Seeing the country by bicycle has long been a nomadic way to travel, often left to the most extreme bicycle enthusiasts or those who prefer to live day-to-day. Today, biking across the state or country has become a more realistic option for travel. With many bonuses, including more time to take in the view and low-costs, it comes at no surprise that electric bicycles are making bicycle tourism an increasingly popular vacation plan. Bicycle tourism offer numerous benefits that are hard to find when limited to car, plane, train or boat, and is a rewarding way to explore. We’ve defined what eBike tourism is and how you can get started planning your next trip.
Bike sharing in cities has long been a standard for visitors looking for a fun way to cover some distance by day. Self-guided tours are increasingly popular as people look less to the tourist attractions and opt to find small mom-and-pop places that are off the beaten path. Together those trends have led to a new breed of tourist: the bicycle tourist. One bicycle blogger, Russ via The Path Less Pedaled, defines bicycle tourism well: “any travel-related activity for the purpose of pleasure which incorporates a bicycle.” From organized day-tours, to weekend trips in a neighboring town, to entire cross-country adventures—the options are quite literally endless!
Multi-day and multi-week bicycle tourists are popping up everywhere, some even breaking records. Who wouldn’t want to give it a go? One of the most exciting advantages to bicycle touring is that you’re more aware of the places you pass and the scenery along the way. You are promised a number of unexpected, but amazing, finds that you won’t read about in any guide book. If you do choose to cover a lot of ground though, an eBike will help you keep a steady pace and ensure you’ll travel the optimal distance each day.
You’ll also get one killer workout. Just because you opted for an eBike, doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t break a sweat. Bicycle touring requires a lot of motion, which is exercise in itself, but you’re also able to control what level of force you’d like to use. Some days you may want to ride on your own, and some days you may want all the help you can get. Only an eBike gives you these options.
Towns are noticing the uptick in bicycle tourists, and have been working to welcome those people in all new ways including: better storage and more route markings. From “credit card” touring to self-supported trips, REI has a great Bike Touring: Trip Planning Basics guide that will help you begin planning your next cycling trip. The Adventure Cycling Association offers some more detailed answers to common bike touring questions. No matter your age or abilities, an eBike is a guaranteed way to make your bicycling touring dreams come true.