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Bicycle touring

Bicycle touring is a recreational activity, which involves touring and exploration or sightseeing with the use of a bicycle. Although some sporting events like the Tour de France are called "tours," true bicycle touring is non-competitive, and done for leisure rather than sport. Bicycle touring is a little bit like backpacking with the use of a bicycle.

A bicycle tour can be anything from a day ride, to a ride which takes many days, weeks or months. Some people have ridden across continents, and some people have ridden all around the world.

An average person af reasonable fitness and at moderate speed, is probably be able to ride (depending on terrain and weather) 30-80 miles (50-130 km) in a day.

There are many different styles of bicycle touring. Some tourists prefer to take all their equipment with them on their bikes including food, cooking equipment, and a tent to go camping during nights. This type of touring is known as "self sufficient touring[?]."

Some people prefer to take less equipment with them, and stay in hotels and hostels, and eat in restuarants[?], etc. This is known as "credit card touring[?]".

There are some companies who for a fee, take the cyclists luggage[?] in a van to the cyclists' destination.

To go cycle touring you will need to have a bike which can carry luggage, and is equipped with a carrier rack and panniers[?]. Many cycle tourists prefer to use special touring bikes[?] which are specially built to carry large amounts of luggage, and can be ridden comfortably over long distances, although many different types of bicycle can be used. A typical characteristic of a touring bicycle is a longer wheelbase, which increases stability at the cost of quick response (a characteristic more suited for mentally taxing bicycle racing rather than for relaxed long distance touring). Other characteristics include tires with larger widths and a tread[?] pattern for greater durability and control over a wider variety of terrain[?].

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