This is the 404th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 63,819 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.
“What is the bicycle? Well, my bike is himself (myself).”
Total Eclipse of the Heartland
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will run straight through the heart of the country from Oregon to South Carolina. The eclipse’s path of totality intersects eight Adventure Cycling routes and could affect things like traffic and campsite availability. Check out this Geopoints blog post for a map of the eclipse’s path and tips on how to make sure the eclipse is a magical experience. Read more
South America with a Swiftness
Andreas and Axel rode the length of South America, from Cartagena, Colombia, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in less than 50 days, setting a new world record and earning themselves a nice, long nap. Read more
Who Will Claim the Title?
The race to build the world’s largest bicycle route network is getting heated. Meanwhile, funding for the U.S. Bicycle Route System comes almost exclusively from people like you who support Adventure Cycling’s May fundraiser to build 50,000 miles of official and signed U.S. Bicycle Routes. Donate today to have your donation matched and you’ll be entered to win a limited-edition Advocate bicycle. Read more
Do you have an epic, three-day bikepacking route that you’d like to share with the world? Submit your route by July 17 for a chance to win a new bike! Read more
Get Ready for the Big BAM
The Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) is Missouri’s cross-state bike tour and music festival from June 10–16. Experience 330 miles of scenic countryside, quaint small towns, and a live concert every night. It’s fully supported with showers, gear transport, SAG, and campgrounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the Adventure Cycling discount. Read more
These are Two of our Favorite Things
Steel and Rubber contains great stories and beautiful photos of bicycle trips in British Columbia. Read more
Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit
Transportation leaders, policymakers, wellness professionals, and parks and recreation leaders will gather for the first Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, October 1–3, in Durham, North Carolina, hosted by the East Coast Greenway Alliance. They’ll share best practices, build relationships, and influence trail and greenway development in the Southeast. The Summit aims to build momentum and advance trails and greenways across the region, from Virginia to Florida and beyond. Read more
Cycling, Watt Farming, and Navy SEAL Training
Teams are seeking every possible advantage to come up with a win in this year’s America’s Cup. No, this isn’t bike racing. (Well, kinda. Watch the video.) It’s sailing. Read more
Forget padding your GPA with a class in bowling (guilty!). In partnership with the University of Montana, the Wild Rockies Field Institute is offering a course in energy and climate change in which students will cycle from Billings to Helena, across the Continental Divide to Glacier National Park, and finally to our hometown of Missoula. Read more
Bike Box Artist of the Week
Not even Greg Siple could fathom throwing these cardboard boxes into a recycling bin. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the Negev Desert.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple