Why is Bicycle Touring the Best Way to Travel Through Europe?
Cheaper than public transport
Getting fit whilst travelling
Hugely diverse area, geographically and politically. The geography in Europe is variable from the flat lands of the Netherlands to the mountains of the Alps. You can put in good distance in the former and get really fit and go slow for the latter.
Camping is widely available
If you speak English then often many people in Europe will speak the language. Otherwise, you can get some good iPhone apps with phrase books on them, and you can get by on the basics or just with gestures if necessary.
You have a lot of time to explore
You don’t mind rain in some areas (otherwise head south)
You have a decent budget if you want to eat out and stay indoors
What do you need
Minimal bicycle repair knowledge
Buy a bike and minimal gear, clothes and panniers
Practice a little riding a bike loaded with luggage
Decide a route and an itinerary of places to visit. Think about what your likely daily distance will be