Category Archive: Bike Touring

Bicycle tourism is still on the rise; Adventure Cycling Association

Loaded touring on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Whatever you call it — bicycle tourism, bicycle travel, or bikepacking — the Adventure Cycling Association says it is booming.

That’s great news for those of us who like to make overnight excursions by bicycle.

It means that more small towns, or park operators, or entrepreneurs will see the economic benefits of appealing to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/11/07/bicycle-tourism-is-still-on-the-rise-adventure-cycling-association/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail closed through training base this summer

If you’re planning to ride a bicycle tour the length of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail this summer, you better wrap it up before Aug. 22.

That’s when the trail through the Army’s Yakima Training Center will be closed due to construction. The dates are Aug. 22 through Oct. 1.

The rail-trail runs through the training center …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/08/03/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-closed-through-training-base-this-summer/

Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival celebrates trail upgrades

Willapa Hills Trail passes through rich agricultural land

Organizers for the first-ever Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival coming up June 25 and 26 in Chehalis can breathe a sigh of relief.

For the first time in 9 years, all the old railroad trestles along the 23-mile route between Chehalis and Pe Ell  are open and ready for bicycle riding. The last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/13/willapa-hills-trail-fat-tire-ride-festival-celebrates-trail-upgrades/

Scenic stretch of Willapa Hills Trail in SE Washington state reopens

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For the first time since a dark and stormy night in 2007, bicyclists in Lewis County can ride a reasonably surfaced rail-trail from Chehalis to Pe Ell — a distance of 22 miles.

State parks officials this week essentially opened this stretch of the 56-mile Willapa Hills Trail when they signed off on a trestle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/01/scenic-stretch-of-willapa-hills-trail-in-southern-washington-state-reopens/

Dope bike tour rolling down the West Coast from Seattle

Scott Pearse on a ferry

Bicycle tours are considered a “green” alternative to taking vacations by car.

Scott Pearse is taking that “green” connection a step further. He intends to visit as many examples of the marijuana culture as possible on the West Coast bike tour he’s taking for DOPE Magazine.

I know, you probably didn’t know there could be such …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/27/dope-bike-tour-rolling-down-the-west-coast-from-seattle/

30 bicycle-friendly camping spots in western Washington

Bike campers on John Wayne Pioneer Trail - 2012

Interactive map of bicycle-friendly camping in western Washington

Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial 76 this summer by sponsoring National Bike Travel Weekend on June 3-5.
This is supposed to be fun, so there aren’t any hard and fast rules — except you need to ride a bicycle.

The Adventure Cycling staff just wants people to get in the bike-traveling mood this summer. Camp, stay at an inn, or plop down on a couch you found …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/23/where-you-might-camp-for-bike-travel-weekend-june-3-5/

Another Transamerica bicycle tour — 40 years later

Terry Taylor

With the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Bikecentennial bike tour rolling out this year, a lot of people are finding ways to commemorate the event.

Terry Taylor is one of them. A life-long bicyclist since he received his first bike from his father in 1944, Terry participated in that first Transamerica bike ride in 1976.

Now, at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/18/another-transamerica-bicycle-tour-40-years-later/

Elevation gain — Cycle Oregon vs. Ride the Rockies

Day 4 of Cycle Oregon

Which week-long bicycle tour has the most elevation gain — a 457-mile ride along the Pacific Coast in Oregon or a 403-mile bicycle tour over five Rocky Mountain passes in Colorado?

If you guessed Cycle Oregon’s 457-mile option, you’d be correct.

The 2016 Ride the Rockies summits at least five high altitude mountain passes, totaling …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/28/elevation-gain-cycle-oregon-vs-ride-the-rockies/

Proposed laws affecting Missouri bicyclists defy logic

BWorks in St. Louis shows what 15 foot flag looks like

As a reader from St. Louis suggests, “crazy season has come early to Missouri.”

At least that’s the case for one legislator, Republican Rep. Jay Houghton of Martinsburg.

It started with his HB 2046, which would require all bicycles using “lettered” county roads to display a fluorescent orange flag suspended 15 feet above the road …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/16/proposed-laws-affecting-missouri-bicyclists-defy-logic/

More bike route announcements for across-state summer tours

B.A.K. jersey (info below)

Across state bike ride organizers are firming up routes and overnight host cities for many of this summer’s week-long bicycle tours.

You may hear more about long-distance bicycle tours this summer as this marks the 40th anniversary of the first Bikecentennial bike rides in 1976.

Here’s a quick list of across-state bike tours that have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/11/more-bike-route-announcements-for-across-state-summer-tours/

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