Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 23, December 7, 2016

Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 23, December 7, 2016

This is the 394th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 61,983 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.

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.”

Heinz Stücke

Cyclist Earns World Record

In August 2016, Lynnea Salvo left Oceanside, California, on her bike with a goal: to be recognized as the oldest female to cross the United States by bicycle. In October, Lynnea arrived at the Atlantic Ocean, and one month later she received the official Guinness World Record! Read more


Everything is Illuminated

With the cold and darkness of winter fast approaching, Poland is lighting the way for cyclists with a glow-in-the-dark bike path. Read more

Bike Your Park Day

During the first-ever Bike Your Park Day in 2016, over 11,000 people bicycled 435,143 miles — or 17.5 times around the Earth! Save the date for September 30, 2017, and discover the parks and public lands in your backyard. Read more


We’ve Got a Winner

Lavanya Pant is the winner of the “Lael Wilcox’s Globe of Adventure” Women’s Scholarship, which includes a new bikepacking bike, a full complement of bags, a tent and sleeping system, a year membership to Adventure Cycling, and the book America’s Bicycle Route: The Story of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. Lavanya will ride the Baja Divide, an off-road bikepacking route created by Lael Wilcox and Nicholas Carman, beginning in February. Read more

When Fat just isn’t Fat Enough

Hank Van Weelden’s dream trip is a backwards expedition from the South Pole to the Antarctic coast, for which he’ll ride on a custom titanium fat bike with a Pinion gearbox, an extra-long wheelbase, and four (4!) fat tires. Because, you know, a tank would be too cumbersome. Read more


It’s Like Bikecentennial, but with the Metric System

Are you looking for a big tour in 2017? Do you want to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday? You can do both on TDA Global Cycling’s “O, Canada” cross-country supported bike tour. Bike part or all of the 8,780-kilometer route from Haida Gwaii, an island off the west coast, to St John’s in Newfoundland, on the east coast, and experience everything the Great White North has to offer in between. Read more

Sharing is Caring

Bike-share programs are booming in developed countries (for a global bike-share map, click here), but they’re rare in developing nations where, one could argue, they’re most needed. Now the African continent has its first bike-share program — Medina Bike in Marrakesh, Morocco. Read more


Great Gear for the Holidays

Get great gifts for the cyclists on your holiday list. You’ll find t-shirts, bike socks, bells, and much more, all for under $30! The proceeds from your purchases support Adventure Cycling’s programs, so shopping with us allows you to support bike travel in North America. Read more


For your Aural Enjoyment

The late Frank Zappa, fully accredited weirdo and musical genius, plays the bicycle. (Please excuse the poor video quality — hi-def wasn’t a thing in 1963.) Read more


Bring in the New Year in High Gear

When you give to Adventure Cycling, your gift paves the way to the future. From the creation of a new route, to advocacy for better transportation facilities and Amtrak access, to a story in our magazine or on our website that motivates someone to travel their city or the world, you make the magic of bicycle travel possible. Donate before December 31 to have your donation matched. Read more


More from the Stocking Stuffers Desk

For the art lover in your family this holiday season, O, the Things You’ll Find by the Side of the Road is a book of poems, photos, and illustrations by Adventure Cycling member and international traveler Liza Burkin. Read more


Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in fat biking, packrafting, and hunting for lake monsters.

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

© 2016 Adventure Cycling Association.

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