This is the 421st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 65,752 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.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Don’t Feed the Musk Oxen
Do you know of a cool 1,000-mile cycling route in Alaska? If so, you could win a bike, bikepacking bags, airline miles, and more in the “Lael Rides Alaska” Women’s Scholarship (sorry guys, ladies only). Applications due March 17. Read more
Get Fat with Adventure Cyclist
Celebrate Fat Bike February with the best magazine in bike travel. The 2018 Fat Bike Buyers Guide has everything you need to navigate the world of fat tires on snow. Read more
Framebuilding in Photos
A failed engineering student gets hands-on building classic bike frames. Read more
Tell Us What You Think!
Every year Adventure Cycling offers a survey to its members so they can provide insight on how their needs are being met, what is working, and what can be improved. You can take the survey online now until February 28 at the following link. Read more
Don’t Pet the Badger
Cycle Zydeco, south Louisiana’s annual bicycle festival, will have a special guest this year — five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault. Read more
How Can Your Membership Pay for Itself?
Did you know that as a member of Adventure Cycling you can receive discounts on lodging, gear, organized tours, and even bicycles from a variety of our corporate partners? We're always adding new discounts, so bookmark the following link to remind yourself of these amazing deals throughout the year. Read more
Cycle for Independence
Ride your bike and support the National Federation for the Blind. And don’t forget the (allegedly) famous socks! Read more
30 is the New 20
The TransAmerica Trail remains the holy grail of American bicycle tours. This year, Adventure Cycling is offering special pricing for adults aged 18 to 30. The 2018 TransAm U30 presents a golden opportunity to take on a life-changing journey at a substantially lower price. Read more
Can we find safer cycling routes using the wisdom of smartphone-wielding crowds? Startup company LaneSpotter sure thinks so. Read more
Don’t Anger the Cricket
Join bike travel experts Whitney Ford-Terry, Sarah Swallow, and others this summer in Whitefish, Montana, at the WTF Bikexplorers Summit. And don’t forget to take part in one of the regional rides leading up to the summit. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious family adventures in the Arctic Circle.
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