July 15, 2016
If you’re visiting the Adventure Cycling office during our 40th Anniversary celebration this weekend, I hope you’re planning on taking a tour of our office. Our office walls are packed with bicycles dating back to the turn of the century, as well as photos and stories of traveling cyclists. However, beneath the confines of our inviting office lies a deep dark catacomb of bicycle touring relics. This is the Pacement. Join me now, as we uncover some of its musty treasures.
There simply isn’t enough wall space in our headquarters to fit all the bikes we have in our collection, and there are some gems stored away in the Pacement. Aging like fine wine, these bikes sit, waiting for their moment in the sun.
We didn’t always run 100+ guided tours. In fact, when I started working here just nine years ago, we were running fewer than 40 tours a year! Back in the day, we had t-shirts for some of our most popular events, and we’ve got a storage bin filled to the brim with extras. Here are some examples of a Leadership Training Course, Parks to Peaks, and Cascades Peaks shirt.
While we’re rolling out new digital versions of our maps this year, it wasn’t all that long ago that our maps were sketched out using FreeHand software. Not ones to part with the past, we still have some FreeHand software hanging around to help remind us how far we’ve come.
Speaking of not throwing stuff out, I was able to dig out some old slide projectors and a shipping scale. Once I manage to find some old slides, we’ll see about firing these guys up!
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling’s member services department. It appears once each month, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and offering advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh’s “Fine Tuned” column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.