Is Bike Touring Actually One thing Anybody Can Do? – Bicycle Touring Professional

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In nearly all situations, sure! Bicycle touring is an exercise that nearly anybody can do. Younger folks, previous folks, poor folks, wealthy folks, fats folks, skinny folks, disabled folks, males, girls, youngsters, and even individuals who have by no means ridden a bicycle earlier than can go bicycle touring!

Since 2007 I’ve not solely been touring all around the globe alone bicycle touring adventures, however I’ve additionally been working with folks all throughout the planet to assist them plan, put together for and execute the bicycle tour of their desires and I’ve helped 1000’s of individuals from all walks of life conduct their very personal bicycle touring adventures.

Simply have a look at what a few of my readers and supporters have mentioned about Bicycle Touring Professional, The Bicycle Touring Blueprint and the advantages they’ve obtained from working with me:

“Your weblog is the motivating consider my choice to tour. I’ve ridden for a number of years, however by no means toured self-contained. Together with your assist I toured solo for 712 miles in 7.5 days, averaging 94 miles per day. I even have 3 different excursions deliberate for subsequent yr. Thanks a lot on your assist.” – Bob Hopkins

“Bicycle Touring Professional helped my daughter and I put together for a 42-day bike tour throughout america and a 6-week bike tour in New Zealand. We discovered that it actually wasn’t that tough if you happen to simply take sooner or later at a time.” – Michael Rice

“I want you had been round years in the past after I began biking in earnest. I discovered a lot over time, however the trial and error methodology is a gradual course of. Inside a month I’ve ridden 1,400 miles for the yr. Thanks once more.” – Bernard Parker

“I don’t assume I may ever put together myself for my journey with out your assist. Each time I speak to you or go in your web site I study one thing new. Thanks for every little thing.” – Brandon Roesler

“Bicycle Touring Professional confirmed me the most typical errors folks make on tour, with out me having to make these errors myself whereas on the highway. I’m actually grateful there’s one thing like this web site for folks like me. With out it, I do know my journey wouldn’t have gone in addition to it did.” – Spencer Holmes 

“We relied closely on The Bicycle Touring Blueprint. Not just for its technical factors about easy methods to put together for a motorbike journey so long as ours, but additionally issues like what to put on and eat. It contributed to us having no query and no worry about tackling the duty earlier than us.” – Jon & Earline Blumhagen

“Thanks for all the assistance your web site has given me. I accomplished my first week-long tour in June and your recommendation and movies actually contributed to its success. Thanks once more! Sustain the wonderful work!” – Paul McDonald

“I might similar to to thanks for all the assistance you have got given in your web site during the last couple of months. I stay in London and am planning a around the world bike journey leaving Britain in September. It is going to be a 2-year journey of a lifetime. I’ve had a lot info out of your web site. You have got helped with tent choice, pannier packing and simply common info that has been wonderful. Thanks as soon as once more. You have got helped to make a dream come true.” – Robert Halkett

“ has been an enormous assist for me – a starting wannabe tourer. The knowledge I’ve obtained has been invaluable, not solely in preparation, however in constructing my confidence to a degree the place I do know I can full a tour with confidence. Darren’s willingness to personally reply to my questions has led me to view this web site as one in every of my most necessary bicycle associated sources.” – Chris Kmotorka

“Now that I’ve truly had a possibility to place your knowledge to make use of on the highway with a tour I did with my son, I can say that every one the knowledge you have got given in your web site is beneficial. My tour with my son was very enjoyable and profitable because of your useful info! In reality, I used to be simply mentioning your web site to a buddy of mine who simply purchased a touring bike. I informed her she ought to test it out as a result of your info is excellent and sensible. Us newbies want folks such as you!” – Colleen Welch

“There’s a wealth of knowledge in your web site. I’m grateful that you just put the effort and time into sharing it. I’ve discovered an amazing deal.” – Brenda Waller

“I’m coaching for a cross nation journey in honor of my sixtieth birthday and I discovered your web site whereas trying across the internet for all the great recommendation I can get. Your web site is nice! Thanks!” – Joe Golden

“Thanks on your fantastic web site. I’m planning a motorbike journey from Scarsdale, NY to Canada and round Vermont. I take pleasure in studying materials in your web site as a result of it’s immensely sensible. It offers me a way of what’s attainable and has constructed up my confidence to take longer journeys. Sustain the great work!” – Peter F. Mathias

“Thanks Darren. I’m new to touring so I’ve discovered lots from you! I’ve simply completed constructing my new touring bike and I’m hoping to take it round Eire this summer season. Thanks for all of your assist by your web site. The video part is nice and it offers a a lot clearer perception on easy methods to do issues proper. Thanks for an amazing web site!” – Anthony

“Darren, I simply wished to say that I’ve been touring by bike for various years… however I like the best way you give a extra age-appropriate strategy to touring by bike. I’m trying ahead to what you have got deliberate for the positioning sooner or later. Good work!” – Richard Barton

“Hey Darren, I’m a giant fan of your web site. It has been so useful for the planning of my first bike journey this summer season. My family and friends are beginning to take a look at your web site too. The extra they know the extra they really feel higher. I made a decision to go all out on my first journey. I wish to go coast to coast in Canada. It’s a large and lengthy journey, however I’ve the time and dedication. Your web site has made me so excited to start out my journey. Thanks!!!” – Shawn Corey Wright

“Hey Darren. I simply wished to inform you how a lot I recognize your taking the time to sit down down and go over what truly goes into the all of the touring luggage and easy methods to pack them. Your commentary on putting all the luggage in the identical place each on the bike and off (within the tent) in addition to placing every little thing inside the identical bag each time has helped me lots!! Please sustain the great work. I’m anxious to see what you’ll do subsequent.” – Tom

“I’m persevering with to take pleasure in your web site/weblog. I’ve considered many, if not all, of your movies on touring and packing panniers, and so forth. for bike touring. You have got positively succeeded in getting me enthusiastic about this touring season. Thanks for the entire work that you just do to video your journeys and the wonderful web site that you’ve got. It’s actually probably the greatest that’s on the market.” – Malaika Sharp

“I simply arrived house from my bike journey at present. It was my first tour, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., and it was one of many best experiences of my life. I’m trying ahead to the subsequent one. Thanks once more on your assist! Your recommendation proved invaluable on my tour and I hope you proceed to encourage future generations of touring cyclists.” – Boris Grogg

“I simply wished to inform you how a lot I’ve loved your web site and the way helpful I’ve discovered it to be. I’m embarking on my first cycle tour in Could. It is going to be from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland. I’ll be tenting and hosteling many of the approach with a good bit of stealth tenting thrown in as effectively. All the most effective and sustain the great work! Glad Travels.” – Jim Marsh

“Thanks Darren for taking the time to share your experiences. It actually does assist me to organize and you’ve got an amazing useful resource for that. And thanks too on your customized reply to my electronic mail lately. Sustain the nice work. You’re making your mark on the planet!” – Grant Southam

“I’m scripting this to let you already know that I’ll be going away for some time. I’m lastly setting off on my bike journey, hooray! After a moderately extended sequence of mishaps and setbacks every little thing appears to be so as. I’ll be leaving a while tomorrow afternoon or on Sunday morning, on the very newest. I’ve been giving the matter some thought and I feel that it’s protected for me to say that hadn’t it been on your web site and the tons of invaluable info therein and naturally our assembly itself, maybe I wouldn’t be taking this journey in any respect. So right here’s a giant thanks! And congrats for setting a objective and reaching it my buddy. If inspiring and inspiring others to take steps ahead is what you got down to do (alongside taking the highway much less traveled and main a significant life) then permit me to say, mission achieved. I salute you.” – Nick Parker

“Bicycle Touring Professional is probably the most complete of all websites hit on for detailing the preparation for touring for a primary timer. Nice tales, footage, informational movies, hyperlinks to different web sites – superior! Want I may have been together with you on a few of your excursions. You might be ‘the person.’” – Dave Fuller

“I’m within the midst of planning my first tour and had no concept the place to start out. I discovered and now really feel like I do know what questions I must ask and easy methods to plan so I’m prepared. I really feel like I’m able to take the subsequent step. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with us all and making the knowledge straightforward to digest. Thanks!” – Justine Pattantyus

“ is my solely trusted supply on bicycle touring. I commonly verify the positioning for updates and belief the knowledge greater than different sources.” – Jarin Marocco

“I simply wished to let you understand how a lot I recognize what you do with Bicycle Touring Professional. The emails, The Bicycle Touring Blueprint I bought and the useful movies (on YouTube) have given me perception into making the right preparations for a tour this summer season, and for that I thanks!” – Dale Wahowiak

“ is a complete web site for any particular person thinking about studying about each facet of bicycle touring. It’s apparent that TOURING-BICYCLE works exhausting at making it simply accessible and helpful for cyclists of any age or expertise degree. Darren can be responsive and informative in answering particular questions you will have. is mostly a “One Cease Store” for all of your bicycle touring wants.” – William Miller

“Hey Darren! I simply wished to thanks for making a web site like this with all its sources. I’m 17 and have at all times wished to journey throughout America, however solely lately began to actually look into it. My inspiration comes from my father who, when in faculty (1970?s), rode throughout the States and ever since then has been an avid bike owner. I plan to make the trek in summer season 2013. Thanks once more for this web site. It’ll no-doubt be a device in making my touring desires a actuality.” – Michael LaMacchia

“You’re wonderful Darren. Thanks a lot for all of your vitality and generosity. Your weekly emails are like having a non-invasive, tremendous chill and equally supportive private coach! Simply checking in to maintain you on observe whilst you’re making ready for the highway. Thanks a lot –  invaluable!” – Jenn

“Probably the most complete, right down to earth info from a man who lives it!” – Tom Magnone

“ is the last word web site for the bicycle touring fanatic, whether or not touring 5 miles or 50,000.” Kris Torrey

“Your casual approach of delivering info to a diversified viewers is so thorough and well-planned that nothing is left to likelihood. is the equal of one-stop purchasing for touring info. From the fundamentals of brief, native journeys to prolonged touring expeditions, Darren lays all of it out with an easy-to-read format in addition to interviews full of info. Bookmark this web site, since you’ll be again!” – Donna Gatz

“Your web site has given me the information and confidence to know that I will probably be profitable in my future touring days. I discover you and your readers to be insightful and useful to these of us who’re much less expertise in bicycle touring. I’ll proceed to go to and study out of your web site, which has offered me with a wealthy schooling in long-distance touring.” – Jim Presely

“Darren, what an amazing web site! I had a loopy concept of taking my son on the Transamerica after he graduates highschool in two years. Your web site has helped with the planning large time, from what sort of bike to journey to easy methods to pack panniers. Thanks lots!” – Eric Benjamin

“The principle factor that I’ve discovered from you is that it’s attainable. I’m 56 years previous and have a again downside leading to horrible sciatic ache. I can, nonetheless, cycle with none issues. You have got impressed me to start out making ready for a retirement of world journey which will be not solely reasonably priced, however probably worthwhile. You have got proven me that I can experiment to search out the most effective tools for me. You have got demonstrated that I don’t must restrict myself to bicycle routes, and that nearly any area of the world is open to me. You have got helped me imagine that it’s not the arrival on the vacation spot that’s necessary; the journey is the necessary factor, and the timeframe ought to be versatile. I may go on, however actually, because of you, I now realize it’s attainable, and I’m about to start out. Thanks.” – Geoff Shannon

“My spouse and I’ve talked about touring for a number of years (we’re each 50 yrs. previous). With the assistance of your superb web site, we now have deliberate our first journey. Subsequent month we are going to set off from San Francisco to Los Angeles with a mixture of tenting and lodges. Your recommendation has aided within the planning and we now have complete confidence that this will probably be an exquisite first journey. Thanks!” – Robert Earle

“Thanks Darren for the unconventional and well-planned perspective of life lived exterior the workplace, on the highway and with two wheels beneath you. I’m 23 and will probably be embarking on a long-term, non-traditional life plan within the coming months. What you have got given me, along with a COMPLETE background in bike touring… is a few safety within the little voice at the back of my head – telling me that my desires (of motorcycle journeys after all) usually are not solely 100% doable however are the important subsequent step in understanding myself as an individual of data, leisure, journey, exhausting work, creativity, self-sufficiency, integrity, dedication and past, past, past. For the A-Z’s and the psychological help, thanks on your dedication to serving to folks work out easy methods to make life one epic and righteous journey! Journey on.” – Jennifer Kehoe

“As soon as upon a time I used to be a fats sofa potato. I stumbled upon Bicycle Touring Professional and browse by it’s articles like mad. It was due to this web site that I purchased a motorbike and began biking. Now I’ve a bicycle tour of my very personal approaching quick and I might of been misplaced with out this web site. I discovered every little thing I may ever have wished to learn about bicycle touring. When my involved family and friends requested about specifics like how I might sleep with out paying a for resort, I used to be in a position to give them a superb reply. With the large library of knowledge you have got made obtainable, I eased my family members into being alright with the thought of a bicycle tour. For anybody even remotely thinking about bicycle touring, Bicycle Touring Professional is the most effective web site on the market for sparking that curiosity and instructing you every little thing that you must know. I’ve now been on numerous journeys to far off locations I by no means thought I might be at by bicycle, and it’s solely the start.” – Bryan

“I discovered your web site whereas browsing the web for bike touring data. Boy, did I ever strike gold! A lot info to undergo. My spouse and I’d by no means tour throughout Europe, however your experiences have proven me that there are certainly adventures to be discovered wherever and at any time when I select, be it a few nights out from house, or a month out of the country. Thanks, and stick with it!” – Kevin M.

“I wanna thanks Darren for making such an informative, encouraging, and enjoyable web site for us to study and revel in. I discovered so many issues from you, equivalent to easy methods to correctly pack my panniers, what to anticipate whereas on the highway, potential risks and easy methods to take care of them, and most significantly the inspiration you’ve delivered us by your tales and footage of your journeys. This has develop into my no.1 supply for all of the bike associated stuff and can proceed to go to. Thanks for the positivity you’ve delivered! All of us actually recognize it.” – Paul Kwon

“Darren, I began biking at age 50 and I weighed 300lbs. At age 53 I now weigh 205lbs. I’m not constructed for pace, however I can go the space. I’ve adopted you across the planet together with your journeys to Europe, the Katy Path and different off the overwhelmed path journeys that you just’ve taken. You have got impressed me to go farther. This fall I will probably be using from San Diego to Cape Coral, Florida. Godspeed my buddy and journey protected. Don’t cease doing what you’re doing. Thanks.” – Donald Arbeene

“I totally take pleasure in studying your tales, opinions, and so forth on bicycle touring and that has impressed me to take up the game. To be frank, I didn’t have any curiosity in something earlier than I found your web site, however this sport has given me a brand new lease of life and I sit up for journey lengthy distance with my bicycle. You have got helped open one other path for me and taught me to cease and odor the roses alongside the highway. Thanks!” – Yan Cheang

“I figured, at my age, doing a motorbike tour was only a dream. Though I’m a grandmother, I had hopes of doing a long-distance tour. I had been coaching even as much as 50-miles some days – so thrilling! Then I grew to become unwell and needed to stop using just a few years in the past. I’d nearly given up. Now, because of you, you’ve helped me imagine desires can come true, even for grandma’s.  With some coaching, planning, and motivation from Bicycle Touring Professional (thanks), my dream has as soon as once more develop into greater than only a dream – it’s develop into my actuality. Thanks, thanks!” – Sandi

“I’ve been house for five days from my first tour. I flew to Pittsburgh PA arriving on 9/10 again house from Washington DC to SF on 9/26. I biked round Pittsburgh – then hit the Nice Allegheny Passage, C&O Canal trails and extra – pedaling a complete of 502 miles, with 7,600 toes of climb. I averaged 9.85 mph with an 87 pound load (bike, gear and water). I toured solo and had a complete blast. I actually recognize your articles and all the knowledge you share with us. I sit up for listening to extra from you – and to planning the subsequent tour. This one was a psychological, bodily, and religious problem – I can’t describe what a wonderful expertise it was. Blessings to you in your travels.” – Cinda Weisgerber

“Going to show 67 this April and can do my first cross USA solo bike tour this spring. Thanks a lot on your continued steerage. On these events when you could really feel down – please know that your phrases of knowledge and encouragement actually do make a optimistic significant affect.” – Colin Kenney

“I’m nonetheless recovering from some well being points in 2009 and only recently superior to the place I can journey once more. It’s exhausting to comprehend how such a easy pleasure like making ready for a journey can develop into an dependancy and an amazing need when you end up within the precarious place of dropping that chance. I want I may specific how a lot your enthusiasm for biking has pushed me to exceed the Physician’s expectations of my restoration and pushed me to just accept that there will probably be limitations in my skills, AND that that’s OK too! Once I begin to develop into stressed or plateauing or feeling depressed that I can’t go now or I’m not the identical as I used to be earlier than, I take some “me” time and journey a bit of with you. I don’t assume you understand the very actual worth you impart together with your web site, books, emails, and pictures that encourage and uplift folks like myself who could by no means have the ability to journey as you do bodily, however by your eyes, phrases and experiences we now have a a lot fuller and hope stuffed life. You actually have modified and helped me as a lot as any of my different therapist, Dr’s, nurses and household. NEVER brief change your affect on others’ lives.” – James Neal Pipes

“I’m so grateful to have a complete A-Z useful resource for planning and executing a profitable bike tour. Following the rules and recommendation now obtainable to me in a scientific format, I’m assured that I will probably be ready for fulfillment in my first solo bicycle tenting tour (in June). Now that I’ve a plan that’s in black & white, a profitable bicycle tour is that a lot nearer to being a actuality! Thanks Darren for all of the work that you just’ve performed to create a information for protected, profitable and satisfying bicycle touring adventures.” – Rosemarrie Nadelen

“I got here throughout your web site and I’ve to tip my hat to you for offering one of the crucial complete biking websites I’ve come throughout. Your wealth of data and experience exhibits within the excessive amount and glorious high quality of biking articles and recommendation.” – Adam Bruk

“My flip to say thanks! So joyful you possibly can put out this wealth of knowledge. Actually, I gained a lot from your entire newsletters, articles and sources. Even when I had solely gained one factor, it could have been value it. I’m not younger anymore and I wanted all the assistance and encouragement I may get. Thanks once more for making this public.” – Richard Welch

“Thanks once more for writing the nice books (and web site and podcasts/interviews/movies). Most books I’ve discovered are actually aimed toward athletes attempting to enhance their time or distance or studying easy methods to repair bikes. There’s not almost sufficient data on the market about easy methods to journey by bicycle. Thanks!” – Erik Ribeiro

“I really recognize every little thing I’ve discovered out of your web site and am so astonished that there are nonetheless nice folks on the market who sincerely take pleasure in serving to others out. My journey remains to be within the very early phases of being deliberate and could be very intimidating, however the pleasure I’m feeling from simply excited about it’s unimaginable and I do know it is going to be life altering and that I’ll study lots about myself on this tour. I can not thanks sufficient for all I’ve discovered out of your web site and emails. With out these I might nonetheless be fairly clueless and will have given up on trying this tour.” – Mark McGee

“You’ve been, and proceed to be, such a supply of inspiration and information for me. It was due to all that I discovered from Bicycle Touring Professional that I had the arrogance and information to finish my first solo bike tour final summer season (495 miles spherical journey from Northern NY to northern NJ). I’m nonetheless using each day however haven’t ventured out to do any winter biking… but. Thanks once more for the wonderful useful resource that you’re offering for us! It’s so enjoyable to have the ability to comply with your personal adventures too. And, your images is superior! I’m trying ahead to an extended and rewarding relationship together with your work.” – Rose

“I simply wished to inform you, you’re my hero, and have impressed me FULLY. I’m planning my very personal bike tour throughout America, and if all goes effectively, I plan to proceed in Europe for a really prolonged period of time! Thanks for paving the best way and giving reasonable hope to these desires. You might be, for lack of a greater time period, epic.” – Bobby Weaver

“I assumed you would possibly similar to to know that thanks largely to inspiration taken out of your quite a few articles and movies, which I’ve been following during the last yr or so, I’ve only recently returned from a 10-day journey from my house right here on the south coast of England to Switzerland. I left from the Channel port of Dieppe on a Thursday afternoon and rode into the resort city of Interlaken on the Saturday, 10 days and about 500 miles, later. Thanks for all that you just do to encourage bike touring and sustain the great work.” – Paul Jenkins

“I’ve been a fan over the previous few years, have bought a few of your books and have appreciated the tons of information on cycle touring you have got created. You have got been an inspiration to me over this time. In Sept. 2012 I did a 5 day tour from Pittsburgh to DC and again to WV of the GAP & C&O Canal. That acquired my toes moist Darren and on January seventh, 2014 I simply completed a 53-day, 2,441 mile fall/winter tour from Fort Kent ME to Key West FL by all types of climate together with snow (thanks for the e book on Winter Biking suggestions). The chilly bit my palms and toes, however cycle touring has bit my coronary heart. Thanks once more for all you do to assist us out with nice opinions, data and inspiration. I so take pleasure in your web site. God Bless!” – Carl Lussier

Sure, Virtually Anybody Can Go Bicycle Touring!

One of many issues I like most about operating the web site at is listening to from all of the individuals who have taken the knowledge I’ve made obtainable and gone off and executed their very own bicycle excursions. In the long run, that’s actually what it’s all about… and that’s why I’ve devoted my life to serving to others plan, put together for and execute the bicycle tour of their desires.

In case you are trying to find a bicycle touring professional to information and help you as you go about planning and making ready on your dream bike tour, you gained’t discover too many different individuals who have traveled by bicycle extra extensively than I’ve. I don’t sit in a cubicle and write about bicycle touring. I truly stay the lifetime of a full-blown bicycle traveler. I’ve years of on-the-road bicycle touring expertise, have written for each massive and small media shops about biking all around the globe, and I’ve helped 1000’s of individuals make their bicycle touring desires come true.

Now it’s your flip! Are you able to go bicycle touring?

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