Confederacy of Cruisers – Creole Tour

In 2012, we took Confederacy of Cruiser’s Creole Tour with a small group of eight riders.  They ride on comfortable cruiser bikes (thus, Confederacy of Dunces becomes Confederacy of Cruisers). It was our first foray into the neighborhoods east of the CBD and French Quarter.  Focusing on Faubourg Marigny and the Bywater areas, our tour was led by Jeff, one of the company’s founders. CofC’s T-shirts say “Not Even Close to Exercise” and this tour epitomized that. Starting in Washington Square Park, we rode a block or three between each stop and eventually rode as far east as Vaughn’s (featured in HBO’s Treme series). At each stop, Jeff told us about local restaurants and neighborhood haunts, New Orleans history and cultural development, Katrina and its aftermath, and the bits of local color from someone who knows and loves his town.

We visited a “Country Club” of a different sort, rode the biggest hill around (a good 20 foot climb) to the Mississippi levee, talked about the food at  Elizabeth’s (go there for breakfast, don’t tell anyone else), and….talked…..about shotgun and double shotgun houses, the Great War Memorial, land barons, Creole history and food, quadroons and plaçage, A Street Car Named Desire, what the symbols painted on houses after Katrina meant, about gentrification, the HBO Treme series and what it meant to the neighborhoods.

We stopped for a beer at a neighborhood spot that I can no longer find on the map.  Finally, it began to rain and we rode just a bit more quickly back to the shop.  Jeff knocked a few bucks off our tours for the rain and made dinner suggestions, bar recommendations, and called a cab for the couple headed to the airport.

Since this visit, we’ve also taken CofC’s Cocktails in New Orleans Tour (review coming soon), and joined the CofC crew and friends for a Frankenbike ride on Halloween.

We’ve recommended Confederacy of Cruisers to many friends visiting New Orleans and HIGHLY recommend them to you.  

Greetings

Welcome to BeenThereBikeTours. We like to take city bike tours and/or rent bikes in town when we travel. Most tours are between 2 and 4 hours and cost somewhere between 50 and 100 USD.  We aren’t talking about road bike tours, taking one or more days and covering miles and miles of countryside all kitted up and grinding out the miles. Those are great too, but that’s not why we’re here.

We like riding in the city because:

  • You can see more in a couple of hours than you could all day on foot, and have fun getting from place to place.
  • You often meet some new, like minded friends.
  • Many tours stop for a snack and tasty liquid refreshments.
  • Your tour guide can be a valuable source of for local tips, haunts, and hidden treasures.
  • It’s outside and not a stuffy tour bus filled with people.
  • They’re fun!

We’ve noticed there’s no comprehensive list of city bike tours and we hope to change that.  And we’re diligently taking as many tours as WE can, to help you know which ones are the best.  Watch for our reviews.

Some towns and cities don’t have bike tours (yet), so we’re also working on great places to rent bikes and local recommendations on the best routes.  What if you were taking guests in your town?  Where would you ride?