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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 15, August 7, 2013
This is the 315th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 49,293 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.


"On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents
and a few days later I decided to cycle to India. 
--Dervla Murphy, author of "Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a
Bicycle" (1965) 


If you're a member of Adventure Cycling Association you're well aware
that nine times a year Adventure Cyclist magazine lands in your mailbox.
By renewing your membership you also support our mission to inspire and
empower people to travel by bicycle. Now you can inspire your friends
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You've heard of Dancercise, Jazzercise, and, if you're old enough,
Aerobicise and Jane Fonda-cise. You've seen Tony Horton's P90X
infomercials. But have you heard of the exercise pill? What might
this mean for bicycle touring?


"Are you up for a four-day charity cycling challenge in the breathtaking
Kosovan countryside?" Hannah Forbes-George, who works for a British
charity called Hope and Aid Direct, contacted Bike Bits to tell us about
this event happening in May 2014. "It's taking place in Kosovo because
the charity is focused on delivering humanitarian aid to Kosovan
families who are still struggling as a result of the war in the 1990s.
In order to recruit cyclists, I am reaching out … to see if we can
drive more interest to the challenge website where the cyclists
register. The event is suitable for any competent cyclist." According
to their website, Hope and Aid Direct organized the successful Solent
Coasts Cycling Challenge in the UK. The organizers intend to combine
that experience with their knowledge of Kosovo, to create this new
event. Learn more here:  


"Australian [sheep] shearer's bicycles, which came into use in the
late 1890s, were more than a form of efficient transportation. When
it rained hard and the sheep were too wet to shear, work-horse
bicycles became racing bikes. Races for shearers were organized
events at local race tracks. Shearers would traverse vast distances
on dusty outback tracks over thousands of kilometers, sometimes
across more than one state. Most days, the bicycle was the means to
get to the shearing shed nearest home and back each day." Click on
the link below for photos and more information on this fascinating


For something a bit newer, but going on 40 years old, check out this
slide show from a group of Dutch riders who participated in the
Bikecentennial cross-country ride in 1976. For those who were there,
it will provide a dose of nostalgia. For those who weren't … the
scenes might appear almost as primitive as the sheep shearer shots.


Diane Lees from the Outspoken Cyclist radio program invites all
cyclists to check out the show. "The Outspoken Cyclist is the only
weekly on-air radio show about bicycling. The show is 100 percent
volunteer. We will start our fourth season in September!" Diane
added that Adventure Cycling's media director, Winona Bateman, and
Adventure Cyclist editor Mike Deme have been regular guests on her
Interbike editions the past two years. Here's the link to the
September 2012 Interbike show:
According to Diane, listeners have been downloading about 8,000 to
10,000 podcasts per month!


Question: What has four actors, four bicycles, 40 roles, and 926 miles
to go? Answer: The Handlebards. We absolutely love this story and bet
you will too.


The Hoosic River Ride, coming up Saturday, August 24, is a beloved
community event that helps support the Hoosic River watershed of
northwest Massachusetts and adjacent regions of Vermont and New York.
This year's rendition, the ninth annual, starts at the Williamstown
Youth Center and will offer five new scenic route options. They
include a century ride following mostly secondary roads with
terrific views, intriguing historic sites, and plenty of river-
and streamside pedaling. Rest stops and a post-ride picnic are also
part of the fun.
Watch a video of a portion of the route here: 

Until next time, click on to read a story about
a cyclist and a big, bad wolf. 


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