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Bike Bits Vol. 14, No. 21, November 7, 2012
This is the 297th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 46,663 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.

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.  
--Tim Cahill

Dave Gill wrote Bike Bits to tell us about Vague Direction, his
human-powered documentary film project that aims to look at why people
make the way-of-life decisions they do. I will be taking part in a
lifestyle experiment, Dave explained, cycling 11,000 miles around
North America, meeting those who live in unique and diverse ways.
Dave's route encompasses a lot of Adventure Cycling Association
routing, including the Southern Tier and coastal bicycle routes.
Click here to visit his website  
You can watch a YouTube trailer at this link


Have you ever considered giving your friends or family memberships to
Adventure Cycling as gifts for the holidays By doing so, you'll
inspire them with great reading, world-class resources (both printed
and online), potential new friends and riding partners, and maybe even
the catalyst to getting on the road to fitness and adventure. Now's
the time to do it, because once again we're offering our half-price
Holiday Gift program, providing you the opportunity to give gift
memberships at half the regular rate. Simply join or renew your own
membership, and you can give as many gift memberships as you want for
just $20 each! Join at the Patron level ($60) or higher, and we'll
send you our bodacious new Adventure Cycling 2013 Bicycle Travel
Calendar, too. See the details here 
You can also directly purchase the calendar, which makes a great gift
on its own


Have you bicycled in Oregon fairly recently If the answer is yes, did
you enjoy it (We thought so!) Would you like to make it even better
You can, and here's how Travel Oregon, the state's tourism promotion
agency, is embarking on an extensive economic impact study of bicycle
recreation and travel, and they would love to hear from you. The agency
wants cyclists of all types -- road riders, touring aficionados, mountain
bikers, leisurely cruisers, and racers -- who have ridden in Oregon in
2011 or 2012 to participate in a bike-travel survey. Please take the
10-minute survey and tell your cycling friends to do the same (and
maybe even urge your state travel bureau to emulate Travel Oregon by
launching a similar endeavor). Here's the link to get you started 

Bicycle Benefits is a self-described progressive bicycling program
designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment
to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in
order to create a more sustainable community. The program's growth
decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists'
safety and health by putting more people on bikes. Here's how it
works You obtain a Bicycle Benefits helmet sticker for $5 via the
link below or at one of the participating Bicycle Benefits business
members. The sticker will earn you various sorts of discounts at other
enterprises involved in the program. For instance, in Salt Lake City
you can get discounts at 85 businesses, ranging from 20 percent off a
10-class card at Centered City Yoga, to 10 percent off your bill at
Red Rock Brewing Company. Go to the site to see if any shops or
restaurants in your city are involved 

In case you haven't heard, our first-ever Bicycle Travel Video Contest
is open for submissions through February 28, 2013, accepting videos in
3 categories Best Long Distance Tour Video, Best Bike Overnight Video,
and Best Portrait of a Touring Cyclist. Learn about the various rules
and the submission process here  
You can read all about what makes a good bicycle-travel video in an
October 2 blog post from Blanche van der Meer of WorldCycle Videos,
our partner in organizing the contest. Real films are created on paper
and are close to the heart of the maker, Blanche writes. In fact, a
film is a written story, a script that comes to life with the right mix
of images, audio, and voice. Your personal creativity determines how
this mix, the film, will be. Great advice, and there's a lot more
where that comes from. 

The 2nd Annual Fat Bike Winter Summit is slated to take place January
25 through 27, 2013, at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort in Island Park,
Idaho, just west of Yellowstone National Park. According to event
organizer Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Victor,
Idaho, based on the highly successful inaugural summit in January
2012, the 2013 summit and festival has been expanded beyond a one-day
meeting to three days. It will include product demos, races, group
rides, and a Saturday-evening bash for fat-bike enthusiasts. With
spectacular scenery and many miles of groomed snowmobile trails,
Island Park will afford attendees nearly limitless opportunities for
single- and multi-day rides. Co-hosting the event with Fitzgerald's
shop is Quality Bicycle Products, a company at the forefront of the
snow-biking movement with their super-fat models like the Surly
Pugsley and the Salsa Mukluk. Learn more about the summit here

Perhaps the highest form of flattery is not imitation, but when
something is named with you in mind. The X'Plor MSO, for instance,
is a 700 x 40mm adventure tire designed for mixed conditions. The
combination of smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder
lugs provides great traction and durability for dirt roads, trails,
cyclo-cross, urban assault, and even pavement. The MSO tire is
named for the airport code of Missoula, Montana, home of the Adventure
Cycling Association and the inspiration for countless cycling journeys.
Cool, huh
Then there's the Co-Motion Divide, a 29er mountain bike inspired by
the 2,774-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The trail traverses
the continent along its spine, crossing desert, alpine meadows, mountain
streams; over packed snow, hardship, and triumph. This is the bicycle
that will take you there. 


Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, is searching for an
executive director. The successful candidate will oversee the
nonprofit's bike and pedestrian advocacy work on the Big Island,
implementing the mission of safely connecting people and places with
trails, pathways, and bikeways. Duties will include fundraising,
membership development, program management, and coordinating legislative
efforts and community events. Interested applicants are asked to
submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references as
one PDF file to
You can learn more about PATH at this link

Until next time ... click on httpbit.lyVzfRoM  to read about Nathan
Jones, who rode out some of the European recession on a 10,000-kilometer
bicycle adventure. 

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