This is the 423rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 66,098 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.
“Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature.”
The Buda What?
Australia is more than just kangaroos and unusually large beer cans — they’ve got lovely cycling roads as well. Read more
Do you ride bikes? Do you like to make films? TDA Global Cycling is looking for a talented filmmaker to spend four months in an immersive internship in Europe and Africa. Applications due June 1. Read more
Share the Mag, Win a Bike
Sharing is caring, and if you care about your bike-minded friends, put a free copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine in their hands today. Just let us know where to send the magazine and we’ll take care of the postage and handling. Give a free copy to as many friends as you’d like, and if you’re a current member, for each friend you refer we’ll enter you for a chance to win a Co-Motion Divide bike! Read more
Southern Tier for a Cause
Last month, Tony Youga set off from San Diego on a bicycle adventure across the U.S. to raise money for foster children. Follow his journey at the following link. Read more
More Cyclists, More Ka-Ching!
Proof that catering to traveling cyclists is just plain good business. Read more
Change in Mapping is a Constant
The Adventure Cycling Routes & Mapping Department has long been committed to keeping our maps up to date. This includes not only updating services and correcting errors, but also making route changes. In a recent update, the Atlantic Coast route underwent changes in New York and Pennsylvania to improve the experience and enhance safety while bringing it concurrent with the newer Chicago to New York City Philadelphia Alternate route. Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route has also seen changes to accommodate for a wilderness designation. The route has been moved onto new forest service roads and trails outside of the White Clouds Wilderness boundary. To learn more, check out a recent GeoPoints Bulletin blog post. Read more
Brush up on your French and Dust off your Butterfly Net
Looking for a new bicycle route? How about a route that follows the migration of monarch butterflies? Read more
Bike shops are typically male-dominated places, which can be intimidating to many customers. That’s why Vie Cycle is offering bike maintenance courses aimed at women and gender-nonconforming people. Read more
Meet the Greg Siple Award Winners
Thea Garrett, 30; Rachel Horn, 28; Ankur Kumar, 21; and Mohamed Ukach, 18, have been selected from nearly 100 applicants for the 2018 Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel. These four talented young adults will receive bike touring gear and take an Adventure Cycling educational course. In return, they will perform an outreach project to help inspire a new generation to travel by bike. Read more and get inspired yourself. Read more
More from Australia
The land down under also has adorable, thirsty koalas. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious, weird adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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