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 11, 2014
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest

Show us what you would bring on your dream bike tour via Pinterest and you could win a set of rear Arkel panniers!

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July 4, 2014
A Memorable 4th of July
A Memorable 4th of July

It was only our second day of our cross country bike trip. Other than having bikes and panniers, Thomas and I were ill prepared. We were riding in Adidas cotton shorts, cotton t-shirts, and had high school quality cotton sweats. Our first day of riding had taught us a couple of valuable lessons: #1. Sunscreen is a really good idea. #2. Yes, your butt can hurt beyond belief after just one day of riding.

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July 3, 2014
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route GPS Data Release
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route GPS Data Release

GPS data for our newest route, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) is now available. This release continues the trend the paper map started. Where the paper map is a peek at what a redesigned Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map might look like, the GPS data is an iteration of what future GPS data might look like.

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July 2, 2014
Amtrak to Air Travel — Multimodal Travel with Bikes
Amtrak to Air Travel — Multimodal Travel with Bikes

Traveling with your bike can seem very daunting if you’ve never done it before, particularly if it involves air travel. Amtrak has begun to work to meet the needs of its cycling customers, so what about air travel companies? 

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June 30, 2014
Lock it or Lose it!
Lock it or Lose it!

We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.

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June 27, 2014
Adventure Cycling's Midwest Climate Ride
Adventure Cycling's Midwest Climate Ride

Join our Midwest Climate Ride Team!

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June 25, 2014
Deadline Nears for 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest
Deadline Nears for 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest

Just a reminder: Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo will close to submissions at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014. 

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June 23, 2014
2014 Youth Scholarship Award Winners
2014 Youth Scholarship Award Winners

Back in February, Adventure Cycling announced the launch of the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. Applications were submitted and reviewed this spring, and two candidates were selected to participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2014 educational courses.

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June 20, 2014
Good Clean Filthy Fun
Good Clean Filthy Fun

It was our first bike journey together, and we were on a seriously limited budget. Hotel stays were few and far between, and wild camping rarely came with a free flowing water source. 

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June 18, 2014
Trails For Illinois: Connecting Communities
Trails For Illinois: Connecting Communities to Trails

Meet Steve Buchtel, an Illinois native and a passionate advocate for trails in Illinois. As the Executive Director of Trails for Illinois, he brings a dynamic mix of dedication, enthusiasm, and sense of humor to developing, researching and promoting trails in his home state. In this post, Steve tells us in his own words (and songs!) about bringing trails to people and people to trails. 

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June 17, 2014
Just Keep Spinning, Just Keep Spinning
Just Keep Spinning, Just Keep Spinning

By now I’m sure most of you have had the chance to find some warm weather, dry roads and trails, and had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year, we’re heavy hitting into the touring season!

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June 16, 2014
Staying Clean
Staying Clean

From cleaning your dishes to cleaning your skin, keeping clean is an important aspect of comfort and health on the road. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource store carries just the thing: the Scrubr dish cloth for pots and pans and the Trekr wash cloth for your skin, both by Luntatec.

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June 11, 2014
Get Your Bicycle Travel Note Cards Today!
Get Your Bicycle Travel Note Cards Today!

With Father's Day right around the corner, note cards could very well be on your mind. Using images pulled from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contests, we've created an excellent assortment of bicycle travel note cards for Adventure Cycilsts! 

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June 10, 2014
5 Summer Tours Not to Miss
5 Summer Tours Not to Miss

With Summer Solstice just a few weeks away, my current frame of mind is in a full and impassioned embrace of all that summertime holds for cycling, hiking, touring, and all sorts of fun-in-the-sun here in Montana. Hopefully you are feeling the same fervor wherever you are! 

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June 6, 2014
Pilgrimage to Portland
Pilgrimage to Portland

If you ride your bicycle to work in the United States, odds are you don't have much company. In most U.S. cities, less than one percent of commuters use a bicycle to get to work. If you are feeling very alone, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon.

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June 4, 2014
Amtrak Bicycle Task Force: Bringing Bikes on Board
Amtrak Bicycle Task Force: Bringing Bikes on Board

In this guest post, Deborah Stone-Wulf of Amtrak shares some of the progress and challenges to expand Amtrak's bicycle services through the Bicycle Task Force partnership with Adventure Cycling and other groups.

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June 4, 2014
Donate Today! There's Still Time to Win a Bike!
Donate Today! There's Still Time to Win a Bike!

Because the campaign has been extended until June 10th, we hope those of you who still want to donate will do so today, and help us raise even more. Help us surpass our original goal by donating today.

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June 3, 2014
Local Touring
Local Touring

One way the dictionary defines the word tour is “a traveling around from place to place.” With that definition in mind, my biking around town, to the office, running errands has turned into bike touring.

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June 2, 2014
Things Teri Loves: The Mermaid T-shirt
Things Teri Loves:  The Mermaid T-shirt

When I saw the women’s specific t-shirts in the Clockwork Gears booth at Interbike I knew I wanted to carry one in the next Cyclosource catalog. I was hooked by a mermaid on a bicycle and ordered one to test.

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May 30, 2014
Time is Running Out! Donate and Win!
Time is Running Out! Donate and Win!

Today, your donation will be matched up to $1,000 by Planet Bike, meaning your gift will go twice as far! We’re also giving away a very cool Velo Orange Model 3 Touring Saddle.

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May 29, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest

Today we're featuring the two midwest states that have anticipated U.S. Bicycle Route designations: Ohio with USBR 50 and Illinois with USBR 36 and 37. Learn all about these new routes and the many exciting reasons to check them out on two wheels. 

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May 29, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: Bike2Power
Corporate Spotlight: Bike2Power

Corporate Member Bike2Power tells us a bit about their company, their passion for cycling, and why they support Adventure Cycling Association.

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May 29, 2014
Help us Meet a $1000 Match and WIN!
Help us Meet a $1000 Match and WIN!

Today, your donation will be matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor and up to $1000 by Team Estrogen, meaning your gift will go three times as far! We’re also giving away some neat Velo Orange Grand Cru pedals.

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May 28, 2014
Help us meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Bike Tour & Cygolite
Help us meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Bike Tour & Cygolite

Today, your donation will be matched 2:1. Everyone who donates today will be entered to win a Cygolite. Donate $25 or more to be entered to win a Bike Tours Direct bike tour. Donate $50 or more for a chance to win a Raleigh touring bicycle plus all of today's sweepstakes items!

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May 27, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast

This Wednesday is the spring meeting for approval of U.S. Bicycle Route designations! Today we'll be exploring the anticipated USBR designations in the coastal states — Washington State, DC, and our surprise state, Massachusetts. 

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