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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 10, May 20, 2015
This is the 357th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,654 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.


"It's not how far you've traveled, it's what you've brought back."
--Tiziano Terzani 


Laurie Chipps quit her job as a librarian at the Art Institute of Chicago to hit the trail--the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, to be specific. "I'm kind of ready to trade all the concrete for more forests and streams," the 36-year-old Chipps told reporter Justin Breen of DNAinfo, Chicago's leading ‘hyper-local news' source. "I'll try to put it simply: I had everything in my life, but a couple of years ago, I felt unhappy and not content with what I had." Chipps saved money for a year, gave away most of her furniture, and turned her cat over to a friend to care for. Read more of her story here:


The next film in the Adventure Cycling Epic Montana series will be shot on the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail in eastern and central Montana. "We're hoping to run into riders on the route, but it would be nice to know in advance who might be out there during the last week of June," says Michael Deme, Adventure Cycling publications director and one of the series' executive producers; "anytime between June 22 and 30." If that sounds like you, or someone you know, drop Mike a note at
Meanwhile, if you haven't seen the first two videos in the series, you'll find them here: 


What's with the headline? Some say it was a send-off warning given to 19th century miners headed into the southwest Colorado wilderness, and that it morphed into the town name of Telluride. Others say the settlement was named after tellurium, an element often found in association with gold deposits. One way or the other, the Telluride 200: Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride (M2D) takes place this coming September 26th. M2D distance options range from 70 to 200 miles, with the double century dishing out a whopping 11,187 feet of climbing. A fundraising event for the Just for Kids Foundation, it's a race for those who want it to be and not a race for those who don't. 


The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a developing national network of bicycle routes linking urban, suburban, and rural areas. To date, 8,043 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been established in 16 states (with three routes and two more states to be announced next week!): Alaska, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia. Presently, more than 40 states are working to create U.S. Bicycle Routes. Read here about a partnership with one of the USBRS supporters, the Montana-based Town Pump Hotel Group:  
Donate $25 to the U.S. Bicycle Route System and we will enter your name in a drawing to win a spot on the Danube Bike Path seven-day bike tour with Bike Tours Direct. Donate $50 and you'll also be entered to win a Giant Revolt 1 bicycle! 


Check out the most and least bicycle-friendly states for 2015, along with the 48 in between, in this report on the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly America program. 


The self-charging electric bike sold through Hammacher-Schlemmer ("Offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected for 167 years") is "the electric bike that riders help recharge by pedaling. Instead of rotating the rear wheel, pedaling this bike turns the built-in alternator that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, providing supplemental power to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery." Not only that, but it's a folder with an automatic transmission. Check it out, and see what you think. 


The Joplin (Missouri) Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with local event organizer Joplin Trails Coalition, have announced their fifth annual Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour. "The greater Joplin region is the only place along Historic Route 66 where a cyclist can cover three states in one day ride," states a press release about the ride. Scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, the ride will go from the west edge of Carthage, Missouri, following Route 66 into Joplin, then proceed westward into Kansas and Oklahoma. The out-and-back distances available include 15, 30, 45, 66, and 100 miles. Participants will enjoy support and plenty of rest/refreshment stops. More details and to register:  


A reader from North Carolina named Douglas contacted Bike Bits to talk up the riding in his state. "I just wanted to let you know that North Carolina has some nice cycling options," he said. "In particular: the Mountains to Coast, a five-day, fully supported tour. Every year the route changes a little, but the idea is to go from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of the state and end up at the Atlantic Ocean. This year's event is September 26 through October 3." More info: 


The Mission Workshop in San Francisco is hosting a two-week long celebration of the female cyclist. The event, which began on May 14th and continues through the 28th, includes fashion and art events, group rides, and more--all designed to "help carve out a space for women riders in the Bay Area." Mission Workshop is located at 541 Valencia Street in San Francisco. 


Until next time, click on to review Oregon Bikepacking's take on "Route Planning in the Modern Age." 


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