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Like a Tour Divide racer, I teetered and tottered up and down the most radical carnival ride imaginable during the two and a half to three years it took to plan, research, and map the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. My feelings ranged from moments of dread to hope to pure joy.
Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’
I know that right now there are a lot of good causes and organizations that are requesting your support. And I know that a bicycling organization might not be on your top-10 list charities to support before year-end. But if you're a cyclist, and if you're reading this blog, there's a very good reason to donate to Adventure Cycling this holiday season.
When it comes to bicycle services on passenger rail, the U.S. lags behind many countries, especially in Europe. But this is changing as a partnership has formed between Adventure Cycling, Amtrak, and other bicycle and passenger-rail organizations across the country that are committed to making rail travel more bicycle friendly.
We are almost halfway to our goal of $100,000 for the Holiday Campaign challenge grant. As of this morning, we have raised $41,311. Check out the unique gifts you'll receive when you donate to Adventure Cycling's Holiday Campaign by December 31.
Last week the Adventure Cycling Tours Department welcomed another wonderful addition. Meet our newest tours specialist, Mandy Hale.
Today, take a deep breath and relax with us on Giving Tuesday. The first three donors today will receive a pair of fleece gloves embroidered with the Adventure Cycling logo.
Our 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest closes on November 30. After you've stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving goodness, why not share your bike-tour photographs with your friends or family and, while you're at it, pick out some of your best shots to submit?
Mailboxes across the country are now receiving the exciting new Adventure Cycling 2014 tours catalog. Just in time, too, as the 2014 tours season starts in January.
I have been riding on Terry saddles since they first came out in 1997. These saddles are lightweight, sleek, and work for us, as you can see in the photo from our garage!
Not just for physical therapists anymore, Rocktape brings kinesiotape to the masses.
There is nothing quite as enjoyable on a bike tour as a breakfast break. You've put on a few miles or kilometers, your body and mind are alert, and your taste buds are tingling. You park your bike outside a diner and go in, look at a menu, order coffee or tea, and wait. It generally doesn't take long, ten to fifteen minutes. But when you are bike trip hungry, minutes feel like hours.
October 2013 was a very busy month including map reprint deadlines and travel across the country (with all the preparation that entails). My travel destination of Greenville, South Carolina, was determined by my planned attendance of my 10th North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting.
Please help us meet a challenge grant of $100,000 by December 31 so that we may inspire and empower even more people to travel by bicycle. Learn how your gift will be matched either 1:1 or 2:1 on the Holiday Campaign donation page.
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy recently released a new report that studies rails-with-trails and provides helpful data and resources to help advocates and trail managers develop these kinds of trails. Rails-with-trails are public paths that run alongside active train corridors, and the growth of these trails over the last 20 years has helped expand the trail network across the country.
In June 2014, the first TransAm Bike Race will take competitors across 10 states from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia. They will traverse the 4233-mile TransAmerica Trail as mapped by Adventure Cycling Association.
In the past week, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some days sunning on my Bike Friday in the warmth of the Florida sun, away from my office in Missoula, Montana. Although large group rides are not a style of touring I am interested in, I took a risk and joined Bubba Fest with my partner, Shawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.
As winter approaches, the days get shorter and daylight diminishes, especially during our commuting hours. This seasonal shift is a great opportunity for you to evaluate your personal visibility factor, and perhaps take a more active role in becoming more visible to both drivers and other cyclists. At Adventure Cycling we offer a few different products that can help you be seen on the roadways after dark.
Recently I've been playing around with the Quick Cage from Twofish. This bottle cage is available in a standard size for your basic 24-ounce water bottle, a mid-range 40oz size that will handle Nalgene bottles and 40-ounce Kleen Kanteen bottles, and a 64-ounce model that will take care of 64-ounce reusable stainless steel bottles. Since I've got a lot of Nalgene bottles hanging around, I went after the 40oz version of this cage.
Only a few more weeks to enter our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We're so excited about seeing all of your adventures. Let us ride vicariously through you!
Jenn recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer Casey Greene to chat with him about the project that has been occupying his time for much of the last year, the exciting new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.
Looking for that perfect gift for your cycling friends this holiday season? If you join Adventure Cycling, or renew your membership, you can give a Holiday Gift Membership for just $20 (half off our regular rate) through January 15, 2014.
Did you ride Bikecentennial '76? Have you ridden the TransAm? Do you love bike travel? How would you like to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling and the TransAm in 2016?
Winter is coming, and that means adjusting our cycling wardrobes to include some slightly warmer apparel. But just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't keep touring! Chillier temperatures at night require fluffier sleeping bags and warmer fires. Here are equipment tips for staying warm and toasty on your next overnight ride.