Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Waltham, MA
Bikes: Waterford 1900, Quintana Roo Borrego, Trek 8700zx, Bianchi Pista Concept
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I prefer non-suported. I tour solo, and had a bunch of previous camping/hiking experience. The costs of most supported trips I've seen listed seem reasonable, however on my two long trips (4 weeks each) I've spent about what a weeks supported cost.
However, if I were to tour with inexperienced cyclists/campers (friends, family), I would definitely go the supported route. Taking folks who are not experienced "roughing" it on a loaded self supported tour is a recipe for disaster-or a good way for them to "possibley" be turned off of cycling.
Holiday is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone involved, and to be enjoyable for all, there is some give&take.
Granted, some folks may be able to buy a bike-load it up&go (without much prior cycling experience), and have a blast-but would seem rare.
Some folks may not have the time (or interest) in planning a trip, so supported fits that holiday perfectly.