Heading off cycle touring? It’s worth investing in a touring bicycle, particularly if you are planning a long trip or are planning on bike touring regularly. They also double up as excellent commuter bikes, as they have lugs holes required to attach various racks and bags. In fact, they often come with racks already fitted, and many have dynamo lights.

New to touring? Read our guide to Cycle Touring before you start!

Not all of these bikes are female-specific, but all of them are designed to be robust, durable and strong. They’ll get you and your kit where you need to go, with minimum fuss and maximum comfort.

You can also of course get a custom bike built up to fit you exactly, if you are willing to spend more money on it, and good places to try include Thorn Cycles, Longstaff Cycles and Eddison Cycles.

Once you have your dream bike, you’ll need somewhere to go. Check out our 10 Incredible Touring Holidays for a dash of inspiration!


In a bright and eyecatching blue, the Cube Travel Pro RF Women’s Touring Bike stands out amongst other touring cycles.

The aluminium frame comes already fitted with a rear pannier rack, front and rear mudguards, and hydraulic disc brakes for extra stopping power. The 9-speed Shimano gear set is a quality setup, and it’s finished off with a Busch&Müller dynamo light system and a kickstand. Just add luggage and you are ready to go!

More info: Cube

RRP: £699


The Kona Sutra is one of the most well-known and highly rated touring bicycles out there. The lightweight yet strong Cromoly frame absorbs vibrations and bumps like steel, without the same weight penalty.

Pre-fitted with a rear pannier rack and front and rear mudguards, plus the all-important durable disc brakes, it has a quality Shimano 9-speed gear set. The road bike style handlebars are also additionally fitted with bar end shifters, to make it easier to change gear when you are on the go.

More info: Kona

RRP: £1199


The lightweight aluminium frame is fitted with a Shimano 9-speed gearset and rim brakes.

Two of the main selling points of this very popular touring bike are that it comes with front and rear touring racks already attached, plus mudguards, and it’s comfortable multi-position cycle touring handlebars.

More info: Dawes

RRP: £699


If you are planning on bringing a lot of stuff with you on your touring holiday, then the Surly Long Haul Trucker might be the bike you are looking for, with a frame designed for stability with heavy loads.

It comes with plenty of places for you to attach whatever luggage and bike touring accessories that you fancy, and the 26inch wheels are easier to find replacement parts for internationally. Easy to use bar end shifters control the Shimano 9-speed gearing.

More info: Surly

RRP: £1,149.99.


With a vibration absorbing CroMoly fork and lightweight aluminium frame, the Ridgeback World Tour touring bike is a great option to consider for your first touring bike.

A triple chainring up front and 8-speed cassette gives you plenty of gears to play with. It comes with road bike style handlebars with a pre-fitted rear rack and place to add other touring accessories.

Like the majority of other bikes mentioned in this article, there are other models in the range, with increasingly quality parts, going up to a still-reasonable £1249 for the Ridgeback World Panorama.

More info: Ridgeback

RRP: £599.


Coming in at only £499, the Revolution Country Traveler is one of the cheapest touring bicycles available on the market. Revolution is the own-brand of the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative and it’s gained a dedicated following.

24 gears give you plenty of options to play with, and the kevlar reinforced tyres are very puncture resistant. It comes pre-fitted with mudguards and a rear pannier rack so it’s set up ready for adventure, but it’s also a great commuter bike if you want a versatile steed.

More info: Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative

Price: RRP £499.


The Raleigh Royal is the classic touring bicycle from historic British brand Raleigh. The sturdy ChroMoly steel frame is complemented with Shimano 24 speed gearing, and pre-fitted mud guards and rear pannier rack.

More info: Raleigh

Price: £600.


What could be better than sharing your touring adventure (and the uphill exertion) with someone? The Touriste Tandem by Claud Butler is a tandem bicycle set up for cycle touring adventures.

It comes with pre-fitted mudguards and a rear pannier, and Shimano gears give you plenty of range to get up those inclines. An alloy frame is complemented by sturdy, vibration damping steel forks, and flat handlebars for an upright position.

More info: Claud Butler

RRP: £699.99.


If you want the perfect fit, with the perfect parts, designed just for you, then it’s worth having a look at Thorn Cycles. They’ll custom fit the bike to you, and there’s a seemingly endless choice of parts to finish your new steed with, like handlebars, grips, tyres, bottle cages, pumps – the works!

26" wheels are used, which is great for good and terrible roads alike, and although it’s nimble it can take up to 40kg in weight.

The steel-framed bikes don’t have a traditional derailleur – instead, they use the German designed Rohloff speedhub, a type of enclosed hubgear, which has the advantage of being sealed off from grime and grit.

If you want a seal of approval, then this is the bike that Astrid Domino Molyneux rode on her solo round-the-world touring adventure! Check out her exploits.

More info: Thorn Cycles

Price: From £2169.


This bike has a raft of great features for touring, including 30 gears and dynamo lights. The lightweight aluminium frame comes equipped with mudguards and a rear pannier rack.

A handy feature is the bar ends on the flat handlebars, which allow you to change position when you are riding. It’s finished off with v-brakes and robust Shwalbe Marathon Racer tyres.

More info: Koga

Price: RRP £1499

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