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5 Ways Bicycle Travel and Touring Are Changing


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Bike touring need not be a young-retired couple going across the country for charity. These days it's just as likely to be you and your kids taking the light rail to the edge of your local exurb for a quick overnight camping trip.

I'm happy to hear that shorter bike trips are becoming more common.

Bicycle touring was once only seen as the hobby of the wild-eyed and crazy extreme sports adventurer. A “real tour” had to be an epic undertaking across continents, through deserts, and slashing your way through a snake-infested swamp. While there are plenty of pedalers pushing boundaries, there has also been a growth in the popularity of short-form touring. S24Os and Bike Overnights are becoming more common cycling parlance. This is good for several reasons: It makes bike travel more accessible and broadens the touring market. It also allows people to enjoy the fun and sense of adventure of bicycle travel NOW without having to save up for years for that one grand trip.

This seems more fun for people who are casual bikers.

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