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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.

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June 1, 2015
Saving Sachtleben
Saving Sachtleben

19th Century bicycle traveler William Sachtleben took dozens of spectacular, circular images during his round-the-world trip with Thomas Allen, but they were moments away from being lost forever.

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May 30, 2015
Build the USBRS with SKS USA
Build the USBRS with SKS USA

Right now your donation can go twice as far! SKS USA believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. Donate now to have your contribution matched by SKS USA!

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May 29, 2015
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag

The high elevation snowpack is thinning out, which means it won't be too long before some of the mountain passes along our Great Divide and Idaho Hot Springs mountain bike routes are ready for cyclists to start taking to the trail. If you're interested in taking a bikepacking approach to an off-road tour this year, you'll probably find yourself in the market for a frame bag...

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May 29, 2015
Start Rubbing that Lucky Rabbit's Foot and Cross Your Fingers!
Start Rubbing that Lucky Rabbit's Foot and Cross Your Fingers!

Today Cascade Bicycle Club is matching your donation, dollar for dollar. Three days left to donate to the Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It. campaign before we draw our lucky winners for the Giant Revolt 1 bike and 7-Day Danube Bike tour from Bike Tours Direct. All donations through midnight MDT, Sunday, May 31, get entered!

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May 28, 2015
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources

Adventure Cycling is introducing its new and improved online resources to help you find the U.S. Bicycle Route System information you’re looking for. Now there is a one-stop-shop for all USBRS resources, whether you're riding, implementing, or promoting a USBR. 

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May 28, 2015
Today's Giveaway Masters the Science of Keeping You Cool
Today's Giveaway Masters the Science of Keeping You Cool

Sure, the Zumax is a helmet but ‘system’ is a more accurate term. With twenty-one air inlets, this helmet finds the balance between good ventilation and aerodynamics.

 

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May 27, 2015
5 Adventure Cycling Members Give You 5 Reasons to Support 'Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It.'
5 Adventure Cycling Members Give You 5 Reasons to Support 'Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It.'

“When I ride my bike, I feel carefree, confident, and just plain happy, no matter the reason I happen to be riding.  I support the US Bike Route System and Adventure Cycling because they promote universal cycling, and are doing the things needed to make cycling safer and more accessible, so that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are, can experience the fun and the joy of cycling.” - Cindy Homan

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May 26, 2015
Build the USBRS with Ortlieb USA
Build the USBRS with Ortlieb USA

Right now, your donation can go twice as far! Ortlieb USA believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. Donate now to have your contribution matched by Ortlieb USA!

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May 26, 2015
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN

Today we feature newly designated and realigned U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) officially adopted by AASHTO on May 14, 2015: Idaho with USBR 10, Utah with USBR 70 and 79, and Minnesota with USBR 45.

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May 26, 2015
What Do BMWs, Beck's beer, Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks, and Today's Giveaway Have in Common?
What Do BMWs, Beck's beer, Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks, and Today's Giveaway Have in Common?

Today, we’re giving away one finely crafted, German-made Ortlieb bag, for free! This Ortlieb Vario is both backpack and pannier. Same water-proof fabric that made you a fan of Ortlieb on your first tour.

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May 25, 2015
7 Day Countdown, Starting Now!
7 Day Countdown, Starting Now!

Donate Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday to get your money matched by one of our generous sponsors: Ortlieb, Primal Wear, Cascade Bicycle Club, and SKS USA.

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May 23, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures
Corporate Spotlight: At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures

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.

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May 22, 2015
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time
Sandia Crest: A Climb Worth Your Time

If you pedal Adventure Cycling’s Bicycle Route 66, you might want to consider a little detour with a huge reward.

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May 22, 2015
Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computer
Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computer

If you're a cyclist who owns a smartphone, there's a decent chance you've used your phone to track some bike rides. Ride tracking with a phone makes a lot of sense. If you already have the phone, it's cheaper than buying a GPS unit or cyclocomputer and you can upload your ride information immediately after parking your bike without plugging anything into a computer.

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May 22, 2015
Don't Let the Can Get You Down! Get Yourself a Beer Growler Pannier
Don't Let the Can Get You Down! Get Yourself a Beer Growler Pannier

It would be a shame to limit yourself to canned beer in the golden era of the local microbreweries. Today, one lucky winner will bring home a beer pannier and brauler.

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May 21, 2015
Bicycle Route 66 and New Mexico
Bicycle Route 66 and New Mexico

In April 2015, Adventure Cycling's Jenn Milyko traveled to New Mexico, "Land of Enchantment," for business and a look at Bicycle Route 66.

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May 21, 2015
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System

During the month of May, we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and it’s pretty clear that cyclists love beer. Just look at the number of bicycles parked in front of the local brewery and it’s easy to see how that connection is made. We also explored how the craft brewery culture seems to fit with the growing enthusiasm for bicycling. I recently traveled to Fort Collins and had the opportunity to meet two people that make their living from the bike and beer association.

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May 21, 2015
Jim from Chattanooga Wants to Take You to Europe (For Free)
Jim from Chattanooga Wants to Take You to Europe (For Free)

You’ll be doing your best impression of “The Sound of Music” as you pedal through quaint villages and lush farmland on Bike Tours Direct's 7-day Danube Bike Path tour. Yep, you can win a free European vacation by donating $25 or more to the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign.

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May 21, 2015
Singing in the Shower and Other Good Workplace Practices
Singing in the Shower and Other Good Workplace Practices

What does singing in the shower have to do with the USBRS?

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May 19, 2015
TD Five Boro Bike Tour
TD Five Boro Bike Tour

There is nothing quite like mashing down a traffic free highway in a hoard of twenty-three thousand cyclists.

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May 19, 2015
Bikes & Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies
Bikes Bring Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies

During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and as you’ll see, no matter what kind of cycling you do, the numbers speak for themselves.

 

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May 19, 2015
Who is the Knickercommander? And what do they have to do with the U.S. Bicycle Route System?
Who is the Knickercommander? And what do they have to do with the U.S. Bicycle Route System?

How do the Knickerbikers help double your dollar's distance?

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May 18, 2015
Once You Do Bikecentennial, You Can Accomplish Anything
Once You Do Bikecentennial, You Can Accomplish Anything

Bikecentennial made Bill a more goal-oriented person. “Once you do that [Bikecentennial] you can pretty much accomplish anything,” he says. To stay in touch with Adventure Cycling about the 40th anniversary celebration please fill out this form.

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May 18, 2015
Feeling Lucky? 7 Things You Can Win This Week!
Feeling Lucky? 7 Things You Can Win This Week!

Let us throw a wrench in your Monday, pedal wrench that is. Today we're showcasing this week's raffle prizes and last week's winners.

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May 17, 2015
New touring options abound at Sea Otter
New touring options abound at Sea Otter

The aisles of Sea Otter Classic were full of touring and adventure bikes as the industry grabs onto bike travel in a big way.

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