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

August 18, 2014
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags

So my cell phone renewal was up and it was time to step into the present day and age with a smart phone.  These new phones or micro computers aren’t cheap, so keeping such a device dry and clean is crucial. Sure, there are cases of all kinds, but I chose the Loksak waterproof bag for my go-to protection from the elements.

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August 4, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Kelty Gunnison Tents
Things Teri Loves:  Kelty Gunnison Tents

I’ve been using a Kelty Gunnison tent for over five years. I have the three person model and I’ve used it for family camping and event style bike trips. 

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July 14, 2014
CueClip It!

Some folks find their way as map readers and others read only the narratives. Most cyclists use both modes while pedaling their route. If you’re a narratives reader and like to rely on the turn by turn text directions, then consider the CueClip made by Ohio Travel Bag. 

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June 30, 2014
Lock it or Lose it!
Lock it or Lose it!

We hope it never happens to you, but having your bike and/or gear walk off without you can be a horrible experience and possibly the end of a great trip. One of our most popular items that riders purchase along with maps and panniers is the RavX Combo X Pocket lock.

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June 16, 2014
Staying Clean
Staying Clean

From cleaning your dishes to cleaning your skin, keeping clean is an important aspect of comfort and health on the road. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource store carries just the thing: the Scrubr dish cloth for pots and pans and the Trekr wash cloth for your skin, both by Luntatec.

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June 2, 2014
Things Teri Loves: The Mermaid T-shirt
Things Teri Loves:  The Mermaid T-shirt

When I saw the women’s specific t-shirts in the Clockwork Gears booth at Interbike I knew I wanted to carry one in the next Cyclosource catalog. I was hooked by a mermaid on a bicycle and ordered one to test.

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May 19, 2014
D2R Handlebar bag by Detours
D2R Handlebar bag by Detours

It’s new and improved! What I appreciate about Detours is that they go out of their way to ask for input on their products and then implement the changes. For 2014, Detours made some great changes to their popular D2R Handlebar bag and we are proud to say Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource team was able to help out.

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May 5, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Old Man Mountain Racks
Things Teri Loves: Old Man Mountain Racks

Old Man Mountain racks are prized for their efficiency, light weight, and ability to achieve a high-level dynamic load capacity. They feature proprietary tooling, down to their own painstakingly designed and crafted welding jigs. 

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April 28, 2014
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair
Therm-a-Rest Trekker Chair

Planning a bike tour always lends our focus to the bike, the seat, pedals, panniers, and the route itself. We are often so consumed with ensuring the ride is as comfortable as possible, we can sometimes forget to plan for our time off the bike.  

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April 7, 2014
The Chico Travel Pack
The Chico Travel Pack

So you need that super lightweight pack to take along with you for the ride? Maybe there are some groceries to go get, laundry to haul, or an amazing day hike just off of your route?

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March 31, 2014
Crazy Bar For Logical Persons
Crazy Bar for Logical Persons

For long days in the saddle, variety in hand position usually results in happier wrists. I look forward to bikecamping and touring with this easily loaded bar.

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March 17, 2014
"I Never Intended to Be Brave, A Woman’s Bicycle Journey Through Southern Africa" — A Great Read!
"I Never Intended to Be Brave, A Woman’s Bicycle Journey Through Southern Africa" — A Great Read!

One of the reasons I love travel narratives is that I feel like I personally know the author by the time I finish his or her book. This time, I met Heather Andersen first as our tour leader on Adventure Cycling’s San Juan Island Inn to Inn Tour in 2013, and read her book, I Never Intended to Be Brave, A Woman’s Bicycle Journey Through Southern Africa, months later.

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March 10, 2014
Announcing Winners of the Idaho Hot Springs Map Sets!
Announcing Winners of the Idaho Hot Springs Map Sets!

Last week to celebrate the release of our newest mountain-bike route, and our first-ever route featuring singletrack, we announced a giveaway for two complete Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) map sets. Randomly chosen from the hundreds of comments on last week’s blog post, the winners are ...

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February 24, 2014
Are You Map Case Deprived?
Are You Map Case Deprived?

With all the high-tech gadgets we have on the dashboards of our rides, the map case is just too simple. It's not LED or GPS, nor can you make a phone call with it. It's not even made of carbon fiber. So on that upcoming tour of yours, is a map case really necessary?

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February 3, 2014
It's Still Winter Out There
It's Still Winter Out There!

If you missed out on the Craft Hybrid glove this season for winter and early spring, fear not. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource online store still has a few of the Canari Static Jammer gloves left in stock.

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January 27, 2014
Osprey Raptor Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor Hydration Pack

I've been using the Raptor hydration pack from Osprey for over a year now with a brief interlude using a model from another major national brand. The Raptor's design continues to stand out as one of exceptional quality.

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January 13, 2014
Off With the Elements
Off With The Elements

The Niagara by Canari is my go-to, everyday commuting jacket. I’ve also used it for long distance trips. The Niagara, in my opinion, is an on-the-road, everyday, 3-season (fall, winter, spring) jacket. Being both windproof and waterproof, it has everything you could ask for in a cycling jacket.

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

Teri loves the PackTowl, especially the XXL size.

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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 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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November 25, 2013
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles

I have been riding on Terry saddles since they first came out in 1997. These saddles are lightweight, sleek, and work for us, as you can see in the photo from our garage!

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November 18, 2013
Reflective Gear
Reflective Gear

As winter approaches, the days get shorter and daylight diminishes, especially during our commuting hours. This seasonal shift is a great opportunity for you to evaluate your personal visibility factor, and perhaps take a more active role in becoming more visible to both drivers and other cyclists. At Adventure Cycling we offer a few different products that can help you be seen on the roadways after dark.

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November 11, 2013
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror

The Efficient Velo Tools (EVT) Safe Zone mirror has been a valued accessory of mine for the past five years. Starting with the handlebar-mounted variety, I’ve used mirrors from at least three other manufacturers. EVT is head and shoulders above any of those in terms of quality, durability, and overall performance.

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