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PEI bike tour

The Portable Family: Prince Edward Island tour

Red dirt rambling across a storybook island.

The centerpiece of our late summer trip to Canada was a fantastic week-long bike tour of Prince Edward Island. With miles of quiet dirt roads and the extensive Confederation Trail system, PEI is ideal for touring. Throw in sandy beaches, Anne of Green Gables, lots of ice cream, and you have the perfect family cycling adventure.

Confederation Trail bike path

Our plan was to ride a circuit of the north central portion of the island, following the Confederation Trail east then looping back west along the northern shore via rural roads and trails.

The trail is a converted railroad bed that affords easy travel on a flat cinder surface. It passes through small towns every few hours, but there are some long stretches without anything but fields and sky.

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We happened to be in Charlottetown for the Canadian 150th Anniversary celebration. It was a fun contrast to the open countryside, and of course, more ice cream!

From the city we headed northwest toward the Cavendish area, home to the island’s premier tourist destination: Green Gables. We’d been reading the books in anticipation of the trip, so it was a mandatory stop. The beaches were certainly a bonus.

The final portion of our route was all along the iconic red dirt roads of PEI. Unlike the bike trail, these rural farm roads rise and fall steeply over the central hills of the island. It was strenuous but rewarding.

Our first family bike tour outside the US, we’d recommend it to anyone.

A few tips:

  • Wide tires roll easier and more comfortably over the varied surfaces encountered on the island. Fenders keep the red dirt and mud off you and your gear even when it’s dry.
  • The Confederation Trail is relatively flat, but if you plan to venture off of it (recommended!), make sure your bike has low gears for loaded hill climbing.
  • Unless you have an international phone plan, you won’t be able to rely on your smartphone for directions. Be prepared to resort to good old fashion paper maps.
  • Carry cash for the many farm stands around the island.
  • Pack rain gear and swimsuits!
  • Maps of the island and the Confederation Trail are readily available at information centers on PEI. You can plan your trip beforehand by visiting the PEI tourism website.

Have more questions or care to chat about this trip or others? Stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to talk touring.

Kids beach fat bike

Sneak Peek: Specialized Fatboy 20 & 24 kids’ fat bikes!

Just in time for winter and the holidays, elf sized fat bikes for unprecedented winter fun!

Available in 20″ and 24″ wheel sizes, these mini floaters feature top quality Specialized alloy frames and forks, SRAM drivetrains, and disc brakes.

Romp through the snow. Blast down the beach. Rock the trails.

Grins guaranteed.

Fatboy 24

> 24” fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame is lightweight and efficient
A1 Premium Aluminum fork for lightweight, predictable steering
Fat 24” disc, alloy single wall rims are designed to handle all types of terrain
Specialized Ground Control Fat 24×4.0″ tires roll over anything
Forged alloy crankset, w/ 100mm spindle for putting the power down
Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes for reliable stopping power
SRAM X4, 9-speed rear derailleur for crisp and precise shifting

 

Fatboy 20

20″ fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame is lightweight and efficient
A1 Premium Aluminum fork for lightweight, predictable steering
Fat 20” disc, alloy single wall rims are designed to handle all types of terrain
Specialized Ground Control Fat 20×4.0″ tires roll over anything
Forged alloy crankset, w/ 100mm spindle for putting the power down
Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes for reliable stopping power
SRAM X4, 9-speed rear derailleur for crisp and precise shifting

 

Extremely limited quantities, pre-order yours now!

Call us today: 401-789-8664

 

Fat bike around Block Island.

Round the Block

One of my first adventures on the Specialized Fatboy; a 20-mile circumnavigation of Block Island, RI. Absolutely convinced me that fat bikes were the door to a whole new world of riding.

Fat bike around Block Island

GPS track of the course, including ferry trip.

From the ferry in New Shoreham, I rode across the island to the breachway  at the Coast Guard station on the west side. From there, I’d stay right on the shore for the entire counter-clockwise trip.

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Sand, cobbles, seaweed…were all passable terrain for the massive tires. Although certainly challenging in spots, nearly every bit was rideable.