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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August 2, 2013
Adopt a Library Today
Adopt a Library Today

Giving is great, and a great way to adopt a library today. Whether it's your local community library, school library, or just any library you happen to be a fan of, you can give them a one or two year subscription to Adventure Cyclist magazine for only $20 — half the standard rate.

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July 19, 2013
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners
Our Recent Share the Joy Winners

Our Share the Joy program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here are our recent winners and their prizes.

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July 5, 2013
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero
Nominate Your Bicycle Travel Hero

Who organized your first group bicycle tour? When your chain broke in the middle of nowhere, which bike shop set you on your way again? Who was that extraordinary trail angel who gave you a dry place to sleep out the storm on your last bike tour?

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June 28, 2013
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!
Last Chance to Get in on the Membership Drive!

Adventure Cycling is in the homestretch of the Bright Lights Big Adventure membership drive. First-time members who join by 5pm MDT on June 30 will receive a free Sigma Micro light along with their membership packet. If you join today, you'll also be entered in today's raffle for a chance to win a Boreas Gear Lagunitas pack from Q-Outdoor.

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June 27, 2013
IronX HD Sport Video Camera
IronX HD Sport Video Camera

The IronX camera is a new edition to the action-sports video realm, and if you're a first-time new member who joins Adventure Cycling online today, we'll enter you in a raffle to win one.

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June 26, 2013
Bicycle Travel Resources
Bicycle Travel Resources

We want to make sure you head out on your next adventure well prepared, no matter how big or small that adventure may be. To do this, we offer a wide variety of online resources to help you plan and execute the next bicycle trip on your bucket list.  Here are some of those resources, and what they can do for you.

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June 25, 2013
Become an Adventure Cyclist Today
Become an Adventure Cyclist Today

This is day two of Adventure Cycling's Bright Lights Big Adventure membership drive. We welcomed a lot of new members to Adventure Cycling yesterday, and we want to keep that momentum going. Between now and June 30, if you join Adventure Cycling online as a new member, we'll toss you a Sigma Micro Light in addition to the rest of your member benefits.  

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June 24, 2013
Our Membership Drive Kicks Off Today with Great Prizes for New Members!
Our Membership Drive Kicks Off Today with Great Prizes for New Members!

Adventure Cycling's Bright Lights Big Adventure Membership Drive is all about sharing the inspiration and adventure of bicycle touring and bike overnights beyond our current membership. So, between June 24 and 30, if you are a new member who joins on our website, you will receive a Sigma Micro Light.

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June 21, 2013
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling

Maybe you have been on the road for a few weeks, riding cross country on the Trans Am. Or perhaps you are planning an overnight bike camping trip with your family for the 4th of July. Or maybe you are sitting on your porch, drinking an iced tea and dreaming over the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Share that inspiration with your friends and family!

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May 21, 2013
My Adventure Cycling: Manage Your Membership

With the launch of our newly redesigned website last month, we also improved the functionality of the "My Adventure Cycling" account system. Your account allows you to manage your Adventure Cycling Association information, submit a trip to our Ride Registry, as well as offering more streamlined submittal of map corrections. 

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March 1, 2013
Affiliate Benefits Program
Affiliate Benefits Program

We fully understand that when you're planning a big ride, you want to stretch your budget as far as you can. With that in mind, we've partnered up with some awesome companies to provide great discounts for our members. Here's what we have to offer.

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January 18, 2013
Share the Joy Winners for 2012

As 2012 drew to a close, so did our 2012  Share the Joy program. This program 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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November 2, 2012
Get Your Copy of the 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar
Get Your Copy of the 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar

Our 2012 calendar was very popular, so we are excited to offer our 2013 Adventure Cycling Calendar! Filled with excellent images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, we have put together a year of inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.

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August 17, 2012
Share Adventure Cycling With Your Community
Share Adventure Cycling With Your Community

As we cycle through the summer and inspiration is high, it's the perfect time to share your love of bicycle touring with your community through one of our special, half-priced Library Memberships. You can give this membership to any of your local libraries, including public, university, and K-12 schools.

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May 3, 2012
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect

BikeToursDirect, a gold-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Jim Johnson, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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April 20, 2012
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Picture the open road, your favorite bike, the wind in your hair ... if only you could bottle up all of that passion and excitement you have for bike touring and share it with your friends and loved ones ....Wait -- you can!  By sharing Adventure Cycling with them, you can give your friends a taste of all that bike touring has to offer. 
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February 15, 2012
Our Share the Joy Winners for 2011
With the New Year, our 2011 Share the Joy program closed out. This program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here is a recap of the 2011 winners and their prizes.
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January 17, 2012
Spotlight on Julie Huck, Membership Director
Spotlight on Julie Huck, Membership Director

And now ... for someone who really needs no introduction. If you're a member of Adventure Cycling, chances are you've talked to Julie -- she has worked here for over 26 years!

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September 23, 2011
Adventure Cyclist Magazine Now Available as PDF

In response to requests from members for an electronic version of the magazine, Adventure Cycling has rolled out the past year's issues in downloadable PDF format. We will continue to offer individual articles from many of our past issues in our publications archive, for anyone to access, but these full-issue downloads are available to current members only.

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July 29, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, a silver-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Maria Elena Price, co-owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about her company.

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May 20, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Osprey Packs
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Osprey Packs

Osprey Packs, a gold-level member, is one of our newest corporate members, joining just after New Year's. Jeff Fox, marketing manager, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about their company.

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April 29, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Cascade Huts
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Cascade Huts

Cascade Huts is currently a Silver-Level Corporate Member. They have been members for three years, supporting our programs and mission. Co-owners James Koski and Don Bain took some time to answer our questions and tell us more about their small but fascinating business.

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April 15, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: WomanTours
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: WomanTours

WomanTours is currently a gold-level corporate member. They came on as a supporter last year during our U.S. Bike Route System fundraiser (which is happening again this May). Our relationship with them, however, goes back several years, as they have used our maps for many of their tours. Jackie Marchand, the company's owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about their unique company.

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April 1, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Quality Bicycle Products
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Quality Bicycle Products

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) is currently our only Titanium Level Corporate Sponsor. They are also the parent company of Salsa and Surly bicycles, both among staff favorites for their own rides. Steve Flagg, the company's founder, took a few minutes to give us some insight into his company and their passion for cycling.

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March 11, 2011
2nd Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest Winners
2nd Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest Winners

Winners of the 2nd Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest. 

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