This is the 444th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 70,047 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.
“To those devoid of imagination, a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”
Cog Day Afternoon
Turns out the best getaway vehicle is … a bicycle. Read more
From the Archive of Airless Bicycle Tires
We’ve always said that the pneumatic tire (invented in 1845) wouldn’t last long. Read more
An Alaskan Adventure
Recipients of the Lael Rides Alaska Women’s Scholarship pedal from Seward to Deadhorse, Alaska, encountering doubters, supporters, and critters alike. Read more
The February Member Drive is On
Join Adventure Cycling during the February Member Drive for a free neck wrap, a $10 Cyclosource gift card, and prize giveaways including a chance to win an adventure touring bike from Co-op Cycles. Join today! Read more
Trash to Treasure
A woman in Prince George, British Columbia, is keeping old bike parts out of the landfill by turning them into functional art. Read more
Youngest to Cross the Globe
After seven months and 31,000 kilometers, 18-year-old B’yauling Toni returned home to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, completing his unsupported crossing of the globe by bicycle. Read more
Let’s Hear it from You!
The Annual Member Survey is live this month only, and your participation provides the feedback we need to improve. Take the 2019 Member Survey now. Read more
Cycling the Silk Road
Breathtaking vistas, Soviet-era bathhouses, and jeeploads of Australians — must be Central Asia. Read more
Break the Cycle
Cycle Against Suicide is working to change how people view mental health, and you can help by participating in the nine-day cycling event in Ireland. Get more information and register at the following link. Read more
The Cure for Loneliness is Solitude
And the way to solitude is a Scottish bothy. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in the rain.
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