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

April 28, 2014
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair

Planning a bike tour always lends our focus to the bike, the seat, pedals, panniers, and the route itself. We are often so consumed with ensuring the ride is as comfortable as possible, we can sometimes forget to plan for our time off the bike.  

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April 25, 2014
Night Market Serenade
Night Market Serenade

We stuffed ourselves silly on noodle dishes, and curry, and sweets. Plenty of fuel for the next day's pedal toward Laos. Above the din of the people and a loud broadcast advertising campaign from a local business, I heard a single voice.

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April 23, 2014
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern

Meet Katie Kramon, our newest intern. She has been a bike-touring junkie since her first self-contained cross country ride in 2009 and we're excited to welcome her to the Adventure Cycling team!

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April 22, 2014
Seen at Sea Otter
Seen at Sea Otter

The Sea Otter Classic is billed as the country's biggest bike festival and has become the site of spring product launches for the bike industry. Here are a few highlights for the touring cyclist.

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April 22, 2014
Tours Department is On the Ball
Tours Department is On the Ball

Coming into an office on a beautiful spring day after a long winter can be one of the most challenging tasks. With spring in full force, I would rather seek out adventures on the trails around Missoula.

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April 18, 2014
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day

Adventure Cycling will be closed on Monday, April 21, to celebrate our very own holiday, Thomas Stevens Day.

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April 18, 2014
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, I reviewed Garmin's Touring Edge Plus GPS unit. To supplement that article, I would like to share a few common questions I've received about the unit, as well as peek into Garmin's latest creation.

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April 17, 2014
Can I Use this Old Map?

We regularly get a variation of the question, "can I use my old [insert name of route] map on tour this year?" The answer: it depends. There are many factors that go into making this decision.

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April 16, 2014
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

A few random links to news stories and blog posts dealing with Adventure Cycling Association that you may not have seen before.

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April 15, 2014
5 Tips to Prepare for Summer Riding
5 Tips to Prepare for Summer Riding

Spring is in full swing here in Missoula, and in the Tours department we are all talking about summer touring plans. Here are the top five ways I prepare for summer riding.

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April 11, 2014
Member Affiliate Benefits 101
Member Affiliate Benefits 101

We appreciate the support our 46,500+ members provide us, and in return we work hard putting together affiliate discounts to help all of our members get the most bang for their buck when plotting a course for adventure. Here's the scoop on all of the benefits we currently offer.

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April 9, 2014
Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings
Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings

Texas has it going on. Bicycling is hot, and I'm not talking temperature. 

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April 8, 2014
Video Review: Cinelli Bootleg Hobo
Video Review: Cinelli Bootleg Hobo

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off the Cinelli Bootleg Hobo bicycle.

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April 8, 2014
Solidream's Round-the-World Ride Photo Gallery
Solidream's Round-the-World Ride Gallery

Solidream's three-year circumnativation of the globe — plus a side trip to Antarctica — resulted in many more spectacular photos than we could print in the April Adventure Cyclist, so we've created a gallery to show off more of the French quartet's trip. 

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April 7, 2014
The Chico Travel Pack
The Chico Travel Pack

So you need that super lightweight pack to take along with you for the ride? Maybe there are some groceries to go get, laundry to haul, or an amazing day hike just off of your route?

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April 7, 2014
Where Are All the American Cycling Videographers?
Where Are All the American Cycling Videographers?

So far, 13 videos have been entered in Adventure Cycling’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest. They wear intriguing and evocative titles like "Majer István Emléktúra 2013," "Spices & Spandex: The Cookbook," and "Mountain Biking to Dakshinkali Temple — Kathmandu, Nepal."

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April 7, 2014
Making Memories with Fully-Supported Friends
Making Memories with Fully-Supported Friends

I'm hooked on Adventure Cycling fully supported tours and I'm not sorry.

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April 4, 2014
Riding for a Reason
Riding for a Reason

When seeking out event rides to fill up my summer calendar, I've found that it is almost hard to find a ride that isn't built around a cause. If you have a cause in mind that you would like to ride for, or build an event around, there are a great deal of tools available to help you promote the ride and collect donations for the cause. Here are just a few options you can take advantage of:

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April 2, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: Two Knobby Tires
Corporate Spotlight: Two Knobby Tires

Two Knobby Tires is a boutique online retailer. We have been selling eco-friendly outdoor gear on Amazon for five years. In that time, we’ve lived in Fort Collins, CO, Blacksburg, VA, and Iowa City, IA, our current residence.

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April 2, 2014
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Eugene, Portland, Clackamas
Great Divide Book Signings Coming Up in Eugene, Portland, Clackamas

Later this month, I'll be appearing at a trio of REI stores in the great state of Oregon to celebrate the new edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.

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April 1, 2014
Riding Dirty: High and Dry
Riding Dirty: High and Dry

I'm looking out the window this morning here in Missoula and its snowing again. It's late March. For many out there, this winter has been frigid, unrelenting, and brutal. And the winter just keeps coming. We could all use some fun in the sun and a chance to get a little dirty! If you want to ride the high-and-dry variety of dirty, I've got some tour ideas for you.

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March 31, 2014
Crazy Bar For Logical Persons
Crazy Bar for Logical Persons

For long days in the saddle, variety in hand position usually results in happier wrists. I look forward to bikecamping and touring with this easily loaded bar.

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March 28, 2014
Celebrate the Green
Celebrate the Green

Here's to the color green! Green is the sign of winter releasing its grasp. Those little shoots of green precede the explosion of flowers to follow. Green makes me dream of fresh veggies to munch and lush valleys to explore. Green makes me yearn to get on my bike.

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March 27, 2014
Bicycle Travel in Oregon Just Gets Better
Bicycle Travel in Oregon Just Gets Better

In December 2013, I had the opportunity to talk to Alex Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Specialist at Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. She told me about the 2012 Travel Oregon survey distributed to users of hiker/biker campsites in the state.

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March 26, 2014
Wayfinding Funding: Signing USBR 20 in Michigan
Wayfinding Funding: Signing USBR 20 in Michigan

Finding funding to sign a U.S. Bicycle Route can often be a daunting process, but signing is one of the most important and effective ways to promote your route and attract bicycle tourism. 

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