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August 10, 2015
40th Anniversary Volunteer, David French, Learned How to Live Simply During Bikecentennial
40th Anniversary Volunteer, David French, Learned How to Live Simply During Bikecentennial

Bikecentennial transformed David French into a lifelong cyclist. The trip—his first out West—made him realize that he was quite content living simply and without many belongings. David is volunteering at the Adventure Cycling headquarters by digging into the archives of Bikecentennial and reaching out to potential participants and volunteers of the 40th anniversary events in preparation of 2016. Read all about David's experience with Bikecentennial...

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August 7, 2015
Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag Giveaway
Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag Giveaway

It's been two months since I've reviewed the Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 bike bag, and it remains my favorite system for packing a bike for airline travel. It's designed to provide a high level of protection, all while taking under fifteen minutes to pack a bike. Maybe the best feature of this bag is that it could be yours!!! Read more...

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August 7, 2015
The Green Beret Adventure Team raises awareness of the Task Force Dagger Foundation
The Green Beret Adventure Team raises awareness of the Task Force Dagger Foundation

Veteran Zach Garner, on a journey of healing along with fellow veteran Adam Smith, wants to give back to the Task Force Dagger Foundation. Meet The Green Beret Adventure Team!

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August 5, 2015
Win a Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Travel Bag
Win a Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Travel Bag

We're giving away a Scicon Aerocomfort 2.0 bike travel bag, a $650 value, and you've got until 5:30 p.m. MST on Sunday, August 9, 2016 to take one of three actions for your chance to win! Read more...

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August 5, 2015
Paving the Way for Bike Tourism in the Bitterroot: The Missoula to Lolo Trail
Paving the Way for Bike Tourism in the Bitterroot: The Missoula to Lolo Trail

The Missoula to Lolo Trail has been twenty years in the making, but the wait is finally coming to a close. By summer of 2016 the trail will be ready, just in time for Adventure Cycling's huge 40th Anniversary celebration in Missoula. And just in time for the touring cyclists heading through Missoula on the cross-country TransAmerica Trail and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes. 

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August 4, 2015
One Epic Tour: Seeing the U.S. from Two Wheels
One Epic Tour: Seeing the U.S. from Two Wheels

What started as a simple commute to work has turned into a passion for Jared Griffin. In the five years since he began cycling to work, Jared has gone from a short spin every day to a long-term, epic tour of the US.

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July 31, 2015
Pedaling the Murals of Minneapolis
Pedaling the Murals of Minneapolis

An informal survey found that "best bakeries" and "best brew pubs" rise to the top of prime destinations for the urban cyclist. When I visited Minneapolis, I discovered another wonderful category that could keep you entertained for a very long time...murals.

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July 29, 2015
10 Things You Didn't Know about the 1976 Bicentennial Trans-Am Ride
10 Things You Didn't Know about the 1976 Bicentennial Trans-Am Ride

Flashback to 1976, Adventure Cycling Association's start. Check out what riders along the Trans-America Trail were doing.

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July 27, 2015
Bill Schroder's Best Bikecentennial Memories Are "Meeting People Along the Route"
Bill Schroder's Best Bikecentennial Memories Are "Meeting People Along the Route"

Bill Schroder met his life partner, Elaine Becker, at the first Bikecentennial Leadership Training Course in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, in 1975. While Elaine wasn't able to ride the entire TransAm Trail in 1976 because of work committments, the pair still travel by bicycle and stay in touch with others they met in the course and in Bill's Bikecentennial group, for whom he was a leader. 

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July 24, 2015
MULE GoPro Mount
MULE GoPro Mount

GoPro action cameras are becoming common place amongst cyclists. As they increase in popularity, it's not out of the question to see someone riding around with two, maybe three, affixed to their bike and person. If you've got a couple cameras, and are looking for a quick and easy solution to capturing multiple points of view, check out the MULE two camera GoPro mount.

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July 22, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Bike-Dreams & Bike-Adventures LLC
Corporate Spotlight: Bike-Dreams & Bike-Adventures LLC

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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July 22, 2015
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

Cities are where some of the most exciting developments for cycling are taking place, such as bike share, separated bike lanes, and bikes on board trains and buses. But urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend to avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an opportunty to connect cities with these developing facilities. 

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July 20, 2015
Dirty Laundry!
Dirty Laundry!

Take the washing machine with you! This spring, Cyclosource brought in a unique travel accessory for life on the road. We have your solution to saving money, sustainability, and most importantly––cleanliness. It’s called the Scrubba™ wash bag

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July 17, 2015
Full Circle (in 34 years)
Full Circle (in 34 years)

What happens when you share the joy of cycling?  This!

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July 14, 2015
Meet Jon Wergin: Adventure Cycling Intern
Meet Jon Wergin: Adventure Cycling Intern

Jon Wergin quit his job, sold his car, and rode his bike across the country. A year later he is working as an intern at Adventure Cycling and earning his degree in transportation planning. Meet Jon, the newest member of our crew!

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July 13, 2015
Routes & Mapping Director Remembers "Fun" Bikecentennial Trip
Routes & Mapping Director Remembers "Fun" Bikecentennial Trip

Carla Majernik signed up for Bikecentennial as a college graduation present to herself. Today, she is Adventure Cycling’s Routes and Mapping Director. Read her story...

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July 10, 2015
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!
Bicycle touring, it's so hot right now!

When you're bicycle touring in July, pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot. How can you beat the heat this summer, and have a successful ride? By following some or all of these tips, that's how!

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July 9, 2015
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip
The Todd Family: Redefining the Great American Road Trip

The Todd family, from Anchorage, Alaska, tackles the Great Divide Moutain Bike Route. Two parents. Six kids.

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July 8, 2015
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling
Request Free Information from Adventure Cycling

If you're up for adventure this summer, we've got you covered with free materials that will help you plan and execute your trip. Request information from Adventure Cycling, and we'll pack it up and have it sent to your door. Here's what we've got on offer:

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July 6, 2015
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that
Arkel Dry-Lites are exactly that

Cyclosource takes a closer look at the lightest waterproof panniers on the market today.

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July 3, 2015
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar
An Interstate Highway Walks Into a Bar

 

Sounds! While we were pedaling together, Zeke was able to display one of his many talents ... telling truly horrible, groan-worthy jokes. Listen to one in his "bad jokes arsenal."

 

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July 1, 2015
Thanks for Your Support!
Thanks for Your Support!

Success doesn't happen by accident, and we have a lot of people to thank for the success of our recent June 2015 Member Drive, which saw us gain more than 200 new members.

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June 30, 2015
Two-Wheeled Vacation
Two-Wheeled Vacation

A wonderful, refreshing bike trip with minimal hassle and maximum fun is available to you right now: the bike overnight. 

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June 29, 2015
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories
Flute-Toting Cyclist Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist Shares Bikecentennial Memories

Bridget O'Connell Gilchrist started out as an independent Bikecentennial cyclist and was "inducted" as a member of TAEK525 later. Their leader, Karl Schlaich, was hit by a car in Tribune, Kansas, during the trip. The community took them in for a few days while Karl was treated in the hospital. Bridget played her flute, which she carried in a heavy reinforced case during the length of the trip, for Tribune's Fourth of July celebration.

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June 25, 2015
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel

Cycling season is construction season for highway departments. Now is the time to check Department of Transportation (DOT) websites for construction projects in the states on your intended route. Read more for alerts in Idaho, construction related travel resources, and ways to share construction information with your fellow bicycle travelers.

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