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

December 16, 2013
Bag it!
Bag it!

Ortlieb's Ultra Lightweight Dry Bags: An excellent go-to item for keeping gear and clothing dry and organized.

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December 13, 2013
Cycling Holiday Gifts
Cycling Holiday Gifts

Whether you're searching for those last few gifts for the holidays, or just getting started with your holiday shopping, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas, or any gift-giving occasion.

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December 13, 2013
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Remembering Nelson Mandela

The world lost a truly great man last week with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Sometimes a bike trip is just a bike trip. And then sometimes you find yourself in a place in the world at a time in history that you will never forget.

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December 12, 2013
Geared Up Holiday Edition
Geared Up Holiday Edition

Gift ideas for the cyclist in your life.

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December 12, 2013
Interactive Route Network Map
Interactive Route Network Map

Planning and plotting your next bicycle travel trip? Might you want to use a mixture of the Adventure Cycling route network maps to get you from point A to point B on this journey? I can honestly say with the new interactive route map our IT deparment put together, it has never been easier than it is today to make this happen.

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December 11, 2013
Life Member Milestones
Life Member Milestones

Despite the ice-cold temperatures we're experiencing right now, life memberships have been coming in hot. Just this week, we reached a major milestone by welcoming our 2000th life member.

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December 10, 2013
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Co-Motion Divide Rohloff bike. The full review appears in the December/January 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, which is now available online for Adventure Cycling members.

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December 10, 2013
Tours Gift Certificate
Tours Gift Certificate

Unwrap the gift of adventure with an Adventure Cycling tours gift certificate!

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December 9, 2013
The Genesis of the Great Divide
The Genesis of the Great Divide

Like a Tour Divide racer, I teetered and tottered up and down the most radical carnival ride imaginable during the two and a half to three years it took to plan, research, and map the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. My feelings ranged from moments of dread to hope to pure joy.

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December 5, 2013
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’

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December 4, 2013
We've Got Your Back
We've Got Your Back

I know that right now there are a lot of good causes and organizations that are requesting your support. And I know that a bicycling organization might not be on your top-10 list charities to support before year-end. But if you're a cyclist, and if you're reading this blog, there's a very good reason to donate to Adventure Cycling this holiday season.

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December 4, 2013
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak

When it comes to bicycle services on passenger rail, the U.S. lags behind many countries, especially in Europe. But this is changing as a partnership has formed between Adventure Cycling, Amtrak, and other bicycle and passenger-rail organizations across the country that are committed to making rail travel more bicycle friendly. 

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December 3, 2013
A Gift for you on Giving Tuesday
A Gift for you on Giving Tuesday

We are almost halfway to our goal of $100,000 for the Holiday Campaign challenge grant. As of this morning, we have raised $41,311. Check out the unique gifts you'll receive when you donate to Adventure Cycling's Holiday Campaign by December 31.

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December 3, 2013
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale

Last week the Adventure Cycling Tours Department welcomed another wonderful addition. Meet our newest tours specialist, Mandy Hale. 

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December 3, 2013
Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday

Today, take a deep breath and relax with us on Giving Tuesday. The first three donors today will receive a pair of fleece gloves embroidered with the Adventure Cycling logo.

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November 27, 2013
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today

Our 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest closes on November 30. After you've stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving goodness, why not share your bike-tour photographs with your friends or family and, while you're at it, pick out some of your best shots to submit?

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November 26, 2013
Hot off the press! 2014 Tours Book
Hot off the press! 2014 Adventure Cycling Tours Book

Mailboxes across the country are now receiving the exciting new Adventure Cycling 2014 tours catalog. Just in time, too, as the 2014 tours season starts in January.

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November 25, 2013
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles

I have been riding on Terry saddles since they first came out in 1997. These saddles are lightweight, sleek, and work for us, as you can see in the photo from our garage!

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November 22, 2013
RockTape Kinesiology Tape
RockTape Kinesiology Tape

Not just for physical therapists anymore, Rocktape brings kinesiotape to the masses.

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November 22, 2013
Two Minute Noodles
Two Minute Noodles

There is nothing quite as enjoyable on a bike tour as a breakfast break. You've put on a few miles or kilometers, your body and mind are alert, and your taste buds are tingling. You park your bike outside a diner and go in, look at a menu, order coffee or tea, and wait. It generally doesn't take long, ten to fifteen minutes. But when you are bike trip hungry, minutes feel like hours.

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November 21, 2013
Southern Hospitality Cartography Style
Southern Hospitality Cartography Style

October 2013 was a very busy month including map reprint deadlines and travel across the country (with all the preparation that entails). My travel destination of Greenville, South Carolina, was determined by my planned attendance of my 10th North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting.

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November 20, 2013
Help Meet a $100,000 Match for Bicycle Travel
Help Meet a $100,000 Match for Bicycle Travel

Please help us meet a challenge grant of $100,000 by December 31 so that we may inspire and empower even more people to travel by bicycle. Learn how your gift will be matched either 1:1 or 2:1 on the Holiday Campaign donation page.

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November 20, 2013
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy recently released a new report that studies rails-with-trails and provides helpful data and resources to help advocates and trail managers develop these kinds of trails. Rails-with-trails are public paths that run alongside active train corridors, and the growth of these trails over the last 20 years has helped expand the trail network across the country.

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November 19, 2013
Inaugural TransAm Bike Race
Inaugural TransAm Bike Race

In June 2014, the first TransAm Bike Race will take competitors across 10 states from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia. They will traverse the 4233-mile TransAmerica Trail as mapped by Adventure Cycling Association.

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November 19, 2013
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters

In the past week, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some days sunning on my Bike Friday in the warmth of the Florida sun, away from my office in Missoula, Montana. Although large group rides are not a style of touring I am interested in, I took a risk and joined Bubba Fest with my partner, Shawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

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