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 28, 2013
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks

National parks are one of our nation’s greatest treasures. Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the National Park Service has grown to encompass 401 park units, spanning more than 84 million acres. Enjoy this short list of a few of the best rides found in our iconic national parks!

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May 28, 2013
Build the USBRS with BOB Gear
Build the USBRS with BOB Gear

Right now your donation can go twice as far! BOB Gear by Britax Child Safety, Inc. believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor another $1,000 match challenge. So donate now to have your contribution matched by BOB!

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May 24, 2013
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape

Can't settle on a color for your new bar tape? Check out the dual color tape from Lizard Skins. Looks good, feels great, and is long lasting.

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May 24, 2013
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge

Today is the second day of the match challenge from the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) and the last day of club weekDonate before midnight to help us meet the match and you'll be entered to win a set of handmade bicycle accessories by Hans Bagworks.

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May 23, 2013
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington

Meet John Pope, a volunteer in Washington State working on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. John is an extremely valuable asset to the USBRS effort. He brings years of experience sitting on the boards of both the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and his Regional Transpiration Planning Organization

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May 23, 2013
$1,000 Challenge from Almaden Cycle Touring Club
$1,000 Challenge from Almaden Cycle Touring Club

Our final sponsor for Club Week is the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC), based in San Jose, California. ACTC has challenged us with a two-day, $1,000 match, so please donate today! In addition to helping us meet the match challenge from the Almaden Cycle Touring Club, you'll be entered to win a set of handcrafted bicycle accessories by Hans Bagworks, owned and operated by Adventure Cycling's own Paul Hansberger.

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May 22, 2013
Humpday Giveaways & Climate Ride Meetup in San Francisco
Humpday Giveaways & Climate Ride Meetup in San Francisco

Donate to win one of two Raptor or Raven 6 packs donated by Osprey and learn about an opportunity to meet up with Team Adventure Cycling and Climate Ride in San Francisco. 

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May 21, 2013
Meet Bonnie Winslow: Getting Her Kicks on USBR 66
Meet Bonnie Winslow: Getting Her Kicks on USBR 66

Meet Bonnie Winslow, a volunteer for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) in Oklahoma. Bonnie has been working feverishly to designate U.S. Bike Route 66, which will follow the corridor of one of America’s most historic roads: Route 66. Working in partnership with Adventure Cycling, the proposed route for USBR 66 aligns with the same roads being mapped for Bicycle Route 66, which will be released by Adventure Cycling next year.

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May 21, 2013
My Adventure Cycling: Manage Your Membership

With the launch of our newly redesigned website last month, we also improved the functionality of the "My Adventure Cycling" account system. Your account allows you to manage your Adventure Cycling Association information, submit a trip to our Ride Registry, as well as offering more streamlined submittal of map corrections. 

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May 21, 2013
Club Week Day 2: Meet the Challenge
Club Week Day 2: Meet the Challenge

We have had an amazing response so far this month to the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign to raise funds for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Your gift can still do double-duty. We are only a few dollars away from meeting the Cascade Bicycle Club match challenge, which we have to meet by midnight tonight. And, if you donate today, you'll be entered to win a SERFAS bike case from BikeFlights. 

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May 20, 2013
Dreaming of Dirt (and Other Surfaces)
Dreaming of Dirt (and Other Surfaces)

This is the time we start unfolding plans for summer trail adventures, whether it’s after-work rides with friends on nearby trails, bike overnights in the surrounding area or planning for multi-day trips and tours out of town. Adventure Cycling has a variety of options for the dirt-seeking cyclists and those looking for a trip off the well-traveled road.

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May 20, 2013
Happy Club Week!
Happy Club Week!

For the rest of this week, clubs throughout the country have sponsored match challenges to raise money for the U.S. Bicycle Route System and raise awareness of the project to their members and supporters. Our first club sponsor is one of the largest bicycle clubs in the U.S., the Cascade Bicycle Club! Cascade is presenting us with a two-day, $1,000 match, so please donate today to help us meet the challenge! 

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May 17, 2013
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge from BOB Gear
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge from BOB Gear

Since the kickoff of the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign on May 1, USBRS supporters have donated $79,790 towards the $100,000 campaign goal. We have until midnight tonight to meet a $1,000 match challenge from BOB Gear by Britax Child Safety, Inc., so please donate right now. And, if you donate by Tuesday, May 21, 2013, you'll be entered to win a SERFAS Bike Transport (SBT) case from Bike Flights. See the sidebar of the USBRS fundraising page for complete contest rules. 

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May 16, 2013
Trails for Illinois - Triple Bottom Line
Making Trails Count in Illinois: The Triple Bottom Line Approach

Steve Buchtel, executive director of Trails for Illinios, contacted me and told me his organization had just completed a study about six trails spread across Illinois. He mentioned that the data in this study might be good to use for my presentations about bicycle tourism at the conference. Intrigued, I took a look and I loved what I saw. Steve used a triple bottom line approach to study trail impact — economics, health, and environment.

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May 16, 2013
Northern Tier Route Changes in Minnesota
Northern Tier Route Changes in Minnesota

Sometimes route changes happen due to safety issues, like the reroute we implemented across North Dakota in 2012. Often, they are minor adjustments. Happily, route changes also occur because opportunities arise to incorporate new developments.

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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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