This is the 439th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 69,426 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.
“The test of an adventure is that when you’re in the middle of it, you say to yourself, ‘Oh, now I’ve got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.’ And the sign that something’s wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.”
The Traveling Nurse
When being outside teaches you to care for yourself. Read more
This month, former Marine Denny Ying completed his cross-country ride to spread awareness for mental health. Read more
What’s the Opposite of Black Friday?
It’s called Giving Tuesday, an international day of generosity. Show your love of Adventure Cycling and get a free Loksak phone pouch. Read more
A mountain bike adventure in the Scottish highlands through the lens of a Kodak. Read more
Give Adventure this Holiday Season
Join Adventure Cycling or renew your membership and give a Holiday Gift Membership for just $22.50, half off our regular rate! Give as many gift memberships as you’d like to inspire your family and friends with a year’s worth of cycling inspiration. Read more
Miles of Portraits
The bicycle is the ultimate conversation starter. Miles of Portraits: Alaska documents the ways this incredible invention brings people together. Watch the trailer at the following link. Read more
Smells Like Youth Spirit
The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel is for 18- to 30-year-olds seeking the tools for a lifetime of adventure. In exchange for the award — which includes an Adventure Cycling educational course and gear to get on the road — winners perform an outreach project to promote bicycle travel in their communities. Applications are due December 31. Read more
Travelers of Both Time and Space
A cycling trip to Kashmir, through the lens of Instagram (what else?). Read more
Adventure is Only a Shuttle Ride Away
Looking for an affordable way to explore the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route? The Whitefish Bike Retreat, located eight miles west of Whitefish, Montana, will be operating eight scheduled shuttles between the retreat and Banff, Alberta, starting mid-June through the end of August 2019. Click on the following link for more information and to reserve your spot. Read more
Two Wheels to Four
What would a car designed by a bicycle company look like? Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in pain and suffering on the Kokopelli Trail.
Interested in Working in Bike Travel?
Adventure Cycling has two openings! Our new Safety Program Coordinator will help make Adventure Cycling routes, U.S. Bicycle Routes, and bike travel routes across the country safer and more enjoyable to ride. Also, our current Membership Director will be transitioning out so we need someone to come in and help grow Adventure Cycling’s member community! Read more
Adventure Cycling Association is North America’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and connecting 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