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Bike tour training tips

Most tours on this site require little more than average conditioning and a good attitude. Look at the average daily distances and the terrain and make sure you can do it comfortably.

Still, the more you ride before your bicycle tour, the more you'll enjoy it. Nothing prepares you for a bike tour like "time in the saddle." But don't wait until two weeks before your bike tour – the earlier you start your conditioning program, the better shape you'll be in.

Even if you're accustomed to long distances, remember that you're going to be riding at a leisurely explorer's pace. This means you'll be on your bike longer than you expect, and certainly longer than weekend rides at home.

It's not at all uncommon for people who ride at 12- or even 15 mile-per-hour paces at home to average less than 8 miles per hour on a bike tour. There's so much to see!


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