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 1, 2015
Cycling the Hill Country of Texas
Cycling the Hill Country of Texas

With cowboy names like Blanco, Luckenbach, and Johnson City, along with wildflowers, buffalo, ranches, quiet roads and warm weather, the Hill County of Texas is a cyclist's paradise.

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January 30, 2015
Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge: What's not to Love?
Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge: What's not to Love?

The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis is only 2100 feet long. Yet it took me over an hour to pedal my way from one end to the other. The bridge used to carry trains over this span of the Mississippi. Today (especially when the sun is out) it carries throngs of locals and visitors.

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January 29, 2015
Call to Action: Bicycle Route 66
Call to Action: Bicycle Route 66

Over the next few days we are sending the Bicycle Route 66 maps to the printer. Unfortunately, we still do not have a satisfactory resolution with District 8 of Caltrans over access to the stretch of Interstate 40 between Needles and Barstow, California, where it is illegal to ride a bicycle.

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January 27, 2015
Beyond Gladys: Women's Cycling in Portland and Female-Focused Shops
Beyond Gladys: Women's Cycling in Portland and Female-Focused Shops

By Ellee Thalheimer. In the February issue of Adventure Cyclist Ellee Thalheimer looked at Gladys Bikes, a female-focused shop in Portland, Oregon, and owner Leah Benson's take on cycling retail. Here are a few other female-focused shops around the country, as well as a look at women's cycling groups in bike-mad Portland.

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January 26, 2015
Gear Special: Riding Tour d'Afrique's Trans-Oceania
Gear Special: Riding Tour d'Afrique's Trans-Oceania

By Berne Brody In the February 2015 issue of Adventure Cyclist Berne Broudy rides across the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali. From moped-choked cities and agrarian villages to volcanoes and beaches, this is a quick look at the gear that served her well on the almost 1,000-kilometer route. 

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January 26, 2015
6 Reasons to ride Death Valley
6 Reasons to ride Death Valley

Death Valley is a land of many extremes. Although the name sounds dark, the valley is filled with flora and fauna in addition to cyclists that come to explore the low traffic, dry conditions and barreness. Here are my 6 reasons for visiting Death Valley by bicycle.

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January 24, 2015
A Dozen Views of Puerto Rico by Bicycle
A Dozen Views of Puerto Rico by Bicycle

Discover the beauty and intrigue of cycling around Puerto Rico; 300 miles in 12 days of cycling, hiking, swimming, eating... Here are a dozen reasons to visit Puerto Rico by bicycle.

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January 21, 2015
Meet Eva Dunn-Froebig: Events and Outreach Coordinator
Meet Eva Dunn-Froebig: Events and Outreach Coordinator

We welcome Eva Dunn-Froebig, our newest staff member who will be planning the 40th Anniversary and working on bicycle advocacy and outreach. She tells us a bit about herself and her passion for bicycle advocacy. 

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January 21, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Road Holland Cycling Apparel
Corporate Spotlight: Road Holland Cycling Apparel

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own.

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January 16, 2015
Macro Adventure
Macro Adventure

The bicycle is the perfect vehicle to take it all in. All of your senses are available to soak in the epic views, the blossoms of spring, the bird calls, the local ice cream. I've had moments on bicycle journeys where the beauty of my surroundings is so overwhelming I've had to literally slam on my brakes to stop and process it all before moving on.

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January 15, 2015
UPDATE: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
UPDATE: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

In November 2014, I wrote about the conversation we were conducting with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) regarding the use of Interstate 40 east of Barstow, California, for our soon-to-be-released Bicycle Route 66 maps. This entry is a follow-up on the situation.

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January 13, 2015
Family Bicycle Touring is a Rewarding Experience
Family Bicycle Touring is a Rewarding Experience

a family bicycle tour can be a fun and adventure-filled vacation for your entire family. Check out experiences on Adventure Cycling's Family Fun, Great Allegheny Passage trail tour, as well as tips for successful family bicycle tours.

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January 12, 2015
Good Hands! Showers Pass Crosspoint All-Weather Gloves
Good Hands! Showers Pass Crosspoint All-Weather Gloves

It’s been said before, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Winter can push many bikes into garages waiting for another season of warm dry weather. It doesn’t have to be that way. With the right clothing, winter can be an amazing time to ride! The people at Showers Pass know how to make that happen.

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January 9, 2015
All of Adventure Cycling's 2014 Visiting Cyclists in One Video
All of Adventure Cycling's 2014 Visiting Cyclists in One Video

We broke our record for visiting cyclists this year!

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January 6, 2015
The Future of Young Adult Bike Travel
The Future of Young Adult Bike Travel

There were many ways that young-adult bike travellers and leaders passed through Adventure Cycling’s programs and events in 2014. Here's a look at some of those avenues.

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January 2, 2015
Bicycle Touring Challenges
Bicycle Touring Challenges

Someone once said to me that bicycle touring ain't easy. That's no joke, it's not easy. To help you better prepare for your next adventure, here are some of the challenges you can expect to face on the open road.

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January 1, 2015
Reflections on a North Star Adventure
Reflections on a North Star Adventure

Traci Wentling recently completed the revised North Star self-contained tour offered by Adventure Cycling. Along with her leader and ten other riders, she experienced much more than she expected. Tours Director, Arlen Hall, has re-blogged the final entry from her blog. Enjoy.

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December 31, 2014
Double your investment: Donate today!
Double your investment: Donate today!

Before we round the corner toward an incredible 2015, we’re asking for your support in meeting our $100,000 challenge grant before tomorrow, December 31st.

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December 30, 2014
Favorite Tours of 2014
Favorite Tours of 2014

The 2014 bicycle touring season has come and gone; another great year of bicycle travel. Here are a few of my favorites.

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December 29, 2014
Cycling Necessities for the New Year
Cycling Necessities for the New Year

Didn't get what you wanted this year?

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December 26, 2014
Winter Reflections
Winter Reflections

Our tent and gear were soaked, so we decided to splurge on a room in a beach town resort. The temperature kept dropping, and wave after wave of rain swept in from the coast. This was supposed to be our "vacation" after many miles of pedaling — sand, sun, a good book, and a cold beverage.

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December 23, 2014
5 Reasons I Love Bicycle Travel
5 Reasons I Love Bicycle Travel

Bicycle travel has to be one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences that you can have. Here are the top five reasons I love bicycle travel.

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December 19, 2014
Holiday Feast
Holiday Feast

Over the years I've had plenty of memorable holiday meals. Many of them involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and gravy. I remember one dinner from my youth, where there was a table of pies. How can you choose between a dozen different pies? But there is one holiday meal that tops them all.

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December 17, 2014
New Bike Racks on MARC Trains Offer Expanded Tourism Opportunities
New Bike Racks on MARC Trains Offer Expanded Tourism Opportunities

Whether commuting or on a bicycle trip, bringing bikes on trains is something that many cyclists dream of. As of December 13th, cyclists traveling between Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. on the weekend MARC trains now have this option. 

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December 17, 2014
Adventure Cycling Montana - Northern Tier
Adventure Cycling Montana - Northern Tier

We are so excited to release the first episode of our Adventure Cycling Montana video series! Here's a taste of Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier Bicycle Route that travels through Montana.

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