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Planning Your First Bike Trip

Planning your first multi-day ride can be a daunting undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! We have put together a four-part series on getting the most out of your first self-guided bike tour. 

Part 1 – Booking Your First Trip

As you start out planning your ride with Noble Invention, there is a list of questions it is helpful to consider before being connected with a trip coordinator.

  • Which trail/trip are you looking to ride?
  • When would you like to take your trip?
  • Will you be renting bikes or bringing your own?
  • Do you need luggage shuttling services?
  • Do you need pre- and post-trip lodging?


Part 2 – Training

Once your trip has been booked, it is now time to get to work on your training. The most challenging part of our rides, hands down, is the reality of biking 30+ miles each day and over several consecutive days. The good news is that our trails tend to be relatively flat with little elevation gain and the surfaces tend to be smooth (though the C&O Trail can at times be “rugged”).


Part 3: Pre-Trip Preparations

If you made it this far, you have the perfect tour picked and your training has begun! Now it’s time to start doing some pre-trip prep to pull it all together so you can have a successful self-guided bike tour.


Part 4: Your Trip

You’ve finally made on a self-guided bike tour and your anticipation couldn’t be higher! Let us be the first to welcome you and give some helpful tips for a sensational on-trip experience.

Pacing Your Ride

Now that the work of pre-planning and arrival is over, you can relax and enjoy the ride! NIBT designs trip specifically so you can get plenty of time on the bike while also having time to enjoy the day. Your daily mileage will likely be somewhere between 30-50 miles which means you can enjoy a nice breakfast; ride for 3-5 hours; and still have plenty of time to experience the great scenery, take in a local restaurant, or just explore. The advantage of self-guided tours is that you are in control of your trip day – you can tailor it to your needs!