Biking in Europe
Bike tours are a fun, informative, and healthy way to see Paris with an entertaining local guide.
Some travelers are surprised when I tell them to consider biking in
While my schedule usually won't allow a weeklong pedal in the
I feel local, efficient, and even smug with my trusty and well-fitted bike. Especially during rush hour, I can get across town faster on my bike than I could by taxi or tram, giving me more time to spend at the sights.
For a quick but meaningful spin around town, consider a bicycle tour. Guided tours are popular in cities throughout
Biking in the countryside (using a small town as a springboard) is extremely popular in
If you're interested in long-distance biking, you need to define what part of
If you're convinced that a long-distance trip is right for you, consider bringing your bike from home. Bikes are less expensive in
Smart bikers travel very light. Unless you really love camping, staying in hostels, hotels, or B&Bs makes more sense, since it frees you from lugging around a tent, sleeping bag, and cooking equipment. Don't be a purist. Taking your bike on a train can greatly extend the reach of your trip, since every hour by rail saves a day that would have been spent in the saddle (and there's nothing so sweet as taking a train away from the rain and into a sunny place).
I find having a bike parked in the garden of my hotel is a great way to fit in and literally "go local." Europeans love bicycles, and they are often genuinely impressed when they encounter Americans who reject the view from the tour-bus window in favor of huffing and puffing on two wheels. Your bike provides an instant conversation piece, the perfect bridge over a maze of cultural and language barriers.
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