We spent 18 months planning for our cycle trip of South America, including researching everything from kit to routes and of course practising pedalling about.

Find out what we learnt about planning for a long distance cycling tour in our top 5 lessons about what we now know – before we go.

We have tried to list things that we thought would be useful for other cyclists planning a similar trip, and you can learn more about the gear we chose and resources that we found useful.

We took the bikes out as much as possible to get used to long distance touring, you can find out more in the trips section. Some of our specific tours include:

Planning the trip was great fun and for the last few months all-consuming. It was good to know before going though that we had thought as much through as we possibly could.