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

July 5, 2012
North Dakota Cycling
North Dakota Cycling

Ever since Adventure Cycling released the new routing through North Dakota, we've been anxiously awaiting feedback from cyclists riding it. We are fortunate because we happen to know a few of the cyclists out there and they are reporting back to us.  Mac Sullivan (Special Projects Director Ginny Sullivan's 17-year-old son), his best friend Drew Gottman, and two new friends Tyler and Neal, are riding together and have just crossed North Dakota on the Northern Tier route. They gave it mostly glowing reviews.

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July 3, 2012
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us

Today's guest post was written by Martina Brimmer, owner of Swift Industries, to announce the 2nd annual Tough & Tender: A literary and photographic project celebrating women's experiences with the bicycle.

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June 28, 2012
Good News in Vancouver, Bad News in DC

Greetings from Vancouver, British Columbia and Velo-City 2012, the international conference focused on all things bicycling, from urban bike facilities to bike touring.

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June 22, 2012
Campfires
Campfires

Campfires. I have always loved them. Loved the heat they provide. The crackle that fills the otherwise stillness of night. The hypnotic dancing of flames that can hold my attention longer than most feature films. I even love the pungent smell that lingers on your clothes long after the last embers fade.

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June 21, 2012
How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps Video

Sit back, turn up the volume and check out our "How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps" video. And don't worry if you missed something or need to hear it again, that's one of the joys of video, right? You can pause, rewind and replay as many times as you wish!

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June 14, 2012
New Service Category: Convenience Stores
New Service Category: Convenience Stores

Many of our updated route maps have been converted to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and are now sporting the new style conventions. It's been exciting to see established routes refreshed in this way. One of the new features is adding convenience stores. In most cases, we are not really adding new information as much as redefining old data.

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June 12, 2012
Nuts and Bolts: June Issue
Nuts and Bolts: June Issue

Where were we going to squeeze in the Nuts & Bolts sidebars for the stories from Chuck Haney about cycling in Northwest Montana and Paul Lamarra about riding the Iron Curtain? Short answer: We weren't. To the rescue: The Internet. 

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June 11, 2012
Building a Bike for a Tiger
Building a Bike for a Tiger

Months ago, I bought an incredibly tall, fixer-upper, vintage road bike off of Craigslist. My bearded manfriend and I set it in the living room and gazed at it as we made the vocal realization that we were going to fix it up for Ryland.

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June 8, 2012
The Great Bicycle Journey Budget Stretcher
The Great Bicycle Journey Budget Stretcher

Time is money. Which is a good thing, because I have a whole lot more time than the green stuff. Carrying a tent has always been the great bicycle journey budget stretcher. The cost of hotels can be pricey. On a three month trip, that cost can be devastating. Especially if you are traveling in a part of the world where lodging is expensive.

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May 25, 2012
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe

I know that nutritionists will cringe, but as a touring cyclist I consider ice cream as the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner of Champions. It should have its own food group category. Ice cream companies should set aside a day each year to celebrate and thank touring cyclists. We are a ravenous revenue source!

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May 21, 2012
Benefits of Bicycling & U.S. Bike Routes

Last week, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the approval of two new U.S. Bike Routes: USBR 45 in Minnesota and USBR 35 in Michigan.

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May 18, 2012
Touring Gear and Tips Roundup
In a few short weeks, my fiance and I will be gearing up, and heading to Fairbanks, Alaska, to kick off a five- or six-month tour down to Mexico.  If you're interested in our route, you can check out the outline we've got in mind here.  So far, we've never managed to stay on route, always wandering around to nearby sights, so we'll see what happens in the end.  If you want to follow our progress, we'll be updating our Tumblr page. Anyway, the point of all this is that today marks my final blog post for this column. With that in mind, I had a hard time deciding on what to focus on, so I'm just going to throw out a potpourri of things I'm into for various reasons.  Here we go!
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May 11, 2012
Touring Tool Kit
Touring Tool Kit

Whenever I'm putting together a pack list for a tour, before I even start thinking about what I might need, I always grab the pack list from my previous tour to use as an outline.  Since all tours are different, there are things that need to be tweaked here and there.  For instance, fenders and warm clothes can stay at home on a tour through Baja, Mexico, while they will be a necessity for touring in Alaska.

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May 9, 2012
Building Bicycle Tourism
Building Bicycle Tourism

Let's start this blog talking about money and connections. Meet Jean Francois Pronovost, standing here with his daughters after a weekend ride on the route network he was instrumental in creating, La Route Verte.

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May 4, 2012
Filling in the Gaps
Filling in the Gaps

Bicycle touring is a good time, but it also takes up a good amount of time.  While we often fill in the time between tours by heading out on day rides, or weekend overnights, there are a lot of other fun things to do on a bike.  Here are some of the activities I've enjoyed over the years to fill in the spaces and stay in shape from one tour to another.

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May 3, 2012
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect

BikeToursDirect, a gold-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Jim Johnson, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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May 1, 2012
How To Make a Bike Blog
How To Make a Bike Blog

10 easy steps to creating a bike tour blog.

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April 27, 2012
Kids on Bikes!
Kids on Bikes!

Kids on Bikes! They make me smile. They give me hope for the future.

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April 25, 2012
Bearing Witness to History by Bicycle

I've just finished Edward P. Jones' extraordinary book, The Known World. Published in 2003, the novel explores the painful relationships wrought by slavery, weaving in a little known historical fact that there were freed blacks who owned slaves.

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April 24, 2012
10 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Bike Tour
10 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Bike Tour

We know what you're thinking -- how can you NOT be healthy on a bike tour? Read on!

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April 20, 2012
Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel
Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel

Looking at the faces of bicycle tourists, it seems like it's about a 50/50 split between those who shave and those who don't.  For myself, beard growing season happens as soon as the daytime mercury drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which means I'm shaving on long summer tours.  Over the years, I more or less had to make due with soap and water when it came to shaving, since I wasn't about to deal with heavy gel aerosol cans.  It was never super comfortable, and I nicked myself a lot, but it was better than itchy stubble.

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April 20, 2012
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Picture the open road, your favorite bike, the wind in your hair ... if only you could bottle up all of that passion and excitement you have for bike touring and share it with your friends and loved ones ....Wait -- you can!  By sharing Adventure Cycling with them, you can give your friends a taste of all that bike touring has to offer. 
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April 18, 2012
Cycling our National Parks - Free Admission This Week
Cycling our National Parks - Free Admission This Week

In honor of National Park Week, April 21-29, all 396 U.S. National Parks are offering free entrance admission. Maybe it's time you checked biking to and through a National Park off your bucket list.

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April 13, 2012
Training For Your Tour

We get a lot of questions about what kind of training is needed for a bicycle tour, which is a super broad question. How you train for a tour depends on the difficulty and length of the tour, your experience as a rider, your body type, and health conditions to name just a few factors. Regardless, here's some general advice that can be applied to almost any training regiment.

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April 12, 2012
Touring Cyclists Always Welcome Camping
Touring Cyclists Always Welcome Camping

Last week we heard about a fantastic development via the Virginia Bicycling Federation about the Virginia State Park System. They announced a new policy that ensures long distance touring cyclists will always have a spot to pitch a tent in their parks, even when designated spots are filled.

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