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

April 30, 2013
Adventure Cycling Seeks Web Developer/Systems Analyst

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.

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April 29, 2013
Big Bend Tour Review
Big Bend Tour Review

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.

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April 29, 2013
A Fresh New Look
A Fresh New Look

Adventure Cyclist 3.0 starts now, and in the months to come there will be much more to keep readers engaged.

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April 25, 2013
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages
Refreshed Routes & Mapping Web Pages

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.

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April 24, 2013
Adventure Cycling events in Charleston and Savannah
Adventure Cycling events in Charleston and Savannah

Adventure Cycling Association is hosting two special regional gatherings in Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, on May 12 and May 16 respectively.

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April 23, 2013
Summer Cycling Tours
Summer Cycling Tours

As summer draws near and bikes are tuned and back on the road, it's the perfect time to start thinking about a summer bike trip. The only choice you need to make is where to go. Wherever you choose, Adventure Cycling has the perfect trip for you!

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April 19, 2013
A Case for Support
A Case for Support

When Johnathan returned home from his cross-country ride, he began working at his parents’ deli. There, he struck up an ongoing conversation with a regular customer about his ride on the Southern Tier.

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April 17, 2013
Tours of a Lifetime
Tours of a Lifetime

Much to our delight, National Geographic Traveler featured our Great Lakes Inn-to-Inn tour in their recent piece, "2013 Tours of a Lifetime." This story led us to think about the rest of our 2013 Guided Tours and which would qualify as "trips of a lifetime." Our cross-country bike tours top the list, whether van supported or self contained, but for a shorter adventures not to be missed? Here are our picks.

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April 14, 2013
Welcome to Our New Website
Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new adventurecycling.org! This photo perfectly expresses how we're feeling right now, like we have accomplished a great goal and we're super excited to share it with you! We are thrilled to launch our new website and hope it serves Adventure Cycling members and all traveling cyclists very well. We've been working hard over the last year to build it and look forward to hearing your feedback. This is a quick introduction to the major changes and new features. Enjoy!

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April 4, 2013
Video Review: Kona Rove
Video Review: Kona Rove

In this video, Adventure Cyclist magazine contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Kona Rove, a steel all-rounder suitable for everything from gravel-grinding to loaded touring.

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April 3, 2013
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement

Last week, we received a package from the Department of Interior. Adam, my colleague, snapped a photo of the envelope and posted it on Facebook. Wow! We didn't realize how excited our supporters would be to know that the final version of the national agreement between Adventure Cycling Association and the National Park Service was finally in hand. 

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April 3, 2013
Meet Jameson Henkle of Team Adventure Cycling
Meet Jameson Henkle of Team Adventure Cycling

Hello everyone! This is Alison Riley, behind-the-scenes blogger, and Adventure Cycling's Climate Ride California team captain! I'm coming out from hiding today to tell you about Jameson Henkle, who will be riding with me for Team Adventure Cycling in Climate Ride California!

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April 2, 2013
Touring Trends at NAHBS
Touring Trends at NAHBS

The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has proven to be a showcase for bicycles and ideas that find their way into mass-market bikes, and into the mainstream. “Touring bicycles” have followed a hard line for decades, demanding 700c wheels, drop handlebars, and attachment points for fenders, racks, and water bottles. Recently, the traditional touring bike has been challenged by modern concepts born on the dirt tracks of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), above treeline on the Colorado Trail, and on the 1100-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail. Riding off-pavement promises low traffic volumes, excellent camping, and extraordinary scenery. To access remote settings via unpaved routes, several deviations from the concept of a traditional touring bike can help.

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April 1, 2013
The Biking Dead
The Biking Dead

Earlier this year we were tipped off that the AMC Network will be pushing out a new television series later this fall. The working title is The Biking Dead, and it is set to air along side their popular The Walking Dead series, which will be entering it's fourth season this year. Adventure Cycling was granted an exclusive interview with the producer of The Biking Dead, Frank Darabont, and we're excited to give you an insider's look at what you can expect from this new series.

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April 1, 2013
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos
Show Off Your Tour: Using Flickr to Share Photos

So you've taken your Adventure Cycling tour. You've had the time of your life, done some fabulous cycling, and made some new friends. Now you're home, looking through your memory cards of photos to relive your trip. Wow! Look at those awesome photos! You want to share them with your fellow participants, with Adventure Cycling, with the world, but how?

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March 29, 2013
Road Vibrations

Whether you're riding on gravel roads, or simply a rough stretch of pavement, road vibrations can take a heavy toll on your lower back, shoulders, and overall mood. Your body absorbs any vibrations that your bike puts out through the three contact points you have with your bike. These contact points are your hands, feet, and derriere. To help smooth things out, here are a couple tweaks and upgrades you can make on your bike.

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March 28, 2013
Know Before You Go: How to Read that Map

So you bought a set of Adventure Cycling maps for your upcoming bicycle tour? Yeah! They are packed full of information to help you on the road as well as plan from home. Be sure you know the nitty gritty of all the details found on them before you leave. Check out this informative (and fun!) video by America ByCycle on How to Read Adventure Cycling Maps.

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March 26, 2013
Welcoming Signs
Welcoming Signs

Spring has sprung here in Western Montana (well, kind of) but just as important, there are new welcoming signs on our headquarters building to greet visiting cyclists and let them know they've arrived at the mecca of bicycle travel.

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March 25, 2013
2013 Calendar Foul
2013 Calendar Foul

Did you buy one of the awesome Adventure Cycling 2013 Calendars? Before November comes, you might want to take a gander at this video we put together.

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March 25, 2013
Chewing the Fat
Chewing the Fat

Well in the midst of some adventure chatter, and a libation or two, I said what the heck, and I signed up for the 2013 Togwotee Winter Classic! I decided on the 25-mile race. Bill had great time at last year's race, although that race was a bit of a slog with soft snow contributing to a slow course on which most of the 35-mile racers needed 6 hours or more to finish. I was definitely hoping for firmer conditions this year.

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March 22, 2013
Cargo Bike on a Budget
Cargo Bike on a Budget

Cargo bikes are all the rage these days. Each year more amazing models hit the marketplace. For someone who hasn't owned a car for eight years, a bike with a lot of carrying capacity is high on my list of desires. Hauling a couple of bags of compost, and/or large ceder boards for a garden project is not an easy task with your average bike.

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March 20, 2013
Join Team Adventure Cycling on Climate Ride
Join Team Adventure Cycling on Climate Ride

Support Adventure Cycling Association while experiencing the ride of a lifetime! Adventure Cycling is participating in Climate Ride California, a 5-day, fully supported ‘green conference on wheels’ where people who care about sustainability, renewable energy, and bike advocacy pedal together to make a difference.

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March 19, 2013
Recent Posts on BikeOvernights.org
Recent Posts on BikeOvernights.org

We've had a terrific array of tales told at BikeOvernights.org over the past few weeks.

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March 18, 2013
C&O Canal / Great Allegheny Passage Trail
C&O Canal / Great Allegheny Passage Trail

Adventure Cycling Association has offered the C&O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage tour for the past 9 years. The 340-mile, off-road ride is fully supported with catered meals, water stops, SAG services, mechanical support, and luggage transport. The riders' only obligation is to have fun. The tour leader, Larry Brock, has led countless groups along this route and makes sure the riders' experiences are a top priority. Here are some highlights from the trip.

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March 15, 2013
Gravel Ready Tires
Gravel Ready Tires

In my latest "Fine Tuned" column in this month's Adventure Cyclist, I focused on gravel riding. Gravel roads are where I tend to spend the majority of my time in the saddle, so it's an exciting topic for me. To keep the momentum running, today I'm going to run down some of my favorite gravel tires.

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