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Four-month African bike tour to start soon

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A group of cyclists are about to start a transcontinental bicycle tour in Africa that is more than double the length of the U.S. The 7,363 mile Tour d'Afrique is not a race like its French counterpart, but rather all-terrain touring that takes riders from Sudan to Cape Town at the southern end of South Africa, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Although in its 12th year, this Tour d'Afrique is taking a completely new route that will include Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambi
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Pedal through the 2 largest US cities this year

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Although bicycle touring has long been popular throughout some of the most populous and beautiful cities in Europe, U.S. cities are much more often traveled by car or transit system. And, despite rising numbers of cyclists who commute on bicycles, urban touring has had trouble catching on in the U.S.

But now, as Budget Travel magazine reported, touring is becoming a trendy way to see the sites in the nation's two most populous cities - New York and Los Angeles. The travel
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Father-daughter team rides across the US

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Riding across the U.S. is a popular dream for many cyclists. The country's two coasts make for an appealing and tangible goal, dipping one tire in each ocean about 3,000 miles apart. Not only is it imaginable, but it's difficult and challenging with changing landscapes, various routes and required lodging along the way.

It can be helpful to have a good partner to ride along with. He or she can help decipher the best route, carry some of the camping equipment, bring extra pannier
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Proposed London bike paths may lead to whole new version of urban bike tours

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People who live in cities know that it's difficult to get around. Owning a car is expensive and frustrating - trying to find a parking spot, sitting in traffic and paying for a garage. Using taxis and public transit is better, but can end up costing a pretty penny and being inconvenient too. An architect at one of London's top design firms has proposed a new system of raised bikeways for cyclists that could change urban travel, according to The Verge.

Norman Foster has
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Embrace some of 2014’s hottest cycling trends for your next tour

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People who frequently go bicycle touring are always looking for ways to upgrade their bikes for a better ride. Bike upgrades don't just enhance a tour or an individual ride, they're a hobby unto themselves. Finding new parts, accessories and other bicycle gear, is a fun way to enjoy your hobby, even when you're unable to ride or can't tour. Working to upgrade your bike is also a good way to socialize with other cycling enthusiasts. 

It can be a friend
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Ride the rails to some great touring spots

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Amtrak is changing its trains, and it could have a big impact on bicycle touring. Following the modern European and global model of train travel, the U.S.' Amtrak will begin offering new cars for every long-distance route. These trains will have dining, sleeper bunks and simple, non-boxed bicycle storage. 

"The new baggage cars will be used on all 15 long-distance routes, which means the benefits of improved reliability and an enhanced climate-control environment for
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Explore the Pacific Northwest on a bike touring trip

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Cycling is wildly popular in the Pacific Northwest, especially in Portland, Ore. This eclectic city has seen a steady rise in bicycle use over the past few decades. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation's 2012 Bicycle Count Report, cycling has increased by more than 200 percent since 2000.

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Cycling supporters raising awareness of bike commuting benefits

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Even people who aren't interested in bicycle touring on a regular basis can find some use out of their bikes. Many individuals choose to opt for this mode of transportation instead of utilizing motor vehicles, which can help their communities and the environment in a number of ways. However, not all companies are interested in supporting employees who want to cycle to work. It can still be challenging to find the proper facilities and safe roadways necessary for commuting.

However,
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Bike tour designed to raise awareness of hunger

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When it comes to bicycle touring, there are many reasons why people choose to get moving. Some people decide to go bike touring to get a breath of fresh air, while others enjoy the exercise. In many instances, individuals hop on their bicycles to raise awareness of a good cause. 

This is exactly what one woman is doing from the Hopewell Township in New Jersey, according to The Times. Barbara Clancey intends to cycle more than 200 miles to help spread the word about a prob
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Tibet bike tour offers scenic views of the countryside

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If you're an avid cyclist, you likely already know all about bicycle touring through some of the country's most scenic roads off the beaten path - so what do you do when you've seemingly seen all that the U.S. has to offer? You go bike touring through China, of course!

Riders who have some free time in their schedules this August will be able to sign up for the Yangzhuoyong Lake cycling tour, which is slated to be hosted by Tibet, China, according to Xinhuanet. The even
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