November 2011 - Winter Getaway Cycling Vacations!
Winter Getaway Cycling Vacations!
Although there are many cyclists who will enjoy cycling throughout the cold dark winter months, many of us are already thinking about warm weather cycling destinations. New Zealand, Vietnam and Thailand are all great for cycling when it is winter in North America. If you are intrested in exploring some warmer weather cycling closer to home, Pedaling.com has some flat routes in Florida and some challenging routes in Southern California. Just click on our search routes option and you will find maps, cue sheets and information about planning your own journey. Just remember if you decide to brave the cold and snow, you will need a few extra layers, especially on your hands and feet.
PEDALTOURS since 1985- The Original New Zealand Cycle Tour Company, offers tours for cyclists by cyclists throughout New Zealand, North & South Island. (Also Australia, Vietnam and India). Pedal through magnificent scenery, stay at excellent lodges and dine well, all with experienced local guides. All trips are fully supported and we have excellent Trek bikes - both road and hybrid.
The Southern Alps tour- one of the most popular tours- takes cyclists on a breathtaking loop through some of the world's finest scenery. Walk on a glacier in a temperate rainforest, experience the rainforest on a range of short hikes and meet friendly New Zealanders. Also experience jet-boating, rafting, scenic flights and bungy jumping.
Book one of the following trips for this winter and get 10% off!
Ancient Vietnam: Nov. 28-Dec. 6
Vietnam Explorer: Nov. 28-Dec. 12
Vietnam Beaches&Highlands: Dec. 4-12
Southern Alps 10 day: Dec. 18-25
Southern Alps 15 day: Dec. 18-30
Tasmania 16 day: January 14-29
Tasmania 8 day: January 14-21
Tasmania 9 day: January 21-29
Explore Worldwide's pedal powered adventures are a great way to get up close and personal with your world in the company of a few like-minded travelers. You can choose from a range of bike tours to suit all levels of fitness and they are also remarkably affordable.
Explore has a particularly good selection of cycling adventures in exotic locations that are great winter destinations. How about experiencing South India'sBackroads of Kerala, or go local in Vietnam & Cambodia discovering rural villages, the Mekong Delta and Angkor Wat by bike, or consider Southern Oasis Cycling for great winter cycling on Morocco's Kasbah trail.
Visit Explore Worldwide and find your winter adventure today!
New Zealand Cycle Tours
If you're considering where to take your bike this winter, try New Zealand. New Zealand Cycle Tours has designed 5 different trips to suit different cycling and biking styles, lasting from five days to two weeks.
Try the Top Ride, a two week adventure that brings you along the waters and wineries of the east coast, swimming with dolphins and tasting wines. The ride allows you the flexibility to ride more or less each day, depending on what you prefer!
Active New Zealand cycle tours are all about simplicity- but that is not a bad thing! The rides take you on quiet roads, through stunning scenery and end each day sharing laughs over a wholesome meal. It's about aiming to have the best day ever. Every day.
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What are some tips to stay safe while commuting and biking in the winter? commuter in Portland, Oregon
Hi Commuter, Thanks to years of planning and community involvement, Portland has created one of the best environments for bicycle communting in North Amercia. So it is great you are going to commute throughout the winter with thousands of other cyclists. Unlike running your upper body does not move much while you are cycling, so it is very important to wear layers to keep your core warm. I suggest wearing a base layer under your work clothes and then a vest with a rain/wind resistent outer layer. You also don't move your hands and feet a lot while you are cycling, so I strongly recommend cycling gloves with padding or cycling gloves with a glove liners. I also recommend warm socks and booties to cover your shoes. A head band or a cap under your helmet will help to keep your ears and head warm. Of course you will need a light on the front and back of your bike as you will probably be riding in the dark one way. If you need assistance with some of these items, your local bike shop should be able to help you or visit our bikes and gear page where there are lots of apparrel companies with great cold weather cycling gear. Have a great commute. Spoke