Touring - Forum/Thread for potential touring companions?
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10-19-12, 08:57 AM
Hello, does anybody know where else I might find other people looking for touring companions besides the classifieds on CGOAB? I thought there would be a similar place here on BikeForums, but I just haven't found it. Thanks!
10-19-12, 09:55 AM
10-19-12, 10:18 AM
I'd check Adventure Cycling. I know they include that in their monthly magazine - perhaps it's also on their web site.
10-19-12, 11:42 AM
Go by yourself. Seriously. Way better than riding with strangers.
But, having said that, the adventure cycling and crazyguy ones are the only ones I've ever seen, and I've been floating around in the tour-o-sphere for 10 years.
I've considered touring with a touring company on occasion, but found them to be quite expensive. A less expensive option is to tour with a touring club. For example, Alberta has two touring clubs: Elbow Valley Cycling Club (based in Calgary) and Edmonton Bicycle Club (based in Edmonton). Manitoba has one touring club. BC has at least one. The state of Victoria in Australia has a whole bunch.
These cycletouring clubs have lots of day rides, a few weekend tours, and usually at least one longer tour each year. You pay the club membership fee which will allow you to ride the day rides and maybe some weekend tours. And then you pay a reasonable fee for the longer tours.
Through the day rides and tours organised by the club, club members get to know each other, get to know each other's touring style, and then form small groups to go off and do other tours together, independent of the club. During the winter, the clubs often have "show and tell" nights where the club members who have done this tell everyone about their tours all over the world.
(I did the Golden Triangle tour with the Elbow Valley Cycling Club two years, and a Logan's Pass hub-and-spoke tour one year, and they were all good tours. It was nice to ride with a group of people for a long weekend, to have my camping gear shuttled from one stop to the next, and to be provided with heaps of good food. :) )
10-19-12, 03:46 PM
If you are a member of WarmShowers, you could post a request there also I guess. I see requests occasionally on it.
10-20-12, 01:31 AM
Huh. Don't see an obvious place in the WarmShowers forums where requests for cycling companions would be posted. But thanks for the reminder about the Adventure Cycling site. I seem to recall having seen it there before, but I forgot. I agree, valygrl, solo riding is awesome--I just finished up a solo 4-week tour Oct. 1st, actually--I was merely asking because I've got my next tour in mind and thought it'd be fun to try riding just a little bit of it with someone else.
10-20-12, 08:14 AM
Where are you going? What tour did you just finish?
10-20-12, 11:47 PM
I have seen on the Pacific Coast Route spontaneous riding groups form and often stick together for the duration. I would think this would happen on other well traveled routes. I am so slow and tend to wander off the beaten track constantly so that a day of riding with someone is about the best I have ever done.
10-21-12, 05:57 PM
Adventure Cycling site the BEST site for finding bicycling companions.
10-22-12, 02:45 PM
Where are you going? What tour did you just finish?
The four weeks I just did was from Kennebunkport, ME to my home in Beavercreek, OH. It was originally planned as a cross-country tour, but I got such a late start that I'm now over-wintering here. I'll begin again probably in May, from Beavercreek to San Francisco, following the Katy Trail, TransAm, and Western Express. And yeah, I expect to see other riders out there I might be able to ride with for a day. Didn't see as many along the Erie Canalpath as I had hoped... :/
Is there a cycletouring club in or near Beavercreek, OH? If there is, go do some rides with them, get to know some of the people, see if there is anyone there who might like to join you for all or part of your tour.
Personally, I wouldn't want to do a long tour with someone I'd never met before, but by riding with people in a club, and joining them for their autumn BBQ, and for other social events, etc., you would get to know various people with similar interests to yours and be able to determine if you would like to ride with certain ones for any length of time.
Another idea would be to do a search for all the cycletouring clubs you'll encounter along the way, and then plan your tour so that you can do day rides or weekend rides with this club and that club. That way you aren't committed to riding with one person for a long period of time, but you'd still have social interaction with other cyclists in a limited way.
Here are a couple lists of Ohio Bicycling Clubs ...
At a quick glance over the first list, I can see that several of them list themselves as Touring clubs. Check them out over the winter, see what kind of touring they do, ride with a few and see if you can find a kindred spirit among them.
10-22-12, 03:06 PM
I know for sure there's one in Dayton, which is close enough, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are some in Kettering, Xenia, and Yellowsprings too. Xenia calls itself the "Bicycle Capitol of the Midwest," so that ought to be a clue, right? Anyway, I'll look into it. Thanks!
10-22-12, 05:00 PM
Xenia calls itself the "Bicycle Capitol of the Midwest," so that ought to be a clue, right? I thought that's because the old Murray (or was it Huffy?) bicycles were built there.
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