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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

November 11, 2013
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror

The Efficient Velo Tools (EVT) Safe Zone mirror has been a valued accessory of mine for the past five years. Starting with the handlebar-mounted variety, I’ve used mirrors from at least three other manufacturers. EVT is head and shoulders above any of those in terms of quality, durability, and overall performance.

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November 8, 2013
Endure: Ballet in the Mud
Endure: Ballet in the Mud

As if daylight savings didn't mess with my post work riding schedule enough, a week of mixed snow and rain topped it all off. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I came across the book Endure: Ballet in the Mud. The book features over 300 photos of the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in Verona, Wisconsin, last January. 

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November 8, 2013
Roadside Wedding Parties
Roadside Wedding Parties

One of the delights of pedaling along the dusty back roads of Cambodia, was coming upon a roadside wedding party. There were days when we encountered a half dozen of them.

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November 6, 2013
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service

On Tuesday, October 15, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited ran a test run for roll-on bicycle service. Three Virginia Bicycle Federation board members along with Linda Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance participated in the run. The test run was a great success and there are high hopes this will lead to more Amtrak services for traveling cyclists.

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November 4, 2013
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter

Start your planning now for some guided bike touring to get you through those dark, short days of winter. Our tours in January, February, and March still have some available spaces, but they are going fast. Here are a few highlights that will warm your winter in 2014.

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November 1, 2013
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar

The 2014 Adventure Cycling Calendar is now available. This full-color calendar includes a selection of outstanding images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, to provide year-round cycling inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.

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October 30, 2013
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship

About a year ago, Tours Director Arlen Hall and I began receiving requests from tours participants to sponsor a young person on one of our tours. We are happy today to announce that you may now give to the Youth Touring & Leadership Fund to support a young person who wishes to attend one of our educational tours.

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October 29, 2013
GDMBR: Adventure, Forgotten History, Solitude
GDMBR: Adventure, Forgotten History, Solitude

When I was asked to write a few words about filming the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, I thought no problem. It's the longest mountain bike route in the world, almost three thousand miles of the most stunning scenery I have ever witnessed: deserts, peaks, plains and funky ghost towns. My advice to you? Well, really Warren Miller’s advice, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”

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October 28, 2013
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream

Two weeks ago, we announced our complete 2014 tours schedule. Since then, the tours team has had numerous conversations with people who have confided in us that they have always wanted to do a tour.One gentleman even insisted that I tell him to “quit being a chicken and sign up!” so I did, and he did!

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October 25, 2013
Light & Motion Solite 250EX
Light & Motion Solite 250EX

Daylight savings ends in a little over a week, and that's a sad day indeed for cyclists hoping snag a few hours in the saddle after the 9-5 grind. If you're looking for a light to extend your ride time, or perhaps keep yourself visible for those dark commutes to and from the office, the Solite 250EX from Light & Motion is a solid option worth checking out.

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October 25, 2013
On the Way to Mandalay
On the Way to Mandalay

Bicycle travel is not only one of the best ways to see the world, but to hear it as well. I love how varied the soundscape can be from country to country. Sometimes I like to close my eyes and simply listen to a country—the different bird calls, market sounds, even traffic sounds.

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October 24, 2013
Guest Post: Where to Ride
Guest Post: Where to Ride

After determining that a bicycle vacation is what you’ve been wishing for, the next step is deciding where to go. There are so many options, but how do you choose one that’s right for your group or for your interests? Jo Baldwin at ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours — one of Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters — has written a guest post to help you decide.

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October 24, 2013
Clever new product: MAP
Clever new product: MAP

Upon my return from a fantastic North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting, I found a link to a product video in my inbox for something called MAP. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all that I took in while at that meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, I hesitated to click on it. Boy, am I glad I did!

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October 23, 2013
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights

Made famous in large part by the fabulous documentary Ride the Divide and its subject, the unsanctioned, winner-takes-nothing-but-bragging-rights Tour Divide race, which runs the route's entire 2,774 miles, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route has received incredible media coverage over the last few years. The route's solitude and beauty is accessible to cyclists of all kinds. Watch this video to see why you might want to ride the Great Divide.

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October 22, 2013
Part 2: Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two
Part 2: Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two

In my October 8 post, I mentioned that we have created an all-new edition of the guidebook Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route. The new edition, 250 pages in length compared to 220 pages in the first edition, includes the 254-mile Canadian section. 

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October 21, 2013
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour

We'd like to share some of the great images from the Vermont, Inn-to-Inn tour that our participants recently completed. Our inn-to-inn tour format is an easier way to travel compared to our traditional self-contained format. Check out the photos from our 2013 Vermont adventure.

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October 18, 2013
Interbike 2013: Random Roundup!
Interbike 2013: Random Roundup

Welcome to the final installment of our 2013 Interbike roundup. I'm calling this one a random roundup because that's exactly what it is. There's a little something for everyone here, so I hope you enjoy it.

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October 18, 2013
Digital Adventure Cyclist Magazine
Digital Adventure Cyclist Magazine

In addition to the hard copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine that our members receive in the mail nine times a year, we've created two digital versions of each issue as well to make it easier than ever to access the excellent bicycle-travel stories we publish.

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October 17, 2013
Things Teri Loves: Canari Gel Liners
Things Teri Loves: Canari Gel Liners

Sales and Marketing Director Teri Maloughney has been an Adventure Cycling employee for over 20 years. She's had the opportunity to test a lot of cycling shorts and liners. Find out why these are her all-time her favorites. 

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October 16, 2013
Meet Saara Snow: Travel Initiatives Coordinator
Meet Saara Snow: Travel Initiatives Coordinator

Meet Saara Snow, the most recent addition to the Adventure Cycling Team. Saara joins us as the new Travel Initiaitives Coordinator. Saara will work to ensure better bicycle-travel conditions across North America and she will assist with the on-going development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. 

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October 14, 2013
2014 Guided Tours Announced
2014 Guided Tours Announced

We've just announced our 2014 Guided Tours including 11 brand-new trips! We offer self-contained, inn-to-inn, fully supported, and van-supported trips. We also offer educational courses and family tours, and be sure to check out our Best Tours for Beginners, Epic Adventures, and Mountain Bike Tours.

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October 11, 2013
Interbike 2013: Baggage
Interbike 2013: Baggage

If you're in need of some new bags or panniers to help you haul your gear around town, or around the world in 2014, here are some great options that we spotted at Interbike.

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October 11, 2013
The Cabin Respite
The Cabin Respite

"There is nothing like having an encounter with a grizzly bear to make a tiny cabin feel like a castle fortress. We slept like logs. You see, bears just make travel better."

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October 10, 2013
Update from the North American Cartographic Information Society
Update from the North American Cartographic Information Society

I'm checking in from Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2013 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual meeting. I've already learned so much from my colleagues on the first day. I can only image what knowledge and new inspiration I'll bring back to the office next week.

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October 9, 2013
Video Review: Jeff Jones City & Touring
Video Review: Jeff Jones City & Touring

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Jeff Jones City & Touring bike. The full review appears in the October/November 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, which is now available online for Adventure Cycling members.

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