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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 2, January 22, 2014
This is the 326th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 51,437 other
readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
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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.


"There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." 
--Robert Louis Stevenson


Whitefish Bike Retreat, a corporate member of Adventure Cycling
Association, is hosting a biking/yoga four-day weekend retreat in
July. Cricket Butler, the gal who runs the bike hostel, was the
first female finisher in the 2010 Tour Divide on the Great Divide
Mountain Bike Route. "My wife Jesi and I stayed at the bike hostel
for a weekend in September," said Adventure Cycling Membership
Marketing Coordinator Paul Hansbarger. "Great place with lots of
amenities. I'd totally recommend it. The only downside is it's not
real close to the Great Divide route [which passes through downtown
Whitefish], but Cricket will drive to town and pick people up if
they give her a call." Learn more about the yoga clinic, which is
run by Retreatful Yoga and Adventures, at this link:
Also check out Whitefish Bike Retreat's website: 


Adventure Cycling has created the Youth Leadership and Touring
Scholarship to send two young people on Adventure Cycling tours
this spring in hopes of inspiring them to build a life filled with
bicycle adventures. Board member Andy Baur and his family have
offered to match up to $2,500 to establish the scholarship fund.
Please donate today to help meet the Baurs' generous offer. Your
gift will be matched 1:1 and will help give a young person their
first taste of bicycle travel. Donate at this link: 


The fully supported 2014 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, August
11 – 15, is a five-day event ride on the St. Lawrence River section
of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Executive Director Marlaine Koehler describes the ride as "a
shorter, kinder ride than previous events, giving travelers more
time in the communities." It's five days of cycling from Brighton
to Cornwall with daily distances averaging 40 to 60 kilometers,
meaning plenty of time to stop and swim, kayak, enjoy a local
brewery, or visit wineries and historical sites. Optional challenge
loops offer longer routes for those interested and introduce riders
to communities off the Waterfront Trail. In all, the Waterfront
Trail stretches 1,400 kilometers from the town of Lakeshore on Lake
St. Clair to the Quebec border, along the shores of Lake Ontario
and the St. Lawrence River. The trail connects 68 communities,
wetlands, and Canada's first national urban park in the Rouge Valley.


Swift Industries is a four-person company in Seattle that designs
and hand-makes bicycle panniers and accessories "from the very first
snip to the very last bolt." Swift Industries loves bicycles, relishes
adventure, and has deep admiration for high-quality handcrafts. They've
done a really nice job of catching the spirit of their business, and
of bicycle travel, in this video: 


Is the spirit of adventure a big part of your life? If so, you may
be interested in becoming a life member of Adventure Cycling, just
like Judy Cureton did. You can read about Judy, a Bikecentennial
veteran who's never quite managed, or tried, to tame her adventurous
spirit, in this article from the June 2013 issue of Adventure Cyclist
More than 2,300 individuals have made the lifetime commitment to
Adventure Cycling. Perhaps you too would like to become a life member.
Read more about life membership here: 


The Adventure Cycling Tours Department is on pace for a record-setting
year in 2014, so if you're interested in touring with us this summer,
sign up soon! According to Tours Director Arlen Hall, all of the
early long-distance tours except for the van-supported Northern Tier
(June 21 – September 15) and TransAm (May 18 – August 8) tours are
sold out. If you're looking for a shorter trip this spring, Arlen
recommends the Southern Arizona Sunsets tour (March 8 – 14 and March
15 – 21) and the Texas Hill Country tour (April 5 – 11). Click on the
link below to view a list of tours that are filling fast, along
with a few hidden gems like California Spring Fling and Ragin'
Cajun Country. 


Conservationist John Muir described Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite
National Park as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain
temples." The 2014 Muir's Ride to Restore Hetch Hetchy will follow
in the footsteps of Muir, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yosemite.
Taking place May 15 – 18 and covering 200 miles of gorgeous landscape,
the ride will raise funds to support the restoration of Hetch Hetchy.
"Last year's Muir's Ride was a huge success and we are thrilled to
offer this rare opportunity to cyclists again this year," said
Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director Spreck Rosekrans. "It's a
fully supported ride through an infrequently traveled cross-section
of California's coast range, farmlands, riparian forests, foothills,
and of course, Yosemite." The ride is limited to 30 riders who must
each raise a minimum of $1,400. Visit this link for more information: 


Last week, Michael J. Lyon wrote to Adventure Cycling, "I was hoping
you might be able to mention my cycle-touring book, "Cycling Along
Europe's Rivers: Bicycle Touring Made Easy and Affordable" in one of
your editions. It is the top-reviewed European cycle-touring book on This last summer was my 20th cycling trip in Europe. I
went with my 8-year-old on our tandem 'Pino,' and my 86-year-old
uncle. Nearly an 80-year spread! My book is all about how cycle
touring can be for everyone of all ages and abilities, and can be
reasonably priced." Learn more about Michael's book here:   


"Michael Patterson started biking for fun and exercise in his 40s
and began entering races in his early 60s. Having heard for many
years about the 3,000-mile Race Across America, known as the ultimate
cycling endurance challenge, he decided that going after the record
for the 70-plus age group 'would be a reason to look forward to
turning 70.'" So begins the article below from the January 12
Wall Street Journal, which reports on a study showing that those
in their seventies can endure training regimens just as well as
people half their age.


Until next time, click on to read "Lemúrinn:
Crossing The Volcanic Wasteland With A Camera And Polished Shoes," a
1933 bicycle adventure. 


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