21 comments


  • Nice article! I’m looking forward to having this conversation with my girlfriend soon… but first I have to help her buy a kick-ass pink bike :)

    March 14, 2011
  • Can my pitch just involve sending my partner this link?

    March 14, 2011
  • I must be a smooth talker, because less than one month into knowing me, my girlfriend pretty much invited herself on my planned bike tour.

    It worked out for the best, though– she’s much more meticulous about the money issue than I am! I was pretty much just like, “Yay bike tour! I want to go anywhere!” Almost a year since she invited herself, and we’re planning on launching this September– couldn’t be happier.

    March 14, 2011
  • Craig

    I was lucky that my wife and I arrived at the decision mutually to give bike touring a try. We have done many weekend and 3 or 4 day trips, several week long tours and this past October a 2 week trip on the C&O Canal Path and great Allegheny Passage. Our goal is to take off cross country when I retire in 3 to 4 years but until then we plan to do many short term tours.

    We would love for you guys to come through St. Louis on your next tour. We have many exciting things happening here in relation to cycling, bikeable/walkable legislation, new bicycle commuting center, etc.

    March 14, 2011
  • When I started dating Shawn, I remember thinking, “ooh, I’ll get to try bike touring!”

    I’d gone on exactly one overnight trip (to a cabin!) at that point, with a bunch of friends that didn’t include Shawn. And as we rode by a historical marker, a friend said, “Yeah, if Shawn was here, he’d want to stop and read it, even if he’d already seen it,” and I remember thinking, I am traveling with the wrong people, ’cause that’s what I’d do given a choice!

    So while Shawn didn’t have to talk me into trying it, he did end up playing cheerleader on a number of occasions, because I had a heavy and badly-geared bicycle to start with. Also, I’m terrible with logistics and directions, and that’s what Shawn excels in, so Shawn always does that part. Which is fine by me!

    We did a bunch of touring last year, and I can’t wait to try longer trips this year. Our longest trip last year, of nine days, was so awesome.

    March 14, 2011
  • I’m not sure how we came up with the idea to bike tour… I think it may have been his idea, but he sold it to me in a way that made it seem like it was my idea too. We put over 10,000 km on our bikes after two summers of touring. We started in Canada and the US the first summer to get the hang of it. The second summer we cycled around Europe. It was a lot of fun and definately a unique trip. We got lost quite often and have many helpful people to thank for helping us along the way.

    March 14, 2011
  • Now try convincing a spouse AND two kids … it is possible and the end result is a lot of fun.

    March 14, 2011
  • Marcus

    Having never toured myself, I’ve been thinking I’d LOVE to tour France. Knowing that wouldn’t work, I floated the idea to my wife of touring parts of Ireland. Critical to the story is to know that she’s an adopted daughter, and only recently learned that she’s got Irish ancestry! This summer, we’re starting small, doing a 5 day credit card tour in Michigan (Gaylord to Mackinaw along with our 3 kids) to see how we like it. So far, all she’s ruled out is camping. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be in Ireland next summer!

    March 14, 2011
  • Jason

    Now you need an article on how to find and keep a partner.

    March 14, 2011
  • John

    My girl won’t bike more than a few miles, but she has offered to do SAG for me. Given a few more years, a recumbent for her and some vacation it may yet happen…but until then all I can do is recount my mini-tour adventures and hope that it sinks in.

    March 14, 2011
  • bran

    Heh, after reading this I keep hearing my wife say to start small. It is the idea that my son wants to cross Canada with his old man on recumbent trikes. Maybe I will read this a few times and get her to try a weekend away with cc etc… And maybe when we retire ….the whole enchilada.

    B

    March 15, 2011
  • @Bran Small is a good way to start. I don’t think we would have gone on our long trip with out the 20 or so smaller trips. Sometimes as long as just overnight at a B&B. Short trips are “gateway” tours to longer tours :)

    March 15, 2011
  • What a great story! If I were in better shape (okay, that’s making me think about my new year’s resolutions…) I would suggest this to my husband – he’s the one who would likely be reluctant. I’m sure we could easily find a good seat for our toddler daughter and do a day or two of biking. We drove around Santa Barbara wine country for our fifth anniversary and I’d love to go back on bikes!

    March 16, 2011
  • Great post!

    March 16, 2011
  • Trish

    Can your partner call my partner? My husband has no interest in doing this, saying it’s ‘dangerous’ to bike on the roads. I am longing for an adventure like this.

    March 16, 2011
  • Hm. The idea of starting small makes so much sense! Crazy that I’ve never really thought of that before–instead I’ve been working so hard to convince my partner that weeks at a time really IS fun and enjoyable! (Needless to say, it hasn’t worked very well.)

    I’m going to have to take your advice into account and start over on my getting-him-to-come-with-me endeavors:) Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 18, 2011
  • YES! It’s amazing what a little PR will do. Thank you for tackling the topic.

    March 21, 2011
  • [...] fact, Laura just wrote a recent post on How To Talk To Your Partner About Bike Touring, admitting that she had to be coaxed into it at first but that the efforts are well worth it. The [...]

    March 31, 2011
  • the idea of long trip by bike is so nice i have 2 opinion
    1: if in your site help to anyone find partner for common trip is so good for example i’m in iran . anyone like see here i help him for it (by bike)and instead of it he help me for trip hin country bt bike
    2 : common trip in another country
    do you help me for this idea?
    thanks

    April 11, 2011
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    May 09, 2011
  • You make bike touring sound so much fun. I want to go too! ;)

    October 10, 2012

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