This is the 408th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 64,277 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.
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
Cycling to Work — What a Concept!
If bicycle commuting seems weird to some people now, think of how it was viewed in the 1950s. Read more
We’re Gonna Learn You some Bikepacking
Once a year, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) holds a conference for professionals and nonprofit organizations specializing in outdoor recreation and education. This year Adventure Cycling has teamed up with AORE and Virginia Commonwealth University to offer a five-day course on building outdoor leadership skills through bikepacking. The course will take place October 27–31, just before the conference. Registration for the conference and pre- and post-conference workshops is now open. Better hurry, space is limited. Read more
Eschewing Fragility and Embracing Strength
Beginning in the 19th century, bicycles offered a new sense of freedom, especially for women. Read more
Unicorns Are Made of Unobtanium
Titanium is back. This May, Salsa reissued the beloved Fargo Ti, but you probably didn’t know because as soon as they were released into the wild, the Fargos disappeared into a beautiful silver mist, as unicorns do. Lucky for you, we’ve got the skinny on the titanium unicorn, and we’re willing to share. Salsa has put together a “dream build” exclusively for Adventure Cycling — a Fargo Ti complete with SRAM Force drivetrain, Industry Nine Backcountry 360 wheelset, and Maxxis Ardent tires. Bidding starts July 15. Read more
Suffering in Ecuador
Sometimes you have to push through days of hardship to find the joy in bike travel. Read more
On a Mission for Safe Water for Everyone
Thirteen-year-old Scotty Parker is cycling from California to his home state of South Carolina to raise money for Water Mission, a charity organization that works to provide clean drinking water in developing countries. Read more
Planes, Trains, and Velomobiles
Not sure how the new roll-on Amtrak service on the Vermonter line can change your life? How about taking a train to the Friendliest Ride in the East! The Greenfield, Massachusetts, Amtrak station is less than three miles from the start of the 2017 Cycle Massachusetts tour, August 5–11. Ride for a week, a weekend, or something in between. The route explores the lovely Pioneer Valley and into Vermont and New Hampshire as well — something fun to see or do every 10 miles. You can even jump out of a plane on your rest day (discounted rates to a local skydiving center are available). Read more
Do you like bicycles? Do you live in eastern Washington? You might enjoy the Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration on July 30. Pedal 10, 20, or 50 miles, and send your little ones to the free Kid’s Bike Rodeo, where they’ll learn bike handling and safety. Registration is open now. Read more
Pedaling to Carson City
Jared Fisher, a bicycle tour operator, endurance athlete, and enthusiastic bikepacker, is looking for a career change: governor of Nevada. Read more
Watch out for ’Gators
For any Floridians looking to traverse the state by bicycle, the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation has some new maps. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures auf Deutsch.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple