April 14, 2013
Welcome to the new adventurecycling.org! This photo perfectly expresses how we're feeling right now, like we have accomplished a great goal and we're super excited to share it with you!
We are thrilled to launch our new website and hope it serves Adventure Cycling members and all traveling cyclists very well. We've been working hard over the last year to build it and look forward to hearing your feedback. This is a quick introduction to the major changes and new features. Enjoy!
The top navigation bar is consistent throughout the new website. Now, no matter where you are on the site, you can easily navigate to our most important programs and resources. As you navigate, you may also notice the “breadcrumbs” at the top of each page (just above the page’s title) that show you your location on the site.
We’ve expanded the information available for routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network. The new tabbed page structure allows you to view an overview of the route, learn about its terrain and logistical requirements, and read about some of its highlights, with links to additional route resources for most routes.
We’ve also rebuilt the Cyclosource store, now offering detailed filtering options for products and maps.
This section highlights our newest program, Travel Initiatives. Here, you’ll find information about our work to build national support for bicycle travel, including the U.S. Bicycle Route System, as well as information about building bicycle tourism and multi-modal travel.
We’ve moved our blog into our new site to make navigation between organizational news and updates and our core programs much easier. Simply bookmark adventurecycling.org/blog or subscribe to the RSS feed. You'll also find the link to the blog under "Resources" in the top navigation bar and in the footer.
On the new blog, you will notice that, for most categories, only the most recent blog posts will be available at this time (except for Touring Gear and Tips, which we worked diligently to have ready for the website launch). Over the summer, we will bring our full blog archives back online. Oh – and the search function at the top right of every page will search not only the site’s pages, but all of our blog posts as well.
RSS subscribers will need to update their RSS subscription for the blog. Note that you also now have the option to subscribe to specific categories via RSS.
We’ve greatly expanded the free resources offered in our How To Department, featuring tips and information on selecting a touring bicycle, bike maintenance, bikepacking, and documenting your tour, as well as gear reviews and how-to videos.
Before you visit the login page to log into your My Adventure Cycling account (or create one) read these important details about accounts on the new adventurecycling.org.
For the launch of a brand new adventurecycling.org website, we have created accounts for all users for whom we have an email address. If you created an account on the old site, you should note that these new accounts have replaced previously existing My Adventure Cycling accounts and Cyclosource store accounts. However, for security reasons, we were unable to bring over passwords to the new accounts, visit the login page and reset your password using the "Forgot Password?" form. The Forums accounts are still separate accounts from the main site, i.e. not the same as your new My Adventure Cycling account.
We hope you enjoy the new website. We’re sure that there will be some tweaks and improvements as we hear feedback from our members and other site visitors. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Contact us if you notice any issues or if you are pleased with certain changes.
Photo by Dale Johnson on Flickr
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