Entries Tagged as How-to

A Primer on Camping Stoves

What makes a good stove for bicycle touring? First, the stove has to be small and light. I've seen some stoves that weigh a ton. For the most part, they work great, but mostly disqualify themselves because of the weight. Next, fuel has to be available. If a stove runs on canisters that you can find only in certain large cities, that's not going to do you much good. The most readily available fossil fuel, automotive gas, isn't very good for your health or for your stove, so try to stay away from that as an option.

How-to: Enter the Bicycle Travel Video Contest

Early last September, Adventure Cycling Association's media director, Winona Bateman, wrote in her News, Networking, and New Media column that over the previous six months she'd been corresponding with Blanche van der Meer (shown above) about the idea of lanching a video contest to celebrate and energize the booming trend in bike-travel documentaries. "Blanche moderates the very successful WorldCycles Video group on Vimeo," Winona wrote, "which has attracted more than 1,600 submissions! She has seen firsthand the growing enthusiasm for bicycle-travel videos."

Their discussions were fruitful, and they've spawned Adventure Cycling's first-ever Bicycle Travel Video Contest, in collaboration with WorldCycle Videos. The contest is up and running on Vimeo, and video submissions will be accepted in the following categories through February 28, 2013:

Best Long Distance Tour Video: Submit your best narrative or experimental video about a long-distance bike tour. Submissions must not exceed 7 minutes in length.

Best Portrait of a Traveling Cyclist: Submit your best narrative or experimental video portrait of a touring cyclist. Self-portraits are acceptable. Submissions must not exceed 5 minutes.

And, last but not least ...

Best Bike Overnight Video: Submit your best narrative or experimental video about a one- to two-night bike tour. Submissions must capture the experience of a one- to two-night tour, not one or two nights of a longer tour, and must not exceed 3 minutes in length.

All videos will be considered for the Bike Travel Spirit Award, which will be awarded by the judges to the video that best captures the spirit of bike travel and touring. All videos will also be eligible for the People's Choice Award, awarded to the video with the most "likes" on Vimeo.

Click on this link to learn in greater detail how to enter, and to become acquainted with our panel of ten volunteer judges. And read these three guest posts by three of those judges for some great advice and ideas: What Makes a Good Bicycle Travel Video, by Blanche van der Meer; Bicycle Travel Videos: The Art of Storytelling, by Tom Allen; and How to Make a Bicycle Touring Video, by Friedel Grant.

Finally, for some live-footage inspiration, view these Bike Overnight videos, one each by our talented pair of "couple" judges:

Portland to Ainsworth State Park, Oregon, by Russ Roca and Laura Crawford of The Path Less Pedaled


Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, by Michelle Cassel and Ryan McAfee of America ByCycle:


We can't wait to see the amazing places and people that you've captured by video. Lights, camera ... bicycle-travel action!

Get more information about bike overnights.


How-to: Choose a Camera for Touring

Bicycle touring and photography seem to go hand and hand, and it makes sense. You get to travel to incredible places at a relatively slow pace, there is plenty of time to kill, and after the tour is over you want to be able to share your experiences with others. Just thinking about the staff at Adventure Cycling, where I worked until recently, there have been some incredible photographers within our own walls over the years, including Aaron Teasdale, Tom Robertson, John Sieber, and our co-founder, Greg Siple.

How-to: Choose a Route for your Bike Overnight

So you want to do a bikeovernight? Great! Where are you going and what route will you take? There are a number of resources available to help you answer those questions. Planning doesn't have to be difficult. I hope I can distill the options down to a handful that will be useful to you.

Video: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles

America ByCycle chronicles their recent bike overnight adventure from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles: 2 days, 100 miles, no problem.

How-to: Prepare for a Winter Bike Overnight

For most bicycle tourists, winters are usually spent waiting with increasing impatience for spring to arrive so bicycle traveling can resume. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a little planning and perseverance, the season of ice and snow can be one of the best times to experience a true adventure by bicycle.

Gear Review: Sleeping Bag Selection

Fully-loaded riderIf you're in the market for a new sleeping bag for an upcoming tour, the wide array of options available can be really intimidating. A sleeping bag is an important peice of equipment to have along if you plan on camping, of course, but not worth getting hung up on for days on end. To help you make your ultimate decision, here are three factors I take into consideration when looking at sleeping bags.