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. This is “part 1” of the series.
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?
We offer six different trail options and each trail has pre-set itineraries you can explore. The rides vary in terms of miles per day, trip activities, stop points, etc. It is best to explore the various options on our website, reviewing each trip package, and jot down your questions for your trip coordinator.
When would you like to take your trip?
In addition to your availability (vacation schedule), you will also want to consider things like holidays, peak season (spring and fall), and the degree to which you have a flexible start date. Before talking with your trip coordinator, it is best to be prepared with preferred start date as well as a secondary option. If your schedule is flexible, even better! Send us the date range that will work for you and we’ll explore options on our end.
Will you be renting bikes or bringing your own?
An important question to consider as you prepare for your first bike trip is whether you will need bike rentals (inquire with your trip coordinator for rental options based on your start location) or if you plan to bring your own bike(s) (or a combination of the two). If you plan to rent bikes with us, it is necessary for you to provide your height when you request a quote so that we can confirm we have the right size bike available for your trip.
Do you need luggage shuttling services?
A question that many first-time riders struggle with is whether to pay extra for luggage shuttling services or to “go light” and pack their belongings in panniers and bike bags. If you have never embarked on a multi-day trip with your belongings packed on your bike, this can be a daunting decision. To help with your decision, consider the following:
Do you need pre- and post-trip lodging?
Many of our riders come from other states and even countries and will need both pre- and post-trip lodging arrangements. If this is something you anticipate needing be sure to notate this when requesting a quote from Noble Invention as we’ve worked with many of the hotels in the cities/towns where our trips start and even can offer modest discounts. It is important to note that riders are under no obligation to go with the hotels we recommend and can explore other options online.
Go to Part 2: Training for a Self-Guided Bike Tour