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The back roads of Laos can be a challenge, even when they are dry. But add water and you have a road surface that can be both slick as glass and sticky as tar. The rains come often to the Bolaven Plateau, where some of the most expensive coffee in the world is grown.
Today, TeamEstrogen.com is rallying their support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System by offering a match challenge of $1,000. In addition to your donation being matched by TeamEstrogen.com, you can win a set of racks (front and back) from Old Man Mountain, retail value of $329.98. Donate today to meet the match and win!
America’s rising interest in active travel and the recognition of cycling as an important cog in the travel industry is by no means a small factor contributing to the boom in bicycle tourism. Cities are starting to take advantage of the dollars doled out by the increasing number of travelers keeping their bicycles in mind when planning a vacation.
It always feels like I'm in a mad, buying frenzie in springtime, sprucing up my riding set-up. So I thought I'd share what I'm excited about right now with a Spring Into Cycling Buyer's Guide.
If you haven’t made a gift to the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign yet and still want to see your donation go twice as far, BikeFlights has offered to match the first $500 donated today to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We're still trying to meet the last $1,600 of the initial $35,000 match, so you get one more chance at a 2:1 match! Today is also the final day to be entered to win a Raptor or Raven 6 from Osprey.
Spring is well underway now and it’s time to start focusing on family vacations, weekend trips, and camps for summer. Summers can be hectic, and one of the benefits of Adventure Cycling Family Fun tours is that all the planning and logistics of the tour are handled for you.
Win a Blaze 2 Watt Micro Lightset from Planet Bike plus have your donation matched 2:1! Make a donation today and help us meet the final $8,170 of a $35,000 match and a $1,000 match from Planet Bike. Your gift to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System will be matched twice and go three times as far.
We are thrilled to announce that AASHTO has approved Minnesota’s third section of U.S. Bike Route 45, which follows the Mississippi River Trail, U.S. Bike Route 76 in Missouri, which follows our TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, and realignments for U.S. Bike Route 76 in Kentucky.
Thought GPS units and smartphones were the end of the cycle computers? Check out how Knog is making them relevant again.
We need to raise $15,640 to meet the full $35,000 match and you can help us get there today by making a donation to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We are over halfway to meeting the match and if you give today your donation will go twice as far.
In December of 2012, I wrote a blog post on Bicycle Travel Etiquette in response to some reports that had trickled into our office about less than courteous behavior by traveling cyclists. In an attempt to reverse the trend before it gained momentum, we began soliciting comments from cyclists and hosts, staff members, and representatives of WarmShowers.
If you haven’t given yet to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we have some fabulous sweepstakes offers this week from Cygolite and Nutcase to inspire and entice.
Imagine taking a bicycle trip and only periodically glancing at your map to check for services in the area. Signed bicycle routes will allow cyclists the freedom to ride with the assurance that they are on the route. Signs will notify motorists to be watchful and mindful of cyclists, and to share the road. We're excited to share the news that there are multiple states working on signing U.S. Bike Routes.
Five days have gone by in our Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. So far USBRS supporters have contributed $6,500 for the network, qualifying for the 1:1 match, and getting us closer to our $100,000 campaign goal. This week, donate by Friday (5:00 p.m. MDT), and you will be entered to win one of twenty Cygolite setups* valued at $100 each.
Happy National Bike Month! Here is a 1, 2, 3 recap of the first days of the Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
Our friends at Two Wheeled Travel, Carolyn Bys and Tyler Robertson, currently live in Warsaw, Poland and wanted to remind us that bicycling infrastructure reaches well beyond the Iron Curtain. They have been traveling by bicycle not only in Western Europe, but also Poland and the Czech Republic, taking spectacular photos of infrastructure as they go.
This isn't a story of kindness while bicycling, but it is a story that takes place in the midst of travel and my actions were based on recollections of how bicycle travelers have been treated by strangers.
We know the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) has thousands of supporters. Show your support and spread the word by "wearing" and sharing this badge on your blog, website, or social-media sites. Link it to our campaign page and help build the USBRS!
In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Novara Verita, a suitable "store-brand" bike that will take you everwhere but to the cleaners.
Kick off National Bike Month by giving these would-be bicycle travelers all the things they need to travel by bike. You can help create designated, signed bicycle routes that allow them to ride bicycles from their front doors anywhere their desires take them, and how-to resources from Adventure Cycling to help them pack their panniers, choose gear, read cycling maps, and more.
The photo essay accompanies the story, "Cycling the Old West Scenic Bikeway" by Russ Roca and Laura Crawford, which appeared in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist.
Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, detail-oriented Web Developer/Systems Analyst to develop, administer and support the organization's outward-facing web sites and IT infrastructure. This is a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys programming and working in an open, friendly environment — and if you ride a bicycle, that’s a definite plus.
It's been a cold winter in the Northern climes. Western Montana only started looking like spring a few days ago. The spring Adventure Cycling Big Bend Van Tour had a lot of folks from Northern regions and I think we all found a little joy in the desert sun.
Adventure Cyclist 3.0 starts now, and in the months to come there will be much more to keep readers engaged.
We've made some changes in how you learn about our route network and maps, download GPS information, view route resources, and more. We hope our efforts improve your experience navigating our pages and help you dream of your next bicycle travel adventure.