This is the 395th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 62,018 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.
“Cycling provides all the big lessons in life: humility, pride, greed, discipline, grappling with the ego, and learning what your will is and when to apply it and how to apply it.”
Cure for the Wintertime Blues
Is winter getting you down? Are you already rationing your last can of pickled beets? Did you dig a snow tunnel out your front door just in time to put out the recycling? Live vicariously in a world of blue skies and sunshine with this blog post about a pleasant ride on the Katy Trail. Read more
Impatience is a Virtue
For those of you who read a new magazine cover to cover the day it arrives and then go nuts while waiting for the next one, have a look at Bicycle Traveler, a fine (and free) publication put out by Grace Johnson and Paul Jeurissen, whose photos have appeared in Adventure Cyclist. Read more
Half-Price Cycling Inspiration
This year, why not give your family or friends the gift of Adventure Cycling? Take advantage of our half-price Holiday Gift program: join or renew your 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 stunningly gorgeous 2017 Adventure Cycling calendar. Read more
Did you know that UPS started as a bike messenger company in Seattle? Oh, you did? Great, now we feel dumb. UPS is going back to its roots, but this time with a boost. 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, thanks to the ongoing generous support of Adventure Cycling members and sponsors Advocate Cycles, Big Agnes, Arkel, Portland Design Works, the HubBub Online, the Outspoken Cyclist, and BikeFlights.com. 18- to 30-year-olds should apply by December 31, 2016. Read more
The Sonic Divide Mountain Bike Route
Last summer, Payton MacDonald combined his two great loves — music and ultra-endurance mountain biking — in a ride on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Check out the trailer to his film, Sonic Divide. Read more
Peet a Chasha of Moloko and Viddy our Horrorshow Cine
If you missed the Montana Bicycle Celebration, or you want to relive your favorite moments, we’ve archived the videos of all the great bicycle luminaries who came to Missoula this summer. Read more
Torque Ratings are just a Suggestion, Right?
We like to think of ourselves as pretty handy with a wrench, but after the Loose Handlebar Incident of 2016, we should maybe take a class or two. Thankfully there’s a school for that. Read more
Bikes Finally Get Their Own Hotel
Bicycles are just like us: they want a warm, secure environment where they can feel safe and mingle with others. Norwegians know this. They recently built a Bicycle Hotel next to a train station near Oslo so your bike can hang out with other bikes while you travel into the city to do weird human things like shop and drink coffee. Read more
The Next Big Thing in Cycling: Bowhuntpoodlebiking
A bike, a bow, and a poodle: what more do you need? (Oh yeah — a ponytail.) Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious boating and bikepacking adventures in Finland.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple