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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

December 19, 2012
Finding a Balance With Shooting, Editing, and, You Know, Cycling

I know what you're thinking -- there are a lot of commas in that title. Just know that they're there for emphasis. You might also be thinking about creating videos on your bike tour and posting them to your web log, or "blog" as the kids call it these days. Well great! That's why we're all here. You've learned how to make a bicycle touring video, you've learned what tripods to use, and you've learned the art of storytelling thanks to the other bloggers and judges so far.

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December 18, 2012
Janapar: Embrace the Journey
Janapar: Embrace the Journey

When the three young men featured at the start of Tom Allen's new film, Janapar, set out on their round-the-world bicycle tour, Tom's voice-over says something to the effect of "there is something out there ... we want to create meaning in our lives." Quickly the challenges of the road and the beauty found alongside it begin to carve that meaning, chucking artifice aside until the group splinters and each man goes his own way. We then follow Tom into the desert, into a woman's life, into his existential thoughts on exploring the world by bike, without a road map.

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December 17, 2012
2012 Bicycle Travel Award Winners
2012 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’

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December 6, 2012
9 Indicators that Bicycle Travel & Tourism Are Booming
9 Indicators that Bicycle Travel & Tourism Are Booming

On Tuesday, we issued a news release about the phenomenal growth of bicycle travel and tourism around the globe. Bicycle travel is taking over! Here are 9 new indicators that this is true.

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December 4, 2012
Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling
Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling

No two tours are the same, and so no two videos will tell the same story. But regardless of the specifics of your trip or your filming ambitions, the same key considerations will make your video project as successful as possible. Some of these considerations relate to the technical aspects of filmmaking, or of shot composition, editing software, and the like. But this kind of information is readily available, so I'd like to touch on something less-often mentioned but even more fundamental to success: the science of storytelling.

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November 6, 2012
How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video
How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video

Making videos of our bike touring adventures has never come naturally to me. I can often be found muttering to myself, wondering what that button does or how best to combine those two clips. At the end of the day, however, I'm always satisfied to complete a film about our cycling adventures. A video captures the sounds, movements and emotions of a trip in a much more lively, engaging way than a photograph. It is a living memory.

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October 11, 2012
Bicycle Travel: Growing Scene, Support, and Economic Impact
Bicycle Travel: Growing Scene, Support, and Economic Impact

Bicycle travel is growing in the U.S. While it's still considered a cycling niche, bicycle touring is slowly edging its way into view of the mainstream with growing participation, growing support and infrastructure for the activity, and a growing economic impact.

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October 2, 2012
What Makes a Good Bicycle Travel Video? Show Us!
What Makes a Good Bicycle Travel Video? Show Us!

Making videos of your bicycle holidays is a great way to relive your adventures and share your passion with others, as I found out about four years ago when I made my first slideshows of my bicycle holidays. Soon after, I started filming instead of taking pictures. My cycling passion extended to a passion for filming. Three years ago, I founded World Cycle Videos a bicycle-touring video group on Vimeo, a video-sharing platform. I regularly get questions from group members: How do I make a good video? What camera and editing program do I need?

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September 7, 2012
2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest
2013 Bicycle Travel Video Contest

In collaboration with WorldCycle Videos, Adventure Cycling's first Bicycle Travel Video Contest will accept submissions through February 28, 2013. Now is the time to check out the submission categories and begin production, whether you plan an autumn bike overnight video shoot, tackle your footage from a past adventure, or set up an interview with a bicycle traveler who inspires you to document their passion and story in a portrait piece.

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August 8, 2012
Summer Bike-Travel News
Summer Bike-Travel News

It's been a busy summer here at Adventure Cycling headquarters. Last month Adventure Cycling celebrated the much-anticipated completion of our renovation and building expansion with a huge community block party. We saw members and donors from all over the country, gave away freezers-full of free ice cream, danced to live music, and even got to be on the radio!

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July 3, 2012
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us
Tough & Tender: The Stories That Move Us

Today's guest post was written by Martina Brimmer, owner of Swift Industries, to announce the 2nd annual Tough & Tender: A literary and photographic project celebrating women's experiences with the bicycle.

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April 25, 2012
Bearing Witness to History by Bicycle

I've just finished Edward P. Jones' extraordinary book, The Known World. Published in 2003, the novel explores the painful relationships wrought by slavery, weaving in a little known historical fact that there were freed blacks who owned slaves.

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February 29, 2012
A Historic Ride Through Adventure Cycling Association
A Historic Ride Through Adventure Cycling Association

In this video produced by America ByCycle about Adventure Cycling, America ByCycle heads to the Adventure Cycling Association headquarters in Missoula, Montana to meet the people behind the maps. There they finally get to weigh their fully-loaded bikes, meet Greg Siple, one of the founders of Bikecentennial and Adventure Cycling Association, and get their portraits taken.

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February 22, 2012
How to Prepare for a Long Distance Bicycle Tour

Don't put off that long-distance bike tour! You can do it! To get you started, Adventure Cycling teamed up with America ByCycle to produce this fun video on how to prepare for your long-distance cycling adventure. Strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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February 14, 2012
Romancing the Road
Romancing the Road

"I’m probably not the only member who likes to skim through the Companions Wanted page in Adventure Cyclist magazine just for fun. There’s a people-watching sort of pleasure to reading over all the short, descriptive ads that members place for riding companions and thinking about who these people are, where they’re going, and what kind of companions they might attract."

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November 9, 2011
Bike Travel Fashion Forward
Bike Travel Fashion Forward

Fun media find: This photograph of Adventure Cycling co-founder, June Siple, was picked up by a slew of fashionista-type blogs this year; first published in National Geographic in 1973.

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April 27, 2011
Postcard from 1974: Hemistour Crosses the Equator
Postcard from 1974: Hemistour Crosses the Equator

Adventure Cycling was established as Bikecentennial in 1974 by two couples: Dan and Lys Burden, and Greg and June Siple. Simply put, they were visionaries who wished to bring the joy of bicycle travel to more people. Here's a postcard from Hemistour -- mailed 37 years ago -- written as Greg and June crossed the equator in Ecuador, May 7, 1974! 

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