This is the 431st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Today’s Bike Bits comes to you a day early because of the 4th of July holiday. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 67,841 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.
“Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.”
One man rode from India to Russia — by way of Dubai and Iran — to see his hero, Lionel Messi, in the World Cup. Read more
Bikepacking in the Scottish Highlands isn’t complete without river crossings, steeper-than-steep roads, and a sheep skull. Read more
The Unsung Hero of the Outdoors
It’s only when you can’t find one that you realize just how useful the picnic table is. Now with the PicNick app, you can find tables on your route and even mark ones so that others will find them. Read more
New Bike Service Offered at Richmond’s Main Street Station
What do Adventure Cycling’s Atlantic Coast Route, the Virginia Capital Trail, U.S. Bicycle Routes 1 and 176, the East Coast Greenway, and Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train have in common? Richmond, Virginia’s Main Street Station. Thanks to advocacy by the Amtrak Bike Task Force and the Virginia Bike Federation in particular, a new pilot project allows passengers to take bikes on and off the train in downtown Richmond, which will open up new options for bike travel and one-way day rides on the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail. Read more
The Best Bike Tour Begins at the End of Your Driveway
What more do you need than a bike, a solid route, and a good friend? Read more
Cycling around the world, with a little stop in Yosemite to get hitched. Read more
Loss and Redemption in Arizona
When a bike tour changes two lives forever. Read more
Never Too Old
What better way to celebrate retirement than riding up the East Coast? Read more
Bumpy Times in Death Valley
Washboard roads, flat tires, and making coffee outside. Read more
Your New Tentmate Sleeps Standing Up, But at Least He’s Quiet
Do you get sad knowing that you’re warm and dry in your tent while your bike is getting soaked outside in the rain? Now your bike can stay in the tent with you! Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in airing dirty laundry.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple