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

November 10, 2014
Ear Covers that Cut Wind Noise and Warm the Ears
Ear Covers that Cut Wind Noise and Warm the Ears

The issue at hand for the entire Cat Ears product line is the sound created by wind passing over one’s ear cavity as well as any additional noise created by the chin strap as it passes in front of the ear. This sound can inhibit one’s ability to distinguish traffic noise, often a first line of defense, particularly in an urban setting.

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November 7, 2014
Why Not Share?
Why Not Share?

Exploring cities throughout the world is just getting better and better. With a swipe of a credit card, you can have access to a bike in New York City, Minneapolis, Montreal, and hundreds of other cities throughout the world.

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November 6, 2014
10 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming and Changing
10 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming and Changing

As 2014 winds down, bicycle tourism and travel continue to zoom upward – and around the planet. In its third biennial survey, Adventure Cycling Association has found that the bicycle tourism sector in the U.S., and globally, is becoming more prominent, more lucrative, and is changing to meet consumer demands.

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November 5, 2014
The Path to Bicycle Tourism
The Path to Bicycle Tourism

As bicycle tourism grows in popularity around the U.S., we’re hearing from more and more communities who want to know, “How do we get there from here?” In this guest post, the Path Less Pedaled shares their knowledge of the two key components to successful bicycle tourism: Community Development and Destination Marketing.

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November 4, 2014
Scouting the Intro to Dirt Touring - Maine Course
Scouting the Intro to Dirt Touring - Maine Course

In late October, I had the opportunity to leave Missoula for a week and head back east to Maine to do some route research on one of our new tours in 2015, Intro to Dirt Touring – Maine. The route is one that I created back in April of this year, and one that I’m very excited about offering in 2015.

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November 3, 2014
Hero for a Day!
Hero for a Day!

Typically there are two great reasons for having a substantial and fully equipped tool kit onboard your bike. The first, of course, is taking care of your own breakdown or repairs while out on the road. The second best reason is that you can stop and help a fellow cyclist who may be in need. Hero Kit does just that with their repair kits.

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October 31, 2014
Hi Visibility Cycling Gear
Hi Visibility Cycling Gear

Hi Visibility materials have made a big impression on the 2014 cycling season. Hi-visiblity materials should stand out against any background, which is great for cyclists trying to be noticed by traffic at any time of day. Here are some of my favorite hi-vis products so far.

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October 31, 2014
Capture Adventure
Capture Adventure

Enter our 6th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest today!

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October 30, 2014
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh

While Travel Initiatives staff Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow had five two-wheeled reasons to visit Pittsburgh this September, Routes & Mapping staff had a cartographic one in October.

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October 29, 2014
Adopt a Library
Adopt a Library

When you join or renew your membership with Adventure Cycling Association, consider giving a year's subscription of our magazine to your local library. Library memberships are always 50% off the regular rate, which means for just $20 we'll send nine issues of Adventure Cyclist to your favorite library annually to help inspire the next generation of cyclists.

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October 28, 2014
2015 Educational Tours
2015 Educational Tours

As you may have noticed, we have announced our full 2015 Adventure Cycling Guided Tours. With ever increasing popularity, fueled by positive feedback from our members and participants alike, we have taken your suggestions and expanded our 2015 Educational Tour offerings to add depth and diversity to our course schedule.

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October 22, 2014
On the Road with Travel Initiatives
On the Road with Travel Initiatives

The spring and fall are always the busiest times of the year in the bicycle advocacy world, and our travel initiatives team has hit the road to join our partners on the ground for key project meetings and celebrations. Saara and Ginny report on their recent travels and attempt to define the cryptically-named “Travel Initiatives.” 

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October 21, 2014
Ride Like a Dirt Girl!
Ride Like a Dirt Girl!

I figured that my friend and riding partner Sharry and I would probably be the only women on the tour and I was glad to be wrong.

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October 20, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Canari Leg and Arm covers
Things Teri Loves: Canari Leg and Arm covers

I first wore the Canari leg warmers on a cold, June morning as I was volunteering at a bicycle rodeo for Bike Walk Bus Week. It was going to be a long day and I knew I’d be super-hot by the afternoon but freezing at 7am. 

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October 17, 2014
It Came From the Pacement: Pt 2
It Came From the Pacement: Pt 2

Welcome to the second installment of 'It Came From the Pacement.' Last month we dug up some great treasures from the depths of the Adventure Cycling Pacement, and today we're going to showcase a few items pulled from random boxes. Here's what we found.

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October 16, 2014
Adventure Cycling Affiliate Discounts
Adventure Cycling Affiliate Discounts

Did you know that members of Adventure Cycling Association are entitled to product and service discounts through our affiliate partners? If you're a current member, simply log into your My Adventure Cycling account, and click on the Affiliate Benefits Information link. This is where you'll find the most up-to-date listings of our affiliate partners and their respective discount codes. 

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October 14, 2014
2015 Tours Rollout – Dream. Ride. Explore.
2015 Tours Rollout – Dream. Ride. Explore.

It is that time of year here at Adventure Cycling — the time of year that has been months in the making, but the opportunity has finally come to share our work. In August, we announced our Early, Epic, and Educational tours, and last Wednesday, we announced the remainder of our tours for 2015 — a total of 103 tours!

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October 10, 2014
Greenbelly Meal Bar
Greenbelly Meal Bar

Consuming food is something I'm completely on board with, and I appreciate the amount of food that cycling allows me to take in without too many consequences. Preparing food, on the other hand, is a different story. Whether at home or on the tour, I'm attracted to anything that keeps me from turning on a stove. This for sure saves me a lot of time, but considering the nutritional value of peanut butter sandwiches and chips, it might not be the best thing for my longterm well-being. 

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October 9, 2014
Routes & Mapping Update
Routes & Mapping Update

It's that time of year when things are winding down for the cycling season and getting even busier in the Routes & Mapping department. We've got four bigs things on our plates right now.

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October 8, 2014
Celebrating the TransAmerica Trail: From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76
Celebrating the TransAmerica Trail: From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76

From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76, the TransAmerica Trail has played a huge role in the development of Adventure Cycling and the bicycle travel experiences of countless cyclists. An upcoming celebration in Farmington, Missouri will recognize and commemorate the history of the TransAmerica Trail, its incorporation into the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and the benefits that almost 40 years of bicycle travel has brought to the state.

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October 7, 2014
Biking the Sierra Nevada
Biking the Sierra Nevada

It had been over a year since my last tour, but one of the best parts of working with an organization that is so rooted in traveling by bike is the opportunity to get out and actually do it. Last week, I had the opportunity to take some time away from the office and join a great group of fellow enthusiasts on the Sierra Sampler tour.

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October 3, 2014
Traveler's Lullaby
Traveler's Lullaby

During my week-long exploration of Minneapolis by bike, I was hosted by a different Warm Showers host each night. I arrived at Natalie's place late in the evening after a flight from Seattle. Natalie and her housemates are all bicycle enthusiasts, so they immediately took out a map and gave me suggestions of places to see in Minneapolis — restaurants, diners, trails, murals, and interesting neighborhoods. I think I managed to visit them all within week. One of the joys of staying with Warm Showers hosts, is the chance to hear stories from fellow bike travelers.

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October 2, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: China Highlights
Corporate Spotlight: China Highlights

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.

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September 30, 2014
Itineraries

The Adventure Cycling tours department has over 100 tour departures planned for 2015. All tours will be revealed and ready for sign up on October 8th!

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September 30, 2014
Support Adventure Cycling through AmazonSmile

Did you know you can now shop on Amazon and support Adventure Cycling Association at the same time? We’ve recently signed up with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support Adventure Cycling every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.

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