We’ve just updated the tour directories and added some new cities, like Provo, Eindhoven, Koblenz, Ghent, Johannesburg and Soweto. In Eindhoven, much like Memphis, there isn’t an bike tour company, but bike tours are available from experience-sharing site Withlocals (which is similar to Vayable, but currently focused on Asia and Europe).
We talked about Vayable a couple months back. After poring over both company’s listings, we’ve concluded that:
They have some cool bike tours
They serve some cities that don’t have commercial tours
The providers are, mostly, not actual companies and likely to come and go more often than a bike tour company (we found a few commercial tours using Vayable for promotion)
Since both Vayable and Withlocals provide their own search capability by city, it seems redundant to reflect all of their listings in BTBT’s directories
That said…there are some gems, like the Memphis and Eindhoven tours, that we do want to reflect in our tour directories. These tours are marked with this symbol: 💬 as a reminder that these are hand-picked from the “experience-sharing” sites.
What does Vayable mean for those of us interested in bike tours? Well, we’ve dug through their listings and found about 65 CITY bike tours. Searching is a bit imprecise, so you still have to dig through the results. One thing that we noticed is a smattering of insiders who also operate a local bike tour company. There’s nothing wrong with that in our view, but we already include those listings here at BTBT.
At this writing, we see about 60 bike tours run by a single local. Many of them look pretty great and quite a few are in a city that does NOT have a commercial bike tour company. In fact, that’s how we discovered Vayable. Memphis does not have a bike tour company, which we’ve always found surprising. There’s plenty to see and the city’s bike infrastructure is improving. Check out Nick’s two tours on our North America page.
Should we add all the rest of Vayable’s tours to our directories? For now, we’re reviewing each one. Tours in cities, like Memphis, which do not currently have a tour are our top priority. Regardless of what city you visit, we’d like to have an bike tour option to show you. For cities which do have tour companies, we plan to be more selective. One of the benefits of taking a bike tour is meeting your fellow riders and perhaps making some new friends. A private tour with a local is also a good chance to make a new friend, but we still prefer that dynamic of a handful of people, from who-knows-where, experiencing a new city together. So we’ll be reading reviews and looking for only the best tours, especially if they offer something unique.