Adventure Cycling Blog

Photo by Adam Coppola

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

August 23, 2013
School Encounters
School Encounters

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.

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August 21, 2013
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists

One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer longLast week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.

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August 20, 2013
Undaunted Kids
Undaunted Kids

Teens and tots on two epic cycling trips — and tips on how to get kids out on a bicycle tour.

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August 19, 2013
2014 Early, Epic, & Educational Tours Announced
2014 Early, Epic, and Educational Tours Announced

Adventure Cycling's 2014 early, epic, and educational tours are now available! Sign up now: Our early announcement trips tend to fill very quickly.

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August 16, 2013
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack

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.

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August 16, 2013
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love

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!

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August 15, 2013
Vicarious Bicycle Travel
Vicarious Bicycle Travel

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!

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August 13, 2013
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report

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.

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August 12, 2013
Get Your Pedals Ready!
Get Your Pedals Ready!

2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tour sign-ups open August 14th.

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August 9, 2013
Traffic Dance
Traffic Dance

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?

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August 8, 2013
Cali's Wine Country by Bike
Cali's Wine Country by Bike

After years of pitching bicycle touring shows to the Travel Channel, they finally gave me the green light and "Cali's Wine Country by Bike" is now live on TravelChannel.com.

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August 7, 2013
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report

Toole Design Group recently completed a report, entitled U.S Bicycle Route System: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country, which compiles survey responses from state departments of transportation (DOTs) as well as volunteers and bicycle and trail advocates working on the project. After the survey was completed, Toole Design conducted in depth interviews with eight states, documenting the implementation methods each state used to plan and designate their U.S. Bike Routes.

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August 6, 2013
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail

This photo essay accompanies the story, "The White Rim Trail: A Journey Between River & Sky" by Cass Gilbert, which appeared in the August/September issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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August 6, 2013
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day

These may be the slow-going days of summer, but they're bringing some lively stories to BikeOvernights.org. Take, for instance, The Covered Bridges of Sugar Creek, a story about Indiana by Alan Gossard, published on July 22.

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August 5, 2013
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady spends some quality time with a Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine, an internally geared, belt-driven smoothie that folds like a hanky into pocket size for storage.

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August 2, 2013
Video Clips: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

In his August/September 2013 "Fine Tuned" column, Josh Tack takes a look at the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. Check out these clips from his riding footage.

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August 2, 2013
Adopt a Library Today
Adopt a Library Today

Giving is great, and a great way to adopt a library today. Whether it's your local community library, school library, or just any library you happen to be a fan of, you can give them a one or two year subscription to Adventure Cyclist magazine for only $20 — half the standard rate.

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August 1, 2013
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

For my bike respite this year I recruited my friend Elisabeth to join me on another Adventure Cycling tour. We had such a great time in Colorado last year it only seemed natural. We chose Idaho Relaxed based on the mileages, number of days, dates, and scenic locale. 

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July 26, 2013
Roadside Smiles: Cambodia
Roadside Smiles: Cambodia

At first glance, Cambodia doesn't have the elements most travelers are looking for in a bike trip — there are few paved roads and lots of dust. The country is relatively flat, so no epic mountain passes to climb. And yet, this small country is one of our favorites.

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July 23, 2013
They're Everywhere!
They're Everywhere!

When I step away from my computer and Adventure Cycling work world for a while, there's always realizations that, "Oh, not everyone rides their bike to work. Oh, not every photo has a cyclist in it. Oh, look, this magazine isn't about bike touring at all," and so on. But this vacation was different.

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July 22, 2013
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap
Glacier Waterton Loop Tour Recap

Glacier National Park has been on my list of places to ride for about as far back as I can remember. When I was given the opportunity to take on the role of co-leader for Adventure Cycling’s Glacier Waterton Loop self-contained tour, I was ecstatic.

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July 19, 2013
Scosche boomBOTTLE

Helmet mounted speakers were the Fine Tuned topic of discussion in the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Since that article, I've had a chance to play around with another bicycle speaker system, the boomBOTTLE from Scosche.

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July 19, 2013
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners

Our Share the Joy program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here are our recent winners and their prizes.

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July 18, 2013
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags
Feed the Route-Specific Twitter Hashtags

When Routes & Mapping joined the Twitter-verse in June of 2010, I had no idea where it was going to go. I've been impressed time and again with how much information can be conveyed in 140 characters.

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July 17, 2013
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute

Zach O'Conner, AASHTO's Communications and Publications Coordinator, shares how his coworker's multi-modal bicycle commute from the suburbs to the heart of Washington DC makes use of the newly improved DC bicycle facilities. A big thank you to Zach and please enjoy! 

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