I thought this might be of interest.
H.W. Tilman, the climber and sailor, decided in the 30s to return to Britain from Kenya by cycling across Africa to the Atlantic coast.
He tells the story in Snow on the Equator, which is perhaps easiest to find in the collection of The Seven Mountain Travel Books, Diadem.
One line, which may be relevant to the Raleigh thread, is where he writes that he bought an "ordinary English make costing £6, though he could have had a Japanese one for £2."
Cycle-touring, Expeditions, Adventures, Major cycle routes NOT LeJoG (see other special board)
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Somewhere in central Africa Mr. Tilman would have crossed tire tracks with Kazimierz Nowak, who cycled the continent contemporaneously. Mr. Nowak's travels are documented in 'Rowerem i pieszo przez Czarny Ląd', published in English in 2017 as 'Across the Dark Continent'.