Adventure Cycling Blog

Photo by Adam Coppola

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

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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June 26, 2010
Saving Money on a Custom Build
Saving Money on a Custom Build

Building a bike from the frame up can be exciting. It gives you the opportunity to fine tune the bike to your specific needs, and can give your bike some additional character to set it apart from others. The problem I often run into with building bikes from scratch is that the price can quickly get out of hand. To help maintain a reasonable budget for a custom build, it's important to spend money on key components, and hold back on more trivial parts. Here are some examples I have put into my own builds.

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June 21, 2010
Afield in Yellowstone on Two Wheels
Afield in Yellowstone on Two Wheels

Common knowledge among the mountain-biking crowd is that there's no off-road riding in Yellowstone National Park, where the hiking paths are indeed off-limits to bicycles. Last week I made a circuit around the park with my full-suspension Jamis to determine if the rumor is true or not.

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June 19, 2010
The Creaks

Locating a creak coming from your bike can be a tricky thing to do. While the noise almost always seems to be emanating from the bottom bracket, there are also a handful of additional suspects that are (fortunately) easier to fix.

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June 16, 2010
Wild Ride on the Road to Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System

There is so much to tell about my recent wild ride to Minnesota and Ohio that I am breaking the story into two pieces. I'll start with my travels in Minnesota where I had the opportunity to cycle, meet, present and listen to various people that will soon be involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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June 15, 2010
Bicycling Ban in Black Hawk Update
Bicycling Ban in Black Hawk Update

The story of bicycling being banned in the small town of Black Hawk, Colorado, has gained some steam. It's important to note the specific impacts in terms of cyclists using our Great Parks South Route, Section 1.

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June 14, 2010
Blast from the Past
Blast from the Past

His memory jogged by last month’s media coverage focusing on the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic volcanic event in American history, an Adventure Cycling member in Minneapolis named Bob sent me a note saying this: “With the anniversary of Mount St. Helens, will there be a magazine article or Bike Bits piece about how Bikecentennial was ‘ashed in’? I remember how our trip out of Williamsburg, Virginia [on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail], was delayed because headquarters could not send anything to us.”

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June 12, 2010
2XU Compression Wear

Recently, the use of compression wear among athletes has been increasing rapidly. What was once a product focused towards providing support and improved blood flow for people with poor blood circulation, has now taken on a performance oriented design. 2XU, based out of Australia, is one the industry leaders in compression gear, and their compression socksleggings, and tights are now permanently inked under the 'staples' section of my touring pack-list.

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June 11, 2010
Ban on Bicycling in Black Hawk, Colorado Impacts Route

We are puzzled by some news we read earlier this week on Biking Bis and the U.S. Bicycle Route System Facebook page. Black Hawk, Colorado (pop. 118) has banned bicycles from most roads in their city. This includes roads we direct bicycle travelers to on our Great Parks South (GPS), Section 1.

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June 7, 2010
Close Encounter of the Huck Kind
Close Encounter of the Huck Kind

On a Saturday in mid-May, my wife Nancy and I were driving from our home in southeast Idaho to Seattle, by way of western Montana and northern Idaho. We had our road bikes with us; so, because the weather was stellar, at around 10 a.m. we pulled off I-90 at the Cataldo exit, intending to sample a stretch of the 72-mile-long Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes that I’ve heard so much about.

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June 5, 2010
Custom Frame Bags

Kicking off this Friday will be the Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile self-supported mountain bike race from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Well, New Mexico, on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. While this event isn't what most people would consider touring, the requirement that all riders must transport their own supplies from Canada to the U.S.-Mexico border brings out some nice gear that can used by us mere mortals. The most visible of which is the frame bags that are used by many of the riders.

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June 4, 2010
A Frugal Cyclist's Travel Gift from the Road
A Frugal Cyclist's Travel Gift from the Road

Want to send an unforgettable birthday gift that will also be a lasting travel memory? Give an audio birthday card. It's cheap and fun.

Choose someone you love (motivation) and make sure you travel with some sort of audio recording device.

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June 3, 2010
7 Free Ways To Entertain Yourself On Your Travels... Without Your Bicycle
7 Free Ways To Entertain Yourself On Your Travels... Without Your Bicycle

Traveling by bike is a blast! But sometimes you need a break from the long days in the saddle and want to do something away from your bicycle that is both fun and free.

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June 3, 2010
Routes & Mapping now on Twitter

As an organization, we have been using Twitter to keep you abreast of organizational news as well as breaking news or interesting bicycle travel links. Routes & Mapping is happy to announce our adoption of Twitter to better facilitate communication between cyclists on the road and the cartographers back in Missoula as well as other cyclists on tour. You can use this tool to send comments — limited to 140 characters — called tweets, about things you encounter on the road that would be helpful to someone cycling through after you or that should be updated on the maps.

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