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

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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August 6, 2014
FAQs about the EuroVelo Route Network
FAQs about the EuroVelo Route Network

Learn more about the EuroVelo network with this selection of FAQs and check out an introduction to the route in the August/September edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine.

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August 6, 2014
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!

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

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August 5, 2014
That One Thing You'd Bring
That One Thing You'd Bring

Thinking about what to bring on my first AC guided tour and packing for the trip has been consuming a great deal of time for me recently — to get things just right on tour — so that I have everything I need, but not too much stuff.

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August 4, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: Amore Bella Adventures
Corporate Spotlight: Amore Bella Adventures

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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August 4, 2014
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest Winners
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest Winners

Congratulations to our "Pack Your Panniers" Pinterest Contest Winners!

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August 4, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Kelty Gunnison Tents
Things Teri Loves:  Kelty Gunnison Tents

I’ve been using a Kelty Gunnison tent for over five years. I have the three person model and I’ve used it for family camping and event style bike trips. 

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August 1, 2014
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8

It's been a while since I've ridden with a dynamo hub, so I was happy to get back on board one earlier this spring with the SV-8 from Shutter Precision (SP).

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August 1, 2014
World's Coolest School Commute?
World's Coolest School Commute?

This has got to be one of the coolest school commutes in the world. It is also one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. It's about travel, tranquility, forward motion, and kids on bikes. And this photo was not staged. These students in Laos are just heading home from school.

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July 30, 2014
Ginny's European Road Show & Ah-ha Moments
Ginny's European Road Show & Ah-ha Moments

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

 

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July 29, 2014
Riding for a Cause
Riding for a Cause

When Alex Ray’s mother was gravely ill with colon cancer two years ago, the college student from Tabor City, N.C., found late-night and early morning bike rides helped him clear his head.

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July 25, 2014
Smartphone Bicycle Mounts
Smartphone Bicycle Mounts

Smartphones are becoming a pretty standard piece of equipment for anything from a casual day ride to an expedition tour. You can use them as a cyclocomputer, GPS navigation, ride tracker for later uploading and analysis, service directory, and bicycle maintenance guide. I've even heard rumors that you can make phone calls in case of emergency.

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July 25, 2014
Web Wanderlusting
Web Wanderlusting

A little round up of links that are keeping me wanderlusting.

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July 24, 2014
Crossed One Off the Bucket List
Crossed One Off the Bucket List

Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass are jewels found on two Adventure Cycling routes — the Northern Tier and Great Parks North. I have long encouraged cyclists to be sure to time their trips on those routes to include this climb. Most years the pass is only fully open from about mid-June until mid-September so the window is pretty wide but does require some planning.

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July 22, 2014
Discovering Hospitality
Discovering Hospitality

On his epic journey across America, Aaron has been experiencing hospitality on a level he "never could have dreamed and didn't realize still existed".

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July 18, 2014
In Praise of Bananas
In Praise of Bananas

What a marvelous food is the banana — sweet calories packaged in an easy-opening, biodegradable container.  Slather a whole bunch with peanut butter, wash it all down with a carton of milk, and it's all the fuel I need for a long day's bike ride.
 

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July 16, 2014
All Aboard the Bicycle Tourism Boom
All Aboard the Bicycle Tourism Boom

Bicycle tourism is capturing people’s attention nationwide, and not just cyclists. Whether it's the numbers of cyclists or the number of dollars they spend, people are seeing the impact that bicycle tourism has in their communities and states and realizing the benefits of attracting and welcoming cyclists.

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July 15, 2014
Start Thinking Fall
Start Thinking Fall

When you're caught in the heat of summer, dream of riding in the cool of fall 

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July 14, 2014
CueClip It!

Some folks find their way as map readers and others read only the narratives. Most cyclists use both modes while pedaling their route. If you’re a narratives reader and like to rely on the turn by turn text directions, then consider the CueClip made by Ohio Travel Bag. 

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