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

January 31, 2014
On the Road: Pajama Game
On the Road: Pajama Game

I'd like to introduce you to one of my bicycling heroes. He hasn't cycled around the world or across the country. I'm not sure if he has ever cycled outside of New York City. He has pedaled his bike around Manhattan for over 50 years, taking photos of what New Yorker's are wearing. He is still going strong at 84.

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January 30, 2014
Accepting Applications for Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship
Youth Touring & Leadership Scholarship

development@adventurecycling.orgAdventure Cycling Association seeks candidates for the Youth Touring and Leadership Scholarship. 

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January 29, 2014
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities

Interest in bicycle travel is growing across the country and a new study on bicycle tourism in Montana provides valuable research on the needs, impacts, and opportunities for the state. 

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January 28, 2014
Will 2014 Be the Best Yet for Adventure Cycling?
Will 2014 Be the Best Yet for Adventure Cycling?

Adventure Cycling enjoyed a fantastic year last year in terms of memberships, advocacy, tours and new resources, but 2014 promises to be even better.

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January 28, 2014
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There
Point to Point Touring: Three Trips to get you from Here to There

There are many different ways to create an itinerary for a bicycle tour. You can go out and back, ride a nice loop, or my favorite, the point-to-point tour. Adventure Cycling has been running point to point tours since its inception in 1976 with the Bikecentennial TransAm ride.

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January 27, 2014
Osprey Raptor Hydration Pack
Osprey Raptor Hydration Pack

I've been using the Raptor hydration pack from Osprey for over a year now with a brief interlude using a model from another major national brand. The Raptor's design continues to stand out as one of exceptional quality.

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January 24, 2014
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset
Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium Crankset

It's hard not to be attracted to shiny things, which is one of many reasons I've been spending a lot of time this week checking out the Velo Orange Grand Cru Drillium 110 Fluted Double Crankset. That's a pretty impressive name for a component. Before getting into the details, I thought it would be fun to break down the name of the crankset first.

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January 23, 2014
How to Keep your Bike Touring Photos Organized
How to Keep your Bike Touring Photos Organized

Mo and Alan of Restless Collective find that one of the most common questions they get about traveling by bicycle is, “How do you keep all those photographs organized?” Their answer is simple: they use Adobe’s Lightroom software. Alan was asked to teach an online class about Lightroom for beginners, and Adventure Cycling Association blog readers can receive 20% off the class before February 20th, 2014.

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January 22, 2014
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Le Velo
Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Le Velo

This post is part of a series that spotlights Adventure Cycling's corporate supporters. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own. We decided to ask them some questions and, as a result, have learned a few interesting things about our supporters that we'd like to share with you. 

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January 21, 2014
2013 Bike Overnights Roundup
2013 Bike Overnights Roundup

When I was asked to highlight my three or four favorite bike overnights from 2013, I figured it was going to be easy. After I began thinking about it, however, I decided it was going to be impossible. And so, here are eight of my favorites, but not my eight favorites. There are others I enjoyed just as much as these.

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January 21, 2014
What's on Your Bucket List Today
What's on Your Bucket List Today

I took a call in the tours department recently from a woman inquiring about Adventure Cycling’s Northern Tier tour, an epic three-month-long van-supported tour. Her questions resonated with me, because I asked all the same things of myself when I was planning a long-distance journey by bicycle.

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January 17, 2014
A Most Amazing Moth
A Most Amazing Moth

Oh my God! The most beautiful moth I'd ever seen as if a forest sprite had decided to go under cover. It was the size of my hand. We weren't gazing at it on some distant wildlife reserve trail. It was lounging on the back of a plastic chair at a roadside restaurant in Myanmar.

 

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January 15, 2014
2013 Holiday Campaign Report
2013 Holiday Campaign Report

Thank you for making the 2013 Holiday Campaign a success and helping us raise over $200,000 to support Adventure Cycling's nonprofit mission and programs!

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January 15, 2014
Bike Travel Best Practices for State Park Campgrounds
Bike Travel Best Practices for State Park Campgrounds

Bicycle travelers camp in state parks across the U.S. on their tours, but when campgrounds are full and there are no nearby alternatives, bicycle travelers have limited options and must often stealth camp. Adventure Cycling is reaching out to state parks to promote the adoption of bicycle-friendly practices and has created a list of best practice recommendations. 

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January 14, 2014
Family Fun Tours
Family Fun Tours

Adventure Cycling’s Family Fun Tours provide an opportunity to have an active, educational, and engaging family vacation. Spend your days riding through history-rich areas of the United States and your evenings relaxing with new friends and your family.

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January 13, 2014
Off With the Elements
Off With The Elements

The Niagara by Canari is my go-to, everyday commuting jacket. I’ve also used it for long distance trips. The Niagara, in my opinion, is an on-the-road, everyday, 3-season (fall, winter, spring) jacket. Being both windproof and waterproof, it has everything you could ask for in a cycling jacket.

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January 10, 2014
BikeFlights.com
BikeFlights.com

Unless your bike tour begins close to home, transporting your bike can be one of the most difficult tasks in preparing for your journey. Flying with bikes can be outrageously expensive and shipping can cause all sorts of headaches in regards to where you're going to send the bike, and whether or not it will arrive on time. If you're struggling with these issues, you might want to turn your attention to BikeFlights.com.

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January 10, 2014
Thanks for Stopping By
Thanks for Stopping By

Were you one of over 1,000 cyclists who stopped by our headquarters this last year? Then you might be in this little video…

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January 9, 2014
Planning for a 2014 Tour Divide Ride
Planning for a 2014 Tour Divide Ride

With the turning of the new year, inspiration to ride Tour Divide 2014, which follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), is reaching new heights and raising a few questions.

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January 7, 2014
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.
4 Tours for Exploring the Eastern U.S.

Happy New Year! Are you ready for some fabulous bicycle touring in 2014? Here are four of our favorite tours for exploring the eastern U.S.

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January 6, 2014
Topeak Road Morph™ G Compact Pump with Gauge
Topeak Road Morph™ G Compact Pump with Gauge

A well thought-out and well thought-of inflation solution.

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January 3, 2014
Bikes in Myanmar
Bikes in Myanmar

During our bike trip in Myanmar last year, we shared the roads (and paths) with a lot of bikes. None of them had carbon fiber frames. They were not equipped with index shifters, or disc brakes, or 9-speed cassettes. Their chains were not replaced when they reached .75% wear. They creaked and moaned when pedaled. They were beautiful, efficient, human-powered machines.

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January 2, 2014
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open
2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest Is Open

To celebrate the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel, Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit your best bicycle-touring videos to our 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo!

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