718 Cyclery's Micro-Tours are a quick way to escape the city on the weekend, on your bike. Meet at the shop on Saturday, meet new friends, ride to our destination, eat, camp, and return to the shop on Sunday. No work is missed, but worlds are opened up.
Looking for a longer Adventure, check out our Multi-Day Tours
These excursions are designed to provide an excellent format for a newer rider to explore adventure cycling in a safe, fun environment.. In addition, an advanced rider will enjoy discovering new destinations and new friends to ride with.
These flash trips are considered "unsupported". No hotels, no lobster, no one ferrying your bags across the river on their head. It's you, your bike, your gear and some fantastic like-minded people. If this sounds good to you, sign up below for our 2018 Micro-Tour Season.
Don't worry if you don't have all the gear. Sign up for the trip. The next step is that we can help evaluate your set-up and help you acquire (purchase, rent, borrow) the pieces you might need. Don't let your apprehension about gear and distance riding get in your way...these trips are designed to provide an environment to get you up and going with people who care. The first step is the hardest. Rent bikes and gear from us here!
All 718 Ride Leaders are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. All Micro-Tours will have an associated Orientation Class roughly 2-3 weeks prior. Please sign up for these in addition to the actual Micro-Tour.
2019 Micro-Tour Schedule
Select Micro-Tour below for registration, and to see trip details and resources (like maps, etc).
2019 Micro-Tour 1: Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck NY
2019 Micro-Tour 3. June 8-9, Floyd Bennett Field, NYC, NY
2019 Micro-Tour 4: July 6-7, Mountain Lakes Park, NY
Bike Shop Radio (Our very own Podcast)
Check out Episode 2 of Bike Shop Radio, with an in-dept story on Micro-Tours
Previous Micro Tours
Packing the “Ten Essentials” whenever you step into the backcountry, even on day hikes or rides, is a good habit. On a basic trip you may use only a few of them or none at all. It’s when something goes awry that you’ll truly appreciate the value of carrying these items that could be essential to your survival.
Our 2018 Micro-Tour season has come to an end with Micro-Tour 7, a 3 state adventure to Beartown, Mass.
Micro-Tour 6 was a 55 Mile ride from NYC to Lake Tiorati, NY for a night of camping.
Micro-Tour 5 was a 37 Mile ride from New York City to Camp Glen Gray,
2018 Micro-Tour 4 was a 55 mile ride to Ward Pound Ridge for a night of camping under the stats, and in the company of a Great Dane.
2018 Micro-Tour 3 visited Staten Island for OutdoorFest
2018 Micro-Tour 2 was a 44 mile ride (in the rain) to Croton Point Park for anight of camping and campfires.
2018 Micro-Tour 1 was a 68 mile ride and camp from 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn, NY to Mountain Lakes Part in North Salem, NY.
The 2017 Micro-Tour 6 was our most ambitious in terms of states visited (3!), and in terms o weather. A classic 'nor'easter was foretasted for the weekend (Spoiler Alert..it rained alot!), but 13 souls took the along and ventured north with 718 Cyclery
The 2017 Micro-Tour 4 was a ride from 718 Cyclery through the Rockaways to a campsite at the Gateway National Recreation Area, commonly known to locals as Floyd Bennett Field.
Micro-Tour 3 (July 8/8, 2017) saw a series of firsts...first child making the ride, first Micro-Tour with multiple routes, and first recumbent rider.
When we plan a Micro-Tour, we use 3 basic criteria. Distance, weather/season and campsite facilities. The 2017 Micro-Tour 01 broke 3 records, as it was longest (67 miles each way), coldest (33 degrees at night) and the first to go to a
Micro-Tour 03 was a fire-breathing, misty-mountain hop. It's a 55 mile ride from 718 to Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park, 5 miles NW of Stony Point. At one point, we had 71 people signed up for this trip. Due to the threat of storms (that only partially materialized), we pulled 24 people out to ride and camp with us.
Custom T-shirt listing all stops on our 2018 Micro-Tour season (including one site where we have been banned for life). Believe me, it was an over-reaction.
Grab a piece of history (note dates for Micro-Tour 6 were switched)
Please note 718 Trips and Tours Cancellation Policy here