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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 20, October 21, 2015
This is the 367th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,755 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.


"I like riding a bicycle built for two--by myself."
--Harry S Truman 


Matt Gissibl, the self-described "Resident Off Road Dirt Tester" for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, wrote to tell us that the BFW is the exclusive supplier of the new and improved Wisconsin Bicycling Maps. "These maps were last printed five years ago, in 2010," Matt said. "Last week we received our first shipment of the new version. This is the first time these maps have been printed on waterproof and tear-proof paper. They are available in four specific regions of the state, north, south, east, and west." The maps cost $10 per section or $25 for the set of four. You can purchase them online under the merchandise section here: 


Last month, Ed Wojtaszek participated in Adventure Cycling's fully supported group ride from D.C. to Pittsburgh along the C&O Canal towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail. He offers up a nice description of the ride at his blog:  
Ed and his group took just three days to cover the GAP portion of their route. Beth Kracklauer, writing for The Wall Street Journal, describes the five days it took for her and her friend to cover the same historic ground; they even avoided the 16-mile climb out of Cumberland by hitching a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. "I'm a sucker for a post-industrial landscape," Beth begins. "Unspoiled nature moves me as much as it does the next person, I guess, but give me a rusted-out mill or abandoned railroad tracks with my green and pleasant vista and I'm captivated. Suddenly the scene becomes a story."  


Speaking of the C&O Canal and the GAP, the Allegheny Trail Alliance is currently soliciting ideas and feedback on the launch of roll-on bicycle service on Amtrak's Capitol Limited route. The train runs between Chicago and Washington, D.C., joining in alongside the GAP and the C&O as it goes. According to a representative of the Alliance, which serves on the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force, "We are looking to see how the service can improve, while also asking the public: Where should roll-on service go next?" You can begin the survey by clicking on this link:


A member named Robert from Traverse City, Michigan, sent along the ditty linked below. "[It's] the greatest little story about bicycle touring told by two teenage boys," Robert wrote. "Simple, yet it brings out the sheer joy and adventure that they shared. Makes me smile every time I read it." 


The Oklahoma Bike Summit will take place November 13th through the 14th in Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University. Focusing on smaller communities, the summit will be an excellent opportunity to hear best practices and success stories from those working to improve bike safety and facilities in the state. Co-hosts of the event are the Oklahoma Bicycling Coalition and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, whose deputy director, Tim Gatz, will speak on Friday morning. More information: 


If you've been following Bike Bits, you've no doubt noticed that our staff members have really been getting around lately, with member gatherings in Missouri, Oregon, Minnesota, and elsewhere. Now you Iowans can join our travel initiatives coordinator, Saara Snow, for a special Adventure Cycling Regional Gathering in the capital city of Des Moines. It takes place downtown at The Royal Mile, 210 4th Street, on Tuesday, October 27th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. You'll enjoy appetizers and drinks while visiting with your fellow local cyclists and learning the latest about bicycle travel in North America. Bring friends and family to join the fun! Please RSVP by October 26th at or (406) 532-2751, so that we can be sure to have enough refreshments on hand. Additional details: 


We're still on the move! Executive director Jim Sayer will be on hand for a pair of Adventure Cycling Regional Gatherings in the Green Mountain State in early November. The first of the two takes place on Saturday, November 7th, in Brattleboro, at the Green Street School library, 164 Green Street, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Two days later, on Monday, November 9th, Jim will be at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street in downtown Burlington, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both gatherings are being conducted in partnership with the advocacy group Local Motion. Please RSVP no later than November 4th for the Brattleboro gathering and no later than November 6th for Burlington, by emailing or calling (406) 532-2751. 
More information on Brattleboro:
And on Burlington:


The federal Bureau of Land Management has created a nice new website, which the agency's director recently rolled out in Moab, Utah. Headlined "BLM Top 20 Mountain Biking Opportunities," it delivers what it promises, with a score of trails highlighted. Nineteen of them are found in nine of the western states where the agency is active, while one is located way east in Virginia. 


With recent additions to the U.S. Bicycle Route System in Vermont, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia, and Arizona, Adventure Cycling and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced a new tally of 11,053 miles of routes in 23 states and the District of Columbia. "State departments of transportation support all modes of travel, and expanding the USBRS creates healthier communities, promotes bicycle tourism, and encourages economic development," said AASHTO director Bud Wright. Get the full scoop: 
Here's a nice little article on Indiana's USBR 35: 
Idaho also celebrated its U.S. Bicycle Route 10 designation with a ribbon cutting and inaugural ride on October 9th in Sandpoint. According to Idaho Walk Bike Alliance director Cynthia Gibson, "We had a great turnout and it was a beautiful day to boot." 


Until next time, click on to read an interesting piece about the bike-shop wars in "Wooster." 


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