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 29, 2012
A Historic Ride Through Adventure Cycling Association
A Historic Ride Through Adventure Cycling Association

In this video produced by America ByCycle about Adventure Cycling, America ByCycle heads to the Adventure Cycling Association headquarters in Missoula, Montana to meet the people behind the maps. There they finally get to weigh their fully-loaded bikes, meet Greg Siple, one of the founders of Bikecentennial and Adventure Cycling Association, and get their portraits taken.

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February 28, 2012
A Leap Day Mantra
A Leap Day Mantra

In 1996, I was eleven years old. I will never forget the classes' reaction to finding out our classmate, Jared, was born on February 29.

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February 25, 2012
Windy Rides

We've had a calm winter overall here in Montana, but this past week acted as a good reminder of what it's like to ride in harsh conditions, specifically heavy winds. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you battle the winds with finesse!

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February 24, 2012
Highway Celebration!
Highway Celebration!

Sometimes I look back over my trip photos and wonder, "Did I take that?"

The above image fits in that category. It's India. It's in my trip folder. Then it dawns on me that even though I was on a solo trip, I didn't take the photo ... because I'm IN it.

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February 23, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 4
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 4

The North American Black Historical Museum is located in Amherstburg, which was a primary entry point into Canada for those seeking freedom along the Underground Railroad. The museum’s chief exhibit leads visitors on a trek through time, from the days before the slave trade in Africa, to the harrowing oversea voyages that blacks captives endured en route to America, to the horrors of being enslaved in a strange land … to their escapes and dangerous journeys to Canada.

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February 22, 2012
How to Prepare for a Long Distance Bicycle Tour

Don't put off that long-distance bike tour! You can do it! To get you started, Adventure Cycling teamed up with America ByCycle to produce this fun video on how to prepare for your long-distance cycling adventure. Strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

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February 21, 2012
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic
New For Spring: Top-Roller Classic

Ortlieb's far traveled classic model made of robust polyester fabric is designed for low riders in the front or for the rear rack. View our complete (and extensive) pannier collection at  Adventure Cycling's online store, Cyclosource.

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February 18, 2012
2012 Light Duty Touring Bikes
2012 Light Duty Touring Bikes

For my last few tours, I have only used rear panniers and a handlebar bag for gear storage, so I've had light duty, or randonneur style bikes on the mind. Just a quick note, when I talk about light touring, or randonneur bikes, the characteristics I'm referring to place us somewhere between road bike geometry and pure touring bike geometry. They would have shorter chainstays than a touring bike, a tall headtube, wide tire clearance, and often only rear rack mounts. Here are a few of the bikes I have really been keying in on as of late.

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February 17, 2012
Holiday Campaign Wrap Up
Holiday Campaign Wrap Up
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February 17, 2012
All That Saz
All That Saz

There are certain places on this planet where I've cycled that will always have a soundtrack associated with them. Not the traditional soundtrack of a film, but the sounds directly associated with the location. 

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February 16, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 3
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 3

Even before it was declared illegal in Canada in the late 1700s, the practice of slavery was minimal there, largely a result of the short growing season in much of the country. According to In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (a project of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Canada first became a destination for freedom seekers after 1772, when England proclaimed that any runaway slave crossing the international border from the United States would automatically be free. 

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February 15, 2012
Our Share the Joy Winners for 2011
With the New Year, our 2011 Share the Joy program closed out. This program encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year. Here is a recap of the 2011 winners and their prizes.
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February 14, 2012
Romancing the Road
Romancing the Road

"I’m probably not the only member who likes to skim through the Companions Wanted page in Adventure Cyclist magazine just for fun. There’s a people-watching sort of pleasure to reading over all the short, descriptive ads that members place for riding companions and thinking about who these people are, where they’re going, and what kind of companions they might attract."

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February 10, 2012
Bike Breakfasts
Bike Breakfasts

If you don't have the time to spare for a extended bike trip, you can get loads of inspiration on Bike Overnights.org. But sometimes you can't even afford an overnight. That's the time to head out on a bike breakfast.

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February 9, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 2
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 2

In 1913, an instructor at Ypsilanti's Michigan State Normal College (today’s Eastern Michigan University) by the name of Mary A. Goddard researched and wrote a paper on the Underground Railroad which at that time had been shut down for less than fifty years. According to writer James Mann, Goddard penned these words about the Railroad: “Even the children of the families of those connected with it knew little of what was actually going on about them. The success of the institution depended on secrecy.

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February 9, 2012
Big Route Changes in North Dakota
Big Route Changes in North Dakota

Beginning around 2008, we started hearing rumblings that traffic was picking up and oil and gas development was on the rise negatively affecting our routes in North Dakota. In response we made a series of small and then large route changes for travel across the state instituting our first ever map replacement policy due to safety issues.

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February 7, 2012
3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Winners
3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Winners

Winners of the 3rd Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

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February 4, 2012
Bicycle Touring and Photography
Bicycle Touring and Photography

Bicycle touring and photography seem to go hand and hand, and it makes sense. You get to travel to incredible places at a relatively slow pace, there is plenty of time to kill, and after the tour is over you want to be able to share your experiences with others. Just thinking about our own staff here at Adventure Cycling, there have been some incredible photographers within our own walls over the years including Aaron TeasdaleTom RobertsonJohn Sieber, and our co-founder, Greg Siple.

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February 3, 2012
Stripped
Stripped

Do you know that gut-wrenching feeling when your bike has been stolen off the street? You left it there a few minutes ago and, coming back, it's gone, the lock clipped, your heart sinking fast? That's the way I felt yesterday when the transportation committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted by just two votes to keep biking and walking programs out of the next long-term transportation bill.

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February 3, 2012
A Gallery of Memories
A Gallery of Memories

Some travel memories are sharp and clear. They stick with you. Ten years later you can recall an event or place or personal exchange as if it happened yesterday.

Others blur and fade and mix with other memories of events, places, trips, and people encountered along the way.

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February 2, 2012
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 1
UGRR Detroit Alternate: Part 1

The legacy of the Underground Railroad is rich along the Detroit Alternate, which branches off from the main UGRR at Oberlin, a place of division in more ways than one. The settlement was founded in 1833 by a pair of Presbyterian ministers discouraged by what they believed to be a virtual absence of solid Christian values and morals among the settlers moving ever westward. Their new town, named after Jean-Frédéric Oberlin -- a French minister and missionary the men admired -- would be a place of living and learning for those dedicated to the Biblical commandments.

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