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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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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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November 11, 2014
Travel Insurance - Be Protected from the Unexpected
Travel Insurance - Be Protected from the Unexpected

Over the last year, Adventure Cycling has been recommending people consider purchasing travel insurance with their tour, and many people have started asking questions about it. Hopefully the information provided in this post will help you make an informed decision. 

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November 10, 2014
Ear Covers that Cut Wind Noise and Warm the Ears
Ear Covers that Cut Wind Noise and Warm the Ears

The issue at hand for the entire Cat Ears product line is the sound created by wind passing over one’s ear cavity as well as any additional noise created by the chin strap as it passes in front of the ear. This sound can inhibit one’s ability to distinguish traffic noise, often a first line of defense, particularly in an urban setting.

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November 7, 2014
Why Not Share?
Why Not Share?

Exploring cities throughout the world is just getting better and better. With a swipe of a credit card, you can have access to a bike in New York City, Minneapolis, Montreal, and hundreds of other cities throughout the world.

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November 6, 2014
10 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming and Changing
10 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming and Changing

As 2014 winds down, bicycle tourism and travel continue to zoom upward – and around the planet. In its third biennial survey, Adventure Cycling Association has found that the bicycle tourism sector in the U.S., and globally, is becoming more prominent, more lucrative, and is changing to meet consumer demands.

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November 5, 2014
The Path to Bicycle Tourism
The Path to Bicycle Tourism

As bicycle tourism grows in popularity around the U.S., we’re hearing from more and more communities who want to know, “How do we get there from here?” In this guest post, the Path Less Pedaled shares their knowledge of the two key components to successful bicycle tourism: Community Development and Destination Marketing.

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November 4, 2014
Scouting the Intro to Dirt Touring - Maine Course
Scouting the Intro to Dirt Touring - Maine Course

In late October, I had the opportunity to leave Missoula for a week and head back east to Maine to do some route research on one of our new tours in 2015, Intro to Dirt Touring – Maine. The route is one that I created back in April of this year, and one that I’m very excited about offering in 2015.

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November 3, 2014
Hero for a Day!
Hero for a Day!

Typically there are two great reasons for having a substantial and fully equipped tool kit onboard your bike. The first, of course, is taking care of your own breakdown or repairs while out on the road. The second best reason is that you can stop and help a fellow cyclist who may be in need. Hero Kit does just that with their repair kits.

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October 31, 2014
Hi Visibility Cycling Gear
Hi Visibility Cycling Gear

Hi Visibility materials have made a big impression on the 2014 cycling season. Hi-visiblity materials should stand out against any background, which is great for cyclists trying to be noticed by traffic at any time of day. Here are some of my favorite hi-vis products so far.

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October 31, 2014
Capture Adventure
Capture Adventure

Enter our 6th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest today!

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October 30, 2014
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh

While Travel Initiatives staff Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow had five two-wheeled reasons to visit Pittsburgh this September, Routes & Mapping staff had a cartographic one in October.

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October 29, 2014
Adopt a Library
Adopt a Library

When you join or renew your membership with Adventure Cycling Association, consider giving a year's subscription of our magazine to your local library. Library memberships are always 50% off the regular rate, which means for just $20 we'll send nine issues of Adventure Cyclist to your favorite library annually to help inspire the next generation of cyclists.

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October 28, 2014
2015 Educational Tours
2015 Educational Tours

As you may have noticed, we have announced our full 2015 Adventure Cycling Guided Tours. With ever increasing popularity, fueled by positive feedback from our members and participants alike, we have taken your suggestions and expanded our 2015 Educational Tour offerings to add depth and diversity to our course schedule.

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October 22, 2014
On the Road with Travel Initiatives
On the Road with Travel Initiatives

The spring and fall are always the busiest times of the year in the bicycle advocacy world, and our travel initiatives team has hit the road to join our partners on the ground for key project meetings and celebrations. Saara and Ginny report on their recent travels and attempt to define the cryptically-named “Travel Initiatives.” 

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October 21, 2014
Ride Like a Dirt Girl!
Ride Like a Dirt Girl!

I figured that my friend and riding partner Sharry and I would probably be the only women on the tour and I was glad to be wrong.

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October 20, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Canari Leg and Arm covers
Things Teri Loves: Canari Leg and Arm covers

I first wore the Canari leg warmers on a cold, June morning as I was volunteering at a bicycle rodeo for Bike Walk Bus Week. It was going to be a long day and I knew I’d be super-hot by the afternoon but freezing at 7am. 

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October 17, 2014
It Came From the Pacement: Pt 2
It Came From the Pacement: Pt 2

Welcome to the second installment of 'It Came From the Pacement.' Last month we dug up some great treasures from the depths of the Adventure Cycling Pacement, and today we're going to showcase a few items pulled from random boxes. Here's what we found.

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October 16, 2014
Adventure Cycling Affiliate Discounts
Adventure Cycling Affiliate Discounts

Did you know that members of Adventure Cycling Association are entitled to product and service discounts through our affiliate partners? If you're a current member, simply log into your My Adventure Cycling account, and click on the Affiliate Benefits Information link. This is where you'll find the most up-to-date listings of our affiliate partners and their respective discount codes. 

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October 14, 2014
2015 Tours Rollout – Dream. Ride. Explore.
2015 Tours Rollout – Dream. Ride. Explore.

It is that time of year here at Adventure Cycling — the time of year that has been months in the making, but the opportunity has finally come to share our work. In August, we announced our Early, Epic, and Educational tours, and last Wednesday, we announced the remainder of our tours for 2015 — a total of 103 tours!

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October 10, 2014
Greenbelly Meal Bar
Greenbelly Meal Bar

Consuming food is something I'm completely on board with, and I appreciate the amount of food that cycling allows me to take in without too many consequences. Preparing food, on the other hand, is a different story. Whether at home or on the tour, I'm attracted to anything that keeps me from turning on a stove. This for sure saves me a lot of time, but considering the nutritional value of peanut butter sandwiches and chips, it might not be the best thing for my longterm well-being. 

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