Based in Redmond, Washington, Bicycle Adventures is one of the top bike touring companies in America with more than 60 different cycling tours and over 220 departure dates. If offers more North American tours than any other bike tour company.
Bicycle Adventures invest seven or eight months in hiring and training guides. It’s management says, “It would be hard to overstate the importance of the relationship between guides and guests.”
U.S. Cycling Tours
U.S. Tours include the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho); the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah); the West (California, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii); Midwest (Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota); Northeast (New York).
BA looks for the best small hotels, bed and breakfasts and country inns that the area has to offer, and re-evaluates selections on an annual basis.
The tour price includes all meals, from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, with the exception of some trips when one lunch and one dinner are not included, and budget tours, where two lunches and dinners are not included. Dinner is eaten together at the best restaurant in the area. At most restaurants guests order what they want from the menu. Except for alcohol, everything’s included, appetizers, salad, soup, and dessert. If BA has to shuttle everyone a short distance to get to a special restaurant, they do it.
Size of Tours
Most of tours have a maximum of 13 guests.
Guides per Guest
Typically, two tour guides will accompany each tour. One will drive the support van and trailer, while the other cycles from group to group offering support, mechanical assistance, tips on riding techniques, and directions as needed.
BA employs a fleet of specially ordered and customized 15-passenger vans. Most have a seven-liter V-10 engine, high rear axle ratio and heavy duty trailer towing package for efficiently moving a van full of people pulling a large trailer full of luggage and food. The van tows a custom-built, enclosed, 12-foot trailer. The trailers also sport work platforms and bicycle racks on their roofs. The insides are partitioned to efficiently hold guests’ luggage, food, spare bicycle parts and equipment, tools, and other supplies. Bikes BA provides riders Orbea road bikes and hybrid bikes designed to its specs.