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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 4, February 18, 2015
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This is the 351st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,169 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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"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." 
-- John Muir 

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FAT BIKE FEBRUARY 
It's Fat Bike February, all month long, and the big wheels are rollin.' Check up on some of the latest gear and trends via this link:  
http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/how-to-department/bikepacking-off-road-touring/
Here's your electronic pathway to another interesting post at the Surly blog:
http://surlybikes.com/blog/post/maybe_im_old_fashioned
Find out what transpired at this year's Global Fat Bike Summit, held January 23 through 25 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming: 
http://fatbikesummit.com 


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VIRGINIA IS FOR HEADSTONE LOVERS 
A member named Denis wrote to tell us about an activity that he enjoys combining with cycling; it's a pairing that may seem like strange bedfellows at first blush. "For the past three years I have cycled to cemeteries to image headstones for the BillionGraves.com project," Denis said. "These images are made available on the BG website to assist those interested in researching their family tree. A little over two years ago, along with ten others, I completed the Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast Route from Canada to Mexico. Enroute I was able to stop at several cemeteries and add to the growing collection of millions of headstones. Currently, I am temporarily in Virginia (for 18 months), where it is ‘Cemetery Heaven' compared to Arizona, where my home is located. No matter where I cycle, there are headstones waiting to be imaged. This is a wonderful project that helps me feel useful and get the exercise I need at age 72." 
http://billiongraves.com 

 
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HOUSTON GOING GREEN 
Check out this short piece on the new two-way protected bike lane being installed in downtown Houston. Only three-quarters of a mile long, the lane will provide an important connection between a pair of off-street trails. 
http://ow.ly/IPomy 


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SALT LAKE SALUTATIONS MARCH 3 & 4
Adventure Cycling Executive Director Jim Sayer will be in Salt Lake City on March 3 to speak at the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit. He's also taking this opportunity to host our first-ever regional gathering in Salt Lake to meet with bike travel enthusiasts (or people who might be interested in touring) and share the latest on all that's happening at Adventure Cycling. The gathering will be on Wednesday, March 4, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the city's downtown public library. Light refreshments will be available, and admission is free! You can learn more at the link below; please RSVP through Beth Petersen at bpetersen@adventurecycling.org.
http://ow.ly/IUekQ


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BIKES + PEOPLE 
The good peeps over at PeopleForBikes tell us that they're gearing up for pro cyclocross racer Tim Johnson's Ride on Chicago, an annual five-day bike tour benefiting the national bike nonprofit. Johnson and 25 other riders, including world-champion athletes, journalists, and business executives, will pedal from Minneapolis to Chicago June 2 through June 6. Founded in 2011, the ride has raised more than $300,000 for the organization, helping to build more safe and appealing places for people to bike. The ride has also increased awareness of the need for bike advocacy throughout the bike racing and enthusiast communities.
http://www.peopleforbikes.org 


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RIGHT ON PACE 
Bruce White is a Scoutmaster from Spotsylvania County, Virginia, who led a group of Eagle Scouts on a cross-country bike trip in 2014. As a result, he was nominated for, and has received, the 2014 Pacesetter Award, one of a quartet of awards Adventure Cycling presents to worthy winners each year. Read all about it in this story at Fredericksburg.com: 
http://ow.ly/IPnQn 
Check out all of Adventure Cycling's 2014 Award Winners at the following link:
http://bit.ly/1zXNylW


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GERMAN SURVEY 
Stanislav Bazhukhin, a student at Mannheim Business School in Germany, wrote to tell us that as part of their MBA program he and four team members are working to prepare a market study of the U.S. bicycle market. "Therefore, we would appreciate if we could realize a survey amongst your readers/members," said Stanislav, who went on to explain that in his field of study this sort of survey is considered the primary research. "We will implement the results of the survey in our thesis as a basis of our analysis," he added. "For us, it is important to get the results of a minimum of 150 correctly filled questionnaires." Here's the link to the survey: 
https://de.surveymonkey.com/s/North_American_Cyclists_Survey


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SUMMITING CAPITOL HILL 
Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow from Adventure Cycling's Travel Initiatives Department will travel to Washington, DC, next month for the National Bike Summit, an annual conference hosted by the League of American Bicyclists. In addition to attending sessions and connecting with partners at the conference, Ginny and Saara plan to meet with congressional representatives and visit Shenandoah National Park to visit with park staff about bicycle tourism and U.S. Bicycle Routes initiatives. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the summit and meet with their congressional delegation, especially important this year, since the current transportation bill, which funds many bicycle projects, is due to expire in May. 
http://bikeleague.org/content/summit-2015
 

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A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Daniel Norris is a 21-year-old out of Johnson City, Tennessee, who throws a mean curve ball when it comes to lifestyle, compared to most Major Leaguers, anyway. Norris, who "grew up roaming the racks of tires and helmets at his father's mountain bike shop," lives in a mustard-yellow 1978 VW Westfalia microbus. Even better, he's turning some of his fellow ballplayers on to the wonders of the outdoors. 
http://www.grindtv.com/lifestyle/culture/post/meet-pro-baseball-player-lives-van 


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SHARE THE JOY 
The winner of the grand prize in Adventure Cycling's 2014 Share the Joy contest is Coreen Fraiser, a 12-year member from Arkansas. Coreen, who takes home a Novara Ponderosa hardtail mountain bike from REI, visited our Missoula office last summer while on a ride, and had her photo taken by the irrepressible Greg Siple. "Share the Joy is a great title for this campaign," Coreen told Bike Bits, "because that is what I experience each time I ride: raw, pure, joy! Winning the bicycle was a wonderful surprise. I plan to keep on commuting until the end of time, just as I have done for the last 20 or so years. Thank you, Adventure Cycling!" Click on the following link to learn how to get in the running for 2015's Share the Joy prizes.   
http://www.adventurecycling.org/membership/share-the-joy 
More Joy! We were excited and honored to learn that CYCLE California! Magazine has named Adventure Cycling Association the "Best Bicycle Tour Company for 2014." 
http://www.cyclecalifornia.com 


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Until next time, click on http://ow.ly/IPnJD to meet Eva Dunn-Froebig, Adventure Cycling's new events and outreach coordinator. Eva is charged with working on projects related to our 40th anniversary in 2016. 

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