long distance bike touring

Ready to Go!

Contributor: Susan Fox This year, after 10 years of discussion and 5 years of planning, my best friend and I set out on our first cross-country tour. We had been inspired by a roadside gentleman who invited us to share his fire during our first tour in Eastern Oregon…in the rain. His story about his

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Why Host? Why Be a Guest?

Contributor: Lance Chilton Sure, being a guest while bike-touring saves money. Sure, being a host makes us feel we’re paying back the Warmshowers community. But it’s more than that. Although I could probably afford to stay in four-star hotels, Warmshowers gives me a much closer opportunity to meet and learn from bicyclists in all the

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Cycle Touring Books

Great reads authored by the Warmshowers Community!   A Ride Across America: a 4,000 Mile Adventure Through the Small Towns and Big Issues of the USA by Simon Parker A Ride Across America follows award-winning travel writer Simon Parker’s 10-week, 10mph journey, cycling 4,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. In

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Holiday Gift Guide: Best Bike Boxes For Your Favorite Travelers

Contributor: BikeFlights Looking for a holiday gift for the traveling cyclists in your life? BikeFlights has you covered with their easy-to-pack Bike Shipping Boxes. Available in four sizes to fit most bikes, they’re great for shipping bikes and bike touring gear to and from your favorite adventurer’s next bike tour.  BikeFlights Bike Boxes come packed

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A Free Spirit

Contributor: Andres Garcia I am from Colombia and have been traveling by bicycle for five years. My trip began in Argentina, where I studied musical composition. I decided to travel by bicycle without thinking about it; it was a decision that I had made at the moment, as I said, without thinking about it. I

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Old Dog Learns New Tricks

Contributor: Melissa Rosaaen “Do you think we should pay attention to that sign?” Rick says just a little sarcastically as he pedals up next to me.  “What sign?”, I gasp, as I down-shift.  He laughs. “Oh, you know.  The huge one back there that reads, ‘Trail Closed’”. We had been training for our big ride

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