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Touring and Recreation

Recreational cycling is perhaps the most satisfying way to get exercise, fresh air and improve your health compared to any other form of recreation.  Getting there under your own power is rewarding.  The views an experiences along the way are part of the world in which you live, instead of one you merely drive through.

Here we have a collection of articles and encouraging suggestions for how you can get more out of your bike than simply a ride through the park.

Bicycling Amsterdam On assignment from Dad, Rent a bike and ride in a strange city half a world away.
A Little Summer Ride Frank's Daughter invites the family on a summer ride - one which they will never forget - never regret.
Team Ireland Takes on the Seagull Century A Summer ride runs into a summer storm, but its sure to stop raining any time now....
Winter Cycling Just because it's winter does not mean it's time to put away the bike.  This article explains how cycling in winter for recreation of commuting can be very enjoyable.  Explore this gentle introduction to a growing facet of cycling.
Bicycling In Cuba It's a different world, where cycling is mainstream and almost taken for granted.
African Panther Cycling is an excellent way to see Africa up close. Riding thru Togo and Benin, near the equator provides a window onto a continent.
Mountain Biking For Grownups Mountain biking isn't just for the younger generation, or those with a developmentally stunted sense of mortality.  Adults of all fitness levels can use a growing collection of trails to enjoy day outings.
Sierra Spring Tour 1993
Spring Tour 2000
For the fit cyclist, fast touring with a road bike and little equipment is a tremendous way to cover a lot of territory in a short time.  Mountain views make the climbs worth the effort, and the descents a thing to remember.  Jobst Brandt describes the 1993 and 2000 edition of his annual "Spring Tours".
Teaching the Boy Scout Cycling Merit Badge Program An excellent article on how to teach the Boy Scouts of America Cycling Merit Badge course.  This article included information on how to organize the classes, how to conduct the rides, and resources needed for teaching youngsters to joys of safe cycling.





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