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

January 7, 2013
Best Bike Adventure of 2012
Best Bike Adventure of 2012

As I was ringing in 2013, I found myself contemplating the best adventures of 2012.  By far, at the top of my list was the big adventure in my own backyard: a self-contained (together with Bill ) bike-packing trip to the top of a few high points near Missoula, MT. 

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December 31, 2012
A New Year in Tours
A New Year in Tours

As another year comes to a close,  it is the perfect time to reflect on, and relive, all of the awesome cycling experiences, new cycling friendships, and beautiful stories from 2012.

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December 17, 2012
Tour Participant Photos on Flickr!
Tour Participant Photos on Flickr!

We had a great year here in the Adventure Cycling Tours department. More rides, more participants, and more great times! And although those of us stuck here in the office didn't get to be on the road for every tour, the amazing pictures shared by participants made us feel like we were.

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December 3, 2012
Finding Your Dream Ride
Finding Your Dream Ride

With 73 tours being offered by Adventure Cycling Association in 2013, it's easy to find your dream ride. Most people choose their dream ride by date or location; but sometimes mileage, touring style, or even difficulty level is more important.

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November 19, 2012
Bicycle Tour Network Conference
Bicycle Tour Network Conference

I recently attended the annual meeting of the Bicycle Tour Network (formally called the National Bike Tour Directors Association) in Denver, Colorado.

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November 12, 2012
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country
An Autumn Escape to Big Bend Country

Two of Adventure Cycling's final tours for 2012, the inaugural trips for the Big Bend Loop van-supported tour, just wrapped up. For the first trip, I was lucky enough to fill the shoes as co-leader alongside veteran Southern Tier leader, Dave Points.

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October 29, 2012
On The Road in New England
On The Road in New England

Let me start out by letting you in on a secret: New England in the fall is incredible. Okay, not much of a secret.

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October 22, 2012
50 Places to Bike Before You Die
50 Places to Bike Before You Die

I recently received a copy of the book, "Fifty Places To Bike Before You Die" by Chris Santella and the timing could not have been more perfect.

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October 19, 2012
Tours Added: Death Valley Loop IV & Wild Country Utah II

It's not often that I get to write about tours, but a few of our trips are selling so fast, the tours team can barely keep their hands on their handlebars.

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October 15, 2012
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces
2013 Tours: Happy Places, Happy Faces

You have spoken and we have listened. We've just announced our full 2013 tours slate and we are very excited about our offerings in 2013.

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October 8, 2012
Winterize?
Winterize?

With winter knocking on my bike, I decided to asked some local experts about winterizing bike tips, and I also mixed in some random thoughts:

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October 1, 2012
Wine and Harvest: Sonoma and Napa Valleys
Wine and Harvest: Sonoma and Napa Valleys

The recently-completed Adventure Cycling Wine and Harvest tour was about cycling around the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and yet, it was so much more than that.

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September 24, 2012
Spring in the Southwest
Spring in the Southwest

With fall underway and winter just around the corner, many cyclists (myself included) are looking forward to sunshine in the not-so-distant coming year.

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September 10, 2012
Exciting Times for Adventure Cycling Tours
Exciting Times for Adventure Cycling Tours

Although the 2012 tour season is not quite over, Adventure Cycling Association has seen an overwhelming response to our 2012 tours, with almost 1300 participants overall.

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September 3, 2012
Fall is in the Air
Fall is in the Air

The leaves are changing and I now wear a jacket and gloves as I rocket down my hill. There is less light in the evenings, so I have been enjoying riding home in the dappled fall rays.

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August 31, 2012
Ending Your Cycling Season on a High Note

September is arriving, school is recommencing, the weather is moderating, and Adventure Cycling's 2013 Early, Epic, and Educational tours schedule has been announced.

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August 29, 2012
Tour Leader Showdown: Steve Parsons Vs. Joe Loviska
Tour Leader Showdown: Steve Parsons Vs. Joe Loviska

We've got a lot of fantastic tour leaders here at Adventure Cycling, as well as our fantastic tours themselves! Often a tour leader can take a tour experience from alright to amazing, as I'm sure you know. So how are you supposed to choose? Well, we've selected two of our best for you this week, both leading fall tours along the Pacific Coast, and pitted them against each other to help you decide which leader style is right for you!

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August 27, 2012
Excited about the Early and Epic Tours
Excited about the Early and Epic Tours

As you may already know, Adventure Cycling announced their Early, Epic, and Educational tours for 2013 this past Wednesday. The response has been very overwhelming here in the tours department. The January Florida Keys and Florida LTC tours are already 50% full in just 3 days!

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August 13, 2012
Spotlight on Tour Leader Greg Edwards
Spotlight on Tour Leader Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards has been leading and staffing Adventure Cycling tours since 2008.

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August 6, 2012
Denali Adventure Experiences
Denali Adventure Experiences

For an avid touring cyclist, there is nothing quite like the opportunity to check another item off your bucket list of places to ride. Alaska was one for me.

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