The best bike to use is the one you already own. Don't overthink it. Bike camping is easy. You don't need to go for months at a time. Try just one night! Go 10 miles to your nearest campground or Vermont State Park. You can use whatever camping gear you have, or borrow some from a friend!
If sleeping under the stars isn’t for you, consider planning your trip so that you stay at a Vermont inn or motel each night! This way, you’ll just need a backpack of clothes, some money, snacks, and bike repair gear.
There are even folks that love to host bicycle tourists through online platforms such as WarmShowers.
Multi-Day Touring and Camping
Once you’ve tested your legs (and gear) overnight, you can start planning longer trips where you may do more miles and stay multiple nights. Vermont’s fabulous long distance touring routes can be found on our “Routes and Maps” page.
At this point, most people start investing in some gear to make carrying items easier. There are two ways people carry gear for bike camping: Using racks and hanging pannier bags, or using bags that strap to frames, seats and handlebars. Some riders will even use a trailer to haul their gear or to bring along kids or dogs.
For touring and camping you will get plenty of tips and ideas from the Adventure Cycling Association. Check out their Green Mountain Loop and Adirondack Loop for a couple really big rides.
Plenty of bike tour operators have camping options also. They take the hassle out of carrying your gear and help with route planning, but you still get the real bike camping experience.
Traveling With Your Bike
If you plan on traveling with your bike, you can either roll it onto Amtrak, put it on the bus or pack it for flying somewhere. Using the local bus or train to get out of town can make a short trip that much more enjoyable by making it a through route instead of having to find a loop that leaves from your house.