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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 14, July 17, 2013
This is the 314th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 48,947 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.


"Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence
as mere clients and consumers -- those people ride a bike." 
--Wolfgang Sachs


One more reminder: Climate Ride NYC-DC takes place September 21st
through the 25th. Registration is $75, and each participant is expected
to raise $2,400 to ride in the five-day event. It's for a great cause
and, best of all, Team Adventure Cycling will be captained by Membership
Director Julie Huck, a 28-year employee of the organization. "I'm
looking forward to spending five days riding from New York City to
Washington, D.C.," Julie says. "I grew up on the East Coast and
participated in my first overnight bike tour from Connecticut to
New York when I was in high school. I haven't been back for a bike
trip since moving to Montana. As I cyclist, I can see the effects of
climate change directly on the landscapes I ride through. Climate
Ride will also be a great way for me to share my love of cycling with
others." Click on the link below to learn more about Julie, the ride,
and how to sign on with the team:


When was the last time you heard someone say that American drivers are
more cyclist-friendly than drivers in a European country? Well,
participants in the P2P ride (Portland, Oregon, to Portland Place,
London, UK) found U.S. drivers to be far more considerate than their
British counterparts. The team, made up of professional planners and
architects from the United Kingdom, rode 4,000 miles to complete a
comparative study of cycling facilities and infrastructure. According
to team chairman Peter Murray, U.S. truck and car drivers "gave us a
wide berth when overtaking (similar to France); when they were delayed
behind the group on narrower roads, there was far less dangerous
overtaking and impatient revving up that is the norm in Britain. … When
we cycled around Portland, Oregon, it was not the infrastructure that
impressed us so much, and made cycling safe and pleasurable, but the
consideration and politeness of drivers." Read the entire story on the
Bike Biz website:
You might also want to check out the P2P site:


If you're planning a tour along an Adventure Cycling route this summer,
Routes and Mapping Director Carla Majernik stresses the importance of
checking the "Temporary ACA Route Road Closures" in our forums. Currently,
Carla says, in addition to fire closures on the Great Divide and Southern
Tier routes, there's a fire-caused closure on the Grand Canyon Connector.
By checking in the forums, you will also find updated posts on June's
flood damage to the Canadian portion of the Great Divide route.
You can also check out our fire (and flood) map, which displays a rough
overlay of our routes:


WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT BIKE OVERNIGHTS provides inspiration, resources, and tools for
short bicycle tours (one to two nights). You'll find stories, tips,
and how-to resources to help you embark on short overnight cycling
adventures, whether you're traveling solo to a beautiful state park,
lounging at a B&B with friends and family, or anything in between.
But you probably already knew that. You might not know that although
we have posts representing a majority of states and a handful of other
countries, we're still missing stories from Delaware, Arkansas, South
Dakota, Nebraska, and a few more. Click on the link below and scroll
down the "Categories" list on the right-hand side of the page to see
if your state is listed. If it isn't, get riding and writing. We'd
love to see your bike overnight on the site. To submit your story
for publication, complete the "Submit a Trip" form. 


Outside magazine published the article "10 Tips for Bike Touring with
Kids," by our friend Charles Scott, who is riding the Lewis & Clark
Bicycle Trail with his kids this summer. He has promised to swing in
and say hello to the staff in Missoula as he traces Lewis & Clark's
journey through western Montana, and we're looking forward to meeting
Charles, Sho, and Saya.


Published nine times a year, Adventure Cyclist magazine is the one
U.S. cycling magazine dedicated to bicycle travel and adventure. The
publication covers cycle adventures worldwide, including cross-country
tours, extended international adventures, shorter multi-day trips,
bike overnights, and mountain-bike treks. And now, beginning with the
June 2013 issue, Adventure Cycling members have access to a completely
new, interactive digital edition. If you're not already a member,
you're not receiving the magazine. To receive a complimentary copy,
go to the following link, select "Adventure Cyclist Sample Magazine,"
and fill in your information.
Or, skip the preliminaries and join Adventure Cycling right now to
receive a year's worth of this terrific magazine.


Bestsellers Café in Medford, Massachusetts, is hosting an event this
Saturday, July 20, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. with authors David V. Herlihy
and Heather Andersen. Herlihy will talk about his books, "Bicycle: The
History" and "The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer
and His Mysterious Disappearance." Andersen, the author of the 2011
book "I Never Intended to Be Brave: A Woman's Bicycle Journey through
Southern Africa," will discuss her bicycle adventures in Africa. After
starting the trip with a riding partner, Heather rode solo, trusting
her intuition and the kindness of strangers. After the author talks,
attendees are invited to take part in a 10-mile ride through the
Middlesex Fells and around Spot Pond (a sturdy touring bike or hybrid
is recommended, due to the nature of the roads). For more information,
click here:  

Before he goes on a long ride, Martyn Ashton practices a warm-up
routine that's a bit different from what most of us do. Have a look:


In 2011, Outdoor Research climber Kyle Dempster, traveling in remote
lands by bicycle with a trailer full of gear, filmed footage that he
edited into the film "The Road from Karakol." Facing uncertainty at
tense military checkpoints and naked raging river crossings, Dempster
used his POV camera to capture his personal video journal, and the
result is 25 minutes of adventure that recently won the 5Point Film
Festival's 2013 Best of the Festival Award. Watch this two-minute
trailer and you'll want to see the other 23 minutes, guaranteed.
Watch the full film on Outdoor Research's blog, Verticulture:


Until next time, if you're getting sweaty on your rides, click on to view a cooling slide show about tackling
northern Ontario's James Bay Winter Road by bicycle. 


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