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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No.2, January 20, 2016
This is the 373rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,030 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.


"Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness." 
--Ray Bradbury


Adventure Cycling is teaming up this year with Ciclismo Classico for the 7th Annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. The festival takes place in Arlington, Massachusetts, on June 1st. While the organizers are seeking bicycle travel-related submissions of any type, Festival Director Karin Turer says they're especially excited about the new Adventure Cycling Weekender Prize, awarded to the best film depicting an adventure of less than 48 hours. "What a great inspiration for National Bike Travel Weekend, which begins two days after this year's festival!" she says. So, edit that footage that you've been meaning to get to and send it over to Karin. For more information and to get a peek at some of last year's films, click on this link:


Crossing the country by bicycle might sit at the top of your bucket list, but there's no need to wait for a taste of an epic Adventure Cycling route. Grab a bike and head out for a couple of days like the cyclists in the newest in our film series, Adventure Cycling Montana, who tackle the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail between Winnett and Fort Benton, Montana. Created in collaboration with our Epic Montana partners, the new film is the third in the ongoing series. You can access it at the following blog post, where you can also read about the making of the film. The post is written by Michael Deme, producer of the series and Adventure Cycling's Design & Media Director, who also happens to co-star in this video.  


Please tell the Oregon Department of Transportation that you'd like to see U.S. Bicycle Route development taking place in Oregon by including it in their proposed state bicycle and pedestrian plan. ODOT is seeking public comment on the plan until February 18th. To provide comments, email them to Let's add Oregon to the list of 23 states that have already designated U.S. Bicycle Routes! Find out more about the proposed bike/ped plan here:  


Bike Bits heard recently from Forrest Watkins, who told us he's cycling through the world to collect stories of humans and climate change. "I'm interested in climate change's impacts on people, but also in the work of those searching for solutions," Forrest said. "In the summer and fall of 2015, I biked 4,535 kilometers across southwestern China and Vietnam and collected upwards of ten climate stories. Now I'm planning my tour through Central Asia, starting in Central China, where Hester (my bike) is currently resting. I'll then cycle through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey." Forrest is looking for tips: people, places, and projects to visit for climate stories, places he simply "must visit," and other advice. His tentative map can be viewed at the following link, although he says he'll be happy to deviate from the path if he's given a compelling reason to:   
The project's website can be viewed here:


Are you looking for adventure and inspiration all year long? Not yet a member of Adventure Cycling? Join by January 31st, and we'll send you a FREE 2016 Adventure Cycling calendar along with a $10 gift certificate to our Cyclosource store, and also enter you for a chance to win great prizes--including a limited edition Salsa Marrakesh touring bike. We want to reach out to as many new cyclists as possible, so that we can tempt and inspire them to take a bicycle adventure this year. If you're already a member, please share this offer with your friends. They'll thank you every time an issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine lands in their mailbox.  


Kurt "Tarzan" Searvogel just finished cycling more than 75,000 miles in a single year, reportedly breaking a world record that had stood since 1939. According to the Tampa Bay Times story linked below, "the chiseled software engineer with the shock of blond hair and goatee rode in eight states, collided with two cars, trashed a few bikes, got married, was diagnosed with asthma, got a scare from an irregular heartbeat, burned about 4 million calories, and made many friends."  


No doubt about it, that's a lot of miles Tarzan rode in one year. But just think of the mileage he could accrue if he kept at it as long as Heinz Stucke has. Heinz is 75 now, has been on the road for two-thirds of those years, and just came out with a new book.  
You can find out more about the book here:  


In connection with their regular January meeting, the Adventure Cycling board of directors convenes a short annual meeting for interested members of Adventure Cycling. If you're in the Missoula area on Friday, January 29, please come by Adventure Cycling's HQ (downtown at 150 East Pine Street) at 5 p.m. for a reception and a short briefing on several 40th anniversary-related projects--including a new book on the TransAm Trail, a new video, and all the major events occurring in 2016. If you think you'll be attending, please let office manager Beth Petersen know by emailing her at or by calling 406-721-1776.


An Adventure Cycling member named Patrick alerted us to a project he recently headed up. "We built a bike repair and information station at our office in Bellingham, Washington," Patrick wrote. "I thought your readers may be interested in the station. We also have posted the design for free for people to download if interested." Go here to read about it and/or to download the construction drawings: 


Now, who could resist that combination? Gillian, the winner of our 2006 June Curry Trail Angel Award, wrote to ask if Bike Bits would help publicize a unique vacation opportunity being offered in her TransAm Trail community of Ordway, Colorado. The five-day package includes an amazing number of activities, including: cycling, lassoing, shooting, sailing, bird watching, calf roping … and that's not even the half of it!


Until next time, click on to check out Telegraph Travel's take on the world's best long-distance cycle routes. 


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