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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.
Because the campaign has been extended until June 10th, we hope those of you who still want to donate will do so today, and help us raise even more. Help us surpass our original goal by donating today.
One way the dictionary defines the word tour is “a traveling around from place to place.” With that definition in mind, my biking around town, to the office, running errands has turned into bike touring.
When I saw the women’s specific t-shirts in the Clockwork Gears booth at Interbike I knew I wanted to carry one in the next Cyclosource catalog. I was hooked by a mermaid on a bicycle and ordered one to test.
Today, your donation will be matched up to $1,000 by Planet Bike, meaning your gift will go twice as far! We’re also giving away a very cool Velo Orange Model 3 Touring Saddle.
Today we're featuring the two midwest states that have anticipated U.S. Bicycle Route designations: Ohio with USBR 50 and Illinois with USBR 36 and 37. Learn all about these new routes and the many exciting reasons to check them out on two wheels.
Corporate Member Bike2Power tells us a bit about their company, their passion for cycling, and why they support Adventure Cycling Association.
Today, your donation will be matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor and up to $1000 by Team Estrogen, meaning your gift will go three times as far! We’re also giving away some neat Velo Orange Grand Cru pedals.
Today, your donation will be matched 2:1. Everyone who donates today will be entered to win a Cygolite. Donate $25 or more to be entered to win a Bike Tours Direct bike tour. Donate $50 or more for a chance to win a Raleigh touring bicycle plus all of today's sweepstakes items!
This Wednesday is the spring meeting for approval of U.S. Bicycle Route designations! Today we'll be exploring the anticipated USBR designations in the coastal states — Washington State, DC, and our surprise state, Massachusetts.
We field lots of questions here in the Tours department. Recently I responded to one that came in by email and it made me smile. A member with very young children asked if Adventure Cycling had tours that family members who don't ride bicycles could participate in. He was finding it impossible to justify a ride solely for himself, away from his family.
Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Tuesday, May 27, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike 2 Power smartphone mount for their bicycle and anyone who donates $25 or more today will be entered to win a spot on a Danube Bike Path 7-day bike tour.
All throughout the summer months we see traveling cyclists riding some pretty cool bikes when stopping by our office. While each bike is unique, all riders have a similar level of appreciation and attachment to their ride. The Adventure Cycling staff is no different, and as we wait for the masses of travelling cyclists to descend upon us, here's a spotlight of a few staff bikes that grace our courtyard yearlong.
Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Monday, May 26, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike Hermit Growler Pannier for their bicycle. Show us how you #biketobeer on Twitter and Instagram!
Oregon, how we (cyclists) love thee. This Pacific Northwest state excels at two of our favorite things: biking and beer. And now there’s another great reason to visit Oregon — its new Bicycle Friendly Business Program.
The entire Routes & Mapping staff took to the road to visit our map printer in Great Falls, Montana, and learn what the printing process was all about.
Today, Thunder Island Brewing has generously donated an insulated metal growler and a Thunder Island Brewing t-shirt to our giveaway. Donate any amount today in support of the U.S. Bicycle Route System to be eligable to win this package.
Happy Humpday! The first 25 people to donate to the U.S. Bicycle Route System today will be each be given a Park Tool bottle opener!
Bicycle tourism benefits local businesses, and for Bikes and Beer week we're featuring bike friendly breweries in Montana and Oregon. The Bitterroot Valley in Montana is becoming a hot spot for brewery bicycle tourism with 10 local breweries, a 50-mile separated bike path along the stunning Bitterroot Mountains, two cross-country bicycle routes, and Adventure Cycling headquarters.