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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 23, December 3, 2014
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This is the 346th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 54,318 other readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website, http://www.adventurecycling.org. 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.

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"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." 
--Maya Angelou

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ROCK 'N' ROLL
We appreciate the philosophy put forth in the following piece from Gravel Grinder News. Riding gravel doesn't have to be a grind; in fact, it can be downright pleasant. http://gravelgrindernews.com/less-about-the-rock-and-more-about-the-roll
Guitar Ted, who wrote the article, lives in the Hawkeye State, where he directs the Trans Iowa, a 300-mile, self-supported gravel race. The graphic this link takes you to may help explain his affinity for gravel:
http://bit.ly/1yITM9r 

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AS THE CROW FLIES
How about calling touring bikes, "adventure bikes," like these British guys do in this beautiful, six-minute video? 
http://bit.ly/1Bae7XI


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WE'VE GOT A MATCH! YOUR CHANCE TO DOUBLE YOUR GIFT
This holiday season, we have a generous group of donors who have stepped up to match your end-of-year gift to Adventure Cycling. This means your donation will be doubled. Please donate today so we can meet this incredible match of $90,000. With your support, every year we can inspire and empower hundreds of thousands of people to travel by bicycle. Along with doubling your gift, donate today and you'll get to choose a terrific premium, such as a cozy neck gaiter to keep you warm on chilly morning rides!
https://www.adventurecycling.org/support-adventure-cycling/holiday-campaign/ 


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PHILLY FUN NEXT MONDAY
Do you live in the greater Philadelphia area? Then make sure you come by a special regional gathering with Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling's executive director, next Monday, December 8, in Jenkintown, PA (about 10 miles north of Philly). The gathering will be from 6:45-8:30 pm at the Church of our Savior. There will be socializing, snacks, and drinks, and Jim will start a presentation a little after 7:00 pm on the latest in bike travel and tourism -- including updates about new routes like Bicycle Route 66, the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and Adventure Cycling's upcoming 40th anniversary festivities. Please RSVP to Beth Petersen (so we know how many goodies to get) at bpetersen@adventurecycling.org or 406-532-2751 -- and you can find directions to the church at the link below (it's also accessible by train).
http://churchofoursaviour.net/directions.htm


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HOW BIKES MAKE CITIES COOL
"How Bikes Make Cities Cool: Portland," is a fun little video that explores various aspects of the flourishing bicycle culture in one of America's most progressive cities. "Filmed entirely by bike, with support from longtime Kona Portland dealer Sellwood Cycles and resident Team Kona athletes Erik Tonkin and Matthew Slaven, we spent the better part of a week talking to commuters, following kids to school, and capturing the friendly vibe and funky nature of a city that embraces self-propelled commuting at the heart of its identity." There you have it. 
http://vimeo.com/38385810


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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING (AT HALF THE USUAL PRICE) 
This year, you might want to consider giving your friends the gift of Adventure Cycling Association. Our half-price Holiday Gift program provides you the opportunity to give gift memberships at half the regular rate. A year's membership includes nine issues of Adventure Cyclist, the only U.S. magazine dedicated to bicycle travel and adventure. Additional benefits for joining include discounts on route maps, access to guided tours, a wealth of information on touring domestically and abroad, and much more, all of which will help empower your favorite people to get on the road to fitness and adventure. Simply join or renew your own membership and you can give as many gift memberships as you want for as little as $20 each. Join at the Patron level ($60) or higher, and we'll also send you the gorgeous 2015 Bicycle Travel Calendar. Find more details here: 
https://www.adventurecycling.org/holidaygift 
The calendar, featuring photos from our annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, makes a great gift itself. Check it out: 
http://bit.ly/1xZyAtj


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IF YOU SPEAK GERMAN, PLEASE FILL US IN 
Is this (http://overnighter.de) the German version of BikeOvernights.org? Anyway, Jody Furtney, who had a story posted at the Bike Overnights site last month, shared an article by Michael Ackerman that appeared recently in Bikepackers Magazine. The piece is about Jody and her husband Seth, who together are a very adventurous couple. "It has stories in there about the Great Divide and Idaho Hot Springs trips," Jody said. "You might enjoy it, and if you would like to share it, feel free. I'm a longtime member and always enjoy hearing about others. Thought I'd share what's been written about us!" 
http://bikepackersmagazine.com/simplicity-living-quest-pure-joy 
Here's the link to Jody's Bike Overnight, titled "San Juan High Alpine Splendor." 
http://www.bikeovernights.org/post/san-juan-high-alpine-splendor 


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MERRY TIMES IN THE MARITIMES 
Take a look at these photos and words about a recent ride in the Maritime Provinces undertaken by a Bike Bits reader named Pat. And then don't be surprised to find yourself planning your own bicycle getaway to eastern Canada. 
http://web.ncf.ca/eq956/2014Maritimes 

 
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THE CHALLENGE OF THE MOTHER ROAD 
"From the moment in November 2012 when we first announced the timeline for our next big route, Bicycle Route 66, we have been working to create a world-class bicycle route following the legendary Route 66 travel corridor. As expected, pieces of the original Route 66 road have been consumed by the newer interstate highway system and others are now maintained by state and county jurisdictions. What we didn't realize is that in remote stretches, the road has been left to fend for itself." Read the rest of this blog post titled "Bicycle Route 66 Concerns," in which Routes & Mapping Assistant Director Jennifer Milyko details some of the unexpected challenges we're facing in creating this new long-distance cycling route. 
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/bicycle-route-66-concerns 


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Until next time, click on http://bit.ly/1wloG8l to read the second Adventure Cycling contribution to the newsletter of our European partners, EuroVelo. 

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