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When Alex Ray’s mother was gravely ill with colon cancer two years ago, the college student from Tabor City, N.C., found late-night and early morning bike rides helped him clear his head.
Smartphones are becoming a pretty standard piece of equipment for anything from a casual day ride to an expedition tour. You can use them as a cyclocomputer, GPS navigation, ride tracker for later uploading and analysis, service directory, and bicycle maintenance guide. I've even heard rumors that you can make phone calls in case of emergency.
A little round up of links that are keeping me wanderlusting.
Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass are jewels found on two Adventure Cycling routes — the Northern Tier and Great Parks North. I have long encouraged cyclists to be sure to time their trips on those routes to include this climb. Most years the pass is only fully open from about mid-June until mid-September so the window is pretty wide but does require some planning.
On his epic journey across America, Aaron has been experiencing hospitality on a level he "never could have dreamed and didn't realize still existed".
What a marvelous food is the banana — sweet calories packaged in an easy-opening, biodegradable container. Slather a whole bunch with peanut butter, wash it all down with a carton of milk, and it's all the fuel I need for a long day's bike ride.
Bicycle tourism is capturing people’s attention nationwide, and not just cyclists. Whether it's the numbers of cyclists or the number of dollars they spend, people are seeing the impact that bicycle tourism has in their communities and states and realizing the benefits of attracting and welcoming cyclists.
When you're caught in the heat of summer, dream of riding in the cool of fall
Some folks find their way as map readers and others read only the narratives. Most cyclists use both modes while pedaling their route. If you’re a narratives reader and like to rely on the turn by turn text directions, then consider the CueClip made by Ohio Travel Bag.
Show us what you would bring on your dream bike tour via Pinterest and you could win a set of rear Arkel panniers!
It was only our second day of our cross country bike trip. Other than having bikes and panniers, Thomas and I were ill prepared. We were riding in Adidas cotton shorts, cotton t-shirts, and had high school quality cotton sweats. Our first day of riding had taught us a couple of valuable lessons: #1. Sunscreen is a really good idea. #2. Yes, your butt can hurt beyond belief after just one day of riding.
GPS data for our newest route, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) is now available. This release continues the trend the paper map started. Where the paper map is a peek at what a redesigned Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map might look like, the GPS data is an iteration of what future GPS data might look like.
Traveling with your bike can seem very daunting if you’ve never done it before, particularly if it involves air travel. Amtrak has begun to work to meet the needs of its cycling customers, so what about air travel companies?
We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.
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Just a reminder: Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo will close to submissions at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 30, 2014.
Back in February, Adventure Cycling announced the launch of the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. Applications were submitted and reviewed this spring, and two candidates were selected to participate in one of Adventure Cycling’s 2014 educational courses.
It was our first bike journey together, and we were on a seriously limited budget. Hotel stays were few and far between, and wild camping rarely came with a free flowing water source.
Meet Steve Buchtel, an Illinois native and a passionate advocate for trails in Illinois. As the Executive Director of Trails for Illinois, he brings a dynamic mix of dedication, enthusiasm, and sense of humor to developing, researching and promoting trails in his home state. In this post, Steve tells us in his own words (and songs!) about bringing trails to people and people to trails.
By now I’m sure most of you have had the chance to find some warm weather, dry roads and trails, and had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year, we’re heavy hitting into the touring season!
From cleaning your dishes to cleaning your skin, keeping clean is an important aspect of comfort and health on the road. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource store carries just the thing: the Scrubr dish cloth for pots and pans and the Trekr wash cloth for your skin, both by Luntatec.
With Father's Day right around the corner, note cards could very well be on your mind. Using images pulled from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contests, we've created an excellent assortment of bicycle travel note cards for Adventure Cycilsts!
With Summer Solstice just a few weeks away, my current frame of mind is in a full and impassioned embrace of all that summertime holds for cycling, hiking, touring, and all sorts of fun-in-the-sun here in Montana. Hopefully you are feeling the same fervor wherever you are!
If you ride your bicycle to work in the United States, odds are you don't have much company. In most U.S. cities, less than one percent of commuters use a bicycle to get to work. If you are feeling very alone, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon.
In this guest post, Deborah Stone-Wulf of Amtrak shares some of the progress and challenges to expand Amtrak's bicycle services through the Bicycle Task Force partnership with Adventure Cycling and other groups.