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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.

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February 28, 2014
More Bicycle Travel Apps
More Bicycle Travel Apps

In the February issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, I highlighted five smartphone apps that I've found to be useful for bicycle travel. Since writing that, I've come across three more apps I want to bring to the forefront. These new apps aren't necessarily bicycle travel specific. Instead, I would consider them to be geared more towards active lifestyle, making them great for adventures on and off the bike.

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February 28, 2014
Pedaling Across a Magical Bridge
Pedaling Across a Magical Bridge

Most bridges (new and old) carry huge volumes of traffic. Cars, buses, and trucks make a lot of noise. This kills the esthetic experience. Imagine what it would be like to travel across the Golden Gate bridge completely closed to traffic? That's what crossing U Bein bridge near Amarapura in Myanmar is like.

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February 27, 2014
New Map Features on Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
New Map Features on Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route

While we had the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route maps to use as springboard, when we first started talking about the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route we knew it would end up being a bit of a departure from our standard route network maps. Some of the differences are obvious and will likely only appear on these maps.  Other differences are more subtle and may be transferred to more maps in the future.

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February 26, 2014
Top Ten Anticipated USBR Designations for 2014
Top Ten Anticipated USBR Accomplishments for 2014

It’s hard to believe with negative temps and snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner and so is AASHTO’s spring meeting where new U.S. Bicycle Routes will receive designation approval. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the anticipated U.S. Bike Route designations for 2014.

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February 25, 2014
Idaho Hot Springs, Singletrack, & Map Giveaway
Idaho Hot Springs, Singletrack, & Map Giveaway

We know you're as excited as we are to get out and ride the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) this summer. Adventure Cycling Cartographer Casey Greene, creator of the IHSMBR, supplies a closer look at the singletrack options.

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February 25, 2014
Spring Training, Spring Touring
Spring Training, Spring Touring

For some, the words spring training arouse visions of team regalia, muddy cleats, eating peanuts, and watching America’s national sport.

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February 24, 2014
Are You Map Case Deprived?
Are You Map Case Deprived?

With all the high-tech gadgets we have on the dashboards of our rides, the map case is just too simple. It's not LED or GPS, nor can you make a phone call with it. It's not even made of carbon fiber. So on that upcoming tour of yours, is a map case really necessary?

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February 20, 2014
Reroute on the Southern Tier: Austin, Texas
Reroute on the Southern Tier: Austin, Texas

In the fall of 2013, as part of our regular reprint schedule, we updated and converted section 4 of the Southern Tier Bicycle Route map set to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  At this time we also implemented a 160-mile reroute of section 4 of the mapset to avoid a road on which cyclists felt unsafe riding.

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February 19, 2014
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts
Revisiting How to Make a Bicycle Travel Video: 6 Expert Posts

As Media Director Winona Bateman announced in her January 2 News, Networking, and New Media post, the 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo is open for submissions, and will remain open through June 30. 

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February 19, 2014
Fat Bike February
Fat Bike February

For the second year running, Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating Fat Bike February. You can join in the fun on Instagram, on our blog, and over on our Facebook page.

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February 18, 2014
2013 Share the Joy Winners & Scholarship Donation
2013 Share the Joy Winners & Scholarship Donation

As 2013 drew to a close, so did our 2013 Share the Joy program. Share the Joy encourages members to share Adventure Cycling Association with their friends and cycling buddies, and also awards fabulous prizes throughout the year.

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February 18, 2014
Tour Schwagg
Tour Schwagg

Nard Clarr, Adventure Cycling Association Life Member and artist based in Colorado, designed the logo for the Adventure Cycling Tours water bottle that each 2014 rider will receive on tour.

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February 14, 2014
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice
Couple's Bicycle Touring Advice

When you're touring with your special man or lady friend, it's pivotal to set up a damange control plan, as relationships can be made or broken when you spend an extended amount of time in close quarters in adverse conditions. Here are five bicycle-touring tips for couples to get you started on your way.

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February 14, 2014
The Reluctant Traveler Update
The Reluctant Traveler Update

This post is an update on Tiva (aka The Reluctant Traveler), our rescue dog we adopted last year. My blog post last summer, which was expanded into a column in the Feb 2014 edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine, talks about our journey with an amazing, but fearful, dog. 

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February 13, 2014
A Brief History of Fatbikes
A Brief History of Fatbikes

Fatbikes have gained attention as the fastest growing segment of the bicycle industry this year, and for good reason. They've ridden the length of continents, across the snowy state of Alaska in winter, and along unique sections of coastline all around the globe.

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February 12, 2014
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would designate both Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail as U.S. Bike Routes. 

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February 11, 2014
Video Review: Nobilette
Video Review: Nobilette

In this video, Adventure Cyclist contributor Patrick O'Grady shows off his custom Nobilette road bike.

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February 11, 2014
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever
Getting Out There: The Makings of Your Greatest Exploration Ever

While you and I might not be among the greatest explorers the world has ever known, what drives many of us to keep adventuring day in and day out, from bicycle tour to bicycle tour, from one trek and hiking trip to the next, is the lure to meet up with the unexpected, and to embrace the thrill and the challenge of getting out there.

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February 7, 2014
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter
Maintaining Sanity Through the Winter

Keeping the pedals turning through the winter requires a little more motivation than the rest of the year, but with the right approach, it can also be a lot of fun. Here are a few ways I've managed to tackle winter riding over the years.

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February 7, 2014
Valentine's Gifts for Cyclists
Valentine's Gifts for Cyclists

For Adventure Cycling members, the new 2014 Spring Cyclosource catalog is starting to hit mailboxes — just in time to get your bicycle-crazed loved one the perfect Valentine's present!

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February 6, 2014
Fatbike to the Arctic: How to Prepare
Fatbike to the Arctic: How to Prepare

This winter we will attempt our most ambitious winter cycling trip. We have titled it “Fatbike to the Arctic.” We intend to ride the Iditarod Trail as far as Norton Sound and continue north across the Arctic Circle and on to Kotzebue. If all goes well we will continue on to Point Hope, North America’s longest continually inhabited community.

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February 5, 2014
Send a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist to a Friend
Send a Free Issue of Adventure Cyclist to a Friend

Do you love Adventure Cyclist magazine and want to share it with your cycling friends? Right now, you can send a sample issue of Adventure Cyclist to your friends and let them see all that bicycle touring has to offer. 

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February 3, 2014
It's Still Winter Out There
It's Still Winter Out There!

If you missed out on the Craft Hybrid glove this season for winter and early spring, fear not. Adventure Cycling’s Cyclosource online store still has a few of the Canari Static Jammer gloves left in stock.

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