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

May 25, 2012
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe
Ice Cream: Fueling Touring Cyclists Around the Globe

I know that nutritionists will cringe, but as a touring cyclist I consider ice cream as the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner of Champions. It should have its own food group category. Ice cream companies should set aside a day each year to celebrate and thank touring cyclists. We are a ravenous revenue source!

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May 21, 2012
Benefits of Bicycling & U.S. Bike Routes

Last week, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the approval of two new U.S. Bike Routes: USBR 45 in Minnesota and USBR 35 in Michigan.

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May 18, 2012
Touring Gear and Tips Roundup
In a few short weeks, my fiance and I will be gearing up, and heading to Fairbanks, Alaska, to kick off a five- or six-month tour down to Mexico.  If you're interested in our route, you can check out the outline we've got in mind here.  So far, we've never managed to stay on route, always wandering around to nearby sights, so we'll see what happens in the end.  If you want to follow our progress, we'll be updating our Tumblr page. Anyway, the point of all this is that today marks my final blog post for this column. With that in mind, I had a hard time deciding on what to focus on, so I'm just going to throw out a potpourri of things I'm into for various reasons.  Here we go!
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May 11, 2012
Touring Tool Kit
Touring Tool Kit

Whenever I'm putting together a pack list for a tour, before I even start thinking about what I might need, I always grab the pack list from my previous tour to use as an outline.  Since all tours are different, there are things that need to be tweaked here and there.  For instance, fenders and warm clothes can stay at home on a tour through Baja, Mexico, while they will be a necessity for touring in Alaska.

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May 9, 2012
Building Bicycle Tourism
Building Bicycle Tourism

Let's start this blog talking about money and connections. Meet Jean Francois Pronovost, standing here with his daughters after a weekend ride on the route network he was instrumental in creating, La Route Verte.

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May 4, 2012
Filling in the Gaps
Filling in the Gaps

Bicycle touring is a good time, but it also takes up a good amount of time.  While we often fill in the time between tours by heading out on day rides, or weekend overnights, there are a lot of other fun things to do on a bike.  Here are some of the activities I've enjoyed over the years to fill in the spaces and stay in shape from one tour to another.

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May 3, 2012
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: BikeToursDirect

BikeToursDirect, a gold-level member, is one of our newer corporate members. Jim Johnson, owner, took time to answer some of our questions and tell us more about his company.

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May 1, 2012
How To Make a Bike Blog
How To Make a Bike Blog

10 easy steps to creating a bike tour blog.

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