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Encyclopedia > Bicycle touring
A type of touring bicycle
A type of touring bicycle

Bicycle touring is a leisure travel activity which involves touring, exploring or sightseeing by bicycle. Bicycle tourism can be likened to backpacking on a bicycle. Touring Bicycle (this picture was taken by me, Khurram Hashmi, July 2004 at Topanga State Park, Los Angeles, California) My Bicycle Commuting and Safety Page File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Touring Bicycle (this picture was taken by me, Khurram Hashmi, July 2004 at Topanga State Park, Los Angeles, California) My Bicycle Commuting and Safety Page File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A relaxing afternoon of leisure: a young girl resting in a pool. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... For other uses, see Bicycle (disambiguation). ... “Tourist” redirects here. ... Backpacking is a subculture of generally youthful travellers exploring the planet on a limited budget. ...


Distances vary considerably. Depending on fitness, speed and the number of stops, the rider usually covers between 50 to 150km per day. (30 to 90 miles per day) A short tour over a few days may cover as little as 200km (120 miles) and a long tour may go right across the country or around the world.

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Types of bike touring

There are many different types of bicycle touring:

  • In lightweight touring - informally called credit-card touring among cyclists - the rider carries a minimum of equipment and a lot of money. Overnight accommodation is in youth hostels, hotels, pensions or B&Bs. Food is bought at cafes, restaurants or markets. This type of bicycle touring is common in Europe.
  • In fully loaded touring (also known as self-supported touring) cyclists carry everything they need, including food, cooking equipment, and a tent for camping. Some travelers go "ultralight" with basic supplies, food, and a bivy.
  • Expedition touring means traveling extensively, often through developing nations or remote areas. The bicycle is loaded with food, spares, tools, and camping equipment so that the traveler is largely self-supporting.
  • In supported touring a vehicle such as a van carries most of the rider's equipment. This can be organized by private groups of cyclists or commercial holiday companies. These companies sell places on guided bicycle tours, including booked lodging, luggage transfers, route planning and often meals and rental bikes.

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The touring bike

bike with specially made trailer for touring and offroad trekking
bike with specially made trailer for touring and offroad trekking
Main article: Touring bicycle

Cycle touring beyond the range of a day trip may need a bike capable of carrying heavy loads. Although many different bicycles can be used, most cycle tourists prefer a touring bike built for the loads and which can be ridden more comfortably over long distances. A typical bicycle would have a longer wheelbase for stability and heel clearance, frame fittings for front and rear pannier racks, additional water bottle mounts, frame fittings for front and rear mudguards/fenders, a broader range of gearing to cope with the increased weight, and touring tires which are wider and more puncture-resistant. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 148 KB) a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive outdoor bike-trekking pic is shot by myself (owner of bike-buggy. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 148 KB) a bike-buggy especially designed for extensive outdoor bike-trekking pic is shot by myself (owner of bike-buggy. ... A touring bicycle is a road bicycle designed for long-distance travel, and especially bicycle touring. ... This article is about the recreational activity. ... A touring bicycle is a road bicycle designed for long-distance travel, and especially bicycle touring. ...


"Ultralight tourers" choose traditional road bicycles or "Audax bicycles" for speed and simplicity. However, these bikes are harder to ride on unmade roads, which in extreme cases can mean riding on busy roads. For some, the advantages of a recumbent bicycle are particularly relevant to touring. Other tourists find more comfort riding in the upright position. A road bicycle is a bicycle designed for use on roads, as opposed to rough terrain. ... Tandem recumbent bicycle manufactured by BikeE A recumbent bicycle is a variety of bicycle which places the rider in a seated or supine position (rarely, in a prone position). ...


Another option is to pull a bicycle trailer. This removes the requirement for a touring bike and provides the option to leave gear behind for side trips. Two-wheel truss-frame trailer Image:BOB trailer. ...


Finally, a rider can have his load carried in a following car or van. Cylists call this being "sagged", which comes from the colloquial name of the rescue bus that follows riders in races and picks up those who have sagged, who don't have the strength to ride further. For this, almost any type of bicycle may be suitable.


Travelogues

Many cycle tourists have published travelogues of their tours in books or magazines or on the Web that are both entertaining and informative. Some notable examples are Thomas Stevens, Ken Kifer, Dervla Murphy, Josie Dew, Heinz Stücke and Janne Corax. Travel literature is literature which records the people, events, sights and feelings of an author who is touring a foreign place for the pleasure of travel. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... Thomas Stevens (December 24, 1854, Berkhamsted, Herts, England - 1935) was the first person to circle the globe by bicycle. ... Ken Kifer (1945 – 2003) was a writer, bicyclist and webmaster. ... Dervla Murphy (born November 28, 1931, County Waterford, Ireland) is a touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books. ... Josie Dew is an English cyclist, author and cook. ... Heinz Stücke in Paris, 1999 Heinz Stücke (born c. ... Janne Corax, renowned Swedish cyclist and mountaineer. ...


Bike touring associations

Many associations for cyclists, such as the Cyclists' Touring Club in the UK and Adventure Cycling Association in the US, began as small touring clubs, bringing together enthusiasts and perhaps organizing tours and accommodation. The Adventure Cycling Association (then called Bikecentennial) organised a mass ride in 1976 from one side of the USA to the other to mark the nation's 200th anniversary. In France, long-distance cyclists belong to the Fédération Française de Cyclo-Tourisme and to the smaller Cyclo-Camping International, which pools members' experiences and holds an annual conference in Paris. The FFCT is the largest cycling organisation in the world; the CTC is the oldest. A cyclist is a person who engages in cycling whether as a sport or rides a bicycle for recreation or transportation. ... CTC, the Cyclists Touring Club, is the United Kingdom and Irelands largest and longest established cycling membership organisation. ... Adventure Cycling Association was founded in 1973 under the name of Bikecentennial by Dan and Lys Burden and Greg and June Siple to create a cross country bicycle event to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States. ...


History

From the invention of the bicycle, it has always been a challenge to see how far it could be ridden. When the limits of a day's ride were reached, cyclists began carrying luggage for an overnight stop, thus creating bicycle touring. Since this was impromptu progression, accelerated when the equally-sized wheels of the safety bicycle made it simpler to carry bags, it is impossible to say when it started. By 1878, however, recreational cycling was well enough established in Britain to lead to the formation of the Bicycle Touring Club, later renamed Cyclists' Touring Club. It is the oldest national tourism organisation in the world. Membership of the CTC inspired the Frenchman Paul de Vivie (b. April 29, 1853) to found what became the Fédération Française de Cyclotourisme, the world's largest cycling association, and to coin the French word "cyclo-tourisme". The safety bicycle is a type of bicycle that became very popular beginning in the late 1880s. ...


See also

Adventure Cycling Association was founded in 1973 to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fun, fitness, and self-discovery. ... Audax is a form of cycling where by the riders travel a long distance as a gropu. ... Bicycle safety is the use of practices designed to reduce risk associated with cycling. ... Bicycle tours are a type of group athletic activity involving vacations (holidays) on bicycles. ... This article or section should include material from Cycle path debate Segregated cycle facilities may consist of a separate road, track, path or lane that is designated for use by cyclists and from which motorised traffic is generally excluded. ... CTC, the Cyclists Touring Club, is the United Kingdom and Irelands largest and longest established cycling membership organisation. ... The League of American Bicyclists (LAB), a cyclists advocacy group was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen to improve riding conditions within the United States of America. ... Recreational cycling is any cycling done for other than utilitary reasons. ... Ugandan bicycle taxi or bodaboda Cargo-bicycle and Trike for rent Bremen. ...

External links

  • BicycleTraveler - Huge Resource of Personal Travelogues
  • CrazyGuyOnABike - Over 1000 Journals and Articles by bicycle tourists
  • TierraWiki: Community project to share outdoor routes, including bike touring.
  • WheretoCycle.com A place to share bicycle touring information about locations around the world
  • MapItPronto Map out or view other's bike routes
  • Veloroutes.org Create, share and find cycling maps
  • Cycle Touring Handbook - An extensive resource detailing long-distance cycling
  • Pedal Pioneers Guide - A complete guide for planning and conducting youth bike tours.
  • Bicycle Touring 101 - Informative resource for anyone thinking about starting bicycle touring
  • Rolling Across Europa - A documented trans-Europe journey with tips and observations
  • GPS Cycling Tours - Randonneuring in Mexico - A blog presenting GPS track data (like dynamic Trackmaps and altitude profiles), plus geo-referenced photographs and travel reports, of several cycling tours made to different archaeological sites in Mexico.
  • World Wide Bicycle Tour Directory
  • National Bicycle Tour Directors Association.

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References


  Results from FactBites:
 
Bicycle touring - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (513 words)
Bicycle touring is a recreational activity, which involves touring and exploration or sightseeing with the use of a bicycle.
Bicycle touring is a little bit like backpacking with the use of a bicycle.
A bicycle tour can be anything from a day ride, to a ride which takes many days, weeks, months or years.
Touring bicycle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (780 words)
Touring bicycles are usually equipped with luggage racks front and rear, designed to hold panniers or other forms of luggage.
Touring bicycle frames typically have a long wheelbase and stable steering geometry, with numerous attachment points for luggage racks, fenders (mudguards), lights, water bottles, tools and spare parts.
Touring bicycles are usually equipped with cantilever brakes or linear-pull brakes, instead of the caliper brakes used on racing bicycles.
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