How to Host Bike Tours

Cyclist on a bike tour of a city
I wrote a blog post about making money with bicycle related side hustles. There are 10 total side hustles I summarized. This is one of them. You can read the original Make Money with Bicycle Related Side Hustles by clicking the link.

If you know your city well and love cycling, you can start a bike tour business. This is a great way to share your knowledge and passion with others, and you can make a good living doing it.

Here are some tips on how to get started hosting bike tours:

  1. Know Your Stuff. Practice, practice, practice before deciding to take on clients.  Research everything you will be touring and find information that is both interesting and unusual that will have your customers say, "Ahhh, how cool!"
  2. Choose a niche. What kind of bike tours do you want to offer? City tours, historical tours, culinary tours, or something else? Once you've chosen a niche, you can start developing your tour routes and itineraries.
  3. Promote your tours. You can promote your tours online, through travel agencies, and through your local tourism board. Be sure to create a website and social media presence for your business. You can try building a website but it won't generate much traffic at first so you might have to just go out to where tourists are and handout flyers. That is how I have found some of the best bike tour hosts around.
  4. Provide excellent customer service. Knock your customers socks off. Go above and beyond the call of duty. Have more information ready that you are not using in the tour in case you feel that you need more. You will get a vibe from your customers. You must be able to react and deliver.

Here are some additional tips for running a successful bike tour business:

  • Offer different tour options. This will make your business more appealing to a wider range of customers. For example, you could offer short tours, long tours, family tours, and private tours.
  • Keep your tours affordable. Most customers are looking for a good value for their money. Be competitive with your pricing, but don't sacrifice quality.
  • Invest in good equipment. You'll need to have a fleet of well-maintained bikes, as well as safety gear for your customers.
  • Get to know your city. The more you know about your city, the better tour guide you can be. Be sure to learn about the history, culture, and attractions of your city.
  • Be passionate about cycling. If you're not passionate about cycling, it will be difficult to provide a positive experience for your customers. Make sure that you're genuinely excited to share your love of cycling with others.

Hosting bike tours is a great way to share your love of cycling and your city with others, and it can be a very rewarding business. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success.

Here is my next blog post: How to Start a Bike Repair Business


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