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Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your bicycle touring planning. As I find more or readers make additional suggestions I will continue to expand this list. I do recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!

Bicycle Touring Guidebooks

I wish I had some of these guides for my first tour as I packed far too much and ended up throwing things out to reduce weight.

Route Planning

Routes entered on these websites by local cyclists can help you pick the best options.

  • Bicycle Touring Routes – long distance routes with links to Adventure Cycling Association, Michigan Trails & Greenways, US Bicycle Route System
  • Bikely – this is a free and easy to use bicycle route mapping and sharing website created by cyclists
  • Map My Ride – use this site to locate existing great routes or plan your own.
  • Traillink – provides a searchable database of more than 25,000 miles of trail around the USA.

Accommodation

Information if you want to reserve in accommodation or just see what is available in an area.

  • BBCanada – listing from all provinces in Canada
  • German Cyclist’s Federation – accommodation for cyclists in Germany and surrounding countries.
  • Logis – the leading independent hotel chain across Europe with 2,600 locations. Some locations offer special features for cyclists.
  • Tiscover – independently owned family hotels in the alpine regions of Europe.
  • Warm Showers – free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists.
  • Free Campsites – while created for RV campers, many locations are suitable for those riding bicycles.
  • Couch Surfing – a worldwide hospitality exchange so you can stay with locals when you travel.

Cycling Equipment

If you can’t find the cycling equipment you need check out these suppliers.

  • Amazon – offers an excellent selection, great prices and quick shipping.
  • Jenson USA – claim to have over 20,000 items for cyclists in stock.
  • REI – suppliers of quality outdoor gear

 

Tour Operators

If just taking your first tour, would like someone to do the planning or enjoy cycling with a group of like minded people you may wish to join an organized tour.

Backroads – offer tours around the world including some for families and solo riders.

Bike Wisconsin – offer 3 different one week routes across the state each summer with large supported groups, Very well organized, the tour I joined had about 500 cyclists including some on recumbents and some children riding as well.

Butterfield & Robinson – have been offering cycling vacations around the world since 1966.

DuVine – also offer itineraries around the world including some for families only.

ExperiencePlus – although not as well known as some of the other companies they have been offering tours since 1972. They offer what they call guided independence using a system of arrows to follow a route at your own pace.

Explore – offer both walking and cycling holidays. What I like is they offer a quality tour with excellent local guides that is cheaper that many of the others as they stay in 3 star hotels and do not have a SAG vehicle although your luggage is transferred.

Freewheeling Adventures – best known for their small group tours in Canada they have expanded and offer quite a few European destinations as well.

G Adventures – offer cycling vacations around the world including Cuba.

HF Holidays – have been offering walking holidays for over 100 years but also have a selection of guided and self-guided tours in the UK and Europe for 3 days and longer.

Sojourn – this active travel company offers tours across the U.S. and Canada.

VBT – started 43 years ago and orginally known as Vermont Bicycle Touring now they offer tours across the U.S. as well as Europe

Government Cycling Sites

Sustrans – has created the National Cycle Network of over 14,500 miles across the UIK.

Swiss Tourist Office – detailed information listed by route including accommodatioin suggestions.

 

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel that they will help you bicycle touring. 

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