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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 13, July 1, 2015
This is the 360th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,070 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.

"Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work." 


Elizabeth Case and Rachel Woods-Robinson, two scientists who met while studying physics at UCLA, left San Francisco by bicycle on April 17, taking aim at New York City. As they go, they're teaching at middle schools and summer programs using a miniature, 3D-printable, solar-powered bicycle that they are in the process of developing. You can check out their project and follow along on their blog by opening this link: 


The nomination period is open for the 2015 Bicycle Travel Awards, Adventure Cycling's nationally recognized program aimed at acknowledging exemplary contributions to the enjoyment and success of bicycle travelers. The award categories include the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the June Curry Trail Angel Award, and the Braxton Bicycle Shop Award. You can learn more about each of the categories and about the nomination process in general by clicking on the link below. Please note that nominations must be submitted no later than September 30.  


Bike Bits heard recently from Teri Holst, who wrote to tell us about Ride Like A Girl Cycling, an initiative designed to promote women's cycling."We're creating not only information, but also a support group for any female wanting to get into cycling, advance their skills, or socialize with other riders," Teri wrote. "This has really taken off in the Minneapolis area with our Facebook page, and we have had excellent turnouts for our group rides." Teri added that, because of the initiative's unanticipated success, her group has decided to create a website to offer the same type of support and information to others in the country. "This offers a meeting place for women," she wrote, "as well as invaluable tips on rides, maintenance/repair, advocacy, and more."     


The Big Ride is an 87-mile gran fondo style event taking place July 19 in and around Adventure Cycling's hometown of Missoula, Montana. The beautiful route follows paved roads for the most part, although around 11 miles of gravel are thrown in for good measure. The ride caps the four-day Montana Bicycle Festival, which also includes professional and amateur racing, a "cycling experience expo" at Missoula's Caras Park, and more.
Note that for next year, Adventure Cycling's Montana Bicycle Celebration--part of the multifaceted festivities commemorating the organization's 40th anniversary--will be joining forces with the 2016 version of the event described above. 


Check out this lengthy interview at the Adventure Sports Podcast with Adventure Cycling blogger and Adventure Cyclist magazine columnist Willie Weir. Great stuff!  


Police officer Rob Simmons has been bicycling around Chattanooga, Tennessee, equipped with a "new, unique ultrasonic sensor." The device tells him whether or not drivers are adhering to the state law requiring them to give a buffer zone of at least three feet to cyclists as they overtake them. According to the Ars Technica story linked below, "the 13-year veteran on the Chattanooga Police Department … hasn't actually issued any fines of the 17 people he's stopped. Rather, Simmons pulls people over in an attempt to teach them about the law. Sometimes, in heavy traffic, he can pull over a car even on his bike. But other times he requires a nearby fellow officer driving a patrol car." While around half of the 50 states have enacted similar laws, it appears that so far Tennessee is the only one using an enforcement device such as this. Perhaps that will change.


While plenty of Tour Divide racers are still out there somewhere on the 2,768-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the winners of both gender categories are in. In the men's division, the first five to finish the race all broke the previous record time of 15 days, 16 hours, and 14 minutes held by Jay Petervary of Victor, Idaho. Coming in second place this year was Petervary himself, who finished less than a half hour behind winner Josh Kato, a 40-year-old from Cashmere, Washington, who arrived in Antelope Wells in an elapsed time of 14 days, 11 hours, and 37 minutes. And in the women's division, 28-year-old Lael Wilcox of Anchorage, Alaska, finished in a stunning 17 days, one hour, and 51 minutes, shaving more than two days off the time of former record holder Eszter Horanyi. You can find more results and rider information here: 


Well not for change on the Northern Tier per se, but for positive change in the realm of human trafficking. Cycling for Change president Santhosh Paulus, MD, wrote to thank Adventure Cycling for donating Northern Tier Route maps for routing guidance in their endeavor; and, secondly, to invite Adventure Cycling members to join along on any segment of the ride free-of-charge (although donations are welcome, of course). Find out more here: 


The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, invites adventure cyclists to explore the 7 Wonders of Oregon while engaging in a statewide scavenger hunt. For ‘7 Bikes 7 Wonders,' Travel Oregon tapped seven of the state's top custom bike builders, assigning each to craft a bicycle for one of the Wonders. With the bikes hidden in different locations, Travel Oregon reveals online clues alluding to each bike's exact whereabouts, focusing on a new Wonder each week. The fun began the week of June 15 at Mount Hood, and culminates during the week of August 3rd at Crater Lake.  


Until next time, click on to view a terrific newsflash video from Caltrans about the opening of a couple of stretches of I-40 in the Mojave Desert to those riding Bicycle Route 66. The opening to cyclists of these important stretches of highway happened due to the hard work of many Adventure Cycling staff and volunteers, working in partnership with Caltrans.


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