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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 6, March 20, 2013
This is the 306th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 47,825 other
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information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.


"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels."  
--Heinz Stucke, on the road touring since 1962


Join Adventure Cycling Association, Swift Industries, and the Bicycle
Alliance of Washington tonight (March 20), from 7 to 9 p.m., for a
special gathering at Swift Industries' sweet location in the Ballard
neighborhood of Seattle. You'll meet kindred cycling souls and learn
the latest about bike travel and cycling in North America from Executive
Director Jim Sayer, including info about Adventure Cycling's work on
the new Bicycle Route 66, Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, and
the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Food and drink will be provided, including
suds from nearby Peddler Brewing Company. (Heads up Northern Californians:
Jim knows the way to San Jose by heart, and he'll be visiting there on
April 16 for a meet-and-greet hosted by the Almaden Cycle Touring Club,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More info to come, but mark your calendars now!) More
Seattle details here:
Another topic Jim will cover at both gatherings is the national advocacy
scene, having just returned from the National Bike Summit in Washington,
DC. Read about his "5 Quick Takeaways" from the conference here:


August 17 may seem like a long way off, but you know how time flies.
You can fly, too, on the downhills, anyway, by participating in the
Blue Ridge Breakaway, an annual ride supporting the activities of the
Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, and representing the towns of
Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton, and Clyde. Four
distance options are available, from the 24-mile Rabbit (elevation
gain, 1,200 feet) to the 105-mile Hawk (elevation gain, 10,000 feet!).
Go here to learn more:


Adventure Cycling's Tours Department is having a banner year, with a
whole bunch of trips already filled to capacity. Several tours coming
up in June still have space available, however, including Cycle Utah,
June 8-14 (from St. George through the national parks of southwest
Utah); Bar Harbor Maine Inn-to-Inn, June 8-15 (a loop out of Bangor);
Cape Cod Pilgrimage, June 15-22  (begins and ends in Plymouth,
Massachusetts); Great Lakes Inn-to-Inn, June 15-25 (a loop out of
Petoskey, Michigan); Cycle the Gorge, June 22-29 (beginning and
ending in Gresham, Oregon); and the Freedom Flyer, June 26 - July
4 (begins and ends in Washington, DC). For more information on these
tours and the full list of 2013 trips, visit our tours page.


Mike Haddorff, executive director of Christ in the Rockies, wrote to
tell us that he is organizing a weeklong father-son adventure on the
Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, July 20-27. The eight-day trip will
cover 228 miles in northern Colorado, beginning at the Wyoming border.
"The route is made up mostly of dirt road, and some paved, mountain
pass riding … characterized by remoteness, thin air, and beautiful
scenery," Mike said. Bingo. Click here to initiate a day-by-day
description of the route, and to sign up:


By becoming an Adventure Cycling Member Club or Member Shop, you'll
have a connection to the more than 46,000 members of North America's
largest recreational cycling association (and largest cycling nonprofit
of any kind). Our members are not merely cyclists; they are some of
the most dedicated and active users of two-wheeled transportation in
America. They also tend to be pretty darn nice, fun-loving people. 
Club membership info: 
Shop membership info:


Can a bicycle be made out of a junked car? It sure looks like it. Watch
But wait, there's more! Now, out of New Zealand, comes the Akwakat,
conceived and built by a bunch of self-described "guys who love
cycling and adventure, who have combined the two to develop and
produce a product that truly takes cycling off road. The Akwakat
converts a conventional mountain bike into a streamlined and agile
watercraft, and because it's designed by cyclists for cyclists, it's
no resort toy; it's built for adventure!" To date, Akwakats have shipped
to fourteen countries, including the U.S. and Canada. To see the boys
pedaling with the dolphins and more, click here:


A member named Dave in Iowa City wrote to tell us about an experience
spawned by a piece in this newsletter, then serendipitously resurrected
through a recent story in Adventure Cyclist magazine: "My wife and I
followed up on a July 7, 2010, Bike Bits notice entitled CYCLE
MACEDONIA 2010. Two months later, we finished our tour, the same
Cycle Macedonia tour as described in your February 2013 Adventure
Cyclist magazine. Our 2010 trip was the inaugural Peace Corps-assisted,
eight-day Cycle Macedonia tour. When we arrived in Krusevo, we met the
Peace Corp tour leaders Sara and Jamie. Zoki (Zoran Grozdanovski in
your article), a young "director" of Cycle Macedonia, eagerly
participated in all aspects of the tour and provided a valuable
Macedonian historical and cultural reference. Christine, pictured
at the beginning of your article, was then the newest Peace Corp
volunteer. From periodic contact with our 2010 tour directors, we
knew that the Cycle Macedonia tours were still active, but I didn't
expect that reading the article would have such a fantastic déjà vu
effect on me. The descriptions put me back in the saddle with the same
big smile I had every day of our trip. I would encourage everyone to
consider the Cycle Macedonia tour." Current members: In case you cannot
find the story to which Dave refers, you can download a PDF of the February
issue after creating a My Adventure Cycling account here:


Cycle the Sierra, slated for June 22-26, is a fully supported, five-day
ride in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. The 300-mile
loop takes in lofty peaks of granite, aromatic evergreen forests, and
alpine hot springs; the route visits the Lake Tahoe area, along with
the California Gold Rush country. Nights will be spent under the stars.
Funds raised via rider registration fees will go toward a different
regional nonprofit organization committed to conservation, recreation,
or community outreach each day.


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