The Pedalshift Project 342: Solo vs. Group Riding

The Pedalshift Project 342: Solo vs. Group Riding

On this episode… why you might choose solo touring compared to group bicycle adventuring (or vice versa!)

The Pedalshift Project 342: Solo vs. Group Riding

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Solo Riding

  • Freedom and independence
  • Opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth during solo tours.
  • Much easier to plan – no schedule coordinations with other riders
  • Much easier to pace
  • Solo Touring Challenges
    • Safety concerns
    • Loneliness
    • Gear watching when inside stores
    • Expenses not split
  • Mitigating these challenges
    • Listen to episode 340 on safety – planning and prep is key
    • Listen to episode 341 on mental side and lonliness – be present and in the moment and have ways to connect when you need to
    • Your gear is safer than you think, but choose where you stop mindfully
    • Find ways to reduce costs – check out Pedalshift 045 (camping over hotels, cook your food, etc.)

Group Riding

  • Camaraderie and sense of community
  • Benefits of sharing experiences and responsibilities with fellow cyclists.
  • Memories maybe deeper?
  • Group Touring Challenges
    • Logistics of planning and executing a group tour
    • Clashing personalities
    • Differing speeds
    • Differing expectations
    • Differing priorities
  • Mitigating the challenges
    • Importance of communication, leadership, and teamwork within a group.
    • Tips from our chat with Guthrie Straw in Pedalshift 163

Making the Decision: Solo, Group, or Both?

  • Solo or group touring is a personal fit for your preferences and goals.
  • Consider best of both worlds –  combining solo and group touring on the same journey.


  • There is no one size fits all answer
  • The choice between solo and group touring depends on individual preferences and circumstances.
  • Reflect on their touring goals and consider trying both solo and group touring at different times.

November on the Pod

  • Fall tour preview next week – a box checker!
  • Tour journal!
  • Interview in the works on a topic I’ve been really wanting to cover!

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