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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 22, November 20, 2013
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This is the 322nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 50,492 other
readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
Association website, http://www.adventurecycling.org. Bike Bits arrives
in text-only format for quick download and includes links for more
information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.

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"What's mainly wrong with society today is that too many dirt roads
have been paved."
-- Paul Harvey 

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THE ROAD
In January 2011, two Londoners, Sam and Francesca decided to pack up
their belongings and leave home by bicycle. They traveled all the
way to Bangkok, Thailand, cycling nearly 10,000 miles, and traveling
a few thousand more via other modes of transportation. And boy, did
they ever go fast. Have a look at their video, "The Road," and you'll
see what we mean: 
http://vimeo.com/76530092
You'll find a photo of Sam and Francesca's more recent adventure on
their blog. Her name is Aurelia, and she was born in September 2012.
http://odycycle.wordpress.com


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HELP MEET A $100,000 MATCH CHALLENGE FOR BICYCLE TRAVEL
When member Charles Scott decided to take his kids on a bike trip
across North America, he turned to Adventure Cycling Association,
knowing that we could provide everything his family needed to have
a fun, safe, and memorable trip. "The three things that matter to
me most when I do these trips are my kids' safety, my kids' safety,
and my kids' safety," Charles says. "We would never have had a
successful tour if Adventure Cycling wasn't around." Every year, just
like the Scotts, thousands take advantage of Adventure Cycling's
maps, how-to videos, informative blog posts, and other resources to
help plan their bicycle tours. These resources are available only
because of the generosity of cyclists like you. Please help us meet
a challenge grant of $100,000 by December 31 so that we may inspire
and empower even more people to travel by bicycle. Click on the
following link to learn how your gift will be matched either 1:1 or
2:1: 
http://bit.ly/1jjYr6T

 
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A BICYCLE BUILT FOR AFRICA 
Bina Bilenky is the daughter of Stephen Bilenky, founder of
Philadelphia-based Bilenky Cycle Works. Bina also runs the Philly
Bike Expo and is the assistant tour director for the 2014 Tour
d'Afrique bicycle expedition from Khartoum, Sudan, to Cape Town,
South Africa. Feast your eyes on the bicycle Bina will be riding: 
http://urbanvelo.org/bilenky-tour-dafrique-touring-bicycle


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SAVE ON YOUR 2014 ADVENTURE CYCLING TOUR
The Adventure Cycling tours department is pleased to offer a trio
of incentives to sweeten your tour this coming year. Talk some
friends into joining you on tour and you'll receive a $100 off your
tour price for each friend who registers. Is your bike club an
Adventure Cycling member club? We're offering one free tour
registration for every four registrations from the same club.   
Take an Introduction to Road Touring or Introduction to Dirt Touring
course in 2014 and receive a $100 credit toward an additional 2014
tour. Learn more about these incentives: 
http://www.adventurecycling.org/offers/tour-incentives


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IT HAULS KIDS, TREES, CARGO … 
We're going to start seeing more bikes around our towns and cities
like the Xtracycle EdgeRunner, a long-tail cargo bike with a long
list of features. According to Xtracycle, the EdgeRunner video below
"contains 'mature content' including urban scavenging, gender role
reversals, and oversized cargo." Plan your audience accordingly,
but it's worth a look:     
http://www.xtracycle.com/edgerunner


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CARGO BIKE TOURING WITH THE MCGRATHS 
If you think the EdgeRunner is long, you ought to see the rig owned
by Michael and Kathy McGrath of Fort Collins, Colorado. Last July,
Michael and Kathy, along with 8-year-old Daniel and 5-year-old
Maggie, took a weeklong tour in the Pacific Northwest, generally
following Adventure Cycling's Washington Parks Loop. Click below
to read about their adventure and see some great photos. The photo
captioned, "Daniel reads while we ride near the end of the day," is
priceless.
http://xfin.tv/HSmddX
Michael has also contributed several stories to the Bike Overnights
site over the past couple of years, including this "vacation within
a vacation" in Death Valley, California: 
http://bit.ly/15Se9zt


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12 YEAR OLD CYCLES PACIFIC COAST 
Last summer, Zeke Gerwein of Berkeley, California, bicycled more than
1,800 miles up the West Coast in an effort to combat climate change.
After deciding to do the ride as part of his Bar Mitzvah social-action
project, Zeke arranged to raise money through the San Francisco Bay
Chapter of the Sierra Club. Writes Tara Hurley in The Daily Californian:
"Zeke traveled with one or more companions at every leg of his trip,
alternating between riding with his father, grandfather, and various
family friends. At least twice a day, he would call home to update his
parents about his safety." Next up for Zeke? He is eyeing the formidable
Sierra Cascades route.
http://bit.ly/19Ibr4K


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GIFTS FOR THE VELO-LADIES ON YOUR LIST
From road.cc, out of Great Britain: Christmas Gifts for Women Cyclists.
The items featured here range in price from an $8 lunch box to a
$13,000 Cannondale SuperSix Evo road bike. Falling between the two
extremes are plenty of gift ideas, including a cycling-themed iPhone
case, handbag, and pillow. 
http://bit.ly/1gNKG3y


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WAY BACK HOME: EDINBURGH TO SKYE
The video below shows Danny MacAskill taking a "bicycle tour" through
his native Scotland. As usual, MacAskill bypasses the path of least
resistance and, in doing so, takes our breath away. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Cj6ho1-G6tw&vq=medium


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Until next time, click on http://bit.ly/1fFZTUw to order the stunning
2014 Adventure Cycling Association calendar. Give 12 months of
bicycle-travel inspiration as a gift, or enjoy it yourself. 

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