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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December 30, 2014
Favorite Tours of 2014
Favorite Tours of 2014

The 2014 bicycle touring season has come and gone; another great year of bicycle travel. Here are a few of my favorites.

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December 26, 2014
Winter Reflections
Winter Reflections

Our tent and gear were soaked, so we decided to splurge on a room in a beach town resort. The temperature kept dropping, and wave after wave of rain swept in from the coast. This was supposed to be our "vacation" after many miles of pedaling — sand, sun, a good book, and a cold beverage.

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December 23, 2014
5 Reasons I Love Bicycle Travel
5 Reasons I Love Bicycle Travel

Bicycle travel has to be one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences that you can have. Here are the top five reasons I love bicycle travel.

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December 19, 2014
Holiday Feast
Holiday Feast

Over the years I've had plenty of memorable holiday meals. Many of them involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and gravy. I remember one dinner from my youth, where there was a table of pies. How can you choose between a dozen different pies? But there is one holiday meal that tops them all.

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December 17, 2014
New Bike Racks on MARC Trains Offer Expanded Tourism Opportunities
New Bike Racks on MARC Trains Offer Expanded Tourism Opportunities

Whether commuting or on a bicycle trip, bringing bikes on trains is something that many cyclists dream of. As of December 13th, cyclists traveling between Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. on the weekend MARC trains now have this option. 

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December 17, 2014
Adventure Cycling Montana - Northern Tier
Adventure Cycling Montana - Northern Tier

We are so excited to release the first episode of our Adventure Cycling Montana video series! Here's a taste of Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier Bicycle Route that travels through Montana.

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December 16, 2014
Five Staff Picks for Winter Bike Travel
Five Staff Picks for Winter Bike Travel

However you ride this winter, and whatever your gear, the staff at Adventure Cycling wishes you safe travels and Happy Holidays!

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December 15, 2014
Reflective Legbands for Clean Pants & Safe Riding
Reflective Legbands for Clean Pants & Safe Riding

Over the years I’ve lost a number of pants to hungry chainrings. Double that number have been besmirched by the dark aftermath of chain contact.

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December 12, 2014
Littleford Expedition Touring Bike
Littleford Expedition Touring Bike

The Littleford Expedition custom touring bike was reviewed in the latest December/January issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. This bike is a beauty, worthy of a few additional photos for you to check out. 

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December 10, 2014
Half Price Gift Memberships
Half Price Gift Memberships

Join or renew your Adventure Cycling membership at the regular price, and you can give as many holiday gift memberships as you like for half-price. 

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December 9, 2014
The Gift of Bike Travel
The Gift of Bike Travel

Have you considered giving the gift of bike travel? 

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December 8, 2014
Stuffitts!
Stuffitts!

We rely on our most frequently used cycling gear to always be in its peak performance. Whether it is our shoes, clothes (shorts, jackets, jerseys), panniers, or helmets, they all get wet and can create stench and bacteria over time. We here at Cyclosource have found Stuffits to be a great solution to prolonging the use of your gear as well as keeping it smelling fresh and clean.

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December 5, 2014
Tested and Approved Holiday Gifts
Tested and Approved Holiday Gifts

The holiday season is fast approaching. If you're still searching for the perfect cycling-related gift, check out this list of tested and approved gear that can be appreciated by any cyclist.

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December 5, 2014
Paradise is a Relative Term
Paradise is a Relative Term

Our legs were weary from battling the mountains of Colombia and our bodies were filthy from the clouds of dust from passing trucks. It seemed that every local we met talked about a seaside town where everyone loved to vacation. We couldn't wait to get there.

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December 4, 2014
The Top 5 Bicycle Travelers You Should Be Following On Instagram
The Top 5 Bicycle Travelers You Should Be Following On Instagram

The following is a list of the top five bike tourists you should be following on Instagram.

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December 3, 2014
2015 Bicycle Travel Calendar
2015 Bicycle Travel Calendar

Start planning next year's bicycle adventures with our 2015 Bicycle Travel calendar.

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November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!

We're off celebrating Thanksgiving! See you on Monday!

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November 25, 2014
The Tours Department is Thankful
The Tours Department is Thankful

The last tour has wrapped up for 2014! Another tour season complete, oh the adventures people had and the stories that people took away. The Tours Department has much to be thankful for  In no way is this list complete, so if you want to add to our thankful list, feel free to comment at the bottom.  

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November 24, 2014
Straps Built to Hold
Straps Built to Hold

Bike touring, like all touring, requires the need to carry gear. Yes, we have bags and panniers designed to hold most everything, but inevitably there will be that extra piece of gear that must ride on top. It’s crucial that those extra items, which tend to be strapped on last minute, are secured and able to withstand miles of bouncing around. Rok Straps has the ultimate solution.

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November 21, 2014
Hitching a Ride
Hitching a Ride

In your bike travels, what is the oddest critter or creature that has hitched a ride on your bike or in your panniers? My bike has transported all sorts of caterpillars, butterflies, amphibians, and insects for dozens, if not hundreds of miles.

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November 20, 2014
Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

From the moment in November 2012 when we first announced the timeline for our next big route, Bicycle Route 66, we have been working to create a world-class bicycle route following the legendary Route 66 travel corridor. Over the course of doing route research, a trouble spot was uncovered in California where we had hoped to use the National Trails Highway (NTH).

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November 19, 2014
Join Us in San Diego in 2015
Join Us in San Diego in 2015

Whether you work to improve conditions in your local community, develop bicycle events and tour opportunities, are building trails or mountain bike parks or just like to get out and ride, the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in San Diego packs a powerful story and has valuable ideas. We’re going back to San Diego next year; I hope you can join us because we’re just getting started and have many more lessons to share. 

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November 18, 2014
Check out the 2015 Tours Catalog!
Check out the 2015 Tours Catalog!

Whatever your dreams for 2015 may be, Adventure Cycling has a tour designed with you in mind.

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November 17, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Adventure Cycling Polar Bottles
Things Teri Loves: Adventure Cycling Polar Bottles

I was first introduced to the Polar Bottle in the mid-90’s at Interbike, the industry trade show.  Since then I have used the bottles to stay hydrated and to promote Adventure Cycling.

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November 12, 2014
Grab a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine
Grab a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine

Adventure Cyclist is the premier magazine on bicycle travel and adventure. Each issue delivers exciting tales from the road, from exotic cycling expeditions to weeklong jaunts in your own backyard. You will also find reviews on the latest gear and technology in bicycle travel, how-to articles, and the latest news in bicycle travel. It's everything you need to become inspired to jumpstart your next adventure.

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