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When you join or renew your membership with Adventure Cycling Association, consider giving a year's subscription of our magazine to your local library. Library memberships are always 50% off the regular rate, which means for just $20 we'll send nine issues of Adventure Cyclist to your favorite library annually to help inspire the next generation of cyclists.
As you may have noticed, we have announced our full 2015 Adventure Cycling Guided Tours. With ever increasing popularity, fueled by positive feedback from our members and participants alike, we have taken your suggestions and expanded our 2015 Educational Tour offerings to add depth and diversity to our course schedule.
The spring and fall are always the busiest times of the year in the bicycle advocacy world, and our travel initiatives team has hit the road to join our partners on the ground for key project meetings and celebrations. Saara and Ginny report on their recent travels and attempt to define the cryptically-named “Travel Initiatives.”
I figured that my friend and riding partner Sharry and I would probably be the only women on the tour and I was glad to be wrong.
I first wore the Canari leg warmers on a cold, June morning as I was volunteering at a bicycle rodeo for Bike Walk Bus Week. It was going to be a long day and I knew I’d be super-hot by the afternoon but freezing at 7am.
Welcome to the second installment of 'It Came From the Pacement.' Last month we dug up some great treasures from the depths of the Adventure Cycling Pacement, and today we're going to showcase a few items pulled from random boxes. Here's what we found.
Did you know that members of Adventure Cycling Association are entitled to product and service discounts through our affiliate partners? If you're a current member, simply log into your My Adventure Cycling account, and click on the Affiliate Benefits Information link. This is where you'll find the most up-to-date listings of our affiliate partners and their respective discount codes.
It is that time of year here at Adventure Cycling — the time of year that has been months in the making, but the opportunity has finally come to share our work. In August, we announced our Early, Epic, and Educational tours, and last Wednesday, we announced the remainder of our tours for 2015 — a total of 103 tours!
Consuming food is something I'm completely on board with, and I appreciate the amount of food that cycling allows me to take in without too many consequences. Preparing food, on the other hand, is a different story. Whether at home or on the tour, I'm attracted to anything that keeps me from turning on a stove. This for sure saves me a lot of time, but considering the nutritional value of peanut butter sandwiches and chips, it might not be the best thing for my longterm well-being.
It's that time of year when things are winding down for the cycling season and getting even busier in the Routes & Mapping department. We've got four bigs things on our plates right now.
From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76, the TransAmerica Trail has played a huge role in the development of Adventure Cycling and the bicycle travel experiences of countless cyclists. An upcoming celebration in Farmington, Missouri will recognize and commemorate the history of the TransAmerica Trail, its incorporation into the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and the benefits that almost 40 years of bicycle travel has brought to the state.
It had been over a year since my last tour, but one of the best parts of working with an organization that is so rooted in traveling by bike is the opportunity to get out and actually do it. Last week, I had the opportunity to take some time away from the office and join a great group of fellow enthusiasts on the Sierra Sampler tour.
During my week-long exploration of Minneapolis by bike, I was hosted by a different Warm Showers host each night. I arrived at Natalie's place late in the evening after a flight from Seattle. Natalie and her housemates are all bicycle enthusiasts, so they immediately took out a map and gave me suggestions of places to see in Minneapolis — restaurants, diners, trails, murals, and interesting neighborhoods. I think I managed to visit them all within week. One of the joys of staying with Warm Showers hosts, is the chance to hear stories from fellow bike travelers.
This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.
The Adventure Cycling tours department has over 100 tour departures planned for 2015. All tours will be revealed and ready for sign up on October 8th!
Did you know you can now shop on Amazon and support Adventure Cycling Association at the same time? We’ve recently signed up with AmazonSmile, a simple and automatic way for you to support Adventure Cycling every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.
A selection of cycling gear for the special rider in your life (or to give the gift-giving-impaired some ideas!), this special, expanded Holiday edition of Geared Up shines a light on some of the latest and greatest for the traveling cyclist.
Who knew the Midwest was so awesome?
The legendary steel bicycles that come from Grant Petersen's Rivendell Bicycle Works are revered for their timless style, attention to detail, and adherance to the brand's "unracing" philosophy. Here's a glimpse inside their California workshop.
Looking back over the past year, I’m convinced that the bicycle touring world is full of some of the most amazing, courageous and awe-inspiring world travelers that there are on this planet.
Few have dared entered the confines of the Adventure Cycling Pacement. Many years ago, the Pacement was simply the basement. The basement contained a massive out of commission boiler and asbestos that made it an unsuitable space for employees to move about or store materials in.
I recently had the priviledge of spending a week in Minneapolis pedaling their network of bicycle paths and trails. With a network of over 85 miles of off-street bike paths and 90 miles of on-street bikeways, there's plenty of pedaling to do. Fortunately, Minneapolis has plenty of "bicycle fueling stations" that most citizens refer to as bakeries and diners. I asked several local cyclists to name their favorites. One diner was on everyone's list ...
Many exciting new initiatives are brewing from Adventure Cycling's partnership with the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park to improve safety for cyclists and encourage sharing the road among all road users.
Having worked at Adventure Cycling for a couple of years now, I have heard a few complaints about Adventure Cycling route maps being expensive, and how you could just create your own route in Google Maps — and find services there, too. I’ve gotta say, I used to totally agree with these thoughts.
Interbike — the largest cycling tradeshow in North America — opened its doors to the public for the first time this year. But if you couldn't make it to Las Vegas, fear not, Adventure Cyclist was at the Mandalay Bay looking for the best new gear.