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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July 15, 2014
Start Thinking Fall
Start Thinking Fall

When you're caught in the heat of summer, dream of riding in the cool of fall 

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June 17, 2014
Just Keep Spinning, Just Keep Spinning
Just Keep Spinning, Just Keep Spinning

By now I’m sure most of you have had the chance to find some warm weather, dry roads and trails, and had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from a long winter. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year, we’re heavy hitting into the touring season!

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June 10, 2014
5 Summer Tours Not to Miss
5 Summer Tours Not to Miss

With Summer Solstice just a few weeks away, my current frame of mind is in a full and impassioned embrace of all that summertime holds for cycling, hiking, touring, and all sorts of fun-in-the-sun here in Montana. Hopefully you are feeling the same fervor wherever you are! 

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June 3, 2014
Local Touring
Local Touring

One way the dictionary defines the word tour is “a traveling around from place to place.” With that definition in mind, my biking around town, to the office, running errands has turned into bike touring.

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May 27, 2014
How to Bike Tour With Children
How to Bike Tour With Children

We field lots of questions here in the Tours department. Recently I responded to one that came in by email and it made me smile. A member with very young children asked if Adventure Cycling had tours that family members who don't ride bicycles could participate in. He was finding it impossible to justify a ride solely for himself, away from his family.

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May 13, 2014
Celebrating 80 Years on the Southern Tier
Celebrating 80 Years on the Southern Tier

Many people have different ways of celebrating a milestone birthday. There’s the sweet sixteen, going out with friends on you 21st, the decade celebrations of 30 and 40, going “over the hill” at 50, and on and on. We love celebrating milestones!

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May 6, 2014
5 More Reasons to Ride
5 More Reasons to Ride

Spring has sprung here in Missoula, and we’re itching to get out on the open road to feel the wind against our faces. After some of the long and hard winters we’ve heard our members have had, we thought we’d remind everyone of some great reasons to tour. 

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April 29, 2014
Get Your Read and Ride On!
Get Your Read and Ride On!

Its spring and many of us are busy planning our next getaway on board our bicycles. If you are short on time, another option is to head over to your local library or bookstore, and find bike touring memoirs and journals to start travelling vicariously through others!

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April 22, 2014
Tours Department is On the Ball
Tours Department is On the Ball

Coming into an office on a beautiful spring day after a long winter can be one of the most challenging tasks. With spring in full force, I would rather seek out adventures on the trails around Missoula.

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April 15, 2014
5 Tips to Prepare for Summer Riding
5 Tips to Prepare for Summer Riding

Spring is in full swing here in Missoula, and in the Tours department we are all talking about summer touring plans. Here are the top five ways I prepare for summer riding.

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April 1, 2014
Riding Dirty: High and Dry
Riding Dirty: High and Dry

I'm looking out the window this morning here in Missoula and its snowing again. It's late March. For many out there, this winter has been frigid, unrelenting, and brutal. And the winter just keeps coming. We could all use some fun in the sun and a chance to get a little dirty! If you want to ride the high-and-dry variety of dirty, I've got some tour ideas for you.

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March 25, 2014
Dirty Riding — Braving the Spring Thaw
Riding Dirty — Braving the Spring Thaw

I find myself wanting to go south — to box up my bike, drive to the airport, and just get on a plane, any plane, to any place warm and dry. Hmmm … where did I put my credit card?

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March 18, 2014
Riding Dirty: C&O Canal / GAP
Riding Dirty: C&O Canal / GAP

Cycling the C&O Canal Towpath can be as much fun in the rain and mud as it is on bright sunny days. It is all about your perspective.

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March 11, 2014
Riding Dirty — 2014 Mountain Bike Tours
Riding Dirty — 2014 Mountain Bike Tours

Coming off of Fat Bike February, and with the introduction of the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, there has been a lot of buzz about Adventure Cycling’s Dirt Tours for the 2014 season. If you’re looking to get off the roads and start riding dirty, come ride with us this year!

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February 25, 2014
Spring Training, Spring Touring
Spring Training, Spring Touring

For some, the words spring training arouse visions of team regalia, muddy cleats, eating peanuts, and watching America’s national sport.

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February 18, 2014
Tour Schwagg
Tour Schwagg

Nard Clarr, Adventure Cycling Association Life Member and artist based in Colorado, designed the logo for the Adventure Cycling Tours water bottle that each 2014 rider will receive on tour.

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February 11, 2014
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever

While you and I might not be among the greatest explorers the world has ever known, what drives many of us to keep adventuring day in and day out, from bicycle tour to bicycle tour, from one trek and hiking trip to the next, is the lure to meet up with the unexpected, and to embrace the thrill and the challenge of getting out there.

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January 28, 2014
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There

There are many different ways to create an itinerary for a bicycle tour. You can go out and back, ride a nice loop, or my favorite, the point-to-point tour. Adventure Cycling has been running point to point tours since its inception in 1976 with the Bikecentennial TransAm ride.

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January 21, 2014
What's on Your Bucket List Today
What's on Your Bucket List Today

I took a call in the tours department recently from a woman inquiring about Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier tour, an epic three-month-long van-supported tour. Her questions resonated with me, because I asked all the same things of myself when I was planning a long-distance journey by bicycle.

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January 14, 2014
Family Fun Tours
Family Fun Tours

Adventure Cycling’s Family Fun Tours provide an opportunity to have an active, educational, and engaging family vacation. Spend your days riding through history-rich areas of the United States and your evenings relaxing with new friends and your family.

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January 7, 2014
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.

Happy New Year! Are you ready for some fabulous bicycle touring in 2014? Here are four of our favorite tours for exploring the eastern U.S.

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December 31, 2013
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions! What's going to be your riding resolution for 2014?

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December 24, 2013
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks

Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be relaxing, windy, and fun! Here are three reasons why you should be on the Outer Banks.

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December 17, 2013
Winter Dreaming
Winter Dreaming

Looking through the Adventure Cycling 2014 Tours Catalog and reading the descriptions and itineraries as I sit here in snowy Missoula is exciting, reminding me that better weather is on its way, and that I’d better decide just which tours I’d like to ride this season! I’ve settled on three that I can say might become my favorites.

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December 10, 2013
Tours Gift Certificate
Tours Gift Certificate

Unwrap the gift of adventure with an Adventure Cycling tours gift certificate!

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