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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 1, January 2, 2012
This is the 301st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 47,048 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 did a little better than I hoped. However, the going was tough in
the last few kilometers."
--100-year-old Robert Marchand in 2012, on riding 100 kilometers in
an age-graded record time of 4 hours and 17 minutes 


Many new bicycle travelers may have been spawned by a serendipitous
encounter with a copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine, leafing dreamily
through the magazine's pages in the quiet of a library. Have you ever
noticed an Adventure Cyclist magazine adorning the rack at your local
library? No? Here's your chance to remedy the situation. For $20, half
the price of a regular $40 individual membership, you can give Adventure
Cyclist to a school or community library near you. Your adopted library
will receive nine issues, or one year's worth, of the magazine. 


Reader Dan Edgerton sent a link to a post he came across on a photography
site he frequents. In the post, Nicolas Marino writes: "In the last
decade there has been a steadily increasing number of people traveling
by bicycle. At the same time … there has been a growing number of
aspiring photographers. However, there are not many people who are
both [good] photographers and cycle travelers. For some reasons, mainly
pragmatic ones, serious photography does not seem to be popular among
cycle travelers; [nor] does a bicycle seem to have much appeal to
serious photographers as means of transport." Nicholas goes on to
suggest how the situation could be different, directing his comments
at photographers and bicycle travelers alike. He also provides some
photos of his own that prove his expertise on the topic.


If making moving pictures is more your forte (or your fantasy), heads
up! In collaboration with WorldCycle Videos, Adventure Cycling is
seeking submissions for its first Bicycle Travel Video Contest.
Through February 28, 2013, submissions will be accepted for Best Long
Distance Tour Video, Best Bike Overnight Video, and Best Portrait of
a Traveling Cyclist. We hope you'll consider submitting your most
inspired creative effort, whether you plan to shoot your upcoming
winter fat-bike tour, edit your footage from a past adventure, or
take advantage of a snowy afternoon to interview a bicycle traveler
who inspires you. Winners will be featured on Adventure Cycling's
blog and in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. They will
also receive a two-year membership with Adventure Cycling and a $100
gift certificate to Cyclosource. Learn more about the Bicycle Travel
Video Contest, and see submission guidelines for each category at this
Winners of our video contest will also be featured in the 4th Annual
Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival, slated for May 21, in
Arlington, Massachusetts. The festival seeks to increase awareness
and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films
that depict the adventure, humor, and personal growth inherent in
two-wheeled journeys. Submissions for the festival will be accepted
through March 1, but you can enter before February 1 to take advantage
of their early bird special: no entry fee! 


Last week we heard from Geoff in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, who
had this to say: "Hi there. Even though I'm not a woman, one of the
blogs I read recently had a great wrap-up of a lot of bike-touring
issues that women may face." The blog is by Emily Chappell, a former
London bike courier who left her job in September 2011 to cycle around
the world. She has since learned a great deal, and answers bike-touring
questions alongside other female long-distance riders, including Helen
Lloyd, Sarah Outen, and Eleanor Moseman. You'll find lots of great
tips and information for traveling cyclists of any stripe on Emily's


The following link takes you to short piece focusing on a pair of
"girl cyclists" who took a three-year, two-wheeled jaunt around
Australia not long after the end of World War II.


In September 2013, the 5,000-member Bicycle Coalition of Maine will
premiere BikeMaine, a weeklong, 400-mile group bicycle ride around
the Pine Tree State. Designed as a rolling celebration of Maine and
taking a cue from other popular cross-state rides, like RAGBRAI and
Cycle Oregon, the fully-supported event ride will utilize a different
route every year, with riders camping in a designated host community
on each of the seven nights. In order to spread the joy and the
economic impact, which is expected to be considerable, the route will
alternate between popular tourist destinations like Bar Harbor and
Camden, and less-frequented, rural communities. Set to run September 7
through 14, the 2013 ride will accept a maximum of 350 cyclists.
"Given the state's continuously rolling hills, the ride is best suited
for experienced, fit cyclists," stated an advance release about the
ride. Learn more at this link:


If you search Google for "mounting the bicycle," you'll discover an
array of videos and blogs explaining how to board a bicycle safely.
But here's a whole new take on the phrase, one that explores a way
to memorialize that favorite bike you just can't bear to part with.


The video at the link below takes you on a mellow, three-minute trip
down Historic Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica. Though the
videographers of  "America's Main Street" are traveling in a Mercedes
RV, the video offers a glimpse of what cycling Bicycle Route 66 will
be like, including some of the natural landscapes and manmade
attractions along the way. There's even some Blues Brothers, Betty
Boop, and 15-cent burgers involved.
A lot of bicyclists are already dreaming of getting their kicks on
Route 66, including Adventure Cycling media specialist Mac McCoy, who
gets a "Buz" just thinking about it. Read his post from last year
titled, "Dreams of the Mother Road."


Until next time … click on to read a story about
adventure cyclist Ginger Jui, and how she spent Christmas Eve 2011
getting into hot water. 

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