This is the 446th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 70,358 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.
“I won’t pretend I’ve read much Heidegger (or any, in fact), but I’d like to think Martin had just spent a happy half-hour in Freiburg’s bike shop when he was struck by ‘the thinginess of things.’ There it is, a cornucopia of exquisitely machined alloys, lustrous carbon fiber frames, and innumerable form-fitting garments in hi-tech fabrics. Things don’t much thingier than this.”
Lugs: Not Just for Luddites Anymore
Don’t know much about lugs? Neither did we, until we read this. Read more
Road touring Iceland in winter. Sounds … cold. Read more
Take the Great Minnesota Walking and Biking Survey!
If you live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, BikeMN wants you to help them learn more about what Minnesota needs to make walking and cycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone. Take the 15-minute survey for a chance to win prizes! Read more
A Healthy Dose of Competition
After struggling through polio as a child, serving in the Vietnam War, and recovering from open-heart surgery, Simeon Gipson has reclaimed his life with cycling. Read more
Scientists have discovered that cyclists in a peloton behave like a school of fish. Read more
A Year of Firsts for the Ciclismo Classico Film Festival
The 10th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival will feature six world premieres, two U.S. premieres, teenagers on tour, and Adventure Cycling’s Great Parks North tour. Adventure Cycling is the main beneficiary of the proceeds from the festival. With showings in Massachusetts, New York, Maine, and beyond, they’re coming to a theater near you. Read more
Take Two (Rides) and Call Us in the Morning
A research group in Scotland is studying the mental health benefits of cycling, specifically mountain biking. Read more
A New Home (Page) for Members
The next time you visit adventurecycling.org, you’ll notice a “Members” button at the very top right-hand corner of the home page. Go ahead, click on it. This new page features organizational info, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Read more
The Last Supper, and Other Paintings
Art for cycling aficionados. Read more
Our Kind of Slideshow
A century of cycling in 16 photos. Read more
Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures from the Alps to the beach, auf Deutsch.
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Illustrations by Greg Siple