Bicycle touring is a good time, but it also takes up a good amount of time. While we often fill in the time between tours by heading out on day rides, or weekend overnights, there are a lot of other fun things to do on a bike. Here are some of the activities I've enjoyed over the years to fill in the spaces and stay in shape from one tour to another.
Mountain Biking: Escape the usual road routine and get out of traffic. In the summer, it's also great to keep cool in the shade of the trees.
Cyclocross: Predominantly a fall sport, cyclocross is the steeplechase of cycling. After a few laps, no one knows who is winning and who is in last, so just ride and have fun.
Biathlon: Biking and shooting. Do I really need to say anything more?
Group Rides: Get some friends together and go ride. Just make sure to keep it inviting, fun, and have a good destination in mind.
Photos by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.