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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the final installment of our 2013 Interbike roundup. I'm calling this one a random roundup because that's exactly what it is. There's a little something for everyone here, so I hope you enjoy it.
In addition to the hard copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine that our members receive in the mail nine times a year, we've created two digital versions of each issue as well to make it easier than ever to access the excellent bicycle-travel stories we publish.
Sales and Marketing Director Teri Maloughney has been an Adventure Cycling employee for over 20 years. She's had the opportunity to test a lot of cycling shorts and liners. Find out why these are her all-time her favorites.
Meet Saara Snow, the most recent addition to the Adventure Cycling Team. Saara joins us as the new Travel Initiaitives Coordinator. Saara will work to ensure better bicycle-travel conditions across North America and she will assist with the on-going development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
We've just announced our 2014 Guided Tours including 11 brand-new trips! We offer self-contained, inn-to-inn, fully supported, and van-supported trips. We also offer educational courses and family tours, and be sure to check out our Best Tours for Beginners, Epic Adventures, and Mountain Bike Tours.
If you're in need of some new bags or panniers to help you haul your gear around town, or around the world in 2014, here are some great options that we spotted at Interbike.
"There is nothing like having an encounter with a grizzly bear to make a tiny cabin feel like a castle fortress. We slept like logs. You see, bears just make travel better."
I'm checking in from Greenville, South Carolina, at the 2013 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual meeting. I've already learned so much from my colleagues on the first day. I can only image what knowledge and new inspiration I'll bring back to the office next week.
In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Jeff Jones City & Touring bike. The full review appears in the October/November 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, which is now available online for Adventure Cycling members.
When fall comes, it's natural for most to hunker down. Let's bake pies, listen to records, and write all of our loved ones! And when we travel, let's do it by bike! We've put together a very abreviated fall shopping guide for bike lovers.
In 2000, about two years after all the maps had been printed for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, we published a guidebook with possibly the longest name ever for a book: Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.
As you may know, Adventure Cycling’s mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Well, last week I was inspired by an amazing group of cyclists when I got the chance to ride my bike from New York City to Washington DC on Climate Ride.