It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind of life, which may be why many of us choose to get out on our bikes every chance we get. Cycling is a way of breaking free, simplifying life, and clearing our minds. Although many of us may not have the chance to drop everything and set out on a ride around the world, there’s adventure in every ride if you know where to look for it.
If you’re looking for a source of inspiration as a cyclist, or for life in general, look no further. These are some of the most inspiring cycling blogs out there, documenting incredible bike journeys, including the good, bad, and painful. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next great adventure cyclist!
“Like most decisions of great consequence my plan to cycle the length of six of the earth’s continents was made in a pub, beer in one hand, mini-atlas in the other.” – Stephen Fabes, Cycling the 6
Stephen Fabes is candid and honest about his six year, 860,203 km ride around the world. Working as a doctor in London for years, he decided to leave his family, friends, and job almost on a whim, which is relatable to most of us. We have these crazy ideas or dreams, but few of us follow through with them because we don’t think it’s possible. As Stephen cycled away from his home, he immediately wondered what the heck he was doing and headed straight to a pub just kilometers out of town. You’ll have to check out his blog to find out what happened next.
Heike Pirngruber first set out from her front door in Southern Germany in 2013. Almost five years later she has made her way across countries and entire continents solo – just her and her bike.
She made her way across Europe and Asia to Japan. From there she hopped on a flight to Los Angeles, and is currently pedaling her way down through Central America. Her blog is full of beautiful photos of the people she meets and the cultures she experiences. Heike isn’t one to sugarcoat things, so as amazing as her experiences have been so far, she is also raw and honest about the tough times and loneliness that you experience as a solo cyclist out on the road.
Tasting Travels is a three-languaged blog about people, places, culture and nature. Annika and Roberto started out on a journey to cultivate empathy through bike travel in 2011, and have an impressive map that shows their route around the world. Their goal is to inspire people around the world to consider cycling as a means of travel, whether around the globe or around your home.
“So for those who dream of traveling the world by bicycle and cannot do it at the moment. I invite you to take your bicycle and discover your surroundings. We assure you, you will be impressed by what you can discover. Excitement is just around the corner.”
Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t head out on an adventure of a lifetime (it may actually be a reason that you SHOULD).
The Vogel family of four cycled 17,300 km from Alaska to Argentina over the course of three years. They now run their blog and have a series of books to inspire families around the world to “grab life by the horns and enjoy the ride.”
Cass Gilbert is a freelance cycling journalist, based out of the UK, who has bikepacked through some amazing adventures. First chronicling his journey through the Alaskan backcountry, he has since rode through Mongolia and the Republic of Georgia.
More than an adventure blog, Cass writes about his car-free existence, and about cycling as a way to declutter your life and clear your mind.