Adventure Cycling Blog

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The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

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June 30, 2015
Two-for-Tuesday! Double your chances to win by joining today!
Two-for-Tuesday! Double your chances to win by joining today!

The end of this summer’s June Member Drive may be drawing to a close, but we’re going out with a bang! When you join today by 5:30 p.m. MST, you’ll be entered to win two great prizes from Road Holland Cycling Apparel and Bike2Power. New members who join Adventure Cycling online today will also receive a free Adventure Cycling neck wrap, as well as entry into our annual Share the Joy bicycle giveaway for a chance to win a Giant Revolt 1 gravel bike.

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June 29, 2015
Win Round Trip Bike Shipping with Bikeflights.com
Win Round Trip Bike Shipping with Bikeflights.com

Now during our June Member Drive, when you join Adventure Cycling, we’ll enter you into today’s daily raffle for free round trip bike shipping with BikeFlights.com! Plan your next trip with the peace of mind that your bike will be shipped safely to your final destination and back home again. 

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June 29, 2015
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories

Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist started out as an independent Bikecentennial cyclist and was "inducted" as a member of TAEK525 later. Their leader, Karl Schlaich, was hit by a car in Tribune, Kansas, during the trip. The community took them in for a few days while Karl was treated in the hospital. Bridget played her flute, which she carried in a heavy reinforced case during the length of the trip, for Tribune's Fourth of July celebration. Bridget says Bikecentennial gave her the confidence and perseverance to accomplish anything she set out to do.

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June 26, 2015
Win a Big Agnes sleeping bag for your next overnight trip!
Win a Big Agnes sleeping bag for your next overnight trip!

Join Adventure Cycling and equip yourself with the resources to fuel your passion for bicycle travel. All of our members receive nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine annually, up to 30 percent off Adventure Cycling bicycle maps, and access to exclusive member discounts on products and services offered by some of our industry partners.

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June 25, 2015
The Adventure Cycling Member Drive continues with Jones Bikes
The Adventure Cycling Member Drive continues with Jones Bikes

Our June Member Drive continues to roll on. Join Adventure Cycling today, and we’ll enter you into today’s daily raffle for a Jones Bikes H-Bar. If there are any dirt road or single track adventures on your horizon, this is a handlebar you want to pay attention to. It helps put you in a comfortable and stable riding position, and offers plenty of contact points for mounting your GPS unit, handlebar bag, lights, or anything else you like to have in front of you.

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June 25, 2015
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel

Cycling season is construction season for highway departments. Now is the time to check Department of Transportation (DOT) websites for construction projects in the states on your intended route. Read more for alerts in Idaho, construction related travel resources, and ways to share construction information with your fellow bicycle travelers.

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June 24, 2015
Adventure Cycling New Member Pack List
Adventure Cycling New Member Pack List

The early planning stages of any bike tour often features a pack list. With that in mind, I present you with the Adventure Cycling new member check list. Take a look and see what we’ve packed up for you during our "Wrap Your Summer in Adventure" member drive.

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June 23, 2015
Join Adventure Cycling to win a Rudy Project Zumax Helmet
Join Adventure Cycling to win a Rudy Project Zumax Helmet

Join Adventure Cycling and prepare yourself for a world of benefits. All of our members receive nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine annually, up to 30% off Adventure Cycling bicycle maps, and access to exclusive member discounts on products and services offered by some of our industry partners.

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June 22, 2015
Join Adventure Cycling and Win Big!
Join Adventure Cycling and Win Big!

Got a case of the Mondays? Let Adventure Cycling’s June Member Drive get your week off to a proper start. New members who join Adventure Cycling online by June 30th will receive a free Adventure Cycling neck wrap with their membership packet. New members will also gain entry into product raffles throughout the week, as well as entry into our annual Share the Joy bicycle giveaway for a chance to win a Giant Revolt 1 gravel bike.

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June 19, 2015
Adventure Cycling's "Wrap Your Summer in Adventure" Member Drive
Adventure Cycling's "Wrap Your Summer in Adventure" Member Drive

Adventure Cycling's June Member Drive is officially on, and we want you to wrap your summer in adventure. First time members who join online between now and Tuesday, June 30th* will receive a free Adventure Cycling neck wrap with their membership packet, entry into product raffles throughout the month, and a chance to win a Giant Revolt 1 gravel bike.

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June 19, 2015
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet

Imagine that your city or town could organize an event that closed down large portions of your streets to vehicular traffic and opened them up for people to ride their bikes or walk. Imagine that an incredible 30 percent of the citizens participated. Now imagine that event happening every Sunday of the year (plus holidays), year after year after year.

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June 18, 2015
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change

We have more time to push for and negotiate changes in proposed rumble strip applications on the Northern Tier and TransAm in Montana – well over 1,000 people contacted Montana DOT and made a BIG difference – we will keep pressing for change and may need your help again in the near future.

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June 17, 2015
Thanks To You...
Thanks To You...

Check out our numbers from the Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It. campaign. Thanks to all our generous supporters!

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June 15, 2015
Donna Schuerch Love Is "Mentally Stronger" Because of Bikecentennial
Bicentennial Bicycle Trip Made Donna Schuerch Love "Mentally Stronger"

Donna Schuerch Love was part of the largest cycling group during the U.S. Bicentennial. Led by her Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas, physical education teacher, Larry Haworth, the group included seventy-eight riders in ten packs, three rovers, two scout drivers, an assistant, three kids, one tour director, one truck driver, and one assistant director/sag man. They traveled 4,291 miles in sixty-six days from Fort Stephens, Oregon to Fort Story, Virginia from June 9 – August 13, 1976. 

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June 10, 2015
Membership Highlights: Connecting Local Bike Shops and Bicycle Travel
Membership Highlights: Connecting Local Bike Shops and Bicycle Travel

Looking for a bike shop tailored to your touring needs? Adventure Cycling has taken the guesswork out of your shop search by implementing a new, interactive map that features our 240+ Member Shops.

 

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June 9, 2015
Doesn't it Feel Good to Get Away?
Doesn't it Feel Good to Get Away?

—to clear your head, stretch your muscles, and make new friends — on a bike?

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June 9, 2015
Women's Intro to Road Touring in Oregon
Women's Intro to Road Touring in Oregon

Adventure Cycling offers a bicycle tour JUST FOR WOMEN, because … sometimes the ladies don’t want to ride with the guys. We understand.

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June 5, 2015
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag

I've always disliked packing bikes for airline travel. It's a lot like combining Tetris with an egg drop. Everything needs to fit snugly in a finite space while making sure key pieces are padded well enough to withstand abuse. With that, here's a look at a bike bag from Scicon, the Aerocomfort 2.0.

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June 5, 2015
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead

In Myanmar, we watched hundreds of workers with brooms, metal pans, and rakes work on a road: hot, dusty, back-breaking work for meager wages...

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June 3, 2015
Build the USBRS with Cascade Bicycle Club
Build the USBRS with Cascade Bicycle Club

Cascade Bicycle Club believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. 

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June 3, 2015
USBRS in My Backyard: The People & Stories Behind the Routes
USBRS in My Backyard: The People and Stories Behind the Routes

It's the people, places, and stories that connect and inspire the U.S. Bicycle Route System, so we thought we'd share our growing collection of USBRS in My Backyard photos. 

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June 2, 2015
The Finish Line is in Sight!
The Finish Line is in Sight!

We’re extending our Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It. campaign for one more week. This gives you another chance to win that seven day Danube River bike tour with Bike Tours Direct. Keep reading to find out who already won!

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June 1, 2015
Theresa Whalen Leland: Remembering Bikecentennial 1976
Theresa Whalen Leland: Remembering Bikecentennial 1976

At twenty-five, Theresa Whalen Leland was ready for adventure! She rode Bikecentennial as a young, single, middle school teacher from Great Falls, Montana and recently shared some great memories and photos with us. Do you have a Bikecentennial story to share?  Please submit your story on our Tumblr page.

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June 1, 2015
Saving Sachtleben
Saving Sachtleben

19th Century bicycle traveler William Sachtleben took dozens of spectacular, circular images during his round-the-world trip with Thomas Allen, but they were moments away from being lost forever.

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May 30, 2015
Build the USBRS with SKS USA
Build the USBRS with SKS USA

Right now your donation can go twice as far! SKS USA believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. Donate now to have your contribution matched by SKS USA!

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