This is the 402nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 63,630 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.
“Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed, and stable a horse, had by this bright invention enjoyed the swiftness of motion which is perhaps the most fascinating feature of material life.”
Are Cyclists an Invasive Species?
Because of a sneaky amendment to a bill that has nothing to do with bicycles (or so we think, anyway), cyclists visiting our home state of Montana may soon be forced to pay a $25 fee when crossing the border. No, this is not an April fool’s joke. Click on the following link for details and how you can help kill the amendment. Read more
We Challenge You to a Bike-Off
The National Bike Challenge kicks off May 1! Join in building bicycling community around the nation by logging your rides — no matter how far or for how long — to foster friendly competition, win prizes, and promote bicycling. Read more
There’s an App for That
Adventure Cycling’s Routes and Mapping department has released three route-specific mobile apps for the TransAmerica Trail, Bicycle Route 66, and the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route. These apps serve as an excellent companion to the paper maps. They’re available for free download on iTunes and Google Play, and you can purchase the route sections you need from within the apps. No subscriptions or complex file conversions are necessary — just download the app, purchase a route section, and start riding. Read more
Three Frenchmen on bamboo fat bikes — made by artisans in France, of course — travel to Central Asia to explore, climb mountains, and study local cultures and economies. Read more
Register for Bike Travel Weekend and Win!
Experience the joy of bike travel with thousands of others around the world during the second annual Bike Travel Weekend, June 2–4, 2017. Gather up your family and friends and go on a weekend bike overnight to your favorite spot. Register by May 22 for a chance to win an Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen bike and a trip to Glacier National Park, with bikes, on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The first 250 people to register will receive a three-ounce package of coffee from Black Coffee Roasting Co. to enjoy during their trip. Read more
You Had Us at Gravel
Looking for a strenuous dirt ride this year? The Lost and Found Gravel Grinder offers 30-, 60-, and 100-mile routes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Race to win or ride for fun — it’s up to you, but be ready for big elevation gains in any case. Registration is open now. Read more
Now That’s a Good Pun
Linking menstruation and mobility, Sustainable Cycles (get it?) takes to the road this spring to spread awareness about reusable menstrual products while riding to a women’s health conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more
Run, Rami, Run!
Rami Haddad, the newest addition to Adventure Cycling’s board of directors, is running the Boston Marathon this year and raising funds for Adventure Cycling’s work to inspire and empower more people to take on bike travel. Rami and his company are matching any donation you make, and Adventure Cycling will issue you a free six-month membership (new members only) as well as a $10 coupon for maps and gear at our Cyclosource store. Check out his progress and take advantage of this terrific opportunity to triple your impact to bike travel and score some goodies! Read more
Cranky Bike Art
If you’re a nut for bike art, or if you’re just looking for something to put on the wall in your bike room, be sure to check out Art Crank. Read more
Our Kind of Festival
Filmed by Bike is, well, just how it sounds. It’s a bicycling film festival held in Portland, Oregon (where else?), on May 5–7. In addition to film screenings, there will be a street party, a Q&A with filmmakers, and even a brewery tour bike ride. Read more
Women on Wheels
When Loretta Henderson was riding round the world by herself, it took 18 months before she finally ran into another solo female cyclist. Inspired, Loretta came up with the Women on Wheels Wall on her website to illustrate just how many women are out there on cycling adventures. The Big WOW Book is a collection of 100 of the most inspiring stories from the WOW Wall. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious bothy adventures in Scotland.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple