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

July 29, 2015
10 Things You Didn't Know about the 1976 Bicentennial Trans-Am Ride
10 Things You Didn't Know about the 1976 Bicentennial Trans-Am Ride

Flashback to 1976, Adventure Cycling Association's start. Check out what riders along the Trans-America Trail were doing.

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July 27, 2015
Bill Schroder's Best Bikecentennial Memories Are "Meeting People Along the Route"
Bill Schroder's Best Bikecentennial Memories Are "Meeting People Along the Route"

Bill Schroder met his life partner, Elaine Becker, at the first Bikecentennial Leadership Training Course in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, in 1975. While Elaine wasn't able to ride the entire TransAm Trail in 1976 because of work committments, the pair still travel by bicycle and stay in touch with others they met in the course and in Bill's Bikecentennial group, for whom he was a leader. 

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July 24, 2015
MULE GoPro Mount
MULE GoPro Mount

GoPro action cameras are becoming common place amongst cyclists. As they increase in popularity, it's not out of the question to see someone riding around with two, maybe three, affixed to their bike and person. If you've got a couple cameras, and are looking for a quick and easy solution to capturing multiple points of view, check out the MULE two camera GoPro mount.

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July 22, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Bike-Dreams & Bike-Adventures LLC
Corporate Spotlight: Bike-Dreams & Bike-Adventures LLC

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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July 22, 2015
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

Cities are where some of the most exciting developments for cycling are taking place, such as bike share, separated bike lanes, and bikes on board trains and buses. But urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend to avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an opportunty to connect cities with these developing facilities. 

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July 20, 2015
Dirty Laundry!
Dirty Laundry!

Take the washing machine with you! This spring, Cyclosource brought in a unique travel accessory for life on the road. We have your solution to saving money, sustainability, and most importantly––cleanliness. It’s called the Scrubba™ wash bag

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July 17, 2015
Full Circle (in 34 years)
Full Circle (in 34 years)

What happens when you share the joy of cycling?  This!

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July 14, 2015
Meet Jon Wergin: Adventure Cycling Intern
Meet Jon Wergin: Adventure Cycling Intern

Jon Wergin quit his job, sold his car, and rode his bike across the country. A year later he is working as an intern at Adventure Cycling and earning his degree in transportation planning. Meet Jon, the newest member of our crew!

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July 13, 2015
Routes & Mapping Director Remembers "Fun" Bikecentennial Trip
Routes & Mapping Director Remembers "Fun" Bikecentennial Trip

Carla Majernik signed up for Bikecentennial as a college graduation present to herself. Today, she is Adventure Cycling’s Routes and Mapping Director. Read her story...

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July 10, 2015
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!

When you're bicycle touring in July, pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot. How can you beat the heat this summer, and have a successful ride? By following some or all of these tips, that's how!

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July 9, 2015
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip

The Todd family, from Anchorage, Alaska, tackles the Great Divide Moutain Bike Route. Two parents. Six kids.

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July 8, 2015
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling

If you're up for adventure this summer, we've got you covered with free materials that will help you plan and execute your trip. Request information from Adventure Cycling, and we'll pack it up and have it sent to your door. Here's what we've got on offer:

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July 6, 2015
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that

Cyclosource takes a closer look at the lightest waterproof panniers on the market today.

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July 3, 2015
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar

 

Sounds! While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Listen to one in his "bad jokes arsenal."

 

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July 1, 2015
Thanks for Your Support!
Thanks for Your Support!

Success doesn't happen by accident, and we have a lot of people to thank for the success of our recent June 2015 Member Drive, which saw us gain more than 200 new members.

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June 30, 2015
Two-Wheeled Vacation
Two-Wheeled Vacation

A wonderful, refreshing bike trip with minimal hassle and maximum fun is available to you right now: the bike overnight. 

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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.

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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 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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