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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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December 4, 2012
Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling
Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling

No two tours are the same, and so no two videos will tell the same story. But regardless of the specifics of your trip or your filming ambitions, the same key considerations will make your video project as successful as possible. Some of these considerations relate to the technical aspects of filmmaking, or of shot composition, editing software, and the like. But this kind of information is readily available, so I'd like to touch on something less-often mentioned but even more fundamental to success: the science of storytelling.

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December 3, 2012
Finding Your Dream Ride
Finding Your Dream Ride

With 73 tours being offered by Adventure Cycling Association in 2013, it's easy to find your dream ride. Most people choose their dream ride by date or location; but sometimes mileage, touring style, or even difficulty level is more important.

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November 30, 2012
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #4
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #4

It is 2:00 am in the little town of Remedios. The Las Parrandas festival has been raging since early evening. The contest pits the two main barrios in town (San Salvador and Carmen) against each other in a show of pageantry, music, lights, and fireworks. Thousands of people have crammed into the town square for the festivities, and Kat is somewhere on the other side of the square with my recorder and microphone collecting sounds.

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November 29, 2012
A Fat Year: Touring on a Surly Pugsley
A Fat Year: Touring on a Surly Pugsley

When touring on a capable steed like the Pugsley, the bike is as willing as the rider. I've encountered many interesting dirt tracks on previous tours that seemed beyond the scope of my equipment. With the Pugsley, the bike is almost never the limitation and always agrees to new experiences. Here are some memorable moments from my revelatory fat year.

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November 27, 2012
Tripods for Touring
Tripods for Touring

Having traveled for the last year and making the slow transition from stills to video, I’ve played with more than a few different tripods in search of THE ONE. Depending on how serious/heavy your gear you’ve got a lot of choices. Here are a few different styles of tripods I’ve used over the years to consider.

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November 26, 2012
Gifts for Bike Lovers.
Gifts for Bike Lovers.

The holidays are here, so I thought that I would let you in on my favorite gifts for the bike lovers in my life. All of these gifts (except for number five) I have actually purchased for bicycle enthusiasts ...

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November 19, 2012
Bicycle Tour Network Conference
Bicycle Tour Network Conference

I recently attended the annual meeting of the Bicycle Tour Network (formally called the National Bike Tour Directors Association) in Denver, Colorado.

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November 13, 2012
Our Top 5 Bike Overnights
Our Top 5 Bike Overnights

When Adventure Cycling Membership Director Julie Huck (that's her above) asked me to compile a blog post about the all-time Top 5 Bike Overnights, my first thought was, "Oh, that'll be easy." After digging into it, however, I learned that it would be anything but easy.

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November 12, 2012
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country

Two of Adventure Cycling's final tours for 2012, the inaugural trips for the Big Bend Loop van-supported tour, just wrapped up. For the first trip, I was lucky enough to fill the shoes as co-leader alongside veteran Southern Tier leader, Dave Points.

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November 9, 2012
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #3
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #3

I call this photo Candy Break. I’m at a small roadside store (a shack dangerously perched on the side of the narrow winding road) high up in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. It is early morning and I’m in search of chocolate. Most of the desserts in India are insanely sweet even for a sweet tooth like mine, and I’m losing too much weight. I discover a chocolate bar that most merchants carry, and I eat at least five a day.

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November 8, 2012
Was 2012 a Dream?
Was 2012 a Dream?

When you read the title, you were probably thinking: "uh, Jim, there are nearly two months left in 2012." But actually, Adventure Cycling's fiscal year 2012 concluded on September 30 -- and it was a record setter in so many ways.

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November 6, 2012
How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video
How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video

Making videos of our bike touring adventures has never come naturally to me. I can often be found muttering to myself, wondering what that button does or how best to combine those two clips. At the end of the day, however, I'm always satisfied to complete a film about our cycling adventures. A video captures the sounds, movements and emotions of a trip in a much more lively, engaging way than a photograph. It is a living memory.

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November 5, 2012
One Big Circle: The first 90 Degrees
One Big Circle: The first 90 Degrees

The loop sounded awesome, 160 miles of single track and logging roads around Missoula, MT, typically accomplished in 24 hours, hmmm .... well, maybe not?

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November 2, 2012
Get Your Copy of the 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar
Get Your Copy of the 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar

Our 2012 calendar was very popular, so we are excited to offer our 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar! Filled with excellent images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, we have put together a year of inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.

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October 30, 2012
Knitting Club Tackles Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Knitting Club Tackles Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

This week's tale of bike-overnighting adventure is by Adventure Cycling's own Julie Huck, who started working at Bikecentennial in 1985 as the receptionist for the organization. Over the years, she moved to director of the Membership Department. In the hours away from the office, Julie is one of the driving forces of cycling in Adventure Cycling's hometown of Missoula, Montana. She founded Montana Dirt Girls, a women's mountain bike and hiking group, and she is an officer of Missoulians on Bicycles. "My goal is to inspire more people to ride, even if I have to do it one person at a time," Julie says.

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October 29, 2012
On The Road in New England
On The Road in New England

Let me start out by letting you in on a secret: New England in the fall is incredible. Okay, not much of a secret.

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October 26, 2012
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #2
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #2

We are lying down on the cool tile floor of the kitchen. The smell of fresh tortillas mingles with perfume. A conversation on the side of the road while cycling down the Baja Peninsula led to an invitation to Adriano’s place in La Paz.

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October 22, 2012
50 Places to Bike Before You Die
50 Places to Bike Before You Die

I recently received a copy of the book, "Fifty Places To Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella and the timing could not have been more perfect.

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October 19, 2012
Tours Added: Death Valley Loop IV & Wild Country Utah II

It's not often that I get to write about tours, but a few of our trips are selling so fast, the tours team can barely keep their hands on their handlebars.

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October 18, 2012
Tour Prepping A Recumbent
Tour Prepping A Recumbent

In some respects, recumbents are superb touring bikes. They’re supremely comfortable and allow you to stay on the road all day. The view from the seat also helps you catch sites that you may miss with your head hung over a set of drop bars. However, some of them do require some unique solutions when it comes to gear and equipment. Here are a few things to get you pointed in the right direction.

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October 17, 2012
More "Wow" Indicators of the Bike Travel Boom
More "Wow" Indicators of the Bike Travel Boom

I just got back from the Adventure Travel World Summit in Lucerne, Switzerland, and as usual, was blown away by the growth in this sector of the tourism market.

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October 16, 2012
Heather's First Solo Bike Overnight
Heather's First Solo Bike Overnight

This week's story comes from Heather Andrews, who spent what she calls "an amazing summer" interning for Adventure Cycling Association's publications department in 2011. Heather made a solo ride to Oregon's Champoeg State Park, and had a blast doing it.

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October 15, 2012
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces

You have spoken and we have listened. We've just announced our full 2013 tours slate and we are very excited about our offerings in 2013.

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October 12, 2012
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #1
The Faces of Bicycle Travel #1

I have thousands and thousands of images from my bicycle travels throughout the world -- boxes and binders filled with color slides and folders of digital images of street scenes, flowers, sunsets, roads, and landscapes. Each photo represents a moment in time and travel that I deemed worthy of capturing. Yet, if you randomly selected an image and asked for my reaction, it just might be, “I took that?”

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October 11, 2012
Bicycle Travel: Growing Scene, Support, and Economic Impact
Bicycle Travel: Growing Scene, Support, and Economic Impact

Bicycle travel is growing in the U.S. While it's still considered a cycling niche, bicycle touring is slowly edging its way into view of the mainstream with growing participation, growing support and infrastructure for the activity, and a growing economic impact.

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