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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February 12, 2013
How To Make Your Own Studded Bike Tires

With snow and ice abounding in Missoula, it would be so nice to ride a fat bike around, to officially participate in Fat Bike February. But the finances for a rad, new bike are just not in the cards this year. (And truth be told, if I buy one bike this year, it'll probably be this one.) So to stabilize my bike travel, I made my own studded tires! It was easier than I had imagined and I made a video to share this ever-rewarding do-it-yourself with you.

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February 11, 2013
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana

Over the last few months, Adventure Cycling has been very busy working to create new opportunities for bike travel in North America, for example by developing new routes like an Idaho hot springs off-pavement route and Bicycle Route 66, and advancing an official U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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February 8, 2013
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses

It's Fat Bike February, and with the future of fat bikes so bright, you had best be wearing some shades. When talking about fat bike apparel, there is often a lot of focus on warm layers, and waterproof clothing, however, sunglasses are a pivotal piece of equipment. Whether you're riding through the snow or along a beach, chances are you're going to have a lot of surface area around you reflecting the sunlight back up into your face, intensifying it the sun's effect. This can impair your vision, and believe it or not, squinting does soak up a good amount of energy over the long run, which you would much rather put into pedaling.

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February 8, 2013
A Fatbiking Micro-Adventure in New Mexico
A Fatbiking Micro-Adventure in New Mexico

Through all four seasons and twelve months of 2012, I rode a fat bike, exclusively. I commuted through a winter in Alaska, toured south through Canada, followed the Great Divide Route and the Colorado Trail, and eventually settled into New Mexico for the winter -- all on big rubber, all on an old, purple Surly Pugsley. But I don't need big tires for every ride, and I have built a Velo Orange Campeur frame into a capable urban commuter, touring bike, and light dirt-road machine. However, with the opportunity to spend a few days riding out of town this past week I immediately knew which bike to take.

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February 6, 2013
Why I Like to Bike
Why I Like to Bike

“I like biking because you get fresh air and feel the nice cool breeze. I like riding my bike because you can see some nice houses. You even feel very happy. I also like it because sometimes it brings peace to the world.” —Kira Gardner, 8 year-old daughter of member Todd Gardner

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February 4, 2013
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida

We recently kicked off our 2013 guided tours in the first week of January with the Florida Keys Winter Escape.

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February 1, 2013
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap

According to presenters from QBP this weekend at the second annual Fat Bike Summit, there are around 10,000 fat bikes out in the world today. They expect that number to double in the next twelve months. Where will they be used? What is the future of fatbiking?

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January 30, 2013
Video Review: Riding the Space Horse
Video Review: Riding the Space Horse

In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the All-City Space Horse. The full review appears in the February 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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January 30, 2013
Join Our Team for Climate Ride 2013!
Join Our Team for Climate Ride 2013!

Join Adventure Cycling Association on  Climate Ride, the epic 5-day pedaling adventure in California! The best part is that you can help Adventure Cycling Association while you're doing it! Right now we're recruiting members for our new team on the California ride and for the NY to DC ride in September. You can be part of the fun and raise funds to support our mission and programs at the same time.

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January 29, 2013
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance

If you've ever cycled much on public roads, you've almost certainly had a motor vehicle come too close and scare the heck out of you. Or if you're Gina Evans or Arlen Hall, you've actually been hit by a truck or car at high speed.

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January 29, 2013
I want to be in this world.
I want to be in this world.

This was supposed to be a post about cycling. It was specifically supposed to be about cycling in snow; a video about how to make your own studded tires. And I'll get that to you (I promise), but with the current events of my life, I want to talk about a broader desire for adventure.

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January 28, 2013
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel

Although the cold demands respect, I love nothing more than to muck about, marveling at the beauty of winter and finding stories in the snow.

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January 25, 2013
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents

We all know that recumbents are becoming increasingly more popular among touring-oriented cyclists. The reasons for this are many.

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January 24, 2013
How to Deal with Dog Encounters
How to Deal with Dog Encounters

If you ask a traveling cyclist about their scariest moment on a bike, many of them will respond with a tale about an encounter with a loose dog. What should you do when you see Rover on the road ahead of you? There are many tactics you might employ, each with it's own positives and negatives.

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January 23, 2013
10 Tips for Video Post Production
10 Tips for Video Post Production

I have spent a lot of time trying to improve my photography and filming skills. Filming something well is almost identical to taking a good photograph. The same principles apply. Learn how your camera works. Give some thought to how to take a good photograph or video clip. If you don't do that then even the geekiest post-production expert will not be able to create a masterpiece for you.

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January 21, 2013
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned

Today, as I take a moment to remember the life of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and reflect on the impact of his work on our society, I am again very grateful for the sacrifices that he, and those before him, made on my behalf.

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January 18, 2013
Limited Edition

It's a true story that I'm a huge sucker for limited-edition runs of products. Recently, I caved and snagged a pair of Bont Thor Hushovd signature-edition cycling shoes, and I'm brainstorming another tour for this summer so I can swing by the Adventure Cycling office to snag another Bikelingual bandana, available only to touring cyclists who visit our headquarters.

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January 18, 2013
Share the Joy Winners for 2012

As 2012 drew to a close, so did our 2012  Share the Joy program. This program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year.

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January 17, 2013
U.S. Bike Route System: 10 Top Accomplishments of 2012
U.S. Bike Route System: 10 Top Accomplishments of 2012

It's been another incredible year for Adventure Cycling Association and for our work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). I know it's already the middle of January, but let's take quick look back at 2012 accomplishments and then I'll give a sneak peek of all the great things to come in the new year.

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January 15, 2013
2nd Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival
2nd Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival

As the snow falls, our skinny-tired road bikes whimper and our fat-tired bikes yelp in anticipation of getting out there for some cold adventures. Fat bikes are more popular than ever and now you can show your fervor and solidarity at the 2nd Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival.

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January 14, 2013
And They're Off! 2013 Tours Underway
And They're Off! 2013 Tours Underway

Adventure Cycling's 2013 tours season is up and running, with our first tour ending in Florida this Tuesday. And while we're offering a record-breaking 72 trips this year, they're already filling up.

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January 11, 2013
Specialized Mantacage

Riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike route this past summer gave me a whole new appreciation for bottle cages. I began the ride with three different bottle cage models, and by the time I hit the border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, only one bottle cage survived.

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January 10, 2013
Bad Chip Seal on an Iconic Route
Bad Chip Seal on an Iconic Route

Cyclists face a lot of nemeses on the road, from rumble strips to distracted drivers. Another one is bad chip seal.

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January 7, 2013
Best Bike Adventure of 2012
Best Bike Adventure of 2012

As I was ringing in 2013, I found myself contemplating the best adventures of 2012.  By far, at the top of my list was the big adventure in my own backyard: a self-contained (together with Bill ) bike-packing trip to the top of a few high points near Missoula, MT. 

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January 4, 2013
Knog Boomer Light
Knog Boomer Light

This is the season for bike lights, and if you didn't score a new light over the holidays, there's a good budget friendly, and very useful light from Knog called the Boomer. The brightest LED light currently available from Knog, it throws out a solid 50 lumens. At this power output, you shouldn't expect to turn night time into day, but you can expect a descent spread of light in front of you to be able to see obstacles in the road, even with city and traffic lights dimming its power.

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