Adventure Cycling Blog

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. Interested in becoming a guest blogger for Adventure Cycling? Share your story with us.

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January 6, 2016
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015

Take a quick look back at 2015 and review the top ten acheivements for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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January 5, 2016
Musical Interlude with Ben Weaver
Musical Interlude with Ben Weaver

Adventure cyclist, poet, and troubadour Ben Weaver has been following water and playing shows in unique venues all across the U.S. on his Salsa Marrakesh. Ben was recently included in Bikepacker Magazine's top bikepackers of 2015 and his ramblin' continues this winter with upcoming shows in Minnesota, including a performance at Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake.

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January 4, 2016
Adventure Cycling January Member Drive Kicks Off
Adventure Cycling January Member Drive Kicks Off

Adventure Cycling’s January Member Drive has officially begun. First-time members who join online in the month of January will receive a free 2016 Adventure Cycling calendar with their membership packet, entry into our Salsa Marrakesh bike giveaway, as well as entry into our weekly product giveaways — compliments or our corporate sponsors.

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January 3, 2016
Warm up Your Ride with Bar Mitts Handlebar Covers
Warm up Your Ride with Bar Mitts Handlebar Covers

Don't scrape that windshield or scrap that ride — Bar Mitts handlebar covers will keep you warm all winter long. 

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January 1, 2016
A Touring Cyclist's Blessing
A Touring Cyclist's Blessing

May your path have less traffic and more beauty ...

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December 31, 2015
Bike Touring in Italy
Bike Touring in Italy

Experience Italy by escaping the main tourist routes and exploring the countryside as the Italians do — by bicycle. 

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December 29, 2015
Overcoming those little fears
Overcoming those little fears

Guest blogger Kathy Anderson has an excellent submission about all the little fears that can creep in — and how amazing it feels to overcome them.

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December 25, 2015
Coping with Time Off the Bike
Coping with Time Off the Bike

Merry Christmas! The holidays are for family, food, and friends. If this also leads to time in the saddle for you, then count yourself among the lucky ones. For many others, this is a time where you really need to let go of your riding aspirations temporarily, and give into the season. If your bike is relegated to the garage this week, here are some ways you can cope:

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December 23, 2015
Give a Holiday Gift Membership for Half Price!
Give a Holiday Gift Membership for Half Price!

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 the price. 

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December 22, 2015
Top Five Touring Blogs for 2015
Top Five Touring Blogs for 2015

Sitting at his desk, listening to the cycling dreams of travelers, Adventure Cycling tours director, Arlen Hall, often lives vicariously through the adventures of cyclists he meets in person or online. Here are his top five blogs for 2015.

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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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