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.
- Bicycle Touring: How to Prepare for Long Rides – advice on bicycle and equipment selection, preparation for the journey.
- Bike Touring Survival Guide – writer of a veteran of numerous tours and this lengthy guide covers everything from getting ready, daily logistics, gear to some of the challenges you may encounter along the way.
- The Essential Touring Cyclist – a good choice for the begginer with information on gear, training and tips for an enjoyable journey.
- Safe cycling – website on the topic
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.
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.
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
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.