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Cycling Along Europe's Rivers: Bicycle Touring Made Easy and Affordable

By Michael Lyon

Brand: Cycle Touring Books
Paperback (349 pages)

Cycling Along Europe s Rivers: Bicycle Touring Made Easy and Affordable
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This is the updated Second Edition 2018 (purchase book and receive free kindle edition).Over 25 Interesting, Historic, and Cultural Rides.

Cycling Along Europe's Rivers is a "How To" book on taking self-guided bike trips to Europe that are affordable and easy to organize.

The book is based on the author's extensive experience, including over 20 years of annual cycle trips to Europe.

Rhine River, Danube River, Elbe River, Loire River, Po River, Neckar River, Mosel River, Main River, and more.

•How to plan and prepare.

•How to get what you need to the start of a ride and home again --bikes, panniers, and you.

•What to bring and what not -- how to keep your load small.

•How to handle getting around and other logistics.

•Bike, Lodging and Eating advice.

•Safety, Security, and Communication advice.

•Route recommendations and key features.

In short, everything you need to know to have a first-class, comfortable, flexible, and interesting riding trip to Europe without spending a fortune or going with an organized package. We budget about $120 per day per person (less if sharing rooms) plus airfare for hotels, meals, and everything else for rides that are typically 8-14 days in length.

Rivers make the perfect touring -- flat, easy to navigate, interesting towns, historical sites, and relatively short distances between stops and sites. These trips are for everyone -- from weekend warriors to casual riders, from the young to the old. I have undertaken these rides with riders in their 80s, and the last four years with my 11 year old son on a tandem.

Our routes guide riders through Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Italy, Switzerland, and, Slovakia, and utilize the detailed maps found in the terrific German Bikeline map guides.

"Cycling Along Europe's Rivers" is a companion book to the European Bikeline Map Guides. It will tell you how and where to go, which Bikeline map guide to use for route details, and how to use these maps. That's all you need! Please Note: While the book does provide over 25 routes, suggested overnight stops, and associated mileage, it does not provide turn-by-turn details, and detailed maps, because this is not necessary for these trips given GPS, generally well-marked trails, the very detailed Bikeline companion guides, and the rivers themselves providing the ultimate route guide!

Cities and regions in Europe you can visit include, among many other: the Danube Gorge, Amsterdam, Leiden, the Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Koblenz, Cochem, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Colmar, Basel, the Rhine Falls, Lake Bodensee, Konstanz, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, Vienna, Bratislava, Gyor, Tata, Budapest, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Dresden, Meissen, Wittenberg, Potsdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Hameln, Hann. Munden, Orleans, Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Chenonceaux, Chinon, Saumur, Angers, St. Nazaire, Milan, Cremona, Parma, Mantua, Merano, Bolzano, Lake Garda, Verona, Padua, Chioggia, and Venice. Even a brief mention of the C&O Canal and Erie Canal rides as warm-ups.

Cycling Along Europe's Rivers is practical and well-organized. We have loved these trips and think you will, too!

The standard print version is in black and white, and on Kindle in full color maps (but not updated with Northern Italy route).

Please feel free to contact the author at: We appreciate all your kind reviews and feedback!"

Note on Second Edition: Original book published in 2012, and has been updated annually, including Rhine Gorge, Mosel River, Lake Bodensee, Inn River, and Passau to Vienna along the Danube River. In 2016 extensive additions on Northern Italy routes were added. Please note that the Kindle version does not contain updated Italian section, but purchasers can contact author for the update.

Cycling in Europe - An Illustrated Hand-Book of Information for the use of Touring Cyclists - Containing also Hints for Preparation, Suggestions ... Cycling Tours in England, Ireland, France,

By F. A. Elwell

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Cycling in Europe - An Illustrated Hand-Book of Information for the use of Touring Cyclists - Containing also Hints for Preparation, Suggestions ... Cycling Tours in England, Ireland, France,
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Contained within this book is a comprehensive guide to cycling in Europe, with information on preparing for a trip, favourable and beautiful routes, expenditure, bicycle maintenance, etiquette, and much more. Profusely illustrated and full of useful, timeless information, "Cycling in Europe" will be of considerable utility to modern cycling enthusiasts with a particular interest in European touring. Contents include: "Europe the Great Cycling Ground of the World", "Its Attractions to the Tourist", "Object of the Volume", "The Route", "Its Importance", "General Remarks", "Routes Suggested", "Ireland; Cork, Dublin, Belfast and the Antrim Coast", "Scotland: Its Rugged Beauty", "The Big Cities", "Lakes and Trossachs", "Melrose Abbey", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this book now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the History of the Bicycle.

No Place Like Home, Thank God: A 22,000 Mile Bicycle Ride Around Europe

By Steven Primrose-Smith

Rosebery Publications
Released: 2014-07-30
Kindle Edition (353 pages)

No Place Like Home, Thank God: A 22,000 Mile Bicycle Ride Around Europe
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Amazon UK Bestseller Number 1 in Cycling and Top 3 in Travel and in Sport

"There are many books about cycle touring but few are as entertaining, informative and engaging as this one...The result is a funny and informative account of his travels to some of the Continent's well-known and more undiscovered corners. The writing is excellent..." - Julie Rand, CYCLE Magazine

After a near fatal brain haemorrhage Steven Primrose-Smith decides that life is too short to hang around. Inspired, he jumps on his bicycle to travel a road that stretches 22,000 miles across the whole of Europe.

During his ride through 53 countries, climbing the equivalent of 20 Everests, he dodges forest fires, packs of wild dogs and stray bulls, is twice mistaken for a tramp, meets a man in Bulgaria who lives under a table, discovers if ambassadors really do dish out pyramids of Ferrero Rocher at parties, transforms into a superhero after being savaged by radioactive mosquitoes near Chernobyl and comes close to death in France, Norway, Ukraine and Russia.

Such a massive challenge requires calories and Steven gets his from the more unsavoury elements of European savouries: brains, testicles, lung and spleen stew, intestine sandwiches, sausages famous for smelling of poo, a handful of maggots and even a marmot. Nobody eats marmots.

But the distance and his culinary adventures are only a part of the mission. His real objective is much more difficult. Will he be able to confirm something he has long suspected or will he, after all his searching, eventually find somewhere in Europe worse than his home town of Blackburn?

Recent Amazon review comments:

“If you love travel, you will love this book! This is by far the best cycle-based travel book I have read...I could not put it down! It's very well-written, naturally funny without trying too hard and... about the places and people he discovers, not the bike itself...Inspirational and very funny.”

“Highly entertaining – you'll laugh out loud. This is the funniest book I've read for a very long time. It's so much more than a story about a bike ride - it's a travelogue, a witty and astute observation about people and life, a candid description of many places you'd never even dream of visiting! Once you start to read it, I guarantee you WON'T put it down. I laughed out loud a dozen times before I'd even covered the first 3 chapters. Highly recommended.”

“Very entertaining – never a dull page! What a Journey - once I started it I literally had to keep reading until the end! His descriptions of people and places along the way made me feel like I was right beside him on his epic journey and he kept me laughing all the way along! A definite must read...I can't wait for his next book!”

“A travelogue with a difference! BIG laughs, pithy observations on life, the universe and everything else and simply great stories. A great read from start to finish.”

“Thought-provoking and funny. This book made me laugh out loud as well as ponder the meaning of life; for anyone who has ever ridden a bike, done a bit of travelling or eaten food. Worth a read.”

“A must read. I really enjoyed this book! The author has a witty vision of life and a special sense of humour. Loved it!”

“Fab book with wonderful descriptions of his traveling experiences...make this well written book a joy to read and am happy to recommend it.”

“Good fun and a great read. Laugh out loud funny...Looking forward to the sequel.”

“Loved it from the first sentence!”

“a great read witty funny”

Epic Bike Rides of Europe (Lonely Planet)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2020-09-15
Hardcover (320 pages)

Epic Bike Rides of Europe (Lonely Planet)
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In this guide to unmissable European cycling routes bike enthusiasts share stories from the best road, mountain, dirt, and trail routes across the continent. Whether it's Italy's Trans-Dolomites, a Copenhagen art ride, or a Bavarian Beer ride, this book features epic rides for every level and trip type. With practical details to help plan your trip and guides to picturesque spots to pull over, Epic Bike Rides of Europe is the perfect companion for exploring Europe on two wheels.


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