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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August 29, 2014
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair

Unless I were to punture a tire while rolling into my driveway at the end of a ride, I can't think of a flat tire scenario that wouldn't cause my heart to sink. Flat tires aren't the worst thing that can happen on the road, but they are extremely annoying. In fact before we get too much further, let's run through my top five reasons flat tires are annoying, counting down from pretty annoying to most annoying.

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August 15, 2014
Tallac Vier Lock
Tallac Vier Lock

Packing around a bike lock on a bicycle tour is not something I particularly like to do, but as much as I like to put my trust in strangers, there are few worse feelings than walking out of a restaurant to see an empty space where your bike should be.

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August 1, 2014
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8

It's been a while since I've ridden with a dynamo hub, so I was happy to get back on board one earlier this spring with the SV-8 from Shutter Precision (SP).

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July 25, 2014
Smartphone Bicycle Mounts
Smartphone Bicycle Mounts

Smartphones are becoming a pretty standard piece of equipment for anything from a casual day ride to an expedition tour. You can use them as a cyclocomputer, GPS navigation, ride tracker for later uploading and analysis, service directory, and bicycle maintenance guide. I've even heard rumors that you can make phone calls in case of emergency.

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May 23, 2014
Bikes of Adventure Cycling: Part I
Bikes of Adventure Cycling: Part I

All throughout the summer months we see traveling cyclists riding some pretty cool bikes when stopping by our office. While each bike is unique, all riders have a similar level of appreciation and attachment to their ride. The Adventure Cycling staff is no different, and as we wait for the masses of travelling cyclists to descend upon us, here's a spotlight of a few staff bikes that grace our courtyard yearlong.

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May 16, 2014
May Dose of Cycling Apps

There's no shortage of bicycling apps available for your smartphone. Every week I find myself reading through press releases for the latest and greatest app. Here's a quick rundown on three apps I've played around with over the past month that are worth taking a look at.

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April 18, 2014
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup
Garmin Edge Touring Plus Followup

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, I reviewed Garmin's Touring Edge Plus GPS unit. To supplement that article, I would like to share a few common questions I've received about the unit, as well as peek into Garmin's latest creation.

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April 11, 2014
Member Affiliate Benefits 101
Member Affiliate Benefits 101

We appreciate the support our 46,500+ members provide us, and in return we work hard putting together affiliate discounts to help all of our members get the most bang for their buck when plotting a course for adventure. Here's the scoop on all of the benefits we currently offer.

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April 4, 2014
Riding for a Reason
Riding for a Reason

When seeking out event rides to fill up my summer calendar, I've found that it is almost hard to find a ride that isn't built around a cause. If you have a cause in mind that you would like to ride for, or build an event around, there are a great deal of tools available to help you promote the ride and collect donations for the cause. Here are just a few options you can take advantage of:

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March 7, 2014
Tiger Eye Mirror
Tiger Eye Mirror

Maintaining a keen awareness of your surroundings is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself safe when cycling on the road. Since bicycles don't come stock with rearview mirrors, and not everyone can turn their heads without veering out into the road, an aftermarket rearview mirror can be a huge asset.

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February 28, 2014
More Bicycle Travel Apps
More Bicycle Travel Apps

In the February issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, I highlighted five smartphone apps that I've found to be useful for bicycle travel. Since writing that, I've come across three more apps I want to bring to the forefront. These new apps aren't necessarily bicycle travel specific. Instead, I would consider them to be geared more towards active lifestyle, making them great for adventures on and off the bike.

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February 14, 2014
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice

When you're touring with your special man or lady friend, it's pivotal to set up a damange control plan, as relationships can be made or broken when you spend an extended amount of time in close quarters in adverse conditions. Here are five bicycle-touring tips for couples to get you started on your way.

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February 7, 2014
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter

Keeping the pedals turning through the winter requires a little more motivation than the rest of the year, but with the right approach, it can also be a lot of fun. Here are a few ways I've managed to tackle winter riding over the years.

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January 24, 2014
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset

It's hard not to be attracted to shiny things, which is one of many reasons I've been spending a lot of time this week checking out the Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium 110 Fluted Double Crankset. That's a pretty impressive name for a component. Before getting into the details, I thought it would be fun to break down the name of the crankset first.

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January 10, 2014
BikeFlights.com
BikeFlights.com

Unless your bike tour begins close to home, transporting your bike can be one of the most difficult tasks in preparing for your journey. Flying with bikes can be outrageously expensive and shipping can cause all sorts of headaches in regards to where you're going to send the bike, and whether or not it will arrive on time. If you're struggling with these issues, you might want to turn your attention to BikeFlights.com.

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December 20, 2013
Cats in the Bike Industry
Cats in the Bike Industry

Cats are legit, and they also happen to be strongly represented in the bike industry. Cycling and cats share plenty of attributes, such as agility, intelligence, adventuring, and curiosity. Cats are also a great pet for a bicycle tourist since they can fend for themselves for days on end while you're out exploring the unknown by bike. Today we're going to take a look at some bicycle companies that have embraced cats in their branding. Enjoy!

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December 13, 2013
Cycling Holiday Gifts
Cycling Holiday Gifts

Whether you're searching for those last few gifts for the holidays, or just getting started with your holiday shopping, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas, or any gift-giving occasion.

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November 22, 2013
RockTape Kinesiology Tape
RockTape Kinesiology Tape

Not just for physical therapists anymore, Rocktape brings kinesiotape to the masses.

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November 15, 2013
TwoFish Quick Cage
TwoFish Quick Cage

Recently I've been playing around with the Quick Cage from Twofish. This bottle cage is available in a standard size for your basic 24-ounce water bottle, a mid-range 40oz size that will handle Nalgene bottles and 40-ounce Kleen Kanteen bottles, and a 64-ounce model that will take care of 64-ounce reusable stainless steel bottles. Since I've got a lot of Nalgene bottles hanging around, I went after the 40oz version of this cage.

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November 8, 2013
Endure: Ballet in the Mud
Endure: Ballet in the Mud

As if daylight savings didn't mess with my post work riding schedule enough, a week of mixed snow and rain topped it all off. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I came across the book Endure: Ballet in the Mud. The book features over 300 photos of the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in Verona, Wisconsin, last January. 

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October 25, 2013
Light & Motion Solite 250EX
Light & Motion Solite 250EX

Daylight savings ends in a little over a week, and that's a sad day indeed for cyclists hoping snag a few hours in the saddle after the 9-5 grind. If you're looking for a light to extend your ride time, or perhaps keep yourself visible for those dark commutes to and from the office, the Solite 250EX from Light & Motion is a solid option worth checking out.

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October 18, 2013
Interbike 2013: Random Roundup!
Interbike 2013: Random Roundup

Welcome to the final installment of our 2013 Interbike roundup. I'm calling this one a random roundup because that's exactly what it is. There's a little something for everyone here, so I hope you enjoy it.

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October 11, 2013
Interbike 2013: Baggage
Interbike 2013: Baggage

If you're in need of some new bags or panniers to help you haul your gear around town, or around the world in 2014, here are some great options that we spotted at Interbike.

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October 4, 2013
Interbike 2013: Apparel
Interbike 2013: Apparel

Just ask Billy Ray: When you're looking good, you're feeling good. There was no shortage of apparel at this year's Interbike trade show to help you feel your best on your next bicycle adventure. Here are some of my favorite peices that I hope to be sporting shortly.

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October 1, 2013
2013 Interbike Roundup
2013 Interbike Roundup

This is a guest post by Patrick O'Grady. Adventure Cycling's Josh Tack is busily cranking out a four-part roundup of all the nifty items he unearthed at this year's Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Until then, here's a round up of some of my favorites.

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