What's the best way to tour Europe by bike?
January 11, 2013 6:09 AM Subscribe
I have a 3-4 week vacation from the army coming up and I want to spend most of it touring Europe on a bicycle. I'm in good hiking shape, but the furthest I've ever ridden my (mountain) bike is 25k two days back to pack. The vacation will probably be in April or May. Where should I go and how should I do it?
posted by jrsnr to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Where is a good place to go in April or May? I was thinking that southern Italy would probably be nice at that time, and I could do a loop around the peninsula. I'm also open to places that aren't in Europe but are inexpensive to fly to from Israel.
Is it possible to rent a touring bike for 2-3 weeks? What would that cost in a place like Italy? What should I look out for?
Does hiking stamina translate into biking stamina? I don't really have any opportunity to go on multiple day bike tours between now and then - but I run regularly.
Is it reasonable to use a backpacking pack while riding long distances on a bike or will I have to invest in saddlebags?
Additional advice is welcome.