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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 3, February 4, 2015
This is the 350th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,149 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.


"Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands." 
--Richard Francis Burton, 19th century British explorer, geographer, and spy


Electric bicycles have been around for some time, but the approach taken by FlyKly is different--you use your own bike, and just buy their wheel. The specialized unit, now on the market, won't power your bike on its own; rather, it's a form of "pedal-assist," says Niko Klansek, the Slovenian founder and CEO of the New York-based company. The experience of using it is said to feel more like cycling with a stiff tailwind at your back than riding a motorbike. Once you start pedaling, the motor engages and helps out with your forward motion. FlyKly started out as Kickstarter project aiming to raise $100,000, but it raked in seven times that much. 


Every year, Adventure Cycling offers an online survey in an effort to learn about members' interests and preferences, and to get feedback regarding the organization's services, programs, and resources. The yearly survey results provide us with much-needed insight into what is working and what might need some improvement. The information gleaned is in fact one of the most important tools we use for planning future activities and programs. So please, take ten or fifteen minutes of your time to let us know about your experience as a member. The online survey can be taken through the end of February. To begin, click here: 


A reader named Martha alerted Bike Bits to the fact that one of the films nominated for an Oscar in the Animated Shorts category is "Me and My Moulton," by Torill Kove, a Norwegian-born Canadian film director. "Her film is about a seven-year-old girl and her two sisters who ask their modernist architect parents for a bicycle, and their parents buy them a Moulton folding bike," Martha wrote. "The 13-minute short is great because it shows girls who love bicycles; it is especially funny for folding bike enthusiasts." The film is available for download at the National Film Board of Canada website for $5.95 Canadian. 


On March 20, Betsy and Kent Hering of Bemidji, Minnesota, will head out on the adventure they're calling "H2Odyssey," leaving San Diego and taking aim at Bar Harbor, Maine. Riding their recumbent trikes, Betsy and Kent plan to follow portions of four Adventure Cycling routes as they make the miles: the Southern Tier, Great Rivers, TransAmerica, and Atlantic Coast. Married for 42 years and with three grown children, the couple will be raising funds and awareness for WaterAid as they go. Their beneficiary organization works in 26 of the world's poorest countries to help communities set up and manage sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. 
Betsy and Kent's H2Odyssey is among the projects to have successfully applied for Adventure Cycling's map-donation program. As a non-profit, member-supported organization, we work to represent our members' interests in our outreach work, and hence are able to donate maps for benefit rides organized by Adventure Cycling members (we are unable to donate money or gear). We're limited in the number of maps we can donate each year, so we look at each request on a case-by-case basis. For a complete description of the program and its requirements, contact Teri Maloughney, director of sales and marketing:         


The 6th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is currently seeking bicycle travel films of three to 60 minutes in length. Billed as the only film festival in the U.S. to specifically explore the joys of bicycle travel, the Ciclismo Classico takes place every May in Arlington, Massachusetts. In addition to an evening's worth of bicycling inspiration and entertainment, the event--a fundraiser for the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition--also features the famous Cookie Showcase, a selection of cookies from the best bakeries far and wide. For more information or to submit your film, visit this site: 


Share the Joy is our annual raffle promotion designed to encourage members to turn their friends and riding companions on to Adventure Cycling Association. You can share the inspiration of bicycle travel by sending your friend(s) a free sample copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine, the only U.S. magazine dedicated expressly to bicycle travel and adventure. Members who have a magazine sent to a friend will be entered to win the grand-prize Revolt 1 bicycle from Giant (valued at $1,300), as well as monthly prizes from Rudy Project/RACE, Bike2Power, Cygolite, and others. Send a sample issue of Adventure Cyclist to a friend today!  
Learn more about Share the Joy here: 


The link below takes you to a great little "Throwback Thursday" story from Singletrack magazine (U.K.) by John Metcalfe, a Brit who pedaled the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with a friend. 
A quick Google search turned up the fact that Metcalfe has written an entire book about his ride, titled "Dividing the Great." The e-book has earned a considerable number of positive reviews on Amazon. 
One more Great Divide-related item: We're trying to track down the name and age of the oldest person to have ridden the entire U.S. portion of the route, from the Montana-British Columbia border to the New Mexico-Chihuahua border (or vice versa). If you have a line on who that might be, please email Routes and Mapping assistant director Jennifer Milyko:  


Each year, the San Diego County Bike Coalition presents their annual Golden Gear Awards to individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to make San Diego a more friendly place for cyclists. For 2014, Tern Bicycles was recognized with the "Community Partner of the Year" award for ongoing support of activities such as CicloSDias, San Diego's semi-annual open streets, car-free community event. Read about this and the other awards presented by the SDCBC at a Balboa Park post-Holiday Joy Ride party on December 11th. 
You can learn more about Tern Bicycles here: 


Galen, a member from Minnesota, wrote to tell us about what he says is a remarkable series of videos of solo bikepacking across Europe, by Marc Altena from the Netherlands. "All eight are well worth watching," Galen said. "They are among the best-shot and best-edited videos of their type, in my opinion--and I've made and watched many. Marc's unique helmet-boom-mount GoPro shots are amazing." Check 'em out here: 


If you live in the Pacific Northwest (or even if you don't), and you're interested in getting more young people cycling, you'll want to check out the 5th annual Youth Bike Summit. The event, taking place February 13 through 15 in Seattle, will feature parties, inspiring talks, and workshops--many of them organized and/or delivered by young people from around the U.S. Adventure Cycling is a sponsor of the summit, and executive director Jim Sayer and his 16-year old daughter Keilan will be delivering a short keynote talk, along with a longer session on bike travel. You can find out more and register here: 


Until next time, click on to see a shot of Jim in action on the East Coast. 


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