Bike Bits Vol. 19, No. 21, November 1, 2017

Bike Bits Vol. 19, No. 21, November 1, 2017

This is the 416th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 65,189 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 was not yet 16 when I understood a great deal, from having ridden bicycles for so long, about style, speed, grace, purpose, value, form, integrity, health, humor, music, breathing, and finally and perhaps best, of the relationship between the beginning and the end.”

William Saroyan

Cycling for Peace

This year 120 women from all over the world joined the nonprofit Follow the Women for a ride through Lebanon, visiting refugee camps and spreading a message of peace. Read more


Adopt a Library and Spread the Word

If you’ve never seen Adventure Cyclist magazine adorning the rack at your local public library, then here’s your chance to remedy the situation. For $22.50 — half the regular individual membership cost of $45 — your adopted library will receive nine issues, or one year’s worth, of the best in bike travel periodicals. Read more


The Unpavement Project

After a gruesome motorcycle crash, Jeremy McGhee lost the use of his legs. Since then, he’s been pushing the limits of what’s possible for an adaptive athlete, such as backcountry skiing and mountain biking. Now he’s partnering with MTB Project to provide better access to nature and wild places for individuals living with disabilities. Read more


The Magic 8 Ball Says ‘Yes, Definitely’

The “outlook is good” to have an Epic Adventure in 2018. Cycle across the country Southern-style on a 3,000-mile journey with people who will make your odyssey unforgettable. Experience amazing sunrises, spectacular food, and endless memories. Will this be the best decision you’ve made recently? “Signs point to yes.” Read more 


A Safety Feature We Can Get Behind

In the near future of driverless cars and pizza-delivery drones powered by Skynet, here’s hoping we can count on safer vehicles. A car that’s incapable of dooring cyclists is a good start. Read more


Share Adventure Cyclist with a Friend

Adventure Cycling invites you to share the joy and wonder of bicycle travel with friends and family members by sending them a free sample issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine. All you have to do is log in to your My Adventure Cycling account, enter your friend’s name and mailing address, and we’ll do the rest. Who knows — maybe that sample issue will be the catalyst that leads to their next bike adventure! If you’re a current member and refer your friends or family members, you’ll also be entered to win a bike from Advocate Cycles for each person you refer! Read more


Pro Tip: Get the Bigger Tent

Touring as a couple can be fraught with difficulty. Luckily, two world travelers have some tips on how to keep your relationship from spinning out of control. Read more


Bike Travel Gear and Skills for Young Adults

Adventure Cycling is giving out four Greg Siple Awards for Young Adult Bicycle Travel in 2018 to help 18- to 30-year-olds prepare for a lifetime of bike travel adventure. The awards cover an Adventure Cycling educational course and the right gear to get on the road. In return, recipients must promote bicycle travel in their communities by doing an outreach project. Applications are being accepted November 1 through December 31, 2017. Read more


Top Guide Cycling Tips

Ciclismo Classico, bike tour operator and organizer of the annual Bicycle Travel Film Festival in Arlington, Massachusetts, polled its most experienced European tour guides for their secrets for great riding. They’re available to you in a free e-book of Top Guide Cycling Tips, Part 1. Download for free at the following link. Read more


What She Learned Bicycling across America

One woman rode across the country for the second time and found — surprise! — a whole bunch of swell folks. Read more


Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in packing it out.

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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