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The 2014 bicycle touring season has come and gone; another great year of bicycle travel. Here are a few of my favorites.
Didn't get what you wanted this year?
Our tent and gear were soaked, so we decided to splurge on a room in a beach town resort. The temperature kept dropping, and wave after wave of rain swept in from the coast. This was supposed to be our "vacation" after many miles of pedaling — sand, sun, a good book, and a cold beverage.
Bicycle travel has to be one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences that you can have. Here are the top five reasons I love bicycle travel.
Over the years I've had plenty of memorable holiday meals. Many of them involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and gravy. I remember one dinner from my youth, where there was a table of pies. How can you choose between a dozen different pies? But there is one holiday meal that tops them all.
Whether commuting or on a bicycle trip, bringing bikes on trains is something that many cyclists dream of. As of December 13th, cyclists traveling between Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. on the weekend MARC trains now have this option.
We are so excited to release the first episode of our Adventure Cycling Montana video series! Here's a taste of Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier Bicycle Route that travels through Montana.
However you ride this winter, and whatever your gear, the staff at Adventure Cycling wishes you safe travels and Happy Holidays!
Over the years I’ve lost a number of pants to hungry chainrings. Double that number have been besmirched by the dark aftermath of chain contact.
The Littleford Expedition custom touring bike was reviewed in the latest December/January issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. This bike is a beauty, worthy of a few additional photos for you to check out.
Join or renew your Adventure Cycling membership at the regular price, and you can give as many holiday gift memberships as you like for half-price.
Have you considered giving the gift of bike travel?
We rely on our most frequently used cycling gear to always be in its peak performance. Whether it is our shoes, clothes (shorts, jackets, jerseys), panniers, or helmets, they all get wet and can create stench and bacteria over time. We here at Cyclosource have found Stuffits to be a great solution to prolonging the use of your gear as well as keeping it smelling fresh and clean.
The holiday season is fast approaching. If you're still searching for the perfect cycling-related gift, check out this list of tested and approved gear that can be appreciated by any cyclist.
Our legs were weary from battling the mountains of Colombia and our bodies were filthy from the clouds of dust from passing trucks. It seemed that every local we met talked about a seaside town where everyone loved to vacation. We couldn't wait to get there.
The following is a list of the top five bike tourists you should be following on Instagram.
Start planning next year's bicycle adventures with our 2015 Bicycle Travel calendar.
We're off celebrating Thanksgiving! See you on Monday!
The last tour has wrapped up for 2014! Another tour season complete, oh the adventures people had and the stories that people took away. The Tours Department has much to be thankful for In no way is this list complete, so if you want to add to our thankful list, feel free to comment at the bottom.
Bike touring, like all touring, requires the need to carry gear. Yes, we have bags and panniers designed to hold most everything, but inevitably there will be that extra piece of gear that must ride on top. It’s crucial that those extra items, which tend to be strapped on last minute, are secured and able to withstand miles of bouncing around. Rok Straps has the ultimate solution.
In your bike travels, what is the oddest critter or creature that has hitched a ride on your bike or in your panniers? My bike has transported all sorts of caterpillars, butterflies, amphibians, and insects for dozens, if not hundreds of miles.
From the moment in November 2012 when we first announced the timeline for our next big route, Bicycle Route 66, we have been working to create a world-class bicycle route following the legendary Route 66 travel corridor. Over the course of doing route research, a trouble spot was uncovered in California where we had hoped to use the National Trails Highway (NTH).
Whether you work to improve conditions in your local community, develop bicycle events and tour opportunities, are building trails or mountain bike parks or just like to get out and ride, the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in San Diego packs a powerful story and has valuable ideas. We’re going back to San Diego next year; I hope you can join us because we’re just getting started and have many more lessons to share.
Whatever your dreams for 2015 may be, Adventure Cycling has a tour designed with you in mind.
I was first introduced to the Polar Bottle in the mid-90’s at Interbike, the industry trade show. Since then I have used the bottles to stay hydrated and to promote Adventure Cycling.