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

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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June 18, 2013
Oklahoma Ride #1, Nevada Ride #2
Oklahoma Ride #1, Nevada Ride #2

"Bicycling Bliss in Oklahoma," submitted by Danna Korak and Jody Watson, posted on June 3. It's our first Bike Overnight visit to the Sooner State. A week later, on June 10, we posted our second-ever ride in Nevada, titled "Escaping the Bright Lights of Las Vegas."

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June 17, 2013
Summer Cycling Auction Day 1
Summer Cycling Auction Day 1

The Summer Cycling Auction began today and the bidding is already heating up. You have until June 21 at midnight mountain time to bid to win some exciting bicycle items and adventures. Visit BiddingforGood.com to register and bid on these fantastic items! 

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June 14, 2013
Upcycled Bike Frame
Upcycled Bike Frame

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine I wrote about upcycling used bicycle parts into something new and usable. Here's a quick rundown of one of my favorite DIY projects.

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June 14, 2013
The Reluctant Traveler
The Reluctant Traveler

I look into the frightened eyes of this lovely, friendly little animal that I adore, and am reminded that conquering fear is almost always an incremental process.

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June 13, 2013
Auction Update: Art for You and Your Bike
Auction Update: Art for You and Your Bike

There are now only 4 days until Adventure Cycling Association’s second annual Summer Cycling Auction. Today we are featuring art pieces for you and your bike.

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June 13, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host

If you happen to live in or near one of the thousands of communities along the Adventure Cycling Route Network, you have probably seen them — traveling cyclists riding bicycles, gear strapped onto their trusty steed. Wouldn't it be great to get to know some of them? This post features tips on how to be a good host. 

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June 11, 2013
Countdown to Auction Day
Countdown to Auction Day

Only six more days until Adventure Cycling Association’s second annual Summer Cycling Auction kicks off! Today’s featured items are two great opportunities to bike into the backcountry in style!

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June 10, 2013
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List

Bad roads, good drivers, good bad food, great towns, disappearing snowbirds, simmering swamps — we experienced it all and more in the South, cycling over 1,000 miles from Charleston to Key West. Here's a Top 10 list of some highlights.

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