5 Reasons to Go on a Guided Bicycle Tour

According to Wikipedia bicycle touring is the taking of self-contained cycling trips for pleasure, adventure or autonomy rather than sport, commuting or exercise. According to us bicycle touring (or bikepacking) is the best way to travel and experience the world! Many bikepackers go out on their own. Here are 7 reasons why a guided bikepackingContinue reading “5 Reasons to Go on a Guided Bicycle Tour”

Bikepacking Basics

Going on your first bicycle tour can seem like a scary leap into the unknown. We’ll break it down and help you wrap your head around your first (or next!) bicycle tour with our bikepacking basics. Interested in an bike trip? Book one of our guided tours today! What is bikepacking? Bikepacking is the combinationContinue reading “Bikepacking Basics”

The Bicycle Tour Training Guide

Planning to go on a bikepacking trip or bicycle tour and aren’t sure you are fit enough? Blaze Adventure Tours is here to help! Interested in an bike trip? Book one of our guided tours today! Do I need to Train? Bikepacking is (usually) not a race. In fact, we recommend planning your tour withContinue reading “The Bicycle Tour Training Guide”

The Cyclists Guide to Bikepacking the C&O Canal

Running from Cumberland, Maryland to Georgetown, DC; the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is a regional destination for gravel cyclists on the East Coast. The 185 miles of gravel winds its way down the Potomac River offering scenic views and an excellent surface for riders of all skill levels. On any given weekend you’ll see everyoneContinue reading “The Cyclists Guide to Bikepacking the C&O Canal”

The Cyclists Guide to Bikepacking Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is a 105 mile long road that runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. If you aren’t from the D.C., Maryland, or Virginia (DMV) area, you might be wondering. Where is Skyline Drive?” The drive begins in Front Royal, Virginia and ends in Afton, Virginia. The Southern Terminus is also the startContinue reading “The Cyclists Guide to Bikepacking Skyline Drive”

The Cyclist’s Guide to Bikepacking the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s most iconic roads. Running through and over the Appalachian Mountains, the parkway connects Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is visited by more than 15 million sightseers every year making it the most toured national park unit in the US. While most tendContinue reading “The Cyclist’s Guide to Bikepacking the Blue Ridge Parkway”

How to Pick Bikepacking Shoes

So you’re going on an adventure! Usually one of the first questions on everyone’s mind is what kind of gear do I need for a bikepacking trip? Let’s go for a deep dive into how to pick bikepacking shoes. Looking for more gear help? Use the comprehensive bikepacking gear checklist! Type of Shoe Selecting aContinue reading “How to Pick Bikepacking Shoes”

How to Plan a Bikepacking Trip

Want to go on a bike tour but aren’t sure where to start? Don’t worry. If you follow a few simple steps you’ll be off the couch and out on the road in no time! Step 1: Pick a Place The first step of planning your bicycle tour is to decide where you want toContinue reading “How to Plan a Bikepacking Trip”

The Comprehensive Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking Gear Checklist

Bike equipment Bike Helmet Headlight Taillight (with blinking option) Cable Lock Mirror (for handlebar or helmet) Fenders 2 Water bottles with cages Straps/bungee cords Saddlebag Handlebar bag Panniers Trailer Repair Items Spare tubes Mini-Pump Tire levers Cycling multi-tool Spare spokes Spoke wrench 6″ adjustable wrench General-purpose multi-tool Assorted spare nuts and bolts Spare tire ChainContinue reading “The Comprehensive Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking Gear Checklist”

How to Take Your Dog Backpacking

If you’re like us, there is only one thing more fun than enjoying the outdoors; enjoying the outdoors with your faithful dog at your side! While most people have taken their dogs on a day hike, far fewer have taken their dog on a multi-day backpacking trip. Here is how to get started: Part 1:Continue reading “How to Take Your Dog Backpacking”