The words “bike tour” might evoke images of multi-day cross-country trips on heavy steel touring bikes loaded down with panniers. But a bike tour can be anything from a spontaneous single-day adventure right outside your own front door to a carefully planned overnighter. No matter the season, taking off on a bicycle for the day is an inexpensive way to get out and have some fun. Exploring by bike without getting too far from home not only gives you access to areas you may not see otherwise but also lets you test your gear and boost your comfort level on the road. As your confidence and experience grow, you might start thinking about doing multiple day trips from a base camp at a destination away from home or eventually ramping up to an overnight stay—under a roof or under the stars. (If you’re not familiar with the area, find a local cycling group or bike shop, both of which are good sources to tap into for suggested routes or even places to avoid.)
Taking off on a bike for the day is an inexpensive way to get out and have some fun.