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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 4, February 20, 2013
This is the 304th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 47,505 other
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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.


"Riding trails with your dog restores a bond lost in some evolutionary
belch. You travel at the same speed, over the same terrain, neither of
you slowing to compensate for the other. You're equal playmates with
mud in your teeth."   
--Allison Glock 


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the following on October 12, 2012:
"Groundbreaking for the final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage
(GAP) trail through Sandcastle Waterpark and the neighboring Keystone
Metals property will be at noon today, officials announced. When
construction is finished in the spring, the trail will extend from
Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, where it meets the C&O Towpath
to complete a continuous 370-mile trail link from Pittsburgh to
Washington, D.C." We now hear from our sources in that neck of the
woods that plans are brewing for a big bash at Point State Park in
Pittsburgh on June 15, celebrating the GAP's completion. "Bike rides,
ribbon cuttings, and unveilings will be announced soon; stay tuned!"
said Paul G. Wiegman, treasurer of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, in
an email to Bike Bits. You can stay tuned on the alliance's website: 


As last year drew to a close, so did 2012 Share the Joy, our raffle
promotion designed to encourage members to share Adventure Cycling
Association with their friends and riding companions. In addition to
the monthly prizes distributed, we drew a big winner at the end of
the year for a new bicycle. The 2012 grand-prize winner was John
Christensen, an eight-year member from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Though
the official prize was a Giant Rapid 1 fitness/commuter bike, John
opted to apply that model's value as a credit to upgrade to his dream
ride, a Giant Advanced Zero road racer. "I'm very excited about
winning Share the Joy," John said. "Winning the Rapid 1 gave me the
ability to purchase the bicycle I wanted, which otherwise would have
been out of my price range." John's local dealer in Idaho Falls,
Bill's Bike Shop, worked with Giant to coordinate the upgrade. His
new bike will be arriving in a few weeks, and John is excited to
break it out in May for STOKR, the Scenic Tour of the Kootenai
River, in Libby, Montana. Meanwhile, we'd like to encourage you
to Share the Joy in 2013; prize sponsors this year include Ortlieb,
Old Man Mountain, Arkel, and Raleigh Bicycles, among others. Visit
the link below to learn more. 
One of the three ways to get entered in the 2013 Share the Joy prize
drawings is to send a friend a free copy of Adventure Cyclist
magazine. You can do that right here, right now: 
One more reminder, while we're talking members: We'd like to hear
from you all, by way of our 2013 Annual Member Survey. Please take
ten minutes to fill out the survey, tell us what you have enjoyed
about Adventure Cycling Association's services, and let us know how
we can improve. The results of the survey will help guide the future
of your organization. 


The San Antonio Wheelmen bicycle club presents the 40th Annual Easter
Hill Country Tour (EHCT) on Easter weekend, March 29-31. All rides will
start and end on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.
Advance publicity promises that the event will "enable bicyclists to
experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country while
enjoying three days of the best riding Texas has to offer. Quiet,
well-paved country roads, challenging terrain, and panoramic scenery
have made the EHCT one of the premier bicycle events in the state."
Several route choices are available each day; the crowning ride is
the 100-mile route on Saturday. All rides are fully supported, with
rest/replenishment stops every 12 to 15 miles. A Saturday evening
Mexican buffet at Kerrville's beautiful YO Ranch Hotel will also
feature live music and drawings for prizes. Register by February 28
and you'll be entered in an advanced drawing for three free nights
at the hotel during the ride (March 28, 29, and 30). 


Climate Ride California and its East Coast counterpart, a ride from
New York City to Washington, D.C., are billed as the only multi-day
charitable bicycling events that support organizations working toward
a sustainable future. Last year, Adventure Cycling joined the Climate
Ride beneficiaries list for the California ride and received a $2,962
grant, thanks to fundraising efforts by Climate Ride participants. This
year, the organization is poised to benefit from both the Climate Ride
California in May, and September's NYC to D.C. ride. You can help us
meet our $15,000 fundraising goal by signing up to ride as part of
Adventure Cycling's team. Registration is $75, and each participant
is expected to raise $2,400 to ride in the five-day event. Those who
raise funds and designate Adventure Cycling as a beneficiary will
directly support our nonprofit mission and programs, specifically
the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Click on the link
below to learn more about the rides:
If you're interested in joining our team, sign up early, because spots
will go fast! Visit this page to learn more and join our team now:


Tiny Ovando, Montana, sits right along the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail
and the Great Divide route, where it serves as an important resupply
stop for bicyclists tackling these long-distance rides. It's also
on the route of several popular Montana road rides. And they do love
cyclists in Ovando!  


One more reminder: Adventure Cycling's first ever Bicycle Travel
Video Contest is open for submissions through February 28. We're
accepting videos in three categories: Best Long Distance Tour Video,
Best Bike Overnight Video, and Best Portrait of a Touring Cyclist.
Click on the link below to check out the rules and submission process
for the contest, which we're running in partnership with WorldCycle
Videos, a bike-touring video group on Vimeo: 
You can cast votes for the People's Choice selections by 'liking' your
favorite videos that have already been submitted to the contest. You'll
have to create a free Vimeo account, which is quick, but, be forewarned:
There are some tough contenders in this contest. 


For years, the Willis United Methodist Church in Varina, Virginia, has
served as an important stop along the eastern reaches of the TransAmerica
Bicycle Trail. "It's been a really interesting part of our ministry,"
Rev. Mark Rooks, pastor of the church, told reporter Bill Lohmann of
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "Churches are blessed to be able to serve
people, and we do that in all kinds of ways. We serve these people by
offering them hospitality." Read the entire story here:
The congregation would like to add shower facilities for cyclists,
but doing so is an expensive proposition. So, the Virginia Bicycle
Federation has jumped into action, kicking off a "shower fund" to prime
the pump and help get the water flowing. Learn how you can help at
this link: 


Fat Bike February is still going strong. Check out this week's Bike
Overnights story by Adventure Cycling cartographer and adventurer
extraordinaire Casey Greene. It's titled "West Fork Butte Lookout: An
Overnight in the Sky."
We're also sharing fatbike photos on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter;
check them out and share your own images, tagging them with #fatbikefeb.
For a peek at what we've been posting, check out our Instagram page:


Until next time … click on to watch a black-and-white
film clip of a snow-bike ride amidst a snowball fight in 1897 Lyon, France. 
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