• Bear Bicycle Touring Co. Delivers the Backroads of Bucks County

    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE

Covered bridges. Check. Rolling hills. Check. Paths that snake alongside a historic canal. Check. Bucks County really is a scenic spot, and there is no better way to experience it than atop a bicycle. Until now, groups staying in the New Hope region didn’t really have an organized opportunity to see the region on two wheels. That is until Tia and Alex Tinsley came along. Tia, a Bucks County native, met her now-husband Alex while living in London. Alex was an avid biker and Tia soon followed suit. The two biked across England and all over Asia before returning to Tia’s homeland to start a new life together. They soon discovered the area didn’t really offer much in the way of biking tours.

Enter Bear Bicycle Touring Co., which offers bike tours for groups of four to eight and has a fleet of eight rental bikes. The tours can be tailored to different skill and fitness levels, while standard tours range from half-day (four hours) to full-day tours; multiday tours are also an option for two or four days. “We really built the tour around what the group needs, whether that is stopping for lunch or checking out a local farm along the route,” says Alex. “We really want to show people how beautiful this area really is,” says Tia. “We’ve even had some locals on our tours who were surprised to discover the beauty,” explains Alex. “We’ve shown them country lanes they didn’t know existed. It’s quiet, natural beauty that’s really very close,” he adds. 

With so many people searching for niche, unique vacations, it can be difficult to find the perfect spot. However, if it’s rich history, a variety of event spaces, and a plethora of outdoor recreation activities you’re looking for, look no further than Altoona, Pennsylvania.


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