This is the 410th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 64,489 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.
“When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to fail. If you’re going after Moby Dick, take along the tartar sauce.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
How to Go Bikepacking … with Your Dog
This may be the best thing to happen to the internet since the internet. Read more
Park Your Bike in a Park on Bike Your Park Day
Free yourself from daily stresses by exploring a park or public land by bicycle with thousands of others on the same day — Bike Your Park Day, September 30, 2017. There’s so much to discover at a slower pace: go solo or with family or friends, ride paved roads or paths, or hit a mountain bike trail. It’s your adventure. Register your ride by September 18 for a chance to win a bike from Advocate Cycles and an Amtrak trip for two, with bikes, to Glacier National Park. Read more
Leave Your Covered Wagon at Home — This Oregon Trail Is Made for Bikes
Years in the making, the Oregon Timber Trail is finally open for business. Read more
Total Eclipse of the Heartland
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will run straight through the heart of the country from Oregon to South Carolina. The eclipse’s path of totality intersects nine Adventure Cycling routes and could affect things like traffic and campsite availability. Check out this Geopoints blog post for a map of the eclipse’s path and tips on how to make sure the eclipse is a magical experience. Read more
Tour de Japon
Finding freedom on a bicycle in Japan. Read more
We’re Driving for ‘August’ Members
Throughout the month of August, Adventure Cycling is on the hunt for new members. Join today and you’ll be entered to win a beautifully built touring bike from Advocate Cycles, in addition to all sorts of rad cycling gear. If you’re already a member, give a gift membership to a friend and we’ll make sure you get a shot at winning the bike as well. The bigger our community, the louder our voice. Join today, and we’ll see you out there. Read more
Bikes Fly for $25 on Alaska Airlines
No longer must you raid your 401(k) to fly with your bike. Read more
Choose Your Own Adventure
Where to ride, what to do? Adventure Cycling branched out in 2017 to offer off-schedule tours for groups of eight or more. We can take just about any of our itineraries and run them for you with the level of support that you want, when you want. Find out more and grab a great fall/winter adventure with your friends. Read more
Dirtbag Bike Touring
This guy proves you don’t need an expensive bike or fancy gear to go bicycle touring. (But we’ll do without the dumpster diving, thank you very much.) Read more
And Now for Your Weekly PSA
Yes, insurance is boring, but sometimes boring things can save you money. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the San Juan range.
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 46,846 miles. To join, go here.
Illustrations by Greg Siple