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

February 25, 2014
Spring Training, Spring Touring
Spring Training, Spring Touring

For some, the words spring training arouse visions of team regalia, muddy cleats, eating peanuts, and watching America’s national sport.

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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 20, 2014
Reroute on the Southern Tier: Austin, Texas
Reroute on the Southern Tier: Austin, Texas

In the fall of 2013, as part of our regular reprint schedule, we updated and converted section 4 of the Southern Tier Bicycle Route map set to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  At this time we also implemented a 160-mile reroute of section 4 of the mapset to avoid a road on which cyclists felt unsafe riding.

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February 19, 2014
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts

As Media Director Winona Bateman announced in her January 2 News, Networking, and New Media post, the 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo is open for submissions, and will remain open through June 30. 

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February 19, 2014
Fat Bike February
Fat Bike February

For the second year running, Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating Fat Bike February. You can join in the fun on Instagram, on our blog, and over on our Facebook page.

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February 18, 2014
2013 Share the Joy Winners & Scholarship Donation
2013 Share the Joy Winners & Scholarship Donation

As 2013 drew to a close, so did our 2013 Share the Joy program. Share the Joy encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year.

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February 18, 2014
Tour Schwagg
Tour Schwagg

Nard Clarr, Adventure Cycling Association Life Member and artist based in Colorado, designed the logo for the Adventure Cycling Tours water bottle that each 2014 rider will receive on tour.

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February 14, 2014
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice

When you're touring with your special man or lady friend, it's pivotal to set up a damange control plan, as relationships can be made or broken when you spend an extended amount of time in close quarters in adverse conditions. Here are five bicycle-touring tips for couples to get you started on your way.

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February 14, 2014
The Reluctant Traveler Update
The Reluctant Traveler Update

This post is an update on Tiva (aka The Reluctant Traveler), our rescue dog we adopted last year. My blog post last summer, which was expanded into a column in the Feb 2014 edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine, talks about our journey with an amazing, but fearful, dog. 

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February 13, 2014
A Brief History of Fatbikes
A Brief History of Fatbikes

Fatbikes have gained attention as the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry this year, and for good reason. They've ridden the length of continents, across the snowy state of Alaska in winter, and along unique sections of coastline all around the globe.

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February 12, 2014
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would designate both Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail as U.S. Bike Routes. 

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February 11, 2014
Video Review: Nobilette
Video Review: Nobilette

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off his custom Nobilette road bike.

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February 11, 2014
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever

While you and I might not be among the greatest explorers the world has ever known, what drives many of us to keep adventuring day in and day out, from bicycle tour to bicycle tour, from one trek and hiking trip to the next, is the lure to meet up with the unexpected, and to embrace the thrill and the challenge of getting out there.

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February 7, 2014
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter

Keeping the pedals turning through the winter requires a little more motivation than the rest of the year, but with the right approach, it can also be a lot of fun. Here are a few ways I've managed to tackle winter riding over the years.

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February 7, 2014
Valentine's Gifts for Cyclists
Valentine's Gifts for Cyclists

For Adventure Cycling members, the new 2014 Spring Cyclosource catalog is starting to hit mailboxes — just in time to get your bicycle-crazed loved one the perfect Valentine's present!

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February 6, 2014
Fatbike to the Arctic: How to Prepare
Fatbike to the Arctic: How to Prepare

This winter we will attempt our most ambitious winter cycling trip. We have titled it “Fatbike to the Arctic.” We intend to ride the Iditarod Trail as far as Norton Sound and continue north across the Arctic Circle and on to Kotzebue. If all goes well we will continue on to Point Hope, North America’s longest continually inhabited community.

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February 5, 2014
Send a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist to a Friend
Send a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist to a Friend

Do you love Adventure Cyclist magazine and want to share it with your cycling friends? Right now, you can send a sample issue of Adventure Cyclist to your friends and let them see all that bicycle touring has to offer. 

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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 31, 2014
On the Road: Pajama Game
On the Road: Pajama Game

I'd like to introduce you to one of my bicycling heroes. He hasn't cycled around the world or across the country. I'm not sure if he has ever cycled outside of New York City. He has pedaled his bike around Manhattan for over 50 years, taking photos of what New Yorker's are wearing. He is still going strong at 84.

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January 30, 2014
Accepting Applications for Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship

development@adventurecycling.orgAdventure Cycling Association seeks candidates for the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. 

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January 29, 2014
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities

Interest in bicycle travel is growing across the country and a new study on bicycle tourism in Montana provides valuable research on the needs, impacts, and opportunities for the state. 

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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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January 28, 2014
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There

There are many different ways to create an itinerary for a bicycle tour. You can go out and back, ride a nice loop, or my favorite, the point-to-point tour. Adventure Cycling has been running point to point tours since its inception in 1976 with the Bikecentennial TransAm ride.

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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 24, 2014
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset

It's hard not to be attracted to shiny things, which is one of many reasons I've been spending a lot of time this week checking out the Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium 110 Fluted Double Crankset. That's a pretty impressive name for a component. Before getting into the details, I thought it would be fun to break down the name of the crankset first.

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