Bike Bits Vol. 21, No. 6, March 20, 2019

Bike Bits Vol. 21, No. 6, March 20, 2019

This is the 447th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 70,513 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.

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.

Erol Ozan

Keep Calm and Pedal On

Tommy Godwin, a 27-year-old British cyclist, rode over 75,000 miles during the year of 1939, on a four-speed bike, in all kinds of weather (all kinds of British weather), and even during air-raid blackouts. Read more

 


The Bike Wanderer

Iohan has been on the road for four years, starting in Tuktoyaktuk, on the Arctic Ocean, and riding south, with many meaningful detours along the way. Check out his adventures and read his blog at the following link. Read more

 

2019 WTF Bikexplorers Summit

The second annual WTF Bikexplorers Summit will be a weekend of rides, clinics, gear testing, campfires, and storytelling in Vernonia, Oregon, to support women, trans, femme, non-binary, and genderqueer cyclists. This year, WTF is offering five scholarships to honor SJ Brooks — founder of the Seattle chapter of Friends on Bikes — who was tragically killed by a mountain lion last year while riding outside Seattle. Get more details and apply at the following link. Read more

 


Cycling Among the Heavenly Bodies

A hut-to-hut bikepacking trip in the Alps. Read more 

 

And the Greg Siple Award Winners Are …

Briana Cohen, Ana Fajardo, Suraj Kushwaha, and Mary McGowan were selected from over 100 applicants to win the 2019 Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel. The four 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 more young adults to travel by bike. Read more

 

Better Be Some Good Chicken

Shrugging off jet lag to ride 60 kilometers for … chicken Parmesan. Only in Australia. Read more

 


Support a New Trail in New York

Seven Lakes Drive is a scenic, rolling byway that unfolds the natural beauty of Harriman State Park, New York. Unfortunately, it’s currently bisected by the Route 6 traffic circle, which is inaccessible for cyclists and pedestrians. Sign this petition to support the construction of a walking/cycling path to allow cyclists, hikers, and runners to safely enjoy the beauty of Seven Lakes Drive. Read more

 


Coming Soon: Bike Travels with Charley

Would you cycle the original route of The Grapes of Wrath from Oklahoma to Bakersfield relying only on the kindness of strangers? These five Australians did and documented it all in The Bikes of Wrath, screening one night only across the U.S. on April 15. Read more

 


More Miles of Portraits

In their April cover story in Adventure Cyclist, Annalisa and Erik tell the story of their Alaska bike trip through the lens of the blood sugar graphs that keep them alive. You can meet them in person and watch their film on their current L.A. to Santa Fe bike trip that’s also an REI speaking tour. Read more

 


And the Winter MacGyver Award Goes To …

With winter finally on its last legs (we hope) in our hometown of Missoula, let’s pause to celebrate some good old-fashioned ingenuity: a man turning a bicycle into a snowplow. Read more

 


Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in Patagonia.

 

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

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