Bike Tour FAQs

Going on a bike tour is a big decision!

 

Before you take the plunge, you should have all the facts!

Here’s a list of the questions we get asked most often about how we operate our tours here at Wilderness Voyageurs.

Gear and Equipment

 

Can I bring my own pedals? What about my seat?

 

 Yes! We encourage it! If you’re planning on renting a bike from our Wilderness Voyageurs fleet, odds are you’ll feel more comfortable riding long distances with a seat you’ve been riding on at home. As for pedals, your rental bike will come with flat pedals without clip-ins. If you prefer riding with clip-in shoes, remember to bring both your shoes and your pedals.

 

Can I ride my own bike?

 

 Definitely. Get some mileage on your personal bike! If you’re flying, there are several bike shipping options that may be cheaper than trying to get your bike on a plane with you. We do ask that before your trip, you take your bike to get a routine tune-up and double check that it’s ready for riding. Also make sure that you have the right kind of bike and/or tires for the surface you’ll be riding on during your trip. If you’re unsure about whether or not your bike is a good fit for the route, just give us a call.

 

Can I ride a tandem? A trike?

 

Sure! If that’s the kind of bike you’d like experience your tour on, then by all means bring it along. We do recommend that our guests maintain a speed of 10 miles per hour, so consider your bike of choice’s capabilities before making your final decision. It’s also helpful if you let us know you’ll be bringing a different style of bike, like a tandem or trike, at the time you fill out your registration form. Not all tours are ideal for riding trikes, and we might have some additional questions about its size and/or make, to ensure that we accommodate to the best of our ability.

 

What kind of light do I need for riding through tunnels?

 

A typical handlebar bike light will work just fine. It’s an odd experience, cycling through a tunnel. Going from daylight to an enclosed, dark tube can sometimes distort riders’ depth perception and peripheral vision. It’s handy to have a light that lets you know exactly where the ground is and where it’s leading you. It’s also good for seeing and notifying oncoming bike or pedestrian traffic.

 

Do I need a bike lock?

 

No. Your bikes will always either be on the route, locked on top of the van, or locked inside our trailer. If bikes are ever left outside for any reason, your guides will ensure that they are securely locked and looked after.

 

Can bike guides fix my bike if something goes wrong on the trip?

 

Yes and No. If you’re renting a bike from Wilderness Voyageurs, we’ll make sure it’s in peak riding condition prior to your trip. Once we’re out on the trail, guides can handle light maintenance and routine mechanics. Of course we’ll fix your flat, adjust your seat and put air in your tires should you need it. Each trailer is equipped with a tool kit, as well as spire tires and tubes. If a replacement is needed on a rental bike, we’ll switch out the tube or tire free of charge. If your personal bike needs a replacement, the price of the part will be added to your tour cost.

 

Getting There And Away

 

How do I get back to my car at the end of the tour?

 

Your guides will shuttle you back to your car’s location, where you began your tour or met as a group on that first morning.

 

What airport should I fly into to meet my guides?

 

It’s different for every tour! Take a look at your itinerary. Towards the back of the document, you’ll find our recommendations for where to fly in and out of, and how to get to where you’ll meet your guides. If you’re ever in doubt about your travel arrangements prior to your bike tour departure, feel free to give our office a call and run it past us.

 

Do you offer custom departure dates?

 

We offer custom tours to groups of at least six people who may want to tailor their tour a little bit. Give the office a call and we’ll work with your group to build the vacation you’re looking for.

 

Reservations and Payments

 

What does Single Supplement mean?

 

The single supplement fee is only incurred if you are traveling alone or desire the guarantee of your own bed. The rates we pay for our overnight accommodations are priced based on double occupancy, or having two people in each booked room. If you are traveling solo, or with another person but know you want separate beds, paying the additional fee will guarantee that you have a room, and a bed, to yourself when you pull into each night’s lodging.

 

What’s the latest I can cancel my reservation and still get a refund?

 

When you make your reservation, we require a $250 non-refundable deposit. To receive a full refund (minus the deposit), you’d need to cancel 121 days prior to your departure date. After 120 days, we can only offer a 50% refund, minus the deposit. After 90 days prior to your trip departure, we cannot offer any refunds.

  

Out On Tour

 

If I share a room, do I have to share a bed?

 

Not usually. Many hotels where we stay along your tour will set us up with two queen beds in each room. However, there are also accommodations that provide only one bed per room. If you are traveling with someone but require separate beds, we can do our best to accommodate your needs. Only paying the single supplement fee will guarantee you your own bed for each night.

 

Is water available to re-fill my water bottle along the way?

 

Definitely! At every support stop, there will be a cooler with ice water for you to refill. More often than not, there will also be some Gatorade powder or other sports drink mix if you’re in need of a little extra something.

 

Can vegetarian/gluten free/vegan dietary needs be accommodated?

 

Yes. The meals that we prepare for tours come straight from our kitchen in Ohiopyle, and we’re more than happy to make sure your dietary needs are being met. Often, however, your tour guides will take your group out to dinner at a pre-determined location, or you will have breakfast at the hotel where you stayed the night before. Usually, hotel dining rooms are good about having options, but we can’t always guarantee that we’ll be at a restaurant with a gluten-free or vegan menu.

 

Should I train for my tour beforehand? How well in shape do I need to be?

 

Overall, we find that people are much happier on tour when they’ve put in some time in the saddle. Getting your rear end accustomed to long rides is almost as important as preparing the rest of your body. 30 days after your reservation, we’ll send you a document with what we recommend as a training schedule, which has been tailored to the specific tour you’ve registered for. Again, this is just our recommendation. Only you know your regular riding capabilities.

 

What if I can’t ride the amount of miles scheduled for the day?

 

This is what the Support Vehicle is there for! At every stop, one of your guides will be waiting for you with the van and trailer, as well as some much-deserved food and drink. It’s at these times that you can make the decision to continue riding for another leg, or hop in the van for a break. The guide driving the van will appreciate the company!

 

Will I be able to access my luggage during the day?

 

No. Your luggage is kept in the trailer while you’re on your bike, so we ask that you grab everything you need for the day and put it up in the van for easier access. That way if you’re missing something out on the route, you can just dive into the van at a support stop.

 

Can someone accompany me on the trip but not ride a bike with the group?

 

Yes. We ask that you let us know ahead of time if this is your plan. Unfortunately, Wilderness Voyageurs cannot provide meals for anyone who wants to be present for the trip but has not made a reservation. Please see a more detailed description of what having someone come along on your tour entails.

 

Is there a training schedule to work off of before my tour?

 

Yes. We outline what we recommend for the weeks leading up to your tour in a document we’ll send to you 30 days after you make your reservation. Each tour has a training schedule that has been tailored to that tour’s difficulty rating, length, and elevation profile. The schedule typically has you training with varied rides at least 10 weeks prior to your departure date.

 

What should I pack in case of rain or bad weather?

 

Along with your training schedule, you’ll also receive a packing list. We can never predict the weather, so it’s important to pack clothing for all contingencies. The packing list will include our recommendations for packing for rain, as well as have some more individualized recommendations for your tour’s length and location.

 

Are trips cancelled because of weather?

 

No. Trips run rain or shine!