Many people like the idea of traveling by bicycle but don’t know how to get started. While experienced riders know the simplicity of bike travel is one of its great joys, to a curious newcomer the questions and choices can be overwhelming. Below we answer some of the common questions that beginning bicycle travelers often ask and provide some tips to demystify cycling.

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Ride along with Maggie Sloan as she explores the bike riding opportunities in the Central Foothills of California. Maggie researched the diverse bike riding opportunities in the Motherlode. Her article was featured in the Sierra Lodestar, March 7, 2018.

Biking gold in the Motherlode

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Self-supported bicycle travel - also known as bike touring or bikepacking - is a style of travel where cyclists carry their gear in bags attached to the bike. This kind of travel is characterized by constant movement, with the riding itself being the destination, and most self-supported bike travelers spend a single night (sometimes two) in each overnight location. Most self-supported bike travelers follow routes mapped by organizations like Adventure Cycling or Bikepacking Roots, while some design their own routes or follow whatever road is most convenient to get to their destination!