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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October 17, 2013
Things Teri Loves: Canari Gel Liners
Things Teri Loves: Canari Gel Liners

Sales and Marketing Director Teri Maloughney has been an Adventure Cycling employee for over 20 years. She's had the opportunity to test a lot of cycling shorts and liners. Find out why these are her all-time her favorites. 

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February 21, 2012
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic

Ortlieb's far traveled classic model made of robust polyester fabric is designed for low riders in the front or for the rear rack. View our complete (and extensive) pannier collection at  Adventure Cycling's online store, Cyclosource.

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January 24, 2012
Sweet Memories
Sweet Memories

I was chewing on some ginger trail mix and all of a sudden a flood of memories rushed over me. I thought about a trip that I did with my friend Keri on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path in Idaho last summer, and all the fun we had while we were snacking. "Don't eat all the ginger!" she laughed, as she caught me poking around picking the best parts out. "That's cheating!

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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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October 25, 2011
Coffee and Cycling - The Tradition Continues
Coffee and Cycling - The Tradition Continues
Although my good friend and awesome designer Rachel recently decided to give up coffee for THREE WHOLE DAYS!, and I commend her strength and willpower, I am a latte two-times-a-day kind of girl. And I have the quick heart rate and sped-up talk to prove it.
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October 4, 2011
Adventure Cycling Overnight — A Tour of Epic Proportions
Adventure Cycling Overnight — A Tour of Epic Proportions

Okay, maybe I can't really call our staff overnight epic (it was only 30 miles each way), but it was epic-ly fun! It was a great chance for everyone to get to ride together, have a look at Paul's hand-made bikepacking setup, and enjoy a lazy afternoon at a time of year when the evenings are still fairly long.

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August 30, 2011
Armed and Dangerous: Ride in Style with Arm Warmers
Armed and Dangerous: Ride in Style with Arm Warmers

Sometimes it's challenging to mix bike touring and fashion. A certain friend is fond of reminding me that I'm dressing for a bike ride, not for the prom, when I complain about my limited outfit options.

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July 26, 2011
First Aid Kits
First Aid Kits

There's a new mountain bike course here in Missoula and we're all having fun getting out on it! However, with the large number of scary bumps and crazy pitches, I've been adding something else to my usual carry-along stock of tubes, tire levers, etc. After a nasty little spill awhile ago, I've decided to carry a basic first-aid kit with me as well.

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July 19, 2011
Drink It Up
Drink It Up

Summer is here. I was reminded of this in full force when I nearly passed out while mountain biking during a 92-degree afternoon at the beginning of the week. Yikes! We need to drink a lot! And, while water is of utmost importance, sometimes it's nice to drink things that aren't just plain water, too. Salt and electrolytes are important when we're sweating a lot, and besides ... who doesn't want to change up the flavor occasionally?

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July 12, 2011
Friends from the Road
Friends from the Road

I've been thinking recently about all the friends I make on the road. Not friends I make while touring, although those are certainly special friends indeed, but the friends I make during my daily commute to and from work each day. The lady who somehow always ends up stopped at the same stoplight as me and says, "Do you really ride in ALL KINDS OF WEATHER?!" The little old man who gives me the thumbs up whenever I pass him walking on California Street.

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June 21, 2011
Riding Socially
Riding Socially

The truth of the matter is that I'm a shy person. I'm a friendly person, I'm just shy. I feel nervous around new people, and it takes me awhile to think of things to say. Sometimes I blurt out really awkward things at first, just to top it all off. Needless to say, doing the traditional things new friends do isn't that appealing to me: sitting around over a cup of coffee trying to think of conversation topics is basically a fate worse than death.

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June 14, 2011
The Switchback
The Switchback

Piggybacking on our pannier discussion of last week, I want to introduce a newer bag that's a little more urban. The Arkel Switchback is designed to take you from the office/school to the grocery store to the gym, in one fell swoop.

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June 7, 2011
Battle of the Bags
Battle of the Bags

Pretty much once a week someone calls and says, "So, just lay it out for me. Which are better? Ortlieb or Arkel panniers?" If only it were that easy! First off, I'll start out by saying that Arkel (Canada) and Ortlieb (Germany) are both fantastic companies that stand behind their products. If you ever have any problems with them, you'll have no problem getting them warrantied or replaced.

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March 1, 2011
Themed Bicycle Touring
Themed Bicycle Touring

Yesterday, Mo and I were taking our picture in a photo booth (long story) and we started talking about how fun it would be to take a tour where the theme was photo-booth portraits.

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February 8, 2011
I Heart My Bike! I Mean, My Girlfriend
I Heart My Bike! I Mean, My Girlfriend

Valentine's Day is coming up, and I'm lucky to be spending it again this year with Josh, who you may know from his fabulous gear reviews. Or maybe you were lucky and called in to renew your membership and got to talk to him. Anyway, he's an all-around great guy: fun to have adventures with, watch movies with, eat cookies with — and I'm sure he's looking forward to spending Valentine's Day with me, too. Of course, I know, in my heart of hearts, there's 'someone' he'd rather be with.

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February 1, 2011
Take a Seat
Take a Seat

When it comes to picking out the right saddle for your bicycle, the options can seem overwhelming. That's partly because there really isn't one correct solution. Some prefer or need something softer; others, something firmer. Some riders comfortably ride the saddles their bikes come with for thousands and thousands and thousands of miles.

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December 7, 2010
Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City

Even when you have a really awesome job, and you get to work at the Adventure Cycling world headquarters, sometimes it's a good idea to get away from it all. That's why, when you're reading this post, I'll be in the Big Apple: relaxing, visiting friends, family, and generally enjoying big city life. And, you're never going to believe this -- I'm not bringing my bicycle.

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June 29, 2010
Say What?! MSR WhisperLite Internationale
Say What?! MSR WhisperLite Internationale

If you've ever been backpacking, talked to anyone who's been backpacking, or heard about anyone who has spent the night outdoors, you're probably familiar with the good old WhisperLite stove. MSR released these stoves more than 20 years ago and since then they've been incredibly popular with hikers and touring cyclists alike.

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