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

May 27, 2014
How to Bike Tour With Children
How to Bike Tour With Children

We field lots of questions here in the Tours department. Recently I responded to one that came in by email and it made me smile. A member with very young children asked if Adventure Cycling had tours that family members who don't ride bicycles could participate in. He was finding it impossible to justify a ride solely for himself, away from his family.

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May 27, 2014
Donate $25 or More to Win a 7 Day Danube Bike Tour
Donate $25 or More to Win a 7 Day Danube Bike Tour

Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Tuesday, May 27, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike 2 Power smartphone mount for their bicycle and anyone who donates $25 or more today will be entered to win a spot on a Danube Bike Path 7-day bike tour.

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May 23, 2014
Bikes of Adventure Cycling: Part I
Bikes of Adventure Cycling: Part I

All throughout the summer months we see traveling cyclists riding some pretty cool bikes when stopping by our office. While each bike is unique, all riders have a similar level of appreciation and attachment to their ride. The Adventure Cycling staff is no different, and as we wait for the masses of travelling cyclists to descend upon us, here's a spotlight of a few staff bikes that grace our courtyard yearlong.

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May 23, 2014
Help us Meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Beer Pannier!
Help us Meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Beer Pannier!

Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Monday, May 26, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike Hermit Growler Pannier for their bicycle. Show us how you #biketobeer on Twitter and Instagram!

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May 22, 2014
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses

Oregon, how we (cyclists) love thee. This Pacific Northwest state excels at two of our favorite things: biking and beer. And now there’s another great reason to visit Oregon — its new Bicycle Friendly Business Program.

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May 22, 2014
Where Adventure Cycling Maps are Printed
Where Adventure Cycling Maps are Printed

The entire Routes & Mapping staff took to the road to visit our map printer in Great Falls, Montana, and learn what the printing process was all about.

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May 22, 2014
Support the USBRS to Win an Insulated Metal Growler
Support the USBRS to Win an Insulated Metal Growler

Today, Thunder Island Brewing has generously donated an insulated metal growler and a Thunder Island Brewing t-shirt to our giveaway. Donate any amount today in support of the U.S. Bicycle Route System to be eligable to win this package.

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May 21, 2014
Happy Humpday! We're Giving Away Bottle Openers!
Happy Humpday! We're Giving Away Bottle Openers!

Happy Humpday! The first 25 people to donate to the U.S. Bicycle Route System today will be each be given a Park Tool bottle opener!

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May 20, 2014
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot

Bicycle tourism benefits local businesses, and for Bikes and Beer week we're featuring bike friendly breweries in Montana and Oregon. The Bitterroot Valley in Montana is becoming a hot spot for brewery bicycle tourism with 10 local breweries, a 50-mile separated bike path along the stunning Bitterroot Mountains, two cross-country bicycle routes, and Adventure Cycling headquarters. 

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May 20, 2014
Bike to Beer — Win a Stainless Steel Growler and Growler Cage!
Bike to Beer — Win a Stainless Steel Growler and Growler Cage!

During the Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it. campaign we're highlighting ways that cycle tourism generated by the growing U.S. Bicycle Route System positively impacts local economies. This week we’re celebrating Bike and Beer Week — everyone who donates will be entered to win a Bike Flights Brauler growler and a Growler Cage for their bicycle!

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May 19, 2014
D2R Handlebar bag by Detours
D2R Handlebar bag by Detours

It’s new and improved! What I appreciate about Detours is that they go out of their way to ask for input on their products and then implement the changes. For 2014, Detours made some great changes to their popular D2R Handlebar bag and we are proud to say Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource team was able to help out.

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May 19, 2014
Beer and Bike Tour Giveaway
Beer and Bike Tour Giveaway

This week we’re kicking off Bike and Beer Week! We have two weeks left until the end of the Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it. campaign, and we’re giving away a bike tour to one lucky donor! Anyone who donates $25 or more today through Sunday, May 25th will be entered to win a spot on any U.S. tour from Beer and Bike Tours.

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May 16, 2014
May Dose of Cycling Apps

There's no shortage of bicycling apps available for your smartphone. Every week I find myself reading through press releases for the latest and greatest app. Here's a quick rundown on three apps I've played around with over the past month that are worth taking a look at.

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May 16, 2014
Urban Travel: Porto, Portugal
Urban Travel: Porto, Portugal

When I first began bicycle touring, cities were a place to get away from ... as fast as possible. Over the years, not only have I become more comfortable riding in city traffic, but many cities have become increasingly bicycle friendly.

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May 16, 2014
Matches and Challenges and Sweepstakes – OH MY!
Matches and Challenges and Sweepstakes – OH MY!

It’s Friday, and Primal Wear has offered yet another $1000 match challenge!

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May 15, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76
Celebrating Bicycle Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76

Our last post was all about celebrating bike travel abroad, so today we're focusing on bicycle travel and tourism at home and celebrating a state that has made huge progress in these areas in the last year: Missouri. 

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May 15, 2014
Our Spring Share the Joy Winners
Our Spring Share the Joy Winners

Our Share the Joy program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here are the winners and their prizes from the first few months of 2014.

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May 15, 2014
Your Donation Matched 3:1, Plus Win a Jersey and Touring Bike!
Your Donation Matched 3:1, Plus Win a Jersey and Touring Bike!

Help us meet the $1000 match challenge from Primal Wear and see your gift to the U.S. Bicycle Route System go three times as far! Plus, win a jersey and a touring bike!

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May 14, 2014
The Year 2014 So Far on BikeOvernights.org
The Year 2014 So Far on BikeOvernights.org

With more than a third of the days in 2014 having already slipped by, it seems a good time to look back over the weekly postings at BikeOvernights.org and highlight a few favorites from various parts of the country and the world.

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May 14, 2014
Happy Wednesday! It’s another Hump Day Giveaway!
Happy Wednesday! It’s another Hump Day Giveaway!

Along with a giveaway today, we have a $1,000 match challenge from Primal Wear. We have until 5:30pm MST tomorrow, Thursday the 15th to meet their $1,000 match, so please help us meet Primal Wear's match! Donate today!

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May 13, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More

Ginny Sullivan will be spending most of the month of June touring several counties - Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The plan for this trip is to witness firsthand how countries and cities, transportation and tourism officials integrate and coordinate to make a seamless system for cyclists. 

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May 13, 2014
Celebrating 80 Years on the Southern Tier
Celebrating 80 Years on the Southern Tier

Many people have different ways of celebrating a milestone birthday. There’s the sweet sixteen, going out with friends on you 21st, the decade celebrations of 30 and 40, going “over the hill” at 50, and on and on. We love celebrating milestones!

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May 13, 2014
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Want to Win an Osprey Pack?
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Want to Win an Osprey Pack?

Today and tomorrow you have the amazing opportunity to support the USBRS campaign and be entered to win one of two Escapist 20 packs donated by Osprey. So, donate today, May 13, 2014 through tomorrow May 14, 2014 by 5:30pm MST and be entered to win!

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May 12, 2014
Last Chance to Meet Ortlieb's $1,000 Match! Plus Win Great Prizes!
Last Chance to Meet Ortlieb's $1,000 Match! Plus Win Great Prizes!

Today is the last day to help us meet the $1,000 match challenge from Ortlieb! Donate today for a chance to win a handlebar bag or a bike!

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May 9, 2014
Help Us Meet a $1,000 Match Challenge From Ortlieb!
Help Us Meet a $1,000 Match Challenge From Ortlieb!

We have until 5:30pm on Monday the 12th to meet the $1,000 match challenge from Ortlieb, so please donate today!

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