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Old 03-24-19, 01:57 PM
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At this point in our lives (late 60's) we only travel via motorhome to areas that we DO ride..We spend our summers touring the North East and Atlantic Canada ( we take both our flat bar road bikes and mtn bikes). Early winter in the Fl Keys and spring in and around Sanibel Island. Don't do the plane thing anymore. Here's our second home in the Keys last fall (have owned for the the past 20 years). We have a 4 place Kuat NV hitch rack that does the bike duty.

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At this point in our lives (late 60's) we only travel via motorhome to areas that we DO ride..We spend our summers touring the North East and Atlantic Canada ( we take both our flat bar road bikes and mtn bikes). Early winter in the Fl Keys and spring in and around Sanibel Island. Don't do the plane thing anymore. Here's our second home in the Keys last fall (have owned for the the past 20 years). We have a 4 place Kuat NV hitch rack that does the bike duty.
Ah, the tranquil and quiescent atmosphere of the Florida keys and the Gulf coast. I'd recognize that scenery anywhere.

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Old 03-24-19, 04:35 PM
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If it's a vacation we drive to and from, yes, we bike while on vacation. In the past, with only a two bike hitch rack, I had to choose which of my two bikes we take. Moved up to a four bike rack this year, so in addition to my wife's, I'll haul both of mine.
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My wife, adult son, and I are cycing from Passau, Germany, to Budapest, Hungary, in May. I like active trips, so any trip usually involves cycling or hiking.
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I certainly do. And when she gets dirty after a long day’s ride—in the hotel shower she goes.





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Old 03-24-19, 11:16 PM
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I'm retired. Every time I ride, I'm on vacation.
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I'm retired. Every time I ride, I'm on vacation.

I am retired and my wife is retiring in 5 days. Time to get off the work wheel and live.

Everyday waking up is a vacation and then we ride. We are grateful and count our blessings.
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Old 03-25-19, 05:14 AM
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Do you bike on vacation?

I try to include cycling in on every trip away from home, even including those to go away to professional conferences. Since I don't fly, it's easy to bring my own bike in the SUV.

Before we had children, most vacations were for cycle touring, whether to drive to a destination, or just leave from home. Our ultimate vacation (honeymoon) was a cross-country ride.
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Old 03-25-19, 05:51 AM
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I mentally break mine into 2 very separate types of riding

I leisure rode with the family for many, many years prior to becoming a "serious cyclist" ... we had a mobile home at the coast where we kept bikes and would always go out with the kids or cycle to the beach or weekends camping in the New Forest with our bikes as there's about 100 miles of off road tracks and often hired bikes for a day to go site seeing if we were abroad covering between 15 maybe up to 20 miles at a push at a leisurely pace.

My hobby cycling is a much harder hack covering between 20 miles as a short mid week evening ride to between 30 and 50 miles depending on weather and time available at the weekends with my fellow cyclists at a much quicker pace.

I thoroughly enjoy both for different reasons and consider them as very different "types" of cycling ... last year went for a 42km ride around Lake Annecy in France with the family ... absolutely beautiful .... but it was grab some sandwiches, drinks, towels and stopping where ever we found a nice spot for a while to soak up the ambiance / have a swim and took the whole day to do a distance we'd easily do in a couple of hours if I was out with my cycling friends.

I'd love to go on a cycling tour somewhere for a week as long as it was very scenic and lots of site seeing / towns to visit but whilst my other half is happy to have the odd day out on the bikes she wouldn't want to do it as a main holiday where we cycled every day although I might try and get a long weekend away with my cycling buddies somewhere this year for the first time.
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Old 03-25-19, 09:47 AM
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I've been getting into it more and more. I'll do my best to rent a bike and go on an exploratory ride or if driving, I'll bring my own. It's very different from the typical touristy things that you get to do and lets me experience a new place in a way usually reserved for the locals
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Do you bike on vacation?

Itry to include cycling in on every trip away from home, even including those to go away to professional conferences. Since I don't fly, it's easy to bring my own bike in the SUV…
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I've been getting into it more and more. I'll do my best to rent a bike and go on an exploratory ride or if driving, I'll bring my own.

It's very different from the typical touristy things that you get to do and lets me experience a new place in a way usually reserved for the locals
+10, nicely said. When on occasion I take a train along the Northeast Corridor, I will find a bike rental or Bike Share.

One good touristy thing I do as soon as possible in a new city, is take a guided bus or trolley tour to get the lay of the land and decide on routes.
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Old 03-25-19, 10:33 AM
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Hard to bike tour without a bike!

For non-bike tour vacations, it all depends. I enjoy popping onto a bike share or rental to see the city from time to time, it all really depends on where I am at and what I am doing.
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Old 03-25-19, 07:34 PM
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As a family, we try go rent or borrow bikes when traveling via plane. DC, Vancouver, ankorage, 4 corners in the last couple years. Will bring a couple bikes to yellowstone this summer and ride with my son. Not really fitness oriented with the family, but 3-10 miles and a mix of urban, rural, parks, etc. Great way to see and experience places.
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I cannot imagine a vacation without a bike
Me either! We plan on traveling with our bikes!
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I take my bike on every vacation. My wife doesn’t ride so I may not get as much of a chance to ride as I would like but it’s always at the ready. I try to plan vacations around her having something to do when I am riding. I have taken a couple of me only vacations and then I get a lot of riding in. My wife has been retired for years and I work fifty hours a week. I have a new job so I have no paid vacation presently. I take a two day bike vacation a week now...
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I kept a bike at my mother's place in AZ, to give me something to do while I'd visit -- when she was taking her afternoon naps...



She's gone now, and that bike has been shipped to Ohio where I live (for now -- looking forward to retiring to somewhere where I ride year 'round - without road salt !!! )
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Bike touring is the way we spend our "vacations". My wife and I are retired, and in the last 11 years we have toured a total of 20 months, covering over 20,000 miles riding through eleven countries. We ride year-round, but try to set aside 2-3 months a year for our special trips, and also a couple of weeks to cycle tour with our daughters. Last summer we spent 2 months riding with our daughters in Europe. We'd promised them a longer trip, and that was it!

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No rental cars on Ocracoke Island, NC, so bikes and a trailer serve for our surface transportation needs.

All of our luggage moved from airplane to bike and ready to go to dinner.
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I haven't had a proper vacation in quite some time (8 years!) but travel frequently for work, as well as to visit family once or twice a year.

If I'm traveling alone, I'll usually try to sneak a ride in (not always successfully, especially if my days are packed with work or I'm really jetlagged.) If I'm driving, I'll take a bike with me; otherwise, I've used bike share and on one occasion an actual bike rental.

For my work trips - which are usually to larger cities - cycling can make a fun alternative to taking public transit everywhere. Last weekend, I managed to avoid the subway in Toronto by taking a bike share bike from the train station to the hotel, and there was a trip to Seattle where I primarily used the (now defunct) bike share to get everywhere except the airport.
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