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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

February 23, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 4
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 4

The North American Black Historical Museum is located in Amherstburg, which was a primary entry point into Canada for those seeking freedom along the Underground Railroad. The museum’s chief exhibit leads visitors on a trek through time, from the days before the slave trade in Africa, to the harrowing oversea voyages that blacks captives endured en route to America, to the horrors of being enslaved in a strange land … to their escapes and dangerous journeys to Canada.

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February 22, 2012
How to Prepare for a Long Distance Bicycle Tour

Don't put off that long-distance bike tour! You can do it! To get you started, Adventure Cycling teamed up with America ByCycle to produce this fun video on how to prepare for your long-distance cycling adventure. Strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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February 21, 2012
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic

Ortlieb's far traveled classic model made of robust polyester fabric is designed for low riders in the front or for the rear rack. View our complete (and extensive) pannier collection at  Adventure Cycling's online store, Cyclosource.

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February 18, 2012
2012 Light Duty Touring Bikes
2012 Light Duty Touring Bikes

For my last few tours, I have only used rear panniers and a handlebar bag for gear storage, so I've had light duty, or randonneur style bikes on the mind. Just a quick note, when I talk about light touring, or randonneur bikes, the characteristics I'm referring to place us somewhere between road bike geometry and pure touring bike geometry. They would have shorter chainstays than a touring bike, a tall headtube, wide tire clearance, and often only rear rack mounts. Here are a few of the bikes I have really been keying in on as of late.

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February 17, 2012
Holiday Campaign Wrap Up
Holiday Campaign Wrap Up
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February 17, 2012
All That Saz
All That Saz

There are certain places on this planet where I've cycled that will always have a soundtrack associated with them. Not the traditional soundtrack of a film, but the sounds directly associated with the location. 

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February 16, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 3
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 3

Even before it was declared illegal in Canada in the late 1700s, the practice of slavery was minimal there, largely a result of the short growing season in much of the country. According to In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (a project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Canada first became a destination for freedom seekers after 1772, when England proclaimed that any runaway slave crossing the international border from the United States would automatically be free. 

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February 15, 2012
Our Share the Joy Winners for 2011
With the New Year, our 2011 Share the Joy program closed out. This program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here is a recap of the 2011 winners and their prizes.
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February 14, 2012
Romancing the Road
Romancing the Road

"I’m probably not the only member who likes to skim through the Companions Wanted page in Adventure Cyclist magazine just for fun. There’s a people-watching sort of pleasure to reading over all the short, descriptive ads that members place for riding companions and thinking about who these people are, where they’re going, and what kind of companions they might attract."

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February 10, 2012
Bike Breakfasts
Bike Breakfasts

If you don't have the time to spare for a extended bike trip, you can get loads of inspiration on Bike Overnights.org. But sometimes you can't even afford an overnight. That's the time to head out on a bike breakfast.

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February 9, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 2
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 2

In 1913, an instructor at Ypsilanti's Michigan State Normal College (today’s Eastern Michigan University) by the name of Mary A. Goddard researched and wrote a paper on the Underground Railroad which at that time had been shut down for less than fifty years. According to writer James Mann, Goddard penned these words about the Railroad: “Even the children of the families of those connected with it knew little of what was actually going on about them. The success of the institution depended on secrecy.

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February 9, 2012
Big Route Changes in North Dakota
Big Route Changes in North Dakota

Beginning around 2008, we started hearing rumblings that traffic was picking up and oil and gas development was on the rise negatively affecting our routes in North Dakota. In response we made a series of small and then large route changes for travel across the state instituting our first ever map replacement policy due to safety issues.

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February 7, 2012
3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Winners
3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Winners

Winners of the 3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

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February 4, 2012
Bicycle Touring and Photography
Bicycle Touring and Photography

Bicycle touring and photography seem to go hand and hand, and it makes sense. You get to travel to incredible places at a relatively slow pace, there is plenty of time to kill, and after the tour is over you want to be able to share your experiences with others. Just thinking about our own staff here at Adventure Cycling, there have been some incredible photographers within our own walls over the years including Aaron TeasdaleTom RobertsonJohn Sieber, and our co-founder, Greg Siple.

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February 3, 2012
Stripped
Stripped

Do you know that gut-wrenching feeling when your bike has been stolen off the street? You left it there a few minutes ago and, coming back, it's gone, the lock clipped, your heart sinking fast? That's the way I felt yesterday when the transportation committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted by just two votes to keep biking and walking programs out of the next long-term transportation bill.

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February 3, 2012
A Gallery of Memories
A Gallery of Memories

Some travel memories are sharp and clear. They stick with you. Ten years later you can recall an event or place or personal exchange as if it happened yesterday.

Others blur and fade and mix with other memories of events, places, trips, and people encountered along the way.

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February 2, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 1
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 1

The legacy of the Underground Railroad is rich along the Detroit Alternate, which branches off from the main UGRR at Oberlin, a place of division in more ways than one. The settlement was founded in 1833 by a pair of Presbyterian ministers discouraged by what they believed to be a virtual absence of solid Christian values and morals among the settlers moving ever westward. Their new town, named after Jean-Frédéric Oberlin -- a French minister and missionary the men admired -- would be a place of living and learning for those dedicated to the Biblical commandments.

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January 28, 2012
PDW Origami Fenders
PDW Origami Fenders

It's never a bad time to talk about fenders, and the latest option I've played around with is the Origami Fender from Portland Design Works (PDW).
 

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January 26, 2012
Atlantic Coast Section #4: Great Loop Tour Option
Atlantic Coast Section #4: Great Loop Tour Option

Looking at the Adventure Cycling Route Network as a whole -- all 40,000+ miles of it -- can be a bit intimidating so it's important to remember that a significant journey need not mean pedaling a high number of miles. For example, using the Outer Banks Alternate found on the Atlantic Coast Route section 4, a route of manageable size can be created.

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January 24, 2012
Sweet Memories
Sweet Memories

I was chewing on some ginger trail mix and all of a sudden a flood of memories rushed over me. I thought about a trip that I did with my friend Keri on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path in Idaho last summer, and all the fun we had while we were snacking. "Don't eat all the ginger!" she laughed, as she caught me poking around picking the best parts out. "That's cheating!

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January 21, 2012
Winter Tuneup Projects

After a foot of snow falls in a couple of days, getting out on the bike is tough going, even on a fat bike! With limited daylight and nasty conditions making it hard to get in the saddle, it's a good time to tackle some more time consuming maintenance projects.

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January 17, 2012
Bike Touring During Pregnancy: Yes, You Can!
Bike Touring During Pregnancy: Yes, You Can!

During our bike tours, people have often quipped, "Great that you're doing this trip before you have kids!" -- as if children would put a definite and immediate end to our love of cycling and traveling by bicycle. When I became pregnant in May 2011, I wondered if they were right. Would a growing belly (let alone the arrival of a new human being) put a quick end to my bike touring days?

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January 17, 2012
Spotlight on Julie Huck, Membership Director
Spotlight on Julie Huck, Membership Director

And now ... for someone who really needs no introduction. If you're a member of Adventure Cycling, chances are you've talked to Julie -- she has worked here for over 26 years!

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January 4, 2012
Becoming Bike Travel Friendly: Minneapolis Case Study

I recently came across a couple of articles about Minneapolis that got me thinking. The first one was about a new vending machine and bike station, called BikeFixtation, which enables cyclists to fix their bikes on the fly.

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December 31, 2011
A Rocking 2011
A Rocking 2011

Breaking ground for an expanded bike-travel "mecca," approval of the first new official U.S. Bicycle Routes in nearly three decades, a cool new website to promote overnight bike trips, record map sales and lots of new route development and improvement: these are just a few of the highlights from a rock-solid year for Adventure Cycling Association.

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