July 29, 2015
He wanted to pay membership fees for every year between Adventure Cycling’s start in 1976 to when he became a member in 2006. My job, as development coordinator, was to dig through old Adventure Cyclists (then called BikeReport) and find the memberships rates for each year.
In 1977, 38% of Adventure Cycling members were students.
Before we were Adventure Cycling, we were Bikecentennial. In 1976, Bikecentennial organized over 4,000 riders to cycle the TransAmerica Trail. While looking through the non-digital archives, I found ‘Trans-America Trail News,’ a series of bulletins distributed to cyclists at Bike-Inns and campsites along the route. The following clips came from these bulletins written by Bikecentennial/Adventure Cycling Association's 1976 staff.
from BikeReport Fall/1975
Apparently, of that $5 almost all was going to pies, pizza, and beer.
And some turned to this:
Unfortunately, the toe bone has been lost in various moves but it is most likely in the basement or under a pile of papers on Greg's desk.
Feeling nostalgic? In case you haven’t heard, our 40th Anniversary is next year! Help us celebrate in Missoula!
Interested in making a donation like Steve Powell? We'll do the heavy lifting of calculating the yearly member prices between 1976 and when you joined Adventure Cycling. We'll even give you the student rate for the years you were in university! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
all illustration by Greg Siple
all Trans-American Trail News clips by Charlie Seastone and Bikecentennial staff
running commentary by April Cypher