This is the 414th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 65,141 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.
“The difference between a brave man and a coward is a coward thinks twice before jumping in the cage with the lion. The brave man doesn’t know what a lion is. He just thinks he does.”
The Power of Bike Travel Across the Generations
One father’s cross-country ride in 1977 inspires his daughter to quit her job and travel the world. Read more
Southern Tier-ing in Your Future? There’s an App for That!
Dreaming of an autumn or winter Southern Tier adventure? Check out the latest route-specific app! Now featuring severe weather warnings and visual wind direction and speeds on display. Also note due to the extensive hurricane damage spanning from eastern Texas and across Florida, extra care and planning may be necessary. For the rest of the scoop, check out the blog post. Read more
Nothing to See Here, Just a Mind-Bogglingly Ambitious Solo Adventure
The Lone Ranger (not his real name) recently completed a nice little self-contained, 60-day bike tour in Colorado during which he just happened to summit the state’s 100 highest peaks along the way. No biggie. Read more
Grab Your Bike and Go!
Adventure Cycling’s 2018 Tours Catalog is arriving in mailboxes this week. What makes Adventure Cycling tours so special? Our riders, our leaders, our sense of adventure, our unique touring philosophy and tour offerings, and our mission make us who we are. We inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. With 110 tour offerings in 2018 and our new Choose Your Own Adventure tours, we definitely have a ride for you. Request a catalog at the following link. Read more
And Now a Shameless Plug
So there’s this hip new thing the kids are doing called “gravel riding.” It’s like riding bikes on roads that aren’t paved, and we hear it’s the cat’s pajamas. Want to know more? We’ve got the book for you. Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking by Nick Legan (who also happens to be Adventure Cyclist’s Tech Editor) is available now for pre-order. You can even order a signed copy! Read more
Bicycles to the Rescue
After an earthquake caused massive, widespread damage in Mexico City this year, local cyclists mobilized to provide aid. Read more
What Bike Travel Advocacy Issues Are Important to You?
If you travel by bike, you’ve probably run into a few challenges on the road like rumble strips, getting your bike to your starting point, or encountering parks or businesses that are unaware of how to accommodate cyclists. Luckily, Adventure Cycling has your back — we are the only national nonprofit that advocates to improve bicycle travel conditions, especially in rural areas. Please fill out this survey by Friday, October 27, and tell us about the bike travel advocacy issues you’d like Adventure Cycling to work on in the next five years. Read more
Stop That Steerer!
If you’ve ever carefully leaned your fully loaded touring bike against a signpost only to see it fall over as soon as you’ve walked away, this could be for you. The Steer Stopper locks your handlebars into place, making your bike much easier to park. Read more
Cycling Cross-Country for Veterans
In March of next year, Tracy, a U.S. Navy veteran, will ride across the country to benefit veterans and first responders through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Read her blog, check out her route, and donate to the cause at the following link. Read more
Do the Dutch Know Something We Don’t?
Bikes are a way of life in Utrecht, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the Netherlands. As the fastest-growing Dutch city, Utrecht has 250 miles of bike lanes, signs urging drivers to slow down, and a new 6,000-unit indoor bicycle-parking garage. Must be nice! Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious bikepacking adventures in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple