Bob and his family lived in Fort Collins for a number of years while Bob managed a local bicycle store and his wife taught Middle School. Seizing on an opportunity to travel and see the world Bob, Katy and their daughter moved to Berlin, Germany for a couple years. While living abroad their bicycles were more then just an exercise machine, they were a mode of daily transportation. While in Germany they were able to take advantage of and explore daily the many trails throughout the city and countryside around Germany. Their favorite tour was riding the entire Berlin Wall trail with their daughter in tow. They also enjoyed loading up their cycling and camping gear and riding the amazing and well organized bicycle routes between towns. Experiencing first hand the beer gardens, campgrounds and other amenities built just for cyclists was an eye-opener!
Along with being fortunate enough to ride they also sampled many a great brew at the endless beer gardens and festivals. Don’t get Bob started talking about Oktoberfest! The greatest combination of travel, beer and bicycles took place while watching many of the classic European cycle races, including the “Tour de Flanders” in Belgium, the Berlin 6 day, the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in Italy. Dreams come true!
After leaving Berlin, Bob and his family moved to Kobe, Japan where his wife continued to teach and their son was born. Cycling and trains are the main mode of transportation in Japan, especially in the cities. Bob and his children explored daily by bicycle the shrines, temples, hills, alleyways, parks and playgrounds. While traveling around Asia Bob witnessed an incredible variety of bicycles and was always astonished at how many people could fit on one bicycle. His family enjoyed some hilarious bike rental experiences, from Vietnam to Korea. He also assisted in bicycle repairs for the victims of the Tohoku earthquake in northern Japan in 2011, which was a life-changing experience.
It was in Kobe, Japan that Beer & Bike was born in September of 2008. Beer & Bike was the idea of Bob and a group of international and local friends with the goal of exploring the new city by bicycle and finding new watering holes. Little did they know it would lead to weekly outings, rain or shine, brewery and whisky tours and endless laughs and stories (mixed with some late night karaoke). By 2012 the Beer & Bike crew represented at least 4 different nations. There have been many a pint and a story since. We look forward to sharing and swapping travel stories and new adventures with you and your friends and family.
WHO WE ARE
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Beer & Bike Tours is a collection of wonderful guides and support crew. As guides we are your connection to a fun and safe adventure. All of us have a unique skill set that will help you get the most out of your holiday. If you would like to request a specific guide for an adventure let us know. Cheers
Bob is the founder of Beer & Bike Tours. Bob began exploring on his bicycle when the training wheels came off. At the age of 15, Bob and a group of friends embarked on a 400 mile adventure around Wisconsin. It was during this Adventure that Bob fell in love with bicycle touring. Many years and adventures later Bob founded Beer & Bike tours. With extensive touring and travel experience Bob still loves a new adventure and is excited to share them with you. As are our other guides Bob is trained in first aid and an experienced mechanic just in case there is a bump in the road along the way.
Katy has the travel bug worse than anyone you have ever met, and that is a good thing. Always a runner Katy took to Bicycle touring while living in Berlin Germany. Her first bicycle adventure is now one of Beer & Bike Tours featured rides in Germany, The Spree Radweg. Never to take the easy route Katy began touring pulling Katy and Bob's daughter Suzy in a trailer. 7 years later Katy has completed many cycling adventures and continues to expand her travel horizons. Along with guiding Katy helps to design and promote many of Beer & Bike's Adventures.
Alex grew up biking on the Pacific Coast in California before moving to Fort Collins in 2006. Alex teaches middle school math, likes to run all day in the mountains and loves the local craft brewery scene. Before getting married in the summer of 2014, Alex and his wife Nora spent five weeks cycling down the coast from northern Washington State, where Nora grew up, to Alex's childhood home in Southern California. Their wedding day began with their full wedding party riding in New Belgium's 15,000 person costumed bike parade- Tour de Fat and finished with Alex and Nora riding off into the moonlight on a lavishly decorated and lit up tandem bicycle. Alex is always excited to share the bike and beer culture of Fort Collins and beyond with anyone who wants to come along.
A Wisconsin native, Adam has finished college at Winona State University in Minnesota and is now wandering Fort Collins on his bicycle drinking beer full time. No stranger to cycling, he completed his first major bike tour- a ride around Lake Michigan, at the age of 15 as part of a unit in a summer camp. He liked it so much, that he returned the following year as a camper, and has been on staff for the last three years. In 2014, he took off on a solo, self-supported bicycle tour along the Lewis and Clark outbound expedition route. While most would finish this and be content with never touching a bike again, he ended up competing in the TransAm Bike race this past summer riding over 4,400 miles in 28 days, earning him a 16th place finish. He loves the fresh mountain air and can’t wait to share a beer, go on a ride and have a chat!
An adventurer at heart, Matt has strung together a plethora of seasonal outdoor jobs and internships since graduating from St. Lawrence with an English degree. He has worked as a caretaker and cook in backcountry lodges in Maine and New Hampshire, as a farmer in Vermont, biked across the country from Maine to Seattle to San Francisco, worked at a wildlife film festival, and led hiking trips for high school kids in Alaska and New Hampshire, along with a few other random jobs here and there. Matt led his first Beer & Bike tour in Vermont 2013 and will never be the same again. Along with guiding tours Matt is designing the ultimate Maine Beer & Bike Adventure