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

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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December 3, 2013
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale

Last week the Adventure Cycling Tours Department welcomed another wonderful addition. Meet our newest tours specialist, Mandy Hale. 

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November 26, 2013
Hot off the press! 2014 Tours Book
Hot off the press! 2014 Adventure Cycling Tours Book

Mailboxes across the country are now receiving the exciting new Adventure Cycling 2014 tours catalog. Just in time, too, as the 2014 tours season starts in January.

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November 19, 2013
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters

In the past week, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some days sunning on my Bike Friday in the warmth of the Florida sun, away from my office in Missoula, Montana. Although large group rides are not a style of touring I am interested in, I took a risk and joined Bubba Fest with my partner, Shawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

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November 12, 2013
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist

If you had three, possibly four, days of bike-touring experience, would you agree to take 10 kids on a six-week cross country trip? No matter how you would choose to answer this, Mike Lessard, Adventure Cycling’s newest tours specialist, answered, "yes!"

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November 4, 2013
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter

Start your planning now for some guided bike touring to get you through those dark, short days of winter. Our tours in January, February, and March still have some available spaces, but they are going fast. Here are a few highlights that will warm your winter in 2014.

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October 28, 2013
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream
Don't Miss Out on Your Dream

Two weeks ago, we announced our complete 2014 tours schedule. Since then, the tours team has had numerous conversations with people who have confided in us that they have always wanted to do a tour.One gentleman even insisted that I tell him to “quit being a chicken and sign up!” so I did, and he did!

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October 21, 2013
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour
Photo Wrap-Up: Vermont, Inn-to-Inn Tour

We'd like to share some of the great images from the Vermont, Inn-to-Inn tour that our participants recently completed. Our inn-to-inn tour format is an easier way to travel compared to our traditional self-contained format. Check out the photos from our 2013 Vermont adventure.

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October 14, 2013
2014 Guided Tours Announced
2014 Guided Tours Announced

We've just announced our 2014 Guided Tours including 11 brand-new trips! We offer self-contained, inn-to-inn, fully supported, and van-supported trips. We also offer educational courses and family tours, and be sure to check out our Best Tours for Beginners, Epic Adventures, and Mountain Bike Tours.

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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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