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

August 6, 2013
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day

These may be the slow-going days of summer, but they're bringing some lively stories to BikeOvernights.org. Take, for instance, The Covered Bridges of Sugar Creek, a story about Indiana by Alan Gossard, published on July 22.

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August 5, 2013
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady spends some quality time with a Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine, an internally geared, belt-driven smoothie that folds like a hanky into pocket size for storage.

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August 2, 2013
Video Clips: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

In his August/September 2013 "Fine Tuned" column, Josh Tack takes a look at the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. Check out these clips from his riding footage.

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August 2, 2013
Adopt a Library Today
Adopt a Library Today

Giving is great, and a great way to adopt a library today. Whether it's your local community library, school library, or just any library you happen to be a fan of, you can give them a one or two year subscription to Adventure Cyclist magazine for only $20 — half the standard rate.

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August 1, 2013
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

For my bike respite this year I recruited my friend Elisabeth to join me on another Adventure Cycling tour. We had such a great time in Colorado last year it only seemed natural. We chose Idaho Relaxed based on the mileages, number of days, dates, and scenic locale. 

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July 26, 2013
Roadside Smiles: Cambodia
Roadside Smiles: Cambodia

At first glance, Cambodia doesn't have the elements most travelers are looking for in a bike trip — there are few paved roads and lots of dust. The country is relatively flat, so no epic mountain passes to climb. And yet, this small country is one of our favorites.

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July 23, 2013
They're Everywhere!
They're Everywhere!

When I step away from my computer and Adventure Cycling work world for a while, there's always realizations that, "Oh, not everyone rides their bike to work. Oh, not every photo has a cyclist in it. Oh, look, this magazine isn't about bike touring at all," and so on. But this vacation was different.

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July 22, 2013
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap

Glacier National Park has been on my list of places to ride for about as far back as I can remember. When I was given the opportunity to take on the role of co-leader for Adventure Cycling’s Glacier Waterton Loop self-contained tour, I was ecstatic.

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July 19, 2013
Scosche boomBOTTLE

Helmet mounted speakers were the Fine Tuned topic of discussion in the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Since that article, I've had a chance to play around with another bicycle speaker system, the boomBOTTLE from Scosche.

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July 19, 2013
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners

Our Share the Joy program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here are our recent winners and their prizes.

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July 18, 2013
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags

When Routes & Mapping joined the Twitter-verse in June of 2010, I had no idea where it was going to go. I've been impressed time and again with how much information can be conveyed in 140 characters.

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July 17, 2013
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute

Zach O'Conner, AASHTO's Communications and Publications Coordinator, shares how his coworker's multi-modal bicycle commute from the suburbs to the heart of Washington DC makes use of the newly improved DC bicycle facilities. A big thank you to Zach and please enjoy! 

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July 16, 2013
Bike Overnights: From the Gateway Arch to the Angeles National Forest
From the Gateway Arch to the Angeles National Forest

Union Station is but one of many sites Julian Hadley visits on his tour of the Gateway City, titled St. Louis Solo On A Single Speed. He also pedaled past the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, Bob Cassilly's Cementland, Soulard Farmer's Market, Union Station, and more.

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July 12, 2013
Biking Bangkok
Biking Bangkok

Kat and I first encountered Bangkok traffic from the perspective of the backseat of a taxi. The chaos of any big city can be daunting. Though neither of us spoke the words, I know we were both thinking, "Not going to bike here." But over years of travel, both of us have learned that first impressions are often wrong.

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July 10, 2013
A Maiden Voyage – Bikepacking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
A Maiden Voyage – Bikepacking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

After becoming a papa in August of 2012, my drive to race bicycles and train for racing literally disappeared over the remainder of the year. I missed my old hobbies of photography, fly-fishing, and nature study. In many ways, my old favorite hobby of wilderness travel — backpacking — had been disregarded for all the time on the bike. But thankfully, there is a way to combine the two!

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July 9, 2013
Cycling Super Foods
Cycling Super Foods

Cycle touring is an intense physical activity, so it can really take a toll on the human body. As you ease into a tour, you’re building up your muscles and burning tons of calories, and you need a lot of energy and nutrients to stay on top of that. Here are a few examples of foods to look for while on tour, if you need a boost.

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July 8, 2013
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour
Wine and Harvest: A Gem of a Tour

One of the finest tours Adventure Cycling offers, appealing to the widest variety of riders, is the Wine & Harvest tour in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 15-22. But you don’t have to take it from me; here are some of the comments from the 2012 Wine & Harvest tour participants:

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July 5, 2013
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero

Who organized your first group bicycle tour? When your chain broke in the middle of nowhere, which bike shop set you on your way again? Who was that extraordinary trail angel who gave you a dry place to sleep out the storm on your last bike tour?

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July 3, 2013
Introducing Climate Ride Captain: Julie Huck
Introducing Climate Ride Captain: Julie Huck

The Adventure Cycling team captain for Climate Ride New York to DC will be, drum roll please….. Julie Huck, our Membership Director! Julie has worked at Adventure Cycling for the past 28 years, so if you’ve stopped by or called to inquire about your membership, there’s a good chance you’ve talked with her.

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July 3, 2013
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is growing as anyone can see from the rising number of miles designated, U.S. Bike Route signs erected, and routes being mapped. Two pieces of exciting news made their way across the Great Plains from Michigan to our office here in Missoula.

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July 2, 2013
Top 5 Massachusetts Bicycle Vacations
Top 5 Massachusetts Bicycle Vacations

From its glorious and fleeting springtime, to summer days on its famous beaches or Berkshire mountains, to the unforgettable autumn foliage and country fairs, Massachusetts packs a lot of wonderful into a tiny state.

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July 2, 2013
A Drive-In Movie Theater and a Tunnel
A Drive-In Movie Theater and a Tunnel

Since the last update here at the blog, we've run a story out of Idaho and one from Georgia, separated by a piece about joining Adventure Cycling Association.

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July 1, 2013
First Timer Nerves
First Timer Nerves

So you want to take your first tour. You have the bike, the gear, and the enthusiasm. Then your nerves start getting the best of you. 'What if I can't do it? What if the hills are too steep? What if I become horribly lost?' You wonder as you pore over your maps or reread your tour itinerary. Here are three easy pre-trip tips that have helped me stay confident as I strike out on tours of my own.

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June 28, 2013
Taking the Slow Path in Thailand
Taking the Slow Path in Thailand

I enjoy the luscious sense of freedom and speed of a long, well earned, downhill. But more often, the most memorable travel moments come when I am forced to slow down.

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June 28, 2013
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!

Adventure Cycling is in the homestretch of the Bright Lights Big Adventure membership drive. First-time members who join by 5pm MDT on June 30 will receive a free Sigma Micro light along with their membership packet. If you join today, you'll also be entered in today's raffle for a chance to win a Boreas Gear Lagunitas pack from Q-Outdoor.

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