Seven Hints for Bike Travel

January 20, 2016

Adventure Cycling’s January Member Drive is in full swing and if you’re like us, you’re probably enduring the doldrums of winter by dreaming of warm weather and of course, bicycle touring.  

While there’s no denying that bicycle touring can be a delightful and life changing experience, there’s also no sugar coating the trials and tribulations that inevitably come with spending extended time on the road. 

Don’t let the challenges of bicycle travel put a damper on your next trip. While you look forward to warmer days, here are some tips to ensure your next tour is the best one yet.

1. Be prepared

The sunshine that greeted your morning can quickly take a 180 degree turn for the worse. Be sure to pack layers — a light to mid-weight jacket can make all the difference in variable weather. 

2. Hang out with the locals

You’ll be traveling through exciting new places. Take some time to get to know the people (and animals) you encounter along the way.

3. Pack light

Your next tour doesn’t have to be 3,000 miles with loaded panniers and racks — a seat post mounted pack works great for shorter overnight trips. 

4. Rest and Relaxation 

Don’t be afraid to give yourself a break, and never pass up a rest stop with a view. 

5. Splurge on treats and snacks

You’ll be burning calories at a voracious pace — treat yourself to some high-calorie junk food that you wouldn’t normally eat. (There’s no shame in eating sausage and rice out of a plastic bag, either!) 

6. Enjoy the ride

Often the journey is more meaningful than the actual destination. Take the road less traveled, get lost (but not too lost), and stop often to fully appreciate your surroundings. 

7. Give yourself a pat on the back!

You’re doing it! Celebrate your achievements big and small! Bike touring can test the best of us, so always remember to congratulate yourself and most importantly, have fun. 

 

Setting out on a bike tour from your own backyard may be the most convenient way to start your journey, but if your itinerary has more far-flung plans in store, Adventure Cycling wants to help you out during our January Member Drive. 

When you join Adventure Cycling this week, you’ll be entered to win a Pioneer rack from Old Man Mountain, and free round-trip shipping from BikeFlights.com to get your bike from point A to point B and back again. 

 

Plus, when you join Adventure Cycling during the month of January, we’ll send you a free 2016 Adventure Cycling calendar. The 2016 calendar not only features images taken from our annual photo contest, but also honors the past with photos from the original Bikecentennial in 1976. 

But wait, there’s more! When you join Adventure Cycling this month, we’ll include you in our Salsa Marrakesh bike giveaway! The Salsa Marrakesh is a true touring bike, designed to haul your gear anywhere your travels take you. The winner of this giveaway will receive a limited edition Salsa Marrakesh, specially designed for the 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling. Join today for your chance to win!

 

Photos and text by Brian Bonham

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MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS is posted every other Wednesday by Josh Tack & Brian Bonham. Membership Highlights spotlights the various benefits of membership, our accomplishments thanks to member support, and even interviews with some of our most passionate and dedicated members, both individual and organizational.

 

 

Comments

Bicycle Junkies February 2, 2016, 9:06 AM

I'd like to add nr. 8:

Don't plan too much! Be surprised and live in the moment. ;)

Brian Bonham January 21, 2016, 8:29 AM

That is exactly where these photos were taken! It's one of our all time favorite places to ride as well. We rode from Pinehurst to Harrison where we spent the night before doubling back.

greg forrester January 20, 2016, 4:01 PM

Looks like several of these photos were taken on the Trail of the Coeur D-alenes in Northern Idaho. One of my favorite places to bike.

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