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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 9, May 2, 2013
This is the 309th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 48,270 other
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information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.


"Bikes are a right livelihood."  
--Scot Nicol, founder of Ibis Cycles


"The first issue of Adventure Cyclist produced using the new design
has been printed and will soon be meandering its way through the mail
stream, reaching your mailbox between May 6 and May 9. … We're all
very excited about the future of [the magazine] and we hope you'll be
as thrilled as we are once you've seen it." So begins a piece posted
on the Adventure Cycling blog on Monday by editor Michael Deme. You
can read the rest of it here:  
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Dave and Nancy, natives of Nevada and Oregon respectively, are now
Australians. They write this at their website: "As many expats living
Down Under will tell you, Australia has a way of grabbing on to you;
this year we made it permanent and became Australian citizens." In
celebration of this new status, they're knocking off from work to ride
around their adopted homeland -- and, after that, they plan to continue
on to Asia and Europe. "We expect to live simple lives that will allow
us to continue for two to three years, but we have no set period. We
will just see how we go." You can follow Dave and Nancy's adventures at
their aptly named website: 


"This May, a young woman will stay at home and daydream about a
cross-country bicycle trip she doesn't think will ever really happen.
She knows exploring our country's rich heritage and beautiful landscapes
while pedaling thousands of miles builds determination, self-reliance,
and self-discovery. She knows this would be a life-changing experience.
But her trip will remain a fantasy." Or will it? Perhaps if the young
woman were provided better access to nearby bicycle routes, her dream
could come true. And you can help create designated, signed bicycle
routes connecting front doors throughout America by donating to the
U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). You'll be doing your part to provide
the financial support necessary to develop routes and prepare them for
designation by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials (AASHTO). Read more about it here:


Grand fondos, also known as sportives, long popular in Europe, are
finally catching on in the U.S. "Gran fondos are mass-start cycling
events that fall somewhere on the spectrum between races and casual
century rides, complete with race numbers, aid stations, and course
marshaling," per the VeloNews story at the link below. "Similar to a
marathon, only a few participants toe the start with a realistic chance
at crossing the finish line first, while for others, just completing
the distance is a victory in itself." As explained in the piece, the
sudden boom in gran fondos corresponds to a widespread disillusionment
with bicycle racing's governing bodies, the UCI and USA Cycling. 


Mikael Colville-Andersen is CEO of Copenhagenize, the self-described
"go-to team for cities in all matters relating to bicycle culture,
planning, traffic, and communications." Colville-Andersen tells Business
Insider that "American cities are losing out on significant financial
benefits" because they are failing to embrace cycling culture. And
it's not all the cities' fault. Another part of the problem, he
argues, is that many outspoken advocates for bicycling in the U.S.
are overly intense cyclists, who risk scaring off more casual riders.
Via the link below, you can access the entire story, titled "Here's
What Americans Don't Get About Cycling -- And Why It's A Problem."
Read it and see if you agree with Mikael's opinions.


A member named Jerrol from Cantonsville, Maryland, wrote to recommend
a blog titled 'The Sportswool Diaries: Cherry Picking the Nicest Places
in the World to Cycle.' "My wife and I met Warren Sanders (from Scotland)
and his wife Esther Tacke (from Germany) while cycling in New Zealand
in 2011," Jerrol wrote. "After completing their three-month, figure-eight
tour of New Zealand, Warren and Esther flew to Los Angeles in May 2011
to begin six months of cycle touring in the U.S." And there's more: The
couple has also toured in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany,
Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar,
and China. "I find that their blog is entertaining and educational," Jerrol
added, "providing some of the best armchair traveling that I have ever
experienced. I believe Warren's writing is on par with that of Willie Weir,
who I also greatly enjoy." (In closing, Jerrol assured us that he has no
financial interest in Esther and Warren's blog.) 


Adventure Cycling Association is hosting two special regional gatherings
in Charleston, South Carolina (May 12), and Savannah, Georgia (May 16).
Executive Director Jim Sayer will be on hand at both events as he
cycles from Charleston to St. Augustine, Florida, with his daughter
on an Adventure Cycling tour. Join Jim and other kindred cycling souls
for refreshments and to hear the latest North American bike travel and
cycling news -- including updates on Adventure Cycling's work on
Bicycle Route 66, the new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, and
information from the national advocacy front. At the Charleston event,
slated for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Granville's, you'll also hear from
Charleston Moves Director Tom Bradford on the progress on the Battery2Beach
Route, and Coastal Cyclists' President Ben Gruber on local riding
opportunities. In Savannah, Jim will be joined by the Savannah Bicycle
Campaign at The Creative Coast in downtown, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please
RSVP at or (406) 532-2751 by May 9 for the
Charleston gathering, or by May 13 for Savannah. You can also learn
more at the links below; others may call or email for additional


Peter L. Bower of Phoenix has been on board with Adventure Cycling
Association since its Bikecentennial beginnings -- as a member, tour
leader, and supporter. Inspired by the mention of Jay Anderson's
eBook about his 1976 TransAm ride here at Bike Bits (December 5, 2012),
Peter got down to the business of e-booking his own journals. The three
titles he has published are: 'Arizona Deserts to Maine Woods,' 'Glory
Days,' and 'Riding North Star.' "'Glory Days: Remembering the
Bikecentennial Summer of 1976' will perhaps be the most interesting to
members," Peter said, "particularly for those who rode during the
Bikecentennial summer." Peter's books are available for free at the
iTunes Store via these links:


Until next time … click on to read some
inspiring words from outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. 

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