Giant Toughroad SLR 1
Historically, cycle touring has been about as cool as going rollerblading with your mum, but then people started realising that heading out on an adventure with nothing but a bike laden with kit was a lot of fun. The bike industry has been quick to react, and the rise of bike-packing – loading a mountain bike (often made of old-school steel) up with, er, packs and hitting the trails – has resulted in bikes like Giant’s Toughroad SLR 1. Ready fitted with front and rear racks, it’s made to go fast and long, on and off road. See you in 29,000km – we’re just popping round the world.
Perfect for…an all-roads expedition