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Old 09-09-08, 06:47 AM   #1
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how do you find a touring buddy?

I'm looking for a couple of touring buddies, female, in the New England area who would be up for 3 day tours in the NE area. How would I go about finding them? The local bike clubs are full of racer-types, not tourers. Are there spots online?

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I'm looking for a couple of touring buddies, female, in the New England area who would be up for 3 day tours in the NE area. How would I go about finding them? The local bike clubs are full of racer-types, not tourers. Are there spots online?

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Isn't there a Women's Only sub forum around here?
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There's here, of course, or you can put up a classified for a touring partner at Crazyguy.
If you are an Adventure Cycling member, post an ad in their companions wanted section. It can be tough to find compatible partners, but they are great to have if you do.

FWIW: There can be advantages to mixed gender groups. I think that we had the ideal mix for our XC tour last Summer with one 56 Y.O. man and two 21-22 Y.O. women. We were never hassled and were treated incredibly well by all of the locals. Everyone assumed we were a father and two daughters (one was my daughter the other not). As a result I think we were more approachable in a good way, but not as subject to negative attention as most groups would be.

I felt like that was an ideal mix and we hope to all tour together more. If I were in the market for touring partners it would be great to duplicate that mix. It would be hard to run that ad without being assumed a dirty old man though.
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Hi there -

I second the notion that mixed age/gender groups are good.

While traveling in South America I happened into a great couple on a tandem - I was 36 they were in their early 60s. It was a great mix for pace and we lucked out on the personalities and had a wonderful time together. I'm pretty sure many people thought that we were a family.

It is super hard to find "the ideal" travel partner(s) - I wish you lots of luck and happy travels!
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Try the adventure cycling org.
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I like touring alone . . . I am going back down Baja this Fall on my own. But, I'm a guy, so I guess it's different. Regardless, I have never found someone I enjoyed touring with as much as I like riding alone.
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Is there a cycletouring club in your area? I've got two such clubs within 100 miles of where I live.
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I like touring alone . . . I am going back down Baja this Fall on my own. But, I'm a guy, so I guess it's different. Regardless, I have never found someone I enjoyed touring with as much as I like riding alone.
I'm a gal and I like touring alone. I also like touring with others. But I think, alone better.
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You might want to ask in the forums over at www.crazyguyonabike.com I know there are at least two " femme de touristes" who post there that live in the Northeast. You might want to look up Massbike also
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I'm a gal and I like touring alone. I also like touring with others. But I think, alone better.
For me that varies greatly depending on who my companions are. Some are a joy and some are a pain. Alone is nice too.
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I'm a gal and I like touring alone. I also like touring with others. But I think, alone better.
The best tours I've been on have had a mix of days riding with a partner and "alone time" days. The contrast is nice.
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If you can't find anyone, start small, with an over-night close to home. Then, venture out. My first solo trip was to the San Juan Islands (close to my home, anyways), but, I wasn't very much alone. The San Juans are busy with tourists especially in the summer.
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I've looked at craigslist for touring buddies in the past (unsuccessfully) you could post a note there.

It's not easy to find touring buddies. even harder to find ones you get along with, ride about the same pace as, and can get the same time off.

I feel your pain.
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It's not easy to find touring buddies. even harder to find ones you get along with, ride about the same pace as, and can get the same time off.
Definitely.

It might be a little easier if for a specific tour especially if it is a popular route. I know of a few who managed to find companions for the Trans America and one that did for the NT. I think they all said they used Adventure Cycling's "companions wanted" ads.
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After looking at vik's photos in the stealth camping thread it made me think how lucky some folks are to have a spouse or S.O. that likes to tour. From what I see most tourers either find a buddy or go it alone. I have done lots of solo travel and enjoy it as people seem to approach a solo person more. In 2009 I plan to do some 1-2 week (possibly longer) tours and may post on ACA or crazyguy to find a buddy but if not alone is fine. A compatible easy going person may be hard to find but people do it all the time.
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I once found a touring companion by placing a notice in a local bike club's newsletter. We eventually went on 2 bike trips together (Malaysia, Mexico), plus one mostly non-bike trip together.

I once answered an ad in the same bike club's newsletter from a cyclist seeking information about a place I had toured in. We became good friends and have been on tours together on 3 different continents.

A long time ago, I met a german cyclist in a Swiss youth hostel. We continued riding together for a few days until he had a prior commitment, and in subsequent years, went on 3 tours together. 2 of those were with a friend of his who I also went on a tour with later. After many years, I'm still in touch with both of them and see each other occasionally.

It was very easy to meet and ride with other touring cyclists in New Zealand. The relatively small number of roads makes it easy to encounter other cyclists. Also, the backpackers/hostels are great for meeting other cyclists there. I think it's ironically harder now to meet on the road now as the country seems to be overrun with touring cyclists, so you no longer stop on the road when you see another tourer. It's still easy to make contact in the backpackers/hostels, however. I think I toured with cyclists from 5 different countries while biking in NZ.

In Sri Lanka a couple of years ago, a German cyclist approached me when I arrived in a town in the mountains. We joined up for the next week and exchanged a few e-mails just a few days ago about future travel plans.

In Laos this past winter, I biked with 3 other cyclists (Canadian & American) who I had first met in the Bangkok train station. We rode together for a few days when we met a 2nd time, and I've been in touch with one of them about a future tour together.
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ah maria if you lived in ireland i would go at the drop of a hat,i would love to find a cycling buddy as well but there hard to come by,so i think were stuck with our own company for a while at least,but that might not be a bad thing as i like my own company ,best of luck in your search.
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I've looked at craigslist for touring buddies in the past (unsuccessfully) you could post a note there.

It's not easy to find touring buddies. even harder to find ones you get along with, ride about the same pace as, and can get the same time off.

I feel your pain.
As I said before, I highly recommend checking into your local cycletouring club. I ride with both the Edmonton Bicycle Club and the Elbow Valley Cycle Club (out of Calgary). The club members generally consist of a mix of couples, single men (generally a little older), and single women (lots of them!).

If you go out on some weekend rides with the club you can get to know the people a bit. Then most of these clubs have an organized weekend ride. Around here it's the Golden Triangle (3 day tour) or Logan Pass (another 3 day tour). I enjoy these rides because I can go at my own pace, they are well supported, and decently priced. And then most of these clubs also have longer tours, anywhere from about 1-3 weeks. If you've got the time, you could join up with one of those. The clubs here go to California, Vancouver Island, and all over the place.

Plus some individual members, or smaller groups, head off to Europe or wherever on their own, and then come back and report their adventures to the club.

To the OP: If you can hook up with a club like this, you might be able to take part in their shorter events, which would meet your desire to do 3 day tours. And through that, you might make friends with some of the ladies and could then do your own tours. That seems to me to be a safer option than just advertizing for some strangers to ride with.
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Married my touring buddy,
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Tour more now than ever before.
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I like touring alone . . . I am going back down Baja this Fall on my own. But, I'm a guy, so I guess it's different. Regardless, I have never found someone I enjoyed touring with as much as I like riding alone.
I'm a guy too, but I like touring with others. I recently did the Montour/GAP/C & O route alone over nine days. By the end of it I was talking to myself at times.
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I'm a guy too, but I like touring with others. I recently did the Montour/GAP/C & O route alone over nine days. By the end of it I was talking to myself at times.
It's ok to talk to yourself...just don't argue!
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