Adventure Cycling Blog

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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.

Photo by Adam Coppola

June 18, 2013
Oklahoma Ride #1, Nevada Ride #2
Oklahoma Ride #1, Nevada Ride #2

"Bicycling Bliss in Oklahoma," submitted by Danna Korak and Jody Watson, posted on June 3. It's our first Bike Overnight visit to the Sooner State. A week later, on June 10, we posted our second-ever ride in Nevada, titled "Escaping the Bright Lights of Las Vegas."

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June 17, 2013
Summer Cycling Auction Day 1
Summer Cycling Auction Day 1

The Summer Cycling Auction began today and the bidding is already heating up. You have until June 21 at midnight mountain time to bid to win some exciting bicycle items and adventures. Visit BiddingforGood.com to register and bid on these fantastic items! 

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June 14, 2013
Upcycled Bike Frame
Upcycled Bike Frame

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine I wrote about upcycling used bicycle parts into something new and usable. Here's a quick rundown of one of my favorite DIY projects.

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June 14, 2013
The Reluctant Traveler
The Reluctant Traveler

I look into the frightened eyes of this lovely, friendly little animal that I adore, and am reminded that conquering fear is almost always an incremental process.

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June 13, 2013
Auction Update: Art for You and Your Bike
Auction Update: Art for You and Your Bike

There are now only 4 days until Adventure Cycling Association’s second annual Summer Cycling Auction. Today we are featuring art pieces for you and your bike.

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June 13, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Host

If you happen to live in or near one of the thousands of communities along the Adventure Cycling Route Network, you have probably seen them — traveling cyclists riding bicycles, gear strapped onto their trusty steed. Wouldn't it be great to get to know some of them? This post features tips on how to be a good host. 

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June 11, 2013
Countdown to Auction Day
Countdown to Auction Day

Only six more days until Adventure Cycling Association’s second annual Summer Cycling Auction kicks off! Today’s featured items are two great opportunities to bike into the backcountry in style!

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June 10, 2013
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List

Bad roads, good drivers, good bad food, great towns, disappearing snowbirds, simmering swamps — we experienced it all and more in the South, cycling over 1,000 miles from Charleston to Key West. Here's a Top 10 list of some highlights.

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June 6, 2013
Save the Dates: Summer Cycling Auction 2013
Save the Dates: Summer Cycling Auction 2013

From Monday June 17 through Friday June 21 Adventure Cycling will be hosting our second annual Summer Cycling Auction.

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June 5, 2013
Climate Ride: Looking Back and Forward
Climate Ride: Looking Back and Forward

We did it! Team Adventure Cycling conquered the California Coast during Climate Ride California, a five-day fully supported, carbon-free "green" conference on wheels. Here's the story and information on how you can get involved with our next adventure, Climate Ride NYC-DC, in September.

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June 5, 2013
A Trip to the Midwest: Update on Indiana and Ohio
A Trip to the Midwest: Update on Indiana and Ohio

Travel Initiatives Assistant Adam Reel, had the opportunity to travel to the Miami River Valley Bike Summit this past week to speak about bicycle tourism and how the area can capitalize on their amazing cycling trails and infrastructure. Luckily, he also had the chance to leave Missoula a little bit early and meet with several United State Bicycle Route stakeholders in Indiana and Ohio while he was on the road.

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June 4, 2013
Japan By Bicycle
Japan By Bicycle

One month after the 2011 earthquake in Japan, 3 adventurers cycled the entire country of Japan end-to-end as a fundraiser for disaster victims.

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June 4, 2013
Recent Posts on BikeOvernights.org
Recent Posts on BikeOvernights.org

We've had some great bike overnighting adventure stories published on BikeOvernights.org over the past few weeks. Here are a few of the highlights. 

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May 31, 2013
Lessons Learned
Lessons Learned

It never fails, I always manage to learn a few lessons after every tour. Truth be told, they're probably lessons I've learned before, but it's always good to have a refresher ahead of a new season.

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May 31, 2013
Final Day of the Campaign: Give & Win an Ortlieb Handlebar Bag
Final Day of the Campaign: Give & Win an Ortlieb Handlebar Bag

In these final hours of the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System, Ortlieb is challenging us to raise a final $1,000 more with a match challenge. When you donate today, not only will Ortlieb match your donation, you will also be entered to win an Ortlieb Ultimate 6 M Plus handlebar bag.

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May 30, 2013
Helping Parks Be Bicycle Friendly: TRIP TAC to the Rescue
Helping Parks Be Bicycle Friendly: TRIP TAC to the Rescue

As we work to develop the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we are always looking for ways to connect cyclists to the most beautiful and scenic places on the continent. Many of those places are on public lands. But access to these lands isn't always as easy as it should be for cyclists. Luckily, there is the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIP TAC) which is working to change this, one Park Unit and federal land area at a time. 

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May 30, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Guest

When you are planning your trip, where to sleep is a big part of the equation. Depending on the destination, it will probably involve a combination of camping, hotels, and homes of friends and family. This post features tips on how to be a good guest, it's the second in a series on Bicycle Travel Etiquette. 

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May 30, 2013
What does the USBRS mean to you?
What does the USBRS mean to you?

Last week we asked a simple question on Facebook: What does the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) mean to you? Cyclists responded with an outpouring of comments that truly show the need and desire for a national network of bicycle routes. 

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May 29, 2013
Build the USBRS with TeamEstrogen.com
Build the USBRS with TeamEstrogen.com

Like BOB yesterday, TeamEstrogen.com has seen the great success of the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign and the growth of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and is sponsoring a second $1,000 match challenge to keep the momentum going. Donate now to meet the match challenge!

 

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May 28, 2013
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks

National parks are one of our nation’s greatest treasures. Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the National Park Service has grown to encompass 401 park units, spanning more than 84 million acres. Enjoy this short list of a few of the best rides found in our iconic national parks!

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May 28, 2013
Build the USBRS with BOB Gear
Build the USBRS with BOB Gear

Right now your donation can go twice as far! BOB Gear by Britax Child Safety, Inc. believes in the mission of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) so much, they’ve decided to sponsor another $1,000 match challenge. So donate now to have your contribution matched by BOB!

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May 24, 2013
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape

Can't settle on a color for your new bar tape? Check out the dual color tape from Lizard Skins. Looks good, feels great, and is long lasting.

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May 24, 2013
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge
Midnight Deadline! $1,000 Match Challenge

Today is the second day of the match challenge from the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC) and the last day of club weekDonate before midnight to help us meet the match and you'll be entered to win a set of handmade bicycle accessories by Hans Bagworks.

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May 23, 2013
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington

Meet John Pope, a volunteer in Washington State working on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. John is an extremely valuable asset to the USBRS effort. He brings years of experience sitting on the boards of both the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and his Regional Transpiration Planning Organization

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May 23, 2013
$1,000 Challenge from Almaden Cycle Touring Club
$1,000 Challenge from Almaden Cycle Touring Club

Our final sponsor for Club Week is the Almaden Cycle Touring Club (ACTC), based in San Jose, California. ACTC has challenged us with a two-day, $1,000 match, so please donate today! In addition to helping us meet the match challenge from the Almaden Cycle Touring Club, you'll be entered to win a set of handcrafted bicycle accessories by Hans Bagworks, owned and operated by Adventure Cycling's own Paul Hansberger.

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