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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 18, September 17, 2014
This is the 342nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 53,735 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.


"In the mid-'60s, you could drive anything out there. Then they put chains up everywhere, so a bike was the only way to get around."
-- Gary Fisher, on the birth of mountain biking in California's Marin County


The link below takes you to a fascinating story in Collectors Weekly titled "The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking." The photos alone are worth the price of admission, which is merely a click of the mouse.


Adventure Cycling Association, the Natchez Trace Parkway, and the Natchez Trace Parkway Association will be hosting focus group meetings this month in three locations along the Natchez Trace: Ridgeland, Mississippi (on the 23rd), Tupelo, Mississippi (the 24th), and Nashville, Tennessee (the 26th). We invite you to join us for the opportunity to discuss cyclist safety, sharing the road, recent facility improvements, and rebranding the Natchez Trace as a National Park treasure for all to enjoy responsibly. The meetings will include facilitated discussions, and all ideas voiced will be heard and considered. Food and refreshments provided. More details on dates and locations can be found at the following links:


Since June 2011, Evelin from Italy and Aitor, a native of Spain's Basque Country, have been bicycling together as a couple. Theirs is "the story of a very slow-speed journey, one set by the speed of a bicycle. This blog [Cyclotherapy] is dedicated to those who believe that dreams can and must become true." These European bicycling bloggers recently visited Adventure Cycling headquarters in Missoula, and did they have a story to tell! You can read a lot of it, in your choice of Spanish or English, by clicking on this link:


Are you interested in bicycle travel and tourism? Then consider heading to San Diego November 5-8 for the 2014 National Bicycle Tourism Conference. We need voices to be heard there to help build partnerships with the National Park Service, Amtrak, and state and local tourism bureaus, as well as to improve bicycle tour offerings (including more tours for women and young people). Sponsored in part by Adventure Cycling, the conference will feature a host of great speakers, including Velo Quebec CEO Suzanne Lareau; Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and chairman of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; and Pat Cunnane, CEO of Advanced Sports International, which handles various bicycle brands including Fuji, Kestrel, and Breezer. Also on tap are informative workshops, group bike rides, and parties with folks who love to talk bicycle travel, including Adventure Cycling's executive director Jim Sayer, tours director Arlen Hall, and travel initiatives director Ginny Sullivan. Click for more information and to sign up:


Dan Beringhele is a librarian in Berkeley, California, who tells Bike Bits that he bicycles for commuting, touring, randonneuring, and camping. But Dan wrote primarily to let us know that on September 20th at 2 p.m., the Berkeley Public Library is hosting The Pedal Inn bike-camping outfitters, who will present a Bike Camping 101 workshop. The Pedal Inn folks, Nick and Lindy, intend to talk about the basics of planning, packing, and cooking, while also sharing details on some of their favorite Bay Area locations for bike overnight camping trips. Here's a link to the event's Facebook page:


Among National Geographic's recent "Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures" is bicycling across America. In the piece, Adventure Cycling executive director Jim Sayer explains why bicycling is still the best way to see the country: "When you're riding your bike and carrying some gear, just about everyone wants to know your story — and more often than not, they want to help you on your journey. On a bike, you're open to the world, the people, and the terrain. Every day there are dozens of opportunities to meet, greet, learn, and be challenged." The piece goes on to talk about Adventure Cycling's three cross-country routes and the lively sales of maps that guide the way. 
If you'd like a fourth way to ride across the country, in 2015, we will be offering an 11-week, van-supported tour combining the Western Express Bicycle Route (San Francisco to Pueblo, Colorado) and the eastern half of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail (Pueblo to Williamsburg, Virginia). Read all about it here: 


Did you know that Adventure Cycling offers memberships for both bicycle shops and clubs? As a shop member, you not only receive nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine annually, you also have access to wholesale pricing on all Adventure Cycling route maps, qualify for a 25 percent discount on display ads placed in Adventure Cyclist magazine, and receive a specially designed display filled with bicycle travel information cards to share with your customers. Check out all of the shop benefits, and join at this link:
As a club member, you receive two copies of each issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, and a special "Buy 4, Get 1 Free" registration on Adventure Cycling fully supported tours. Learn more about all the club benefits, and join here:


The Western Design Conference is a major four-day art show that happens each September in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The event brings together craftspeople, scholars, collectors, interior designers, architects, and fashion designers who share an interest in the West. Founded 22 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods, the show moved to Jackson Hole in 2007 when it was purchased by Powder Mountain Press and the Jackson Hole News & Guide. So, what does all of this have to do with bicycling? Well, take a look at what won the Best of Show award at this year's event (click on the photo twice for an up-close detailed view):


Scrumptious, locally grown food, great cycling, and wonderful scenery are all in store for those taking park in the 7th Annual Tour de Farms on Sunday, September 21st, beginning and ending on the town green in Shoreham, Vermont. More than 700 bicyclists from around New England and Canada are expected to participate in the event, where the grazing is just as important as the cycling: The two available routes are just 10 miles and 30 miles, but the long list of foods available along the way will keep riders plenty busy in their off-bike time.


In the June 18 edition of Bike Bits, we reported on Southern Californians Mike and Moria Ousley and their plans to tackle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route on their tandem, a rig Mike jokingly referred to as a "100-pound divorce horse." At the link below, you can check out photos from their successful ride from the top of Montana to the bottom of New Mexico.
Have a look at the Ousleys' rig, which obviously did not turn out to be a divorce horse:


Until next time, click on to learn about the Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Taylor Ho Bynum's effort to "turn a five-week, eighteen-hundred-mile bicycle ride into a kind of musical composition."


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