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
Kat and I first encountered Bangkok traffic from the perspective of the backseat of a taxi. The chaos of any big city can be daunting. Though neither of us spoke the words, I know we were both thinking, "Not going to bike here." But over years of travel, both of us have learned that first impressions are often wrong.
After becoming a papa in August of 2012, my drive to race bicycles and train for racing literally disappeared over the remainder of the year. I missed my old hobbies of photography, fly-fishing, and nature study. In many ways, my old favorite hobby of wilderness travel — backpacking — had been disregarded for all the time on the bike. But thankfully, there is a way to combine the two!
Cycle touring is an intense physical activity, so it can really take a toll on the human body. As you ease into a tour, you’re building up your muscles and burning tons of calories, and you need a lot of energy and nutrients to stay on top of that. Here are a few examples of foods to look for while on tour, if you need a boost.
One of the finest tours Adventure Cycling offers, appealing to the widest variety of riders, is the Wine & Harvest tour in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 15-22. But you don’t have to take it from me; here are some of the comments from the 2012 Wine & Harvest tour participants:
Who organized your first group bicycle tour? When your chain broke in the middle of nowhere, which bike shop set you on your way again? Who was that extraordinary trail angel who gave you a dry place to sleep out the storm on your last bike tour?
The Adventure Cycling team captain for Climate Ride New York to DC will be, drum roll please….. Julie Huck, our Membership Director! Julie has worked at Adventure Cycling for the past 28 years, so if you’ve stopped by or called to inquire about your membership, there’s a good chance you’ve talked with her.
The U.S. Bicycle Route System is growing as anyone can see from the rising number of miles designated, U.S. Bike Route signs erected, and routes being mapped. Two pieces of exciting news made their way across the Great Plains from Michigan to our office here in Missoula.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
Don't forget: There is only one more day to bid in the Summer Cycling Auction. Bid before its too late!
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.
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.
"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."