• Bike trips booming among Baby Boomers

    2014-07-14

    Long bicycle tours can be a great way to explore new places and stay healthy on your vacation, but until recently many people have considered them to be just for adventure travel fans. However, new trends in bike trips have shown that you don't have to start your vacation in top physical condition to enjoy the ride. Next Avenue, a division of PBS, reported that cycling tours have become a popular way for Baby Boomers to travel.

    Pedal-powered vacations
    A renewed interest in healthy living and environmental responsibility may be part of what's driving people to take trips on two wheels instead of four. Though bike trips may sound like a physically demanding way to travel that are more likely to attract young vacationers, the new source said that they could be ideal for relatively fit older people. Since biking is low-impact and easy on the knee joints, it doesn't strain the body the same way that days of nonstop walking or hiking does.

    Catering to aging crowds
    Some tour companies offer options that make biking even more appealing to older adults or anyone who has joint issues. Signing on for a guided tour rather than just embarking alone allows travelers to choose from routes already tested by professionals. That makes it less likely that they'll end up on a ride that's too much for them to handle. Other services offer the use of electric bikes, which allow less experienced cyclists to rest for a while and let their bikes do the work.

    "Especially with folks over 50, whose joints may be feeling a bit of wear and tear, the last thing they should do is go way above their heads in terms of physical fitness level," Dave Aidekman, founder of group travel service The Trip Tribe, told the news source. "At the end of the day, the majority of these travelers aren't looking for a workout; they want to see an area from an on-the-ground view with breaks in-between for activities outside of biking."

    City tours
    For those who would rather make biking a part of their vacation than the whole point, local companies in some cities also offer more low-key tours. Akron.com reported on How We Roll Bicycle Tours, an organization that allows people to take free guided bike trips through Akron, Ohio. Services such as this are more focused on seeing the city and having fun than longer, more physically intense tours are.

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