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

January 9, 2014
Planning for a 2014 Tour Divide Ride
Planning for a 2014 Tour Divide Ride

With the turning of the new year, inspiration to ride Tour Divide 2014, which follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), is reaching new heights and raising a few questions.

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January 7, 2014
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.

Happy New Year! Are you ready for some fabulous bicycle touring in 2014? Here are four of our favorite tours for exploring the eastern U.S.

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January 6, 2014
Topeak Road Morph™ G Compact Pump with Gauge
Topeak Road Morph™ G Compact Pump with Gauge

A well thought-out and well thought-of inflation solution.

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January 3, 2014
Bikes in Myanmar
Bikes in Myanmar

During our bike trip in Myanmar last year, we shared the roads (and paths) with a lot of bikes. None of them had carbon fiber frames. They were not equipped with index shifters, or disc brakes, or 9-speed cassettes. Their chains were not replaced when they reached .75% wear. They creaked and moaned when pedaled. They were beautiful, efficient, human-powered machines.

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January 2, 2014
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open

To celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo!

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December 31, 2013
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

See you on Thursday, January 2. 

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December 31, 2013
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions! What's going to be your riding resolution for 2014?

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December 30, 2013
Things Teri Loves: PackTowl
Things Teri Loves: PackTowl

Teri loves the PackTowl, especially the XXL size.

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December 24, 2013
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

We're heading home to don our gay apparel and drink hot chocolate for a few days. The office will be open on Thursday, December 26, and Friday, December 27. See you back on the blog on Monday, December 30.

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December 24, 2013
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks

Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be relaxing, windy, and fun! Here are three reasons why you should be on the Outer Banks.

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December 23, 2013
Alternative Uses for Adventure Cycling Maps
Alternative Uses for Adventure Cycling Maps

You've got your Adventure Cycling maps and you're done navigating for the day, so now what do you do with them? Here are a few other handy ways to use your map set.

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December 20, 2013
Cats in the Bike Industry
Cats in the Bike Industry

Cats are legit, and they also happen to be strongly represented in the bike industry. Cycling and cats share plenty of attributes, such as agility, intelligence, adventuring, and curiosity. Cats are also a great pet for a bicycle tourist since they can fend for themselves for days on end while you're out exploring the unknown by bike. Today we're going to take a look at some bicycle companies that have embraced cats in their branding. Enjoy!

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December 20, 2013
Hilarious Holidays from Adventure Cycling
Hilarious Holidays from Adventure Cycling

Setting up a photo booth has become tradition at Adventure Cycling's holiday parties. Greg Siple captures so much ridiculousness and joy in those photos. Here's a sampling of this year's photos …

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December 18, 2013
So close! Your gift can still be matched!
So close! Your gift can still be matched!

So far, Adventure Cycling members and donors have given $85,150 to meet our $100,000 match challenge. Donate today to double the power of your gift!

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December 18, 2013
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Bicycle Tourism in Montana
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Tourism in the State of Montana

Norma’s work will provide the necessary data for tourism, policy makers, community and statewide leaders, business leaders, and land managers to better understand the economic impacts of bicycle tourism in Montana and the best ways to attract bicycle travelers to this state.

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December 17, 2013
Winter Dreaming
Winter Dreaming

Looking through the Adventure Cycling 2014 Tours Catalog and reading the descriptions and itineraries as I sit here in snowy Missoula is exciting, reminding me that better weather is on its way, and that I’d better decide just which tours I’d like to ride this season! I’ve settled on three that I can say might become my favorites.

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December 16, 2013
Bag it!
Bag it!

Ortlieb's Ultra Lightweight Dry Bags: An excellent go-to item for keeping gear and clothing dry and organized.

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December 13, 2013
Cycling Holiday Gifts
Cycling Holiday Gifts

Whether you're searching for those last few gifts for the holidays, or just getting started with your holiday shopping, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas, or any gift-giving occasion.

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December 13, 2013
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Remembering Nelson Mandela

The world lost a truly great man last week with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Sometimes a bike trip is just a bike trip. And then sometimes you find yourself in a place in the world at a time in history that you will never forget.

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December 12, 2013
Geared Up Holiday Edition
Geared Up Holiday Edition

Gift ideas for the cyclist in your life.

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December 12, 2013
Interactive Route Network Map
Interactive Route Network Map

Planning and plotting your next bicycle travel trip? Might you want to use a mixture of the Adventure Cycling route network maps to get you from point A to point B on this journey? I can honestly say with the new interactive route map our IT deparment put together, it has never been easier than it is today to make this happen.

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December 11, 2013
Life Member Milestones
Life Member Milestones

Despite the ice-cold temperatures we're experiencing right now, life memberships have been coming in hot. Just this week, we reached a major milestone by welcoming our 2000th life member.

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December 10, 2013
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Co-Motion Divide Rohloff bike. The full review appears in the December/January 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, which is now available online for Adventure Cycling members.

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December 10, 2013
Tours Gift Certificate
Tours Gift Certificate

Unwrap the gift of adventure with an Adventure Cycling tours gift certificate!

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December 9, 2013
The Genesis of the Great Divide
The Genesis of the Great Divide

Like a Tour Divide racer, I teetered and tottered up and down the most radical carnival ride imaginable during the two and a half to three years it took to plan, research, and map the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. My feelings ranged from moments of dread to hope to pure joy.

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