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A few random links to news stories and blog posts dealing with Adventure Cycling Association that you may not have seen before.
Spring is in full swing here in Missoula, and in the Tours department we are all talking about summer touring plans. Here are the top five ways I prepare for summer riding.
We appreciate the support our 46,500+ members provide us, and in return we work hard putting together affiliate discounts to help all of our members get the most bang for their buck when plotting a course for adventure. Here's the scoop on all of the benefits we currently offer.
Texas has it going on. Bicycling is hot, and I'm not talking temperature.
In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off the Cinelli Bootleg Hobo bicycle.
Solidream's three-year circumnativation of the globe — plus a side trip to Antarctica — resulted in many more spectacular photos than we could print in the April Adventure Cyclist, so we've created a gallery to show off more of the French quartet's trip.
So you need that super lightweight pack to take along with you for the ride? Maybe there are some groceries to go get, laundry to haul, or an amazing day hike just off of your route?
So far, 13 videos have been entered in Adventure Cycling’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest. They wear intriguing and evocative titles like "Majer István Emléktúra 2013," "Spices & Spandex: The Cookbook," and "Mountain Biking to Dakshinkali Temple — Kathmandu, Nepal."
I'm hooked on Adventure Cycling fully supported tours and I'm not sorry.
When seeking out event rides to fill up my summer calendar, I've found that it is almost hard to find a ride that isn't built around a cause. If you have a cause in mind that you would like to ride for, or build an event around, there are a great deal of tools available to help you promote the ride and collect donations for the cause. Here are just a few options you can take advantage of:
Two Knobby Tires is a boutique online retailer. We have been selling eco-friendly outdoor gear on Amazon for five years. In that time, we’ve lived in Fort Collins, CO, Blacksburg, VA, and Iowa City, IA, our current residence.
Later this month, I'll be appearing at a trio of REI stores in the great state of Oregon to celebrate the new edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.
I'm looking out the window this morning here in Missoula and its snowing again. It's late March. For many out there, this winter has been frigid, unrelenting, and brutal. And the winter just keeps coming. We could all use some fun in the sun and a chance to get a little dirty! If you want to ride the high-and-dry variety of dirty, I've got some tour ideas for you.
For long days in the saddle, variety in hand position usually results in happier wrists. I look forward to bikecamping and touring with this easily loaded bar.
Here's to the color green! Green is the sign of winter releasing its grasp. Those little shoots of green precede the explosion of flowers to follow. Green makes me dream of fresh veggies to munch and lush valleys to explore. Green makes me yearn to get on my bike.
In December 2013, I had the opportunity to talk to Alex Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Specialist at Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. She told me about the 2012 Travel Oregon survey distributed to users of hiker/biker campsites in the state.
Finding funding to sign a U.S. Bicycle Route can often be a daunting process, but signing is one of the most important and effective ways to promote your route and attract bicycle tourism.
I find myself wanting to go south — to box up my bike, drive to the airport, and just get on a plane, any plane, to any place warm and dry. Hmmm … where did I put my credit card?
As announced by media director Winona Bateman in her post of January 2, 2014, to celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. Our panel of volunteer judges will name one winner for each of the three submission categories (Best Long Distance Tour Video, Best Short Tour Video, and Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist), and choose the winner of our Bike Travel Spirit Award. And who are these judges? Let me introduce them.
Cycling the C&O Canal Towpath can be as much fun in the rain and mud as it is on bright sunny days. It is all about your perspective.
In 2000, about two years after all of the maps for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route had been printed, we published a guide to the route with possibly the longest book title ever: Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.
One of the reasons I love travel narratives is that I feel like I personally know the author by the time I finish his or her book. This time, I met Heather Andersen first as our tour leader on Adventure Cycling’s San Juan Island Inn to Inn Tour in 2013, and read her book, I Never Intended to Be Brave, A Woman’s Bicycle Journey Through Southern Africa, months later.
If you enjoy long, slow, epic climbs, I'd highly recommend you conquer The Condor (Paso del Cóndor). At over 4000 meters, it is the highest paved road in Venezuela. If you begin your bike journey in Barquisimeto at the northernmost point of the Andes, you'll have plenty of time to warm up for the big climb.
One of the items on the Routes & Mapping team's To Do list has been to improve our offerings for mobile navigation.
You're invited to join us on one of the Climate Rides or Climate Hike! Adventure Cycling is a beneficiary of Climate Ride, and this year's team ride will be Climate Ride Midwest, a spectacular 4-day ride from Grand Rapids, MI, to Chicago, IL, from September 6-9, 2014.