Traveling by bicycle is my favourite way to explore. You move considerably faster than walking but still slow enough to soak in the sights and smells. Often, you can take routes that aren’t available to vehicles, and it’s relaxing (I promise).
Depending on what sort of terrain you’re riding, the type of bike can make a difference. But realistically, a bicycle is a very versatile piece of equipment if you keep it in good condition. The bikes my parents bought 20 years ago from Zellers still work great!
For riding the rail trail between Hubbards and Bridgewater (Chester Connection Trail, Dynamite Trail, and Adventure Trail all connect), we opted for mountain bikes, donated by Liverpool Adventure Outfitters. In places, this surface can be quite soft or loose so it’s more comfortable to be riding with wider tires that won’t slide around. When we cycled to Yarmouth we wanted something that would be a bit quicker on the pavement, so we chose 1.5” road tires on our bikes. Both times we used only rear panniers (like saddlebags for a bike), and had one small bag that clipped onto handlebars for keeping important things like sun screen, lunch, and maps. But mainly lunch.
Aside from that, what we took was the same as whenever we left the house: tent, stove, sleeping bags, and snacks. We biked in flip flops and shorts and our DIY South Shore Connect t-shirts, and stopped for ice cream any day that it wasn’t raining (it didn’t rain). We rode at the pace we were comfortable with and didn’t feel the need to push any harder – the goal was to enjoy the rides, not just speed to the end destination. The journey was important, not just the destination!
Hope you’re enjoying the blog, and getting inspired for your next bike trip.