Frequently Asked Questions

Where do my membership fees go?

Adventure Cycling uses your membership fees for programs that allow us to do route research, produce maps, publish our member magazine, lead tours and educational courses, and spread the word about the value of bicycle travel. In general, we work hard to inspire people to get out and ride their bikes.

What part of my membership is tax-deductible?

As a member of Adventure Cycling, you receive benefits that equate to 36% of the cost of your membership. Due to this, 64% of your membership dues support our nonprofit mission and are tax deductible.

Where can I find additional information on the association's nonprofit status?

Adventure Cycling Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership association. You can find more information about our nonprofit and financial status on Our IRS 990 form is also available through its website. Guidestar is an independent national database of nonprofit organizations.

What is the advantage of having a family membership?

Having a family membership entitles everyone in your immediate family (living at the same address) the ability to purchase maps at the discounted price and to receive $50 off each on our organized tours.

Why do we send renewal notices so far in advance?

This is done to ensure continued service without interruption and is a convenience most of our members appreciate. The first renewal notice is sent out about four months before the membership expiration date. If you renew early, we always extend your membership from the original expiration date.

How can I join or renew?

You can join or renew online or via phone with a credit card, or through regular mail by sending a check or money order. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

Where is my membership number listed?

Your membership number consists of a letter and 6 numbers (Z123456 or L123456). It is located in the upper left-hand corner of any correspondence from the organization, such as your magazine, Cyclosource, and tour catalog.

How do I give a gift membership to Adventure Cycling?

You can fill out our gift membership form. This will allow you to enter the gift recipient's information, your contact info (in case of any questions) and a gift message.

What if my Adventure Cyclist magazine arrives damaged or doesn't arrive at all?

Please contact us and we will send you a new copy.

How can I make sure I continue to receive my magazine when I move?

Because our magazine is not forwarded by the post office, we need to hear about address changes at least four weeks prior to the cover date of the next issue. Update your membership information in your My Adventure Cycling account to prevent an interruption in service.

How do I send you a phone, address, or email update or simply a suggestion?

To update your personal information in our system, log into your My Adventure Cycling account. To give us feedback, send a suggestion.

Can I join if I live outside the U.S.?

Yes. We have more than 1,200 members residing overseas or in Canada and Mexico. The rates for these memberships have been adjusted to account for higher mailing costs. Join now.

What is a "My Adventure Cycling" account and why do I need one?

Creating a "My Adventure Cycling" account allows you to manage your Adventure Cycling Association account and mailing information, submit a trip to our Ride Registry, as well as offering more streamlined submittal of map corrections. It also provides access to members-only content. You will need an account to do most financial transactions such as becoming a member or signing up for a tour. 

Here are some of the features of a "My Adventure Cycling" account:


  • update your name, mailing address, and email
  • set your communication preferences (types of emails you’d like to receive)
  • download catalogs and sample issues
  • contribute to the Ride Registry
  • streamlined submittal of map correction information

Members Only

  • submit Companions Wanted listings
  • view and download the most recent issues of Adventure Cyclist
  • check your membership status
  • get the latest membership affiliate benefit discount codes
  • get member pricing on maps
  • view your upcoming and past tour participation and see payment status

How do I create a "My Adventure Cycling" Account?

If you have given Adventure Cycling your email address, an account has already been created for you. You can set your password by entering your email address into the Forgot Password field.

To create a new account click on "My Account" at the top of the page or click on the "My Adventure Cycling" link and follow prompts.

What if I forgot my password?

You can reset your password by entering your email address into the Forgot Password field.

How do I log into the Adventure Cycling Forums?

Your username and password for discussion forums are unique to the forums. Your forum login information is separate from your My Adventure Cycling login information. However, to make things a bit easier, you can use the same email and password for both accounts. Please note: Your login information for the forums is not connected to your Adventure Cycling membership number.

What happened to the Cyclists’ Yellow Pages (CYP)?

The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages (CYP) was an online resource for bicycle-travel information on the Adventure Cycling website. Our staff spent a significant amount of time updating and maintaining this resource. After surveying our membership, we found that a majority were not using it on a regular basis. So we removed this feature. Note that we do have a Resources section on our new site that includes our Blog with touring tips, gear, and bicycle routes; Forums for you to ask and answer bicycle-travel related questions; a How To Department, and lots more.