just our cycles and a couple of panniers before heading down south to fly home from Rome.
Here are some helpful hints and tips we picked up along the way to keep in mind before setting out on your first cycle tour!