Planning your own bike trip saves money and allows the freedom to explore new areas on a whim.
Evanston Bicycle Club members Peter Glaser and Robb Gieger shared tips for planning and riding a self-supported bike tour at the March 19 Evanston Bicycle Club meeting. They planned and rode their own bike trip last fall to the Vermont- Washington DC area without any dedicated SAG support, sleeping hotels or Airbnb properties each night.
Advantages of doing the planning and riding yourself or with your own small group are:
Some of the tips they offered were for planning were
On the road they had addition recommendations:
While the tips they shared were good for a trip in the United States, if you are biking internationally or in an unfamiliar areas, they recommend considering an organized tour. One such organization is Adventure Cycling Association. They are currently planning another trip to New Orleans with a larger group of riders and having more people on the ride increases the complexity in terms of making hotel reservations, stopping at restaurants, and individuals riding at different paces and distances.
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