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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 30, 2010
Ritchey Break Away Frames

A few months ago I put up a post about S&S couplings. Reading through some of the comments on that post, I was thrilled to see someone mention the Ritchey Break Away system. While Ritchey does not offer a true touring bike, their Steel Break-Away Cross Bike is an excellent choice for long distance touring, and it's the bike I chose for my most recent, month-long, loaded tour of Mexico.

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January 29, 2010
La Lamparita
La Lamparita

It's 1991 and I'm on my first bike trip in a non-English speaking country. I don't speak the language. I've been warned not to drink the water--not to eat at roadside restaurants. I'm traveling alone. I'm nervous. I'm lonely. I'm hungry.

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January 23, 2010
Compact Cranks
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January 22, 2010
Watching the Parade
Watching the Parade

Photographing people can be a challenge on a bike trip. Sure, you can get all kinds of shots of groups of people smiling directly into the camera lens. But sometimes it feels like that's all you can get.

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January 20, 2010
Fear and the Bicycle

Blosting. This is fun. See, I already made up a word, but it's cool, it's the internet (is that supposed to be capitalized?) This being my first blost, I'm just going to flat out say I'm not sure what I'll be blosting about.

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January 18, 2010
TransA(r)m-Chair Travel
TransA(r)m-Chair Travel

I'd like to share a pair of slide shows involving the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail that I personally can't get enough of. Both of them I first found three or four years ago.

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January 16, 2010
Shimano PD-M324 Pedal
Shimano PD-M324 Pedal

Whether you prefer your pedals to be platform, clipless, or toe strap, the Shimano PD-M324 pedal can accommodate you. While Shimano bills this as an all-purpose mountain bike pedal, it has rapidly become one of my favorite pedals for touring.

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January 15, 2010
The Market Singer--Chiang Mai--Thailand
The Market Singer--Chiang Mai--Thailand

Photos can capture the the face of a country, but I find more often than not, it is the music that captures its soul.

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January 11, 2010
Riding to School, 1918-style
Riding to School, 1918-style

One of the things I most enjoy about my association with Adventure Cycling is the fascinating stories I often get to hear or read. Consider the following, a correspondence sent recently by a fellow named Nick.

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January 9, 2010
Bike Locks

No matter where in the world your bike travels take you, one accessory to remember to drop in your pack is a bike lock. It's not that people can't be trusted, for the most part, the strangers you encounter will be far more courteous than you would expect. But there is a great deal of money and often sentimental value put into a bike, and you want to make sure it is safe from misfortune (especially if you are camping, and are unable to store your bike behind a locked door).

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January 8, 2010
Simple Gifts
Simple Gifts

You are leaving on long trip to Africa or South America or Asia or an extended world tour ... what do you bring for gifts?

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January 7, 2010
Milestone Routes: TransAmerica Bicycle Trail
Milestone Routes: TransAmerica Bicycle Trail

This entry is the first in a series showcasing milestone routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network. A milestone route is one that is viewed as a notable landmark in Adventure Cycling Association history: a first of its kind or marking an important milestone in total network mileage. Over the years, a lot has been written about the history of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail so I won't even try to cover that territory. Instead, let me tell you a bit about an oft unsung pioneer of the Bikecentennial movement, Lys Burden.

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January 4, 2010
Eating Up the Miles
Eating Up the Miles

A few days ago it came to my attention that VeloPress, the book-publishing arm of the bicycle-racing journal VeloNews, has issued a pair of new titles that could help cyclists and aficionados of other outdoor activities reach their 2010 athletic goals. Alternatively, if you have no such goals, one of these books might help you think of some.

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January 2, 2010
FiberFix Spoke

The FiberFix Spoke is one of those products I would rather not have to review, but two days ago I heard the unfortunate 'ping' of a spoke breaking. Normally I tote along a few spare steel spokes, but I've heard a lot of talk about the FiberFix option, and decided to give it a shot.

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January 1, 2010
Scooters in the Bike Lane
Scooters in the Bike Lane

The sad truth is that while many countries are making progress on bringing back the bicycle as viable transportation, in many developing countries ... the trend is just the opposite. People are trading in their bicycle for a scooter and (when they can afford one) a car.

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