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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 19, October 2, 2013
This is the 319th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 50,042 other
readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
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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 these trips, we get a nice, self-selected clientele of
interesting people who want to talk about something other than
what gear they use."
--Heather Reid of CycleItalia


The quote above is from the Bicycling magazine story linked
below. If you like cycling, food, wine, bucolic countryside,
quaint villages … well, after reading this piece, you're going
to want to visit the Piedmont ("foot of the mountains") region
of Italy.


Click on the link below to view a video of Newton Bike Shop (Kansas)
owner James Barringer. He and his staff sell used bikes, service
bikes of any style, and cater to cross-country riders tackling the
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, whose numbers James has seen explode
since he graduated from Newton High School in the 1980s. "I heard
through the grapevine that a place called Farmington, Missouri, was
the number-one stop on the TransAmerica Trail," James says in the
video, "and I don't like that. I want it to be Newton." What he's
doing to cater to TransAm riders is quite amazing. Riders have full
access to the shop and its tools free of charge, there's a "bicycle
bathroom" with a bike-wash station, and free bottled water is
provided courtesy of Newton's Bethel College. James even gives
riders a key to the place so they can come and go as they please
after closing hours and is working on establishing a free touring
cyclist "motel" above his shop. The business joined as an Adventure
Cycling bike shop member this year. Check out the video!
Learn more about the TransAm:


Remember last time we reported that we needed a little more than
a hundred new Bike Bits subscribers to hit the 50,000 mark, and
asked you to help spread the word? It happened -- we're at 50,042
and still growing. Thank you! And, if you haven't done so already,
please invite your cycling friends to subscribe by sharing this link:


The Adventure Cycling 2014 Calendar is now available, and it's a
stunner. You'll receive a free calendar by joining Adventure Cycling
at the Patron, Supporting, Benefactor, or Life Member level. Click
this link to learn more: 
Alternatively, you can simply purchase the calendar through our
online store:
The calendar is comprised of photographs submitted to Adventure
Cycling's annual photo contest. The Fifth Annual Bicycle Travel
Photo Contest is open for submissions now, and will remain so
through November 30. Learn how to submit your photos:


According to the graph shown in this short article from Bicycle
Retailer and Industry News, the percentage of commutes made by
bicycle in the U.S. in 2012 varied greatly from state to state.
The high was Oregon at 2.47 percent, while Arkansas came in at
the bottom, with 0.08 percent. Overall in 2012, the U.S. saw an
increase in bicycle commutes of almost 10 percent over 2011.


Adventure Cycling member Ken Carr of Holtsville, New York, contacted
Bike Bits to tell us about a ride he plans to undertake with a
friend next year. "I am a disabled veteran with a traumatic brain
injury," Ken wrote. "On April 30, 2014, I will begin riding my
bicycle across the country in order to help raise the money needed
for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to build nine state-of-the-art
special treatment centers for veterans with traumatic brain injuries
and PTSD. … We are paying for our trip equipment and expenses
ourselves, so every dollar we raise will go directly to the Intrepid
Fallen Heroes Fund to help build these badly needed facilities. We
will be going from Long Island, New York, to Long Beach, California."
Adventure Cycling is supporting the You Matter Bike Tour through the
donation of maps.     


Executive Director Jim Sayer will be in Georgia later this month
for two big events -- and you're invited! On the evening of Monday,
October 21, at 7:00 pm, there will be an Adventure Cycling regional
gathering co-hosted by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta and the Atlanta
Bicycle Coalition at Urban Oasis B&B in central Atlanta. Enjoy
free snacks and beverages, hear about the latest news on biking
and bike travel in North America, and meet kindred spirits from
all over the Atlanta area. On Saturday, October 19, in Roswell,
just north of Atlanta, Jim will present a keynote speech at the
Georgia Bike Summit, sponsored by Georgia Bikes.
Learn more and RSVP to the regional gathering:
Learn more about the Georgia Bike Summit:


These guys definitely need to learn how to lighten up. Just
kidding! Watch this and try not to smile.


Among the approximately one dozen films set to screen at this week's
San Diego Film Festival is "Ride With Larry," which, "puts a human
face on the day-to-day fight against Parkinson's through the story
of Larry Smith, a retired police captain, now beloved small-town
baker. After twenty years with Parkinson's, Larry attempts to ride
300 miles across his home state, South Dakota, with the support of
his family and community to show the power of keeping your body
active and mind positive. … Larry and his wife Betty refuse to be
defined by his diagnosis, proving that sometimes the best cure is
living life to its fullest." The festival begins today, October 2,
and runs through Sunday, October 6. "Ride with Larry" screens at
3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the ArcLight Theater, 4425 La Jolla
Village Drive, San Diego.


Until next time, click on to read a nice
New York Times story titled "3 Favorite Journeys on a Bike." 


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