Bike Bits Vol. 19, No. 16, August 16, 2017

Bike Bits Vol. 19, No. 16, August 16, 2017

This is the 411th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 64,596 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.

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When such occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”

Ray Bradbury

Food Tastes Better on a Bike

Bicycle food deliveries are taking off in the Twin Cities. (Contrary to popular belief, Minneapolis restaurant Taco Cat does not deliver by feline. The cats would probably just eat the tacos anyway.) Read more


2018 Tours Schedule Announced

Grab your bike and GO! Let the bike travel experts at Adventure Cycling make your adventure memorable with multiple support options — carry minimal gear from inn to inn, enjoy catered meals, let a van carry your gear, or provide your own leg power and carry your “home” to your next camp. Adventure Cycling has been putting tours together for years — not just bike tours, but epic, unique experiences for riders of all abilities. We know what works and we have a tour for you. In 2018, we have 108 tours, including eight new adventures that will take in some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Our experienced leaders and staff work hard to facilitate an enjoyable, unforgettable adventure for you. Read more


One Leg to Rule Them All

On August 1, Nicole Ver Kuilen will embark on a 1,500-mile triathlon — with one prosthetic leg — down the entire Pacific Coast to raise awareness about the barriers that limit access to prosthetic technology. She’s calling her adventure “Forrest Stump.” Read more


Bike Travel Weekend Success

Nearly 7,000 participants went on 935 Bike Travel Weekend trips in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries and covered over half a million miles during the weekend of June 2–4. Bike Travel Weekend’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the thousands of adventurous participants, 173 enthusiastic volunteers, and five generous sponsors: Visit Mississippi, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Amtrak, Advocate Cycles, and Black Coffee Roasting Co. Join us next year, June 1–3, 2018. Read more 


From the Archive of Kids Who Are Cooler than Us

Ryder Murphy, a seven-year-old from Washington, rode all the way from Seattle to Portland. Read more


Bikes, Burgers, and Beer in Western Montana’s Center of Everything

With summer knocking at the door and needing to skip town for a long weekend, this family headed for Kalispell, Montana. They checked off a bucket list ride in Glacier National Park, discovered great singletrack trails, petted a turtle warming itself on a rail trail, ate like kings and queens, and soaked up Flathead Valley history at three museums during their bike tour of the city. They might just happily skip back to Kalispell for Bike Your Park Day, September 30. Read more


The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is … Oh Yeah, Bears

Ultra-distance racer Lael Wilcox explains why she loves long solo rides and how she shrugs off the fear of things like bears, bad weather, and dangerous highways. Read more


Donate for Dirt

The world’s longest mountain bike route is about to get 400 miles longer. After nearly 20 years, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is ready for an overhaul and an extension. With your support, we’re taking what we’ve learned and tweaking the maps to give you the best riding experience possible. Plus we’re mapping our first year-round, off-pavement route in Arkansas. The Arkansas High Country Route will be 1,400 miles of hot springs, mountain lodges, weird rock formations, and friendly folks. Read more


Delivering Flowers and Leading Bike Tours

Kaj Kraus, winner of the Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel, is working to make bicycle touring more accessible for the deaf community. Read more


Coming Soon: The ‘Library of Alexandria of Mountain Biking’

Elder statesman Charlie Kelly is asking for your help to digitize his massive archive of historic documents from the early days of mountain biking. Read more


Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in accessorizing with a cutting wheel and a welding torch.

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

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