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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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October 1, 2013
2013 Interbike Roundup
2013 Interbike Roundup

This is a guest post by Patrick O'Grady. Adventure Cycling's Josh Tack is busily cranking out a four-part roundup of all the nifty items he unearthed at this year's Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Until then, here's a round up of some of my favorites.

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September 30, 2013
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks

This post is part of a series that spotlights Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own. Convertible Backpacks, a bronze-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Richard Jones, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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September 30, 2013
Late Season Cycling in Florida
Late Season Cycling in Florida

Shorter days and colder temperatures are beginning to invade the Bitterroot valley. Here in Missoula, Montana, I left the house this morning on my ride to work and found a dusting of snow on the peaks over 5000 feet.

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September 27, 2013
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes

Welcome to the first of a four-part series of Interbike roundups. To kick this off, I'll be running down some of my favorite bikes that I spotted on the convention floor. These are all going to be new models for 2014.

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September 27, 2013
The Perfect Day
The Perfect Day

Almost any day on a bike trip is a good day. But every once in a while, a perfect day comes along. I don't have an official checklist of what qualifies a day as being perfect. But there are those days when your heart sings, and you couldn't keep a smile off your face if you tried. They are the days that first pop into your mind when it's been too long since your last bicycle journey.

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September 24, 2013
Adventure Cycling Gets Recessionista Chic
Adventure Cycling Gets Recessionista Chic

It's always great to get involved in your community and show some support for local nonprofits. Recently some Adventure Cycling staff showed their love for our favorite thrift shop, Secret Seconds, by sporting our favorite finds in a little photo-shoot.

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September 23, 2013
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers

Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers and her husband Chris are new to the Missoula area. As she settles into town and starts to build community, finding another cause and another ride are high on her to-do list.

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September 18, 2013
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route

In order to cut costs on a repaving job south of Florence, ODOT contractors placed a new layer of pavement just a foot or two over the fog line, leaving an abrupt edge within the center of the shoulder — right where cyclists ride. Luckily, ODOT was quick to remedy the problem. 

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September 16, 2013
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess

At Adventure Cycling Association the winds of change just came howlin’ through the Tours Department. Joining the group are new Tours Specialists, Lydia Hess and Darrah Rogers. As a two-part series, we’d like to give you a glimpse of what these two ladies are passionate about and what brings them to the Adventure Cycling team.

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September 13, 2013
Overloaded
Overloaded

When it comes to the stuff I carry on my bike, no one would ever accuse me of being an ultralight bike traveler. When traveling solo, I've been known to pedal with a tent big enough for me and my bicycle. Before the digital camera revolution, a large portion of one of my panniers was devoted to 80 rolls of slide film. I regularly find room to pack a bottle (or two) of wine. How much is too much? 20 lbs? 40 lbs? 60 lbs of gear?

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September 12, 2013
When to Ride: Southern Tier
When to Ride: Southern Tier

The Southern Tier is one of those routes that has a distinct "season" for riding due to the effect extreme weather conditions can have on a cyclist's experience. We believe it is generally best ridden early fall or spring for optimum conditions. There are three factors contributing to this advice: deserts, mountain passes, and hurricane season.

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September 11, 2013
A Major TransAm Fix and a Major New Trail Destination
A Major TransAm Fix and a Major New Trail Destination

One of the great ironies at Adventure Cycling is that one of the most unpleasant sections of our legendary TransAmerica Trail is the 8-mile stretch between Lolo, Montana, and our home base in Missoula, Montana. We routinely get pleas from visiting cyclists: "Can you fix that #@*&%# part of the route?" Well as of last week, we can answer: "Yes, we have a fix!"

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September 10, 2013
Instagram Contest Success
Instagram Contest Success

Two weeks ago, we asked our Instagram community, "Why do you travel by bicycle?" You showed us your answers by hashtagging your photos with #ACAtravelbybike. The response was amazing!

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September 9, 2013
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Dream Tour Giveaway is Tom Carmine of Newport News, Virginia.

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September 6, 2013
Stuffitts for Shoes
Stuffitts for Shoes

Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.

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September 6, 2013
Affiliate Benefits for our Members
Affiliate Benefits for our Members

Adventure Cycling appreciates the support we receive from our members, and to show our appreciation, we offer some great benefits. In addtion to 9 issues of our award winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, discount on our maps, and access to our guided tours, we also offer service and equipment affiliate benefits from other companies.

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September 5, 2013
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak

One of the biggest hurdles to great bike travel in the United States is the lack of consistent and affordable support for bicyclists on Amtrak, coach carriers, and airlines. Imagine if you could roll your bike safely onto a train or into a cargo bay on a motor coach anywhere in the U.S. — just think of the travel options this would open up for bike overnights, weeklong trips or cross-country trips.

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September 4, 2013
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project

Meet Steve All, a software consultant and OpenStreetMap contributor whom Adventure Cycling volunteer Kerry Irons has worked with for the past several months. Kerry saw the potential for using an open-source mapping project to communicate route information both during the implementation process and after routes are designated. Once Kerry and Steve connected, good things started happening. 

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September 2, 2013
An August of Bike Overnights
An August of Bike Overnights

August 2013 was a month brimming with great stories over on BikeOvernights.org. Check it out!

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August 29, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?

In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.

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August 27, 2013
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest

We're giving away 20 one-year Adventure Cycling memberships. Show us your photos of how/why you travel by bicycle on Instagram and make sure to tag @adventurecycling and #ACAtravelbybike to be entered to win.

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August 26, 2013
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx

Adventure Cycling ran its first self-contained family bike tour in July, the inaugural Family Fun, Erie Canal-Niagara Falls tour. We were curious as to whether this new venture would be welcomed by our members.

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August 23, 2013
Know Your Load
Know Your Load

"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.

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August 23, 2013
School Encounters
School Encounters

It's always fun to pedal by a school on a bike trip. A bicycle loaded down for an adventure is always a draw. The reaction can vary from polite waves, to smiles and shouted hellos, to all out classroom-emptying chaos. I've never been a rock star, but there are times on the road when I think I've experienced what it's like.

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August 21, 2013
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists

One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer longLast week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.

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