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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 15, August 5, 2015
This is the 362nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,492 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.

"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." 

The 12-mile LoBo Trail along Colorado's Front Range runs through the towns of Gunbarrel and Niwot as it connects the larger cities of Boulder and Longmont. Also passing through a pleasing swath of protected open space, the trail is relatively flat, meandering north and south along the foothills. The Boulder Ale Trail, as its promoters are calling it, is an unofficial extension of the LoBo, "beginning, ending, or pausing at ten of Boulder County's best microbreweries." Learn more here: 


Are you interested in the big, wide world of bike tourism and travel? Then we may have the just gathering for you: the National Bicycle Tourism Conference, taking place November 4 through 7 by the beach in San Diego! The conference will feature a couple of days of in-depth panels and keynotes looking at everything from bike-event development and promotion to ways to enhance destinations to attract more cyclists. Plus, plenty of social events--including a dinner cruise around Mission Bay--will provide opportunities to hobnob with kindred cycling spirits. An added bonus this year: Adventure Cycling is a major sponsor and organizer of the conference, and a number of our staff will be there, including executive director Jim Sayer, tours director Arlen Hall, and travel initiatives director Ginny Sullivan. Find out more about the sun and cycle tourism in San Diego:
Ginny, by the way, is the go-to person for learning about the US Bicycle Route System. More and more miles of roads and trails in the country are being marked with signs similar to the one featured in the photo accompanying the Roanoke Times article linked below. The shot was taken on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail/US Bicycle Route 76. 


Sue, representing the Ride to Awareness, wrote to tell Bike Bits that her group is looking for a few more riders who'd like to spend 60 days cycling the Southern Tier Route, from September 14 through November 15. You can contact her directly at or (954) 294-9539, or via the Contact Us page at this website: 


Alexandra Phillips, bicycle recreation specialist with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, wrote to tell us about the Star Party taking place at Bates State Park on August 14. "Park manager Dennis Bradley says the combination of a new moon and the Perseids meteor shower is the perfect formula for an unforgettable evening," Alexandra said. "Stargazers can also enjoy an old-fashioned campfire and hear stories from folks who lived in Bates when it was still a thriving logging town." The party starts at 7:30 p.m. and will include local volunteers and amateur astronomers, along with their telescopes. Bates State Park is situated between Baker City and Prairie City, about a half mile off the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail from Austin Junction. "Last year, 412 cyclists camped at the hiker/biker site," Alexandra added, "making it the most popular hiker/biker site off the coast--and the cyclists far outnumbered all other campers!"


The annual Santa Fe Gourmet Classic is billed as "a fun, challenging 65-mile bike tour with delicious, creative Southwest-style foods at five gourmet refueling stops." The noncompetitive ride winds through Santa Fe and into the surrounding countryside, taking in high meadows that provide impressive vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Slated for October 3, the ride will be limited to 150 riders this year. 


More than 80 bicycle clubs around the country whose members believe strongly in the mission of Adventure Cycling Association have expressed that support by becoming Member Clubs. And now we've implemented a new web feature designed to promote the clubs to individual Adventure Cycling members and to the bike touring community in general. Here you can search for and find more information about clubs both within and outside of your region. You may also log in to your My Adventure Cycling Account to update your own club's description with information you'd like the cycling community to be aware of. 


After logging more than 150,000 miles by bicycle, Janet Cady Zebrack and Jerry Zebrack sat down to write "The Power of Positive Pedaling: A Couple's Stories and Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Cycling the World." The authors began bicycle touring in 1981 as a way to have fun with their two young sons; now, 34 years later, they're still touring the world. "It has been such a wonderful bonding experience, with tremendous health benefits," says Janet. Jerry, a board certified cardiologist, and Janet, a retired primary school teacher, are donating all profits from the book to Adventure Cycling Association, and the foreword was written by our executive director, Jim Sayer. Brimming with details about their adventures and photographs taken along the way, the paperback is available for $18.95 through Cyclosource: 
If you prefer an e-book, you can purchase the Kindle version for just $2.99 at Amazon:   


"Comes with Baggage" is a lighthearted documentary about bicycle travel in the Americas put together by Blackburn as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. Watching the film is just about guaranteed to make you consider putting your day-to-day life on hold and escaping to somewhere new via bicycle. Featuring both vintage and new footage, and including interviews with bike pioneers, makers, and historians, the film offers a unique perspective on where bicycles can take you, both physically and spiritually. Contact Blackburn at the link below to learn how to arrange for a screening of "Comes with Baggage" in your area. 


Cooperstown, New York, is known far and wide as home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. Self-nicknamed "America's Most Perfect Village," Cooperstown is also chock-full of art attractions, James Fenimore Cooper lore ("The Last of the Mohicans," et. al.), good restaurants, and classic New England homes, including several that have been transformed into B&Bs. One terrific place to stay is the Inn at Cooperstown, a historic landmark run as an 18-room inn that was designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh, most noted for the Dakota Apartments and the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Here innkeepers Marc and Sherrie Kingsley, both avid cyclists, have renovated an old cobbler shop into a gathering place for bicycling guests, which they call the Big Ring Bicycle Clubhouse. According to the inn's website, "As cool as the clubhouse is (and it's pretty cool), it's the area around Cooperstown that's the real jewel for any bicyclist." 


Until next time, click on to take a video ride along Bicycle Route 66 with Ron, who celebrated his 66th birthday by riding the Mother Road. Lots of iconic Route 66 images! 


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