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Bike Tour Blueprints

An Exciting New Approach to Self-Guided Bike Touring

We love helping riders get outside and explore new trails. We cherish opportunities to give new perspectives to a self-guided biker who has ridden a trail many times. Over the years we’ve taken thousands of riders on some of America’s finest and most popular bike trail systems.

Over the past year we’ve developed something new – a digital, low-cost itinerary service that utilizes our bank of touring knowledge but ultimately allows you to construct the best tour for you. Bike Tour Blueprints allows the self-guided bike tour lover to really do it on your own! Well, mostly.

It’s an incredible and “noble” new product. Call it a “low-cost, take our brain, take our years of guiding these trails, put it in your pocket and make the adventure YOURS” itinerary. If you’ve ever been part of building, you know how “blueprints” work. They are essentially step-by-step guides full of information that contractors need for a successful outcome. The architect is super important. If he or she misses anything, the plan falls apart. Luckily, as bike touring goes, you’ve got the very best architect. (That’s us!)

We know you’ll love this new self-guided bike tour option. It’s important to remember this isn’t replacing our more traditional tours. Blueprints are a different product altogether. If you have any questions, please contact us: info@nibiketouring.com.

How It Works

Our Bike Tour Blueprints are your insider’s guide to the trail. Purchase your blueprint and you will receive online access for 1 year to the following:

  • In-depth guide on the trail including essential trail knowledge such as the best time of year to ride; wifi and cell coverage; trail conditions and detours; where to park; and other necessary trip logistics.
  • Detailed Trip Itineraries for a range of riding abilities, where to stay and eat each day, and trail histories.
  • Build-it guide to reserving your own trip with our recommended accommodations, transportation contacts, and off-trail activities.
  • Members-only access to training tips, nutritional guides, and more!

You also will receive access for the duration of your bike tour to:

  • Digital route mapping via Ride with GPS, also downloadable to Garmin and other formats.
  • Voice Navigation and offline maps in mobile app.
  • Points of interest, water and bathroom stops, restaurants, and lodging.
  • Tour Experience digital guide for your chosen itinerary with day-by-day instructions, dining guide, and emergency contacts.

Who's it for?

If any of the following sound like you, then a Bike Tour Blueprint may be perfect for you!

  • I like DIYing.
  • Planning and Scheduling is Fun!
  • Research is Part of the Adventure Experience!
  • I Take the Reins on My Vacations.
  • I’m On a Budget.

Available Bike Tour Blueprints

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Great Allegheny Passage

As self-guided bike tour trails go, the GAP is truly iconic. This Bike Tour Blueprint gives riders every bit of information they’ll need. From what hotel to choose in Pittsburgh to what “must see” stops along the way, the details are endless and perfect for anyone looking to ride the Great Allegheny Passage.

Difficulty

3/5

Durations:

4, 5 and 6 days

 

Blueprint Price:

$200

Mileage

150 miles

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C&O Canal Towpath​

Made a National Historic Park in 1971, this 180 plus mile trail has brought visitors from all around the world to ride it. Using our extensive experience and knowledge, this Bike Tour Blueprint will set any self-guided biker up for success. 

Difficulty

3/5

Durations:

5 days

 

Blueprint Price:

$200

Mileage

185 miles

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Katy Trail

From quaint towns to dramatic landscapes, the Katy Trail has beckoned visitors for decades. After guiding hundreds of people on its’ beautiful trail system, we’ve created a Bike Tour Blueprint perfect for anyone looking ride it. 

Difficulty

3/5

Durations:

5, 6 and 7 days

 

Blueprint Price:

$200

Mileage

238 miles*