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

February 27, 2010
Front and Rear Bike Racks

There are a lot of questions a person can ask about bike touring equipment, but if I were to pick the one question that I get more than any other, it would easily be in regards to bike racks. On the surface, it would seem as though finding a front and/or rear rack for your bike would be a simple task, but as soon as you begin your search, the list of options can quickly become overwhelming.

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February 23, 2010
1st Annual Photo Contest Winner
1st Annual Photo Contest Winner

After completing the daunting task of sorting through over 700 entries for our 1st Annual Adventure Cycling Photo Contest, our diligent publications team has chosen an excellent winner, along with a handful of runners up. But before we show you the good stuff, I want to thank everyone who took the time to comb through their photos to submit their best works from bicycle travel. The response was phenomenal and many of the photos were too. So, now on to the photos.

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February 22, 2010
My Bicycle Travel Hero, Clarence Pickard
My Bicycle Travel Hero, Clarence Pickard

Even today, more than 30 years after his death in 1982, you're likely to hear the name "Clarence Pickard" mentioned with reverence by a fellow cyclist or two if you brave the crowds, July humidity, and miles of cornfields to ride the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI).

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February 20, 2010
TrackMyTour iPhone App Review

TrackMyTour is an iPhone application written by a bike tourist for bike tourists. Christopher Meyer, the developer of the application is originally from Canada but currently lives in Switzerland. He was bitten by the touring bug in 2004 and has since toured through Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

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February 20, 2010
SRAM Apex Component Group

Just this week, the US based bicycle component manufacturer SRAM released details on a road component group that may find a good home on touring bikes. The model name will be called Apex, and will cover your full drivetrain with 10-speed front and rear derailleurs, chain, cassette, bottom bracket, crankset, brake calipers, and SRAM's double tap brake/shift lever system.

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February 17, 2010
Time to Crack the Whip

I received a letter from an Adventure Cyclist reader recently about the sometimes bad behavior of cyclists on public roads, and it got me to thinking, well, more like rethinking.

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February 13, 2010
Last Minute Valentine for the Cyclist
Last Minute Valentine for the Cyclist

Oh no you didn't! Valentine's Day is less than 24 hours away, and you're empty handed? If you're reading this, there's a decent chance both you and your sweetheart are cycling aficionados, and that might be all it takes to save the day. Here are some cycling related gifts that require little effort, and don't need to be shipped to your door.

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February 12, 2010
Bike Shop Membership

Many of you may not realize that Adventure Cycling offers a membership specifically for bike shops. Local bike shops are key players in getting more folks on bicycles and we want to support them in that effort. We offer benefits that help bike shops connect with our members, stay informed about what's new in bike touring, and share their knowledge with the cycling community.

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February 8, 2010
ColoRADo Riding
ColoRADo Riding

As detailed in a past "Waypoints" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine, an Adventure Cycling member by the name of Jeff Nussbaumer has researched and mapped a new high-altitude fat-tire route in Colorado. He calls it Ride Along the Divide, or RAD. A guidebook to the route, titled Ride Along the Divide: A High Elevation Mountain Bike Route, was published by Jeff in 2013. (Full disclosure: He asked me to write the Foreword to the book, and I consented.)

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February 6, 2010
Disc Brakes for Road Touring
Disc Brakes for Road Touring

You can find disc brakes standard on just about any mountain bike, but slowly, some stock touring bikes are experimenting with disc brakes on a few models. The Jamis Aurora EliteKona SutraGT Peace Tour are a few companies that are starting to stock touring bikes with disc brakes.

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February 4, 2010
Milestone Routes: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
Milestone Routes: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

This entry is the second 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. The idea of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) was born from a series of discussions between then-executive director, Gary MacFadden, and then-assistant director, Michael 'Mac' McCoy somewhere around 1990. Their idea was to take bicycle travel off road and into the mountains with a route that would roughly parallel the Continental Divide.

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February 1, 2010
The Best Bicycle Route in the World?
The Best Bicycle Route in the World?

Vélo Québec's La Route Verte ("The Green Route") has been described as "The best bicycle route in the world." A bold claim, indeed.

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