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10 reasons biking is such a rewarding hobby

There are all sorts of places to ride your bike. You may use biking to get some fresh air around the neighborhood, skip the traffic on your way to work or take in nature like never before. The benefits that come with biking are impressive, and when you put them all together, it becomes difficult to ignore just how rewarding riding your bike can be. 

1. Biking is great exercise
Many people around the country opt to ride a bi
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Cycling through Central America – An inside look at Gerard Castell├ás’ bike touring travels

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Gerard Castellà, a 30-year-old cyclist, grew up in the small seaside village of Palafrugell, in Northeast Spain. Though he has a master's degree in ecological economics and environmental management, he has been working as a Bicycle Tour Guide for the past three years. 

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Have you ever considered virtual bike touring?

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There's nothing quite like riding your bicycle. The feeling of your feet powering you as fast and far as you want, the air breezing across your face as the road blurs underneath you and the landscape disappears behind you - it's electrifying. Many people have tried to replicate the experience of cycling with machines and workout equipment. While these gym machines may give a rider the same muscular workout that a touring bike would, it loses the experience in translation. [Read more...]

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What you should know about touring in Turkey

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Istanbul is one of the largest and most historic cities in the world. With more than 14 million residents, Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East. Although it has experienced name changes, from Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul still has a number of historic ties to the days when it was one of the capitals of the world and most significant cities in civilization. 

It's size, historical and modern cultural offerings make Istanbul the p
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Couple toured from China to Cape Town

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Bicycle touring has become a popular way to explore remote and often overlooked areas of the globe. While many people fly over large swaths of rural land, tourers are able to traverse these regions with the eye of an explorer. It's an intimate way to travel that let's you earn every single mile and really get to know the locale . 

A couple from Au
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Don’t sleepwalk off a cliff: Avoid 5 common camping dangers

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Recently, an Ohio man fell roughly 60 feet while he was camping in Kentucky's Red River Gorge with his friends while he was asleep. Boston.com reported that the man had a history of sleepwalking and that they were camping at the top of a cliff. Despite the distance of his fall, Ryan Campbell survived, largely because of a bush that broke his fall. 

The rescuers who airlifted Campbell to the hospital told ABC News that they found no serious injuries and that he was lucky to
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Cuba may be emerging as a new touring destination

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Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Cuba offers both a significant advantage and difficulty for many cyclists. Cuba's large area is an attraction over its neighboring islands. Cuba has more than 40,000 square miles of land to explore, making it the largest island in the region. However, Cuba's expansive land and beautiful weather are often left unexplored by touring cyclists because of the politics surrounding travel to the country. 

Despite the restrictions for trave
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U.S. cyclist rode from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego

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Many bike enthusiasts make serious plans for bike touring in their heads - biking from city to city in Europe, crossing the United States, disappearing for months - but many fail to reach their goals because other things in life interfere. One U.S. cyclist just made his dream tour come true by riding 16,000 miles over the course of 17-months from Palo Alto, Calif. to Tierra del Fuego at the southernmost tip of South America. He followed that ride up by flying to Massachusetts and riding back
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Bike touring continues to be a successful way to raise money for charity

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Bicycle touring is often associated with raising money for charity. People decide to set off on long trips where they're able to cover plenty of ground and receive a more intimate, friendly welcome from many communities and citizens than they would in a car. They spread word of the organization as they ride, sometimes collecting money as well. 

Riding for charity also allows people who donate to invest in something they can watch and follow. Rather than donating to the Red Cros
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Travel the Middle East on two wheels

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Bicycling in Afghanistan has taken on several important meanings for some of the country's women. The Middle Eastern nation recently started its first-ever women's national cycling team and soon thereafter got a flood of people asking to join. 

Abdul Sadiq, the founder of both the men's and women's national cycling teams, said that he started the women's club after his daughter expressed interest, according to NPR. However, in a country and region that has
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