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Roll for Adventure

June 5, 2009

For some, it’s strictly about getting from A to B.  But for bicycle travelers, it’s all about the wind in your face, power of the pedal, awesome scenery, ribbons of road (or trail) before you and no carbon offsets are required.

As simple as spending a night in a cute B&B or being over-top by pedaling across state lines, countries, either way, you too can be a bicycle traveler. 
Honest.

And it’s a lot easier than you think.  Try these tips from Julie Huck, Graceful Edge’s resident cyclist and you'll be rolling in the right direction. 

What do I need to get started?

A lot less than you think.  A bike and a helmet.  A sense of adventure.  Though a toothbrush is a nice touch. 

How do I kick off my first bike adventure?

Ease yourself into it.  Start with a low traffic route of about 10 miles, like on a bike path or on the back roads.  Ice cream shops, cafes along the  make for great pit stops.  Find a fun destination point where you can spend the night, a local park, museum, restaurant or even a spa.  You can camp or stay at a local hotel.

Adventure loves company.  Pedal away with a friend or have them meet you at the destination.

And most importantly, keep it simple and fun!

Will my butt get sore?
Maybe...we wish we could promise you it won’t...but it might.  Increase your comfort in the saddle by starting with lower mileage adventures (like 10 miles/day).  Wear padded bike shorts if you have them.  Maybe even invest in a new saddle.  And just like running, skiing, swimming, etc, the more you do it, the easier it gets.

Is that it?

For inquiring minds who want more, check out these links to help you  prep for your trip:
Bicycle Touring 101
What to Take on a Bicycle Trip