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, 2014
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair
Effetto Mariposa Espresso Inflate and Repair

Unless I were to punture a tire while rolling into my driveway at the end of a ride, I can't think of a flat tire scenario that wouldn't cause my heart to sink. Flat tires aren't the worst thing that can happen on the road, but they are extremely annoying. In fact before we get too much further, let's run through my top five reasons flat tires are annoying, counting down from pretty annoying to most annoying.

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August 29, 2014
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler
Images that Beckon the Bicycle Traveler

Some bike travel photos are stunningly beautiful. Some make you smile or laugh. And then there are the photos that make you want to pack your panniers and go. The photo above does that for me. Now I have a personal connection to this photo. I took it. That's my wife off in the distance. It was late morning, and we were on our way to Luang Prabang, Laos. When I lifted my camera to take the shot, I was grinning ear-to-ear

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August 28, 2014
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping

The Barn Bicycle Camping area in the Methow Valley in Washington State is located on three of our mapped routes: the Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades and Washington Parks. The services they offer fall into our unique service category of Cyclists Only Camping.

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August 27, 2014
Sign up for Bike Bits Today
Sign up for Bike Bits Today

Want to keep on top of the latest trends and events in bicycle travel? Subscribe to our Bike Bits e-newsletter that is emailed out twice a month. 

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August 27, 2014
Five Two-wheeled Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh This September
Five Two-wheeled Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh This September

What happens when you put 1000 active transportation advocates together for a week in one city? They plan lots of fun bicycling events of course. 

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August 26, 2014
The Morning Commute
The Morning Commute

This morning on my commute to work, I had a close encounter with an adult osprey. Riding across the pedestrian bridge near my home I spied her, precariously clinging to one of the suspension cables.

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August 21, 2014
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story

Small towns dot our route network from sea to sea and border to border. With a population of 50 people, the tightly knit community of Ovando sits on Montana Highway 200 in the midst of ranch country at the intersection of two of our routes, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) and the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail. Ovando embraces the cyclists who trickle through their town every summer with great enthusiasm. In 2012 the number exceeded 400 cyclists.

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August 20, 2014
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn

Embarking on this trip, I was really curious to see how European tourism officials were involved in both promoting and supporting bicycle tourism in their regions and communities as well as how the hospitality industry was woven into that fabric of promotion and accommodation.

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August 19, 2014
2015 Tours - Early, Epic, and Educational Announcement
2015 Tours - Early, Epic, and Educational Announcement

Last week we announced our 2015 Early, Epic, and Educational tours – here are some of the highlights for 2015!

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August 18, 2014
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags
Loksak: The Amazing, Super Hero of Zip-Loc Type Bags

So my cell phone renewal was up and it was time to step into the present day and age with a smart phone.  These new phones or micro computers aren’t cheap, so keeping such a device dry and clean is crucial. Sure, there are cases of all kinds, but I chose the Loksak waterproof bag for my go-to protection from the elements.

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August 15, 2014
Tallac Vier Lock
Tallac Vier Lock

Packing around a bike lock on a bicycle tour is not something I particularly like to do, but as much as I like to put my trust in strangers, there are few worse feelings than walking out of a restaurant to see an empty space where your bike should be.

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August 15, 2014
A Market Master
A Market Master

We always refer to "riding a bike," but one of the bicycle's best attributes, is its ability to quickly and conveniently stop.

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August 14, 2014
2nd Annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest Winners Announced
2nd Annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest Winners Announced

The winners have been chosen for Adventure Cycling Association’s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest on Vimeo. The competition celebrates the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel through videos shot around the world by amateur videographers traveling by bike.

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August 13, 2014
Two New Membership Premiums
Two New Membership Premiums

When we said we were going to unleash not one, but two membership premiums this summer, they told us we were crazy. "It can't be done," they said! Well here we are, deep into the summer, and crazy like a fox with two brand spanking new membership premiums in hand. Take a gander at our latest and greatest membership premiums on offer now.

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August 13, 2014
Trains and Planes – Europe’s Multi-Modal Connections
Trains and Planes – Europe’s Multi-Modal Connections

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of travel initiatives, which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe.

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August 6, 2014
FAQs about the EuroVelo Route Network
FAQs about the EuroVelo Route Network

Learn more about the EuroVelo network with this selection of FAQs and check out an introduction to the route in the August/September edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine.

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August 6, 2014
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of travel initiative which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe. 

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August 5, 2014
That One Thing You'd Bring
That One Thing You'd Bring

Thinking about what to bring on my first AC guided tour and packing for the trip has been consuming a great deal of time for me recently — to get things just right on tour — so that I have everything I need, but not too much stuff.

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August 4, 2014
Corporate Spotlight: Amore Bella Adventures
Corporate Spotlight: Amore Bella Adventures

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. These companies support our mission and programs and do some cool stuff of their own. 

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August 4, 2014
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest Winners
Pack Your Panniers Pinterest Contest Winners

Congratulations to our "Pack Your Panniers" Pinterest Contest Winners!

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August 4, 2014
Things Teri Loves: Kelty Gunnison Tents
Things Teri Loves:  Kelty Gunnison Tents

I’ve been using a Kelty Gunnison tent for over five years. I have the three person model and I’ve used it for family camping and event style bike trips. 

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August 1, 2014
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8
SP Dynamo Hub SV-8

It's been a while since I've ridden with a dynamo hub, so I was happy to get back on board one earlier this spring with the SV-8 from Shutter Precision (SP).

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August 1, 2014
World's Coolest School Commute?
World's Coolest School Commute?

This has got to be one of the coolest school commutes in the world. It is also one of my favorite photos I've ever taken. It's about travel, tranquility, forward motion, and kids on bikes. And this photo was not staged. These students in Laos are just heading home from school.

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