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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 3, February 6, 2013
This is the 303rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 47,395 other
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bicycle adventures.


"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble
upon one thing while in pursuit of something else." 
--Lawrence Block


Fat bikes, those odd-looking bicycles that seem like mountain bikes
wearing tractor tires, are all the rage, and not just for riding on
the snow. They're also being utilized for pedaling over snow-free
surfaces like sand and rocky beaches. Some cyclists are even using
them as all-purpose mountain bikes, avowing that their fat, low-pressure
tires take some of the technicality out of tricky trails. In celebration
of this burgeoning fellowship of fat bikes, Adventure Cycling and Salsa
Cycles, producer of the Beargrease and Mukluk fat bikes, have teamed
up to host Fat Bike February. Kicking it off are a pair of blog posts
linked below, one by Salsa and one by us. Ours is a summary of the
Fat Bike Winter Summit & Festival held January 25 through 27 in the
snowy climes of Island Park, Idaho. Salsa's contribution is a piece
by Glenn Charles about the pre-adventure jitters he experienced before
heading up to tour Alaska in the winter. (Salsa, by the way, was the
presenting sponsor of the Fat Bike Summit, at which Adventure Cycling
was represented by Cartographer Casey Greene and Media Specialist
Mac McCoy.) 
We're also sharing fatbike photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter;
check them out and tag your images with #fatbikefeb!


The 7th annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda takes place Saturday, April 27,
in Orange County, California, beginning at Oakley World Headquarters
in the community of Foothill Ranch. Hosted by Oakley, it's a
large fundraising event, which brought 800 riders last year and a
goal of 1,000 this year, with a bit of a twist: It's a mountain-bike
ride, on which participants will tackle challenging roads and trails
while gaining a grand total of 5,100 feet in elevation. (Easier
25- and 10-mile options are also available.) Over the first six
years, the ride has raised more than $320,000 for nonprofits
including Team Rwanda Cycling and World Bicycle Relief. 


In August 2013, 70-year-old Mestre Acordeon, founder of the nonprofit
Capoeira Arts Foundation (CAF), will embark on a 400-day, 14,000-mile
bicycle trip from San Francisco to his hometown of Bahia, Brazil. The
goal of the CAF is to create awareness of the African-Brazilian
cultural experience, with the primary focus on capoeira, a rich hybrid
art form that incorporates martial arts, live music, and practical
philosophy. To achieve its mission, CAF teaches capoeira at its
Berkeley-based capoeira school, at twelve capoeira schools in the
United States and Brazil, and through workshops held elsewhere in
the world. The CAF's target audience includes not only participants
in the world of capoeira, but others who enjoy Brazilian and
Afro-Brazilian culture, historical scholars, and martial artists.
Cyclists of all ages are invited to join Mestre Acordeon on legs
of his journey, known officially as B2B-Joga Capoeira. Learn more
at the link below and/or email for more
information on the ride.
You can get a better idea of what capoeira is all about by viewing a
bit of this 28-minute clip: 


Adventure Cycling get-togethers are slated to happen later this month
in Arizona's two largest metro areas. The Tucson regional gathering
takes place February 19 at the Whistle Stop Depot, and the Phoenix
gathering convenes the following day at the city's Amerischool.
Executive Director Jim Sayer will be at both events, talking about
the latest in bike travel, including Adventure Cycling's work on
the U.S. Bicycle Route System and Bicycle Route 66 (which will, of
course, cross Arizona). There'll be food and drink available, along
with the opportunity to meet some kindred cycling spirits. You need
not be a member of Adventure Cycling to attend. Visit the events'
Facebook pages linked below to learn more. If you plan to attend,
please RSVP by emailing Beth Petersen at
or calling her at 1-800-755-2453, ext. 211.


Sheila Poettgen from Burlington, Vermont, wrote to tell us that she
and her partner Kai are in the process of bicycling around the world
and reporting their travels on their website. "Thought you might be
interested in sharing our latest video covering ViaRecreativa," Sheila
wrote. "It's an event that occurs every Sunday in Guadalajara, Jalisco;
64 kilometers [40 miles] of streets are closed off to motor traffic,
and the streets become home to cyclists, walkers, skateboarders, and
more. Would love to see this kind of thing in every U.S. city!" We
would, too. Have a look:   


Big Bend Ranch State Park, located in the remote mountain country of
far southwest Texas, is set to host the third annual Chihuahuan Desert
Bike Fest from February 14 through 16. "Many consider this area to be
the up-and-coming mountain-biking destination in the southwestern U.S.,"
said a spokesperson for the ride. Sponsored in part by Terlingua-based
outfitter Desert Sports, Bike Fest 2013 will feature three full days
of riding on the rugged desert trails and jeep tracks in the immense
Big Bend Ranch State Park and the nearby Big Bend National Park and
Lajitas Resort. Numerous guided outings are scheduled for each of the
three days, led by veteran riders from Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department and the Desert Sports/Big Bend Trails Alliance. Highlighting
the event is Saturday's signature ride on the state park's 58-mile
Fresno-Sauceda Trail, designated as "Epic" by the International Mountain
Biking Association. There's also a two-day option on the trail with
meals and an overnight at the park's Sauceda bunkhouse. Learn more


A couple of people reached out to Bike Bits recently wishing to make
contact with cyclists hitting the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in 2013.
The first was Liz Reid of Pittsburg, Kansas, who provided this
information and request: "We are building new facilities in
our city park that will be helpful to cross-country cyclists. I
work at a public radio station here and would like to do a story
on the new facilities. It would be great to get in touch with anyone
who is planning on coming through town to do an interview with them.
We will be doing this story in March or April, when cyclists start
coming through this area." Liz's email is
Secondly, Rebecca Martin, with the publication Mother Earth News
(also Kansas-based, coincidentally), would like to track down one
or two experienced bloggers who are riding the TransAmerica Bicycle
Trail and would be willing to write as they go for the People Powered
Transportation blog. "To me, TransAm journeys are the ultimate in
green transportation," Rebecca said, "and I'd like to encourage more
of our readers to bicycle tour. I thought perhaps you could put us in
touch with individuals you believe would be suited to blogging." If
you are such a person, you can contact Rebecca at
Visit the link below to check out the PPT blog.


Until next time … click on to read about
Adventure Cycling headquarters' first two-wheeled visitor of 2013,
and on to watch an interview
with him. Brrrrrrrrr.   

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