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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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February 22, 2013
Two Views (Can be Better Than One)
Two Views (Can be Better Than One)

Instead of cycling the main highway in Southern Laos, we opted to pedal the tracks and foot paths along the Mekong. It was slow going, but the ability to be so close to people's daily lives was worth the effort. One early morning we came upon a man who was busy mending a fishing net. I asked if could take a photo and positioned myself so I could capture his silhouette. He was such a master at his craft that his movements, rather than being abrupt, were balletic. Kat was on the opposite side and snapped a photo of the fisherman in the glorious morning light.

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February 20, 2013
Salsa Enabler Fork: First Impressions
Salsa Enabler Fork: First Impressions

A peculiar looking fork, Salsa's Enabler first caught my eye a few years ago when introduced as their rigid 29er "adventure fork." It has since become the stock fork on their Mukluk line of fat bikes and it is becoming a go-to option for a fatbike frame build. While putting together a fatbike build earlier this winter, I took an opportunity to purchase one and put it to use with my setup. Although I haven't tested it to it's fullest potential for overnight adventures and gear hauling, it has steered wonderfully so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed some of the features of this unique fork.

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February 19, 2013
Sign Dilemma - When More Is Not Better
Sign Dilemma - When More Is Not Better

The U.S. Bicycle Route System, as an AASHTO project, follows many of the same guidelines and rules as any transportation project. For signing, the guiding document supplied by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUCTD). 

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February 19, 2013
Meet your Climate Ride California Team Captain!
Meet your Climate Ride California Team Captain!

We are very grateful to be beneficiaries of Climate Ride again this year! Everyone here at Adventure Cycling is so geared up for it that in order to choose team captains for Climate Ride California and Climate Ride NYC to DC we had to hold a lottery!

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February 18, 2013
Three Tours: A Pictorial Review
Three Tours: A Pictorial Review

View photo compilations from some of Adventure Cycling's most recent tours. 

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February 15, 2013
Fat Bike Geometry
Fat Bike Geometry

In the current issue of Adventure Cyclist, I brought up compact frame geometry in my Fine Tuned column. One benefit of compact geometry that I failed to bring up in that article is in the case of fat bikes, where it seems to be heavily favored.

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February 14, 2013
Black Hawk, Colorado Ban Overturned
Black Hawk, Colorado Ban Overturned

Two and a half years ago, three touring cyclists were cited for violating Black Hawk, Colorado's ordinance banning bicycling on most streets in their town. The ordinance made the town impossible to legally ride through. After failing in the first two rounds of court proceedings, they continued their appeal all the way to the highest court in the state.

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February 13, 2013
How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts

In September, Adventure Cycling announced its first Bicycle Travel Video Contest. Since then, we've enjoyed a slew of submissions from touring cyclists around the globe. We've also had the great pleasure of publishing a series of how-to posts on creating bike-touring videos, contributed by some of our volunteer judges -- all experienced touring cyclists and knowledgeable videographers. Their posts covered everything from storytelling to equipment. We thought it would be fun to offer a round up of those expert posts so you can enjoy them all in one place.

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February 12, 2013
How To Make Your Own Studded Bike Tires

With snow and ice abounding in Missoula, it would be so nice to ride a fat bike around, to officially participate in Fat Bike February. But the finances for a rad, new bike are just not in the cards this year. (And truth be told, if I buy one bike this year, it'll probably be this one.) So to stabilize my bike travel, I made my own studded tires! It was easier than I had imagined and I made a video to share this ever-rewarding do-it-yourself with you.

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February 11, 2013
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana

Over the last few months, Adventure Cycling has been very busy working to create new opportunities for bike travel in North America, for example by developing new routes like an Idaho hot springs off-pavement route and Bicycle Route 66, and advancing an official U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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February 8, 2013
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses

It's Fat Bike February, and with the future of fat bikes so bright, you had best be wearing some shades. When talking about fat bike apparel, there is often a lot of focus on warm layers, and waterproof clothing, however, sunglasses are a pivotal piece of equipment. Whether you're riding through the snow or along a beach, chances are you're going to have a lot of surface area around you reflecting the sunlight back up into your face, intensifying it the sun's effect. This can impair your vision, and believe it or not, squinting does soak up a good amount of energy over the long run, which you would much rather put into pedaling.

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February 8, 2013
A Fatbiking Micro-Adventure in New Mexico
A Fatbiking Micro-Adventure in New Mexico

Through all four seasons and twelve months of 2012, I rode a fat bike, exclusively. I commuted through a winter in Alaska, toured south through Canada, followed the Great Divide Route and the Colorado Trail, and eventually settled into New Mexico for the winter -- all on big rubber, all on an old, purple Surly Pugsley. But I don't need big tires for every ride, and I have built a Velo Orange Campeur frame into a capable urban commuter, touring bike, and light dirt-road machine. However, with the opportunity to spend a few days riding out of town this past week I immediately knew which bike to take.

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February 6, 2013
Why I Like to Bike
Why I Like to Bike

“I like biking because you get fresh air and feel the nice cool breeze. I like riding my bike because you can see some nice houses. You even feel very happy. I also like it because sometimes it brings peace to the world.” —Kira Gardner, 8 year-old daughter of member Todd Gardner

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February 4, 2013
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida
2013 Tours Season Begins in Florida

We recently kicked off our 2013 guided tours in the first week of January with the Florida Keys Winter Escape.

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February 1, 2013
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap

According to presenters from QBP this weekend at the second annual Fat Bike Summit, there are around 10,000 fat bikes out in the world today. They expect that number to double in the next twelve months. Where will they be used? What is the future of fatbiking?

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January 30, 2013
Video Review: Riding the Space Horse
Video Review: Riding the Space Horse

In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the All-City Space Horse. The full review appears in the February 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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January 30, 2013
Join Our Team for Climate Ride 2013!
Join Our Team for Climate Ride 2013!

Join Adventure Cycling Association on  Climate Ride, the epic 5-day pedaling adventure in California! The best part is that you can help Adventure Cycling Association while you're doing it! Right now we're recruiting members for our new team on the California ride and for the NY to DC ride in September. You can be part of the fun and raise funds to support our mission and programs at the same time.

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January 29, 2013
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance

If you've ever cycled much on public roads, you've almost certainly had a motor vehicle come too close and scare the heck out of you. Or if you're Gina Evans or Arlen Hall, you've actually been hit by a truck or car at high speed.

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January 29, 2013
I want to be in this world.
I want to be in this world.

This was supposed to be a post about cycling. It was specifically supposed to be about cycling in snow; a video about how to make your own studded tires. And I'll get that to you (I promise), but with the current events of my life, I want to talk about a broader desire for adventure.

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January 28, 2013
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel
Stories in the Snow, Winter Travel

Although the cold demands respect, I love nothing more than to muck about, marveling at the beauty of winter and finding stories in the snow.

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January 25, 2013
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents

We all know that recumbents are becoming increasingly more popular among touring-oriented cyclists. The reasons for this are many.

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January 24, 2013
How to Deal with Dog Encounters
How to Deal with Dog Encounters

If you ask a traveling cyclist about their scariest moment on a bike, many of them will respond with a tale about an encounter with a loose dog. What should you do when you see Rover on the road ahead of you? There are many tactics you might employ, each with it's own positives and negatives.

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January 23, 2013
10 Tips for Video Post Production
10 Tips for Video Post Production

I have spent a lot of time trying to improve my photography and filming skills. Filming something well is almost identical to taking a good photograph. The same principles apply. Learn how your camera works. Give some thought to how to take a good photograph or video clip. If you don't do that then even the geekiest post-production expert will not be able to create a masterpiece for you.

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January 21, 2013
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned
MLK, Underground Railroad, & Lessons Learned

Today, as I take a moment to remember the life of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and reflect on the impact of his work on our society, I am again very grateful for the sacrifices that he, and those before him, made on my behalf.

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January 18, 2013
Limited Edition

It's a true story that I'm a huge sucker for limited-edition runs of products. Recently, I caved and snagged a pair of Bont Thor Hushovd signature-edition cycling shoes, and I'm brainstorming another tour for this summer so I can swing by the Adventure Cycling office to snag another Bikelingual bandana, available only to touring cyclists who visit our headquarters.

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