7 Reasons a Bike Tour is the Best Trip You'll Ever Take

Dale Majors, the founder and CEO of Bikewagon, has been on a bike tour of Europe with his wife and three children for a month. He's done it before, so it goes without saying the man loves to tour! He sent us his reasons for loving bike touring, along with some great pictures from the road.

Campground

If you can make the time, you can afford to bike tour.

Once you have arrived at your destination, camping is cheap. And if you cook your own meals, a family like ours can spend $30-40 a day.

Bike touring under a bridge

You stay really fit.

Riding every day and lugging your gear all over is exhausting, so even if you eat a lot, you are still likely to come back more fit than when you left.

Tour picnic

All food tastes amazing.

You have an amazing appetite when you are riding your bike 4+ hours a day.

Scenic overlook

It's a great way to see things.

As you navigate your way through a country at about 10 miles per hour, you can't help but soak in the sights and feeling of an area.

Touring group

You learn about yourself.

I've learned more about how I interact with other people while bike touring than doing any other activity. Especially if go with a group, bike touring for several weeks in a row can show you a lot about group dynamics.

Cows on a bike tour

It's a way to take a step back.

Bike touring radically changes your daily routine. Instead of driving to work, taking a lunch, driving back, working out, going to sleep and doing that all over again the next day, bike touring is a complete change. You are constantly having to find new food and water sources, and you are staying in a different place each night. Coordinating this effort can be very consuming.

On top of that, you might have equipment issues, so you can count on being very consumed by the tour itself. This is why it can help clear your mind; it helps you step out of your day-to-day so you can look at your life more as an outsider. Many of the changes I've made in my life have been decided while I was away on a bike tour.

Rainy bike tour

Bike touring increases your self-confidence.

There is no magic to bike touring. You don't go from point A to point B with anything other than your own strength. If you ride, you make progress. If you don't, you get nowhere. It's an amazing feeling to know you've covered a big number of miles. Thus far on our tour, even just doing few miles each day, we've ridden over 450 miles.

What do you think about Dale's reasons? If you've toured or want to tour, tell us about it in the comments below!






by Nathan Moulton

Nathan is the content manager at Bikewagon. He has written or edited product descriptions for thousands (probably tens of thousands!) of bike parts and accessories. Nathan joined the BWCC faculty in 2008.