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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 7, April 1, 2015
This is the 354th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 54,620 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.


"April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four." 
-- Mark Twain 


It appears that Tennessee is leading the way for bicycling in the Southeast. And again this year, the Tennessee Bike Summit, slated for April 23 and 24 in Knoxville, will play a vital role in bringing advocates, elected officials, engineers, and planners together from across the state to share ideas, best practices, and fellowship. Gil Penalosa, founder and chairman of 8-80 Cities, and Martha Roskowski, director of the Green Lane Project and vice president of Local Initiatives with PeopleForBikes, will be this year's keynote speakers. Workshops and panels will offer attendees additional opportunities to learn about advocacy and education, infrastructure, updates on the U.S. Bicycle Route System in Tennessee, and other special projects from around the state. You can find more details and registration information here: 


As you no doubt already know, Adventure Cycling offers a huge selection of organized tours each year, ranging from completely self-contained to fully supported. Here's a trio of the latter style (fully supported) that still have spaces remaining: 
Ragin' Cajun Country, May 2-8 
Cycle Utah II, June 13-19 
Southern Ohio Relaxed, July 11-17 


On Saturday, April 11, Richmond-area cyclists Joey Parent, Paul Hansbarger, and Hunter Davis will host an evening of bicycling adventure, showing slides from recent trips and examples of loaded bikes and gear for bikepacking and lightweight touring. Following their talk will be a screening of "Inspired to Ride," the new documentary film from Mike Dion ("Ride the Divide") about the new-in-2014 self-supported bike race on Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. The gathering takes place at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. More info: 


Jeanne Rummel wrote to tell Bike Bits about a charity ride taking place on Martha's Vineyard September 25 through 27, which will benefit PSC Partners Seeking a Cure. PSC, or Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is a chronic disease that damages the bile ducts of the liver and often results in the need for a liver transplant. The event includes a warm-up ride on the first day, a 62-mile or 31-mile charity challenge ride on the second day, and a finale ride on day three. Riders choosing the longer challenge distance will circumnavigate the entire island. Visit the event website to learn about the fundraising requirements and to get more details. 


Stroke survivor and former Intel executive Sean Maloney is riding across America to raise awareness for stroke and heart-attack prevention technology. His route is laid out and anyone interested can join him for a set segment, or for part of a segment as he passes through their area. A reader named Suzy, who alerted Bike Bits to this project, said she was planning on joining Sean for the Palo Alto to Santa Barbara segment, and that it would be her first big bike adventure. "But it won't be my last," she promised, adding, "there's no cost to join the ride, and no fundraising required, though of course it's not frowned upon!" 


Frank, chief of research and bottle-washing in our Denver Bureau, sent in this dispatch last week: "Here's a new idea--build the suspension into the wheel itself! With this kind of shock absorption, you could possibly also use solid rubber tires and eliminate the issue of flat tires at the same time. And would this spokeless design also do away with the need to ‘true' the wheel?" 


A half dozen young Bike & Build alumni are taking a very long ride from the warmth of Key West, Florida, to the chill of Deadhorse, located along Alaska's North Slope near the Arctic Ocean. The 9,000-mile, self-supported journey from the southernmost to the northernmost points of the U.S. (points reachable by road, that is) will provide the backdrop for a documentary and even a novel "about the country's wild places and the people that are taking action to protect them. From Keys to Freeze a story of adventure is waiting to be told." The group is also raising funds and awareness for Climate Ride and the National Parks Conservation Association as they go. Learn more about their ambitious undertaking here: 


The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) is currently promoting its annual GITAP, the Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour. Taking place June 14 through 19, the fully supported, six-day ride explores scenic northwest and west-central Illinois and hosts up to 225 riders. Starting and ending in Kewanee, the tour includes overnight camping stops in Hampton, Galesburg, Canton (two nights), and Chillicothe. (An optional motel package is available at an extra cost.) Daily routes range from 47 to 60 miles, with longer options available. It's the only organized ride offered by LIB, and also the organization's biggest annual fundraiser. Check it out:


Every Monday from April through October, Slow Roll Detroit features different starting points, routes, and ending locations that showcase the city's many attractions, including art projects, architecture, and historic locations. The route is typically just 9 to 14 miles in length, and each ride also features a charity auction such as a clothing or food drive. Slow Roll often plans the route around major city events and festivals--making it a great way for people of all ages and interests to come together. Meet-up is at 6:30 p.m. and the ride starts a half hour later. From the photos displayed at the site linked below, it looks like turnout can be very impressive. 


Until next time, click on to catch up on the cool plans being made for Adventure Cycling's 40th birthday bash in 2016. 


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