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.

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January 28, 2014
Will 2014 Be the Best Yet for Adventure Cycling?
Will 2014 Be the Best Yet for Adventure Cycling?

Adventure Cycling enjoyed a fantastic year last year in terms of memberships, advocacy, tours and new resources, but 2014 promises to be even better.

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September 11, 2013
A Major TransAm Fix and a Major New Trail Destination
A Major TransAm Fix and a Major New Trail Destination

One of the great ironies at Adventure Cycling is that one of the most unpleasant sections of our legendary TransAmerica Trail is the 8-mile stretch between Lolo, Montana, and our home base in Missoula, Montana. We routinely get pleas from visiting cyclists: "Can you fix that #@*&%# part of the route?" Well as of last week, we can answer: "Yes, we have a fix!"

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September 5, 2013
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak
Exciting News about Better Bike Service on Amtrak

One of the biggest hurdles to great bike travel in the United States is the lack of consistent and affordable support for bicyclists on Amtrak, coach carriers, and airlines. Imagine if you could roll your bike safely onto a train or into a cargo bay on a motor coach anywhere in the U.S. — just think of the travel options this would open up for bike overnights, weeklong trips or cross-country trips.

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August 20, 2013
Undaunted Kids
Undaunted Kids

Teens and tots on two epic cycling trips — and tips on how to get kids out on a bicycle tour.

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June 10, 2013
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List
Cycling the South – A Top Ten List

Bad roads, good drivers, good bad food, great towns, disappearing snowbirds, simmering swamps — we experienced it all and more in the South, cycling over 1,000 miles from Charleston to Key West. Here's a Top 10 list of some highlights.

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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 13, 2013
5 Quick Takeaways from the National Bike Summit
5 Quick Takeaways from the National Bike Summit

Three Adventure Cycling staff (Ginny Sullivan, Winona Bateman, and myself) traveled last week to the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. Although it was my eighth summit, it felt really new and fresh. Here are five highlights!

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February 11, 2013
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana
Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana

Over the last few months, Adventure Cycling has been very busy working to create new opportunities for bike travel in North America, for example by developing new routes like an Idaho hot springs off-pavement route and Bicycle Route 66, and advancing an official U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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January 29, 2013
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance
Safe Passage? A National Trend & Montana's Chance

If you've ever cycled much on public roads, you've almost certainly had a motor vehicle come too close and scare the heck out of you. Or if you're Gina Evans or Arlen Hall, you've actually been hit by a truck or car at high speed.

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January 10, 2013
Bad Chip Seal on an Iconic Route
Bad Chip Seal on an Iconic Route

Cyclists face a lot of nemeses on the road, from rumble strips to distracted drivers. Another one is bad chip seal.

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November 8, 2012
Was 2012 a Dream?
Was 2012 a Dream?

When you read the title, you were probably thinking: "uh, Jim, there are nearly two months left in 2012." But actually, Adventure Cycling's fiscal year 2012 concluded on September 30 -- and it was a record setter in so many ways.

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October 17, 2012
More "Wow" Indicators of the Bike Travel Boom
More "Wow" Indicators of the Bike Travel Boom

I just got back from the Adventure Travel World Summit in Lucerne, Switzerland, and as usual, was blown away by the growth in this sector of the tourism market.

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October 10, 2012
Why Rhine Rhymes with USBRS
Why Rhine Rhymes with USBRS

On Monday, I wrote about my experience riding a segment of the Rhine River Bicycle Route (in Germany), and while I did it for the sheer enjoyment, I also did it to see first-hand the parallels between European routes and those being developed as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

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October 8, 2012
Riding the Rhine River Bicycle Route
Riding the Rhine River Bicycle Route

I've talked to many Adventure Cycling members who rhapsodize about riding in Europe, including self-guided tours, where a tour company sets up your route and all your logistics (including luggage transport) and all you have to do is ride.

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October 4, 2012
Global Inspiration
Global Inspiration

Jim Sayer from Adventure Cycling (in the middle) with Richard Weston, a co-author of a new report on the economic impact of bike tourism in Europe, and Camille Thome, secretary-general of the Departements et Regions Cyclables, a leading French advocacy group, in Nantes, France.

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August 25, 2012
Losing Leslie -- A Sad Week for Cycling
Losing Leslie -- A Sad Week for Cycling

It's been a sad week for cycling, but if you think I'm writing about Lance Armstrong, you would be mistaken. I'm deeply saddened by the death of Leslie Bohm, one of the best people I've met since taking the helm at Adventure Cycling seven years ago.

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August 2, 2012
This Is Sweet -- a "Best Place to Work" Award
This Is Sweet -- a "Best Place to Work" Award

I really enjoy working at Adventure Cycling Association. I could probably write a list of 100 things that are terrific about this organization from the mission to the members to the staff to the unique headquarters.

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July 17, 2012
Our Trail Angel Flies Away
Our Trail Angel Flies Away

Yesterday, June Curry, an amazing woman and a hero to many thousands of cyclists worldwide, passed away at the age of 91. June's story has been told many times but here's the snapshot:

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June 28, 2012
Good News in Vancouver, Bad News in DC

Greetings from Vancouver, British Columbia and Velo-City 2012, the international conference focused on all things bicycling, from urban bike facilities to bike touring.

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February 3, 2012
Stripped
Stripped

Do you know that gut-wrenching feeling when your bike has been stolen off the street? You left it there a few minutes ago and, coming back, it's gone, the lock clipped, your heart sinking fast? That's the way I felt yesterday when the transportation committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted by just two votes to keep biking and walking programs out of the next long-term transportation bill.

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December 31, 2011
A Rocking 2011
A Rocking 2011

Breaking ground for an expanded bike-travel "mecca," approval of the first new official U.S. Bicycle Routes in nearly three decades, a cool new website to promote overnight bike trips, record map sales and lots of new route development and improvement: these are just a few of the highlights from a rock-solid year for Adventure Cycling Association.

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September 12, 2011
Rumble Strip Update
Rumble Strip Update

Last month, I wrote that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) had issued an important new technical advisory (TA) on rumble strips for the first time in 10 years.

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March 5, 2011
Bike Tourism at the Bike Summit
Bike Tourism at the Bike Summit

This coming week, I'll be traveling with Adventure Cycling's special projects director, Ginny Sullivan, to the 10th annual National Bike Summit. The summit has come a long way since its inception when, as Congressman Jim Oberstar joked, you could fit the attendees in a phone booth.

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November 25, 2010
10 reasons to give thanks for Jim Oberstar
10 reasons to give thanks for Jim Oberstar

We in the American bicycling community are so fortunate to have Congressman Jim Oberstar as our friend and leader.

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July 1, 2010
Vaya Con Auroras
Vaya Con Auroras

We are two weeks into our family's trip down Adventure Cycling's Pacific Coast Route from border to border — and are woefully behind in posting blog bits about our adventure thus far.

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