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

December 31, 2013
Happy New Year
Happy New Year

See you on Thursday, January 2. 

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December 31, 2013
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California
New Year's Resolutions - Touring in Southern California

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions! What's going to be your riding resolution for 2014?

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December 30, 2013
Things Teri Loves: PackTowl
Things Teri Loves: PackTowl

Teri loves the PackTowl, especially the XXL size.

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December 24, 2013
Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

We're heading home to don our gay apparel and drink hot chocolate for a few days. The office will be open on Thursday, December 26, and Friday, December 27. See you back on the blog on Monday, December 30.

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December 24, 2013
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks
3 Reasons to Ride the Outer Banks

Riding the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be relaxing, windy, and fun! Here are three reasons why you should be on the Outer Banks.

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December 23, 2013
Alternative Uses for Adventure Cycling Maps
Alternative Uses for Adventure Cycling Maps

You've got your Adventure Cycling maps and you're done navigating for the day, so now what do you do with them? Here are a few other handy ways to use your map set.

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December 20, 2013
Cats in the Bike Industry
Cats in the Bike Industry

Cats are legit, and they also happen to be strongly represented in the bike industry. Cycling and cats share plenty of attributes, such as agility, intelligence, adventuring, and curiosity. Cats are also a great pet for a bicycle tourist since they can fend for themselves for days on end while you're out exploring the unknown by bike. Today we're going to take a look at some bicycle companies that have embraced cats in their branding. Enjoy!

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December 20, 2013
Hilarious Holidays from Adventure Cycling
Hilarious Holidays from Adventure Cycling

Setting up a photo booth has become tradition at Adventure Cycling's holiday parties. Greg Siple captures so much ridiculousness and joy in those photos. Here's a sampling of this year's photos …

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December 18, 2013
So close! Your gift can still be matched!
So close! Your gift can still be matched!

So far, Adventure Cycling members and donors have given $85,150 to meet our $100,000 match challenge. Donate today to double the power of your gift!

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December 18, 2013
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Bicycle Tourism in Montana
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Tourism in the State of Montana

Norma’s work will provide the necessary data for tourism, policy makers, community and statewide leaders, business leaders, and land managers to better understand the economic impacts of bicycle tourism in Montana and the best ways to attract bicycle travelers to this state.

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December 17, 2013
Winter Dreaming
Winter Dreaming

Looking through the Adventure Cycling 2014 Tours Catalog and reading the descriptions and itineraries as I sit here in snowy Missoula is exciting, reminding me that better weather is on its way, and that I’d better decide just which tours I’d like to ride this season! I’ve settled on three that I can say might become my favorites.

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December 16, 2013
Bag it!
Bag it!

Ortlieb's Ultra Lightweight Dry Bags: An excellent go-to item for keeping gear and clothing dry and organized.

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December 13, 2013
Cycling Holiday Gifts
Cycling Holiday Gifts

Whether you're searching for those last few gifts for the holidays, or just getting started with your holiday shopping, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for Christmas, or any gift-giving occasion.

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December 13, 2013
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Remembering Nelson Mandela

The world lost a truly great man last week with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Sometimes a bike trip is just a bike trip. And then sometimes you find yourself in a place in the world at a time in history that you will never forget.

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December 12, 2013
Geared Up Holiday Edition
Geared Up Holiday Edition

Gift ideas for the cyclist in your life.

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December 12, 2013
Interactive Route Network Map
Interactive Route Network Map

Planning and plotting your next bicycle travel trip? Might you want to use a mixture of the Adventure Cycling route network maps to get you from point A to point B on this journey? I can honestly say with the new interactive route map our IT deparment put together, it has never been easier than it is today to make this happen.

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December 11, 2013
Life Member Milestones
Life Member Milestones

Despite the ice-cold temperatures we're experiencing right now, life memberships have been coming in hot. Just this week, we reached a major milestone by welcoming our 2000th life member.

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December 10, 2013
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff
Video Review: Co-Motion Divide Rohloff

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady takes a look at the Co-Motion Divide Rohloff bike. The full review appears in the December/January 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, which is now available online for Adventure Cycling members.

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December 10, 2013
Tours Gift Certificate
Tours Gift Certificate

Unwrap the gift of adventure with an Adventure Cycling tours gift certificate!

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December 9, 2013
The Genesis of the Great Divide
The Genesis of the Great Divide

Like a Tour Divide racer, I teetered and tottered up and down the most radical carnival ride imaginable during the two and a half to three years it took to plan, research, and map the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. My feelings ranged from moments of dread to hope to pure joy.

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December 5, 2013
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners
2013 Bicycle Travel Award Winners

Adventure Cycling Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards! The Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals and groups making bicycle adventures possible. Support can come in a myriad of forms, from route creation to a hot shower, and these awards are Adventure Cycling's way of saying a big, collective ‘THANK YOU!’

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December 4, 2013
We've Got Your Back
We've Got Your Back

I know that right now there are a lot of good causes and organizations that are requesting your support. And I know that a bicycling organization might not be on your top-10 list charities to support before year-end. But if you're a cyclist, and if you're reading this blog, there's a very good reason to donate to Adventure Cycling this holiday season.

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December 4, 2013
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak

When it comes to bicycle services on passenger rail, the U.S. lags behind many countries, especially in Europe. But this is changing as a partnership has formed between Adventure Cycling, Amtrak, and other bicycle and passenger-rail organizations across the country that are committed to making rail travel more bicycle friendly. 

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December 3, 2013
A Gift for you on Giving Tuesday
A Gift for you on Giving Tuesday

We are almost halfway to our goal of $100,000 for the Holiday Campaign challenge grant. As of this morning, we have raised $41,311. Check out the unique gifts you'll receive when you donate to Adventure Cycling's Holiday Campaign by December 31.

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December 3, 2013
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale
Meet Tours Specialist Mandy Hale

Last week the Adventure Cycling Tours Department welcomed another wonderful addition. Meet our newest tours specialist, Mandy Hale. 

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