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

May 8, 2014
What’s that you say? It’s another Adventure Cycling giveaway!
What’s that you say? It’s another Adventure Cycling giveaway!

Anyone who donates ANY amount by 5:30pm MST TODAY, Thursday, May 8th will be entered to win this package of ultra-cool stuff. Goodies include a Park Tool Pizza Cutter Tool, magnets, postcards, and wheel reflectors, along with fleece gloves, a recycled bike chain frame, and a sweet Adventure Cycling Silipint!

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May 7, 2014
Video Review: Kona Sutra
Video Review: Kona Sutra

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off the Kona Sutra touring bicycle.

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May 7, 2014
Riding the Canol Heritage Trail Photo Gallery
Riding the Canol Heritage Trail Photo Gallery

When photographer Ryan Creary and three friends set out to ride the remote and punishing Canol Heritage Trail in northwest Canada they knew they were in for a challenge. Enjoy this extended cut of Creary's photos from the trip and be sure to check out the story about their adventure by Ryan Stuart in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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May 7, 2014
Hump Day Giveaway, Plus Win a Bike!
Hump Day Giveaway, Plus Win a Bike!

Donate $50 or more to the Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign to be entered to win a Sojourn touring bike from Raleigh!

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May 6, 2014
A Closer Look at USBR 50: The C&O Canal Trail
A Closer Look at USBR 50: The C&O Canal Trail

U.S. Bicycle Route 50 follows the scenic, historical, and wildlife-rich C&O Canal through DC and Maryland. The canal's USBR designation is helping to bring bicycle tourism and its economic benefits to this beloved National Park trail and surrounding communities. 

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May 6, 2014
5 More Reasons to Ride
5 More Reasons to Ride

Spring has sprung here in Missoula, and we’re itching to get out on the open road to feel the wind against our faces. After some of the long and hard winters we’ve heard our members have had, we thought we’d remind everyone of some great reasons to tour. 

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May 6, 2014
Tuesday Nutcase Giveaway!
Tuesday Nutcase Giveaway!

If you haven’t yet donated to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we have an awesome sweepstakes today from Nutcase Helmets. For any donations received today, May 7th through 5:30 MST tomorrow, May 8th, you will be entered to win a Modern Argyle helmet from Nutcase Helmets (size M).

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May 5, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: Great Divide Mountain Bike Tour
Corporate Spotlight: Great Divide Mountain Bike Tour

Corporate Member Great Divide Mountain Bike Tour's Ryan Correy tells us a bit about their tour offerings, their passion for cycling, and why they support Adventure Cycling Association.

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May 5, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Old Man Mountain Racks
Things Teri Loves: Old Man Mountain Racks

Old Man Mountain racks are prized for their efficiency, light weight, and ability to achieve a high-level dynamic load capacity. They feature proprietary tooling, down to their own painstakingly designed and crafted welding jigs. 

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May 5, 2014
We're Giving Away a Raleigh Sojourn Touring Bike!
We're Giving Away a Raleigh Sojourn Touring Bike!

Today we’re excited to announce we’re giving away a Raleigh Sojourn bike! This sweepstakes will last the entire month of May, and anyone who donates $50 or more will be entered to win.

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May 2, 2014
Texas Hill Country Goodness
Texas Hill Country Goodness

An Adventure Cycling tour recap.

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May 2, 2014
Win a Detour Commuting Pannier
Win a Detour Commuting Pannier

Donate to by this Sunday, May 4, and you'll be entered to win one of these awesome commuter cycling panniers from Detours!

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May 1, 2014
Find Adventure in Your Backyard — Celebrating the USBRS
Find Adventure in Your Backyard — Celebrating the USBRS

May is National Bike Month, and we're celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System for the entire month! New route designations will be announced this spring, and many other exciting developments are happening across the country, perhaps in your own backyard. 

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May 1, 2014
Celebrate National Bike Month!
Celebrate National Bike Month!

Happy National Bicycle Month! Today is the kickoff of Adventure Cycling’s 5th Annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign to raise awareness and support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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April 30, 2014
Bicycle Travel Video Contest: Watch 2013 Winners for 2014 Inspiration
Bicycle Travel Video Contest: Watch 2013 Winners for 2014 Inspiration

So far, 16 videos have been entered in Adventure Cycling’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. If you’re thinking about submitting an entry in the contest, remember you have to do so by June 30. As a little active inspiration, have a look at these winners from the 2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest.

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April 29, 2014
Get Your Read and Ride On!
Get Your Read and Ride On!

Its spring and many of us are busy planning our next getaway on board our bicycles. If you are short on time, another option is to head over to your local library or bookstore, and find bike touring memoirs and journals to start travelling vicariously through others!

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April 28, 2014
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair

Planning a bike tour always lends our focus to the bike, the seat, pedals, panniers, and the route itself. We are often so consumed with ensuring the ride is as comfortable as possible, we can sometimes forget to plan for our time off the bike.  

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April 25, 2014
Night Market Serenade
Night Market Serenade

We stuffed ourselves silly on noodle dishes, and curry, and sweets. Plenty of fuel for the next day's pedal toward Laos. Above the din of the people and a loud broadcast advertising campaign from a local business, I heard a single voice.

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April 23, 2014
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern

Meet Katie Kramon, our newest intern. She has been a bike-touring junkie since her first self-contained cross country ride in 2009 and we're excited to welcome her to the Adventure Cycling team!

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April 22, 2014
Seen at Sea Otter
Seen at Sea Otter

The Sea Otter Classic is billed as the country's biggest bike festival and has become the site of spring product launches for the bike industry. Here are a few highlights for the touring cyclist.

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April 22, 2014
Tours Department is On the Ball
Tours Department is On the Ball

Coming into an office on a beautiful spring day after a long winter can be one of the most challenging tasks. With spring in full force, I would rather seek out adventures on the trails around Missoula.

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April 18, 2014
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day
Have a Happy Thomas Stevens Day

Adventure Cycling will be closed on Monday, April 21, to celebrate our very own holiday, Thomas Stevens Day.

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April 18, 2014
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, I reviewed Garmin's Touring Edge Plus GPS unit. To supplement that article, I would like to share a few common questions I've received about the unit, as well as peek into Garmin's latest creation.

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April 17, 2014
Can I Use this Old Map?

We regularly get a variation of the question, "can I use my old [insert name of route] map on tour this year?" The answer: it depends. There are many factors that go into making this decision.

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April 16, 2014
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That
A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

A few random links to news stories and blog posts dealing with Adventure Cycling Association that you may not have seen before.

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