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.

Photo by Adam Coppola

September 19, 2014
A Taste of Cuba in Minneapolis
A Taste of Cuba in Minneapolis

I recently had the priviledge of spending a week in Minneapolis pedaling their network of bicycle paths and trails. With a network of over 85 miles of off-street bike paths and 90 miles of on-street bikeways, there's plenty of pedaling to do. Fortunately, Minneapolis has plenty of "bicycle fueling stations" that most citizens refer to as bakeries and diners.  I asked several local cyclists to name their favorites. One diner was on everyone's list ...

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September 18, 2014
Natchez Trace Parkway Project Will Enhance Safety for Cyclists
Natchez Trace Parkway Project Will Enhance Safety for Cyclists

Many exciting new initiatives are brewing from Adventure Cycling's partnership with the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park to improve safety for cyclists and encourage sharing the road among all road users.  

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September 18, 2014
Route Planning: Do You Spend Time or Money?
Route Planning: Do You Spend Time or Money?

Having worked at Adventure Cycling for a couple of years now, I have heard a few complaints about Adventure Cycling route maps being expensive, and how you could just create your own route in Google Maps — and find services there, too. I’ve gotta say, I used to totally agree with these thoughts.

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September 17, 2014
Adventure Cycling at Interbike
Adventure Cycling at Interbike

Interbike — the largest cycling tradeshow in North America — opened its doors to the public for the first time this year. But if you couldn't make it to Las Vegas, fear not, Adventure Cyclist was at the Mandalay Bay looking for the best new gear.

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September 17, 2014
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling

Do you enjoy receiving Adventure Cyclist magazine as part of your Adventure Cycling membership? Do you want to share that enjoyment with your friends and family? Would you like to be entered to win a Novara Ponderosa 27.5 mountain bike?

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September 16, 2014
Solo Crossing

If your "inner vagabond" is unsatisfied by daily life, here are three women to inspire you.

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September 11, 2014
Routes & Maps FAQs
Routes & Maps FAQs

As you might imagine, we get a fairly steady stream of map and route related questions. Usually they are variations on the same themes.

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September 10, 2014
Adventure Cycling Reaches 40,000 Facebook Likes
Adventure Cycling Reaches 40,000 Facebook Likes

This morning we surpassed 40,000 likes on our Adventure Cycling Facebook page, and to celebrate, we have a special offer for both current and prospective members.

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September 8, 2014
Getting Ready for a Winter Cycling Cap?
Getting Ready for a Winter Cycling Cap?

September heralds autumn here in Montana, and summer is over in a snap. I’m not saying that it’s winter yet, but Missoula’s forecast tonight is calling for temps in the low 30s. That makes tomorrow’s commute to the office brisk, to say the least. Last year, Cyclosource brought on the Walz winter wool cycling cap. Tomorrow morning’s ears will be glad it did.

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September 5, 2014
SteriPEN Ultra
SteriPEN Ultra

Bacteria, viruses, and protozoa can knock you flat on your back through water borne illnesses. Harness the power of UV light in your hands, and give those annoyances the ultimate burn with a SteriPEN.

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August 29, 2014
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair

Unless I were to punture a tire while rolling into my driveway at the end of a ride, I can't think of a flat tire scenario that wouldn't cause my heart to sink. Flat tires aren't the worst thing that can happen on the road, but they are extremely annoying. In fact before we get too much further, let's run through my top five reasons flat tires are annoying, counting down from pretty annoying to most annoying.

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August 29, 2014
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler

Some bike travel photos are stunningly beautiful. Some make you smile or laugh. And then there are the photos that make you want to pack your panniers and go. The photo above does that for me. Now I have a personal connection to this photo. I took it. That's my wife off in the distance. It was late morning, and we were on our way to Luang Prabang, Laos. When I lifted my camera to take the shot, I was grinning ear-to-ear

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August 28, 2014
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping

The Barn Bicycle Camping area in the Methow Valley in Washington State is located on three of our mapped routes: the Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades and Washington Parks. The services they offer fall into our unique service category of Cyclists Only Camping.

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August 27, 2014
Sign up for Bike Bits Today
Sign up for Bike Bits Today

Want to keep on top of the latest trends and events in bicycle travel? Subscribe to our Bike Bits e-newsletter that is emailed out twice a month. 

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August 27, 2014
Five Two-wheeled Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh This September
Five Two-wheeled Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh This September

What happens when you put 1000 active transportation advocates together for a week in one city? They plan lots of fun bicycling events of course. 

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August 26, 2014
The Morning Commute
The Morning Commute

This morning on my commute to work, I had a close encounter with an adult osprey. Riding across the pedestrian bridge near my home I spied her, precariously clinging to one of the suspension cables.

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August 21, 2014
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story

Small towns dot our route network from sea to sea and border to border. With a population of 50 people, the tightly knit community of Ovando sits on Montana Highway 200 in the midst of ranch country at the intersection of two of our routes, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) and the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail. Ovando embraces the cyclists who trickle through their town every summer with great enthusiasm. In 2012 the number exceeded 400 cyclists.

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August 20, 2014
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn

Embarking on this trip, I was really curious to see how European tourism officials were involved in both promoting and supporting bicycle tourism in their regions and communities as well as how the hospitality industry was woven into that fabric of promotion and accommodation.

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August 19, 2014
2015 Tours - Early, Epic, and Educational Announcement
2015 Tours - Early, Epic, and Educational Announcement

Last week we announced our 2015 Early, Epic, and Educational tours – here are some of the highlights for 2015!

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August 18, 2014
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags

So my cell phone renewal was up and it was time to step into the present day and age with a smart phone.  These new phones or micro computers aren’t cheap, so keeping such a device dry and clean is crucial. Sure, there are cases of all kinds, but I chose the Loksak waterproof bag for my go-to protection from the elements.

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August 15, 2014
Tallac Vier Lock
Tallac Vier Lock

Packing around a bike lock on a bicycle tour is not something I particularly like to do, but as much as I like to put my trust in strangers, there are few worse feelings than walking out of a restaurant to see an empty space where your bike should be.

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August 15, 2014
A Market Master
A Market Master

We always refer to "riding a bike," but one of the bicycle's best attributes, is its ability to quickly and conveniently stop.

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August 14, 2014
2nd Annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest Winners Announced
2nd Annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest Winners Announced

The winners have been chosen for Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. The competition celebrates the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel through videos shot around the world by amateur videographers traveling by bike.

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August 13, 2014
Two New Membership Premiums
Two New Membership Premiums

When we said we were going to unleash not one, but two membership premiums this summer, they told us we were crazy. "It can't be done," they said! Well here we are, deep into the summer, and crazy like a fox with two brand spanking new membership premiums in hand. Take a gander at our latest and greatest membership premiums on offer now.

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August 13, 2014
Trains and Planes – Europe’s Multi-Modal Connections
Trains and Planes – Europe’s Multi-Modal Connections

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of travel initiatives, which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe.

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