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Useful Bike Touring Websites

Bike touring is a big subject, with a lot of resources available both online and in print form. So if you're planning on traveling via bicycle I would strongly encourage you to take a look at these additional resources.

Planning a Bike Tour via Tom’s Bike Trip - This blog is an excellent source for traveling via bike on little to no budget. There’s a lot of inspiring stories of bike tours around the world mixed with dozens of useful articles answering almost any question you might have about bike touring.

Warm Showers - The Warm Showers community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share a few good stories and a drink. Overall it’s very similar to organizations like Couch Surfing and Trust Roots.

This list of Community Bicycle Organizations is a bit dated, but may have some useful information especially if you're traveling outside the USA.

The StP Guide to Bike Touring - This is an older draft of the guide found in The Anarchist's Guide to Travel. Includes some basics for those curious about bike touring, although it definitely needs some updating.

There is also an extensive touring forum at bikeforums.net, along with just about any other kind of information you could possibly need about cycling in general.

Books on Bike Touring

The TomsBikeTrip.com Guide to Adventure Cycle Touring by Tom Allen - This book was written by the owner of the website above; while it has some of the same content you’ll find on the website, this book delves much, much deeper into the subject, and is a huge resource of information. Everything from route planning, bike selection, physical training, and a ton of other information you probably didn’t even know you needed is all covered here. I highly recommend this book as it will definitely inspire you to get out there and hit the road, especially if you’re looking to bike tour abroad.

Bike. Camp. Cook. by Tara Alan - This is a resource for those who are curious about eating well during a bike tour. It contains useful information on the kinds of ingredients you should pack, the ideal cooking gear, and enough recipes you’ll still be eating like a king several weeks into any bike tour.

Also, the Adventure Cycling Association has a bunch of maps spanning all of North America. These maps cover pretty much everything you'd want to know, like where to get showers, sights to see, elevation, quality of the road shoulder, etc. You have to pay for the maps, but they are well worth the price. Check out the full catalog here:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/cyclosource-store/route-maps/
 
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