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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April 21, 2015
Are You Interested in Helping Us Honor Adventure Cycling's 40th Birthday? We Want to Hear from You!

It all started in the summer of 1976: A 4,250-mile TransAmerican bicycle ride with over 4,100 participants 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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March 26, 2015
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66

A benefit of adding the newly minted Bicycle Route 66 maps to our existing route network is its intersections with that network. This post lays out three examples.

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March 26, 2015
EuroVelo Route Development - Funded Projects
EuroVelo Route Development - Funded Projects

EuroVelo works across dozens of nations to develop routes. Continuing from the April issue of Adventure Cyclist, here are two more examples of their sophisticated coordination efforts.

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March 25, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Kevin Mussett, board member of the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition, shares how Bicycle Route 66 and USBR 66 designation has been a central focus for their efforts to attract bicycle tourism and make Oklahoma safer and more bicycle friendly. 

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March 23, 2015
Celebrating 40 Years: The Journey Is Just Beginning
Celebrating 40 Years: The Journey Is Just Beginning

Adventure Cycling Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016, the anniversary of a 4,250-mile Trans-American bicycle ride called Bikecentennial during America’s bicentennial and brought together by the enthusiasm of thousands of cyclists, volunteers, and supporters.  

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March 20, 2015
TiGr Lock
TiGr Lock

Leaving a bike unattended outside freaks me out. Even if I'm just running into a gas station or coffee shop for a few minutes, I'll be parked as close as possible to the largest window I can find to keep an eye on my bike at all times. I don't really know why I'm so concerned about the safety of my bike. Unlike a small child, a bike can be replaced, and I have no qualms with leaving a small child to fend for themselves for a few moments. Clearly I'm not a parent.

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March 18, 2015
Adventure Cycling Neck Gaiter
Adventure Cycling Neck Gaiter

Join or renew your membership at the Patron level or higher, and we'll send you a free Adventure Cycling neck gaiter.

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March 18, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation shares how Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 is an important part of their larger initiative to build a statewide bicycle plan and connect destinations through trails.

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March 17, 2015
Discover the Columbia River Gorge
Discover the Columbia River Gorge

Come join us for the 2015 Columbia River Gorge Fully-Supported tour in June! This tour is a week-long, fully supported bike tour that explores the Columbia River, the North Oregon and Southern Washington Cascade Mountains and Central Oregon near the lower Deschutes River. 

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