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Bike Bits Vol. 14, No. 19, October 3, 2012
This is the 295th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 46,661 other
readers -- because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
Association website, 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.


"Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where
they're going." 
--Paul Theroux


Here, courtesy of VeloJoy, is the primary aim of the National Women's
Bicycling Summit, which held its inaugural gathering on September 13
in Long Beach, California. Writes Susi Wunsch, "In the breathtaking
energy and focus of almost 300 summit attendees from the worlds of
advocacy, industry, government, and media, resides the genesis of
power and possibility to achieve the goal set by the meeting's
organizers: Gender parity in cycling by 2025." She goes on to
acknowledge that it's an ambitious objective, considering that in
2009, commuter bicycling trips by men outnumbered those by women
three to one. 
For inspiration to help shift that statistic, you might watch and share
the story of Emily Finch, another Women's Bicycling Summit guest and
speaker. She transitioned to car-free living with six kids in tow!
Read Carolyn Szczepanski's summary, and watch Emily's video presentation
embedded within it, on the League of American Bicyclists' blog.


If right this minute you happen to be in the vicinity of Geneva,
Switzerland, and if you read this in time, consider swinging by the
Place des Grottes at 7:00 this evening to meet and greet Adventure
Cycling Association's executive director, Jim Sayer. Jim will be
talking about Adventure Cycling in general, and specifically about
the already-established Adventure Cycling Route Network and the
development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. You can learn a bit more
in the September/October newsletter of Bike Switzerland.


Both Jim and Arlen Hall, Adventure Cycling's tours director, will be
speaking at the upcoming Bicycle Tourism Conference, formerly known
as the annual conference of the National Bike Tour Directors
Association. Slated for October 31 through November 3 in Denver,
conference workshops will cover such topics as search-engine and
social-media optimization, how to harness advocates and champions,
crisis communication plans, marketing your tours, getting to know
your demographic, "It's More than a Jersey," volunteer recruitment
and management, "Leaving a Lasting Legacy," and more. Read about it


Nearly a year after returning from their last bicycle trip, Michelle
and Ryan of America ByCycle are on the road again. This time they're
riding the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, from Vancouver, B.C., to the
U.S.-Mexico border. On this trip, you can follow them as they proceed
down the coast by watching the video series that they'll be producing
from the road. In their first episode, after meeting up with a friend
named Alex and his sacrificial goat, the crew heads north via train to


Pro surfer Dan Malloy has been on the road for a good part of the last 15
years, so he admits that he hasn't gotten to know his California home
all that well. At the blog post below, titled "Slow is Fast -- An
Attempt at Going on a Mini Adventure in My Own Backyard," he writes
about a biking-and-surfing trip he recently completed to begin correcting
that oversight. "Three weeks ago, Kanoa Zimmerman, Kellen Keene, and
I jumped on a train headed north with bicycles, a surfboard, wetsuits,
flippers, a microphone, and a couple cameras. The idea was to surf
down the coast by bike, staying with friends, family, and acquaintances,
poaching camps when we had to, doing our best to earn our keep and to
learn from folks who are doing good work." Nice photos, informative


Will Dennis, cofounder of Spinlister, contacted Bike Bits to tell us
about his company: "We're an online, peer-to-peer marketplace that lets
individual bike owners rent their bikes to local and traveling cyclists.
Anyone who lists their bike online via Spinlister will now have national
access to every bike on our system." A trio of key facts about the
service: 1) Bike owners can make up to $150 a week renting out their
bikes; 2) Spinlister currently has a national network of more than 500
bikes available for rent; 3) They guarantee the safety of bicycles on
the system up to $5,000. Learn more here:  


Levi Leipheimer has risen above the ranks of being "just" a pro
bicycle rider, using his stature to advocate for animal welfare and
other issues. Levi's King Ridge GranFondo ride, the 2012 version of
which took place last Saturday in and around Santa Rosa (and had
some 7,000 participants!), raises funds for charities including an
organization called VeloStreet and another called Forget Me Not Farm, 
which offers at-risk kids animal-assisted and horticultural therapeutic
activities. Now there's "The Levi Effect," a film set to screen at
nearly 600 theaters nationwide on October 23 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
According to advance publicity, the movie is "the true story of Levi
Leipheimer, who having struggled to claim his rank among cycling's
elite, now finds himself in a place he'd never considered: His
greatest legacy may not be his athletic success, but rather how he's
captured the hearts and impacted the lives of people around the world."
Click on this link for more info and a list of participating theaters:  


As mentioned in the job announcements and descriptions (linked below),
this year, Outside magazine named Adventure Cycling Association one of
the best places to work in the U.S. Currently, we have two open
positions: Membership Coordinator and Special Projects Assistant, a
new position that will support work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
If you're a good fit for either skill set, please apply! 


On October 27 and 28, Bilenky Cycle Works will host the 3rd Annual
Philly Bike Expo at the historic 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia.
"The show just keeps getting better," says Stephen Bilenky, BCW owner
and founder of the expo. "The expo is now established as the East
Coast's premier bike event." The confab will host activities and
exhibits intended to inspire and inform a broad range of people, from
bicycle nuts to neophytes. Manufacturers of bicycles, accessories,
and apparel will display their latest products, with many new
exhibitors showcasing for the first time anywhere. Among this year's
other highlights: A beer garden with bicycle-themed brews from The
Cambridge and Hawthornes Café, exclusive Philly Bike Expo socks
by SockGuy, and a raffle to benefit Philly Pump Track and the
Neighborhood Bike Works. Eastern Mountain Sports will present two
new touring seminars, "Touring for the Beginner -- Self-Supported
Touring and Camping," and "Touring Shelters, Cookware, and Nutrition."
Also on tap is "Girls Bike: Issues of Concern to the Female Cyclist,"
featuring bicycle industry women in a discussion-panel format. And
lots more. Check it out here: 


Until next time ... don't forget about Adventure Cycling's 4th Annual
Bicycle Travel Photo Contest (submissions accepted through November 30).
We've also just kicked off our first Bicycle Travel Video Contest!
Click on these links to read all about them:  

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