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October 15, 2015
Cycling the San Juan Islands of Washington State
Cycling the San Juan Islands of Washington State

Adventure Cycling staffer Jenn Milyko recently took advantage of our fabulous employee benefit, paid time off for bicycle travel. She shares some pictures from a beautiful trip in the San Juan Islands.

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October 14, 2015
Membership Benefits for Bike Clubs and Bike Shops
Membership Benefits for Bike Clubs and Bike Shops

Local bike clubs and neighborhood bike shops get folks on bikes and we want to support them. Adventure Cycling offers memberships tailored specifically for shops and clubs. Help us spread the word and help them understand your needs as a touring cyclist.

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October 14, 2015
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike/Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike-Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50

And Amtrak's bicycle roll-on service made it easy: The sound of a train whistle takes me back to a bike tour that I recently took with my cycling significant other Randy along the rustically charming C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage on U.S. Bicycle Route 50. 

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October 13, 2015
A First-Time Mountain Biker
There's a First Time for Everything!

I bought myself a hybrid, started commuting to work, tried a road bike, bought a road bike, modified it into a touring bike ... Now, with a full-blown bike addiction and a move to Montana, what would come next in my bike-life adventure? Mountain biking, of course!

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October 9, 2015
Montreal Bike Love
Montreal Bike Love

Sights and Sounds: Explore Montreal with Willie Weir and Bixi.

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October 8, 2015
Fall is here. Time for a beginner's guide to layering.
Fall is here. Time for a beginner's guide to layering.

Fall is here and it's a great time to remind new riders about layering to stay comfortable, and very importantly, to protect our working joints from the cold.

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October 7, 2015
Meet Adam Balfour: pannier maker, bike racer, and a 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winner
Meet Adam Balfour: pannier maker, bike racer, and one of our 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winners

The Thomas Stevens Fan Club caught up with Adam Balfour, one of our two 2015 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship winners, to ask him a few questions about his experience at Adventure Cycling's Leadership Training Course.

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October 6, 2015
Biking The Big Island
Biking The Big Island

Adventure Cycling's assistant tours director, Linda Baldwin, shares her adventure in Hawaii. "Oh, yeah! The ocean, the palm trees, the volcano, the orchids, the whales, the language, the warm breezes, the people. And yes, the incredible biking. But oh, oh, oh the coffee..."

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October 5, 2015
Original Bikecentennial Staff Member Remembers the Organization Post-1976
Original Bikecentennial Staff Member Remembers the Organization Post-1976

Bill Harlan was one of the few people to have the opportunity to work for Bikecentennial after the ride on the TransAmerica Trail in 1976. Enjoy Bill's memories of the early days here...

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October 2, 2015
Polar M450 GPS Cycling Computer
Polar M450 GPS Cycling Computer

Josh Tack's Touring Gear and Tips features a new unit from Polar that integrates GPS, a cadence sensor, and heart rate.

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September 30, 2015
A Few Favorites from the October/November Issue
A Few Favorites from the October/November Issue

By Alex Strickland A behind-the-scenes look into the production of the October/November 2015 issue of Adventure Cyclist.

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September 30, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Tripsite.com
Corporate Spotlight: Tripsite.com

Meet the van den Hengel family and their company Tripsite.com. Let them take you to Europe and beyond!

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September 29, 2015
Ain't No Mountain High Enough...to keep me from singing some tunes
Ain't No Mountain High Enough...to keep me from singing some tunes

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCES TO HILL CLIMBS, EARWORMS, TAYLOR SWIFT, NUTELLA, PERFORMANCE LECTURES, AND THE CLASSIC 1993 FILM COOL RUNNINGS.

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September 25, 2015
Fall
Fall

Sights and Sounds with Willie Weir. This could get you ready for that fall bike tour ...

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September 22, 2015
Ten Times I Almost Died on my First Dirt Tour
Ten Times I Almost Died on my First Dirt Tour

My first dirt tour: shouldn't be too hard, right? Isn't dirt kind of like pavement, only ... softer? Sure, we can do 150+ miles in two days, um, mostly on dirt. I learned a lot on this tour ... mostly that I almost died. Spoiler Alert: I survived. 

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September 21, 2015
Bikecentennial 76 Shuttle Truck Driver Remembers Cyclists' Appreciation
Bikecentennial 76 Shuttle Truck Driver Remembers Cyclists' Appreciation

Dick Wilhelm worked for Bikecentennial 76 as a shuttle truck driver, and later, the Eastern Regional Director. He remembers receiving his first helmet as a gift from one of the groups. "It's humbling to remember that they thought that well of me, to care about my long term well being."

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September 18, 2015
BikeTag: A Ride Tracking and Safety Device
BikeTag: A Ride Tracking and Safety Device

Available for pre-order and shipping out this month, BikeTag takes ride tracking to the next level by adding a crash detection feature to the duty of saving your phone's batteries. Josh writes all about it...

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September 16, 2015
Corporate Spotlight: Koga Bicycles
Corporate Spotlight: KOGA Bicycles

This post is part of a series spotlighting Adventure Cycling's Corporate Members. Here's a conversation with Koga. Ever wanted to configure your own bike?

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September 16, 2015
Roll Your Bicycle Onto Amtrak's Capitol Limited With New Service Launched on Monday!
Roll Your Bicycle Onto Amtrak's Capitol Limited With New Service Launched on Monday!

Have you been dreaming of the day you could take a bike trip on the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath and use train travel to augment your trip?  Now you can start planning your trip! On Monday, September 14th, Amtrak launched new roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited and hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the Washington DC and Chicago stations.

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September 15, 2015
Here to There (and Everywhere in Between): Going West on the TransAmerica Trail
Here to There (and Everywhere in Between): Going West on the TransAmerica Trail

Meet our new tours specialist, Whitney Ford-Terry. Whitney rode the TransAmerica Trail this summer as an Adventure Cycling tour leader and shares her pilgrimage, along with great photos...

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September 13, 2015
Serious sale prices on Osprey packs, Canari Barrier rain pants, and MUCH MORE in our Cyclosource store
Serious sale prices on Osprey packs, Canari Barrier rain pants, and MUCH MORE in our Cyclosource store

Psssst, gear junkies. I just noticed our Cyclosource store's clearance prices on Osprey packs and Canari rain pants beat the prices of a major national retailer … by a LOT. See ALL of the clearance products in our Cyclosource store and from September 18–28, take an additional 20% off.

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September 11, 2015
Sights and Sounds: Over 200 Posts That Will Inspire You to Get on Your Bike
Sights and Sounds: Over 200 Posts That Will Inspire You to Get on Your Bike

Dream. Pedal. Travel. Repeat! Willie Weir has been blogging with Adventure Cycling since 2009 under the category of "Sights and Sounds." Over 200 posts later, we think it's time for a look back at ten of Willie's personal favorites.

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September 9, 2015
Calling All Map Lovers
Calling All Map Lovers

What does Weight Watchers have to do with the making of Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica Trail? Find out here!

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September 7, 2015
Then & Now: Everything Has Changed for Tours Director Arlen Hall Since 1976
Then & Now: Everything Has Changed for Tours Director Arlen Hall Since 1976

Adventure Cycling Tours Director Arlen Hall didn't participate in Bikecentennial, but he has no regrets. He graduated from high school during the year of Bikecentennial and was preparing to go to Case Western Reserve University to study computer engineering. His interest in bike travel came later after his kids began riding bicycles. 

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September 2, 2015
Adventure Cycling 2016 Calendar is Available Now!
Adventure Cycling 2016 Calendar is Available Now!

The Adventure Cycling 2016 Calendar arrived in our office this week, and we've got two ways for you to get your hands on a copy!

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