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Unique Day Trips in Kawarthas Northumberland

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Summer weekends are precious, and it can be hard to fit everything you want to do into a busy schedule. That’s why bike routes that pair prime cycling with unique destinations are so appealing - you can have your cake and eat it too. Read on if matching a day’s ride with birding, spelunking, or a visit to a living museum sounds intriguing.

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2020 Ontario By Bike Rides

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Ontario By Bikes 2020 group rides are available for booking now. Join us on a group ride this summer to explore Ontario By Bike. Accommodation, lunches and luggage transfers included. Let us take care of the logistics while you ride along on these fantastic tours with like-minded people. 
Just bring your bike and ride.

Book your spot early to avoid disappointment as these small group tours tend to sell out fast.

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2020 Cycling In Ontario Guide

2020 Ontario By Bike Photo Contest

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Ontario By Bike's 2020 photo contest is now open for submission. Whether it's in a winter wonderland, the season of bloom, the heat of summer or the cooler temperatures and colourful fall foliage, take a break and snap a few great photos featuring you and your bikes as well as places you stop.

Click HERE for information about submission and last year's winner.

 

 

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Ride These Epic Routes

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Explore 3,000km+ of extraordinary cycling
along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Greenbelt Route.


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Read on for inspirational cycling experiences across Ontario. Whether you're looking for rail trails, mountain biking or road riding, we're putting together stories to get you out on two wheels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates and so we can hear your story. Interested in guest blogging with Ontario By Bike? Shoot us an email!


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Intro To Bikepacking - Guest Blog By Miles Arbour

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Bikepacking has seen huge growth within the cycling industry in the past few years. This rise in popularity means more and more people are getting out and giving this new style of cycling a try. So what is bikepacking? Simply put, it’s a blend of backpacking and mountain biking. Packing lighter and more strategically than traditional cycle touring allows us to ride off-road routes like snowmobile trails, service roads, and even technical singletrack. For me, I was drawn to the opportunity to travel further than I could walk or hike, but still benefit from great adventures found off of paved roads.

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Cycling panniers are often replaced with bags that mount directly on the bike: on the handlebars, behind the saddle, and in the main triangle of the bike. This keeps the weight of gear spread out, while also keeping the entire ensemble tight to the bike for bombing through singletrack. For a Canadian-made bikepacking bags, check out Porcelain Rocket, as well as Mountain Equipment Co-op for what’s offered. The cheapest option is to pack your gear in two 15-20L dry bags, and use nylon straps to fix them behind your saddle and on your handlebars. Use a small backpack for any leftover lighter options like snacks, cameras, and light layers.

I often get asked what kind of bike works best for bikepacking, and the best answer is the bike you already own. Saddle bags, frame bags, and handlebar bags do not require any special mounting points, so you can pretty much get away with any bike that is comfortable for you. With that said, larger width tires (2.4” - 3.0”) and maybe a suspension fork will open up rougher terrain that wouldn’t be suitable for your hybrid or commuter bike.

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So you’ve figured out how to carry your gear… now where do you go? I recommend starting with what you’re comfortable with, and if that means driving to get near a gravel road that leads to a provincial park, then do it. The idea here is to pick terrain that suits your style of riding, and then think about where you will buy food, get water, and plan some basic itinerary for the trip.

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Exploring by bike is a refreshing way to see parts of Ontario we often just fly right by. Take your time, eat well, and bring some friends along - bikepacking could just be your new favourite hobby.

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This was a guest blog post by Miles Arbour. Visit Mile's website (www.milesarbour.com) for Rides and Reports on Bikepacking across Canada!

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