The Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) recently asked members to spread the word about the free sample copies of Adventure Cyclist magazine available from their Web site. Adventure Cyclist is the only magazine dedicated to bicycle touring, and it caters to every definition -- whether you enjoy group tours with a SAG wagon, solo cross-country journeys, or weekend trips with friends -- on every continent (well, I haven't read about Antarctica... yet). Each issue has several stories about tours and a few columns offering advice on everything from bikes to gear to riding skills. What I really like about Adventure Cyclist is what it doesn't have -- no "attitude" (unlike Mountain Bike) and no obsession with going fast and/or losing weight (unlike Bicycling). You won't find reviews of overpriced, lightweight components in Adventure Cyclist.
To get a free copy of Adventure Cyclist, go to the ACA homepage and look for the "Grab it" button in the right column next to the miniature magazine cover. You can also order their catalogs, which sell touring gear and detailed maps of biking routes all over the country. So go "grab it" -- and let me know how you like it.