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

August 29, 2013
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?
Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing?

In our Bicycle Travel Etiquette series, we focused on the Warmshowers.org community as well as the many spontaneous meetings randomly formed on the road over the Couchsurfing group to create our How To Guides for hosting cyclists and being hosted. There is a reason why.

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August 27, 2013
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest
Travel by Bicycle Instagram Contest

We're giving away 20 one-year Adventure Cycling memberships. Show us your photos of how/why you travel by bicycle on Instagram and make sure to tag @adventurecycling and #ACAtravelbybike to be entered to win.

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August 26, 2013
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx
Erie Canal-Niagara Falls — Family Touring with the Donkey Boxx

Adventure Cycling ran its first self-contained family bike tour in July, the inaugural Family Fun, Erie Canal-Niagara Falls tour. We were curious as to whether this new venture would be welcomed by our members.

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August 23, 2013
Know Your Load
Know Your Load

"How much weight should I carry on my tour?" That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get from up and coming bicycle tourists, and it's a difficult question to answer without knowing the person well. Here are a few factors that can play a role in how much you should pack for a tour.

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August 23, 2013
School Encounters
School Encounters

It's always fun to pedal by a school on a bike trip. A bicycle loaded down for an adventure is always a draw. The reaction can vary from polite waves, to smiles and shouted hellos, to all out classroom-emptying chaos. I've never been a rock star, but there are times on the road when I think I've experienced what it's like.

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August 21, 2013
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists

One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer longLast week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.

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August 20, 2013
Undaunted Kids
Undaunted Kids

Teens and tots on two epic cycling trips — and tips on how to get kids out on a bicycle tour.

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August 19, 2013
2014 Early, Epic, & Educational Tours Announced
2014 Early, Epic, and Educational Tours Announced

Adventure Cycling's 2014 early, epic, and educational tours are now available! Sign up now: Our early announcement trips tend to fill very quickly.

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August 16, 2013
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack

The heat of the summer is not over yet, and if a couple water bottles won't cut it for your long rides, a hydration pack is a solid option.

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August 16, 2013
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love
Bicycle Travel Awards — Give Your Hero Some Love

The nominations have been pouring in from all across the country. As you look back on your touring season, think of that person or bike shop who influenced your ride and nominate them for our 2013 Bicycle Travel Awards!

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August 15, 2013
Vicarious Bicycle Travel
Vicarious Bicycle Travel

One of my favorite parts of my job in the summer is reading the blogs and tweets of cyclists on the road. It keeps me in touch with the issues folks might be having on the routes for various reasons and it fills my coffee and lunch breaks with a bit of vicarious thrill!

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August 13, 2013
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report
Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers: Halfway Point Trip Report

I'm currently on Day 4 of Adventure Cycling's Colorado Wildflowers & Rivers tour with my mother. In the past 40-ish hours, I've smiled so much my cheeks ache and I've biked so much that... well, my cheeks ache.

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August 12, 2013
Get Your Pedals Ready!
Get Your Pedals Ready!

2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tour sign-ups open August 14th.

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August 9, 2013
Traffic Dance
Traffic Dance

When we first pedaled up to this intersection, I thought I'd see an accident within sixty seconds. This traffic dance fascinated me. An hour later, not a single scrape. How could that be possible without any traffic signals, stop signs, or traffic cops?

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August 8, 2013
Cali's Wine Country by Bike
Cali's Wine Country by Bike

After years of pitching bicycle touring shows to the Travel Channel, they finally gave me the green light and "Cali's Wine Country by Bike" is now live on TravelChannel.com.

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August 7, 2013
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report

Toole Design Group recently completed a report, entitled U.S Bicycle Route System: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country, which compiles survey responses from state departments of transportation (DOTs) as well as volunteers and bicycle and trail advocates working on the project. After the survey was completed, Toole Design conducted in depth interviews with eight states, documenting the implementation methods each state used to plan and designate their U.S. Bike Routes.

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August 6, 2013
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail
Photo Essay: The White Rim Trail

This photo essay accompanies the story, "The White Rim Trail: A Journey Between River & Sky" by Cass Gilbert, which appeared in the August/September issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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August 6, 2013
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day
Covered Bridges, Strawberry Moon, and a Very Special Father's Day

These may be the slow-going days of summer, but they're bringing some lively stories to BikeOvernights.org. Take, for instance, The Covered Bridges of Sugar Creek, a story about Indiana by Alan Gossard, published on July 22.

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August 5, 2013
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine
Video Review: Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady spends some quality time with a Bike Friday Silk Road Alfine, an internally geared, belt-driven smoothie that folds like a hanky into pocket size for storage.

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August 2, 2013
Video Clips: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Camera

In his August/September 2013 "Fine Tuned" column, Josh Tack takes a look at the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition camera. Check out these clips from his riding footage.

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August 2, 2013
Adopt a Library Today
Adopt a Library Today

Giving is great, and a great way to adopt a library today. Whether it's your local community library, school library, or just any library you happen to be a fan of, you can give them a one or two year subscription to Adventure Cyclist magazine for only $20 — half the standard rate.

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August 1, 2013
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Riding the Idaho Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

For my bike respite this year I recruited my friend Elisabeth to join me on another Adventure Cycling tour. We had such a great time in Colorado last year it only seemed natural. We chose Idaho Relaxed based on the mileages, number of days, dates, and scenic locale. 

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