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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 24, December 17, 2014
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This is the 347th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 54,520 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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"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." 
--Oliver Goldsmith, 1728–1774

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH BIKE OVERNIGHTS 
The Bike Bits e-newsletter you're reading publishes twice per month, year after year (for 16 in a row now). Each year has 12 months. Twelve times two equals 24. This is Number 24 of Volume 16. What does all this mean? Happy New Year, 2014 is almost over! Do you do New Year resolutions? Some people do, some don't. If you're a doer, please consider resolving to submit a story in 2015 about a one- or two-overnight bike trip that you've taken or will be taking sometime in the next few months. Click on the link below to get inspired by reading a few of the more than 200 stories that have already posted at BikeOvernights.org. There you can also learn how to submit a tale about your own adventure. 
http://www.bikeovernights.org 


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CAMPER DELUXE
You might want to pick up one of these babies for your next overnight. It's a camper that weighs about 100 pounds, features a convertible double bed, and is mounted on a bicycle trailer. Interesting concept, but we're not sure how it would handle in a Wyoming crosswind or a Patagonia headwind. 
http://www.livinginashoebox.com/this-foldable-bicycle-camper-lets-you-live-comfortable-on-the-road/

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MEET US HALFWAY & DONATE TO OUR HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN
We're halfway up the hill to the $100,000 challenge grant from our Holiday Trailblazers, and we need your support to inch us toward the top. Any donation you make before December 31st will automatically be doubled and get us that much closer to up and over. Every year we inspire and empower hundreds of thousands of people to travel by bicycle; with your support, we can reach even more!
https://www.adventurecycling.org/support-adventure-cycling/holiday-campaign 


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AROUND THE WORLD IN 480 DAYS 
Tom, a Warm Showers member who says he hosts a lot of cyclists riding the Southern Tier, wrote to tell us about "a most remarkable couple who are on their last five days of a 16,000-mile round-the-world trip. We think they are quite noteworthy and very worthy of inclusion in Bike Bits." Their names are Laura and Tim Moss, and they in fact finished their ride since Tom sent the note. They had their homecoming celebration back in London on Sunday, December 14. Check out their website here: 
http://thenextchallenge.org 


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BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY
Just go easy on the Beam … Bike Bits heard from a member named Gardner in Pennsylvania who told us that he's been involved in creating a short film about cycling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. "Now that it's complete," Gardner said, "I wanted to share it with you; hope you enjoy it!" The film is titled "Bikes, Bourbon, & Bluegrass: Cycling the Kentucky Bourbon Trail." 
http://vimeo.com/104967026 


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OREGON BIKEWAY SURVEY CLOSES NEW YEAR'S DAY
Have you cycled on any of Oregon's twelve Scenic Bikeways this year? Want to help make Oregon even better for cycling? Travel Oregon and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. As part of the information gathering process, the two organizations ask that cyclists respond to the online survey linked below by December 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways — offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes — and the feedback gathered can make them even better. Responses will be kept confidential and used for statistical purposes only. Take the survey now:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScenicBikewaySurvey1


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THE PACK IS BACK 
Bikepacking is a rapidly growing niche of bicycle travel, and it's not just for dirt riders anymore. The story linked below takes you to "2014 Bikepacking Year in Review," where the heroes profiled include Mike Hall, who won the first-ever unsupported race on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. (The story is not strictly about racing feats, but it leans heavily in that direction.) 
http://bikepackersmagazine.com/bikepacking-year-in-review 


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GREENE MACHINE 
Taking the activity of bikepacking a step or ten farther than most is Adventure Cycling's own Casey Greene, a cartographer with our Routes and Mapping Department. When Casey, who masterminded the new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route, is not drawing maps, he's often out blazing new trails. In the process, he's pushing the limits of where the mountain bike can go. 
http://www.bikemag.com/inspiration/packing 


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HANG IT ON YOUR DOOR FOR THE HOLIDAYS
You say you have a spare bicycle wheel hanging around in your garage or basement? Here's a clever idea, presented in pictures: Turn it into a holiday wreath. 
http://bit.ly/1zsQYN3


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Until next time, click on http://bit.ly/1yXSxm0 to read a story that claims cycling is creating more jobs in Europe than automaking is in the U.S. 

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