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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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March 31, 2015
Video Review: Novara Mazama
Video Review: Novara Mazama

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off the Novara Mazama touring bicycle.

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March 31, 2015
Utah Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon
Utah Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon

Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are among the most spectacular parks in North America. The waterfalls in Zion and the hoodoos in Bryce are stunning. Visiting by bicycle allows you to absorb it all at a much slower pace.

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March 30, 2015
Announcing Winners of the Bicycle Route 66 Map Sets!
Announcing Winners of the Bicycle Route 66 Map Sets!

On March 2nd, to celebrate the release of our newest route, we announced a giveaway for two complete Bicycle Route 66 map sets. Randomly chosen from over 430 comments, the winners are:

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March 28, 2015
5 Reasons to ride the Outer Banks in May
Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina in May

Now that most of us have dug out the record snowfall this winter, it is time for us to focus on some awesome spring riding to prepare for the summer. A favorite time and destination for many is M.O.B.; May in the Outer Banks.

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March 27, 2015
Clif Energy Organic Food
Clif Energy Organic Food

Maybe you've already seen Clif Bar's new Organic Energy Foods sitting on the shelf of your local bike shop. With flavors such as banana beet ginger and pizza margherita, these seem more like baby food purees for adults. Looking at these off the bike, they don't appear to be super appetizing, and would be easy to pass up. Two or three hours into a ride, however, these have what your body craves. 

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March 27, 2015
Bikes in Cambodia
Bikes in Cambodia

I love seeing the world on the seat of a bicycle, as much as I enjoy seeing it from the seat of a bicycle.

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March 26, 2015
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66

A benefit of adding the newly minted Bicycle Route 66 maps to our existing route network is its intersections with that network. This post lays out three examples.

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March 26, 2015
EuroVelo Route Development - Funded Projects
EuroVelo Route Development - Funded Projects

EuroVelo works across dozens of nations to develop routes. Continuing from the April issue of Adventure Cyclist, here are two more examples of their sophisticated coordination efforts.

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March 25, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Kevin Mussett, board member of the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition, shares how Bicycle Route 66 and USBR 66 designation has been a central focus for their efforts to attract bicycle tourism and make Oklahoma safer and more bicycle friendly. 

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March 23, 2015
Celebrating 40 Years: The Journey Is Just Beginning
Celebrating 40 Years: The Journey Is Just Beginning

Adventure Cycling Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016, the anniversary of a 4,250-mile Trans-American bicycle ride called Bikecentennial during America’s bicentennial and brought together by the enthusiasm of thousands of cyclists, volunteers, and supporters.  

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March 20, 2015
TiGr Lock
TiGr Lock

Leaving a bike unattended outside freaks me out. Even if I'm just running into a gas station or coffee shop for a few minutes, I'll be parked as close as possible to the largest window I can find to keep an eye on my bike at all times. I don't really know why I'm so concerned about the safety of my bike. Unlike a small child, a bike can be replaced, and I have no qualms with leaving a small child to fend for themselves for a few moments. Clearly I'm not a parent.

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March 18, 2015
Adventure Cycling Neck Gaiter
Adventure Cycling Neck Gaiter

Join or renew your membership at the Patron level or higher, and we'll send you a free Adventure Cycling neck gaiter.

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March 18, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation shares how Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 is an important part of their larger initiative to build a statewide bicycle plan and connect destinations through trails.

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March 17, 2015
Discover the Columbia River Gorge
Discover the Columbia River Gorge

Come join us for the 2015 Columbia River Gorge Fully-Supported tour in June! This tour is a week-long, fully supported bike tour that explores the Columbia River, the North Oregon and Southern Washington Cascade Mountains and Central Oregon near the lower Deschutes River. 

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March 13, 2015
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela
Sweet Rewards: Pedaling to Panela

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they'd tell you I have a sweet tooth ... Well, a whole mouth full of sweet teeth. Pedaling a bicycle long distances has allowed me to consume way more sugar than I should have, without it showing to a great degree on my person, so far.
 

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March 11, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Illinois
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Illinois

During the month of March, we will be featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Ed Barsotti, Executive Director for the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB), shares the story of how the LIB worked collaboratively with a committee of stakeholders to create the Illinois Route 66 Trail, which provided a template for the creation of Bicycle Route 66 in Illinois. 

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March 11, 2015
Adventure Cycling Montana – TransAmerica Trail

The second film in our ongoing series, Adventure Cycling Montana, catches the iconic TransAmerica Trail between Dillon and Ennis, Montana, taking in some of the biggest vistas in all of Big Sky Country.

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March 10, 2015
Dreaming of my next great adventure
Dreaming of my next great adventure

It’s been nearly 6 months since I last was on tour. As I sit here writing and look out the window, I reminisce about the great week I had on the Sierra Sampler with a fantastic group. Here in Missoula, winter has come and gone, and on my daily commute I think about where my travels will take me next.

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March 9, 2015
30 Off-bike Things to Do along Bicycle Route 66
30 Off-bike Things to Do along Bicycle Route 66

Traveling Bicycle Route 66 on two wheels doesn’t have to be all about the riding. There’s plenty more to see and do. You can Paddleboard in Chicago, float the Niangua River in Missouri, ride past Mickey Mantle's childhood home in Oklahoma, get artsy at Cadillac Ranch, Taste the best chile sauce in New Mexico, and walk amid the hardwood trees of Petrified Forest National Park.

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March 6, 2015
The End of the Ride
The End of the Ride

Another rushed reflection of an amazing journey. When I start a bike tour, the end is always something that I cannot fathom. I am nervous about the miles, the climbs, the arrangements, the weather, and full of wonderment for what lies ahead each day. The excitement of the days take over and I just focus on each day’s goals, assuming the very end will be this triumphant occasion — there will probably be a parade.

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March 3, 2015
Come Ride With Us!
Come Ride With Us!

Something struck me yesterday while I was paging through Adventure Cycling’s Tours catalog—how varied the offerings are, even within tour types. For example, take our Fully-Supported tours. Sure, we offer rides only in North America. But, whether you prefer dirt or pavement, bayou or sageland, a rolicking crew of 100 or a more intimate circle of 25, Adventure Cycling has a spot waiting just for you.

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March 3, 2015
Bicycle Route 66 Q&A
Bicycle Route 66 Q&A

I recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer and Assistant Director Jenn Milyko to chat with her about the project that has been occupying her department's time for the last four years, the development of Adventure Cycling's exciting new Bicycle Route 66.

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March 2, 2015
Bicycle Route 66, 2,493 Miles, & Map Giveaway
Bicycle Route 66, 2,493 Miles, & Map Giveaway

A New Trip Down an Old Road — Get Your Kicks on Bicycle Route 66

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February 27, 2015
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset
Most Memorable Bike Trip Sunset

Sunsets are one of the great pleasures of life and travel. And just as food tastes better on a bike trip, sunsets are that much more beautiful after you've spent the day pedaling a bike.

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February 26, 2015
SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

We are happy to announce that our conversations with District 8 of Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) regarding the use of I-40 for Bicycle Route 66 have reached a successful conclusion!

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