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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 7, April 2, 2014
This is the 331st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 52,562 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.


"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no
path and leave a trail." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (not to be taken literally by mountain bikers,


Kelly O'Brien Koerner, community relations coordinator for the Hays
Area Children's Center (HACC) in Kansas, wrote Bike Bits to share her
excitement for the new Bike Hays Master Plan, which she says "will
be a wonderful community bicycle route. Ellis County is my home,
and I'm proud to share what we have to offer bicycle enthusiasts.
Our HACC 26th Annual Rope 'em Ride, coming up May 3rd will be
promoting the new Bike Hays Master Plan and Pete Felten's historical
sculptures in Ellis County. Riders can spend the night at HACC
on May 2." Learn more here:


The Routes and Mapping staff at Adventure Cycling have launched a
program aimed at improving our digital navigation offerings. They
will be testing out the following digital data and maps that can
be used on GPS or mobile devices: 1) GPX tracks, which offers a
clear representation of Adventure Cycling routes and can be followed
with little or no processing after downloading from our library;
and 2) digital copies of our popular paper maps tagged with their
geographic location. On compatible GPS and mobile devices, you'll
be able to see your location on the maps. Testing of these new
digital products is slated to begin on the Northern Tier route
this spring. If you're interested in helping out, and you own a
mobile device or GPS unit less than five years old, check out
the GeoPoints Bulletin blog post linked below. There you can
learn more about the program and also apply to be a tester.


"On Feb. 28, Lesly Jones and 10 other women left New York's Washington
Square Park. They arrived at the U.S. Capitol on March 3 and then
rolled to the National Bike Summit at the Renaissance Hotel. They
were a mix of DC and New York cyclists, all committed to showing
the power of the wheel." The Washington Post story linked below
tells the story of the eleven women who were inspired by a similar trip
undertaken in 1928 by five female African American college friends.
According to the Post article, details of this unique adventure were
discovered in the mid-1990s by a Washington historian working on
her PhD dissertation. All in all, a very cool story:


The slogan for Adventure Cycling's fully supported Cycle Montana,
Cycle Divide Montana, Cycle Washington, and Oregon Coast Loop tours
might as well be, "we do everything for you except pedal your bike."
All four tours feature fabulous food prepared by our outstanding
caterers. Check out these and other fully supported tours here: 
Do you have a youngster or two that you'd like to turn on to bicycle
touring? Then Family Fun Minnesota or Family Fun Idaho might be your
perfect choice for this summer. 


The Central Vermont Cycling Tour, slated for June 22, is a "great
dirt-road ride for a good cause." Beginning at Morse Farm Sugarworks
in East Montpelier, riders on the supported ride will follow
beautiful, low-traffic dirt roads past farms and lakes and through
woods and historic towns. Food stops along the way, as well as the
all-you-can eat lunch finale, will feature food from local restaurants,
farms, bakeries, and cheese producers. Options include an easy 13-mile
loop, a 33-mile intermediate loop, and a challenging 60-mile ride
that offers a total of 6,000 feet of climbing. The event celebrates
the memory of Dave Blumenthal, the Montpelier cyclist who was killed
while participating in the 2010 Tour Divide. More information: 


As we enter the spring riding season, consider giving a friend or
family member the gift of two-wheeled wanderlust: A membership in
Adventure Cycling Association. Not only will the recipient receive
nine annual issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine, they will also be
entitled to discounts on Adventure Cycling maps, discounts from our
affiliated partners, and more. And for each gift membership you
give, you'll be entered once into our Share the Joy campaign, earning
the chance to win great prizes. This year's grand prize is a 27.5
Novara Ponderosa mountain bike from REI. The more gift memberships
you give, the greater your chances of winning!
Whether or not you're already a member, if you live in the Willamette
Valley region of Oregon, you might want to catch media specialist
Michael McCoy next week at an REI near you. Mac will be holding
events at REI stores in Eugene (April 15), Portland (April 16), and
Clackamas (April 17), to talk about and sign copies of edition two
of "Cycling the Great Divide." If you're interested in attending
any of these get-togethers, sign up below.  


Dana Zed is a 58-year-old single mom. "When I was 21," said Dana, "I
biked self-supported from San Francisco to Washington DC. In 2012, my
two teenagers and I left Eugene, Oregon, and biked self-supported to
Boise, Idaho. My daughter and I continued to Evanston, Wyoming, where
we quit because the Colorado fires and other wildfires were too much.
After that, I biked from Seattle to Oakland alone and self-supported.
This summer my kids and I are flying into Salt Lake City to bike the
Rockies. I write a blog about all this. It's true, funny, and has
good photos. From the feedback I get, it seems like other people
would be interested in the blog, especially middle-aged and older
folks who can accomplish more than they think they can." Judge for


"London designer Michael Embacher caught the cycling bug about 10
years ago, when he traded his car for a pedal-powered commute. He
fell in love with the bicycle's clean, efficient design, and it
transformed his life and health. More than 200 bicycles later,
Embacher boasts an impressive collection of two-wheeled works of
art." The November-December 2011 issue of Sierra magazine goes on
to describe Embacher's book, "Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle
Design," as a compendium of photos and descriptions of 100 of his
favorite bicycles from the collection. Seven of them are featured
in a slide show at the Sierra site, and they truly are sights to


Until next time, click on to
learn about stroke survivor Dan Zimmerman's courageous cross-country
ride on a recumbent trike. 


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