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

April 27, 2012
Kids on Bikes!
Kids on Bikes!

Kids on Bikes! They make me smile. They give me hope for the future.

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April 25, 2012
Bearing Witness to History by Bicycle

I've just finished Edward P. Jones' extraordinary book, The Known World. Published in 2003, the novel explores the painful relationships wrought by slavery, weaving in a little known historical fact that there were freed blacks who owned slaves.

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April 24, 2012
10 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Bike Tour
10 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Bike Tour

We know what you're thinking -- how can you NOT be healthy on a bike tour? Read on!

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April 20, 2012
Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel
Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel

Looking at the faces of bicycle tourists, it seems like it's about a 50/50 split between those who shave and those who don't.  For myself, beard growing season happens as soon as the daytime mercury drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which means I'm shaving on long summer tours.  Over the years, I more or less had to make due with soap and water when it came to shaving, since I wasn't about to deal with heavy gel aerosol cans.  It was never super comfortable, and I nicked myself a lot, but it was better than itchy stubble.

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April 20, 2012
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Share the Joy of Adventure Cycling
Picture the open road, your favorite bike, the wind in your hair ... if only you could bottle up all of that passion and excitement you have for bike touring and share it with your friends and loved ones ....Wait -- you can!  By sharing Adventure Cycling with them, you can give your friends a taste of all that bike touring has to offer. 
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April 18, 2012
Cycling our National Parks - Free Admission This Week
Cycling our National Parks - Free Admission This Week

In honor of National Park Week, April 21-29, all 396 U.S. National Parks are offering free entrance admission. Maybe it's time you checked biking to and through a National Park off your bucket list.

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April 13, 2012
Training For Your Tour

We get a lot of questions about what kind of training is needed for a bicycle tour, which is a super broad question. How you train for a tour depends on the difficulty and length of the tour, your experience as a rider, your body type, and health conditions to name just a few factors. Regardless, here's some general advice that can be applied to almost any training regiment.

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April 12, 2012
Touring Cyclists Always Welcome Camping
Touring Cyclists Always Welcome Camping

Last week we heard about a fantastic development via the Virginia Bicycling Federation about the Virginia State Park System. They announced a new policy that ensures long distance touring cyclists will always have a spot to pitch a tent in their parks, even when designated spots are filled.

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April 10, 2012
10 Things You Might Think You Need for a Long Distance Tour, but Don't
10 Things You Might Think You Need for a Long Distance Tour, but Don't

As touring season ramps up and you’re getting your things together, you may be weighing what you do and do not need to bring, or what you need to make room for as your storage space fills up. Here's how to pare down!

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April 6, 2012
Adventure Medical Kits Escape Bivvy
Adventure Medical Kits Escape Bivvy

The Escape Bivvy from Adventure Medical Kits is new for 2012, and it is looking to be a beefed up version of their popular Emergency Bivvy. Intended to provide additional warmth when the unexpected occurs, this bivvy reflects body heat back inwards, but also manages to breath out moisture to cut down on condensation buildup.

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April 4, 2012
Family Circles: Planning A Cross-Country Bike Trip
Family Circles: Planning A Cross-Country Bike Trip

Spring, a time for training and planning summer bike trips. This year, all my time and energy is devoted to the bike trip of a lifetime — for my youngest son, Mac.

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