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When it comes to the stuff I carry on my bike, no one would ever accuse me of being an ultralight bike traveler. When traveling solo, I've been known to pedal with a tent big enough for me and my bicycle. Before the digital camera revolution, a large portion of one of my panniers was devoted to 80 rolls of slide film. I regularly find room to pack a bottle (or two) of wine. How much is too much? 20 lbs? 40 lbs? 60 lbs of gear?
The Southern Tier is one of those routes that has a distinct "season" for riding due to the effect extreme weather conditions can have on a cyclist's experience. We believe it is generally best ridden early fall or spring for optimum conditions. There are three factors contributing to this advice: deserts, mountain passes, and hurricane season.
One of the great ironies at Adventure Cycling is that one of the most unpleasant sections of our legendary TransAmerica Trail is the 8-mile stretch between Lolo, Montana, and our home base in Missoula, Montana. We routinely get pleas from visiting cyclists: "Can you fix that #@*&%# part of the route?" Well as of last week, we can answer: "Yes, we have a fix!"
Two weeks ago, we asked our Instagram community, "Why do you travel by bicycle?" You showed us your answers by hashtagging your photos with #ACAtravelbybike. The response was amazing!
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Dream Tour Giveaway is Tom Carmine of Newport News, Virginia.
Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.
Adventure Cycling appreciates the support we receive from our members, and to show our appreciation, we offer some great benefits. In addtion to 9 issues of our award winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, discount on our maps, and access to our guided tours, we also offer service and equipment affiliate benefits from other companies.
One of the biggest hurdles to great bike travel in the United States is the lack of consistent and affordable support for bicyclists on Amtrak, coach carriers, and airlines. Imagine if you could roll your bike safely onto a train or into a cargo bay on a motor coach anywhere in the U.S. — just think of the travel options this would open up for bike overnights, weeklong trips or cross-country trips.
Meet Steve All, a software consultant and OpenStreetMap contributor whom Adventure Cycling volunteer Kerry Irons has worked with for the past several months. Kerry saw the potential for using an open-source mapping project to communicate route information both during the implementation process and after routes are designated. Once Kerry and Steve connected, good things started happening.
August 2013 was a month brimming with great stories over on BikeOvernights.org. Check it out!
In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.
We're giving away 20 one-year Adventure Cycling memberships. Show us your photos of how/why you travel by bicycle on Instagram and make sure to tag @adventurecycling and #ACAtravelbybike to be entered to win.
Adventure Cycling ran its first self-contained family bike tour in July, the inaugural Family Fun, Erie Canal-Niagara Falls tour. We were curious as to whether this new venture would be welcomed by our members.
"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.
It's always fun to pedal by a school on a bike trip. A bicycle loaded down for an adventure is always a draw. The reaction can vary from polite waves, to smiles and shouted hellos, to all out classroom-emptying chaos. I've never been a rock star, but there are times on the road when I think I've experienced what it's like.
One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer long. Last week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.
Teens and tots on two epic cycling trips — and tips on how to get kids out on a bicycle tour.
Adventure Cycling's 2014 early, epic, and educational tours are now available! Sign up now: Our early announcement trips tend to fill very quickly.
The heat of the summer is not over yet, and if a couple water bottles won't cut it for your long rides, a hydration pack is a solid option.
The nominations have been pouring in from all across the country. As you look back on your touring season, think of that person or bike shop who influenced your ride and nominate them for our 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards!
One of my favorite parts of my job in the summer is reading the blogs and tweets of cyclists on the road. It keeps me in touch with the issues folks might be having on the routes for various reasons and it fills my coffee and lunch breaks with a bit of vicarious thrill!
I'm currently on Day 4 of Adventure Cycling's Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers tour with my mother. In the past 40-ish hours, I've smiled so much my cheeks ache and I've biked so much that... well, my cheeks ache.
2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tour sign-ups open August 14th.
When we first pedaled up to this intersection, I thought I'd see an accident within sixty seconds. This traffic dance fascinated me. An hour later, not a single scrape. How could that be possible without any traffic signals, stop signs, or traffic cops?