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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

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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October 8, 2013
A Cozy Guide for Fall Cyclists
A Cozy Guide for Fall Cyclists

When fall comes, it's natural for most to hunker down. Let's bake pies, listen to records, and write all of our loved ones! And when we travel, let's do it by bike! We've put together a very abreviated fall shopping guide for bike lovers.

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October 8, 2013
Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two
Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two

In 2000, about two years after all the maps had been printed for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, we published a guidebook with possibly the longest name ever for a book: Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.

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October 7, 2013
Climate Ride: An Inspiring Experience
Climate Ride: An Inspiring Experience

As you may know, Adventure Cycling’s mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Well, last week I was inspired by an amazing group of cyclists when I got the chance to ride my bike from New York City to Washington DC on Climate Ride.

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October 7, 2013
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier

Several of the riders on Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier fall 2013 tour have definitely caught the attention of the tours department. Was it the level and degree of their spontaneity, serendipity and fate, or just the raw courage and determination of some of the riders? You decide for yourself.

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October 4, 2013
Interbike 2013: Apparel
Interbike 2013: Apparel

Just ask Billy Ray: When you're looking good, you're feeling good. There was no shortage of apparel at this year's Interbike trade show to help you feel your best on your next bicycle adventure. Here are some of my favorite peices that I hope to be sporting shortly.

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October 4, 2013
My Adventure Cycling Account
My Adventure Cycling Account

Have you had a chance to check out your My Adventure Cycling account yet? We updated this feature with our website redesign this past spring, and want to make sure you're familiar with what it has to offer you.

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October 3, 2013
The 3-2-1 Tour: Camino de Santiago, Spain
The 3-2-1 Tour: Camino de Santiago, Spain

In mid-June, my daughter Caroline, wife Betsy, and I completed our own pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela. We dubbed it the 3-2-1 Tour: 3 people, 2 wheels, and 1 pancreas. I’ll explain the pancreas part in a minute.

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October 2, 2013
Nuts and Bolts: 2013 October/November issue

Here are the Nuts and Bolts for "The Golden Circle of Bears and Beers" by Willie Weir and "Then and Now: The Sierra Cascades Route" by Gregg Bleakney, which appear in the 2013 October/November issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. 

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October 2, 2013
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed

This week we highlight the great work being done by the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrain Federation and the Missouri Department of Transportation, on U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 76 which is now signed across the state. Brent Hugh, the Executive Director of Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation takes us through the details.

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October 1, 2013
2013 Interbike Roundup
2013 Interbike Roundup

This is a guest post by Patrick O'Grady. Adventure Cycling's Josh Tack is busily cranking out a four-part roundup of all the nifty items he unearthed at this year's Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Until then, here's a round up of some of my favorites.

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September 30, 2013
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks

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. Convertible Backpacks, a bronze-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Richard Jones, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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September 30, 2013
Late Season Cycling in Florida
Late Season Cycling in Florida

Shorter days and colder temperatures are beginning to invade the Bitterroot valley. Here in Missoula, Montana, I left the house this morning on my ride to work and found a dusting of snow on the peaks over 5000 feet.

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