Adventure Cycling Blog

Photo by Adam Coppola

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 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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April 29, 2013
A Fresh New Look
A Fresh New Look

Adventure Cyclist 3.0 starts now, and in the months to come there will be much more to keep readers engaged.

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April 25, 2013
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages

We've made some changes in how you learn about our route network and maps, download GPS information, view route resources, and more. We hope our efforts improve your experience navigating our pages and help you dream of your next bicycle travel adventure.

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April 24, 2013
Adventure Cycling events in Charleston and Savannah
Adventure Cycling events in Charleston and Savannah

Adventure Cycling Association is hosting two special regional gatherings in Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, on May 12 and May 16 respectively.

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April 23, 2013
Summer Cycling Tours
Summer Cycling Tours

As summer draws near and bikes are tuned and back on the road, it's the perfect time to start thinking about a summer bike trip. The only choice you need to make is where to go. Wherever you choose, Adventure Cycling has the perfect trip for you!

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April 19, 2013
A Case for Support
A Case for Support

When Johnathan returned home from his cross-country ride, he began working at his parents’ deli. There, he struck up an ongoing conversation with a regular customer about his ride on the Southern Tier.

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April 17, 2013
Tours of a Lifetime
Tours of a Lifetime

Much to our delight, National Geographic Traveler featured our Great Lakes Inn-to-Inn tour in their recent piece, "2013 Tours of a Lifetime." This story led us to think about the rest of our 2013 Guided Tours and which would qualify as "trips of a lifetime." Our cross-country bike tours top the list, whether van supported or self contained, but for a shorter adventures not to be missed? Here are our picks.

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April 14, 2013
Welcome to Our New Website
Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new adventurecycling.org! This photo perfectly expresses how we're feeling right now, like we have accomplished a great goal and we're super excited to share it with you! We are thrilled to launch our new website and hope it serves Adventure Cycling members and all traveling cyclists very well. We've been working hard over the last year to build it and look forward to hearing your feedback. This is a quick introduction to the major changes and new features. Enjoy!

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April 4, 2013
Video Review: Kona Rove
Video Review: Kona Rove

In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Kona Rove, a steel all-rounder suitable for everything from gravel-grinding to loaded touring.

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April 3, 2013
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement

Last week, we received a package from the Department of Interior. Adam, my colleague, snapped a photo of the envelope and posted it on Facebook. Wow! We didn't realize how excited our supporters would be to know that the final version of the national agreement between Adventure Cycling Association and the National Park Service was finally in hand. 

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April 3, 2013
Meet Jameson Henkle of Team Adventure Cycling
Meet Jameson Henkle of Team Adventure Cycling

Hello everyone! This is Alison Riley, behind-the-scenes blogger, and Adventure Cycling's Climate Ride California team captain! I'm coming out from hiding today to tell you about Jameson Henkle, who will be riding with me for Team Adventure Cycling in Climate Ride California!

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April 2, 2013
Touring Trends at NAHBS
Touring Trends at NAHBS

The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has proven to be a showcase for bicycles and ideas that find their way into mass-market bikes, and into the mainstream. “Touring bicycles” have followed a hard line for decades, demanding 700c wheels, drop handlebars, and attachment points for fenders, racks, and water bottles. Recently, the traditional touring bike has been challenged by modern concepts born on the dirt tracks of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), above treeline on the Colorado Trail, and on the 1100-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail. Riding off-pavement promises low traffic volumes, excellent camping, and extraordinary scenery. To access remote settings via unpaved routes, several deviations from the concept of a traditional touring bike can help.

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April 1, 2013
The Biking Dead
The Biking Dead

Earlier this year we were tipped off that the AMC Network will be pushing out a new television series later this fall. The working title is The Biking Dead, and it is set to air along side their popular The Walking Dead series, which will be entering it's fourth season this year. Adventure Cycling was granted an exclusive interview with the producer of The Biking Dead, Frank Darabont, and we're excited to give you an insider's look at what you can expect from this new series.

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April 1, 2013
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos

So you've taken your Adventure Cycling tour. You've had the time of your life, done some fabulous cycling, and made some new friends. Now you're home, looking through your memory cards of photos to relive your trip. Wow! Look at those awesome photos! You want to share them with your fellow participants, with Adventure Cycling, with the world, but how?

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March 29, 2013
Road Vibrations

Whether you're riding on gravel roads, or simply a rough stretch of pavement, road vibrations can take a heavy toll on your lower back, shoulders, and overall mood. Your body absorbs any vibrations that your bike puts out through the three contact points you have with your bike. These contact points are your hands, feet, and derriere. To help smooth things out, here are a couple tweaks and upgrades you can make on your bike.

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