Bicycling

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Fully equipped for a bicycling adventure

Fully equipped for a bicycling adventure

Bicycling adventures are great to add to just about any vacation because they’’re readily available, they give you a different perspective of a country and they’’re just plain fun.

If your adventure travel vacation has been full of high-octane activities like bungee jumping, paragliding and flying down ziplines, why not turn it down a notch and see the sights at a slower pace?

Take a peaceful ride next to a white powder beach, get a feel for a city by mingling with the people as you peddle with them along a scenic roadway or take a long, serious ride through stretches of gorgeous countryside.

If you haven’’t considered bicycling for your next getaway, give it some thought. It might just turn into one of the unexpected highlights.

One quick note: mountain biking is not included in this review. Click here if you want to check out the page on mountain biking.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

The risk level for those considering bicycling adventures is pretty average most people because they’’re simply looking for a fun and easy excursion.

Discomfort and injuries are more likely when you get a bike that isn’’t a good fit for your body (especially the seat) or you just overdo it physically.

If you’’re not used to riding a bike then you shouldn’’t go for a 50-mile ride while on your adventure tour. You can save that for after you’ve had a chance to do the necessary training.

Those who seek a high-level adventure bicycling experience already understand that the risk factor increases significantly as they add speed and a more challenging course. If you plan on a bicycling tour down winding roads, or over rough terrain, you better add a couple of stars to the risk factor.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

For bicycling you need to have good lower body strength and good cardio if you plan to do any serious touring while on your expedition. Many who add bicycling to their vacation are simply looking for an easy ride as they take in the sights, so they don’’t need a high level of fitness.

Chances are you’’ve been riding bicycles since you were a child, so you’’re the best judge on whether you need to go on a conditioning program or not.

Most people who read about adventure travel activities on this website are looking for something new to try, so chances are they’’ll be looking for easy to medium bicycling touring opportunities. This criteria was rated with them in mind; hence, the three adventure travel stars.

If you’’re looking to do some serious bicycling, you can add at least a couple of stars to the skill and physical challenge factor.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ – 3 adventure travel stars

Bicycling is a fun way to get out and get to know the place you’’re visiting. When the weather is good, and you’’ve overcome the jet lag, what better way to relax and take in the sights, sounds and culture of an unfamiliar place.

Popular places for bicycling adventures

As mentioned earlier, you can find excellent bicycling opportunities in an awful lot of places around the world. Following are some overseas adventure destinations where getting out for a bike ride is almost mandatory.

  • Alpe d’Huez, France
  • California Winery Tours
  • Dubois, Wyoming, to Grand Teton National Park, US
  • Gorges de la Jonte, Cevennes, France
  • Jotunheimen National Park, Norway
  • Langkawi, Malaysia
  • London to Hever Castle, UK
  • Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Australia
  • The Kettle Valley Rail Trail, British Columbia
  • Uyuni salt flat, Bolivia
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