By Ericka Weisbroth, Eric Ellman
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Even in a land where bicycles are common, so few places rent them as to be insignificant. Bikes of Mexican manufacture are inferior to the many excellent brands available in the industrial countries, and they're not inexpensive. Plan to bring your own bike along. You are not allowed to sell your bicycle in Mexico and your tourist card may indicate possession of one. Bringing a bicycle into Mexico can be problematic, too, if the bike just looks too shiny and new. We know a guy who bought a bike for his own use just before bussing to El Paso from the East Coast.
Its western shoreline, all 7,141 kilometers of it, boasts magnificent beaches and extraordinary seafood. Great adventure potential so nearby has made it inevitable that bicycle tourists put Mexico on their agenda. The advent of sturdy mountain bikes and the cushioned ride of fat-tires have helped tame Mexico's most rugged roads, making even remote villages accessible. Bicycle tourists are privy to the sorts of experiences which do not filter through a tinted glass windshield. " with the happily surprised driver, waving at a campesino laboring in his cornfield, or pulling into a small town to discover that its residents have come out to greet you, create durable and pleasant memories.
Be alert. Continuously scan the road for emergency pull-offs and always be prepared to get off the road in a split second. In truth, the service which the nation's many bus fleets perform and their safety record is exemplary. Their efficiency, low cost and sheer abundance add a new dimension to bicycle touring. Far-flung regions can be visited in one short vacation and long, uninteresting sections of ground can be skipped over quickly. Bus 'n Bike Travel You can board a bus almost anywhere along its route, but the hassle and tension of stuffing a bicycle into the storage bay in only a few seconds, while the driver's assistant impatiently urges you to hurry, can be reduced by catching the bus at its point of origin.
Bicycling Mexico by Ericka Weisbroth, Eric Ellman