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START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
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Best Adventure Cycling Association Bicycle Touring Route Maps for Bike Trail Tours in America and Canada on Sale

Transamerica (middle tier) - Coast to Coast USA, this is the oldest and most popular route crossing America. This trail is a right of passage in the cycling world and most traveling bikers have done it or have plans to someday.  I have ridden parts of it and enjoyed it immensely.  I like how the maps show a realistic bicycle scale, with topo and elevation gains, and places where bike tourists can legally free camp.  Sooner or later I will spend the summer cycling the entire bicycle touring route  This bike tour should not be missed.

Northern Tier - Wild and wooly northern latitudes and a very scenic route.  I have not yet bike toured in the Pacific Northwest or the northern mountain states but I rode from Indiana through New York on this trail.  I will ride my touring bicycle here next time I am in North America.

Southern Tier - Extend the cycling season with this spring and fall tour of the deep south and America's incredible southwest desert states. Although I personally only know the California, Arizona and New Mexico parts of the trail from my time living in AZ, I'm sure this would be an excellent ride as it's my favorite part of the USA.

Pacific Coast - I believe this to be one of the best bike touring trails. It includes surfing beaches, redwood forests and a frequent tail wind pushing you down the coast.  The hiker/biker campsites are a highlight.  I have done the route twice and plan to go back.  I recommend Astoria, Oregon to San Francisco, CA or through Big Sur to Santa Barbara both as excellent first time bicycle tours.

Great Parks Route - I have never bicycle toured this part of North America but it looks to be a great route through the best National Parks of Canada and the United States.  I would like to find a way to add this to the Northern Tier for a deluxe tour of the US and Canada.

Western Express - Can be combined with the Trans America to make a shorter coast to coast crossing.  I rode the section through Utah and Colorado and loved these very different states; highly recommended!


Adventure Cycling Transamerica Route Bicycle Touring Route Maps: Astoria, OR, to Yorktown, VA 4,256 miles

The TransAmerica Trail was established for Adventure Cycling's celebration of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. At that time, the organization was called Bikecentennial, a name many old-timers still associate with the TransAm Trail. This is still the greatest and most used route crossing America. This classic ride offers everything you would expect from a transcontinental crossing. You'll encounter all kinds of scenery and terrain, including ocean coastline, lush forests, high desert, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, sweeping vistas, expansive plains, fertile farmlands, rolling hills, and wide rivers. You'll pass through small, out-of-the-way towns in America that still serve up some of the best home-cooked meals and fresh-baked pies.


Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier Bike Route Maps
Anacortes, WA to Bar Harbor, ME 4,294 miles

Crossing the nation near the U.S. - Canada border, the Northern Tier comprises three smaller route segments: Anacortes, Washington to Fargo, North Dakota, Fargo to Muscatine, Iowa  and Muscatine, to Bar Harbor, Maine.


Adventure Cycling Southern Tier Bicycle Touring Route Maps: San Diego, CA, to St. Augustine, FL 4,294 miles

The Southern Tier Bicycle Route is Adventure Cycling's shortest cross-country route and offers a wide variety of terrain, vegetation, climate, and people all the way across the nation from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The route is rich in human culture and history -- ranging from the Spanish and Mexican influences in California, to the ancient indigenous pueblo cultures in Arizona and New Mexico, to the imprint of the Spanish conquistadors in Texas, to the bayous and French influences of Louisiana, to the Old South of Mississippi and Alabama, to a four-hundred-year-old city in Florida.


Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast Bicycle Tour Maps
Vancouver, BC, to Imperial Beach, CA:
Vancouver, BC, to Imperial Beach, CA 1,853 mi.

Washington and Oregon: This is a stunningly beautiful ride that features the Oregon coast, one of the true highlights of bicycle touring in the United States. You'll see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean with haystack-shaped rocks standing firm like sentries as they are splashed by the roaring ocean waves.

California Coast: The California Coast section is tremendously diverse. You'll encounter massive redwoods, breathtaking coastline vistas, acres and acres of vegetable farms, fruit orchards, as well as some prime urban areas.


Adventure Cycling Great Parks Route Bike Tour Maps: Jasper, AB, to Durango, CO 2,238 mi.

The Great Parks Bicycle Route is divided into two smaller routes, plus sections 4, 5, and 6 of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.


Adventure Cycling's Western Express Bike Route Maps: San Francisco, CA, to Pueblo, CO 1,589 mi.

The Western Express Bicycle Route connects San Francisco, California, on the West Coast to the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in Pueblo, Colorado. It provides a shorter mileage option (476 miles less when compared to the TransAmerica) on a central cross-country route but challenges the rider with extreme weather and riding conditions, as well as logistical obstacles. One's efforts are rewarded, however, by experiencing some of the least visited and most magnificent areas of the American West.

 

 

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