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Adventure Cycling enjoyed a fantastic year last year in terms of memberships, advocacy, tours and new resources, but 2014 promises to be even better.
There are many different ways to create an itinerary for a bicycle tour. You can go out and back, ride a nice loop, or my favorite, the point-to-point tour. Adventure Cycling has been running point to point tours since its inception in 1976 with the Bikecentennial TransAm ride.
I've been using the Raptor hydration pack from Osprey for over a year now with a brief interlude using a model from another major national brand. The Raptor's design continues to stand out as one of exceptional quality.
It's hard not to be attracted to shiny things, which is one of many reasons I've been spending a lot of time this week checking out the Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium 110 Fluted Double Crankset. That's a pretty impressive name for a component. Before getting into the details, I thought it would be fun to break down the name of the crankset first.
Mo and Alan of Restless Collective find that one of the most common questions they get about traveling by bicycle is, “How do you keep all those photographs organized?” Their answer is simple: they use Adobe’s Lightroom software. Alan was asked to teach an online class about Lightroom for beginners, and Adventure Cycling Association blog readers can receive 20% off the class before February 20th, 2014.
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. We decided to ask them some questions and, as a result, have learned a few interesting things about our supporters that we'd like to share with you.
When I was asked to highlight my three or four favorite bike overnights from 2013, I figured it was going to be easy. After I began thinking about it, however, I decided it was going to be impossible. And so, here are eight of my favorites, but not my eight favorites. There are others I enjoyed just as much as these.
I took a call in the tours department recently from a woman inquiring about Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier tour, an epic three-month-long van-supported tour. Her questions resonated with me, because I asked all the same things of myself when I was planning a long-distance journey by bicycle.
Oh my God! The most beautiful moth I'd ever seen — as if a forest sprite had decided to go under cover. It was the size of my hand. We weren't gazing at it on some distant wildlife reserve trail. It was lounging on the back of a plastic chair at a roadside restaurant in Myanmar.
Thank you for making the 2013 Holiday Campaign a success and helping us raise over $200,000 to support Adventure Cycling's nonprofit mission and programs!
Bicycle travelers camp in state parks across the U.S. on their tours, but when campgrounds are full and there are no nearby alternatives, bicycle travelers have limited options and must often stealth camp. Adventure Cycling is reaching out to state parks to promote the adoption of bicycle-friendly practices and has created a list of best practice recommendations.
Adventure Cycling’s Family Fun Tours provide an opportunity to have an active, educational, and engaging family vacation. Spend your days riding through history-rich areas of the United States and your evenings relaxing with new friends and your family.
The Niagara by Canari is my go-to, everyday commuting jacket. I’ve also used it for long distance trips. The Niagara, in my opinion, is an on-the-road, everyday, 3-season (fall, winter, spring) jacket. Being both windproof and waterproof, it has everything you could ask for in a cycling jacket.
Unless your bike tour begins close to home, transporting your bike can be one of the most difficult tasks in preparing for your journey. Flying with bikes can be outrageously expensive and shipping can cause all sorts of headaches in regards to where you're going to send the bike, and whether or not it will arrive on time. If you're struggling with these issues, you might want to turn your attention to BikeFlights.com.
Were you one of over 1,000 cyclists who stopped by our headquarters this last year? Then you might be in this little video…
With the turning of the new year, inspiration to ride Tour Divide 2014, which follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), is reaching new heights and raising a few questions.
Happy New Year! Are you ready for some fabulous bicycle touring in 2014? Here are four of our favorite tours for exploring the eastern U.S.
A well thought-out and well thought-of inflation solution.
During our bike trip in Myanmar last year, we shared the roads (and paths) with a lot of bikes. None of them had carbon fiber frames. They were not equipped with index shifters, or disc brakes, or 9-speed cassettes. Their chains were not replaced when they reached .75% wear. They creaked and moaned when pedaled. They were beautiful, efficient, human-powered machines.
To celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo!
It's time to make those New Year's resolutions! What's going to be your riding resolution for 2014?
Teri loves the PackTowl, especially the XXL size.
We're heading home to don our gay apparel and drink hot chocolate for a few days. The office will be open on Thursday, December 26, and Friday, December 27. See you back on the blog on Monday, December 30.