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Bicycle Travel and Independent Touring

See also: Bicycling Events for annual organized tour events.

Selected Books

Pittsburgh & Pennsylvania

Fineberg, Louis
3 Rivers on 2 Wheels
"An Explorer's Guide to Urban Pittsburgh"
PENNA q GV1045.5.P42 P57 2002x
A compilation of 10 self-guided bicycle tours offering intimate encounters with Pittsburghıs most diverse neighborhoods and eclectic architecture, 3 Rivers on 2 Wheels encourages and advises visitors and residents to explore the city's storied past and celebrated transformation by bicycle.
Goodspeed, Diane
Family-Friendly Biking in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania
PENNA GV1045.5.G66 2005
Packed with photos and easy-to-follow maps, Goodspeed shows us where to find nearly twenty-five kid-friendly trails -- trails that are not too steep or too long, do not encounter many busy roads, and provide convenient access to food and restroom facilities.
Homerosky, Jim
Road Biking Western Pennsylvania
GV1045.5.P4 H66 2004
A Falcon guide to roads in Western Pennsylvania that are appropriate for biking.
Shaw, Mary
Free-Wheeling Easy in and around Western Pennsylvania: motor-free trails for cyclists, walkers, and cross-country skiers
PENNA GV1045.5.P4 S494 1996x
"Rail-trails, greenways, towpaths, and other motor-free bicycle touring routes in western Pennsylvania and nearby areas."
Swan, Oscar E.
Bike Rides Out of Pittsburgh: 425-Plus Bicycle Rides from .6 to 110 Miles
GV1045.5.P42 P58 2006x
"People from elsewhere have trouble imagining this, but Pittsburgh is like a little village. Get beyond the city limits, and you're in cornfields and cow pastures." More information about the book, including maps.
Vance, Patricia
Intimate Bicycle Tours of Philadelphia: Ten Excursions to the City's Art, Parks, and Neighborhoods
PENNA GV1045.5.P42 P558 2004
On tiny streets, elegant boulevards, and bicycle paths, readers are guided past historic sites, public parks and squares, exceptional architecture, and one of the world's best collections of public art, all accompanied by Patricia Vance's engaging, lively narrative.

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United States & International

Bridge, Raymond
Bike Touring: The Sierra Club Guide to Travel on Two Wheels
This revamped edition provides information on equipment and touring options. Readers learn how to train, equip, plan, and pack for tours of any length and difficulty, from overnight trips near home to multiweek journeys abroad.
Honeywell, Alice
Across America by Bicycle: Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels
GV1045.H66 2010
Biking 3,600 miles from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure.
Malusa, Jim
Into Thick Air: Biking To The Bellybutton Of Six Continents
G440.M27 A3 2008
Breathing "thick air" as opposed to "thin air" of mountaintops, Malusa bikes to the lowest points on six continents, including the Dead Sea, Death Valley, Lake Eyre in Australia and the Caspian Sea. Since he is a botanist, he is very much aware of the natural world he encounters.
Skinner, Elizabeth and Charlie Skinner
Bicycling the Blue Ridge: A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway
GV1045.5.V82 S626 2004
This guide to the 574-mile road between Front Royal, Virginia, and Cherokee, North Carolina, offers information on lodging, bike shops, campgrounds, road crossings, points of interest, bed and breakfasts, panoramic views, groceries, and more.
Stuhaug, Dennis O.
Basic Essentials. Bicycle Touring
GV1044.S78 2007x
This Falcon Guide tells you how to plan a bike touring trip with the right level of challenge, select the appropriate gear and provisions for your trip, get your bike ready and equipped, plan a route, and find the best places to stay.
Zheutlin, Peter
Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride
GV1044.Z495 2007x
Annie Kopchovsky in 1894 changed her name and went on a bike-promoting tour around the world in the Victorian era when women didn't do that.

Browse the Catalog

For additional books and materials on bike travel, check the library catalog under these subjects:


Pittsburgh Region

  • Great Allegheny Passage
    This website from the Allegheny Trail Alliance gives a good overview of the Rail-to-Trail initiative from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland (and eventually Washington DC) with links to participating trail organizations. Included are amenities along the route.
  • GORP: Weekend Wheeling in Pittsburgh: Hills for the Best
    An article from 2000 by Joe Papp about several possible rides within the city of Pittsburgh, including the hilly "dirty dozen".

Pennsylvania and Nearby States

  • Bike Washington: The C&O Canal Biking Guide
    Detailed mile by mile information on the 184 mile towpath between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD. Eventually to connect up with the Pittsburgh to Cumberland trail.
  • Pedal Pennsylvania
    A Philadelphia-based bicycle touring company offering week-long, fully-supported, cross-Pennsylvania tours.

Web Sites

  • Adventure Cycling Association
    This bicycle travel nonprofit organization offers many programs for cyclists, including a national network of bicycle touring routes and organized trips. They publish Adventure Cyclist magazine and offer maps of many bike routes.
  • American Bike Trails
    This website offers books, maps and guides for biking and bike trails by state, including Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • B-Cycle
    You've heard about Velib in Paris, B-Cycle, a subsidiary of Trek Bicycle Corp. wants to start bike-sharing in U.S. cities.
  • Bicycle Tour Network
    A resource from the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association, highlighting tours run by their members.
  • Canada: Atlantic-Canada Cycling
    Information on biking in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Beautiful scenery in their photo albums makes you want to sign up for a tour right away.
  • New York Times Activity Guides: Biking
    This travel section offers articles on biking destinations in the U.S. and abroad.