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

September 10, 2013
Instagram Contest Success
Instagram Contest Success

Two weeks ago, we asked our Instagram community, "Why do you travel by bicycle?" You showed us your answers by hashtagging your photos with #ACAtravelbybike. The response was amazing!

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September 9, 2013
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Dream Tour Giveaway is Tom Carmine of Newport News, Virginia.

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September 6, 2013
Stuffitts for Shoes
Stuffitts for Shoes

Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.

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September 6, 2013
Affiliate Benefits for our Members
Affiliate Benefits for our Members

Adventure Cycling appreciates the support we receive from our members, and to show our appreciation, we offer some great benefits. In addtion to 9 issues of our award winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, discount on our maps, and access to our guided tours, we also offer service and equipment affiliate benefits from other companies.

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September 5, 2013
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak

One of the biggest hurdles to great bike travel in the United States is the lack of consistent and affordable support for bicyclists on Amtrak, coach carriers, and airlines. Imagine if you could roll your bike safely onto a train or into a cargo bay on a motor coach anywhere in the U.S. — just think of the travel options this would open up for bike overnights, weeklong trips or cross-country trips.

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September 4, 2013
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project

Meet Steve All, a software consultant and OpenStreetMap contributor whom Adventure Cycling volunteer Kerry Irons has worked with for the past several months. Kerry saw the potential for using an open-source mapping project to communicate route information both during the implementation process and after routes are designated. Once Kerry and Steve connected, good things started happening. 

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September 2, 2013
An August of Bike Overnights
An August of Bike Overnights

August 2013 was a month brimming with great stories over on BikeOvernights.org. Check it out!

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August 29, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?

In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.

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August 27, 2013
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest

We're giving away 20 one-year Adventure Cycling memberships. Show us your photos of how/why you travel by bicycle on Instagram and make sure to tag @adventurecycling and #ACAtravelbybike to be entered to win.

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August 26, 2013
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx

Adventure Cycling ran its first self-contained family bike tour in July, the inaugural Family Fun, Erie Canal-Niagara Falls tour. We were curious as to whether this new venture would be welcomed by our members.

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August 23, 2013
Know Your Load
Know Your Load

"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.

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August 23, 2013
School Encounters
School Encounters

It's always fun to pedal by a school on a bike trip. A bicycle loaded down for an adventure is always a draw. The reaction can vary from polite waves, to smiles and shouted hellos, to all out classroom-emptying chaos. I've never been a rock star, but there are times on the road when I think I've experienced what it's like.

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August 21, 2013
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists

One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer longLast week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.

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August 20, 2013
Undaunted Kids
Undaunted Kids

Teens and tots on two epic cycling trips — and tips on how to get kids out on a bicycle tour.

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August 19, 2013
2014 Early, Epic, & Educational Tours Announced
2014 Early, Epic, and Educational Tours Announced

Adventure Cycling's 2014 early, epic, and educational tours are now available! Sign up now: Our early announcement trips tend to fill very quickly.

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August 16, 2013
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack

The heat of the summer is not over yet, and if a couple water bottles won't cut it for your long rides, a hydration pack is a solid option.

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August 16, 2013
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love

The nominations have been pouring in from all across the country. As you look back on your touring season, think of that person or bike shop who influenced your ride and nominate them for our 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards!

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August 15, 2013
Vicarious Bicycle Travel
Vicarious Bicycle Travel

One of my favorite parts of my job in the summer is reading the blogs and tweets of cyclists on the road. It keeps me in touch with the issues folks might be having on the routes for various reasons and it fills my coffee and lunch breaks with a bit of vicarious thrill!

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August 13, 2013
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report

I'm currently on Day 4 of Adventure Cycling's Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers tour with my mother. In the past 40-ish hours, I've smiled so much my cheeks ache and I've biked so much that... well, my cheeks ache.

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August 12, 2013
Get Your Pedals Ready!
Get Your Pedals Ready!

2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tour sign-ups open August 14th.

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August 9, 2013
Traffic Dance
Traffic Dance

When we first pedaled up to this intersection, I thought I'd see an accident within sixty seconds. This traffic dance fascinated me. An hour later, not a single scrape. How could that be possible without any traffic signals, stop signs, or traffic cops?

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August 8, 2013
Cali's Wine Country by Bike
Cali's Wine Country by Bike

After years of pitching bicycle touring shows to the Travel Channel, they finally gave me the green light and "Cali's Wine Country by Bike" is now live on TravelChannel.com.

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August 7, 2013
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report

Toole Design Group recently completed a report, entitled U.S Bicycle Route System: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country, which compiles survey responses from state departments of transportation (DOTs) as well as volunteers and bicycle and trail advocates working on the project. After the survey was completed, Toole Design conducted in depth interviews with eight states, documenting the implementation methods each state used to plan and designate their U.S. Bike Routes.

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August 6, 2013
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail

This photo essay accompanies the story, "The White Rim Trail: A Journey Between River & Sky" by Cass Gilbert, which appeared in the August/September issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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August 6, 2013
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day

These may be the slow-going days of summer, but they're bringing some lively stories to BikeOvernights.org. Take, for instance, The Covered Bridges of Sugar Creek, a story about Indiana by Alan Gossard, published on July 22.

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