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Bike Bits Vol. 14, No. 23, December 5, 2012
This is the 299th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 46,791 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.


"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move." 
--Robert Louis Stevenson


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We tend to steer our handlebars away from bicycle-racing topics at
Adventure Cycling -- nothing against racing; that's just not what
we're about. But when something as beautiful and inspirational as
"Merckx 525" comes around, it's worth noting. The 224-page coffee-table
book (VeloPress, 2012) celebrates the career of Eddy Merckx, widely
regarded as the greatest bike racer of all time, and arguably the most
dominant athlete of the 20th century in any sport. The volume's
luscious photos, most of them in black and white (and many not
previously seen outside of Europe), bring to life the golden age of
bicycle racing in the 1960s and 70s, while shedding light on Merckx's
amazing career. According to the book's press information, "Known as
'the Cannibal' for his insatiable hunger to win, Merckx gobbled up 525
race victories, an unrivaled legacy lionized in this once-in-a-lifetime
homage. 'Merckx 525' is the first book authorized by Eddy Merckx and
the only book he says offers a truly complete record of his bike-racing
career." Check it out here: 


Fifty-four-year-old Jay Graves started working at the Bike Gallery in
Portland, Oregon, in 1974, when he was just 15 years old. His boss was
his own father, who had opened the shop as a side job. Jay took over
the business 23 years later, and today the Bike Gallery boasts six
locations in the greater Portland area, employs more than a hundred
staffers, and is the eighth largest Trek dealer in the United States.
(They have also been a very supportive member shop of Adventure Cycling
Association.) On November 30, Jay announced his retirement, saying that
longtime employee Kelly Aicher will assume management responsibilities
(and a share of ownership), and that the majority of the chain has been
purchased by Mike Olson of the San Diego-based Trek Bicycle Superstore.
You can learn more about Jay Graves' future and the Bike Gallery's past
in this nice post from Jonathan Maus at


Nicholas Carman, aka the "Gypsy by Trade," spent the past year
fatbiking on his Surly Pugsley. "When touring on a capable steed like
the Pugsley, the bike is as willing as the rider," he writes. "I've
encountered many interesting dirt tracks on previous tours that
seemed beyond the scope of my equipment. With the Pugsley, the bike
is almost never the limitation and always agrees to new experiences."
Read the rest of Nicholas' November 29 post, and view his accompanying
photos, on the Adventure Cycling blog:


A newly formed organization in Montana calls itself the "statewide
voice of people who bicycle and walk." Their overriding goal: To make
bicycling and walking safe and accessible for all in the Treasure
State. Bike Walk Montana's website is under construction
(, but you can connect with them right now through
their Facebook page: 


"You guys have to add this place to Bike Bits!" an excited reader
implored in a message sent last week. "This brand-new hostel [in
Cleveland] is right on the Northern Tier route. It is a real cheap,
bike-friendly stop in the heart of the city just steps from a bike
shop, a bicycle-themed brewery, and Lake Erie beaches. It would make
a great place for a layover/rest day. The owner is a cyclist who has
teamed up with the local bike shop, Joy Machines, and has already
hosted a few touring cyclists this fall." And though the hostel is
new, the building it occupies is old. 
Pittsburg, Kansas, is another community making improvements for
touring cyclists, in this case for those riding the TransAmerica
Bicycle Trail.


Speaking of the granddaddy of cross-country routes, Adventure Cycling
life member Jay Anderson, who led a west-to-east TransAm ride in 1976,
has collected memories of his adventure in an iBook titled "Two Wheels
to America." It includes not only accounts of Jay's experiences leading
his Bikecentennial group, but also historical accounts and literary
excerpts that he says provide a larger context for understanding the
places along the route. Illustrated with the author's photographs and
simple maps, the 35-page iBook is available for free download via this


Jake Knight of the Alliance for Biking & Walking wrote to tell us that
his organization is seeking a Research Assistant to work, as a temporary
contractor, with the National Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking
Project. The project is designed to collect and analyze data, from
all 50 states and the 50 most populous cities, on bicycling, walking,
and general health. Deadline for application is December 7 -- the day
after tomorrow! Send your resume and cover letter to Andrea Milne at, with "Benchmarking Position Application"
in the subject line of the email. The letter should describe your level
of experience working with databases and Excel, and confirm your ability
to commit 20 hours a week to the project through December 2013. Writing
samples and/or descriptions of previous involvement in research projects
may also be included, as an attachment or link. Learn more about the
project here:


We're not talking about racing bicycles down the quarter-mile track
here, but the actual act of dragging a bike. Meet Irish cyclist Ian
Lacey, who adventured 17,006 miles from the northernmost road in North
America to the bottom of South America, over the course of 452 days.


Until next time ... click on to view some elegant
bicycle frames made not of steel, bamboo, titanium, or aluminum, but
of woods like walnut and cherry. 

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