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February 12, 2016
Baja Divide Route: Q&A with Nicholas Carman
Baja Divide Route: Q&A with Nicholas Carman

The Montana Bicycle Celebration in Missoula this summer will host Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox. They are one of the most interesting duos in bicycle travel. They live it, love it, and right now, they are building something really exciting. 

 

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January 22, 2016
Keeping it Fresh
Keeping it Fresh

If Kurt “Tarzan” Searvogel can ride 76,076 miles in a year, then you’d think riding at least once each week could be an attainable goal. Josh does this with help from his “seasonal template.” Let him explain.

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January 8, 2016
RoadAir Bike Pump
RoadAir Bike Pump

When it comes to the pump in your flat tire kit, there's a huge difference between a quality pump, and a cheap pump.

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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 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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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 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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November 6, 2015
Koga Signature Traveller KS-TR 28
Koga Signature Traveller KS-TR 28

To cope with the first week of daylight saving time, Josh has been fixing up bikes, digging winter clothes and lights out of bins in his basement — and pondering his next bike acquisition ...

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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 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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August 21, 2015
10 Cycling Movies on Netflix
10 Cycling Movies on Netflix

August is shaping up to be a great month for cycling films on Netflix. Here are ten movies in no particular order that are worth adding to your queue. Pop some popcorn...

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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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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 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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June 5, 2015
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag
Touring Gear and Tips: Scicon's Aerocomfort 2.0 Bike Bag

I've always disliked packing bikes for airline travel. It's a lot like combining Tetris with an egg drop. Everything needs to fit snugly in a finite space while making sure key pieces are padded well enough to withstand abuse. With that, here's a look at a bike bag from Scicon, the Aerocomfort 2.0.

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May 29, 2015
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag
Wanderlust's Divide Custom Frame Bag

The high elevation snowpack is thinning out, which means it won't be too long before some of the mountain passes along our Great Divide and Idaho Hot Springs mountain bike routes are ready for cyclists to start taking to the trail. If you're interested in taking a bikepacking approach to an off-road tour this year, you'll probably find yourself in the market for a frame bag...

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May 22, 2015
Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computer
Wahoo RFLKT Bike Computer

If you're a cyclist who owns a smartphone, there's a decent chance you've used your phone to track some bike rides. Ride tracking with a phone makes a lot of sense. If you already have the phone, it's cheaper than buying a GPS unit or cyclocomputer and you can upload your ride information immediately after parking your bike without plugging anything into a computer.

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May 17, 2015
New touring options abound at Sea Otter
New touring options abound at Sea Otter

The aisles of Sea Otter Classic were full of touring and adventure bikes as the industry grabs onto bike travel in a big way.

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April 30, 2015
Ride Tunes
Ride Tunes

While I enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with cycling on the open road, I do like to have music along with me on bike tours. Here are a couple products we've had fly through the office that are great for tuning into your bicycle touring soundtrack.

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April 13, 2015
Pre-Tour Bicycle Tune-Up Checklist
Pre-Tour Bicycle Tune-Up Checklist

Any time I'm planning out a trip, regardless of location or distance, the very first thing I do is break into an Excel spreadsheet. Keeping things organized in my head has never been one of my stronger suits, so I need to get it all down on a list before something else grabs my attention. Lists also give me a little more confidence going into a tour as reassurance that the things I've planned for have been taken care of.

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April 10, 2015
When it rains on your tour
When it rains on your tour

While you may not acknowledge it, deep down you know it to be true. At some point it's going to rain on your bicycle tour. When it happens, the good news is that you have a choice on how you deal with it. Here are some options I've put into action when handling a rainy day.

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March 27, 2015
Clif Energy Organic Food
Clif Energy Organic Food

Maybe you've already seen Clif Bar's new Organic Energy Foods sitting on the shelf of your local bike shop. With flavors such as banana beet ginger and pizza margherita, these seem more like baby food purees for adults. Looking at these off the bike, they don't appear to be super appetizing, and would be easy to pass up. Two or three hours into a ride, however, these have what your body craves. 

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March 20, 2015
TiGr Lock
TiGr Lock

Leaving a bike unattended outside freaks me out. Even if I'm just running into a gas station or coffee shop for a few minutes, I'll be parked as close as possible to the largest window I can find to keep an eye on my bike at all times. I don't really know why I'm so concerned about the safety of my bike. Unlike a small child, a bike can be replaced, and I have no qualms with leaving a small child to fend for themselves for a few moments. Clearly I'm not a parent.

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February 20, 2015
Omni Wheel by EVELO

Electric assist bikes, we seem to either love them or hate them. I'm not here to take sides on the matter or debate the ethics of e-bikes, so if the subject puts you in a dark place, I would like to escort you over to this corner of the internet where you can continue enjoying your day.

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January 2, 2015
Bicycle Touring Challenges
Bicycle Touring Challenges

Someone once said to me that bicycle touring ain't easy. That's no joke, it's not easy. To help you better prepare for your next adventure, here are some of the challenges you can expect to face on the open road.

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