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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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September 27, 2013
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes
Interbike 2013: Touring Bikes

Welcome to the first of a four-part series of Interbike roundups. To kick this off, I'll be running down some of my favorite bikes that I spotted on the convention floor. These are all going to be new models for 2014.

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September 6, 2013
Stuffitts for Shoes
Stuffitts for Shoes

Finely scented inserts for your shoes. They smell good, keep your shoes dry after wet rides, and will be appreciated by all who come in close contact with your cycling shoes.

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August 23, 2013
Know Your Load
Know Your Load

"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.

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August 16, 2013
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack

The heat of the summer is not over yet, and if a couple water bottles won't cut it for your long rides, a hydration pack is a solid option.

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August 2, 2013
Video Clips: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

In his August/September 2013 "Fine Tuned" column, Josh Tack takes a look at the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. Check out these clips from his riding footage.

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July 19, 2013
Scosche boomBOTTLE

Helmet mounted speakers were the Fine Tuned topic of discussion in the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. Since that article, I've had a chance to play around with another bicycle speaker system, the boomBOTTLE from Scosche.

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June 21, 2013
Growler Cage
Growler Cage

The Growler Cage. Designed specifically for carting beer growlers from the brewery back to your house or party, but also a great option for hauling a lot of water on your next bicycle trip.

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June 14, 2013
Upcycled Bike Frame
Upcycled Bike Frame

In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine I wrote about upcycling used bicycle parts into something new and usable. Here's a quick rundown of one of my favorite DIY projects.

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May 31, 2013
Lessons Learned
Lessons Learned

It never fails, I always manage to learn a few lessons after every tour. Truth be told, they're probably lessons I've learned before, but it's always good to have a refresher ahead of a new season.

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May 24, 2013
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape
Lizard Skins DSP Dual Color Bar Tape

Can't settle on a color for your new bar tape? Check out the dual color tape from Lizard Skins. Looks good, feels great, and is long lasting.

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May 10, 2013
Knog Nerd Cycle Computer
Knog Nerd Cycle Computer

Thought GPS units and smartphones were the end of the cycle computers? Check out how Knog is making them relevant again.

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April 2, 2013
Touring Trends at NAHBS
Touring Trends at NAHBS

The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has proven to be a showcase for bicycles and ideas that find their way into mass-market bikes, and into the mainstream. “Touring bicycles” have followed a hard line for decades, demanding 700c wheels, drop handlebars, and attachment points for fenders, racks, and water bottles. Recently, the traditional touring bike has been challenged by modern concepts born on the dirt tracks of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), above treeline on the Colorado Trail, and on the 1100-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail. Riding off-pavement promises low traffic volumes, excellent camping, and extraordinary scenery. To access remote settings via unpaved routes, several deviations from the concept of a traditional touring bike can help.

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April 1, 2013
The Biking Dead
The Biking Dead

Earlier this year we were tipped off that the AMC Network will be pushing out a new television series later this fall. The working title is The Biking Dead, and it is set to air along side their popular The Walking Dead series, which will be entering it's fourth season this year. Adventure Cycling was granted an exclusive interview with the producer of The Biking Dead, Frank Darabont, and we're excited to give you an insider's look at what you can expect from this new series.

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March 29, 2013
Road Vibrations

Whether you're riding on gravel roads, or simply a rough stretch of pavement, road vibrations can take a heavy toll on your lower back, shoulders, and overall mood. Your body absorbs any vibrations that your bike puts out through the three contact points you have with your bike. These contact points are your hands, feet, and derriere. To help smooth things out, here are a couple tweaks and upgrades you can make on your bike.

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March 15, 2013
Gravel Ready Tires
Gravel Ready Tires

In my latest "Fine Tuned" column in this month's Adventure Cyclist, I focused on gravel riding. Gravel roads are where I tend to spend the majority of my time in the saddle, so it's an exciting topic for me. To keep the momentum running, today I'm going to run down some of my favorite gravel tires.

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March 1, 2013
Backward Vision: The Case for Mirrors
Backward Vision: The Case for Mirrors

I find it interesting that most cars come standard with three rearview mirrors, but bicycles are sold without any! Perhaps the thought is that bicycles don’t have a reverse gear, so why would you need mirrors for backing up? But seriously, cycle mirrors not only let you see what the cars behind you are doing — if used correctly, they can also enable you influence how the traffic will pass you.

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February 20, 2013
Salsa Enabler Fork: First Impressions
Salsa Enabler Fork: First Impressions

A peculiar looking fork, Salsa's Enabler first caught my eye a few years ago when introduced as their rigid 29er "adventure fork." It has since become the stock fork on their Mukluk line of fat bikes and it is becoming a go-to option for a fatbike frame build. While putting together a fatbike build earlier this winter, I took an opportunity to purchase one and put it to use with my setup. Although I haven't tested it to it's fullest potential for overnight adventures and gear hauling, it has steered wonderfully so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed some of the features of this unique fork.

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February 15, 2013
Fat Bike Geometry
Fat Bike Geometry

In the current issue of Adventure Cyclist, I brought up compact frame geometry in my Fine Tuned column. One benefit of compact geometry that I failed to bring up in that article is in the case of fat bikes, where it seems to be heavily favored.

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February 8, 2013
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses
Guideline Cabo Sunglasses

It's Fat Bike February, and with the future of fat bikes so bright, you had best be wearing some shades. When talking about fat bike apparel, there is often a lot of focus on warm layers, and waterproof clothing, however, sunglasses are a pivotal piece of equipment. Whether you're riding through the snow or along a beach, chances are you're going to have a lot of surface area around you reflecting the sunlight back up into your face, intensifying it the sun's effect. This can impair your vision, and believe it or not, squinting does soak up a good amount of energy over the long run, which you would much rather put into pedaling.

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February 1, 2013
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap
2013 Fat Bike Summit & Festival Recap

According to presenters from QBP this weekend at the second annual Fat Bike Summit, there are around 10,000 fat bikes out in the world today. They expect that number to double in the next twelve months. Where will they be used? What is the future of fatbiking?

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January 25, 2013
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents
Manufacturer Profile: Linear Recumbents

We all know that recumbents are becoming increasingly more popular among touring-oriented cyclists. The reasons for this are many.

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January 18, 2013
Limited Edition

It's a true story that I'm a huge sucker for limited-edition runs of products. Recently, I caved and snagged a pair of Bont Thor Hushovd signature-edition cycling shoes, and I'm brainstorming another tour for this summer so I can swing by the Adventure Cycling office to snag another Bikelingual bandana, available only to touring cyclists who visit our headquarters.

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January 11, 2013
Specialized Mantacage

Riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike route this past summer gave me a whole new appreciation for bottle cages. I began the ride with three different bottle cage models, and by the time I hit the border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, only one bottle cage survived.

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January 4, 2013
Knog Boomer Light
Knog Boomer Light

This is the season for bike lights, and if you didn't score a new light over the holidays, there's a good budget friendly, and very useful light from Knog called the Boomer. The brightest LED light currently available from Knog, it throws out a solid 50 lumens. At this power output, you shouldn't expect to turn night time into day, but you can expect a descent spread of light in front of you to be able to see obstacles in the road, even with city and traffic lights dimming its power.

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December 28, 2012
Salsa Alternator Racks
Salsa Alternator Racks

In my column,  Fine Tuned, in  the latest issue of Adventure Cyclist, I mentioned the difficulties of getting a rack on a fat bike that has 170mm rear dropouts. Here's a testament to how quickly fat bike technology is moving forward: Not long after I submitted my article, Salsa Cycles went ahead and released the new Alternator Rack Wide for their Mukluk fat bike. 

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