City by Cycle
Whether you're a novice or a veteran, our Hosted Cycle Tours provide a memorable experience of the most beautiful and vibrant parts of the City.
Our custom tours offer unique experiences that include city, rural, forest and water portions. Regardless of which bicycle tour you chose, our hosted cycle tours all include:
> Pre-trip orientation and safety info
> Fantastic photo ops
> Lots of educational info and fascinating facts along the way
> A comfortable bike & helmet
> Superb personal service from your guide
> Introductions to meet fellow travelers
Seawall Cycle Tour
This tour is available to start anywhere on the Seawall or, we offer hotel pick up for transfer to start location.
This tour accommodates the widest range of abilities (novices can relax), and is packed with great information about Vancouver’s history, points of interest and the promise of its future. The route runs along the Seawall through Stanley Park, English Bay, then over to Granville Island by water taxi. After an hour stop at Granville Island tour then runs along the City of Vancouver’s extensive bicycle routes through Yaletown, Chinatown, and Gastown.
Seymour Demonstration Forest
Located on the North Shore Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve epitomizes the West Coast. This route has over 40 km of roads and recreational paths that wind through a beautiful diverse forest that crosses numerous scenic creeks and streams. The park is used to demonstrate a sustainable balance of recreation and resource management.
UBC & Pacific Spirit Park
This is the most popular area for cycling in Vancouver. The trails here are well groomed, not very technical and a great ride. Starting at Van Dusen Gardens, we ride along the City of Vancouver’s Midtown Bikeway past the stately homes of Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale and Dunbar neighbourhoods to Pacific Spirit Park. Through the many well-maintained bicycle paths and out to UBC. Then down to Jericho Beach where we pick you up and take you back to your hotel.
This tour can accommodate stops at one of the many museums or gardens - just let us know.
Historic Steveston & Richmond Dykes
Starting in Richmond ride along the miles of dykes, viewing turtles sunning themselves in the ditch running alongside the dyke, the Hereford cattle grazing by the dyke and the information marker for the old Fort Steveston army base then onto Steveston to visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and other historic sites.
Touring bicycles are special types of bicycles used for long-distance travel and for racing. A bicycle tour might take a day, weeks, or months to complete according to the plan. A touring bicycle is a mix of a mountain and racing bicycle. There are two types of bicycle tours: loaded touring and credit card touring.
In loaded touring, the tourist takes all the equipment with him. The tourist takes food, cooking equipment, and a tent for camping. To accommodate all of the equipment, these bicycles are designed with heavy-duty frames. These frames help to carry specialized luggage. Credit card touring bicycles carry less equipment with them.
Touring bicycles usually have luggage racks in the front and the rear end. For reliability and long distance comfort, these cycles use road handlebars and saddles. Rugged hubs are combined with handlebars to provide durability; sometimes instead of baskets, bicycle trailers are used in touring bicycles. These trailers provide a low center of gravity and can be separated easily.
A touring bicycle has certain special characteristics, including a longer wheelbase and a stable steering geometry. The wheelbase increases the stability at the cost of quick response. A broader range of gearing is present in these bicycles. These gears help the cycle to carry equipment when climbing hills, which also provides durability and control in a varied terrain. Internal geared hubs are used in touring bicycles. In an internal geared hub, the mechanism is enclosed within a hub and is reliable and requires very little maintenance. Luggage racks, mudguards, and lights are present in every touring bicycle. They have also space for water bottles, tools, and spare parts. These cycles have a longer chain stay and a greater distance from rear wheel to pedals, for pedaling comfort.
Stronger brakes are required for touring bicycles. Cantilever brakes or linear-pull brakes are used in touring bicycles, and disc brakes are also used in touring bicycles. Disc brakes have greater braking power and have improved performance in wet weather. Touring bikes are usually available at custom bicycle shops.