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Bike Bits Vol. 14, No. 17, September 5, 2012
This is the 293rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you -- and 46,239 other
readers -- because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling
Association website, Bike Bits
arrives in text-only format for quick download and includes links for
more information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your
own bicycle adventures.


"A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of
time are vaguer than yours." --J. B. Priestley


The year 2013 will be a great time to participate in an Adventure Cycling
tour. We're holding the tour prices steady, unchanged from 2011. Click
on the link below for details on the "three E's" -- Early, Epic, and
Educational (the rest of the 2013 tours lineup will be announced in
October). Among the nuggets of gold you'll find are the new California
Spring Fling, and the van-supported Southern Arizona Sunsets tour and
ever-popular Death Valley Loop. We've also added a new van-supported
trip along the Underground Railroad Route from Mobile, Alabama, to
Niagara Falls. Plus, we're offering six Leadership Training
Courses (compared to just four last year), in locations including
Santa Barbara, Tampa, Denver, Minneapolis, and Missoula. 
You can read some thoughts and comments from Tours Director Arlen Hall
regarding late-season 2012 tours you can still sign up for in his
August 31 blog post:


On August 20 we received a message from Chuck Harmon, a dedicated
Adventure Cycling member and volunteer in Ohio, who had this to say:
"I know that Adventure Cycling is a national organization, but I
wanted you to be aware that Chuck Harris, a legend in the Ohio bicycle
community and beyond, passed away on Saturday, August 18. Chuck was
famous for his handmade mirrors and was quite an inventor -- but
beyond that, he was one of the most kindhearted individuals that I
have ever met … I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to
know him and I am saddened by his death." You'll find a memorial page
for Mr. Harris at this Facebook link: 
You can also read a story about him written and photographed by another
bicycling legend out of the Buckeye State, Greg Siple:  


Adventure Cycling's 4th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest has
officially opened, and we're again expecting to have our socks knocked
off by the quality of the submissions. We're looking for beautiful
photography representing the diversity and spirit of bike touring.
Your original images in digital format, capturing all aspects of bike
travel, are eligible for the competition. The winning photos will be
published in the March 2013 edition of Adventure Cyclist magazine.
Read the rules and submission guidelines here: 


"I'm slowly abandoning the idea of riding my bike from the end of the
[Great Divide] route to Los Angeles. In order to do that, I would have
to make haste, and I don't like doing that -- especially not on a
holiday. Especially not with so many nice people around, with whom
I'll want to spend time!" This passage is from the August 29 posting
of a fellow named Maarten, a 34-year-old from Utrecht, The Netherlands.
It sounds like he's having a marvelous time. Visit his blog to read
interesting insights and view some great photos -- including a nice
selection of images from Bannack ghost town in Montana, along with
lots of shots of Maarten's heavily loaded bicycle leaning on its
kickstand, sans rider. (He describes his ride as an "Idworx Off Rohler
Titanium – baby!") 


As you may have noticed, single-speed and fixed-gear bikes are all the
rage in certain circles, from urban bike couriers to wilderness endurance
racers. Well, in the three-minute video accessed by clicking on the
following link, architect and Tour Divide veteran Erik Lobeck of
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, takes it a step further, introducing us
to "The future of the Luddite cycling movement: Nospeeding!"


We love it when we get messages like the one received on a postcard last
week from member John Whitman. "Your organization and your maps have
inspired me. I made fruitful contacts via your Companions Wanted ads.
I am now blissfully touring in part through your assistance. Thank you!"
John's cyclo-travels are spawning some nice stories and photos on his
blog, "Moving Target: Seattle to Galveston on two wheels." 


Giorgia Marchitelli, the Sport Coordinator of Sport2Build -- an
organization using sport as a tool for social change and development
in Zambia -- sent this message to Bike Bits last week: "In June 2012,
Sport2build started a solo ride across Africa on a bamboo bicycle to
spread a message of peace, equality, and development. The bamboo
bicycle has completed its African stretch, more than 7,000 kilometers,
and is now in Europe [with rider Matteo Sametti aboard]. The ride is
raising funds to build a school in Zambia -- a school that will use
sport and an innovative curriculum to ensure holistic and inclusive
education." Click on the following link to visit the Sport2Build


In this 16-minute video of his TEDx Oxbridge presentation, our friend
and 'round-the-world cyclist Alastair Humphreys offers some compelling
insights into adventure large and small, self-publishing, and more.
When Alastair talks about micro-adventures toward the end of his
lecture, we can't help but think of Bike Overnights. 


Until next time ... click on
to learn how you can support the "short route" across America, the
3,058-mile Southern Tier. 

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