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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 24, December 18, 2013
This is the 324th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 50,739 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.


"Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish
in a bay." 
--P. Martin Scott


"Pedaling a bicycle across the United States is the equivalent of
a graduate degree in American Studies, only you'll be in better
shape than when you started." That's how Rich Landers, longtime
outdoors reporter for the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper,
begins his December 3 "Outdoors" blog post. Rich pedaled across
the country during the Bikecentennial summer of 1976. Now, 37 years
later, his daughter Hillary has done the same thing at the same age.
She and her riding companion bicycled from San Francisco to San
Diego, then eastward to Florida by way of the Southern Tier Bicycle
Route. The story linked below includes Rich's post as well as a piece
by Hillary, who writes about how she discovered the innate goodness
of people during her adventure.


The Adventure Cycling Bicycle Travel Awards celebrate the individuals
and groups who make bicycle travelers' adventures better or possible.
The 2013 Braxton Bicycle Shop Award goes to Lizardhead Cyclery (owned
by Nicholas Jones) of Dolores, Colorado; the June Curry Trail Angel
Award winners are Meagan and Clark Baldwin and Carmina and Rodney
Suter of Newton, Kansas; the recipient of the 2013 Pacesetter Bicycle
Travel Award is Chris Kegel of Hales Corners, Wisconsin; and the
Volunteer of the Year award goes to Bruce Porter of Austin, Texas.
Read a blog post about these deserving individuals:


Lois Turco wrote to tell us about "A C&O Canal Bike Journey, From
Towpath to Town," which will take place June 15 – 18, 2014. Covering
65 miles of the C&O Canal towpath over four riding days, the leisurely
pace will leave plenty of time for adventurers of all ages to discover
the towns along the towpath and all they have to offer. Historic
tours, street parties, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and more
will highlight the off-trail amenities and activities that are right
at hand. "As part of U.S. Bike Route 50, the C&O Canal National
Historical Park welcomes over a million cyclists a year," Lois wrote.
"This Bike Journey is one way for cyclists to experience our towns
and learn more about our culture and heritage while recreating in
a region of historic significance." The sponsoring Canal Towns
Partnership is a development consortium involving the communities
of Cumberland, Brunswick, Hancock, Harpers Ferry, Point of Rocks,
Sharpsburg, Shepherdstown, and Williamsport. 


As you probably know, the Bikecentennial summer of '76 celebrates
its 40th anniversary in 2016. In preparation for the festivities,
we are collecting ideas for events and projects, and quotes, memories,
and photos from cyclists showing how bicycle travel or Adventure
Cycling has impacted their lives. You can submit your ideas, photos,
and stories on our new Tumblr page, linked below, or email them to We'd love to see some then-and-now
photos. If you have a great image from a tour that took place years
ago, email it to us, or submit it to Tumblr with a photo from a more
recent tour. Please include captions or stories and a photo credit
with your submissions. You must, of course, have permission to use
the images. We can't wait to see what you send in! Look for yours,
and others' memories on our Tumblr page: 


Quest, a leadership development program at Bloomsburg University of
Pennsylvania, has been in operation since the early 1970s. Quest
offers educational adventure courses, mostly at the beginner and
intermediate level, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United
States, as well as in Africa, South America, Central America, and
Europe. Among their current offerings is a four-part, multi-year
ride on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Each year, participants
complete a section of the route. In the first year, the group rode
the Montana portion of the route. 2014 will feature part of the Great
Divide in Wyoming. Learn more here: 


The Copenhagen Wheel bike booster is designed to turn a regular bike
into a smart electric hybrid. The wheel features a regenerative
braking system that charges the unit when the rider is going downhill.
"Riders are given a boost relative to their effort they pedal, instead
of using a throttle," says their website. "This preserves the normal
biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and
easier." As the rider pedals harder, like when going uphill, the
wheel will also push with increasing power. By using a smartphone
with the Superpedestrian app, riders can vary the level of powered
assist. It sounds complicated, but looks simple. Have a gander here:


Every year, thousands of people take advantage of Adventure Cycling's
maps, how-to videos, informative blog posts, and more to help plan
their bicycle travels. Please help us meet a challenge grant of
$100,000 so that we may inspire and empower even more people to
travel by bicycle in 2014. Click on the link below where your gift
will be matched either 1:1 or 2:1. 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.  


Pittsburgh Bike Share is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization responsible
for bringing bike share to the Pittsburgh region. The organization
is currently seeking a highly motivated executive director who will
organize and oversee the creation of the bike-share system. The
successful candidate will be a professional who is passionate about
urban mobility and the positive impact a bike-share program can have
on a community. He or she will provide leadership for fundraising,
planning, and implementation of tasks necessary to launch the program
in 2014. Here's the link to a PDF of the entire job description:


Adventure Cyclist contributor Willie Weir has managed to reclaim
the publishing rights for his book "Spokesongs." Consequently, it
is now up on Amazon as an e-book. "I'd like to donate all the
proceeds from digital sales to Adventure Cycling through the end
of the year," Willie said. So, what are you waiting for? The Kindle
price is just $3.99. You can buy it for yourself or as a gift for
others. You'll find the gift link at the upper right-hand corner
of the page.


Until next time, click on and to read about a couple of new bikepacking


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