There are now well over 350 city bike tours in BeenThereBikeTours‘s database. We’ve been around for about 10 months now. So, try as we might, we haven’t ridden all of them or even been to all seven continents (yet). By the way, are there bike tours in Antarctica? People do ride there and there’s even a fat bike expedition to the South Pole coming up in 2016! It’s only $70,000 to ride (airfare not included), so sign up soon.
Sadly, there are no cities in the Antarctic, so we’re not including the South Pole ride in our listings. But, we did just add a cool-looking city tour in Newcastle, UK. Since we’re not independently wealthy, we find many of our tours with old fashioned creative Googling. Recently, we’ve been working on Australia. Plugging major (and not so major) cities into Google along with “bike tours” is usually a good start. Newcastle, New South Wales is a city of about 150K in Southeastern Australia that appeared likely to have a city bike tour. And a quick Google of “bike tours Newcastle” turned one up, however it was the aforementioned Newcastle Cycle Tours in northeast England, only about 1000 miles from being on the other side of our planet from Newcastle, NSW.
Ft. Worth, on the other hand, has a B-cycle operation and a mayor who conducts “rolling town hall meetings” by bicycle. If you’re unfamiliar with the metroplex (a portmanteau originally coined by the NTC) , it’s more than just the big D and Cowtown…there’s Arlington, Grapevine, Coppell, Lewisville, Plano, Garland, Irving, Richardardson, and a handful more. Mix in a dozen or so municipalities and a crazy pickup truck/luxury car mashup culture and it’s hard to believe anything involving bikes gets done.
Nevertheless, a 60+ mile network of trails is nearing completion that connects “D” to “FW” along and near the Trinity River.
So, what of bike tours? Until recently, Dallas sadly had no bike tours. But we recently discovered this video that shows a DallasCityTour bike tour. No sign of them on the website, but we’ll keep an eye out. Things are looking up in Fort Worth too. Until recently there was only one, running once per month. CowTown Electric Bikes has recently started several tours, running a few times per week. Progress in the Metroplex!
We think there’s room for more…C’mon bike entrepreneurs, where are ya?
Most of us probably think of Medellín, the second largest city in Columbia, as the home of Pablo Escobar and his drug cartel. It was once the most murderous city on the planet, but has rebounded in many ways and continues to reinvent itself.
“Way” number two is inline skates. Hmm…well, “two-wheeled” feet is close to two wheels. Inline skates for an eight to ten mile city tour could be a real challenge for an inexperienced skater.
“Way” number three is Segway tours. We’ve ridden Segways a few times. They’re fun, but there can be some downsides. The learning curve can be a problem for some people and once, I had a battery suddenly go dead. The Segway dropped to the ground, powerless, underneath me. Fortunately, I jumped off quickly and was not in traffic at the time.
Naturally, we think bikes and bike tours are the best way to see a city on two wheels. They have the most range and don’t rely on batteries to keep going
City Bike Tour Database & Reviews — Urban Ride Ideas