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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 14, July 16, 2014
This is the 338th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 52,795 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.


"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe." 
--Anatole France


What happens when a lawyer of more than 25 years switches gears to become the director of a multi-day, statewide bicycle tour? In Kim True's case it means, among other things, that she's helping to economically develop small towns in Maine that are off the beaten tourist path. In an interview conducted by Edward D. Murphy, staff writer with the Portland Press Herald, True says: "In each community, we try to tell a story about Maine, from the Maine summer colony experience to our summer camp experience; and, through that, people from throughout the country are able to learn new things about the state." Read the interview here: 


Looking for places to bicycle? The Adventure Cycling Route Network encompasses more than 42,000 mapped miles of carefully chosen back roads, byways, and bike trails with routes offered for both road and mountain bike touring. The best bicycle-touring maps available, Adventure Cycling maps feature turn-by-turn directions, service directories, elevation profiles, and more. Choose from classic cross-country routes like the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, Southern Tier, and Northern Tier, or from shorter loop routes like Washington Parks and the new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route. Request a free map catalog today and start planning your next cycling adventure tomorrow: 


What do Austin, Boulder, and Jackson Hole have in common? According to USA TODAY, they're members of the select group named by the newspaper as the country's 10 Best Cities for Biking. What are the other seven? Click the link below to find out, and note that one of them was chosen in part because the TransAm Trail goes through the area. 


Pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Joliet, Tennessee, left home on July 13, intending to ride more than 3,000 miles to San Diego in just ten days' time. "We're known for doing some outlandish things for the community," Locke recently told reporter Andy Humbles of The Tennessean, "and this year the church is in need, so I said ‘The biggest thing I've ever attempted is going to be for you guys.' The biggest concern is sleep deprivation. You can train to ride, but you can't train for sleep deprivation." The parishioner who alerted Bike Bits to Locke's undertaking had this to add: "The ride is to raise money for the church, which is in serious need of upgrades. What I am asking for are people who will ride with Pastor Locke. He has an escort vehicle, but he'll be pedaling alone and I thought if I could reach out to some people in each state, that maybe we could find some folks willing to ride a few miles with him and lend encouragement along the way." Here's the link to the newspaper story, in which you'll also find a link to the Epic14 website, where Locke's progress can be monitored: 


Yesterday was July 15th, which marked the open-to-submissions period for the 2014 Adventure Cycling Bicycle Travel Awards. This nationally recognized awards program acknowledges exemplary contributions to the success of bicycle travel, in the form of the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Braxton Bicycle Shop Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer of the Year Award. Read all about it here: 
We also recently launched the first-ever Pack Your Panniers Contest on Pinterest. The first-place prize? A set of Arkel Kargo rear panniers! Click here to learn how to enter: 


A reader named Stan wrote Bike Bits to tell us that he and his wife are members of Warm Showers who have hosted several people over the years. "Yesterday we received a call from Nick, asking if we could host him for the evening," wrote Stan. "What a story he had to tell! Nick has a long, emotional trip ahead of him as he rides from Portland, Oregon, to New York City over the next two months. Perhaps you would like to include his story in the next issue." Indeed we would, and here's the link to a piece about Nick from his hometown newspaper (you'll find his website URL at the end of the story):


Interested in bike travel and tourism, and also enjoy hanging out with folks who love to plan and do bike trips, from big events to small tours? Then consider heading down to San Diego November 5-8 for the 2014 National Bicycle Tourism Conference. Co-sponsored by Adventure Cycling, the conference will feature a host of great speakers, including Velo Quebec CEO Suzanne Lareau; Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and chairman of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; and Pat Cunnane, CEO of Advanced Sports International, which handles various bicycle brands including Fuji, Kestrel, and Breezer. Also on tap are informative workshops, group bike rides, and parties with folks who love to talk bicycle travel, including Adventure Cycling's executive director Jim Sayer, tours director Arlen Hall, and travel initiatives director Ginny Sullivan. Click for more information and to sign up: 


As you are probably aware, Adventure Cycling Association is a big proponent of the two- and three-day bike tour concept, believing that a handful of days out on the road or trail will, in many instances, lead to bigger and even better adventures. The story linked below is not one of our own tales of bike overnighting adventure, but it captures the spirit of the quick, close-to-home tour so well: 
You can, of course, read dozens of other bike overnight stories here, including this week's piece about a camping trip within the borders of New York City: 


The link below takes you to a compelling photo gallery of portraits of the individuals who this summer have ridden the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route as fast as they could. As you will see, the faces look haggard, hopeful, hairy, happy … even heroic. 


Once viewed as a means for the poor Vietnamese farmer or student to get from point A to point B, "the increasing popularity of high-end, imported sports bicycles marks a new chapter in the status of the push-bike." This from a story in the Bangkok Post, which goes on to explain that Hanoi alone now boasts between 40 and 50 bicycles shops, compared to only three or four just three years ago, and absolutely none in the 1970s and '80s. Learn more about the past and present of cycling in Vietnam:


Until next time, click on to see Rachel jumping up and down, and to learn how much she needs your help on Climate Ride Midwest, coming up in early September. 


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