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It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun.

Bike Pic Dec 8, yeah its Friday and time for that next bike adventure

It’s Friday and time to ride off on another weekend of fun. This week we caught these two bikers cruising a trail along the beach in San Diego, CA.

What better way to continue your fall fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends at one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing our ‘Yeah Its Friday’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Riding the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail from St Pete to Clearwater, Florida.

Bike Pic Dec 7, a warm weather bike reprieve in Florida

Riding the bike friendly Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail from St. Pete to Clearwater, Florida gave these two Midwest biker chicks a reprieve from the cold weather at home.

What better way to continue your fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest  Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing the ‘Bike Florida’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Tour bike directors, at the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in St Pete, FL, roll out for a morning ride before scheduled sessions begin.

Bike Pic Nov 9, bicycle tourism directors roll out before meetings

At the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in St Pete, FL. this week, tour bike directors from all over the U.S. rolled out for an early morning ride before scheduled BTN workshop sessions begin. Here leading the pack is T.J. Juskiewicz, Director of RAGBRAI.

What better way to continue your fall fun and your #NextBikeAdventure. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest  Bike/Hike Guide. Then plan your next outing with family and friends in one of the HaveFunBiking Destinations.

Thanks for viewing the ‘Bicycle Tourism Conference’ Pic of the Day  

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: editor@HaveFunBiking.com. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

For any cycle touring vacation we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. So take some time to explore and make the most of your next bike adventure!

Tips for Planning Your First Cycle Touring Vacation

by Helen Young 

Cycle Touring Vacation

For any cycle touring vacation planned we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. The sheer scale of the USA means that the landscapes and terrains vary dramatically from state to state making it a bicyclist’s dream. Whether you’re looking for rocky terrains, dusty dessert tracks, or bumpy forest trails, you’ll find all of this and more without ever having to leave the country. Preparing to set off on your first cycle tour is exciting, but with a wealth of information available to you, both on and offline, it can also be massively overwhelming. With that in mind, here are some top tips for planning your first cycle touring vacation:

 Take it Easy on a Cycle Touring Vacation

For cycle touring vacations we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. So take some time to explore and make the most of your next bike adventure!

For any cycle touring vacation we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. So take some time to explore and make the most of your next bike adventure!

Bicycle cycle touring is much more labor intensive than simply heading out for an afternoon bike ride. It’s both physically and mentally exhausting. Because cycling is the focus of your vacation, it can be tempting to push yourself a little harder – cycling 100km each day until you are completely burnt out. Too much cycling each day could ruin your vacation and leave you feeling saddle-sore and unhappy. Instead, set realistic daily targets and take it easy. Remember that the destination isn’t necessarily what’s important. Take the time to enjoy your surroundings and the ride as you get there.

Maintain Your Bike

Taking care of your bike is vital: a good bike is key to having a great vacation. Simple maintenance such as cleaning and oiling the chain when needed can go a long way to ensuring your bike is ready to go the distance. Keep your bike clean and pack basic tools and a repair kit to keep you on the road. You may also wish to carry basic tools and a puncture repair kit. If you carry panniers on your bike, a repair kit for those may well be useful too. For a longer journey, you may wish to consider cycle insurance. This insurance can be helpful in case your bike sustains an injury that you are unable to repair by yourself on the road.

Consider Credit Card Touring

If you want minimalist low key touring then credit card touring could be the right option: just you, your credit card, and the open road. With this type of touring all you have to carry with you is your basic cycling gear and clothing (which should fit in your panniers or inside a small backpack). Then, you simply carry a bank card or your allocated travel money to pay for food, accommodation, and other supplies as you go along. This is the most low hassle and unencumbered way to travel, although it does take a certain degree of bravery to travel so lightly and without a formulated plan.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Skin cancer is a very real threat. There are over 5.4 million cases of melanoma skin cancer being diagnosed in the USA each year. Therefore, no matter how light you’re packing, it’s important to protect your skin as you travel. Pack a high SPF factor sun lotion and ensure you wear a lightweight long sleeve shirt to protect your arms as you cycle. Nothing hampers a great cycling tour like the discomfort of sun burn.

Stay Hydrated

Carry enough water bottles and refill them often. Dehydration can come on quickly and leave you feeling sore, sluggish, and with a terrible headache. Running out of water in the middle of nowhere whilst enjoying a difficult trail can leave you feeling panicked. It can ruin an otherwise great day. Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water whenever you have the opportunity. Your water bottle is one of the most important things you will carry with you on your ride.

A Cycle Touring Vacation is a Time to Explore!

Finally, don’t be afraid to explore and make the most of your adventure! Get off the beaten track, leave the main road, and head onwards into the middle of nowhere. Don’t worry about what other people think about your decision to take a cycle touring vacation. What should you do instead? Just enjoy it. With your bike for company, this could well be the best and most exciting vacation you’ll ever have. So take time to explore and make the most of your next bike adventure!