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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 11, June 3, 2015
This is the 358th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,787 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.


"Studies have shown that riding a bicycle every day makes you more awesome than the general population." 


Click on the following link to watch several mayors, including Betsy Price of Fort Worth and Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, discuss the importance of cycling in the modern city. Thanks to People for Bikes for putting together this video and to Brian Wilson, communications coordinator at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, for sending the link to Bike Bits. 


"Today we feature newly designated and realigned U.S. Bicycle Routes officially adopted by AASHTO on May 14, 2015: Idaho with USBR 10, Utah with USBR 70 and 79, and Minnesota with realignments to USBR 45. Along with the excitement of the three new routes in the West, Minnesota will also celebrate its newly signed route at the headwaters of the Mississippi River Trail with a celebratory ride and ribbon cutting." Read more about the great news in this blog post from the Travel Initiatives Department: 
Also check out the new USBRS online resources: 


Wytheville, a TransAmerica Bicycle Trail community known as the "hub of southwest Virginia," will see the 12th annual Big Pencil to Big Walker Charity Ride taking place on Saturday, June 20. Starting out at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Wytheville, riders climb Big Walker Mountain one time (for the 24-mile route), two times (for the 36-mile route), or three times (for the metric century). They also traverse some of the most scenic back roads in Bland and Wythe counties. This fully supported event is a fundraiser for HOPE, Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting affordable housing, food security, and anti-poverty initiatives in southwest Virginia. The first 50 to register online receive a custom-designed cycling jersey. Click here for more info (and get ready to see yellow): 


A lot of bicyclists need no further incentive to participate in an Adventure Cycling tour beyond the fun, camaraderie, outdoor exercise, great food, and beautiful scenery that all come as part of the package. Nevertheless, the Tours Department has tacked on few incentives for those who are still hedging. Check 'em out here: 


Graham Kitchener wrote Bike Bits to tell us about his new DVD, "Sleepless 'til Seattle," subtitled 'An epic journey by 2 Scots cyclists, 4,300 miles across North America from sea to shining sea.' According to the write-up at Amazon, the pair encountered bears, storms, empty prairies, intense heat, mechanical failures, and a colorful set of characters as they went (pretty much all of which will sound familiar to anyone who has bicycled across this large country of ours). They followed the Northern Tier Route for the most part.
If you happen to be ordering the DVD from Europe, here's the link to it at Amazon UK: 


Adventure Cycling has implemented a new web feature designed to unite Member Bike Shops with individual Adventure Cycling members and the greater bike touring community. Member Shops are now listed on our website at the link below. There you can search for and find important information about Adventure Cycling Member Shops within your region. These shops support our mission of inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle, and offer products and services specifically for traveling and touring cyclists. If you are looking for a bike shop in your current location, please give one of our supporting shops a try--and don't forget to let them know how much you appreciate their support of us! 


Taking place the weekend of June 19-20 in Whitefish, Montana, is the third annual femme/VÉLO, an all-women, 100-kilometer, mass-start ride--said to be the only all-women's ride in Montana. According to the event website, "When you register for femme/VÉLO you are helping to support the growth of women's cycling. In return we're putting together an event that you'll remember for a lifetime." Riders get a custom jersey, full support with aid stations, a post-ride party, and more. Check it out here: 


Jacqulynn Witham wrote to tell us about the Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration, slated for July 26 in Spokane Valley, Washington. "This is a great way to experience the Spokane Valley and all the beauty that it has to offer," Jacqulynn said. Rides of 10, 25, and 50 miles are available, all starting at the North Centennial Trailhead. Learn all about it by tapping on this link: 


Until next time, click on and to see the participant rosters for the upcoming races on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (field of ~170!) and TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. 


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