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

August 30, 2011
Armed and Dangerous: Ride in Style with Arm Warmers
Armed and Dangerous: Ride in Style with Arm Warmers

Sometimes it's challenging to mix bike touring and fashion. A certain friend is fond of reminding me that I'm dressing for a bike ride, not for the prom, when I complain about my limited outfit options.

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August 27, 2011
Touring Route Priorities
Touring Route Priorities

There I times that I feel as though the biggest obstacle to packing up and heading out on a bike tour is deciding on a route. The list of places to go, and cool things to see, is so long. How do you pick one route over another? The overwhelming choices can easily cause a person to drag his feet, and even spend years thinking about a tour, instead of going on one.

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August 24, 2011
New Map! Take a Ride on the Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate
New Map! Take a Ride on the Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate

The time has finally arrived — the Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate, section 1, is ready to ride. Section 1 begins in Oberlin, Ohio, and travels northwest to Sandusky and Toledo before entering southern Michigan, traveling through significant historic communities including Adrian, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.

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August 22, 2011
A Convergence of Trails
A Convergence of Trails

There’s a place you really should see. In the high desert of south-central Wyoming, “where the rivers change direction, across the Great Divide” (as sung by Nanci Griffith and others).

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August 20, 2011
Looking Ahead to 2012

It isn't easy to look ahead to next year's touring season, especially when we're still in the middle of the current season, but I'm going to do it anyway. The motivation behind this is that a lot of bike companies are starting to slowly release their 2012 offerings as the industry trade-show season opens up. Since bicycle touring doesn't always chase trends and receive a ton of hype, it can be a little hard to dig out the new offerings for next season. But there are a few bikes worth mentioning as a sneak preview for things to come.

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August 18, 2011
Travelling Solo Swiss Style: SwissMobility Foundation's River Aare #8 National Route

Switzerland has been busy over the past few years making bike travel a big part of their tourism program. 

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August 11, 2011
Sierra Cascades & California Highway 89
Sierra Cascades & California Highway 89

When we released the Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route maps in the spring of 2010, it was with our usual excitement. As the summer passed, we received the normal amount of corrections and additions associated with a first edition. What we didn't expect to receive was the feedback about the riding conditions of California State Highway 89 (SR 89). Cyclists were concerned about their safety, sharing this often shoulder-less highway with large vehicles — logging trucks in particular.

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August 4, 2011
Black Hawk, Colorado Bike Ban Goes to State Supreme Court
Black Hawk, Colorado Bike Ban Goes to State Supreme Court

In June 2010, we reported that Black Hawk, Colorado was banning bicycling on most roads in town, citing safety concerns. The ban includes the roads we use on the Great Parks South Section 1 route map State Highway 119 and County Road 279.

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