Whether you commute by bike, are an experienced cyclist, or are totally new to the concept of bike touring, our Overnights are meant for riders of all levels of experience. For many Bikeout participants, Overnights is their first time experiencing bike travel. You can read more about the difficulty level of all of our rides on our individual trip pages.
All of our rides are supported by local bike shop partners who are likely to provide bike rentals and happy to help you. If you need a recommendation on a local shop where you can rent a bike, just email us at email@example.com
Many bikes are OK for Bikeout, as long as it’s in safe, working order. You can ride a commuter, a road bike, a mountain bike, or a professional touring bike but before you make your choice please remember you should feel comfortable and confident riding this bike for 3-4 hours at a time.
It's possible road bikes will not be recommended for all rides, please read more about our route terrain on each trip page for more information. We strongly encourage all riders to schedule a tune up with one of our bike shop partners before Bikeout.
There is no rain date for our rides & we’ll travel rain or shine. Our group leads and volunteers have been briefed on how to manage inclement weather scenarios during Bikeout, whether on the ride or on-site. If there is severe weather which poses a significant safety risk to Bikeout riders, you'll hear directly from our team about next steps.
We do offer a payment plan to break up our ticket price into installments. We also offer 5 Access Grants for each Overnight ride, which include a free Bikeout ticket for individuals from communities typically under-represented in cycling and the outdoors.
Overnights provide the option for bag support where we will transport your camping gear and other supplies to the camp site. You will be responsible for carrying your lunch, water, snacks and other necessary items in a backpack or on your bike.
If you'd like to carry all of your own gear and ride our route self-supported, you are welcome to do that too. The recommended baggage option is panniers, or saddlebags, that attach to a rear- or front- rack of your bike. Of course, that means having a rack installed, if you don’t have one. You can get a rack at one of the local bike shops that supports Bikeout. Many of the shops have pannier bags as well.
Overnight riders are responsible for bringing their own bike, helmet, tire tubes, and camping equipment including a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. We will provide a packing list with other recommended essentials after you purchase a ticket. We also recommend reviewing the "What's Included" section on each of our trip pages. Please note helmets are mandatory at Bikeout.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to support other routes, and we think you’ll have more fun being a part of the group. Riders on our official routes benefit from support like experienced group leads, mechanics, bag transport, and more.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide a shuttle service for Bikeout. Please understand that you are committing to riding the full route. That being said, most of our rides offer a support van or car that will be able to transport you should you or your bike become unable to ride.
Each Bikeout rider will be assigned to a small group of about 15 riders led by an experienced team leader that will help with crossing intersections and making sure the group rides safely together. We’re also working with local authorities to make those crossings as safe as possible.
When you buy your ticket, you’ll have the opportunity to tell us about your specific food restrictions, allergies, or preferences so we can make accommodations.
As a general rule our Overnight rides will provide dinner Saturday evening, two drink tickets per rider, as well as breakfast and coffee on Sunday morning. We encourage you to check each trip page for specific details. You are responsible for bringing lunch for both days, snacks, as well as water. There will be places to refill water along the route.
Bikeout doesn’t include lunch on either ride day and we encourage you to bring dry goods and non-perishable food to keep you energized. We’re relying on you to keep yourself hydrated and fueled during the ride. If you ask us for a non-medical opinion, nothing holds up better over two days than a baguette, cured meat, beef jerky, dried fruit, nuts, fresh apples, trail mix and other light snacks. The focus is on protein and carbs.
Of course you are welcome to bring your own food in addition to the food provided at Bikeout. If you’d like a more traditional camp cookout, you’re welcome to bring travel stoves and food supplies to make your own meal. It's possible your camping location will have a campfire for the basics, like cooking hot dogs.
Each Overnight rider is provided with two drink tickets at Bikeout. If you would like to consume additional beverages, alcoholic or otherwise, you are welcome to pack your own in your stowed gear. Riders should drink responsibly, being respectful to our farm and venue hosts, as well as keeping in mind the return ride the next day.
We hope you are! We'll have a campfire on site and you are welcome to bring your own s'mores or other treats. These are great to share with friends.
Bikeout couldn’t happen without volunteer support and we’re always looking to meet volunteers interested in helping with the event as well as group leads interested in guiding a group to our campsite. You can find out more by visiting the Get Involved page.
In order to stay sensitive to the locations and communities where we camp, Bikeouts are not dog friendly at this time.
Because of the length of our rides, additional safety concerns and the availability of alcohol at our event, all Bikeout riders must be at least 18 years of age to attend Bikeout and at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol.