This is the 434th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 68,355 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.
“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
Crossing the U.S. by bike from one friend’s wedding to another. Read more
Librarians on Bikes
Does that sound like the best buddy comedy ever, or what? Read more
Your Adventure Awaits
Whether you want the simple freedom of a self-contained tour or you prefer a van to do the heavy lifting, we’ve got more tours in more destinations than ever before! Choose from 120 tours (including nine NEW tours) today — Your Adventure Awaits! Read more
Mexico to Canada, with some Fun in Between
Jumps, road gaps, a portable ramp, more jumps, a boat — classic bicycle touring. Read more
The USBRS has the Maps
You can now download GPS tracks for all designated U.S. Bicycle Routes. And coming soon: a new interactive web page that will make planning a ride on a USBR even easier! Read more
Crossing the biggest pass in the world — on a bike. Read more
You Rode 850,000 Miles During Bike Travel Weekend
Bike Travel Weekend participants rode a collective 855,061 miles during the weekend of June 1–3, with an average of more than 101.5 miles per person. Over 8,400 people participated in 915 Bike Travel Weekend trips in 49 U.S. states and 13 other countries. Adventure Cycling thanks the 239 volunteers and three generous sponsors — Terratrike, Amtrak, and Black Coffee Roasting Co. — for helping make Bike Travel Weekend a success. Join us next year, May 31–June 2. Read more
The True Do-it-all Bike Accessory
Is it a trailer? Is it a cooler? Is it a leisure-tote-device-thing? There’s only one way to find out. Read more
Cyclists of the Navajo Nation
How bikes are helping the Navajo people heal, help one another, and hope for the future. Read more
It’s all fun and games until the grizzly starts chasing you … in the river. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in first-time bikepacking.
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 47,283 miles. To join, go here.
Illustrations by Greg Siple