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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.

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July 10, 2015
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!

When you're bicycle touring in July, pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot. How can you beat the heat this summer, and have a successful ride? By following some or all of these tips, that's how!

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July 9, 2015
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip

The Todd family, from Anchorage, Alaska, tackles the Great Divide Moutain Bike Route. Two parents. Six kids.

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July 8, 2015
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling

If you're up for adventure this summer, we've got you covered with free materials that will help you plan and execute your trip. Request information from Adventure Cycling, and we'll pack it up and have it sent to your door. Here's what we've got on offer:

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July 6, 2015
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that

Cyclosource takes a closer look at the lightest waterproof panniers on the market today.

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July 3, 2015
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar

 

Sounds! While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Listen to one in his "bad jokes arsenal."

 

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July 1, 2015
Thanks for Your Support!
Thanks for Your Support!

Success doesn't happen by accident, and we have a lot of people to thank for the success of our recent June 2015 Member Drive, which saw us gain more than 200 new members.

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June 30, 2015
Two-Wheeled Vacation
Two-Wheeled Vacation

A wonderful, refreshing bike trip with minimal hassle and maximum fun is available to you right now: the bike overnight. 

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June 29, 2015
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories

Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist started out as an independent Bikecentennial cyclist and was "inducted" as a member of TAEK525 later. Their leader, Karl Schlaich, was hit by a car in Tribune, Kansas, during the trip. The community took them in for a few days while Karl was treated in the hospital. Bridget played her flute, which she carried in a heavy reinforced case during the length of the trip, for Tribune's Fourth of July celebration.

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June 25, 2015
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel

Cycling season is construction season for highway departments. Now is the time to check Department of Transportation (DOT) websites for construction projects in the states on your intended route. Read more for alerts in Idaho, construction related travel resources, and ways to share construction information with your fellow bicycle travelers.

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June 19, 2015
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet
The Most Inspiring Bike Event on the Planet

Imagine that your city or town could organize an event that closed down large portions of your streets to vehicular traffic and opened them up for people to ride their bikes or walk. Imagine that an incredible 30 percent of the citizens participated. Now imagine that event happening every Sunday of the year (plus holidays), year after year after year.

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June 18, 2015
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change

We have more time to push for and negotiate changes in proposed rumble strip applications on the Northern Tier and TransAm in Montana – well over 1,000 people contacted Montana DOT and made a BIG difference – we will keep pressing for change and may need your help again in the near future.

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June 17, 2015
Thanks To You...
Thanks To You...

Check out our numbers from the Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It. campaign. Thanks to all our generous supporters!

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June 15, 2015
Donna Schuerch Love Is "Mentally Stronger" Because of Bikecentennial
Bicentennial Bicycle Trip Made Donna Schuerch Love "Mentally Stronger"

Donna Schuerch Love was part of the largest cycling group during the U.S. Bicentennial. Led by her Ambassador College, Big Sandy, Texas, physical education teacher, Larry Haworth, the group included seventy-eight riders in ten packs, three rovers, two scout drivers, an assistant, three kids, one tour director, one truck driver, and one assistant director/sag man. They traveled 4,291 miles in sixty-six days from Fort Stephens, Oregon to Fort Story, Virginia from June 9 – August 13, 1976. 

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June 10, 2015
Membership Highlights: Connecting Local Bike Shops and Bicycle Travel
Membership Highlights: Connecting Local Bike Shops and Bicycle Travel

Looking for a bike shop tailored to your touring needs? Adventure Cycling has taken the guesswork out of your shop search by implementing a new, interactive map that features our 240+ Member Shops.

 

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June 9, 2015
Doesn't it Feel Good to Get Away?
Doesn't it Feel Good to Get Away?

—to clear your head, stretch your muscles, and make new friends — on a bike?

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June 9, 2015
Women's Intro to Road Touring in Oregon
Women's Intro to Road Touring in Oregon

Adventure Cycling offers a bicycle tour JUST FOR WOMEN, because … sometimes the ladies don’t want to ride with the guys. We understand.

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June 5, 2015
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag

I've always disliked packing bikes for airline travel. It's a lot like combining Tetris with an egg drop. Everything needs to fit snugly in a finite space while making sure key pieces are padded well enough to withstand abuse. With that, here's a look at a bike bag from Scicon, the Aerocomfort 2.0.

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June 5, 2015
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead
Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir: Road Work Ahead

In Myanmar, we watched hundreds of workers with brooms, metal pans, and rakes work on a road: hot, dusty, back-breaking work for meager wages...

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June 3, 2015
Build the USBRS with Cascade Bicycle Club
Build the USBRS with Cascade Bicycle Club

Cascade Bicycle Club believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. 

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June 3, 2015
USBRS in My Backyard: The People & Stories Behind the Routes
USBRS in My Backyard: The People and Stories Behind the Routes

It's the people, places, and stories that connect and inspire the U.S. Bicycle Route System, so we thought we'd share our growing collection of USBRS in My Backyard photos. 

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June 2, 2015
The Finish Line is in Sight!
The Finish Line is in Sight!

We’re extending our Build It. Bike It. Be Part of It. campaign for one more week. This gives you another chance to win that seven day Danube River bike tour with Bike Tours Direct. Keep reading to find out who already won!

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June 1, 2015
Theresa Whalen Leland: Remembering Bikecentennial 1976
Theresa Whalen Leland: Remembering Bikecentennial 1976

At twenty-five, Theresa Whalen Leland was ready for adventure! She rode Bikecentennial as a young, single, middle school teacher from Great Falls, Montana and recently shared some great memories and photos with us. Do you have a Bikecentennial story to share?  Please submit your story on our Tumblr page.

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June 1, 2015
Saving Sachtleben
Saving Sachtleben

19th Century bicycle traveler William Sachtleben took dozens of spectacular, circular images during his round-the-world trip with Thomas Allen, but they were moments away from being lost forever.

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May 30, 2015
Build the USBRS with SKS USA
Build the USBRS with SKS USA

Right now your donation can go twice as far! SKS USA believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor a $1,000 match challenge. Donate now to have your contribution matched by SKS USA!

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May 29, 2015
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag

The high elevation snowpack is thinning out, which means it won't be too long before some of the mountain passes along our Great Divide and Idaho Hot Springs mountain bike routes are ready for cyclists to start taking to the trail. If you're interested in taking a bikepacking approach to an off-road tour this year, you'll probably find yourself in the market for a frame bag...

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