This is the 409th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 64,361 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.
“Be at one with the universe. If you can’t do that, at least be at one with your bike.”
We’re Holding out for the eVycle
The human-powered elevator of the future may not go sideways and slantways, nor longways and backways. It may go squareways and frontways, we’re not really sure. But it’s got pedals! Read more
The Best Tours in Your Favorite Public Lands
Looking to check out public lands this summer and fall? Adventure Cycling offers tours in Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Big Bend national parks; Gettysburg and Antietam national battlefields; Natchez Trace Parkway; Cape Cod and Sleeping Bear Dunes national seashores; and Valley Forge and Liberty Bell Center-Independence national historical parks. Tours are filling up fast, so sign up today! Read more
The California Dream Ride is your chance to help raise funds for the California Bicycle Coalition while enjoying a fun, luxurious ride from Folsom to San Francisco. Read more
Ti Is Back, and It’s on the Auction Table
This year Salsa Cycles brought back titanium frames and framesets only, with one exception. They put together a “dream build” exclusively for Adventure Cycling — a Fargo Ti complete bike with SRAM Force drivetrain, Industry Nine Backcountry 360 wheelset, and Maxxis Ardent tires. The auction is live now, so get your digital paddles and start bidding! Read more
Outspoken about Science
The Outspoken Cyclist interviewed David Goodrich, climate scientist and author of A Hole in the Wind, a memoir-ish travelogue (or is it a travelogue-ish memoir?) about cycling across the country and talking to folks about climate change. Read more
Bicycles in Flight
People must really like shipping their bikes, because Bike Flights just served their 200,000th customer. For their lucky order, Pete’s Garage bike shop in Green Bay, Wisconsin, got T-shirts and lunch. Read more
Singing Cyclist Circles the States
On January 1, 2017, Mike McGhee, the Singing Cyclist, began his journey to circumnavigate the contiguous U.S. to benefit the Fender Music Foundation, a nonprofit that supports music education in schools and provides instruments to children who can’t afford them. So far he’s made his way across the Southern Tier, up the Pacific Coast, and now on the Northern Tier headed for our hometown of Missoula. Read more
You Know They’re Good because They Spell ‘Theater’ the Fancy Way
In 2015, the Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre cycled across the country, performing plays in towns along the way. This year they’ve got a new play, and they’re limiting their performances to just one state — Montana! Read more
That’s Our Kind of Extra Credit
Lluis Algue Sala stumbled into bicycle travel while in Sri Lanka and has since cycled all over the place. He’s now a doctoral student in linguistics at Arizona State University and is taking advantage of his summer to recharge by bikepacking across Africa. Read more
Having faith in the goodness of people isn’t always enough to prevent your precious whip from finding its way into the filthy hands of a bicycle thief. Follow these tips to keep your bike safe. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in vintage bicycle restoration.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple