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TransAmerica Trail: Week 1 Update & Gallery

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Bike Adventures’ hardiest customers are tackling the TransAm under the guidance of experienced cyclist Steve Wesson.

Steve completed this epic journey back in 2009 cycling from the West Coast of Oregon all the way over to the state of Virginia on the East Coast. The 2018 ride will cover a grand total of 4156 miles with an average of 69.3 per day with 60 days riding and 5 rest days. The tour will cross a total of 11 states, to include Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

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TransAmerica Trail: “The Best 8 Weeks of My Life”

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In 2009, Steve Wesson, one of Bike Adventures‘ senior leaders, rode across the United States; it was, he states, ‘the best 8 weeks of my life’. Over the last few years he has discussed this trip with many Bike Adventures regulars and a number have expressed an interest in such a trip should we ever organise one. Well, guess what? On July 19th, Steve, 11 of our most intrepid customers and a support driver head to Florence, Oregon to start a ‘TransAmerica’. We asked Steve to tell us more about the trip.

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Coast to Coast Cycle Tours

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Travelling from coast to coast has always been popular, regardless of the mode of transport. Coast to coast cycle tours however are an especially popular choice, providing a unique feeling of accomplishment for cyclists, having crossed the width of the country under his/her own steam. There is also the distinct sense of embarkation and arrival, as riders pedal from one sea all the way across to the other.

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Cycling Holidays for Singles in the UK

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Cycling holidays for singles have become increasingly popular in recent times, with a growing number of individuals seeking to travel alone, but ride within a group. For some, this may be due to the simple reason that neither friends nor family share their enthusiasm for cycling, and for others it is a way of meeting new and like-minded people, whilst participating in cycling adventures.

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An Epic New Zealand Bike Adventure

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A cycle tour in Aotearoa meaning “Land of the white cloud” in the language of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people cannot be compared to any other – as 36-year-old cyclist Cameron Nicholls experienced first-hand during his epic winter adventure. Cameron cycled 2,336km from the tip of the North Island all the way to the most southern point of the South Island in a mere 12 days with the help of his wife Alice who accompanied and supported his journey along the way – an impressive feat!

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The Ultimate Guide to Cycle Carriers

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If you’re about to embark on a cycling adventure this summer, choosing the right bike rack for your car can be unnerving and problematic, especially if you’ve never used one before. Maybe you have used one before, but with a bit of wear and tear you’re not entirely convinced by its safety features and believe you deserve an upgrade. We agree.

Needless to say, cycle carriers (or bike racks, whichever you prefer to call them) have a lot riding on them – pardon the pun! This is particularly true if you have an expensive, high-end bike, whose price tag never fails to unsettle non-cyclists.

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How to Be Cost Efficient When Travelling to Europe with Your Bicycle

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Europe has some of the best cycling routes on earth but travelling with your bike on the quest for that perfect road, though certainly appealing, could leave you out of pocket.

Cycling enthusiasts are never too far from their bikes at any one time and for many, only cycling in the UK is too restrictive. Whether you’re planning on tackling the Alpine mountains, the sandy tracks of southern Portugal, or following the meandering Danube, you can be sure that Europe’s cycling routes will stagger and astound even the most seasoned cyclist.

As with all holidays, determining the most cost efficient means of travelling is a time consuming and frustrating task – especially when information is thin on the ground! Sometimes it helps to have a little advice.

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Buyers Guide: The Best Cycle Carriers for Cars

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Maybe you’re gearing up for your first biking expedition? Or maybe you have found the most scenic sights a little further afield from your back garden? Or perhaps you just want to bring the family bikes out of the shed for a test ride with the little ones? Whatever your biking adventure, you’ll need a cycle carrier for your car to haul everything to your destination.

So what kind of cycle carrier do I need? Good question, because there are so many different makes of cycle carriers out there to fit thousands of bicycle shapes and vehicles. To ensure you don’t make any on-the-spot decisions, we consulted the leading manufacturer Bosal on what, today, are the best cycle carriers for your next biking holiday.

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London Calling

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So, yesterday I found myself in the middle of nowhere, down a tiny lane with both mirrors of the Bike Adventures mini-bus buried in the hedgerows.  Nothing odd about that, the poor old bus spends much if its life trying to squeeze down such lanes, except it was within 3 miles of the M25!!

New for 2016 is our Circumnavigation of London which tracks the dreaded M25 but might as well be in another galaxy.  The ‘Green Belt’ becomes a tangible thing as we follow idyllic country lanes though picture-postcard villages around England’s Home Counties.  Yesterday I completed the 2nd half of the reccie, starting in Woking and working my way through Surrey and Kent before taking the little-known Tilbury pedestrian ferry across the Thames and into Essex.  It really is quite astonishing that the route encircles a population of more than 10,000,000 people because all I saw was trees!

The trip runs over the first weekend in July and is proving popular so if you would like to join us get in touch soon!

 

Here Comes The Summer

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By the end of a Bike Adventures’ season we tour leaders are usually pretty frazzled.  Running trips is mostly tremendous fun, but still hard work and some of us are on the road for as many as 100 days in a season.  A bit of winter R&R is just what the doctor ordered but it doesn’t usually take too many weeks at home before the legs start to get twitchy again.  Early in the New year we all start to bid for the trips we would like to run and as the orders come in a clear picture of each leader’s timetable starts to emerge.  By March everyone knows what they will be doing and a state of excited anticipation sets in.  

Our 2016 season was ‘launched’ with a leader get-together at global headquarters (aka Dom’s house) in early April, an excuse for plenty of drinking, a nice long ride and the exchange of war stories.  Now the trips start rolling out and my fist kicks off tomorrow (Camino).  The van is clean, serviced and loaded with bikes, spares, tools etc and I am raring to go.  To call it ‘summer’ is stretching things a bit but for me the dark days of winter are over!