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December 18, 2015
Electric Shock
Electric Shock

Many a bike traveler will sing the praises of the simplicity of the road. There are often only three things to consider — which road to travel, what to eat, and where to sleep. Technology has added a fourth — where to recharge that device.

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December 17, 2015
Major Route Change: Great Rivers South Route in Missouri
Major Route Change: Great Rivers South Route in Missouri

The Adventure Cycling strategic plan directs the Routes & Mapping department to, “Improve and update the Adventure Cycling Route Network.” In the past this has included many route changes, minor and some major. This week Jenn Milyko writes about a reroute conducted on the Great Rivers South Route in Missouri.

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December 16, 2015
Help Us Steer the Ship into 2016
Help Us Steer the Ship into 2016

Remember the first few wobbly pedal strokes of your first loaded bike tour? Remember the thrill of rolling into your first night's destination carrying everything on your bike? Help us share the joys and discovery of bike travel by supporting Adventure Cycling as we cruise into 2016.

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December 15, 2015
A Winter Biking Quick-Guide!
A Winter Biking Guide!

As I glance out the window, a light snow is falling, but I'll keep riding my bike. Please add to this list of tips in the comments section.

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December 14, 2015
Bikecentennial Transformed Career and Life Path of Bob Norbie, Director and CEO of Special Olympics Montana
Bikecentennial Transformed Career and Life Path of Bob Norbie, Director and CEO of Special Olympics Montana

Bikecentennial was transformative for Bob Norbie. "It restored a measure of my faith and humanity in America during the post-Vietnam War era," he says. "I discovered that people are people and we all want the same things: a safe place to live and a future for our children. Everyday Americans are kind and generous."

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December 11, 2015
Adventure Cycling College Football Bowl Picks
Adventure Cycling College Football Bowl Picks

College football bowl matchups? This year I'm picking winners based on how many Adventure Cycling members each team has within a 50-mile radius of their home stadium. Here's a look at how that all pans out:

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December 10, 2015
50 Shades of Red (Flannel)
50 Shades of Red (Flannel)

Guest blogger Jacquelyn shares the autumn red in the Red Flannel Metric Century in Oberlin, OH.

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December 9, 2015
Request an Adventure Cycling Tours Catalog
Request an Adventure Cycling Tours Catalog

There's a lot to look forward to in the year 2016. Our National Parks will be celebrating 100 years of operation, Zoolander 2 will hit theaters, and Adventure Cycling is turning forty. What does this all mean? It means Pendleton will be selling a ton of blankets, I'll be going to a movie theater for the first time this decade, and this will be a year you don't want to miss an Adventure Cycling guided tour.

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December 6, 2015
Staying Hydrated On and Off the BIke
Staying Hydrated On and Off the BIke

Need beverage? Wondering what a Silipint™ is? We've got you covered!

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December 4, 2015
Adventure Parenting
Adventure Parenting

Riding across the country? How can his parents let him be so independent and adventurous at such a young age? Aren't they worried? Isn't is dangerous? Listen ...

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December 1, 2015
Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA
Exhibition Expedition: Escape from LA

The ride from downtown Los Angeles out to Joshua Tree was a bit Mad Max -- just substitute post-apocalyptic chaos and chrome mouthed hooligans with a few art shanties and a couple thousand ladies on motorcycles and you get the idea. 

 

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December 1, 2015
Join the Giving Tuesday Movement!
Join the Giving Tuesday Movement!

Join in a world-wide celebration of giving by supporting Adventure Cycling. Today only!
 

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November 30, 2015
That Worked Out: How Phil Hinrichs Was Inspired to Ride the TransAm
That Worked Out: How Phil Hinrichs Was Inspired to Ride the TransAm

A chance meeting with a Bikecentennial tour leader in 1976 inspired Phil Hinrichs to ride his bike over 100,000 miles in 47 states, including the TransAmerica Trail.

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November 27, 2015
We've Got Your Black Friday Deal Right Here
We've Got Your Black Friday Deal Right Here

Black Friday is upon us, and you're either spending your week sketching out your plan of attack for super savings, or spending your week telling everybody how you'll be avoiding the sale. No matter which camp you're posted up in, Adventure Cycling has a deal for you.

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November 26, 2015
Tom Greeley rode across the country in 1980 and shares his photos
Tom Greeley rode across the country in 1980 and shares his photos

In 1980 Tom Greeley rode across the country from VA to Oregon, stopping at the Bikecentennial headquarters in Missoula, MT along the way. Here, he shares his photos, including one of the "cookie lady," June Curry, and he wrote a book, 1,344,00 Revolutions.

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November 25, 2015
Half Price Gift Memberships
Half Price Gift Memberships

Join or renew your Adventure Cycling membership at the regular price and you can give as many holiday gift memberships as you like for half-price. 

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November 25, 2015
Trail Towns: Programs We Can Learn From
Trail Town: Programs We Can Learn From

One of the key features of any bicycle tourism route is the services that must be in place – towns appropriately distanced and accommodation and food services that cater to the active tourist. The Allegheny Trail Alliance knew that bringing the small towns along trail up to this task was going to be key to making the trail a true destination so they established the Trail Town Program in 2007. Today, there are several spin-off programs. We explore what can we learn from them.  

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November 24, 2015
Coffeeneuring 2015
Coffeeneuring 2015

Coffeeneuring: Seven rides to seven different coffee shops in seven weekends! A great excuse for a chilly fall ride. 

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November 23, 2015
Closing the Book on Volume 42
Closing the Book on Volume 42

The December/January issue of Adventure Cyclist is the end of Volume 42 and the Editor-in-Chief looks back on his favorites from 2016.

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November 20, 2015
How to Pull Off a Bike Overnight on a Budget
How to Pull Off a Bike Overnight on a Budget

My husband and I travel a lot and that’s only possible if we plan every trip on a tight budget. I learned a ton from our first Bike Overnight, especially how to save money and look for deals along the way.

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November 20, 2015
One of the Pack
One of the Pack

I'm not much of a group rider and that's an understatement. I'd estimate over 98 percent of the miles I've pedaled have been solo, or with one other person. I just like the solitude and reflection that comes with bike travel, but last month, I had a chance to be "one of the pack."

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November 19, 2015
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway in Oregon
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway in Oregon

Adventure Cycling staffer Jenn Milyko was invited to take part in a media trip sponsored by Travel Oregon. The goal of the event was to explore the wonders and bounties of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway (WVSB). It was an awesome four days filled with food, fun, and cycling.

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November 18, 2015
Get Ready for Giving Tuesday
Get Ready for Giving Tuesday on December 1!

Celebrate the spirit of generosity on December 1st by supporting Adventure Cycling on Giving Tuesday. Your donation to our holiday campaign will be tripled by our trailblazer match fund! That means your gift of $50 will grow to $150 towards making 2016 the biggest year for bike travel yet! Plus, the first ten people to donate on Giving Tuesday will get the book 50 Places to Bike Before you Die

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November 16, 2015
Get Ready for National Bike Travel Weekend!
Get Ready for National Bike Travel Weekend!

Get ready for National Bike Travel Weekend June 3 – 5, 2016. Register your bike overnight for a chance to win a Salsa Marrakesh.

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November 13, 2015
Friday the 13th: Good Gear Beats Bad Luck
Friday the 13th: Good Gear Beats Bad Luck

Bad luck lurks on Friday the 13th and with hours of darkness now outnumbering hours of daylight, you'll want to exercise caution when you're on the bike. Here's some gear that will help.

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