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Bicycle touring is as much about what you experience as the cycling.
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Quebec City Cycling Vacation

Quebec City Cycling Vacation | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
A Quebec City cycling vacation offers great food, excellent bike routes and history in the only walled city in North America.
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Bicycle Touring the Rhine Cycle Route | Easy Bicycle Touring

Bicycle Touring the Rhine Cycle Route | Easy Bicycle Touring | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
The Rhine River Cycle Route provides easy riding along a historic waterway with spectacular scenery. Read about our experiences bicycle touring this route.
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On my bucket list for a long time, I finally cycled the Rhine Cycle Route and it met my expectations. Well signed and fairly flat you can expect a lot of history along the way and a lot of others bicycle touring. 

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Cycling Around Lake Constance | Easy Bicycle Touring

Cycling Around Lake Constance | Easy Bicycle Touring | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
The Lake Constance cycling route offers great scenery, views of Alps, orchards, vineyards, castles, and medieval towns for a great bicycle touring journey.
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My experiences on the Bodnesee route around Lake Constance.

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Cycling touring on a tandem bicycle (India)

Just two Aussies who decided to cycle the Leh-Manali Highway in India on their honeymoon. Great job guys!
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Superb video of Aussie couple on honeymoon bicycle touring on tandem in India. They rode along the Leh-Manali Highway and the higher they went the conditions got tougher. Great adventure, breathtaking photography.

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How to pack your bike for a trip abroad

How to pack your bike for a trip abroad | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Your holiday's booked and you're off to ride your bike in foreign climes. The tricky part is taking your bike on a plane with you.
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Some excellent tips if you have a soft side bicycle carrier. I also add a label inside with the address of my first night's accommodation and a baggage tag outside with the same information.

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Finding Bicycle Friendly Accommodation in Europe

Finding Bicycle Friendly Accommodation in Europe | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Where you stay is not only a place to sleep but is part of the overall bicycle touring experience so choose well and these are my experiences.
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Planning a 3 week bicycle tour of Europe involves plenty of decisions regarding accommodation. Why I have found reserving in advance best. What I looked for when booking and some on-line resources.. 

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Mountain Biking Safari “Bike Tour of a Lifetime”

Mountain Biking Safari “Bike Tour of a Lifetime” | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Are you feeling the need to take your adventure biking to the next level? National Geographic has identified...

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What an interesting way to go on a safari and get close to the animals. Would be a bike tour of a lifetime.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 4:21 PM

This does indeed look like the tour of a lifetime.

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Getting to Europe with Our Bicycles

Getting to Europe with Our Bicycles | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Handling some of the issues regarding getting your bicycles and yourself to a foreign destination for your bicycle touring journey.
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Bicycle Touring Gear for a One Week Cycle Tour

This is my bicycle touring gear for a one week cycle tour in England. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Daves Travel Pages - http://www.davestravelpages.com.
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Good video packing list for a one week bicycle tour in the UK. He starts by recommending panniers, discusses camping and cooking gear and talks about some of his meals. This includes what he considers to be a cyclists best friend (I agree) and a few other items that are more of an acquire taste, especially to Canadians and Americans.

 

There is a quick review of the clothing for the ride followed by some smaller items and finally the tech items.

 

What I like about this video is the close views of the lightweight gear including brand names and how sensible it is. Only 15 minutes, well worth the time check it out.

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Adventure road bikes explained - Cycling Weekly

Adventure road bikes explained - Cycling Weekly | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
These bikes are not Cyclocross bikes, or Endurance Road bikes, and they are clearly not Mountain bikes.
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This type of bicycle might be great if you have a lot of gravel roads or unpaved bike paths along your route. 

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Roger Dillon's curator insight, July 16, 2015 8:04 PM

Fairly simple explanation of these type of bikes

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Camping Along the Great Allegheny Passage

Camping Along the Great Allegheny Passage | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
With all the available facilities the Great Allegheny Passage makes a bicycle touring camping trip easy and economical to plan.
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Biking the Great Allegheny Passage

Biking the Great Allegheny Passage | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Great Allegheny Passage trip report on cycling some of the more dramatic sections of this 335 mile route from Pittsburgh to Washington.
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This is a very scenic bicycle touring route for beginners and veterans alike. As a rail tail the grades even up to the Eastern Continental Divide as easy, even on road bikes like we were.

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Cycling in Southern France

Cycling in Southern France | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
The Dordogne and Lot River region of southern France has long been a favored area for bicycle touring, find out what makes this region so special.
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Entering the hillside town of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie along the Lot River. Climb was well worth the effort and we spent 2 days exploring the region. 

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11 cycling routes across Wales with the most beautiful backdrops

11 cycling routes across Wales with the most beautiful backdrops | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it

If you're tired of riding on the same old local roads, these stunning alternative routes will inspire some real pedal power
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Wales is not top of mind when I consider bicycle touring destinations but this article highlights many of interest. Two of the routes are over 200 miles long. The scenery is stunning and there is lots to see along the way. I need to add it to my destination bucket list.
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Lost Bicycle Touring in Europe and No Cycling GPS | Easy Bicycle Touring

Lost Bicycle Touring in Europe and No Cycling GPS | Easy Bicycle Touring | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Bicycle touring in Europe along the Rhine Route I made a wrong turn. Would a cycling GPS have helped? Find out about our experiences in finding our way.
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Bicycle Touring Ride of a Lifetime

Bicycle Touring Ride of a Lifetime | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Find out why this interesting itinerary may be the bicycle touring ride of a lifetime.
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Teenager completes round the world cycle trip

Teenager completes round the world cycle trip | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Tom Davies, 19, returns home to London after 18,000 miles of cycling – and may be the youngest person to complete the journey A British teenager raised his arms in triumph in Battersea, south London, on Sunday after completing an 18,000-mile...
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Why I Am Taking a Self-Guided Bicycle Tour

Why I Am Taking a Self-Guided Bicycle Tour | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
With access to the internet it is easy to plan your self-guided bicycle touring. There are many advantages which are explained for our European cycle tour.
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Insight into the benefits of my taking a self-guided bicycle tour this year instead of a cycle vacation from a tour company.

 

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Capital transfer: a cycling trip from London to Amsterdam - The Guardian

Capital transfer: a cycling trip from London to Amsterdam - The Guardian | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Rachel Dixon joins a new green cycle tour from London to Amsterdam – with plenty of interesting and delicious pit stops en route
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Nice description of the route they took while bicycle touring and some of the experiences encountered along the way. 

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Biking a Trail of History from Pittsburgh to Washington

Biking a Trail of History from Pittsburgh to Washington | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
The 335-mile-long ride is almost entirely car-free and weaves through terrain that forms a tour of American history.
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I cycled this route last summer and it is amazing, I highly recommend it.

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Choosing Your Bicycle Touring Companions

Choosing Your Bicycle Touring Companions | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
What is the most important decision you must make so that your bicycle touring trip will be a success? Read this first important step for your journey.
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Choose wisely when picking other cyclists to join you on a long distance bicycle touring trip. While sharing experiences with other riders is great what happens if someone does not fit in well with the group. 

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Bicycle Touring from Herzegovina to Tirana, Albania - World Journeyman

Bicycle Touring from Herzegovina to Tirana, Albania - World Journeyman | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
Bicycle touring from Ljubuski, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Tirana Albania via Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro - a beautiful part of the world.
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While this is not a bicycle touring route many will take it makes for an interesting read as the cyclist discusses his day by day itinerary with numerous pictures as he heads down the Croatian coast and includes a stop in Dubrovnik.


He also includes pictures of his accommodation and how he made the arrangements although at times he camped out.


Even if you are not planning on cycling in this region this is an excellent article about what daily life is like for a solo rider on a long distance trip. Enjoy!

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Neckar Valley Cycling Route

Neckar Valley Cycling Route | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
The scenic Neckar Valley cycling route crosses Germany with easy bicycle touring past castles, vineyards, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and many medieval towns.
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An easy 375 km bicycle touring route from southern Germany to the Rhine. We used it as part of a longer cycling trip.

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The 10 Best Airlines To Fly With A Bike

The 10 Best Airlines To Fly With A Bike | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
A summary of the 10 best airlines in the world for flying with a mountain bike, along with bike fees and ratings

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Finding an airline with reasonable fees is always an issue. One thing is I always take non stop or direct flights, never a flight with a connection.

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This is definitely a hot topic.

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Most Popular Bicycle Touring Destination in Europe

Most Popular Bicycle Touring Destination in Europe | Bicycle touring | Scoop.it
While frequently bicycle touring other cyclists ask me about the most popular destination. You may be surprised by the answer and reasons why.
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Cyclists crossing bridge along the Romantic Road Bike Route in southern Germany. The bike route is entirely separate from the famous tourist road route and features varied scenery. 

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