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.

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July 16, 2013
Bike Overnights: From the Gateway Arch to the Angeles National Forest
From the Gateway Arch to the Angeles National Forest

Union Station is but one of many sites Julian Hadley visits on his tour of the Gateway City, titled St. Louis Solo On A Single Speed. He also pedaled past the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, Bob Cassilly's Cementland, Soulard Farmer's Market, Union Station, and more.

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July 12, 2013
Biking Bangkok
Biking Bangkok

Kat and I first encountered Bangkok traffic from the perspective of the backseat of a taxi. The chaos of any big city can be daunting. Though neither of us spoke the words, I know we were both thinking, "Not going to bike here." But over years of travel, both of us have learned that first impressions are often wrong.

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July 10, 2013
A Maiden Voyage – Bikepacking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
A Maiden Voyage – Bikepacking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

After becoming a papa in August of 2012, my drive to race bicycles and train for racing literally disappeared over the remainder of the year. I missed my old hobbies of photography, fly-fishing, and nature study. In many ways, my old favorite hobby of wilderness travel — backpacking — had been disregarded for all the time on the bike. But thankfully, there is a way to combine the two!

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July 9, 2013
Cycling Super Foods
Cycling Super Foods

Cycle touring is an intense physical activity, so it can really take a toll on the human body. As you ease into a tour, you’re building up your muscles and burning tons of calories, and you need a lot of energy and nutrients to stay on top of that. Here are a few examples of foods to look for while on tour, if you need a boost.

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July 8, 2013
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour

One of the finest tours Adventure Cycling offers, appealing to the widest variety of riders, is the Wine & Harvest tour in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 15-22. But you don’t have to take it from me; here are some of the comments from the 2012 Wine & Harvest tour participants:

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July 5, 2013
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero

Who organized your first group bicycle tour? When your chain broke in the middle of nowhere, which bike shop set you on your way again? Who was that extraordinary trail angel who gave you a dry place to sleep out the storm on your last bike tour?

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July 3, 2013
Introducing Climate Ride Captain: Julie Huck
Introducing Climate Ride Captain: Julie Huck

The Adventure Cycling team captain for Climate Ride New York to DC will be, drum roll please….. Julie Huck, our Membership Director! Julie has worked at Adventure Cycling for the past 28 years, so if you’ve stopped by or called to inquire about your membership, there’s a good chance you’ve talked with her.

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July 3, 2013
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is growing as anyone can see from the rising number of miles designated, U.S. Bike Route signs erected, and routes being mapped. Two pieces of exciting news made their way across the Great Plains from Michigan to our office here in Missoula.

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July 2, 2013
Top 5 Massachusetts Bicycle Vacations
Top 5 Massachusetts Bicycle Vacations

From its glorious and fleeting springtime, to summer days on its famous beaches or Berkshire mountains, to the unforgettable autumn foliage and country fairs, Massachusetts packs a lot of wonderful into a tiny state.

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July 2, 2013
A Drive-In Movie Theater and a Tunnel
A Drive-In Movie Theater and a Tunnel

Since the last update here at the blog, we've run a story out of Idaho and one from Georgia, separated by a piece about joining Adventure Cycling Association.

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July 1, 2013
First Timer Nerves
First Timer Nerves

So you want to take your first tour. You have the bike, the gear, and the enthusiasm. Then your nerves start getting the best of you. 'What if I can't do it? What if the hills are too steep? What if I become horribly lost?' You wonder as you pore over your maps or reread your tour itinerary. Here are three easy pre-trip tips that have helped me stay confident as I strike out on tours of my own.

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June 28, 2013
Taking the Slow Path in Thailand
Taking the Slow Path in Thailand

I enjoy the luscious sense of freedom and speed of a long, well earned, downhill. But more often, the most memorable travel moments come when I am forced to slow down.

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June 28, 2013
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!

Adventure Cycling is in the homestretch of the Bright Lights Big Adventure membership drive. First-time members who join by 5pm MDT on June 30 will receive a free Sigma Micro light along with their membership packet. If you join today, you'll also be entered in today's raffle for a chance to win a Boreas Gear Lagunitas pack from Q-Outdoor.

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June 27, 2013
How To Create Your Own Route
How To Create Your Own Route

Though our route network covers a lot of ground, there will be times when you want to ride somewhere in the U.S. we haven't mapped. Outside of doing an internet search on your proposed route, there are a few other tips I can offer that I hope will make your route creation process easier.

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June 27, 2013
IronX HD Sport Video Camera
IronX HD Sport Video Camera

The IronX camera is a new edition to the action-sports video realm, and if you're a first-time new member who joins Adventure Cycling online today, we'll enter you in a raffle to win one.

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June 26, 2013
Bicycle Travel Resources
Bicycle Travel Resources

We want to make sure you head out on your next adventure well prepared, no matter how big or small that adventure may be. To do this, we offer a wide variety of online resources to help you plan and execute the next bicycle trip on your bucket list.  Here are some of those resources, and what they can do for you.

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June 25, 2013
Why do you ride?
Why do you ride?

Lately, with a life in front of computer screens and a constant flow of music in my headphones, the quiet and calm of being on a bike brings me something invaluable.

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June 25, 2013
Become an Adventure Cyclist Today
Become an Adventure Cyclist Today

This is day two of Adventure Cycling's Bright Lights Big Adventure membership drive. We welcomed a lot of new members to Adventure Cycling yesterday, and we want to keep that momentum going. Between now and June 30, if you join Adventure Cycling online as a new member, we'll toss you a Sigma Micro Light in addition to the rest of your member benefits.  

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June 24, 2013
Living the Dream — May and June Tours
Living the Dream — May and June Tours

We love early spring and summer here at the Adventure Cycling offices. The busy time is upon us and we are rewarded with photos of riders on our tours. Not a sad face among them as they live out their 2013 cycling dreams. Take a look:

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June 24, 2013
Our Membership Drive Kicks Off Today with Great Prizes for New Members!
Our Membership Drive Kicks Off Today with Great Prizes for New Members!

Adventure Cycling's Bright Lights Big Adventure Membership Drive is all about sharing the inspiration and adventure of bicycle touring and bike overnights beyond our current membership. So, between June 24 and 30, if you are a new member who joins on our website, you will receive a Sigma Micro Light.

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June 21, 2013
Growler Cage
Growler Cage

The Growler Cage. Designed specifically for carting beer growlers from the brewery back to your house or party, but also a great option for hauling a lot of water on your next bicycle trip.

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June 21, 2013
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling

Maybe you have been on the road for a few weeks, riding cross country on the Trans Am. Or perhaps you are planning an overnight bike camping trip with your family for the 4th of July. Or maybe you are sitting on your porch, drinking an iced tea and dreaming over the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Share that inspiration with your friends and family!

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June 20, 2013
One Last Day to Bid
One Last Day to Bid

Don't forget: There is only one more day to bid in the Summer Cycling Auction. Bid before its too late! 

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June 19, 2013
Summer Cycling Auction: Deals and Steals
Summer Cycling Auction: Deals and Steals

The 2013 Summer Cycling Auction has been running for three days now and though the bidding has been going strong, there are still a lot of great bidding prices out there. 

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June 19, 2013
Look Who Came for a Visit
Look Who Came for a Visit

Ginny Sullivan and the Adventure Cycling staff were honored with a visit from a group of cyclists that also volunteer for the Virgnia Bicycliing Federation. Long time supporters of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and the Adventure Cycling routes running through Virgnia, it was a treat to see this group in Missoula. 

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