Want to learn more? Here are some great resources from across the web that will inspire and empower you to — in the words of Queen — “get on your bikes and ride!”
ACA Touring Department
In case you haven’t noticed yet, we’re big fans of the Adventure Cycling Association. They can’t be topped for helpful information and practical guides for every aspect of self-supported and self-contained touring. The touring department is extensive, so here are a few shortcuts:
- Bicycle touring 101
- Bicycle travel etiquette
- Routes, maps, logistics
- Touring bicycles: Selection
- Touring bicycles: Maintenance, Technical
- Documenting your tour
ACA’s separate site to help you start small with short bike trips: “Don’t wait to go cross country. Go overnight.”
Bike Touring Tips
Search more than 2,000 entries submitted by bike travelers. Entries cover everything from tips on routes, food, camping, equipment, and “good ideas” to general articles and tour journals. Submit your own, too!
This bike touring duo has racked up over 60,000 kms. in more than 30 countries around the world. Their amassed pointers include route planning tips, insurance and visas, packing panniers, managing money and more.
Video: How to prepare for a long-distance bicycle tour
5-minute video from Adventure Cycling Association
Focus on off-road touring, primarily using mountain bikes on singletrack trails. Helpful info on routes, gear, and planning.
Bike Touring Survival Guide E-Book
Lessons, tips, and ideas from a couple who spent three years bike touring the globe, plus first-hand accounts from over 50 more touring cyclists. A handbook combining inspirational stories with practical advice.
Bicycle Touring Pro’s 62 book picks
Comprehensive list of books written by bike travelers, with summaries and easy links to purchase.
Bicycles and equipment
The Essential Guide to Touring Bicycles
The “Bicycle Touring Pro” shares how-to’s plus info on more than 130 different models.
Selecting a touring bike 101
Outlines all the elements you should assess, from components to materials and more.
Types of touring bikes: Horses for courses
Defines your options and their benefits or drawbacks.
How to pick a touring bike
The 5 factors to consider: budget, trip duration, terrain, transport with the bike, and comfort.
Veterans of a 5-year, round-the-world bike tour share their experiences and pull together reviews from others to list the most durable and reliable gear and equipment out there. Categories include: bike parts, racks and panniers, sleeping gear, cooking gear, maps, health and hygiene, safety, and more.
Covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more.
Bicycle Travel Bloggers
This ACA resource aggregates blog feeds from across the web. A good one-stop-shop for a variety of posts.
Bicycle Touring Pro
Experienced traveler Darren Alff shares stories from his years and miles on the road, plus helpful how-to info as well.
Tailwinds (our blog)
We may be biased, but we love both sharing and reading traveler reports, destination spotlights, practical tips, staff travel reports, and more!
Adventure Cycling Association
Mission: To inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. A member-based nonprofit organization that has mapped more than 44,000 miles of cycling routes over the last 40 years. Offering helpful resources, route maps, guided tours, a great 10x/year magazine, and online forums for your Q&A with other travelers. We’re proud to be a Gold sponsor!
League of American Cyclists
Represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Through information, advocacy and promotion, they work to celebrate and preserve the freedom cycling brings to their members everywhere.
International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Mission: To create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. They encourage low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.
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