This is the 428th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 67,092 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 I discovered I liked best about striking out on my bicycle was that the farther I got from home, the more interesting and unusual my thoughts became.”
From Paris to a Cave in Tibet
In 1886, at the age of 18, Alexandra David-Neel hopped on a wheel and rode from Belgium to Spain, sparking a long, long lifetime of adventure all over the world. Read more
Triple Your Dollar Today
Give to the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) today, and your donation will be tripled by Tripsite and our group of generous USBRS supporters! Tripsite will contribute an extra $50 when you book a bicycle trip. Use the code “USBRS” in the Additional Comments section of the reservation form. Make a donation to get us to our $215,000 goal, then go find your dream trip on Tripsite. Read more
Blazing Saddles of Prose
Looking for some cycle touring inspiration? CycleBlaze features more than 250 bike travel journals detailing more than 300,000 miles of riding from all corners of the globe. You can also create your own journal and document your upcoming travels for free. Read more
Pedaling to DC
After living in the Boundary Waters for a year (!), Amy and Dave Freeman will ride from northern Minnesota to Washington, DC, to promote their book, A Year in the Wilderness, and to raise money to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed copper mining. Read more
Even Your Shop Can Be a Member
Check out the Adventure Cycling Member Shop Map at the following link — if you don’t see your local shop listed, help spread the word about membership. If your local shop is already a member, stop by and give them a high five! Read more
From the Middle of the World to the End
Charlie and Naomi are cycling Africa from the equator to Cape Town, South Africa, to raise money for charity. Check out their blog and donate to the cause at the following link. Read more
Bike Travel Weekend Is Almost Here
Join thousands of people throughout the world and go on a Bike Travel Weekend trip during the weekend of June 1–3. Go solo, with family and friends, or with a big group, and stay in a campground, hotel, B&B, or a friend’s house. Register for free by May 27 for a chance to win a Co-Motion Cycles Divide bike and two Amtrak tickets to Glacier National Park. Read more
How to Restore an Historic Trail
Mountain bikers are always up for doing the dirty work, especially for the country’s first National Recreation Trail. Read more
Route of the Hiawatha’s Platinum Anniversary
Looking for a family-friendly cycling event this summer? The Route of the Hiawatha Trail is celebrating its 20th anniversary June 22–23. A wide range of events are planned in Wallace, Idaho, including historic presentations on the development of this “Crown Jewel” rail-to-trail, a commemorative ceremony and bike ride, vendor fair, parade, and more. Read more
Cycling from Moe to Darwin to … Prague? Might have to hop on a boat at some point. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the Peruvian Andes.
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