Bike the GAP is the leader in self-guided travel by bike with packages on the Great Allegheny Passage, C&O Canal Towpath, and across Central Florida. We put a lot of thought into curating our trip packages so your biking itineraries provide the best pacing, the most comfortable overnight stays, and plenty of time for trail discovery.
The Details Matter
It’s the little details that can make all the difference in a self-guided bike trip. For example, all of our trip packages assume private rooms and private bathrooms. We’ve also biked the trails ourselves so we know all of the hidden gems along the way and have mapped out the ideal pacing so you can enjoy your ride. We pride ourselves on our customer service and responsiveness so you can get the answers to all of your questions as quickly as possible.
Why Book with Us
When you compare our bike trips to the competition, you’ll find that our prices, quality, and overall trip experience is the best on the trail.
The top reasons cyclists prefer Bike the Gap tours include:
Don’t take our word for it though. Year after year our riders contact us with wonderful details and reviews of their trip. Read reviews from past riders at TripAdvisor or on our Reviews page. As one recent rider wrote, “The planning was simply the BEST! Everyone else must be chasing 2nd place.”
4- or 5-day bike trips include lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle and one-way transfer between Pittsburgh and Cumberland.
GAP/C&O bike trips include lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle and one-way transfer between Pittsburgh and DC.
A family vacation you’ll be sure to remember and talk about for years to come.
Spend 4 days or more enjoying the Best of Central Florida’s trails across the coast to coast connector. Trip includes lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle, one-way transfer.
An adventure through central Missouri, Katy Trail bike trips include lodging reservations and one-way transfer from St. Charles. (Luggage shuttling optional)
As your bike trail experts, our goal is to create an unforgettable experience on the trail for busy bike enthusiasts like you.
Our core mission is to provide the best bike trail experience possible for our riders, and in doing so, contribute to the economic success of our small town and rural partners all along the trail.
Our riders also receive a custom packet of Trip Materials that includes our Trip Handbook; the TrailBook and Trail Town brochures; Dining Guide; and more.
The Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath are perfect trails for an independent bike trip. The system is safe, one-way (so no getting lost!), well-marked and ridden daily by a variety of cyclists. It’s trail travels through small towns of Appalachia and Maryland/West Virginia.
On a self-guided trip you’ll ride the trail on your own, following a trip plan created for you. It is expected that you will be able to ride the mileage as outlined; there is no SAG or support vehicle to contact. We’ve worked hard to create a variety of trip packages to allow you to find the pace that works best for you.
You are the best judge of your abilities, but some of the reasons our riders enjoy independent bike trips:
If a medical emergency occurs on the trail, the first action should always be to call 911. Following that, you will contact us on the dedicated trail support phone number and can also consult your Trip Handbook to identify your nearest town and/or medical center.
If a mechanical emergency occurs, you can call us on the trail support phone number and you will find fellow cyclists stopping to help almost immediately. We expect our riders to be able to fix flat tires (something all cyclists should know!) and to have the materials to do so on hand. We can help talk you through it. For more serious mechanical issues we can put you in touch with a nearby bike shop, and/or help arrange for a shuttle to come to the nearest trailhead. If you are riding a rental bike, that vendor will also assist you with repairs (and potentially even a bike replacement).
In the past we have arranged transport from the trail, altered itineraries mid-trip, assisted travelers in returning to their start point, and generally have done whatever is necessary to make things right.
Over the past trail seasons our rental partners have reported that less than 0.5% riders experienced a serious mechanical issue, and less than 15% even experience a flat tire! We recommend riders bringing their own bikes make sure they are well-maintained and tested prior to the trip.
NO set travel dates, NO pre-arranged groups. You ride according to your schedule.
All trips include overnight reservations, trail mapping, and trip materials.
"Without you we would never, ever have gone on the trip. There were four of us trying to plan the trip and it was challenging to figure out how far to go, where to eat, where to stay, etc. Instead, every day we got up, read our itinerary and off we went."