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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

April 29, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Cascade Huts
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Cascade Huts

Cascade Huts is currently a Silver-Level Corporate Member. They have been members for three years, supporting our programs and mission. Co-owners James Koski and Don Bain took some time to answer our questions and tell us more about their small but fascinating business.

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April 27, 2011
Postcard from 1974: Hemistour Crosses the Equator
Postcard from 1974: Hemistour Crosses the Equator

Adventure Cycling was established as Bikecentennial in 1974 by two couples: Dan and Lys Burden, and Greg and June Siple. Simply put, they were visionaries who wished to bring the joy of bicycle travel to more people. Here's a postcard from Hemistour -- mailed 37 years ago -- written as Greg and June crossed the equator in Ecuador, May 7, 1974! 

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April 19, 2011
The Kindle: Perfect For Bike Touring?
The Kindle: Perfect For Bike Touring?

Being a bookworm is not the most convenient of bike touring habits.

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April 16, 2011
Touring Bikes Under $1500 (2011 edition)

Why $1500? It seemed like a good round number that included a lot of cool bikes with great builds at a reasonable price. Today's post is sort of an addendum to that list; it includes some bikes that I missed last year, plus some new bikes for the 2011 season.

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April 15, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: WomanTours
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: WomanTours

WomanTours is currently a gold-level corporate member. They came on as a supporter last year during our U.S. Bike Route System fundraiser (which is happening again this May). Our relationship with them, however, goes back several years, as they have used our maps for many of their tours. Jackie Marchand, the company's owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about their unique company.

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April 9, 2011
Daily Mileage on Tour
Daily Mileage on Tour

It's that time of year at Adventure Cycling when we're starting to get a lot of phone calls from cyclists wondering how many miles they should ride per day on their upcoming tour. If I were asked this by someone I knew well, and had ridden with on many occasions, I would feel pretty comfortable throwing out a ballpark figure. Talking to someone I have not even met, on the other hand, makes guessing a number not just incredibly difficult, but irresponsible on my part.

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April 8, 2011
Alone on the Bike Path
Alone on the Bike Path

We followed the directions and soon found ourselves on a separated concrete path in the middle of four lanes of highway. But rather than being filled with glee, we were depressed. We were alone. We encountered not a single cyclist, and only one pedestrian in over 15 kilometers. And yet, we were completely surrounded by traffic. Thousands and thousands of vehicles spewing exhaust while limping along in a never-ending traffic jam.

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April 5, 2011
Recovery Food: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recovery Food: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know that the current trend is toward low-sodium diets, but I tend to have pretty low sodium to start with, and as it warms up and I spend even more time in the sun I really have to work hard to maintain my salt intake. Folks who spend a lot of time sweating need a lot more sodium (and a lot more fluid!) than sedentary individuals, and there are lots of ways to get it.

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April 2, 2011
Cleanliness Counts
Cleanliness Counts

Keeping the mud and dirt off your bike isn't mandatory, but it's not a bad idea, for a variety of reasons. For one, it can make it easier to identify frame defects and damaged components, in addition to making it easier to work on your bike in general. It can also help extend the life of some parts, such as your chain, cassette, cables, and housing.

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April 1, 2011
Chai--A Love/Hate Relationship
Chai--A Love/Hate Relationship

By conservative estimates, I drank nearly one thousand cups of chai during my 5-month bike journey in India. Every chai seller (like the one in the photo above) has his or her own recipe, but the basics are tea, milk, spices and as much sugar as will hold in solution.

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April 1, 2011
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Quality Bicycle Products
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Quality Bicycle Products

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) is currently our only Titanium Level Corporate Sponsor. They are also the parent company of Salsa and Surly bicycles, both among staff favorites for their own rides. Steve Flagg, the company's founder, took a few minutes to give us some insight into his company and their passion for cycling.

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