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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No.1, January 6, 2016
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This is the 372nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,050 other readers, because you've signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website, http://www.adventurecycling.org. 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.

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"Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you've met your New Year's resolution." 
--Jay Leno 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The link below will take you to a video in which a couple of blokes with accents discuss the "Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for Cyclists." It's from the Global Cycling Network, and was posted a year ago. 
http://ow.ly/Wc3zf 


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ALLEGHENY GETAWAY, 2 X 2 
Emily Walley and Justin Steiner, who took to Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest on a tandem mountain bike, wrote this after their adventure: "The thought of committing to a four-day, three-night touring adventure aboard the Salsa Powderkeg with almost zero tandem experience was a little bit intimidating. Would we be able to comfortably carry all of our gear? How would we manage some of the rougher dirt roads and trails we planned to traverse?" You'll find the answers to their questions, along with some nice photos, here: 
http://ow.ly/Wc1SR  


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REGISTER FOR BIKE YOUR PARK DAY
Explore national parks, state parks, and other public lands in your backyard (or beyond) by bicycle with thousands of other cyclists on Bike Your Park Day, September 24, 2016. Pedal one mile or 100 miles with your friends or family and celebrate the National Park Service's centennial, Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary, and National Public Lands Day on this free entrance day. (Check ahead to see if your park offers free entrance that day.) More than 100 Bike Your Park Day Ambassadors throughout the U.S. are on hand to provide inspiration and resources to help you discover nearby bicycling opportunities. All you'll have to do is pedal! 
www.adventurecycling.org/bikeyourpark 
Register now for a chance to win a custom-painted Salsa Marrakesh touring bicycle: 
https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/40th-anniversary/bike-your-park-day/register 


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CHANGING KIDS' LIVES FROM THE SEAT OF A BIKE 
Two Wheel View, based in Calgary, Alberta, and Minnetrista, Minnesota, "creates opportunities for young people to learn and practice lessons in leadership, health and wellness, self-esteem, achievement, and environmental stewardship through bicycle education programs and volunteer service trips." Their latest newsletter, downloadable at the following website, includes an inspirational story about a young woman--a recent immigrant to Canada from the Philippines--who signed up for a ride with Two Wheel View regardless of the fact that she didn't know how to ride a bicycle.  
http://www.twowheelview.org 

 
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THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME 
An Adventure Cycling fan named Jenn wrote Bike Bits to tell us that several months ago she realized she needed to make a big change in her life, and decided on a bike tour along the Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route as the way to do it. "I immediately bought the maps and started planning," Jenn said. "I sold my belongings, quit my job, and began riding on August 9th. The trip has changed my life. I wrote a blog to chronicle my journey and decided to send it to you to consider including in Bike Bits so that perhaps it may inspire someone else, as others' blogs have inspired me." Let the inspiring begin: 
https://bikerideliferide.wordpress.com


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VALENTINE'S RIDE BY THE SEA 
The Oceanside Valentine's Bike Ride will take place Sunday, February 14, in Oceanside, California. The FUN ride promises 5-mile, 14-mile, and 25-mile courses, primarily on the San Luis Rey Bike Trail. There'll be prizes, including special ones for participants who run the 5K in the morning and do the ride in the afternoon. It's all part of the Oceanside Valentine's Week, February 5 through 15. Read all about it here: 
http://visitoceanside.org/oceanside-valentine-week 


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DON'T FORGET THE BIG APPLE 
Remember, Adventure Cycling Association and Gotham Bicycle Tours will be holding a special 40th anniversary kick-off party in Manhattan tomorrow (Thursday, January 7) from 7 to 9 p.m. Click here for the full scoop on when and where to meet, and how to RSVP (the official deadline for responding was yesterday, but they *might* still let you in!): 
http://ow.ly/VM2oN 


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MOTOR CITY TO BIKE CITY 
We've reported on this before, but the phenomenon just seems to keep growing. Detroit, the city built on building cars, in recent years has experienced a boom in cycling participation and bike-related businesses. Motown now boasts one of the biggest weekly community rides in the world, with as many 5,000 showing up for Slow Roll Detroit on any given week. 
http://ow.ly/Wc1Xs 
 

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SOUTHERN TIER IN THE BAG
Sixty-five-year-old Christopher Chapman of Woodinville, Washington, was a member of the Adventure Cycling self-contained Southern Tier group that finished up their ride in St. Augustine in mid-November. "I'm the kind of guy who rode my bike to the grocery store and thought, ‘I could ride my bike across the country,'" Chapman told reporter Briana Gerdeman of the Woodinville Weekly. Read the rest of the article here: 
http://ow.ly/Wc21R  


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ROANOKE RIDES
The TransAmerica Bicycle Trail skirts Roanoke, Virginia, but not by far. It sounds like there are some other good roads for riding around there, as well, and also mountain bike trails of varying difficulty. Watch a news video on the topic by clicking on this link: 
http://ow.ly/Wc24S  


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Until next time, click on http://ow.ly/Wc28n to learn how two physics students in Dublin, Ireland, managed to "draw" a 62-kilometer snowman via bicycle. 

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