If you're young and British and ready to get out and see the world on a bicycle, the Janapar Grant is probably one of the best things that could happen to you.

I'll fill you in on the details below, but if you can't wait, then here's the link: http://janapar-grant.org.uk/

The Janapar Grant was started by Tom Allen, after his own multi-year bike tour around the world (you can watch the film by the same name here

The applications are being accepted "In early 2016," but as of today all they have is a form where you can leave your email if you're interested.

All I can say is, if you are between the ages of 18 and 25, live in the UK, and don't have any work-related conflicts, you should be interested.

If you are accepted, you'll get all the equipment you need: bike, tools, panniers, tent, sleeping gear, and cook set. Better yet, you'll be mentored by some of the best-known names in bike touring, including Emily Chappell, Tom Allen, and several others.

If I qualified, I would jump on this. Just the application itself will get you thinking about your trip, planning, and sorting out both your route and your motivation.

Alas, I'm not British, and I'm nearly double the maximum eligible age. Still, old geezer that I am, whenever I set off on another journey I feel the same excitement and joy that I felt in my twenties--maybe more. Bike touring is a lifelong passion. But if you're reading this you probably already knew that.

Once again here's the link to the Janapar Grant:

http://janapar-grant.org.uk

By the way, what would happen if you didn't see this blog post and missed out on your chance to apply for the Janaper Grant?

Lucky for you, whenever I have a really important post, especially one that's going to improve the quality of your life, I email it to everyone on my tips list. If you're not on that list, you could have already missed out! Be sure to sign up below, or in the box to your right.

I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here, but many of the people who've answered my survey have asked about advice on buying bikes and equipment.

Anything I could tell you has already been said, so here are a few non-commercial, unbiased sites that will help you get started. I've added these to the blogroll, below, but I made a post out of this so you would see it.

http://www.whycycle.co.uk/bike_sizing_advice/

http://www.ehow.com/how_2301061_choose-bicycle-that-suits-riding.html

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art1614.asp

Good luck! The only advice I'm going to give you about selecting a bike is just do it. Don't waste your life analyzing everything down to perfection when you could be out there riding. A bike that's 75% perfect will be fine for most riders, msot of the time. Go for it!