In this Strava era, where you can track the most popular bike routes in cities around the world, it’s never been easier for an out-of-towner to feel like a native. And while a classic local ride might be a great intro to a destination’s landscape and culture, the most memorable cycling experiences often come when we take the road less traveled.
Seeking a backyard tour of some of the coolest bike-crazy towns, we reached out to shops and pro cyclists for their uniquely designed two-wheeled adventures. From scenic climbs on the outskirts of Tokyo to the best brunch ride in Boulder, these 12 epic routes — plus 12 great bike-friendly hotels — will inspire you to pack up your bike and get lost this summer.
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