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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.
Do you enjoy receiving Adventure Cyclist magazine as part of your Adventure Cycling membership? Do you want to share that enjoyment with your friends and family? Would you like to be entered to win a Novara Ponderosa 27.5 mountain bike?
If your "inner vagabond" is unsatisfied by daily life, here are three women to inspire you.
As you might imagine, we get a fairly steady stream of map and route related questions. Usually they are variations on the same themes.
This morning we surpassed 40,000 likes on our Adventure Cycling Facebook page, and to celebrate, we have a special offer for both current and prospective members.
September heralds autumn here in Montana, and summer is over in a snap. I’m not saying that it’s winter yet, but Missoula’s forecast tonight is calling for temps in the low 30s. That makes tomorrow’s commute to the office brisk, to say the least. Last year, Cyclosource brought on the Walz winter wool cycling cap. Tomorrow morning’s ears will be glad it did.
Bacteria, viruses, and protozoa can knock you flat on your back through water borne illnesses. Harness the power of UV light in your hands, and give those annoyances the ultimate burn with a SteriPEN.
Unless I were to punture a tire while rolling into my driveway at the end of a ride, I can't think of a flat tire scenario that wouldn't cause my heart to sink. Flat tires aren't the worst thing that can happen on the road, but they are extremely annoying. In fact before we get too much further, let's run through my top five reasons flat tires are annoying, counting down from pretty annoying to most annoying.
Some bike travel photos are stunningly beautiful. Some make you smile or laugh. And then there are the photos that make you want to pack your panniers and go. The photo above does that for me. Now I have a personal connection to this photo. I took it. That's my wife off in the distance. It was late morning, and we were on our way to Luang Prabang, Laos. When I lifted my camera to take the shot, I was grinning ear-to-ear
The Barn Bicycle Camping area in the Methow Valley in Washington State is located on three of our mapped routes: the Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades and Washington Parks. The services they offer fall into our unique service category of Cyclists Only Camping.