Bike Tour Vacation Destinations

The great outdoors are waiting to be explored and a bike tour is the perfect way to turn your favorite hobby into an unforgettable vacation. Whether you’re planning a group ride or a private getaway, we’ll help you discover several of the most unforgettable bike tour vacation destinations that America has to offer.

Sonoma Bicycle Tour by DuVine
Sonoma, California

Sonoma Bike Tour

DuVine, a leader in luxury bicycle tours, will guide you and your group through one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Sonoma has long been a top vacation destination for wine enthusiasts. Now, thanks to DuVine, it’s also at the top of the list for cycling adventures.

On this luxury bike tour, you will be treated to some of the best wineries and craft breweries in all of California. The 4 day, 3 night guided bike tour is available March through November. Depending on the date, prices start at $2,995 per person and go up to $3,195 depending on the date. Cost includes equipment, gourmet dinners and entry fees into parks and museums. Each day includes a minimum of 38 miles of riding with a combined daily distance of approximately 135 miles.

Best of Moab Bike Tour by Escape Adventures
Moab, Utah

Canyonlands

The rugged terrain surrounding Moab, UT is widely considered to be the mountain bike capital of the world. This 5 day, 4 night mountain bike tour is led by Escape Adventures and comprises 30-100 miles of riding per day. Suffice it to say, this tour requires a high level of fitness. Be prepared for lengthy rides through some of the most intense mountain bike terrain in the country.

This tour with basic hotel accommodations starts at $2,199 per person. The deluxe option costs $4,899 per person and features luxury accommodations and meals. Because of the desert heat, this tour is only offered during the spring and fall.

Coastal New England by USA Bike Tours
Portland, Maine

Coastal New England

Discover the beauty of New England and experience Colonial history like never before on this 6 day, 5 night bike tour. Allow USA Bike Tours to lead you and your group through scenic landscapes, restaurants, and breweries on a multi-state, adventure-filled vacation where tranquility is key. Stops include Franciscan monasteries, horse farms, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and 17th century homes.

In total, you will ride 150-190 miles depending on the daily distance options you choose. The minimum daily distance is 12 miles and the maximum tops out at about 42 miles. The booking season starts in mid-May and extends through mid-October with prices starting at $1,895 per person.

Alaskan Adventure by USA Bike Tours
Chugach Mountains, Alaska

Alaska Outback

Pack your cold-weather gear for a bike tour through the Alaskan outback. This 7 day, 6 night bike tour offers a scenic exploration through one of the most secluded portions of the United States. Along the way, you’ll take in waterfalls, canoe on the Tangle Lakes, and ride under the Chugach Mountains. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the local wildlife at Shoup Bay where seals, otters, whales and bald eagles are all native to the region.

Led by USA Bike Tours, this Alaskan cycling adventure is both breathtaking and demanding. You and your group will be pushed to your limits with up to 39 miles of riding each day. Thankfully, there are two bike-free days built into the 7 day trip. These planned recovery days include fun activities like kayaking and canoeing. For obvious reasons, this bike tour is only available during summer months. Booking starts in mid-June and extends through August. Lodging, canoeing, kayaking, and meals are all included for $3,995 per person.

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Bike Tour by Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton Bike Tour

Explore some of America’s most iconic scenery on the Yellowstone & Grand Teton Bike Tour. Stay at unique mountain lodges like the Jackson Lake Lodge, Lake Yellowstone Hotel and the White Buffalo Club. Experience the natural splendor of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks including stops at Old Faithful and Snake River.

This demanding 6 day, 5 night bike tour climbs to elevations of up to 12,000 feet above sea level. Skilled riders can look forward to navigating the area’s most treacherous trails and peaks. Each day typically includes 25-85 miles of riding but actual mileage varies based on your level of experience.

This tour is led by Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations. Pricing starts at $4,359 per person and includes luxury lodging, white water rafting, meals, equipment and entrance into national parks.

Vermont Bicycle Tours by DuVine
Vermont

Vermont Bike Tour

The hallmarks of country life in Vermont include fall foliage, streams, farms and historic barns. That’s what you can look forward to on this 4 day, 3 night bike tour led by DuVine bicycle tours. While the scenery is plentiful, the overall distance and physical demands are moderate. Each day is comprised of approximately 20 miles of riding with a combined daily total of just 98 miles.

This tour costs $3,695 per person and includes lodging, farm-fresh foods, après velo cocktails and as much apple cider as you can drink.

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Top Cyclocross Races In America

Legend has it that European cyclists used to stay in shape during the winter by racing each other to neighboring towns. Riders were free to cut through fields, climb fences and find other shortcuts enroute to the finish line. In 1910, the sport really began to take off after Octave Lapize, a French cyclist, attributed his Tour de France victory to off-season cyclocross training.

Today, cyclocross still takes place in the autumn and winter. Of course, groomed courses consisting of wooded trails, pavement, grass, hills and other obstacles have replaced farmer’s fields, fence lines and drainage ditches. But the essence of the sport remains the same.

In this article, we’ve outlined 5 of the top cyclocross races in America; one from every region.

Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross
Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross (Falmouth, MA)

Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross

The Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross (RRFCX) is known for including exciting features like Belgian Steps and sand. Remarkably, this ‘cross has managed to strike the perfect balance between a relaxed atmosphere and fierce competition. In fact, one of our favorite things about this event is it’s location. Cape Cod is a wonderful destination to both explore and relax.

Information and Registration

As a USA Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) competition, RRFCX riders have an opportunity to earn ranking points. That makes this a great way to watch or compete against the best of the best. But don’t worry if you’re not quite ready for the world-stage because the race is split into categories which include elite, masters, juniors and Super Squirts—a special course for kids up to 8 years old.

International Cycling and Event Services organizes this race in addition to a few others in the Plymouth, MA area. RRFCX will be at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth, MA on November 5-6, 2022. Registeration is available online through BikeReg.

For places to stay, the Holiday Inn is a popular choice. Falmouth also has a variety of charming resorts and BnBs to choose from.

Cross of the North Cyclocross Race
Cross of the North (Fort Collins, CO)

Cross of the North

Rain, sleet or snow, the 3 kilometer Cross of the North in Fort Collins, CO will test your mettle against mother nature. In 2011, a storm dumped an epic two feet of snow on the event causing it to go down as one of the muddiest cyclocross races Colorado has ever seen. But the potential for inclement weather isn’t the courses’ only defense. Get ready to be challenged by sand pits, run-ups, off-camber, tight turns, and power sections. The Cross of the North has earned a reputation for being both unpredictable and unforgettable.

Information and Registration

Last year, hundreds turned out for 2 days of exhilarating competition. This is not a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) event but riders are required to have a USA Cycling Race License in order to compete. The race is organized by First City Cycling Team and New Belgium Brewing has been the event host since 2017. For First City Cycling Team, the mission of the race is simply to “be the best and set the example for others to follow.” They pride themselves on learning from their mistakes, striving to find ways to improve and listening to feedback from riders.

Registration is available online through BikeReg or in-person. Race day registration is $50 and closes 45 minutes before the start. If you’re up to the challenge, you can also register for a second race for just $15. Once registered, a course preview is offered at 7am and again at 12pm on the day of your race. After the race, reward yourself with an ice cold beer. After all, the race is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

Trek CX Cup Cyclocross Race
Trek CX Cup (Waterloo, WI)

Trek CX Cup Cyclocross

The Trek CX Cup is only one of nine races in the UCI World Cup cyclocross series that’s hosted in the United States. Naturally, this draws the world’s top-ranked cyclocross riders and sets up a weekend of fun for both riders and spectators alike. The course itself includes a double pit, three flyovers, one set of stairs and one set of barriers. In addition to great racing, there’s also live music, giveaways, and contests to go along with a brilliant selection of food and beer. Whether you choose to race or just watch, you can expect to have a great time at this event.

Information and Registration

The CX Cup is hosted annually by Trek at their company headquarters in Waterloo, WI. In addition to the premier event, the company also offers a number of amateur races allowing you to experience the same 2,900m course as the pros. However, if you hope to compete in one of the amateur races you’ll need to sign up early. Registration closes when the field limit of 150 riders per start time is reached.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your visit, camping is available at nearby Fireman’s Park. Otherwise, there are a variety of hotels to choose from in the college town of Madison, which is only a 30 minute drive from Waterloo.

Across the Beeriers
Across the Beeriers (Athens, GA)

Across the Beeriers Cyclocross

Branded as the best “crafted” cyclocross in the South, Across the Beeriers is the Georgia Cyclocross Season Finale (GACX). This makes it one of the most exciting events of the season. Here, you’ll find riders of all abilities along with tons of fun activities. To top it off, Southern Brewing and Terrapin Brewing keep the beer flowing all weekend and food trucks are scattered throughout the venue to give you a taste of southern cooking.

Information and Registration

Across the Beeriers is hosted at the Southern Brewing Company in Athens, GA. Traditionally, each race features about 5 to 10 riders. The small field and relaxed atmosphere make it a wonderful opportunity to cut your teeth on the exciting world of cyclocross racing. The course itself is about 2,600m. It includes a short climb followed by technical descent.

Register online through BikeReg to avoid a late registration fee. Non-licensed riders will need to purchase a USAC license in order to participate. A one-day USAC license is available for just $10.

Sacramento Cyclocross Series
Sacramento Cyclocross Series (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento Cyclocross Series

The Sacramento Cyclocross Series features eight races throughout the fall and winter. The series rotates between different venues in the region, making it an excellent way to see all that Sacramento cyclocross has to offer. Each race involves four classes: A for expert, B for intermediate, C for beginner and “Single Speed,” which the organizers affectionately refer to as the class for “crazy people.”

Information and Registration

Clipped In Races has been organizing the Sacramento Cyclocross Series since 2014, but the Series began in 1998 as a collaboration between local cycling clubs and bike shops. Today, each race typically has between 10 to 20 riders who can look forward to being cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of spectators.

Races are $35 each. Registration is available online.

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Bike Maintenance Checklist for Racing

If you’ve ever trained for a cycling race you understand the importance of preparation. Planning for a race requires you to pay careful attention to your diet, fitness and recovery schedule for weeks, if not months, in advance. Likewise, race preparation also requires you to pay close attention to the condition of your bike. Just like your body, a bike that’s in great shape is a bike that’s ready to rise to the challenge on race day.

As a rule, run-of-the-mill bike maintenance saves time and money in the long run. But there’s nothing run-of-the-mill about racing. So, we designed our 9 Point Bike Maintenance Checklist for Racing to keep your bike in racing shape.

9 Point Bike Maintenance Checklist for Racing

Cleaning

A clean bike looks good. But a clean bike is about a lot more than looking good. The purpose of cleaning your bike is to ensure optimal performance and safety. First, check for grease buildup on cogs, derailleur pulleys and chainrings. If your drivetrain is greasy, spray on a degreaser and let it stand for a few minutes. Then, wash with warm, soapy water. Unless it’s really dirty, you can generally leave the wheels on when you wash your bike.

Tighten Bolts and Screws

Use a torque wrench to make sure all bolts are tight, but don’t over do it. Check your headsets to make sure they’re tight too. A loose headset on a steel or aluminum frame can lead to an ovalized head tube. Next, spend some time making sure your front and rear derailleurs are well-adjusted. A limiter screw on the rear derailleur will also help ensure the chain doesn’t come loose. You should check the front derailleur to make sure the chain isn’t able to fall off the chainrings on either side. Lastly, consider installing a chain-catcher to avoid any damage if something wiggles loose during a ride.

Wear and Tear

As time wears on, so does your bike’s cabling. For your safety, both shift and brake cables should be checked before you ride. Go ahead and replace them if you notice any damage or fraying. The same goes for cable housing.

Wheels and Tires

Take a close look at your tires. Remove any pebbles that have gotten stuck in the treads and be on the lookout for signs of wear. If you can see bulges or threads it’s time to replace your tires. You’ll also want to take a look at the spokes to make sure they’re properly tightened. If you do find a loose spoke, increase the tension with a spoke wrench in half-turn increments.

Bike Maintenance - Checking the Brakes

Brakes

Before heading out for a ride, it’s wise to take a lap around the block to make sure everything is in working order. During your test ride, hit the brakes—hard. If your bike doesn’t stop as quickly as it used to, or is letting out a high-pitched squeal, you’ll need to adjust your brakes. Possible brake issues could include something stuck in the pad, the pads could be positioned incorrectly, or it could be time to replace the pads. If you’re riding a MTB, cyclocross or high-end road bike with disk brakes you won’t need to worry about replacing pads. However, you’ll still want to make sure your rotors are clean and free of grease.

Oil the Chain

There is some controversy in the cycling world about how often you should oil the chain. Some people swear by cleaning the chain with a dry rag every so often, but we advise using a wax-based lube on your chain for every 100 miles of riding in dry weather. If you race cyclocross, mountain bike or expect your chain to get wet, you should opt for a lubricant that won’t wash off with water.

Change Fluids and Replace Equipment

Many bike parts can be changed out as you start to notice wear and tear. However, there are a few exceptions. Consider changing the hydraulic fluid, chain, cassettes and chainrings after reaching certain milestones. A good rule of thumb is to bleed your brake hydraulics about every 10,000 miles and replace the chain every 3,000 miles. About every fourth chain replacement also consider replacing your cassettes. And roughly every fourth cassette change, plan to replace chainrings.

Special Occasions

There are a few special occasions when it makes sense to go above and beyond in your bike maintenance checks. For example, when you’ve traveled with your bike, or if your bike has been in a wreck. After a crash, always have a mechanic do a thorough inspection to make sure your bike is safe to ride.

On-site

Whenever you ship a bike to a race, you’ll need to inspect it for damage once it arrives. Many cyclists ship directly to a local bike shop for a pre-race inspection. Depending on your event location, you may also find it most convenient to schedule an on-site inspection with a mobile bike shop like Velofix.

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Custom Bikes: Who’s Who

Finding a bike on the showroom floor that meets your individual needs as a cyclist can be harder than you might think. Allow us to introduce you to the wonderful world of custom bikes. In this round up, we’ve put together a Who’s Who of custom bike makers in the U.S.

To keep things interesting, we decided to highlight a specific bike or specialty or process to show you how these makers are putting their mark on the world of cycling.

Stoemper Vincent Road Bike
Stoemper

Stoemper: Custom Road and Cross Bikes

A great road or cross bike should be ridden hard and fast. It should also be able to take a beating. Accordingly, Stoemper makes custom bikes for riders that identify as being “reasonably serious about their riding but not too serious about themselves.” The team at Stoemper has been welding steel, titanium and aluminum frames for more than a decade. They handcraft each bicycle and all painting is done in-house. No two bikes coming out of this Minneapolis based shop are the same.

Stoemper custom bikes range from $2,500 to $4,000 with lead times generally around 3 months.

Enve Custom Road Bike
ENVE

ENVE: Custom Road Bikes

ENVE has long been recognized as one of the best rim designers in the industry. But now, ENVE has re-entered the market as a custom road bike builder. The company has taken its hard-earned knowledge from building one of the most complex carbon structures in the sport to handcrafting a complete custom road bike.

ENVE builds each custom road bike at their headquarters in Ogden, Utah. Each fully-customized bike has a lead time of a little over 6 months. Keep in mind that the expertise and time brought to bear on every ENVE bike will cost you a pretty penny. The Custom Road bike ranges in price from $7,000 for a frameset to around $12,500 fully-equipped.

Pursuit Cycles
Pursuit Cycles

Pursuit Cycles: Custom Gravel Bikes

Pursuit Cycles out of Bozeman, Montana handcrafts custom gravel bikes and roads bikes to get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. The company’s gravel bikes have a longer wheelbase and higher stack than road bikes which offers versatility in terms of rim and tire combinations. In addition, each bike comes with tailored sizing and geometry. Pursuit Cycles tunes the layup to suit your individual needs—optimizing for weight and stiffness, impact resistance and vibration damping. Best of all, if you’re easy to fit, lead time can be as little as a few weeks. Expect to pay upwards of $4,800 for the frameset. Use the price calculator on the Pursuit Cycles website to get a more detailed estimate.

Human Electric Custom E-Bikes
Human Electric Hybrids

Human Electric Hybrids: Custom E-Bikes

The potential for customizations on an e-bike are practically limitless. Human Electric Hybrids has created everything from special needs e-bikes and e-trikes to custom fat tire e-bikes and turnkey e-bike conversions. So, whether you want to transform the bike you already know and love into an e-bike, or create a custom e-bike from scratch, Human Electric Hybrids in Ann Arbor, Michigan can help. Custom e-bike conversions start at $1,549.

Untitled Cycles Custom Bikes
Untitled Cycles, Photo: Jarrod Bunk

Untitled Cycles: Custom Bikes for Women

For most of history, cycling has been a male dominated sport. However, things are changing. In 2020, women reported 47% more rides into Strava than they did in 2019. And with more women cyclists, custom bike builders are answering the call to handcraft custom bikes for women.

Untitled Cycles, run by Jacqueline Mautner, offers custom frames starting at $4,800. Mautner uses her degree in architecture and knowledge learned through mentoring with bike building greats to bring beauty and utility together in her custom bikes. Each of her bikes includes custom paint, lightweight yet strong butted tubing and internal cable routing.

Zinn Cycles
Zinn Cycles

Zinn Cycles: Custom Bikes for Big & Tall

Zinn Cycles in Boulder, Colorado specializes in custom bikes for big and tall cyclists. Lennard Zinn, the company’s 6’6″ founder, is well acquainted with the challenges that an average size bike presents to  cyclists who aren’t average size. For instance, a custom bike for a tall cyclist calls for more than just scaling up the frame. There are also cranks and forks to consider, among other things, in order to ensure the best possible fit and ride. Currently, Zinn Cycles offers custom bicycles for budgets as low as $1,000 all the way up to more than $10,000.

Quiring Cycles: Custom Fat Bikes
Quiring Cycles

Quiring Cycles: Custom Fat Bikes

Fat bikes are a relatively new phenomenon in the world of cycling. Consequently, finding a really good custom fat bike isn’t always easy. However, Quiring Cycles located in Free Soil, Michigan is proud to have joined the movement early-on for custom fat bike builds. In fact, they’ve been handcrafting fat bikes since 2010.

Quiring fat bikes are built to order, one at a time. The company pairs an aluminum, steel or titanium frame with a boxed yoke, which joins the BB shell to the chainstays. Prices range from $2,000 to $3,500 with a 6-10 week lead time.

Arbr Bikes
ARBR

ARBR: Custom Travel Bikes

Engineer and designer, Robert Barr, founded Arbr with the goal of producing the best 160mm travel bike on the market. The result? The Saker. This custom bicycle is made to order for those in search of an exclusive, premium quality bike with personal touches. The Saker’s rearward axle path glides over rough terrain, the 100 percent anti-squat characteristic makes climbing in low gears as efficient as possible, and the Autoclave Process used in building the frame is truly transformative. Arbr offers a 3 year limited warranty on their custom bikes and a crash replacement scheme. Contact Arbr to learn more about pricing and lead time.

The Vanilla Workshop Custom Bicycles
The Vanilla Workshop

The Vanilla Workshop: Custom Randonneuring Bicycles

As fast as a road bike and as well-equipped as a touring bike—say hello to the vintage style Vanilla randonnee. The Vanilla Workshop describes its custom randonneuring bicycle as being “like a race bike that won’t break” but also “with generators, fenders and a handle bar bag.” Every bike coming out of Portland’s Vanilla Workshop is designed and handcrafted by the company’s founder, Sacha White.

White builds each bike out of steel and uses silver to join all the lugs and tubes. Moreover, each piece of the bike is made in-house or crafted specifically for The Vanilla Workshop. Large demand and meticulous craftsmanship means the lead time on a Vanilla Workshop custom bike can be upwards of a few years. For a faster turnaround, consider the company’s handmade Speedvagen where lead times are as little as a few months and framesets start at just $3,395.

Superstrata 3D Printed Bikes
Superstrata

Superstrata: Custom 3D Printed Bicycles

Where does the future of bicycle technology lie? It’s potentially in 3D printing if you ask California-based, Superstrata. Superstrata is manufacturing the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber bikes and e-bikes. The company boasts that their 3D bicycles are “bespoke down to the spoke” with more than 500,000 unique combinations possible. You can order your own custom 3D printed bike for $2,799. Carbon fiber wheels can be added for $1,699.

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With modern technology, the options for custom bicycles are limited only by your imagination. Each of the makers on our Who’s Who 2022 has something special to offer in the field in custom bikes. Leave a comment below to give a shout out to your favorite custom bike maker.

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7 Bike Trips for Vacationers

A bike trip is a fun and affordable way to enhance just about any vacation. Our list of bike trips for vacationers includes something for everyone from sprawling cityscapes and historic monuments to desert vistas and breathtaking canyons. Together, let’s explore several of the most popular vacation destinations and see what they have to offer cyclists looking for a way to climb back in the saddle.

If you’re looking for a bike tour as the primary activity and purpose of your trip, check out our article entitled, Top 10 Bike Tours In North America.

With no further ado, here are 7 Bike Trips for Vacationers (2022) by the bike shipping team at Overnight Bikes:

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala is a massive shield volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The picturesque volcano forms seventy-five percent of the island. The self-guided bike tour is designed to allow you to experience the beauty at your own pace. However, tour guides are available and ready to tell you about Hawaii’s rich history and diverse culture on your way to the summit. Once you’ve reached the top and witnessed the grand sunrise you’ll enjoy a leisurely 23 mile ride back down the mountain.

Haleakala Sunrise Bike Trips
Haleakala Sunrise

Arizona Desert

The Arizona desert offers a stunning display of scenery while biking some of the Grand Canyon State’s most unique terrain. The Sonoran Desert scenic ride enjoys 360-degree desert views, picturesque sunsets and off-roading. According to Journey Rides the bike trip has more of a “first man on Mars” feel rather than a typical Rock n’ Roll joie de vivre.

Arizona Desert Bike Trips
Arizona Desert

Old Town Key West

South Florida’s historic Old Town Key West guided bike tour was awarded Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021 by Trip Advisor. The $45 ride, led by Key Lime Bike Tours, features historic attractions such as Malory Square and White Street Pier in addition to the lovely waterfront views to be taken in at the Southernmost Point Buoy.

Old Town Key West - Southernmost Point Buoy
Old Town Key West

Murals In Tucson

Tucson, Arizona is home to 35+ vibrant outdoor murals; a nod to the city’s thriving art community. The Mural Bike Tour, led by Tucson Bike Tours, will allow you to experience the Tucson art scene up close and personal. The guided bike tour routes through a variety of neighborhoods from bustling downtown to placid Dunbar Spring. The tour is about 7 miles on flat terrain and lasts about 2 hours.

Tucson, Arizona Murals Bike Tour
Tucson, Arizona Murals Bike Tour

Waimea Canyon

Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon is located on the western side of Kauai on the Hawaiian Islands. The canyon itself is 3,000 feet deep and ten miles long. Keko Adventure Tours offers an amazing downhill bike tour which lasts 4 hours. The tour covers three state parks including the Waipo’o falls and the Napali Coast before ending with a view of the beautiful sunset on Kekaha beach.

Waimea Canyon, HI
Waimea Canyon, Hawaii

Coastal Monterey Bike Trips

Coastal Monterey draws visitors from all over the world. Big Sur Adventures offers the 17-Mile Drive Tour along one of the most scenic stretches of California coastline. Starting at Pacific Grove, the tour cruises all the way to the Coastal Trail. The ride is breezy and refreshing. It also offers a variety of scenery at lookouts like Point Pinos Lighthouse, Lone Cypress, the China Rock, and Lover’s Point.

Monterey, California Coastline
Monterey, California Coastline

Washington, DC Monuments Bike Trips

A bike trip of Washington DC provides an excellent way point to experience and learn American history. The Monuments Bike Tour is led by Bike and Roll and features safe riding on sidewalks, path and trails. The tour takes place between the National Mall and the Potomac Tidal Basin and includes visits to famous landmarks such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the new Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. You’ll also have a chance to jettison your bike and explore on this leisurely, yet efficient, tour.

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

Takeaway

Ready to upgrade your vacation? So are we. Biking allows you to experience the beauty and richness of your vacation destination a slower, more enjoyable pace.

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Is Bike Insurance Worth It?

To insure, or not to insure, that’s the question many cyclists are asking. While insurance is often considered to be the best way protect expensive things, many cyclists aren’t sure whether or not bike insurance is worth it.

In this review, we’ll take a look at what bike insurance is and what it covers. We’ll also outline some key concepts about insurance and put them to good use by looking at some examples. Finally, we’ll share the names of a few businesses that specialize in bike insurance and give you several questions that will help you determine if bike insurance is right for you.

What Is Bike Insurance?

What is bike insurance? To answer this question, we need to establish what insurance is. Naturally, owning personal property that has financial value, like a bike, comes with risk. But what if your bike is stolen or destroyed in a fire? Without a plan to account for this type of risk you’ll have to absorb the lost value yourself. Insurance is basically a way to protect yourself against risk. Technically, it’s a way to transfer risk to somebody else.

But why would anybody take on your risk? In short, they wouldn’t do it without a fair incentive. Now you can see why an insurance company charges a deductible on top of a monthly premium. It’s because it’s the only way that it makes sense for them to take a risk that you’re not willing to take.

Bicycle Insurance Policy

What Does Bike Insurance Cover?

Now that we have a handle on what insurance is, let’s compare bike insurance with homeowners insurance. The difference is in the details. In other words, the difference between bike insurance and homeowners insurance is found in the coverage and policy details. For example, a good bike insurance policy will reimburse you for race entry fees, taxi fare, and crash damages, whereas a traditional homeowners policy will not.

These are just some of the differences between bike insurance and homeowners insurance. Next, let’s cover three insurance concepts. Understanding these concepts will help you determine which type of insurance is right for you.

Disclaimer: Given the various situations and circumstances that may exist, we’ve had to make a few assumptions in this article for the purpose of communicating concepts. It's important to understand that the detailed terms and conditions for any type of insurance can, and often do, vary from state to state, company to company, and even policy to policy. Never assume anything. Always ask an insurance provider about policy specifics for your exact situation.

Insurance Concepts

In general, there are three important concepts you need to know about insurance.

1. Proving Ownership and Value

It’s hard to overstate the importance of being able to prove that you are the rightful owner of your bike. In addition to proving ownership you should also be prepared to prove your bike’s value. A misstep here and you could find yourself in the undesirable position of not being fully, or even partially, reimbursed for a legitimate claim. The more information you can provide confirming the details of a claim the better. So think in terms of receipts, police reports, serial numbers, photos, etc.

Pro Tip: What should you do if you bought a used bike or received a bike as a gift and don’t have the original purchase receipt? All you have to do is schedule a maintenance appointment with your local bike shop. Be sure to ask them to provide an appraisal value of your bike for insurance purposes once they’re finished. The service report will provide the assessed value of your bike along with proof that you are the rightful owner.

2. The Fine Print

The inclusions and, more importantly, the exclusions of coverage are often found in the fine print. So, do yourself a favor and ask an insurance agent to explain the fine print unless your favorite hobbies include reading legalese.

3. Replacement Cost (RCV) vs Actual Cash Value (ACV)

All things being equal, a bike that’s five years old is usually worth a lot less than a brand new bike. This is known as depreciation. It’s important because insurance companies settle claims based on either replacement cost value (RCV) or actual cash value (ACV). Replacement cost value means you’ll get reimbursed with as much as it takes to go out and buy another bike of equal like, kind and quality. On the other hand, actual cash value means you’ll only get reimbursed for what your bike was worth in its most recent condition at the time of loss.

Applying the Concepts

The insurance concepts described in the previous section become much more useful when they’re applied in the real world. So, let’s ground the concepts we’ve touched on with two simple examples.

Cyclist-A

Cyclist-A plans to compete in 4 criterium races this year. She rides a new Specialized Roubaix that she bought for $3,150 plus another $2,800 in accessories and upgrades. Does it make sense for Cyclist-A to have a bike insurance policy? Let’s find out.

A reputable bike insurance company can provide a replacement cost value policy for $30/month with a $250 deductible. For an additional $4/month they can also include worldwide coverage and racing coverage to insure against crash damage. However, the policy doesn’t offer liability protection or bicycle shipping coverage.

Considering that Cyclist-A travels and competes in races with a bike worth $5,950, a bike insurance policy costing $408/year is probably worth it.

Cyclist-B

Now let’s consider Cyclist-B. He’s a cycling enthusiast who takes his road bike into the mountains on weekends. Twice a year, Cyclist-B looks forward to a bike tour with his riding group. He owns a used 2015 Trek Emonda SL6 that he bought in 2018 for $1,500. Since then he’s added about $800 worth of additional parts and accessories.

A known bike insurance company quotes Cyclist-B an actual cost value policy for $16/month with a $250 deductible. The policy coverage is limited to the U.S. and Canada and doesn’t offer liability or personal injury protection. However, for an additional $2/month he can add coverage for up to $750 worth of accessories. Unfortunately, bike shipping coverage isn’t included.

For Cyclist-B, a bike insurance policy probably isn’t worth it. Instead, he would be better served by the coverage he already has through his existing homeowners insurance. Given his travel habits, the greatest risk for loss or damage comes from shipping his bike. However, thanks to Overnight Bikes, Cyclist-B was able to drastically reduce his risk with FedEx Priority Overnight delivery. Simply put, less time in transit means less risk of loss or damage.

Where to Buy Bike Insurance?

If you think bike insurance may be a good fit for your needs, you’re in luck. In the U.S., we have several bike insurance providers to choose from. Keep in mind that there are subtle differences between policies, so be sure to speak with more than one provider to find the right policy for your needs.

Questions to Ask

We recommend asking an insurance provider the following six questions to help determine if bike insurance is right for you.

1. Does the policy offer coverage in the event my bike is damaged or lost in transit by a commercial courier service (e.g. FedEx or UPS)?
2. Does the policy feature an actual cash value (ACV) or replacement cost value (RCV) reimbursement as the basis of settlement in the event of a loss?
3. Is medical or personal injury protection included in the policy coverage? If so, how much? Does it apply only in the event of a bicycle crash?
4. Does the policy provide me with any liability coverage?
5. Are there geographical limitations on the policy coverage?
6. Does the policy coverage include any fixed accessories or upgrades made to my bicycle (e.g. power meters, GPS computers, upgraded handle bars, etc.)?

Finish Line

In this review, we covered all the basics of bike insurance including where to buy. Now, you’re equipped with the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not bike insurance is worth it.

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7 Bicycle Tours Worth Exploring

When it comes to planning a bicycle tour it can be difficult to know where to start. So, we’ve put together a list of 7 bicycle tours worth exploring. For each one, we’ve also listed an experienced tour guide and given a bit of insight into what makes the trip worthwhile.

7 Bicycle Tours Worth Exploring (2022) by the bike shipping team at Overnight Bikes:

Galbraith Mountain Bicycle Tours

Galbraith Mountain outside Bellingham, Washington is home to some of the most epic mountain biking trails you’ll find in the Pacific Northwest. The mountain offers over 65 miles of singletrack that winds through 3,000 acres of terrain. With so many trails, it’s worth paying for a tour guide to ensure the best possible experience.

Experience International offers an action-packed, one-day bicycle tour of Lookout Mountain and Galbraith that you won’t want to miss. In addition to great mountain biking, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the area’s best breweries. It’s a perfect mix of cycling, good food, good beer and beautiful scenery.

The cost is dependent on the size of your group, so fill out the Experience International tour form to get a quote.

Galbraith Mountain

Sedona Desert

Biking Sedona isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ll do a lot of climbing, but the jaw-dropping panoramas of Coconino National Forest are worth it. The dramatic and ever-changing terrain ranges from stunning rock canyons to high desert alpine tundra. And the further up you go the more epic it is coming down.

Luckily, an experienced tour guide can take the intense Sedona landscape and mold it into manageable routes for the moderately-experienced mountain biker. Grasshopper Adventures has one such tour for about $3,000. Their 5-day Sedona Cycling Adventure mixes culture, history and relaxation.

Start your day with morning yoga. Then, enjoy a 30 mile ride as your tour guide describes the geological and historical wonders all around you. Finally, end your day with a vineyard tour and wine tasting. If you ask us, that’s pretty much a perfect way to enjoy all the Arizona desert has to offer.

Sedona Desert Bicycle Tours
Sedona, AZ Desert

MTB In Bentonville

What better place to plan a mountain bike tour than the mountain biking capital of the world. Bentonville, Arkansas claims this title because of its thrilling rides, one-of-a-kind terrain and community love for the sport. Bentonville is even home to the only Mountain Biking Preserve on the planet.

Ozark Bike Guides molds their tour to your needs. They offer bicycle tours ranging from big climbs and rowdy descents to relaxed family rides on the Greenway. Ozark’s full-day and half-day tours start at $120. You can also book private and group skills lessons starting at $80.

Bentonville, AR Mountain Bike Tour
MTB In Bentonville

Fat Tire In Jackson Hole

If you think you have to head south to go on a winter bike tour think again. Jackson Hole is the perfect spot to test your skills on a Fat Bike. A winter bicycle tour—in the snow— is the perfect way to see all of Jackson’s breathtaking views and wildlife without the summertime crowds.

Teton Mountain Bike Tours is the go-to fat bike tour company in the Jackson Hole area. The company’s founder, David Hunger, is known as “the godfather of fat biking.” Their full day winter fat bike tours in Grand Teton National Park start at $500, including lunch and fat bike rental. The tour also includes amazing views of the snow-capped Teton Mountain Range and maybe even some glimpses of the area’s majestic wildlife.

Jackson Hole Fat Tire Bike Tour
Jackson Hole, WY

The Richardson Highway

A bicycle tour of Alaska’s Richardson Highway is an unforgettable way to experience Alaska’s interior. Along the way, you’ll pass through a variety of climate zones, mountains, and river basins. As Alaska’s first road, Richardson Highway has a rich history. It was created by gold-seekers in the late 1800s. Despite the name, Richardson Highway is fairly low-traffic and makes for a peaceful ride.

Alaska Bike’s All-Alaskan Tour is a challenging adventure complete with views of Denali, a visit to Fairbanks and a 300-mile ride down the Richardson Highway. It’s 7 days and 7 nights of pure Alaskan paradise. The tour costs $3,800 which includes accommodations and meals.

The Richardson Highway
The Richardson Highway

Historic Gettysburg Bicycle Tours

The trip from Gettysburg to Washington, D.C. is filled with historical significance and beautiful countryside views. Along the route, you’ll have the opportunity to stop through Antietam National Battlefield, explore Harper’s Ferry and cruise alongside of the Potomac River.

Discovery Bicycle Tours offers an educational, fun-filled trip from Gettysburg to Washington, D.C. This 6-day tour kicks off with visits to iconic Civil War sites in Gettysburg before heading to see our nations greatest monuments in Washington, D.C. To wrap it up, the tour pays a visit to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon. Reservations for this bicycle tour are available June through October. The trip costs about $3,000 and includes accommodations and food.

Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg, PA

Pinellas Trail Bicycle Tours

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancyis building a nation connected by trails, often along old railway tracks. If you love biking but also love the city, the Pinellas Trail in Florida will be right up your alley. The 34-mile trail follows along the old CSX Railroad and weaves effortlessly through one of the most densely populated areas in Florida. This trail makes it easy to stop off at the beach, bike to downtown St. Petersburg or enjoy the quiet, scenic views near the Pasco border.

The 6-day Florida Suncoast Tour offered by Wilderness Voyageurs is a fantastic option for nature enthusiasts and city lovers alike. The bike tour takes you through downtown St. Petersburg, along miles of coastline and into the heart of “Old Florida” communities. Each day you’ll bike between 22-32 miles. Meals and food are included in the $2,471 cost. This tour is offered in February and March as well as October and November.

Pinellas, FL
Pinellas, FL

Let’s Go!

Each tour we selected offers its own unique advantages. For one-day bicycle tours, Jackson Hole, Bentonville and Galbraith Mountain are amazing options. For full-length tours, The Richardson Highway (Alaska) and Gettysburg, PA to Washington, D.C. are excellent choices. If you’re looking to escape the cold, head south to St. Petersburg, FL to ride the rails or Sedona to experience desert beauty.

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Top 10 Bike Tours In North America

Bike tours are tremendously popular adventure vacations. But what are the best bike tours in the United States and who are the most experienced tour guides? In this article, we’ve listed 10 of the top bike tours in North America.

We’re confident that at least one will inspire you to start packing your bike.

Top 10 Bike Tours In North America (2022) by the bike shipping team at Overnight Bikes:

White Rim Trail

The White Rim Trail outside Moab, Utah is on the bucket list of many cycling enthusiasts. Impressively, this 100 mile long primitive trail in Canyonlands National Park is full of technical terrain, looping switchbacks, rolling hills and stunning scenery. If you love off-road adventure, the White Rim Trail is an excellent destination for a bicycle tour.

Bike tours for the White Rim Trail are 4-days long and cost $999 per person. The bike touring season starts in the spring, breaks for summer, and picks up again in the fall. Escape Adventures is an experienced tour guide offering mountain bike rentals for about $80 a day.

Utah Bike Tour | White Rim Trail
White Rim Trail

Route of the Hiawatha

The Route of the Hiawatha is an outstanding self-guided bicycle tour for those looking for a short, one-day retreat. This tour along the Montana-Idaho border winds through 15 miles of early 1900s railway featuring 10 train tunnels and 7 sky-high trestles. Periodically, you can stop to appreciate waterfalls and lookouts where you can learn about the history of the Hiawatha. And, there’s a lot to do when you’re not riding. For instance, many tourists enjoy the scenic chairlift ride to the summit of Lookout Pass. Others delight in spending an afternoon in the quaint town of Wallace, Idaho.

The Route of the Hiawatha bike tour comes with a free helmet headlamp to help you make your way through the tour’s long, dark tunnels. Bicycle and helmet rentals are available at the lodge. Because the trail is on Forest Service land, only Class-1 eBikes are allowed (pedal assistance up to 20mph and no throttle).

The bike trail itself is mostly downhill. On the way up, you can choose to power through the uphill climb, or save your quads and take the bus. Tickets for the self-guided tour are available online or in person. Adult tickets cost $36 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and are half-price the rest of the week.

Route of the Hiawatha
Route of the Hiawatha

Oregon Coast Bike Tours

The Oregon Coast Bike Route is held in high-esteem by cyclists all over the world. The journey is 370 miles long and takes you from the Washington border all the way to California. Along the way, you’ll see impressive landscapes, ocean-view panoramas, picturesque lighthouses and famous landmarks.

Details of Cycling Escape’s 6-day bicycle tour are available on their website. Expect to cover between 50 and 75 miles each day. Meals and lodging are included for just under $3,000 per person.

Oregon Coast Bike Route
Oregon Coast Bike Route

Napa Valley Vine Trail

Wine, dine and bike your way through Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Vine Trail offers 47 miles of level, bicycle-friendly paths from Vallego’s Ferry to Yountville. Currently, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition has about 12.5 miles of trail construction completed. You’re welcome to take your bike down the entire trail but be prepared for a few bumps along the way.

Napa Valley Bike Tours will provide you with a bike (or upgrade to an eBike) and 12 to 14 miles of guided fun along the Napa Valley Vine Trail. You’ll visit two wineries and enjoy a catered picnic lunch. While you’re riding, your tour guide will provide you with information about the valley’s history and vine-to-bottle process. With Northern California’s temperate climate, this bicycle tour is ready to be enjoyed year round.

Napa Valley Vine Trail Bike Tours
Napa Valley Vine Trail

Going-to-the-Sun Road

Glacier National Park welcomes millions of visitors each year. We recommend planning your bike tour in the spring because Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed to cars in May and June, but open to bikes!

Glacier Guides leads a spring tour up and down Going-to-the-Sun Road. With almost 3,500 feet of elevation change this tour is considered to be moderately difficult. Unfortunately, due to insurance regulations, you aren’t allowed to bring your own bike. However, your Glacier Guides tour includes a bike or eBike rental.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Bike Tours
Going-to-the-Sun Road

Vermont’s Fall Foliage Bike Tours

There aren’t many places more beautiful in the fall than the Northeastern United States. Each year, cyclists travel from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the region’s deciduous trees as they burst into color. Vermont’s valleys and mountainous areas combine to make it a spectacular destination for a fall foliage bike tour.

Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations offers a 6-day fall color tour. Vermont bicycle tours start at $3,250 per person and include three days of biking. You’ll experience the small town charm of the Lake Champlain Valley before making your way through the Green Mountains to Stowe. You’ll also visit historic sites like the Old Round Church, sample homemade cider and donuts, and stay at the exclusive Inn at Shelburne Farms. Sojourn has a limited number of bikes available to rent so book yours early unless you plan to bring your own.

Vermont Fall Foliage
Vermont

Kualoa Ranch Hawaii Bike Tours

Experience one of Hawaii’s favorite islands by bicycle. If you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates or Jumanji, you can even opt to bike through the Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Preserve where these movies were filmed.

The Kualoa Ranch 90-minute Electric Mountain Bike Tour is the perfect way to experience the jungle, valley and sacred land that make up the Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve. This amazing bike tour includes your eBike rental and costs $120 for adults.

Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii
Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii

Haines-Skagway Alaska

Alaska is home to beautiful roadways for biking. Unfortunately, the state’s electric bike regulations can be hard to navigate. This is one reason why it’s always a good idea to book with an experienced tour guide.

May through September, REI Adventures organizes a great Alaskan bike tour. This 4-day road bike tour routes through the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska, through one of North America’s longest fjords and into the alpine tundra. Each day, you can expect to ride about 25 miles. Lodging, meals and park entry fees are all-included for $1,899.

Haines-Skagway, Alaska
Haines-Skagway, Alaska

Blue Ridge Parkway Bike Tours

Experience one of America’s favorite bicycle tours. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers diversity in climate, vegetation, wildlife and geological features. And, it’s world-renowned for its ecological biodiversity. Within the 469 mile area that makes up the Parkway, you will find the oldest river in North America, the deepest gorge east of the Grand Canyon, and the highest waterfall east of the Rockies!

Each summer, the Adventure Cycling Association leads a 7-day bike tour across the Blue Ridge Parkway. Due to elevation gains (up to 6,700 feet per day), this tour ranks as one of the most challenging the Association offers. Budget $1,849 per person for this tour. Groups of 5 or more save 15%.

Blue Ride Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway

Shark Valley Bike Loop: Everglades National Park

Take a trip to America’s largest subtropical wilderness for a one-of-a-kind bicycle tour. Everglades National Park is home to numerous rare and endangered species. And, as a World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve, it’s a terrific vacation spot for history buffs and wildlife lovers alike.

Everglades National Park offers ranger led bike tours of the Shark Valley Bicycle Loop from January to April every year. On your 15 mile tour, you’ll learn about the various ecosystems, wildlife and cultural history of the Everglades. Reservations are required and can be made a week in advance.

Shark Valley Bike Loop
Shark Valley Bike Loop

Let’s Go!

Ready to book your bike tour? Whether you’re planning a day trip or a week-long excursion, one of the tour guides listed among the Top 10 Bike Tours In North America will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you may have about their services.

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The Ultimate Guide to Triathlon Bike Shipping

There are three ways to do triathlon bike shipping: box and ship, fully-assembled transport, and checked bag. But which is the best method? For instance, some triathlon bike shipping services focus on convenience. Some focus on delivery speed. Some advertise the lowest price. And some underscore reliability. In other words, we need to compare cost, convenience, delivery speed and risk.

The purpose of this article is to compare the services of Overnight Bikes, TriBike Transport, BikeFlights and the airlines. Our goal is to give you the facts you need to make an informed decision.

To compare the services listed above we chose Ironman triathlons in three different parts of the country. Why Ironman? For the simple reason that many triathletes plan their race schedule around Ironman events.

Overnight Bikes

Overnight Bikes

Overnight Bikes ships with FedEx Express to offer priority overnight delivery. If you drop-off at FedEx Office by 4:30pm your bike will be delivered the next business day by 10:30am.

Highlights

Next day delivery overcomes two major hurdles. First, it maximizes your time to train. Second, one day shipping comes with peace of mind. In particular, the less time your bike is in transit the less likely it is to be damaged, delayed or lost.

Highlight Summary:

    • Next business day delivery = more time to train
    • $99 flat rate shipping in the U.S., including Hawaii
    • Stress-free travel
    • Decreased risk of damage, delay or loss

Trade-Offs

Be mindful of the overall dimensions of your bike box because FedEx applies a hefty oversize fee if it’s greater than 130-inches length plus girth.

Overnight Bikes doesn’t declare a shipment value to the carrier. Therefore, members are encouraged to carry a stand-alone insurance policy. Providers like Velosurance offer insurance against theft, loss, damage, and liability. You may also be able to add coverage through your existing homeowners policy.

Trade-Off Summary:

    • Premium priced service ($250 membership fee)
    • Requires self-service or full-service packing
    • Requires on-location assembly
    • No insurance coverage

Cost

Membership to Overnight Bikes is $250 a year. Membership includes $99 flat-rate shipping and next business day delivery within the U.S., including Hawaii.

Now, let’s consider three sample shipments. For consistency, each shipment will originate from the same location (Spokane, WA) and ship to destinations in Florida, Hawaii and California.

Example A

From Spokane, WA
To Panama City Beach, FL
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type FedEx Priority Overnight
Delivery Speed 1 business day
Cost $198 round trip ($99 each way)

Example B

From Spokane, WA
To Honolulu, HI
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type FedEx Priority Overnight
Delivery Speed 1 business day
Cost $198 round trip ($99 each way)

Example C

From Spokane, WA
To Oceanside, CA
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type FedEx Priority Overnight
Delivery Speed 1 business day
Cost $198 round trip ($99 each way)

Bottom Line

The $250 membership is particularly appealing to serial triathletes. The more often you use the service the more economical it becomes.

TriBike Transport Triathlon Bike Shipping

TriBike Transport Triathlon Bike Shipping

TriBike Transport is best known for its fully-assembled triathlon bike shipping. Drop-off your bike at one of their partner bike shops and pick-up at Ironman Village a day or two before the race.

Highlights

Fully-assembled bike shipping is attractive because, as a triathlete, you already have a lot on your mind. TriBike Transport also offers race day and after-the-race service, which is inline with their mission to ease the burden surrounding event-driven bike shipping.

Highlight Summary:

    • Stress-free travel
    • No packing necessary
    • Delivery directly to the race
    • Easy handoff after the race
    • Insurance coverage ($8 per add’l $1,000 of value)
    • Gear-bag service ($40)

Trade-Offs

The company promotes the convenience of fully-assembled triathlon bike shipping. However, some disassembly is required prior to drop-off. For example, pedals, computers, seat post mounted carbon fiber hydration systems, and rear solid disc wheels all need to be removed before your bike can be shipped.

Logistically, if you don’t live in a major metropolitan area you’ll have to travel to the nearest TBT partner to drop-off your bike. Unfortunately, that also means making a return trip after the race.

TBT’s 8-10 day pre-race drop-off requirement is another trade-off. If you value the time to train aspect of race preparation this puts a wrinkle in your plans.

Lastly, transit-risk is always a consideration when shipping a bike. As with any service, the more time your bike is in transit the greater the risk of damage, delay or loss.

Trade-Off Summary:

    • Premium priced service
    • No coast-to-coast service
    • Requires travel to a partner location for drop-off
    • Increased risk of damage or delay (due to time in transit)
    • 8-10 day delivery speed

Cost

TriBike Transport pricing covers round-trip transportation. TBT’s fully-assembled service ranges from $200 to $370. Add $8 per additional $1,000 of value for insurance, $40 for a gear bag and $25 for a wheel bag. For Ironman Hawaii, the base cost ranges from $440 to $515. TBT will either fly your bike or sail it in a shipping container across the Pacific.

Again, let’s look at three example shipments to compare price.

Example A

From Spokane, WA
To Panama City Beach, FL
Dimensions ——
Weight ——
Service Type ——
Delivery Speed ——
Cost ——

Example B

From Spokane, WA
To Honolulu, HI
Dimensions
Weight
Service Type Fully-assembled
Drop-Off Location 5 hour drive (Spokane to Seattle)
Delivery Speed 8-10 days
Cost $440 round-trip

Example C

From Spokane, WA
To Oceanside, CA
Dimensions
Weight
Service Type Fully-assembled
Drop-Off Location 5 hour drive (Spokane to Seattle)
Delivery Speed 8-10 days
Cost $360 round-trip

Bottom Line

If we account for travel expenses to a non-local partner shop, TriBike ranks as the most expensive and least convenient option for shipping your bike. Since 2005, TBT has earned a reputation for offering reliable end-to-end triathlon bike shipping. However, the demand for fully-assembled shipping is declining due to the rise of lower cost options.

BikeFlights Bicycle Shipping Service

BikeFlights

BikeFlights offers box-and-ship triathlon bike shipping through UPS Ground.

Highlights

Economical UPS Ground shipping headlines the BikeFlights service. As a convenience, BikeFlights offers scheduled pickups for an additional fee.

Highlight Summary:

    • Economical UPS Ground delivery
    • Stress-free travel
    • Scheduled pickups (add’l fee)
    • International shipping

Trade-Offs

As a box and ship service, packing and re-assembly are the obvious trade-offs. The UPS Ground service offered through BikeFlights requires you to surrender sooner than you might like. Another trade-off of UPS Ground delivery is the increased risk of damage, delay or loss which is a byproduct of multiple days on a truck.

Trade-Off Summary:

    • 3-5 day delivery
    • Increased risk of damage, delay, loss (due to transit time)
    • Requires self-service or full-service packing
    • Requires on-location assembly

Cost

Now, let’s review some a sample shipments to compare cost.

Example A

From Spokane, WA
To Panama City Beach, FL
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type UPS Ground
Delivery Speed 5 business days
Cost $168 round trip ($84 each way)

Example B

From Spokane, WA
To Honolulu, HI
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type UPS Ground
Delivery Speed 4 business days
Cost $550 round trip ($225 each way)

Example C

From Spokane, WA
To Oceanside, CA
Dimensions 43 x 11 x 32 inches
Weight 55 pounds
Service Type UPS Ground
Delivery Speed 3 business days
Cost $142 round trip ($71 each way)

Bottom Line

Of the four services, BikeFlights is the most economical option for bike shipping within the contiguous United States. However, it’s also among the slowest in terms of delivery speed. Notably, shipping a bike to Hawaii with BikeFlights ranks as the most expensive option.

Airlines

Airline Triathlon Bike Shipping

Most airlines allow you to travel with your bike. However, depending on the carrier and destination, the fees and requirements can vary greatly.

Highlights

Flying with your bike maximizes time to train before the race.

Highlight Summary:

    • Same-day delivery
    • International service

Trade-Offs

Bike travel cases are bulky and heavy. In fact, they make it impossible to move quickly through busy airports. But, of far greater concern is the likelihood of TSA inspection, which occur behind the scenes. TSA is rightly concerned with the safety of everyone on board. They are not, however, concerned with securely repacking your bike. So, if you fly, you should expect that TSA will open, unpack and examine your bike without securely repacking it.

The unfortunately reality of flying with your bike is that there’s no way to be confident of its condition upon arrival.

Trade-Off Summary:

    • TSA inspections
    • Hassle of airport loading/unloading
    • Uncertainty with respect to baggage fees
    • Requires self-service or full-service packing
    • Requires on-location assembly

Cost

The cost of flying with your bike can be as little as $30 each way and as much as $300 each way, depending on the airline. Due to the number of airlines we will have to settle for this broad price range and leave it up to you to consider the highlights and trade-offs.

Bottom Line

The airlines are still an option for triathletes who place a high value on time to train. Depending on your priorities, the benefits may outweigh the risk and inconvenience.

Recap

Successful triathlon bike shipping comes down to how you rank cost, convenience, delivery speed and risk. Our in-depth analysis reveals that each service is designed to appeal to the needs of specific athletes within the triathlon community.

Just 20 years ago triathletes had one option: to fly with your bike. Then in 2005, TriBike Transport came onto the scene with fully-assembled shipping. In 2009, BikeFlights entered the fray offering an economical box and ship option. Last, but not least, Overnight Bikes balances fast delivery with relative convenience, cost effectiveness and reliability.

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Hawaii Bicycle Shipping: The Cheapest Way to Ship a Bike to Hawaii

What’s the cheapest way to ship a bike to Hawaii? Is it cheaper to check your bike with the airline or ship with a parcel delivery service like FedEx or UPS? These are the most frequently asked questions about Hawaii bicycle shipping from cycling enthusiasts looking for the most affordable and convenient way to take their bicycle with them from the continental U.S. to Hawaii.

Fortunately, it’s not as expensive as you might think to ship a bike to Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii, in spite it being almost 2,500 miles from the coast of California. Affordable Hawaii bicycle shipping is due in large part to the rise of bicycle shipping services like Overnight Bikes, BikeFlights and ShipBikes who cater to avid cyclists, triathletes (IRONMAN and Lavaman) and industry professionals.

In this article, we’ll introduce the most popular bicycle shipping services and provide rate and service speed comparisons for each. But to find the cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii, we will also compared rates between these services and airlines so we can determine if it is less expensive to fly a bike to Hawaii as a checked bag, or ship it prior to your arrival in The Aloha State. We concede that if convenience is the determining factor, a bicycle shipping service is by far the best way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii.

So, here’s our take on Hawaii bicycle shipping. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Hawaii Bicycle Shipping Services

We’ll begin with a brief overview of the top three bicycle shipping services: Overnight Bikes, BikeFlights, and ShipBikes. For each service, we have also created a sample shipment going from New York to Hawaii.

For each of the three services, we calculated the rate to ship a bike from New York to Hawaii in a conventional size package no greater than 130-inches length plus girth, as well as an oversize package of 149-inches length plus girth. This is an important distinction because both FedEx and UPS (and USPS) apply a substantial oversize surcharge for packages exceeding 130-inches length plus girth.

So, by calculating the cost for both conventional and oversize shipments, we are able to give you the most accurate estimate, even if you own a bicycle travel case that exceeds domestic shipping restrictions.

Overnight Bikes

Through an innovative membership model, Overnight Bikes specializes in flat rate, next day shipping for avid cyclists and industry professionals. Members receive unlimited $99 flat rate shipping with priority overnight service to any destination within the United States, including Hawaii!

The $99 flat rate from Overnight Bikes only applies to packages that don’t exceed FedEx or UPS domestic size restrictions of 130-inches length plus girth. Read, Shipping a Bicycle, to learn more about packing services and where to find a bike-specific box or travel case that meets FedEx and UPS domestic size restrictions. The estimated cost to ship a bike to Hawaii with Overnight Bikes is as follows:

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 1 to 2 business days
Cost: $99

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 1 to 2 business days
Cost: $340

BikeFlights

Competing with ShipBikes for the number of bicycles shipped annually, BikeFlights specializes in ground shipping. Plan about 5-6 business days for delivery when shipping a bike to Hawaii with BikeFlights. See below for BikeFlights Hawaii bicycle shipping rates and delivery speed.

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 5 business days
Cost: $225

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 5 business days
Cost: $351

ShipBikes

ShipBikes also specializes in ground shipping and competes directly with BikeFlights for ground shipping rates on 6 business day delivery to Hawaii. And similar to BikeFlights, ShipBikes offers bike-specific boxes for sale ranging from $40 to $100. See below for the number of days and cost to ship a bike to Hawaii with ShipBikes.

Conventional Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 44″ x 11″ x 32″
Length + Girth: 130-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 6 business days
Cost: $197

Oversize Package Dimensions

Ship To: Honolulu, HI
Ship From: New York, NY
Dimensions: 55″ x 13″ x 34″
Length + Girth: 149-inches (Girth = 2W + 2H)
Delivery Speed: 6 business days
Cost: $287

Cheapest Hawaii Bicycle Shipping

The cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii is Overnight Bikes. Their $99 flat rate shipping and 1 to 2 business day delivery is clearly the best value. Even with the cost of a membership ($250 yearly), Overnight Bikes offers the fastest delivery speed which means less potential for damage to occur in transit, not to mention cyclists don’t have to ship their bike 10 days prior to arrival to account for non-business days.

Hawaii Bicycle Shipping

The next cheapest option is ShipBikes at $197 for 6 business day delivery, followed by BikeFlights at $225 for 5 business day delivery.

If you are shopping for the most convenient and affordable way to ship a bicycle to Honolulu, Hawaii. Overnight Bikes is your best option.

Flying vs Shipping a Bicycle to Hawaii

Anyone who has ever lugged a bicycle through an airport knows how much of a hassle it can be. Not only is it physically demanding, but there is also the real issue of TSA bag checks. This means your travel case or bike box may be opened, adjusted, and examined by airport security personnel who are not overly concerned with repacking your bike in the same condition you packed it before you checked it at the counter.

So, there is an obvious convenience factor when shipping a bike with FedEx or UPS as compared to flying. And, there is also a legitimate question of quality control. Having said that, we were still curious to know how much it costs to fly with a bike to Hawaii.

Hawaii Airline Bicycle Baggage Fees

Major airlines serving Honolulu and Maui charge additional fees to bring a bicycle on board. We found that airline fees range from $75 and $200 each way. Below, we’ve listed the cost to fly a bicycle to Hawaii (Honolulu) with the major carriers along with size and weight restrictions for each.

Ship a Bike to Hawaii

Hawaii Airlines
$100 up to 50 pounds; 51-70 pounds add $150, 71-100 pounds add $250

American Airlines
$150 each way up to 50 pounds; 51-70 pounds add $100, 71-100 pounds add $200

United Airlines
$200 each way up to 50 pounds

Alaska Air
$75 each way up to 50 pounds

Continental Airlines
$100 each way up to 70 pounds

Delta Airlines
$200 each way up to 50 pounds

Results

As we’ve covered in this article, you have two options to ship a bike to Hawaii:

  • A bicycle shipping service
  • Through an airline as a checked bag

After considering the cost and delivery speed from three bicycle shipping services and six airlines, Overnight Bikes was found to be the cheapest way to ship a bicycle to Hawaii, as well as the most convenient choice.

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