It may be the middle of winter, but as TreeHugger points out, now is a great time to start planning your summer bike trips – if you’re the type of person who likes “touring”.
TreeHugger Andrew goes through all the basics, from where to stay (everything from camping to hotels), what you need on your bike (good tires, good gears, good seat, etc) to how to pick where you are going:
Next, you want to pick a route. The Adventure Cycling Association puts out fantastic maps for numerous routes around the country. I selected the TransAmerica Trail, but chances are, they have a map for the route you want to do. The great thing about their maps is that they are waterproof; designed specifically for cyclists; provide turn-by-turn directions; and show where gas stations, campgrounds and other essential services can be found along the route. Even if you select your own route and maps, Adventure Cycling is a great starting point, and offers lots of other great information. Also, all their map sets explain the ideal time of year to start a particular route. Another great source of information is KenKifer.com; there you can learn more about bicycle touring, commuting, culture and humor.
For those of us not biking in the States this summer, the Cycle Ontario Alliance Bicycling Route Page is an okay place to start doing research on nice places to ride in Ontario.
Canadatrails.ca looks like a good national resource, but if you know of others, please leave a comment to let other BikingToronto readers know.
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