This is the 412th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 64,971 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.
“My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.”
Dust off Your Ball Gowns and Shine up Your Tuxedos
Taking place in Boston this month, the seventh annual New England Builders’ Ball is going to be the custom bike event of the year. (Top hats and canes are optional.) Read more
Hit Us with Your Best Shot
The 9th Annual Adventure Cyclist Bicycle Travel Photo Contest is open now, and we’re looking for your most spectacular bike travel images in five categories: the Adventure Cycling Route Network, Epic, Around Camp, Parks/Public Lands, and, to help us celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Top prizes include free memberships, cash to spend in our Cyclosource store, and publication in Adventure Cyclist! Check out the rules and submit your images at the following link. Read more
Shut up, Legs!
If you’re looking for a fun, charitable ride this fall, the Jensie Gran Fondo should whet your appetite. Choose from 40, 70, or 100 miles, with fully stocked rest stops, neutral support on the road, and a great meal at the finish. Proceeds benefit the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Safety Campaign. Also, Jens Voigt will be there, presumably telling his legs to shut up. Read more
Donate for More Dirt
Do you want to ride 1,400 miles of dirt with enticing swimming holes, museums, quirky geological formations, breweries, mountaintop lodges, and small-town cafés? This will be our first year-round, off-pavement route and our first in the state of Arkansas. This means you’ll have plenty of dirt to ride when the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is under three feet of snow! Help make it happen by donating to the new Arkansas High Country Mountain Bike Route. Read more
It’s like AAA, but with Better Swag
USA Cycling’s new Ride Membership gets you unlimited 24/7 roadside assistance, supplemental medical insurance for races and event rides, and more. Did we mention the unlimited roadside assistance? On any road, anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands? Read more
Head Straight for the Crooked Letter State
M-I-crooked-letter, crooked-letter ... eh, spell check will handle it. As Mississippi celebrates 200 years of statehood in 2017, cyclists are taking notice of the exciting riding opportunities around the state. Adventure Cycling Tours Director Arlen Hall’s family tree has roots in the Magnolia State, and earlier this year he had a chance to explore 200 miles of Mississippi on a bicentennial celebration ride. You can ride it too on one of Adventure Cycling’s tours on the Natchez Trace. Mmmm, grits. Read more
To Guide, or Not to Guide
Bikewithme is a free platform for sharing bike rides anywhere in the world. Join a scheduled ride, or post your own and be the guide. Read more
We wish our first time bikepacking had been on a beautiful island in the Scottish Highlands! (Yeah, we’re a little jealous.) Read more
Driving for More Members
The Adventure Cycling August New Member Drive ended last week, and we’d like to extend a big thank you to the more than 500 cyclists who became first-time Adventure Cycling members. If you haven’t already joined, it’s not too late to show your support. Become a member today, and we’ll send you our 2017 Cyclists’ Travel Guide as a gift. See you on the road! Read more
From the Archive of Sustainable Art
The TinyDance Project is a dance ensemble that performs outdoors on a small stage that travels from venue to venue by bicycle. Their next event is September 15 in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the Alps.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple