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Bike Bits Vol. 14, No. 20, October 17, 2012
This is the 296th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 46,730 other
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information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.


"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply
messing about on bicycles."  
--Tom Kunich 


Next year's tours schedule is up and spots are going fast. Among the
exciting new adventures in 2013 are the Colorado San Juan Skyway, New
Mexico Enchanted Lands, and the Leelanau Peninsula trips. Tours
Director Arlen Hall sent this announcement to the staff on October 12
about another new offering: "Having a tour sell out is becoming common
here; that is a great thing. What is truly amazing is that the new
Wild Country Utah tour sold out in less than 48 hours, probably closer
to 36! We think this is a new record." Several of our early season
trips including the Death Valley tours and the January Florida tours
are also sold out. In other words, do not dawdle! Go to the link below,
where you can read about the 22 new and revised tours as well as those
making repeat appearances, including epic favorites like the TransAm,
Southern Tier, and Sierra Cascades. It's a big lineup; we're offering
more than 70 tours in 2013! 


In case you haven't already come across it, here's the link to a
new-in-2011 online magazine titled "Bicycle Traveler." Stories in the
current issue (number three) include "Hitch-Biking through Africa" and
"The Art of the Unplanned Journey." The magazine is based in The
Netherlands, sort of. 
We say "sort of" because -- as if putting an e-zine together isn't
challenging enough when you're stationary -- the editor, Grace Johnson,
is on an extended 'round-the-world bicycle tour with her partner,
photographer Paul Jeurissen. Here's the link to their blog:


Elly Blue out of Oregon wrote to tell us that she's doing a "bit of
publicity for a friend's amazing new venture writing bike-touring
guides." That friend is Ellee Thalheimer, and the books are "Cycling
Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Oregon," and "Hop
in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Beer Scene, by Bike" (the
latter co-written/produced by Lucy Burningham and Laura Cary). "Cycling
Sojourner" came out in May and, according to Elly, it's "the only
self-supported touring guide in print in the country. But not the
last -- Ellee has big plans." The bike-and-beer guide is scheduled to
come out on November 15. Here are the websites for the two books: 


"It was after completing a 2,300-mile bicycle tour from Oregon to
Texas in 1980 that Wayne Borroughs began dreaming of opening up a
bike shop to help perpetuate his love of bicycle travel. Borroughs
worked at a shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, for seven years before
opening up his own store, which he ran for another seven. But neither
experience truly scratched his itch for touring bikes." So begins a
piece titled "Touring Market Racks Up Mileage at Retail," from the
October 2 issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. Among those
quoted in the article are Adventure Cycling Publications Director
Michael Deme ("Bike touring used to be a niche activity, but now it's
branched into several areas") and Jason Boucher, brand manager at Salsa
Cycles and a member of the Adventure Cycling Board of Directors. Click
here to read it:
By the way, Adventure Cycling Executive Director Jim Sayer will be the
luncheon speaker at the annual Bicycle Tourism Conference on Friday,
November 2, in Denver. Jim will be discussing the boom in bike tourism
(he just got back from two conferences on the subject in Europe). More


Laura Rigell, class of 2016 at Swarthmore College, bicycled to Philadelphia
from Tennessee to begin her freshman year at the private liberal arts
school. With her was her friend, Alex Durand. "As two young women traveling
alone, Rigell said the two of them expected some disapproval from
people they met along the way," writes Sam Panepinto in the Swarthmore
College "Daily Gazette." However, Rigell told him that the generosity
extended to them was "inspiring and confirmed my belief in the goodness
of people." It's an affirmation discovered by bicycle travelers time
after time, and it's a story we never tire of hearing. You can read
the rest of the piece about Laura and Alex at the link below (they
even stayed at the home of the late June Curry, the "Cookie Lady," in
Afton, Virginia):


Ernest Gagnon of Billerica, Massachusetts, is big. He weighs more than
300 pounds. But he's been even bigger, two years ago tipping the scales
at 570 pounds. That's when he decided, of all things, that he was going
to get into bicycle racing, something he'd entertained since he was a
kid. And now he's doing it -- cyclo-cross to be specific. Oh, by the
way, Ernest has angina and he's under doctor's orders not to let his
heart rate get too high. Read and/or hear all about him at this National
Public Radio link:


In her October 5 "Membership Highlights" blog post, Membership and
Marketing Coordinator Amy Corbin asked readers to post their most
memorable bike ride. It brought in a ton of great comments (the large
quantity might have had something to do with the fact that posters
were vying for a free SERFAS Bike Transport box from BikeFlights). A
few of them even included their own blog links, like John Bardsley,
a math professor at the University of Montana in Missoula. "My
favorite ride would have to be in New Zealand. We did the rail-trail
with our kids over three days. It was epic to travel from Montana to
New Zealand and ride some of the most intense backcountry around!" John
was referring to the famous Otago Central Rail Trail on the South
Island. Here's the link to his blog, "Adventures of a Math Geek," with
photos and a brief write-up about the ride:


As announced in the October/November issue of Adventure Cyclist
magazine, Adventure Cycling Media Specialist Mac McCoy and the Routes
and Mapping Department are working on a new edition of "Cycling the
Great Divide." The book is slated for publication next year by The
Mountaineers. The primary goal, other than to introduce several changes
to the U.S. portion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, is to
add the 255-mile Canada Section to the guidebook (the Canadian stretch
was researched and added to the route after the 2000 publication of
the book). "We're also looking for some new photos of the route to
include in the book," Mac said. "We've received quite a few photos of
Canada from the announcement in the magazine, so we're now looking
for more images of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico."
If you have any favorites shots you'd like to submit for consideration
(a maximum of five, please), send them, or a link to a photo-sharing
site, to Mac no later than October 21 at 
Meanwhile, you can read about the Canada Section of the Great Divide

Until next time ... click on to have a look at some
Adventure Cycling staff members going absolutely bonkers over the
itty-bitty Chico Bag. 

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