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

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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November 18, 2013
Reflective Gear
Reflective Gear

As winter approaches, the days get shorter and daylight diminishes, especially during our commuting hours. This seasonal shift is a great opportunity for you to evaluate your personal visibility factor, and perhaps take a more active role in becoming more visible to both drivers and other cyclists. At Adventure Cycling we offer a few different products that can help you be seen on the roadways after dark.

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November 15, 2013
TwoFish Quick Cage
TwoFish Quick Cage

Recently I've been playing around with the Quick Cage from Twofish. This bottle cage is available in a standard size for your basic 24-ounce water bottle, a mid-range 40oz size that will handle Nalgene bottles and 40-ounce Kleen Kanteen bottles, and a 64-ounce model that will take care of 64-ounce reusable stainless steel bottles. Since I've got a lot of Nalgene bottles hanging around, I went after the 40oz version of this cage.

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November 15, 2013
5th Annual Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
5th Annual Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Only a few more weeks to enter our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We're so excited about seeing all of your adventures. Let us ride vicariously through you!

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November 14, 2013
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A

Jenn recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer Casey Greene to chat with him about the project that has been occupying his time for much of the last year, the exciting new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

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November 13, 2013
Share the Gift of Adventure
Share the Gift of Adventure

Looking for that perfect gift for your cycling friends this holiday season? If you join Adventure Cycling, or renew your membership, you can give a Holiday Gift Membership for just $20 (half off our regular rate) through January 15, 2014.

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November 13, 2013
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016

Did you ride Bikecentennial '76? Have you ridden the TransAm? Do you love bike travel? How would you like to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling and the TransAm in 2016? 

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November 12, 2013
Winter Touring Tips for Beginners
Winter Touring Tips for Beginners

Winter is coming, and that means adjusting our cycling wardrobes to include some slightly warmer apparel. But just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't keep touring! Chillier temperatures at night require fluffier sleeping bags and warmer fires. Here are equipment tips for staying warm and toasty on your next overnight ride.

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November 12, 2013
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist

If you had three, possibly four, days of bike-touring experience, would you agree to take 10 kids on a six-week cross country trip? No matter how you would choose to answer this, Mike Lessard, Adventure Cycling’s newest tours specialist, answered, "yes!"

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November 11, 2013
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror

The Efficient Velo Tools (EVT) Safe Zone mirror has been a valued accessory of mine for the past five years. Starting with the handlebar-mounted variety, I’ve used mirrors from at least three other manufacturers. EVT is head and shoulders above any of those in terms of quality, durability, and overall performance.

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November 8, 2013
Endure: Ballet in the Mud
Endure: Ballet in the Mud

As if daylight savings didn't mess with my post work riding schedule enough, a week of mixed snow and rain topped it all off. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I came across the book Endure: Ballet in the Mud. The book features over 300 photos of the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in Verona, Wisconsin, last January. 

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November 8, 2013
Roadside Wedding Parties
Roadside Wedding Parties

One of the delights of pedaling along the dusty back roads of Cambodia, was coming upon a roadside wedding party. There were days when we encountered a half dozen of them.

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November 6, 2013
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service

On Tuesday, October 15, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited ran a test run for roll-on bicycle service. Three Virginia Bicycle Federation board members along with Linda Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance participated in the run. The test run was a great success and there are high hopes this will lead to more Amtrak services for traveling cyclists.

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November 4, 2013
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter

Start your planning now for some guided bike touring to get you through those dark, short days of winter. Our tours in January, February, and March still have some available spaces, but they are going fast. Here are a few highlights that will warm your winter in 2014.

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November 1, 2013
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar

The 2014 Adventure Cycling Calendar is now available. This full-color calendar includes a selection of outstanding images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, to provide year-round cycling inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.

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October 30, 2013
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship

About a year ago, Tours Director Arlen Hall and I began receiving requests from tours participants to sponsor a young person on one of our tours. We are happy today to announce that you may now give to the Youth Touring & Leadership Fund to support a young person who wishes to attend one of our educational tours.

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October 29, 2013
GDMBR: Adventure, Forgotten History, Solitude
GDMBR: Adventure, Forgotten History, Solitude

When I was asked to write a few words about filming the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, I thought no problem. It's the longest mountain bike route in the world, almost three thousand miles of the most stunning scenery I have ever witnessed: deserts, peaks, plains and funky ghost towns. My advice to you? Well, really Warren Miller’s advice, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”

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October 28, 2013
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream

Two weeks ago, we announced our complete 2014 tours schedule. Since then, the tours team has had numerous conversations with people who have confided in us that they have always wanted to do a tour.One gentleman even insisted that I tell him to “quit being a chicken and sign up!” so I did, and he did!

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October 25, 2013
Light & Motion Solite 250EX
Light & Motion Solite 250EX

Daylight savings ends in a little over a week, and that's a sad day indeed for cyclists hoping snag a few hours in the saddle after the 9-5 grind. If you're looking for a light to extend your ride time, or perhaps keep yourself visible for those dark commutes to and from the office, the Solite 250EX from Light & Motion is a solid option worth checking out.

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October 25, 2013
On the Way to Mandalay
On the Way to Mandalay

Bicycle travel is not only one of the best ways to see the world, but to hear it as well. I love how varied the soundscape can be from country to country. Sometimes I like to close my eyes and simply listen to a country—the different bird calls, market sounds, even traffic sounds.

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October 24, 2013
Guest Post: Where to Ride
Guest Post: Where to Ride

After determining that a bicycle vacation is what you’ve been wishing for, the next step is deciding where to go. There are so many options, but how do you choose one that’s right for your group or for your interests? Jo Baldwin at ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours — one of Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters — has written a guest post to help you decide.

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October 24, 2013
Clever new product: MAP
Clever new product: MAP

Upon my return from a fantastic North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting, I found a link to a product video in my inbox for something called MAP. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all that I took in while at that meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, I hesitated to click on it. Boy, am I glad I did!

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October 23, 2013
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights
Video: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Highlights

Made famous in large part by the fabulous documentary Ride the Divide and its subject, the unsanctioned, winner-takes-nothing-but-bragging-rights Tour Divide race, which runs the route's entire 2,774 miles, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route has received incredible media coverage over the last few years. The route's solitude and beauty is accessible to cyclists of all kinds. Watch this video to see why you might want to ride the Great Divide.

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October 22, 2013
Part 2: Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two
Part 2: Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two

In my October 8 post, I mentioned that we have created an all-new edition of the guidebook Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route. The new edition, 250 pages in length compared to 220 pages in the first edition, includes the 254-mile Canadian section. 

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October 21, 2013
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour

We'd like to share some of the great images from the Vermont, Inn-to-Inn tour that our participants recently completed. Our inn-to-inn tour format is an easier way to travel compared to our traditional self-contained format. Check out the photos from our 2013 Vermont adventure.

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