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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May 1, 2015
Be a Part of Building the Largest Bicycle Network on the Planet!
Be a Part of Building the Largest Bicycle Network on the Planet!

Happy National Bicycle Month! Today we’re kicking off Adventure Cycling’s 6th Annual “Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It.” campaign to raise awareness and support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

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April 30, 2015
Ride Tunes
Ride Tunes

While I enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with cycling on the open road, I do like to have music along with me on bike tours. Here are a couple products we've had fly through the office that are great for tuning into your bicycle touring soundtrack.

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April 29, 2015
Bike Club and Bike Shop Membership
Bike Club and Bike Shop Membership

Adventure Cycling offers specific memberships tailored specially for your local bike club and neighborhood bike shop. Local clubs and shops are key players in getting more folks on bicycles and we want to support them in that effort. We offer benefits that help bike shops and clubs connect with our members, stay informed about what's new in bike touring, and share their knowledge with the cycling community.

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April 28, 2015
2015 Scholarship Award Winners Announced!
2015 Scholarship Award Winners Announced!

Meet our 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Award Winners: Jocelyn Munoz and Adam Balfour!

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April 27, 2015
Are you too hot?
Are you too hot?

So you’re starting to put together that next bike tour. You’ve loaded and unloaded everything multiple times. Always trying to streamline your gear. It seems that everything packs well except for that sleeping bag. It’s big, bulky and you bought it years ago trying the get the best bang for your buck by purchasing a bag designed for 3 seasons. You’ve always wanted down but what if it gets wet? No good, right?  Well, look no further. Kelty’s DriDown is the solution in its down sleeping bags.

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April 24, 2015
Montana Rumble Strip Update
Montana Rumble Strip Update

Last week we sent out an unusual alert about pending rumble strip applications on the Northern Tier and TransAm cycling routes. Based on your feedback, we are clarifying our message to "Wrong Way on Rumble Strips." While we fully understand the value and importance of rumble strips, these proposed rumble strips could force cyclists into high speed travel lanes with trucks and other motor traffic. We look forward to hearing from the Montana Department of Transportation but until we do, please keep contacting them. 

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April 24, 2015
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved
My Traveler's Heart is Unpaved

I love coasting down a long mountain pass on a smooth, silky road as much as anyone ... but I have to say my traveler's heart is unpaved.

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April 22, 2015
Six Tour Styles
Six Tour Styles

Adventure Cycling’s mission is to Inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Here are six varieties of tours geared to meet your touring interests.

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April 21, 2015
Be Part of Adventure Cycling's 40th Anniversary
Be Part of Adventure Cycling's 40th Anniversary

It all started in the summer of 1976: A 4,250-mile TransAmerican bicycle ride with over 4,100 cyclists called Bikecentennial 76. The event paved the way for bicycle travel in the United States and set the foundation for what is today known as Adventure Cycling Association. Are you part of that history? Do you want to participate in the next 40 years? 

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April 16, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Swift Industries
Corporate Spotlight: Swift Industries

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.

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April 16, 2015
Call To Action: Better Rumble Strip Policy in Montana
Call To Action: Better Rumble Strip Policy in Montana

Many state Departments of Transportation use rumble strips as a way to improve safety on highways with high numbers of run-off-the-road crashes. Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is in the process of updating their rumble strip guidance policy, and while they are working with us and Bike Walk Montana to ensure that bicyclists are represented, when it comes to actual implementation of rumble strips they are not taking cyclists’ needs and safety into account. 

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April 14, 2015
Summer Touring
Summer Touring

A third of 2015 is already behind us, but the months ahead hold some of the best riding conditions. Warm days, cool evenings, and clean roads; I always know that good weather is here when I see the street sweepers out, cleaning up the mess winter left behind!  

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April 13, 2015
Pre-Tour Bicycle Tune-Up Checklist
Pre-Tour Bicycle Tune-Up Checklist

Any time I'm planning out a trip, regardless of location or distance, the very first thing I do is break into an Excel spreadsheet. Keeping things organized in my head has never been one of my stronger suits, so I need to get it all down on a list before something else grabs my attention. Lists also give me a little more confidence going into a tour as reassurance that the things I've planned for have been taken care of.

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April 10, 2015
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm
Armandito's: Hospitality on a Cuban Farm

One of my fondest memories of bicycle travel came on a humble farm in Cuba. It is hard to believe it has been over 15 years that we were invited to stay with Armandito and his family.

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April 10, 2015
When it rains on your tour
When it rains on your tour

While you may not acknowledge it, deep down you know it to be true. At some point it's going to rain on your bicycle tour. When it happens, the good news is that you have a choice on how you deal with it. Here are some options I've put into action when handling a rainy day.

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April 7, 2015
An Interview with the Founding President of the Bikecentennial Board of Directors
An Interview with the Founding President of the Bikecentennial Board of Directors

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Joel and Patti Meier on the phone. Joel was the founding President of the Bikecentennial Board of Directors. He reflects on Bikecentennial by saying, "It was one of the most exciting things I've been involved in during my professional career."

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April 6, 2015
It's all in the hands.
It's all in the hands.

SealSkinz have mostly been known for their waterproof socks and gloves. Being a company that specializes in technical protection for the extremities, they now have a cycling summer glove. For years, Adventure Cycling Cyclosource has carried the Sealskinz brand. This year I’m excited that we’ve brought on the glove made for the miles.

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April 2, 2015
Riding Bicycle Route 66 in Stretches
Riding Bicycle Route 66 in Stretches

Besides all the nostalgia and scenery encompassed by Bicycle Route 66, another of my favorite features of this route are the multiple entry and exit points. While the main route beginning and endpoints of Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California are well covered by convenient entry points of, there are many others scattered at reasonable distances all along Bicycle Route 66. 

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April 1, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: SKS Germany
Corporate Spotlight: SKS Germany

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.

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March 31, 2015
Video Review: Novara Mazama
Video Review: Novara Mazama

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off the Novara Mazama touring bicycle.

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March 31, 2015
Utah Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon
Utah Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are among the most spectacular parks in North America. The waterfalls in Zion and the hoodoos in Bryce are stunning. Visiting by bicycle allows you to absorb it all at a much slower pace.

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March 30, 2015
Announcing Winners of the Bicycle Route 66 Map Sets!
Announcing Winners of the Bicycle Route 66 Map Sets!

On March 2nd, to celebrate the release of our newest route, we announced a giveaway for two complete Bicycle Route 66 map sets. Randomly chosen from over 430 comments, the winners are:

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March 28, 2015
5 Reasons to ride the Outer Banks in May
Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina in May

Now that most of us have dug out the record snowfall this winter, it is time for us to focus on some awesome spring riding to prepare for the summer. A favorite time and destination for many is M.O.B.; May in the Outer Banks.

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March 27, 2015
Clif Energy Organic Food
Clif Energy Organic Food

Maybe you've already seen Clif Bar's new Organic Energy Foods sitting on the shelf of your local bike shop. With flavors such as banana beet ginger and pizza margherita, these seem more like baby food purees for adults. Looking at these off the bike, they don't appear to be super appetizing, and would be easy to pass up. Two or three hours into a ride, however, these have what your body craves. 

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March 27, 2015
Bikes in Cambodia
Bikes in Cambodia

I love seeing the world on the seat of a bicycle, as much as I enjoy seeing it from the seat of a bicycle.

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