There are no magic rules about cycle touring. You don’t need special bikes or equipment – though I hope you may find some of the stuff we will be selling at Blue Doors can add to your touring fun but when dipping your toe in the water it need not cost you a fortune to see the world from the perspective of a bike saddle.
I have listed some links that you may find helpful. Please let me know if you know of additional ones or give feed-back on how you have found the ones listed.
The CTC is the “Cyclist’s Touring Club” and offers advice and services to members. They also run tours and their local sections run rides.
Beds for cyclists lists bike friendly accommodation http://bedsforcyclists.co.uk/
There are a number of companies running cycling holdiays which include varying elements of touring:
Bike Adventures – European tours – www.bikeadventures.co.uk
Bicycle Cuba – Cuban tours – www.canbicuba.com
Byway Breaks – Welsh Borders – www.byways-breaks.co.uk
Cycle America – US cycling vacations – www.cycleamerica.com
Cycle Breaks – East Anglia, Europe and beyond – www.cyclebreaks.com
Discovery Travel – UK and international Tours – http://discoverybicycletours.com/
Headwater Holidays – UK and international holidays – http://www.headwater.com/
Ibero Cycle – Spanish touring – www.iberocycle.com
Mercurio Bike Travel – European tours – http://www.mercurio-bike-travel.com/
Storybikes – Scotish Borders – www.storybikes.co.uk
Wine Rides – combine riding with visits to English Vineyards – http://winerides.co.uk/the-wine-rides-route/
You can also go independently. If you are going to Europe, you may like to look at the European Bike Express which provides an alternative way to get you and your bike to Europe on a coach. www.bike-express.co.uk . For details of rail options, look at the cycle and trains page. Another useful contact if you are doing Land’s End/John O’Groats is a bike transport service between John O’Groats – Inverness.