09 motobecane imortal force, 83 Ross Paragon,81 Schwinn LeTour Tourist, 91 Paramount, 93 GT converted to city bike
Solo and looking to cycle France 2013
Any suggestions on reasonable tour setups that are geared more toward single riders (as opposed to groups ie: me and umpteen of my friends or a club )all riding as a group
I'm not looking for a catered event (hostel is fine)
Sag wagon is preferred (at 70 hauling all your own gear stops being fun)
Insights on bringing ones own bike vs riding a tour provided one
I did a tour with a respected company, frequented by solo travellers. We had sag and mechanic support and although it was camping, they arranged all the catering.
The route , from Bordeaux to Barcelona was clearly way-marked every day and we were given route maps.
Of all my tours, this was the one I remember least. I had no exploration or navigation to do, no decision making, no chance encounters and little contact with people along the way.
I much prefer to do my own solo travel. During off peak (May/June and Sept), you can find accommodation in any small town and most villages. You can travel very lightweight with no more than a pair of small panniers and a barbag. You are never too far from a bike shop or cafe.
You can tour from a fixed base or move along as you like. You can nip on a train to carry you to a different region. Small regional airports serviced by budget airlines get you out into the countryside with no big city worries.
If you want a tour company, a UK-based one may be easier then a US one.