Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 22, November 16, 2016

Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 22, November 16, 2016

This is the 393rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 61,681 other readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own bicycle adventures.

“Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.”

Edward Abbey

If a Love for Maps Is Wrong, We Don’t Want To Be Right

We enjoy our newfangled techno gadgets as much as anyone else, but we also have a soft spot for well-made paper maps (like ours). Check out this article about why the Luddite’s GPS is ideal for adventures. Read more

Bike Black Friday

Opting outside this Black Friday? You should be on a bike! And while you’re doing that, take a picture and submit it to Bicycle Adventures with #BikeBlackFriday for a chance to win a trip, a bike rack, and other cool prizes. Submit your photo anytime between now and Thanksgiving weekend to enter. In the Seattle area? Join Bicycle Adventures on November 25 for a fun group ride. Happy cycling! Read more

Many Rivers Run Through It

For anyone planning a holiday bike trip to Europe, Michael Lyon’s book could be just the ticket. The second edition of Cycling Through Europe’s Rivers includes details on Rhine Gorge, Mosel River, Lake Constance, and Northern Italy. Read more

Half-Price Cycling Inspiration

This year, why not give your family and/or friends the gift of Adventure Cycling? Take advantage of our half-price Holiday Gift program: simply join or renew your own membership and you can give as many gift memberships as you want for as little as $20 each. Join at the Patron level ($60) or higher, and we’ll also send you the gorgeous 2017 Adventure Cycling calendar. Read more

Caveat Venditor

If you know the pain of having lost a cherished bike and you dream of finding it again, this story is for you. Read more

Our Safety Idea: Car Bodies Should Be Squishy

Think you know how to make cycling safer in Colorado? RoadX, the Department of Transportation’s infrastructure initiative, is offering cash money for your ideas! Check out the RoadX Challenge at the link below. Read more

Bike Travel Scholarships for Young Adults

Adventure Cycling wants to inspire young adults to embark on a lifetime of bike travel by offering two scholarships in 2017. Each scholarship covers one of our education courses, new touring equipment, and a stipend to cover meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from the course. 18- to 30-year-olds should apply by December 31, 2016. Read more

Mississippi River Blues

For years, anyone riding the Mississippi River Trail had few options for crossing the river in Memphis, Tennessee. Now thanks to the Big River Crossing, cyclists and pedestrians can cross safely on a rail bridge. Read more

Cycling Is Just a Theory

Do your part for science by participating in a survey for cyclists. Read more

Giving Tuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day when people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity. Get ready to celebrate a day of giving on November 29, 2016 by supporting Adventure Cycling and bike travel. Be one of the first 50 to donate and get a free 2017 Adventure Cycling calendar. You donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Read more

Tales from Kyrgyzstan

Camping, bikepacking, and exploring cultural curiosities in Central Asia: what more could you want? Read more

Until next time, click here for a vicarious National Park adventure in northern Minnesota.

Adventure Cycling Association is North America’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle. Membership is open to anyone and includes a one-year subscription to Adventure Cyclist magazine and discounted pricing on maps from our Adventure Cycling Route Network, which now includes 45,003 miles. To join, go here.

Illustrations by Greg Siple

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