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Bicycle Touring | What to Know

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Bicycle touring appeals to cyclists of different ability levels. It can be done with a guide or without a guide. It is becoming one of the favorite means of travel. And it brings you the satisfaction of discovering the world on your own two wheels. Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions about traveling by bike.

Who travels by bicycle?

Bicycle travel sounds appealing but you first have to decide between going with a guide or on your own. If you’re an adventurous traveler, you might prefer a self-contained bicycle tour. However, if you don’t want to be faced with a lot of problems, you might want to choose to travel with a commercial tour operator. From beginning to end, you won’t need to worry about anything other than riding your bicycle. You’ll ride the most scenic cycling routes, participate in well planned activities, relax at the best hotels and enjoy first class service. No matter your style, traveling by bicycle is interesting in many ways: You meet the locals, explore hidden corners and enjoy the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power.  


Could you give me some bicycle touring tips?

You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy a bicycle tour. However, traveling by bicycle requires a minimum of training before your trip. Start with setting achievable goals. Try to ride a few times per week. If you are not used to do a lot of cycling, start with a 5-mile ride and increase mileage and speed as you improve. If you’re planning on traveling solo, make sure to carry the same gear you plan to travel with. Try to ride your bicycle over the course of several consecutive days. Lastly, you should not be scared of training in the rain so get on your bicycle as you will during your bicycle tour.

A few tips:
  • Wear some decent padded shorts.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Take a few breaks.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat some snacks (cereal bars, bananas, etc…).


How to find the best bicycle touring routes?

You mean the most scenic low-traffic routes or bike paths. If you’ve never been to a place before, you might find challenging to craft your own cycling adventure. You won’t know where to go, where to stop and you might end up cycling on a dirt road or along a highway. In that case, you’re better off going with a tour operator.  


Can you recommend bicycle touring equipment?

Whether you’re planning to go self-guided or guided, you must travel with some basic bicycle touring equipment. Please note that on guided tours, you won’t need to buy most of the gear as you’re provided with it for the time of your trip. You won’t have any added weight on your bicycle either as you leave your luggage in the support vehicle.

Gear checklist:
  • Touring bike
  • Helmet
  • Saddle bag
  • Handlebar bag
  • Panniers (self-guided)
  • Lock
  • GPS
  • Water bottle
  • Cycling multi-tool
  • Tire levers
  • Pump
  • Spare tube or patch kit
  • Padded shorts
  • Gloves
  • Tennis or bike shoes
  • Rainwear
  • Medical kit


Should I go guided or self-guided?

Bike touring can cost from $30 to over $800 a day. If you have all the necessary gear before you leave, traveling by bicycle won’t cost a fortune as you’ll only need to pay for food and camping fees. However, if you need to buy bicycle gear before you leave, you can definitely increase the cost by a few $100 a day. If you are planning on a more luxurious adventure, you may find & book a luxury bike tour at DIGnGO.com.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein
About the author

Kilian co-founded DIGnGO with his brother Flavien while finishing his BA in International Business at Northwood University in Florida. Over the years, he has played many competitive sports but focused on golf in college and traveled across the United States to compete with the best golf teams in the nation. He now oversees the planning of all our bike tours ensuring everything run smoothly on a daily basis and making sure we maintain the quality and service you expect on all our trips. He sets the company strategy and drives execution through transparency.