This is the 437th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 69,243 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.
“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”
How to Avoid Midnight Raccoon Attacks
When touring across the country, it’s always good to bring your rodent repellent. Read more
Cross-Country for Vets
This summer, Tracy and Martin rode across the country to raise funds for the Gary Sinise Foundation, which works to help disabled veterans. Read about their journey at the following link. Read more
For the Thomas Stevens Enduro Bros
What would a modern high wheel, made for riding off-road, look like? Read more
A Caravan of Widgets
We know you’ve been pining for a DIY camper you can tow with your bicycle. Read more
Guide to International Touring
Planning a big trip overseas for next year? Can’t hurt to consult the experts. Read more
This admittedly has nothing to do with bicycling, but it’s pretty neat anyway. Read more
Wrangling the Smallest Livestock
Beekeeping by bicycle — in Chicago, no less. Read more
QBP Women’s Scholarship
Dedicated to increasing gender diversity in the bike industry, Quality Bicycle Products is offering its Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship for the sixth year. Applications are open now until November 2. Read more
From the Archive of Stuff We Already Know
Prepare to be shocked: according to a recent global climate report, we could all help the environment by cycling more. Thank goodness someone finally figured that out! Read more
Looking for new handlebars, but confused by the granular differences among so many of them? Check out this helpful visual aid. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the water cycle.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple