Q: Who are you callin' “SENIOR”??
A: Folks who are 50 years of age or better - and wiser, more chill, and more fun!
Q: How fast do you ride?
A: It's not about speed, it's about an enjoyable experience! Our riders average between 8 and 14 miles per hour, but our rides are self-paced ... we support you, not escort you - you ride at your own pace. On a typical ride with 13 participants, there is usually a group of 3-5 that goes out ahead, riding 14-16 or 17 mph, then a middle group of 6-8 that averages 12-14 mph, then an even more leisurely group of 3-4 -- along with the Senior Cycling tour "leader", riding sweep, that averages 9-10 mph. There are several stops, including lunch, in every 20-35 mile day, so no one gets too far ahead or behind.
Q: Maximum Group Size
A: Our group size is rarely more than 13 riders, which is the capacity of our 15 passenger vans (including 2 tour leaders). Occasionally, on Hub Tours (where we stay in the same hotel/B&B all week), we can accommodate a few more, but never more than that.
This allows us to give you personalized service, and the best tour experience possible.
Q: Tour Difficulty Ratings
A: Riders should have good bike handling skills to participate on any of our tours. All of our tours are rated either intermediate or advanced. Please refer to the tour web page for more details about specific trips.
Intermediate – While we mostly ride on bike paths and rail-trails, there may be some occasional road riding. Daily rides range between 20-40 miles.
Advanced – Is just what it sounds like. These trips are geared toward cyclists who are at ease covering up to 50 miles per day, and are comfortable with road riding, traffic and hills.
Q: Included in Base Tour Price
A: > Double occupancy accommodations
> Meals and snacks as listed on each tour's web page
> End of day social hour with light refreshments
> SAG wagon support and cue sheet for all rides
> Entry fees for side excursions included in your trip's itinerary
Q: Not Included in Base Tour Price
A: > Single occupancy rooms (see below for supplements)
> Bike rentals (see below for rates)
> Alcoholic beverages at evening gatherings or included meals
> Personal expenses
> Tipping for your tour leaders, should you be so inclined
> Transportation to and from the tour start and end points (see below for more “How to get there” info)
Q: Single Supplement
A: The single supplement is for riders that are traveling alone and prefer a private room.
If a single would prefer a roommate and one is available, we will try to match folks up.
On some tours we stay in B&Bs where the bedrooms have only one bed. Folks unwilling to share a bed in these cases will be charged the single supplement for that night.
(Amounts vary by lodging.)
Q: Bike Rental
A: BIKE RENTALS = $150/tour
Our bikes are Trek hybrids in a variety of sizes. We have step-through and regular frames
Helmet, lock and rear bike bag is included with bike rental
Q: What about eBikes?
A: Senior Cycling does not rent eBikes. Your eBikes are allowed on our HUB TOURS, and may be able to be accomodated on other tours. Please directly contact owner Ned Raynolds at 603-365-1725 if you wish to bring your eBike on any other tour.
Senior Cycling only allows Class 1 "Pedal Assist Only" eBikes on our tours.
The three classes of E-Bikes are defined as follows:
Class 1: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.
Class 2: eBikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted.
Class 3: eBikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.
Q: Recumbents and Trikes
A: Recumbents and trikes are only allowed on our HUB TOURS.
Q: Deposit and Cancellation
A: – A 50% deposit is required upon registration.
– Final payment is due 60 days prior to the tour starting date.
– All cancellations must be written.
– We will refund 90% of the tour price when you cancel in writing 61-90 days prior to the tour starting date. No refund will be given for cancellations received 60 days or less before the tour starting date.
– We will refund 100% of the tour price if we cancel a tour due to our failure to meet the minimum rider count. We will notify you within 30 days of the tour starting date.
– We highly recommend that all riders purchase their own trip insurance (not included with tour price) to protect against unexpected emergencies.
- Allianz Travel Insurance offers low-cost trip insurance. https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com
Q: How to Prepare for a Tour
A: Spend lots of time in the saddle! We recommend you give yourself as much time as possible riding a bike before a tour begins. There is no substitute.
Q: Travel "To and From" Senior Cycling Tours
A: You are responsible for your own travel to and from the tour event.
Q: Our Code of Conduct
A: OK, we wish we didn’t have to say this, and it’s just common sense, but here is our code of conduct we require from all participants:
Senior Cycling does not tolerate violence of any kind during our events. This includes physical and verbal harassment. Racist, sexist and/or threatening remarks during our events will not be tolerated and will result in the offender’s removal from the tour, and exclusion from participation in future tours with our company.
Q: What about Tipping?
A: Although it is never required, tipping your tour leaders is always greatly appreciated. It is way to express your satisfaction with the leaders for the job they've done, especially if you feel the service provided was exceptional. Tips received have ranged from $50 - $200 per leader for a week's tour.