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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 23, December 4, 2013
This is the 323rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 50,636 other
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information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.


"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and
feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize
fishing is stupid and boring."
--Desmond Tutu


Bike Florida's 20th anniversary spring tour is March 22 – 28. Dubbed
"BF20: The Magical History Tour," the 2014 outing will visit the
legendary Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida, and riders
will even have the opportunity to take a turn on the Daytona Speedway.
There is a two-day and a seven-day option. The seven-day consists
of three riding days and four layover days. The $120 or $405 fee
paid by the 800 registered riders will help fund the activities of
Bike Florida, supporting bicycle education in schools and promoting
bike tourism in the state. 


Please consider giving your friends the gift of Adventure Cycling
membership. Our half-price Holiday Gift program provides you the
opportunity to give gift memberships at half the regular rate. A
year's membership includes nine issues of Adventure Cyclist, the
only U.S. magazine dedicated to bicycle travel and adventure.
Additional benefits for joining include discounts on route maps,
access to guided tours, a wealth of information on touring
domestically and abroad, and much more. Simply join or renew
your own membership, and you can give as many gift memberships
as you want for as little as $20 each. Join at the Patron level
($60) or higher, and we'll also send you the 2014 Adventure
Cycling Calendar, comprised of stunning entries to our photo
contest. See the details here:


Riders belonging to the UK's only extreme unicycling team, Voodoo
Unicycles, have performed across the globe in efforts to raise
awareness for a sport that rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Earlier this year, four team members took a road trip around the
Scottish Highlands. Over rocks and snow, sand and dirt, and
makeshift urban-terrain parks they went (as well as over priceless
castle ruins, which is not an activity we advocate). These guys are
good, and you can watch a video of their exploits at the link
below. The bridge-rail riding scene starting around minute nine
is guaranteed to make your palms sweat.


"We would never have had the successful tour we did if Adventure
Cycling weren't around," said Charles Scott, Adventure Cycling
member who rode the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail this past summer
with his two young children. The Scotts used Adventure Cycling
route maps, viewed our how-to videos, and read the Adventure
Cycling blog for ideas on what to expect. These critical resources
are available only because of the generosity of our members. Donate
today, and not only will you be helping keep the Adventure Cycling
Route Network alive and growing, you'll also be helping us earn a
$100,000 challenge grant. Donations must be received by December
31 to be eligible for the match. Donate more than $100 and you'll
receive a special gift featuring the artwork of Colorado Springs
artist Nard Claar. Full campaign details may be found here: 


Jay Petervary, aka JayP, is the current record holder for the Tour
Divide race that takes place annually on the Great Divide Mountain
Bike Route. Also a keen fat-bike rider and racer, JayP lives in an
area of eastern Idaho that he considers the "Moab of snow riding."
In an effort to show off some of his favorite winter routes, he is
organizing JayP's Backyard Fat Pursuit, featuring 50- and 200-kilometer
rides/races over the groomed snowmobile trails of Island Park, just
west of Yellowstone National Park. The fat-bike fun and anaerobic
frivolity will take place Saturday, March 1. Check it out here:
If you're also a Nordic skier, you might consider hanging around for
a week to participate in the Yellowstone Rendezvous, the premier
cross-country skiing marathon of the northern Rockies.


A lot of cyclists enjoy taking photos and exploring federal lands
like national parks. The official federal recreation lands photo
contest, Share the Experience, provides an opportunity for amateur
photographers to submit photos of the great outdoors on federal
lands and vie for some cool stuff, including a $15,000 grand prize.
The five submission categories include "Adventure and Outdoor
Recreation," "Historical and Cultural," "Scenics, Seasons, and
Landscapes," "Wildlife," and "Let's Move Outside!" Entries will
be accepted through December 31. View the weekly winners and learn
how to enter:


Five Rivers MetroParks is a special park district serving a population
of more than 500,000 in Dayton and greater Montgomery County, Ohio.
Its mission is to protect the region's natural heritage by providing
outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection to nature.
The agency is currently seeking a leader to direct the Outdoor
Connections Department in planning and implementing programs of
environmental and sustainability education, outdoor recreation, and
entertainment. The pay is excellent and negotiable (within a range
of $70,221-$87,526). You can view an approximately 20-minute
presentation describing the position in detail at this link:


Do you, or does someone you know, have any stories to share about
transforming from a bike commuter to long-distance bike traveler?
Carolyn Bys at the Two Wheel Travel blog is looking for bicycle
commuters who are new to bicycle travel. You can reach her via
her blog: 
At the link below, Carolyn muses over the question, "Bike touring
or bike travel. Which one is it? Is there really a difference?"


"Afghan Cycles," a documentary film about the Women's National
Cycling Team of Afghanistan, focuses on four of the team's twelve
members, from their training on hazardous trucking highways to a
typical day in Kabul, and illustrates the gender and social
barriers that the team is breaking, one pedal stroke at a time.
This is an amazing story of independence emerging from a war-torn
country long known as the "Graveyard of Empires." Watch a trailer
for the documentary here:


Until next time, click on to read about a
cross-country cyclist who's not letting the theft of his 25-year-old
bicycle slow him down. 


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