This is the 396th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 62,109 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.
“So perfect is the safety bicycle that, if the rider has sufficient skill not to interfere with its action, it will travel straight ahead and keep its own balance.”
Scientific American, 1896
Can You Make a Birthday Cake out of Poutine?
Canada turns 150 this year (they’re so cute at that age!), and you’re invited to celebrate with the Discovery Pass — a free pass that covers entry to every national park, historic site, and marine conservation area throughout 2017. Read more
We’d Give Him the Perfunctory Gold Watch, But He’d Probably Just Recycle It
The public is invited to a Winter Open House on Friday, February 3 from 5:00–8:00 p.m. at Adventure Cycling headquarters (150 E. Pine St., Missoula). We’ll give cofounder Greg Siple a warm retirement send-off and take a peek at the newly remodeled east wing during Missoula’s First Friday art walk. E. R. Jenne’s art will be on display with live music by Izaak Opatz and complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Can’t attend the open house and want to share your favorite story or memory with Greg? Did Greg inspire you in some way? Share your stories and salutations with him here. Read more
Lewis and Clark Would Be Jealous
Looking to ditch your tent on your next trip through our home state of Montana? Support the American Prairie Reserve’s project to build a hut-to-hut system along the Missouri River. Read more
We’re Looking For New Members!
During the month of January, anyone who becomes a new member will receive a 2017 Bicycle Travel calendar as a free gift and will also be entered into prize giveaways courtesy of some of our corporate partners, in addition to entry in our Advocate Cycles bicycle giveaway. If you’re not yet a member of Adventure Cycling, this is an opportune time to join; if you are a member, it’s a great time to encourage your non-member cycling friends to receive the bicycle travel inspiration we provide on a regular basis. Read more
Bike Art for Bike Art’s Sake
With the imminent retirement of Adventure Cycling cofounder Greg Siple, some fear that the future of bicycle art could be in jeopardy. Thanks to artists like Kristina Wayte, we needn’t worry. Read more
Support Youthful Adventures
Be a bike travel hero and help a young person experience life from the saddle of a bike. The Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship Program gives two deserving young people the skills and gear they’ll need for a lifetime of bike travel. You can support the program by making a donation here. Read more
Cycling the Hoosier State
If you’re looking to do some non-motorized recreation in Indiana (or if you just want to add to your extensive map collection), the Indiana by Foot map includes hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, and horse trails, including the new U.S. Bicycle Routes 35, 36, and 50. Read more
Before Bikepacking was Famous on the Internet
From the archive of Awesome Mountain Bike Adventures Before Mountain Biking Was a Thing (AMBABMBWAT) comes the story of two guys who, bummed out by Colorado’s low snowpack, decided to bikepack the White Rim Trail in Utah. Read more
More Bike Art!
Australian artist Alex Hotchin’s book Borderless is a collection of beautifully illustrated maps that tell the story of her journey from Scotland to Southeast Asia. Read more
Charlie the Scrapyard Touring Bike
Read about Charlie’s latest adventures, and inquire about becoming the next caretaker. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in Nepal.
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