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Bike Bits Vol. 15, No. 16, August 21, 2013
This is the 316th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 49,391 other
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bicycle adventures.


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but
in having new eyes." 
--Marcel Proust


Considering an epic adventure in 2014? Now is the time to sign up with
Adventure Cycling! With reintroduced tours like the North Star and
Northern Tier, as well as classic favorites such as the TransAm,
Pacific Coast, and Southern Tier, there are more options for epic
adventures than ever before. Or are you just looking to begin touring?
We're offering a new Introduction to Dirt Touring course in addition
to our traditional Introduction to Road Touring courses in Florida, Oregon,
Virginia, and Wisconsin. We also have a host of brand-new and re-imagined
tours such as the Ragin' Cajun and Florida Gulf Coast trips. Wherever and
however you like to tour, we have the perfect trip for you. Adventure
Cycling's complete 2014 tours schedule will be announced in October;
details on our 2014 Early, Epic, and Educational tours are online now. 


Three young women who are bicycling from California to New York this
summer recently stopped by the studios of KUFM, the National Public
Radio affiliate in Missoula, Montana. Vickie, Carmen, and Koko are
gathering information about heirloom seeds, and working to meet people
who produce and save seeds. They're also discovering an America they
didn't know. Their interview is worth listening to: 
Here's the link to their website, Seeds to Cities: 


According to a new report from the League of American Bicyclists, women
are changing the face of bicycling in America and bicycling is transforming
the lives of women. The document compiles data that demonstrates both the
current and potential growth of female ridership, and also puts forth
"5 Cs" that will fuel the momentum: comfort, convenience, consumer products,
confidence, and community. Check it out here: 


"Hi Bike Bits!" wrote Daniel Ritschard. "We are a crazy Swiss family
currently riding the Western Express route. I don't know if it was a
good idea or a bad one when my wife and I made the decision to ride
this beautiful but very difficult Adventure Cycling route. We rode the
TransAm and the southern Atlantic Coast routes in 2001 on our honeymoon.
We've toured in Europe with our kids since they were toddlers. So we are
experienced cycle tourists, but the Western Express is special, and when
people see us on our tandems with the kids [now 7 and 9 years old] and
the heavy load, they don't understand. But we did make it to the
southwestern Utah town of Cedar City, even with these very steep grades
and long uphills. Will we make it to our planned destination of San
Francisco? Who knows, but we'll try." When we last looked, the family
had made it as far as Eureka, Nevada. Check 'em out here:


In the July 17 edition of Bike Bits we included a story about the P2P
(Portland to Portland) ride under the title "U.S. Drivers More Considerate
than UK Motorists?" One of the participants on that ride, Simon Henley,
has written a fascinating article in ArchDaily titled "Why Cycle Cities
Are the Future." Henley believes that bicycling just might be the catalyst
for a 21st century urban renaissance, and he lays out both historical
background and visionary forecasting to make the case.


Beginning with the June 2013 issue, Adventure Cycling members have had
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Fruita, a small town in western Colorado near Grand Junction, has in
recent years become known in mountain-biking circles as the "new Moab"
because of all its great trails. On October 19, the community is
throwing a bicycling film fest/contest, for which submissions (between
two and ten minutes in length) are being accepted through September 15.
"Grab your cameras, camcorders, iPhones, smart phones," goes the copy at
the website, "and start making your film about biking. It can be
anything related to biking. Show your story, stunts, or whatever gets
your gears going." Learn more at this link: 


"Cycling really is the best way to see the world. You're going slow
enough to enjoy all the beauty, you have the wind in your hair, fresh
air to breathe, ahh, life is good!" This quote is from Ryan Van Duzer,
who says he has always wanted to scream these words to an audience. Now
he's doing it: Ryan's "Cali's Wine Country by Bike" has gone live on Read Ryan's guest post on our blog, where you can
also view the first episode and find links to the full series: 

Until next time, click on for an expanded version
of Cass Gilbert's White Rim Trail photo gallery from the August/September
issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. 


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