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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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October 8, 2013
Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two
Cycling the Great Divide, Edition Two

In 2000, about two years after all the maps had been printed for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, we published a guidebook with possibly the longest name ever for a book: Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route.

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October 7, 2013
Climate Ride: An Inspiring Experience
Climate Ride: An Inspiring Experience

As you may know, Adventure Cycling’s mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Well, last week I was inspired by an amazing group of cyclists when I got the chance to ride my bike from New York City to Washington DC on Climate Ride.

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October 7, 2013
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier
Tour de Fête — The Southern Tier

Several of the riders on Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier fall 2013 tour have definitely caught the attention of the tours department. Was it the level and degree of their spontaneity, serendipity and fate, or just the raw courage and determination of some of the riders? You decide for yourself.

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October 4, 2013
Interbike 2013: Apparel
Interbike 2013: Apparel

Just ask Billy Ray: When you're looking good, you're feeling good. There was no shortage of apparel at this year's Interbike trade show to help you feel your best on your next bicycle adventure. Here are some of my favorite peices that I hope to be sporting shortly.

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October 4, 2013
My Adventure Cycling Account
My Adventure Cycling Account

Have you had a chance to check out your My Adventure Cycling account yet? We updated this feature with our website redesign this past spring, and want to make sure you're familiar with what it has to offer you.

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October 3, 2013
The 3-2-1 Tour: Camino de Santiago, Spain
The 3-2-1 Tour: Camino de Santiago, Spain

In mid-June, my daughter Caroline, wife Betsy, and I completed our own pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela. We dubbed it the 3-2-1 Tour: 3 people, 2 wheels, and 1 pancreas. I’ll explain the pancreas part in a minute.

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October 2, 2013
Nuts and Bolts: 2013 October/November issue

Here are the Nuts and Bolts for "The Golden Circle of Bears and Beers" by Willie Weir and "Then and Now: The Sierra Cascades Route" by Gregg Bleakney, which appear in the 2013 October/November issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. 

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October 2, 2013
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed

This week we highlight the great work being done by the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrain Federation and the Missouri Department of Transportation, on U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 76 which is now signed across the state. Brent Hugh, the Executive Director of Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation takes us through the details.

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October 1, 2013
2013 Interbike Roundup
2013 Interbike Roundup

This is a guest post by Patrick O'Grady. Adventure Cycling's Josh Tack is busily cranking out a four-part roundup of all the nifty items he unearthed at this year's Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Until then, here's a round up of some of my favorites.

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September 30, 2013
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Convertible Backpacks

This post is part of a series that spotlights Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own. Convertible Backpacks, a bronze-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Richard Jones, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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September 30, 2013
Late Season Cycling in Florida
Late Season Cycling in Florida

Shorter days and colder temperatures are beginning to invade the Bitterroot valley. Here in Missoula, Montana, I left the house this morning on my ride to work and found a dusting of snow on the peaks over 5000 feet.

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September 27, 2013
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes

Welcome to the first of a four-part series of Interbike roundups. To kick this off, I'll be running down some of my favorite bikes that I spotted on the convention floor. These are all going to be new models for 2014.

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September 27, 2013
The Perfect Day
The Perfect Day

Almost any day on a bike trip is a good day. But every once in a while, a perfect day comes along. I don't have an official checklist of what qualifies a day as being perfect. But there are those days when your heart sings, and you couldn't keep a smile off your face if you tried. They are the days that first pop into your mind when it's been too long since your last bicycle journey.

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September 24, 2013
Adventure Cycling Gets Recessionista Chic
Adventure Cycling Gets Recessionista Chic

It's always great to get involved in your community and show some support for local nonprofits. Recently some Adventure Cycling staff showed their love for our favorite thrift shop, Secret Seconds, by sporting our favorite finds in a little photo-shoot.

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September 23, 2013
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers
Meet Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers

Adventure Cycling Tours Specialist Darrah Rogers and her husband Chris are new to the Missoula area. As she settles into town and starts to build community, finding another cause and another ride are high on her to-do list.

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September 18, 2013
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route

In order to cut costs on a repaving job south of Florence, ODOT contractors placed a new layer of pavement just a foot or two over the fog line, leaving an abrupt edge within the center of the shoulder — right where cyclists ride. Luckily, ODOT was quick to remedy the problem. 

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September 16, 2013
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess
New Tours Specialist: Lydia Hess

At Adventure Cycling Association the winds of change just came howlin’ through the Tours Department. Joining the group are new Tours Specialists, Lydia Hess and Darrah Rogers. As a two-part series, we’d like to give you a glimpse of what these two ladies are passionate about and what brings them to the Adventure Cycling team.

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September 13, 2013
Overloaded
Overloaded

When it comes to the stuff I carry on my bike, no one would ever accuse me of being an ultralight bike traveler. When traveling solo, I've been known to pedal with a tent big enough for me and my bicycle. Before the digital camera revolution, a large portion of one of my panniers was devoted to 80 rolls of slide film. I regularly find room to pack a bottle (or two) of wine. How much is too much? 20 lbs? 40 lbs? 60 lbs of gear?

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September 12, 2013
When to Ride: Southern Tier
When to Ride: Southern Tier

The Southern Tier is one of those routes that has a distinct "season" for riding due to the effect extreme weather conditions can have on a cyclist's experience. We believe it is generally best ridden early fall or spring for optimum conditions. There are three factors contributing to this advice: deserts, mountain passes, and hurricane season.

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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 10, 2013
Instagram Contest Success
Instagram Contest Success

Two weeks ago, we asked our Instagram community, "Why do you travel by bicycle?" You showed us your answers by hashtagging your photos with #ACAtravelbybike. The response was amazing!

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September 9, 2013
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner
2014 Dream Tour Giveaway Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Dream Tour Giveaway is Tom Carmine of Newport News, Virginia.

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September 6, 2013
Stuffitts for Shoes
Stuffitts for Shoes

Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.

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September 6, 2013
Affiliate Benefits for our Members
Affiliate Benefits for our Members

Adventure Cycling appreciates the support we receive from our members, and to show our appreciation, we offer some great benefits. In addtion to 9 issues of our award winning Adventure Cyclist magazine, discount on our maps, and access to our guided tours, we also offer service and equipment affiliate benefits from other companies.

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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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