Which type of bicycle to use? Is it for a two week tour or around the world? Steel or aluminium? Do I need a dedicated touring bicycle or will any old bicycle do? Do I really need an expensive leather saddle and how on earth will I navigate? These questions are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to conundrums that might crop up when planning any kind of bike tour. The below two pages cover how I I came to decide on my choice of wheels and what I generally stuff into the bags strapped to its racks.