When you are trying to decide between joining a guided bicycle tour and heading out on a solo trip, there are substantial differences that you should take into consideration. The first major difference is who will be providing gear. On a guided tour, the gear is usually supplied along with all the necessary equipment. There is also a vehicle that will follow along with the tour that will carry all of the luggage of the riders. On a solo trek, however, you will be responsible for having all of the gear and equipment and will also need to carry your own luggage and supplies. This means you will need to look into a cargo rack, panniers, and a trunk bag.
On a guided tour, repairs tools are brought along in the SAG (support and gear) van, meaning you don’t have to pack any yourself. In contrast, on a self-supported ride you not only need to have the tools, but will need to know how to do side-of-the-road fixes on your own. Guided tours also take care of food, drinks, and lodging throughout the trek, leaving you to focus solely on the road. As a solo rider you will need to plan ahead in this area to ensure you are adequately fed, hydrated, and have a place to rest at the day’s end. Learn more about guided and self-supported bicycle tours at the following infographic.
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