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Bike Bits Vol. 17, No. 22, November 18, 2015
This is the 369th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 55,640 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.


"My father is the Hollywood equivalent of a clean, fillet-brazed frame. My brother is like one of those fat-tubed aluminum Cannondales. I'm more like one of those Taiwanese Masis."
--Emilio Estevez


Ben Townsend from Elkins, West Virginia, wrote Bike Bits to fill us in on a video project he and a friend have been working on. "It revolves around a cross-country cycle trip we did last fall," Ben said. "We took a ton of gear with us and recorded interviews with musicians and folk artists along the way and we're now releasing the web-based video series." Go to the link below and click on the top video selection titled "Trailer" for an overview of the Bens' fascinating project: 


Feel the velo vibe and experience the joy of bicycle travel as you join thousands of other cyclists throughout North America by taking a bike overnight trip on National Bike Travel Weekend, June  3 through 5, 2016. Families, bike club members, solo riders, youth groups, and adventure buddies will all be celebrating the big weekend by riding to a favorite campground, hotel, B&B, or friend's backyard. Click on the link below to soak up some inspiration and to learn about the more than 150 National Bike Travel Weekend ambassadors hailing from 40 states that you can connect with. Here you'll also find a link to the page where you can register your own bike overnight and earn a chance to win prizes, including an Adventure Cycling 40th anniversary Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle. 


Beginning on December 26, 100 cyclists participating in the 59th Hostelling International (HI) San Diego Christmas Bicycle Trip will make their way from San Diego to Palm Desert and back.  They'll ride 400 miles over six days as they wind through the region's mountains, valleys, deserts, and coastal environs, returning to San Diego on day six, New Year's Eve. According to one longtime participant named Stephen, "For me, the San Diego Christmas ride is a great way to reconnect with my own fitness. After a holiday season where every item on the table has half a stick of butter in it, I need this ride. Which is why I've come back every year for the last sixteen." The ride is supported with "indoor camping" and provided meals. Participants will ride rain or shine, but the organizers point out that in San Diego it can be 80 degrees on any day of the year, so the sunscreen typically gets used more than the rain gear. Funds raised through the ride support HI San Diego's engagement and education programs. 


During the long weekend after Thanksgiving (November 27-30), our friends at Portland Design Works will match your donation to our Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program. Shop for the bike-oriented folks in your life, choosing from options like a handsome set of fenders, some bright lights, or a quirky bird-shaped water bottle cage. At checkout be sure to add a donation to Adventure Cycling, and remember that the campaign doesn't begin until November 27th. You'll even get a custom Portland Design Works beanie for yourself. Everyone wins! 
Learn more about this important scholarship program aimed at getting the 18-to-25-year-old age group psyched about bicycle travel.  


Speaking of giving opportunities, coming on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday, which happens on December 1st. You can take part in this international day of giving back by supporting your favorite nonprofits--including Adventure Cycling, of course. A donation to our holiday campaign will be TRIPLED by our Trailblazer match fund on Giving Tuesday only. That means a gift of $50 will grow to $150 toward making 2016 the biggest and best year yet for bicycle travel! To sweeten the deal, the first ten people to donate on Giving Tuesday will receive a copy of the book "50 Places to Bike Before you Die." Set a reminder on your calendar to head over here on December 1st: 


"The coolest thing in road cycling right now isn't spending ten grand on a carbon-fiber racing bike, training yourself into the ground using a Tour de France-worthy power meter and becoming a super Fred, or doing trackstands on a fixie to confuse Google's self-driving cars. What's hot is picking a destination to ride to--someplace far--pedaling there, and then taking the train home." Sounds great to us! Read the rest of this Business Insider piece about the multimodal cycling movement, replete with route suggestions, by clicking on this link:  

The month of November is more than half over, which means the holidays are almost upon us. (In, fact, they already are if you believe Halloween signals the start of the season.) This year, you might want to consider giving your friends the gift of Adventure Cycling Association. Our half-price Holiday Gift program provides you the opportunity to give gift memberships at half the regular rate. A year's membership includes nine issues of Adventure Cyclist, the only U.S. magazine dedicated to bicycle travel and adventure. Additional benefits for joining include discounts on route maps, access to guided tours, and much more, all of which will help empower your favorite people to get on the road to fitness and adventure. Simply join or renew your own membership and you can give as many gift memberships as you want for as little as $20 each. Join at the Patron level ($60) or higher, and we'll also send you the gorgeous 2016 Bicycle Travel Calendar. Find more details here:
The calendar, featuring photos from our annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest, makes a great gift itself. Check it out: 


Julia Taylor of Summit County, Colorado, contacted Bike Bits to ask us to review some samples of her cycling artwork. We did, and find it fun and very cool. Julia says she started taking private drawing lessons at age ten, and private painting lessons at sixteen. “Since I moved to Colorado, I have been inspired by the amazing mountains around me, and much of my work depicts these scenes. Recently I have been interested in not only capturing these gorgeous landscapes, but also the adventures we have within them. I spend so much time exploring and enjoying an active lifestyle outdoors--it seems only natural to portray these journeys [in my artwork] as well.” Check out her work here:


Nutcase Helmets, the Portland-based designer of graphic sports helmets, has opened a talent call for creative souls from around the globe to take part in Nutcase Unframed, the company's third annual initiative to create limited-edition art helmets--and help support World Bicycle Relief while they're at it. Chosen artists will collaborate with Nutcase on production line helmet designs for a cash prize of $500, and may also be invited to join Nutcase at Eurobike in Germany and Interbike in Las Vegas. "We started Unframed a couple of years ago for a few reasons," says company founder Michael Morrow. "We were committed to raising money for the amazing work that World Bicycle Relief does, but we wanted to do it in a fun and nutty way." Those wishing to submit have until November 30th to do so, and can download a template here: 


As detailed at the press release linked below, Global Rescue has teamed up with Adventure Cycling to allow our members to manage risk with access to medical advisory and medical and security evacuation services, if and when things go wrong on the road. "As Adventure Cycling works to grow bicycle travel in the United States, we strive to provide our members, and the bicycle travel community, with access to the highest quality resources," says Brian Bonham, our membership marketing coordinator, in the release. "Whether traveling cross country or across town, cyclists all over the world can benefit from the life-saving resources and services that Global Rescue provides." Learn more about the program here:  


According to "A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario," the title of a report issued by UC Davis and the New York-based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, a worldwide move toward increases in cycling and e-biking could reduce energy use and CO2 emissions by as much as 10 percent over the next 35 years--while also saving nearly $25 trillion in the process. Here's an article about it from the UC Davis News Service.   


Until next time, click on to read an entertaining profile of our own Whitney Ford-Terry and her spiffy 20/20 Cycle Kalakala bike.  

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