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 4, 2014
Donate Today! There's Still Time to Win a Bike!
Donate Today! There's Still Time to Win a Bike!

Because the campaign has been extended until June 10th, we hope those of you who still want to donate will do so today, and help us raise even more. Help us surpass our original goal by donating today.

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May 30, 2014
Time is Running Out! Donate and Win!
Time is Running Out! Donate and Win!

Today, your donation will be matched up to $1,000 by Planet Bike, meaning your gift will go twice as far! We’re also giving away a very cool Velo Orange Model 3 Touring Saddle.

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May 29, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest

Today we're featuring the two midwest states that have anticipated U.S. Bicycle Route designations: Ohio with USBR 50 and Illinois with USBR 36 and 37. Learn all about these new routes and the many exciting reasons to check them out on two wheels. 

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May 29, 2014
Help us Meet a $1000 Match and WIN!
Help us Meet a $1000 Match and WIN!

Today, your donation will be matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor and up to $1000 by Team Estrogen, meaning your gift will go three times as far! We’re also giving away some neat Velo Orange Grand Cru pedals.

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May 28, 2014
Help us meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Bike Tour & Cygolite
Help us meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Bike Tour & Cygolite

Today, your donation will be matched 2:1. Everyone who donates today will be entered to win a Cygolite. Donate $25 or more to be entered to win a Bike Tours Direct bike tour. Donate $50 or more for a chance to win a Raleigh touring bicycle plus all of today's sweepstakes items!

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May 27, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast

This Wednesday is the spring meeting for approval of U.S. Bicycle Route designations! Today we'll be exploring the anticipated USBR designations in the coastal states — Washington State, DC, and our surprise state, Massachusetts. 

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May 27, 2014
Donate $25 or More to Win a 7 Day Danube Bike Tour
Donate $25 or More to Win a 7 Day Danube Bike Tour

Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Tuesday, May 27, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike 2 Power smartphone mount for their bicycle and anyone who donates $25 or more today will be entered to win a spot on a Danube Bike Path 7-day bike tour.

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May 23, 2014
Help us Meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Beer Pannier!
Help us Meet a $1,000 Match, Win a Beer Pannier!

Everyone who donates to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System by Monday, May 26, at 5:30 pm MST will be entered to win a Bike Hermit Growler Pannier for their bicycle. Show us how you #biketobeer on Twitter and Instagram!

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May 22, 2014
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses

Oregon, how we (cyclists) love thee. This Pacific Northwest state excels at two of our favorite things: biking and beer. And now there’s another great reason to visit Oregon — its new Bicycle Friendly Business Program.

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May 22, 2014
Support the USBRS to Win an Insulated Metal Growler
Support the USBRS to Win an Insulated Metal Growler

Today, Thunder Island Brewing has generously donated an insulated metal growler and a Thunder Island Brewing t-shirt to our giveaway. Donate any amount today in support of the U.S. Bicycle Route System to be eligable to win this package.

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May 21, 2014
Happy Humpday! We're Giving Away Bottle Openers!
Happy Humpday! We're Giving Away Bottle Openers!

Happy Humpday! The first 25 people to donate to the U.S. Bicycle Route System today will be each be given a Park Tool bottle opener!

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May 20, 2014
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot

Bicycle tourism benefits local businesses, and for Bikes and Beer week we're featuring bike friendly breweries in Montana and Oregon. The Bitterroot Valley in Montana is becoming a hot spot for brewery bicycle tourism with 10 local breweries, a 50-mile separated bike path along the stunning Bitterroot Mountains, two cross-country bicycle routes, and Adventure Cycling headquarters. 

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May 20, 2014
Bike to Beer — Win a Stainless Steel Growler and Growler Cage!
Bike to Beer — Win a Stainless Steel Growler and Growler Cage!

During the Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it. campaign we're highlighting ways that cycle tourism generated by the growing U.S. Bicycle Route System positively impacts local economies. This week we’re celebrating Bike and Beer Week — everyone who donates will be entered to win a Bike Flights Brauler growler and a Growler Cage for their bicycle!

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May 19, 2014
Beer and Bike Tour Giveaway
Beer and Bike Tour Giveaway

This week we’re kicking off Bike and Beer Week! We have two weeks left until the end of the Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of it. campaign, and we’re giving away a bike tour to one lucky donor! Anyone who donates $25 or more today through Sunday, May 25th will be entered to win a spot on any U.S. tour from Beer and Bike Tours.

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May 16, 2014
Matches and Challenges and Sweepstakes – OH MY!
Matches and Challenges and Sweepstakes – OH MY!

It’s Friday, and Primal Wear has offered yet another $1000 match challenge!

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May 15, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76
Celebrating Bicycle Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76

Our last post was all about celebrating bike travel abroad, so today we're focusing on bicycle travel and tourism at home and celebrating a state that has made huge progress in these areas in the last year: Missouri. 

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May 15, 2014
Your Donation Matched 3:1, Plus Win a Jersey and Touring Bike!
Your Donation Matched 3:1, Plus Win a Jersey and Touring Bike!

Help us meet the $1000 match challenge from Primal Wear and see your gift to the U.S. Bicycle Route System go three times as far! Plus, win a jersey and a touring bike!

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May 14, 2014
Happy Wednesday! It’s another Hump Day Giveaway!
Happy Wednesday! It’s another Hump Day Giveaway!

Along with a giveaway today, we have a $1,000 match challenge from Primal Wear. We have until 5:30pm MST tomorrow, Thursday the 15th to meet their $1,000 match, so please help us meet Primal Wear's match! Donate today!

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May 13, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More

Ginny Sullivan will be spending most of the month of June touring several counties - Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The plan for this trip is to witness firsthand how countries and cities, transportation and tourism officials integrate and coordinate to make a seamless system for cyclists. 

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May 13, 2014
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Want to Win an Osprey Pack?
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Want to Win an Osprey Pack?

Today and tomorrow you have the amazing opportunity to support the USBRS campaign and be entered to win one of two Escapist 20 packs donated by Osprey. So, donate today, May 13, 2014 through tomorrow May 14, 2014 by 5:30pm MST and be entered to win!

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May 12, 2014
Last Chance to Meet Ortlieb's $1,000 Match! Plus Win Great Prizes!
Last Chance to Meet Ortlieb's $1,000 Match! Plus Win Great Prizes!

Today is the last day to help us meet the $1,000 match challenge from Ortlieb! Donate today for a chance to win a handlebar bag or a bike!

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May 9, 2014
Help Us Meet a $1,000 Match Challenge From Ortlieb!
Help Us Meet a $1,000 Match Challenge From Ortlieb!

We have until 5:30pm on Monday the 12th to meet the $1,000 match challenge from Ortlieb, so please donate today!

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May 8, 2014
A Closer Look at USBR 45: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
A Closer Look at USBR 45: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) is a thriving urban National Park that integrates 72 miles of the Mississippi River through the heart of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The park is now part of U.S. Bicycle Route 45, and offers many unique cycling adventures for locals and visitors alike.

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May 8, 2014
What’s that you say? It’s another Adventure Cycling giveaway!
What’s that you say? It’s another Adventure Cycling giveaway!

Anyone who donates ANY amount by 5:30pm MST TODAY, Thursday, May 8th will be entered to win this package of ultra-cool stuff. Goodies include a Park Tool Pizza Cutter Tool, magnets, postcards, and wheel reflectors, along with fleece gloves, a recycled bike chain frame, and a sweet Adventure Cycling Silipint!

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May 7, 2014
Hump Day Giveaway, Plus Win a Bike!
Hump Day Giveaway, Plus Win a Bike!

Donate $50 or more to the Build it. Bike it. Be a part of it. campaign to be entered to win a Sojourn touring bike from Raleigh!

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