Here's how to physically prepare your body for a long distance bicycle tour.
We take you through the different types of bicycle tours, help you figure out what you need from your bike and identify the bicycle that's right for your first big tour.
From traffic to weather to city centers — everything you need to consider when planning your bicycle touring route.
Everything you need to know about planning your route for your first big bicycle tour.
After a week or two following rivers in central Washington, Baxter and I headed back to the Cascades.
1,000 kilometres deserves a beer with my handlebar bag companions, Piglet and Dougal the Cancer Council bear.
Before we launch into the details, from route planning to gear to hiker-biker camp culture, I thought it’d be fun to assemble ten reasons why you (yes, you!) should get your wheels on the road for the first time. Personally, I could go on forever about why cycle touring is the greatest thing since sliced bread and how you should start planning your trip right now, so it took considerable effort to trim this list back to just ten.
In southern B.C. I was so busy worrying about bears and cougars that I was caught totally off guard by the little guy pictured below, who (I think) is harmless. I found him near a campsite down by the Similkameen River (pictured above), and after we scared the living daylights out of one another I groaned with dismay as I watched him slither into the bush where I’d left my bike.
On my second day out from Vancouver I met my first fellow cycle tourists: Josh, Jarney and Jay. They had already spent weeks cycling across prairies and over mountain ranges from Saskatoon, and I was impressed by how comfortably ragged they looked on their bikes.
We kick off a new series of blog posts, which will ultimately form a complete guide to bicycle touring. First up: why would you go bicycle touring in the first place?