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

May 16, 2013
Win a Paradigm jacket from Primal Wear
Win a Paradigm jacket from Primal Wear

Today’s Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. $1,000 match challenge comes from business sponsor Primal Wear along with the awesome sweepstakes giveaway of a Men’s Paradigm Jacket and a Women’s Eros Paradigm Jacket. Enter to win by donating to meet the $1,000 match from Primal Wear.*

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May 15, 2013
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky
The New Woman: Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky

The New York World called it “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman” and said it marked the birth of “the new woman”—independent, dynamic, and free. But for over a century, the extraordinary story of Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky has remained practically unknown – until now.

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May 15, 2013
The Bond of the Muddy Road
The Bond of the Muddy Road

The back roads of Laos can be a challenge, even when they are dry. But add water and you have a road surface that can be both slick as glass and sticky as tar. The rains come often to the Bolaven Plateau, where some of the most expensive coffee in the world is grown.

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May 15, 2013
Humpday Giveaways and Mid-Month Update
Humpday Giveaways and Mid-Month Update

Today, TeamEstrogen.com is rallying their support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System by offering a match challenge of $1,000. In addition to your donation being matched by TeamEstrogen.com, you can win a set of racks (front and back) from Old Man Mountain, retail value of $329.98. Donate today to meet the match and win!

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May 14, 2013
Building Bicycle Tourism: What Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Is Doing Right
Building Bicycle Tourism: What Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Is Doing Right

America’s rising interest in active travel and the recognition of cycling as an important cog in the travel industry is by no means a small factor contributing to the boom in bicycle tourism. Cities are starting to take advantage of the dollars doled out by the increasing number of travelers keeping their bicycles in mind when planning a vacation.

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May 14, 2013
Spring Into Cycling Buyer's Guide
Spring Into Cycling Buyer's Guide

It always feels like I'm in a mad, buying frenzie in springtime, sprucing up my riding set-up. So I thought I'd share what I'm excited about right now with a Spring Into Cycling Buyer's Guide.

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May 14, 2013
Today only, $500 match challenge from BikeFlights
Today only, $500 match challenge from BikeFlights

If you haven’t made a gift to the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign yet and still want to see your donation go twice as far, BikeFlights has offered to match the first $500 donated today to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We're still trying to meet the last $1,600 of the initial $35,000 match, so you get one more chance at a 2:1 match! Today is also the final day to be entered to win a Raptor or Raven 6 from Osprey.

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May 13, 2013
Join us for Family Fun
Join us for Family Fun

Spring is well underway now and it’s time to start focusing on family vacations, weekend trips, and camps for summer. Summers can be hectic, and one of the benefits of Adventure Cycling Family Fun tours is that all the planning and logistics of the tour are handled for you.

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May 13, 2013
Donate Today for Your Donation to be Matched 2:1
Donate Today for Your Donation to be Matched 2:1

Win a Blaze 2 Watt Micro Lightset from Planet Bike plus have your donation matched 2:1! Make a donation today and help us meet the final $8,170 of a $35,000 match and a $1,000 match from Planet Bike. Your gift to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System will be matched twice and go three times as far. 

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May 10, 2013
Announcing New U.S. Bike Routes
Announcing New U.S. Bike Routes

We are thrilled to announce that AASHTO has approved Minnesota’s third section of U.S. Bike Route 45, which follows the Mississippi River Trail, U.S. Bike Route 76 in Missouri, which follows our TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, and realignments for U.S. Bike Route 76 in Kentucky. 

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May 10, 2013
Knog Nerd Cycle Computer
Knog Nerd Cycle Computer

Thought GPS units and smartphones were the end of the cycle computers? Check out how Knog is making them relevant again.

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May 10, 2013
Campaign Update: $15,640 Needed to Meet Match Challenge
Campaign Update: $15,640 Needed to Meet Match Challenge

We need to raise $15,640 to meet the full $35,000 match and you can help us get there today by making a donation to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We are over halfway to meeting the match and if you give today your donation will go twice as far.

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May 9, 2013
An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette
An Introduction to Bicycle Travel Etiquette

In December of 2012, I wrote a blog post on Bicycle Travel Etiquette in response to some reports that had trickled into our office about less than courteous behavior by traveling cyclists. In an attempt to reverse the trend before it gained momentum, we began soliciting comments from cyclists and hosts, staff members, and representatives of WarmShowers.

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May 8, 2013
Be Seen and Be Seen in Style
Be Seen and Be Seen in Style

If you haven’t given yet to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we have some fabulous sweepstakes offers this week from Cygolite and Nutcase to inspire and entice.

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May 7, 2013
Signs on U.S. Bicycle Routes Coming Soon
Signs on U.S. Bicycle Routes Coming Soon

Imagine taking a bicycle trip and only periodically glancing at your map to check for services in the area. Signed bicycle routes will allow cyclists the freedom to ride with the assurance that they are on the route. Signs will notify motorists to be watchful and mindful of cyclists, and to share the road. We're excited to share the news that there are multiple states working on signing U.S. Bike Routes.

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May 6, 2013
Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it.
Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it.

Five days have gone by in our Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. So far USBRS supporters have contributed $6,500 for the network, qualifying for the 1:1 match, and getting us closer to our $100,000 campaign goal. This week, donate by Friday (5:00 p.m. MDT), and you will be entered to win one of twenty Cygolite setups* valued at $100 each. 

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May 3, 2013
Happy National Bike Month!
Happy National Bike Month!

Happy National Bike Month! Here is a 1, 2, 3 recap of the first days of the Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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May 2, 2013
Traveling Europe by Two Wheels: Europe's Multi-Modal System
Traveling Europe by Two Wheels: Europe's Multi-Modal System

Our friends at Two Wheeled Travel, Carolyn Bys and Tyler Robertson, currently live in Warsaw, Poland and wanted to remind us that bicycling infrastructure reaches well beyond the Iron Curtain. They have been traveling by bicycle not only in Western Europe, but also Poland and the Czech Republic, taking spectacular photos of infrastructure as they go.

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May 2, 2013
The Kindness of Strangers
The Kindness of Strangers

This isn't a story of kindness while bicycling, but it is a story that takes place in the midst of travel and my actions were based on recollections of how bicycle travelers have been treated by strangers.

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May 2, 2013
Show your support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Show your support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System

We know the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) has thousands of supporters. Show your support and spread the word by "wearing" and sharing this badge on your blog, website, or social-media sites. Link it to our campaign page and help build the USBRS! 

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May 1, 2013
Video Review: Novara Verita
Video Review: Novara Verita

In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Novara Verita, a suitable "store-brand" bike that will take you everwhere but to the cleaners.

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May 1, 2013
Kicking off National Bike Month
Kicking off National Bike Month

Kick off National Bike Month by giving these would-be bicycle travelers all the things they need to travel by bike. You can help create designated, signed bicycle routes that allow them to ride bicycles from their front doors anywhere their desires take them, and how-to resources from Adventure Cycling to help them pack their panniers, choose gear, read cycling maps, and more.

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April 30, 2013
Photo Essay: Cycling the Old West Scenic Bikeway
Photo Essay: Cycling the Old West Scenic Bikeway

The photo essay accompanies the story, "Cycling the Old West Scenic Bikeway" by Russ Roca and Laura Crawford, which appeared in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist. 

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April 30, 2013
Adventure Cycling Seeks Web Developer/Systems Analyst

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, detail-oriented Web Developer/Systems Analyst to develop, administer and support the organization's outward-facing web sites and IT infrastructure. This is a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys programming and working in an open, friendly environment — and if you ride a bicycle, that’s a definite plus.

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April 29, 2013
Big Bend Tour Review
Big Bend Tour Review

It's been a cold winter in the Northern climes. Western Montana only started looking like spring a few days ago. The spring Adventure Cycling Big Bend Van Tour had a lot of folks from Northern regions and I think we all found a little joy in the desert sun.

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