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

November 27, 2013
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today
Last Chance: Enter the 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest Today

Our 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest closes on November 30. After you've stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving goodness, why not share your bike-tour photographs with your friends or family and, while you're at it, pick out some of your best shots to submit?

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November 26, 2013
Hot off the press! 2014 Tours Book
Hot off the press! 2014 Adventure Cycling Tours Book

Mailboxes across the country are now receiving the exciting new Adventure Cycling 2014 tours catalog. Just in time, too, as the 2014 tours season starts in January.

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November 25, 2013
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles
Things Teri Loves: Terry Saddles

I have been riding on Terry saddles since they first came out in 1997. These saddles are lightweight, sleek, and work for us, as you can see in the photo from our garage!

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November 22, 2013
RockTape Kinesiology Tape
RockTape Kinesiology Tape

Not just for physical therapists anymore, Rocktape brings kinesiotape to the masses.

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November 22, 2013
Two Minute Noodles
Two Minute Noodles

There is nothing quite as enjoyable on a bike tour as a breakfast break. You've put on a few miles or kilometers, your body and mind are alert, and your taste buds are tingling. You park your bike outside a diner and go in, look at a menu, order coffee or tea, and wait. It generally doesn't take long, ten to fifteen minutes. But when you are bike trip hungry, minutes feel like hours.

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November 21, 2013
Southern Hospitality Cartography Style
Southern Hospitality Cartography Style

October 2013 was a very busy month including map reprint deadlines and travel across the country (with all the preparation that entails). My travel destination of Greenville, South Carolina, was determined by my planned attendance of my 10th North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) meeting.

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November 20, 2013
Help Meet a $100,000 Match for Bicycle Travel
Help Meet a $100,000 Match for Bicycle Travel

Please help us meet a challenge grant of $100,000 by December 31 so that we may inspire and empower even more people to travel by bicycle. Learn how your gift will be matched either 1:1 or 2:1 on the Holiday Campaign donation page.

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November 20, 2013
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy recently released a new report that studies rails-with-trails and provides helpful data and resources to help advocates and trail managers develop these kinds of trails. Rails-with-trails are public paths that run alongside active train corridors, and the growth of these trails over the last 20 years has helped expand the trail network across the country.

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November 19, 2013
Inaugural TransAm Bike Race
Inaugural TransAm Bike Race

In June 2014, the first TransAm Bike Race will take competitors across 10 states from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia. They will traverse the 4233-mile TransAmerica Trail as mapped by Adventure Cycling Association.

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November 19, 2013
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters
Florida Keys: Experiences & Encounters

In the past week, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend some days sunning on my Bike Friday in the warmth of the Florida sun, away from my office in Missoula, Montana. Although large group rides are not a style of touring I am interested in, I took a risk and joined Bubba Fest with my partner, Shawn. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

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November 18, 2013
Reflective Gear
Reflective Gear

As winter approaches, the days get shorter and daylight diminishes, especially during our commuting hours. This seasonal shift is a great opportunity for you to evaluate your personal visibility factor, and perhaps take a more active role in becoming more visible to both drivers and other cyclists. At Adventure Cycling we offer a few different products that can help you be seen on the roadways after dark.

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November 15, 2013
TwoFish Quick Cage
TwoFish Quick Cage

Recently I've been playing around with the Quick Cage from Twofish. This bottle cage is available in a standard size for your basic 24-ounce water bottle, a mid-range 40oz size that will handle Nalgene bottles and 40-ounce Kleen Kanteen bottles, and a 64-ounce model that will take care of 64-ounce reusable stainless steel bottles. Since I've got a lot of Nalgene bottles hanging around, I went after the 40oz version of this cage.

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November 15, 2013
5th Annual Photo Contest Deadline Approaching
5th Annual Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Only a few more weeks to enter our 5th Annual Photo Contest! We're so excited about seeing all of your adventures. Let us ride vicariously through you!

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November 14, 2013
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Q&A

Jenn recently sat down with Adventure Cycling Cartographer Casey Greene to chat with him about the project that has been occupying his time for much of the last year, the exciting new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route.

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November 13, 2013
Share the Gift of Adventure
Share the Gift of Adventure

Looking for that perfect gift for your cycling friends this holiday season? If you join Adventure Cycling, or renew your membership, you can give a Holiday Gift Membership for just $20 (half off our regular rate) through January 15, 2014.

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November 13, 2013
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016
40 Years of Adventure Cycling: Looking to 2016

Did you ride Bikecentennial '76? Have you ridden the TransAm? Do you love bike travel? How would you like to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling and the TransAm in 2016? 

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November 12, 2013
Winter Touring Tips for Beginners
Winter Touring Tips for Beginners

Winter is coming, and that means adjusting our cycling wardrobes to include some slightly warmer apparel. But just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't keep touring! Chillier temperatures at night require fluffier sleeping bags and warmer fires. Here are equipment tips for staying warm and toasty on your next overnight ride.

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November 12, 2013
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist
Meet Mike Lessard, New Tours Specialist

If you had three, possibly four, days of bike-touring experience, would you agree to take 10 kids on a six-week cross country trip? No matter how you would choose to answer this, Mike Lessard, Adventure Cycling’s newest tours specialist, answered, "yes!"

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November 11, 2013
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror
Gear Review: The EVT Safe Zone Helmet Mirror

The Efficient Velo Tools (EVT) Safe Zone mirror has been a valued accessory of mine for the past five years. Starting with the handlebar-mounted variety, I’ve used mirrors from at least three other manufacturers. EVT is head and shoulders above any of those in terms of quality, durability, and overall performance.

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November 8, 2013
Endure: Ballet in the Mud
Endure: Ballet in the Mud

As if daylight savings didn't mess with my post work riding schedule enough, a week of mixed snow and rain topped it all off. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I came across the book Endure: Ballet in the Mud. The book features over 300 photos of the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in Verona, Wisconsin, last January. 

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November 8, 2013
Roadside Wedding Parties
Roadside Wedding Parties

One of the delights of pedaling along the dusty back roads of Cambodia, was coming upon a roadside wedding party. There were days when we encountered a half dozen of them.

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November 6, 2013
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service

On Tuesday, October 15, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited ran a test run for roll-on bicycle service. Three Virginia Bicycle Federation board members along with Linda Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance participated in the run. The test run was a great success and there are high hopes this will lead to more Amtrak services for traveling cyclists.

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November 4, 2013
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter
Early Spring Tours to Warm Your Winter

Start your planning now for some guided bike touring to get you through those dark, short days of winter. Our tours in January, February, and March still have some available spaces, but they are going fast. Here are a few highlights that will warm your winter in 2014.

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November 1, 2013
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar
Get Your Copy of the 2014 Calendar

The 2014 Adventure Cycling Calendar is now available. This full-color calendar includes a selection of outstanding images from our Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, as well as portraits and stories from Greg Siple's Portrait Gallery, to provide year-round cycling inspiration that any bike traveler will appreciate.

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