a Bike When You Get There
A bicycle is a great way to see the city and even get out
into the country-side. This is a great first-day activity
(for multi-day stays) because it gives you a chance to see
the overall view of the area you are staying in. Renting a
bike allows you to cover plenty of ground, yet still remain
immersed in the country's culture instead of racing by on
a bus, and you'll see plenty as you peddle around. You are
also able to go wherever you please, unlike a train or bus
system. Back allies and beach roads are yours for the riding.
Many cities, particularly
in Europe, offer bike rental services. These services may
be found at private agencies, hostels, hotels or even
at train stations. Check your guidebook for availability.
Be careful when
riding a bike in some cities. The road systems and traffic
patterns will probably be unfamiliar to you. My bicycling
rule of thumb is to ride as though you are invisible. Assume
that cars won't see you and will probably cut you off and
make turns in front of you. A helmet is a good idea if possible.
As well, make sure that the bike comes with a lock to avoid
theft hassles. If it doesn't have a locking device of some
sort, don't bother. A stolen bike is sure to blow your travel
Your Bike With You
These sites will definitely help you plan your cycling adventure:
- Bicycle Maintenance Guide - includes a packing list
designed for cyclists, airline and train tips, and also
comments on good and bad airlines for taking your bike
Tour Checklist - a minimal packing list for cyclists
- GORP Cycling - strategies for packing for bike tours,
including what to pack, how to pack and where to put it
all. An essential resource if you plan to travel by bike!
- Trento - a collection of pieces of information about
bicycle touring and off-road (mountain) biking in Europe
and the Mediterranean
- Warm Showers List - list of internet cyclists who
offer hospitality to touring cyclists. Submit your name
into the data-base too.
- Yahoo! - Yahoo's offering of bike-travel sites
Whether you are looking for a tour company to escort
you around, or you are already touring by bike and need some
help, these guys may be what you are looking for.
& New Zealand Bicycle Touring
Beano Cycling Holidays - cycling vacations in England
Classico - specializing in unique and educational cycling
tours in Italy for all ages and abilities, they offer 29
bicycling, walking and skiing itineraries
Cycle Tours, Inc - European road bike tours
- bicycling and walking tours In France, Switzerland, And
San Diego - El Hotel de los Ciclistas, in Mallorca,
Cycling Center - cycling tours in Italy
Tours - bicycle tours in Ireland
Corsa Tours - challenging bike tours in Italy, France,
Spain & Scotland
- Remote Outback Cycle Tours, these guys combine mountain
biking with four wheel driving in order to cater to those
adventurers who crave more than just a �bus tour�
Cycle Center - bicycle tours in Ireland
Chain Gang Cycling Tours - offer guided bike tours in
four of the most fascinating regions of France - the Dordogne,
a Bordeaux wine trail, Provence and the Loire Valley.
Innovations - worldwide touring and mountain bike trips
Cyclo Randonneurs - tour the "Golfe du Morbihan"
in south of Brittany in France