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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 3, February 3, 2016
This is the 374th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 56,509 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.


"The best routes are the ones you haven't ridden. … Turn down lanes you've long seen but never traveled. Get lost once or twice, then double back to where you started and try again. Live like this and you come to see unknown territory not as threatening, but as intriguing." 
--Mark Remy 


Anyone who chooses to can be part of America's biggest year of bicycle travel since 1976 by participating in one, two, or even three of the upcoming events celebrating 40 years of Bikecentennial/Adventure Cycling: National Bike Travel Weekend (June 3-5), the Montana Bicycle Celebration (July 15-17), and Bike Your Park Day (September 24). Linked below is a new video, produced by our friends at The Path Less Pedaled, that gives a quick and lively overview of the opportunities that await bicycle enthusiasts in 2016. It includes original footage from the Bikecentennial summer of '76, plus current footage that shows how far we've come in terms of bikes and attire--yet how little we've changed in spirit.  


"Pedal Forward sells bamboo bicycles here in the U.S. and reinvests a portion of our profits to distribute bicycles around the world. We were winners of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Challenge, and in May were recognized by The White House as Global Emerging Entrepreneurs." So reports Pedal Forward's president and CEO, Matthew Wilkins, whom Membership Director Julie Huck met and visited with at the recent New York Times Travel Show. Click on this link to read a Huffington Post piece explaining how Pedal Forward is one of a new crop of businesses known as B Corps, which are rather like a cross between for-profit and nonprofit organizations:  


The Velorution Cycles bike shop and Bedrock Bags, two homegrown businesses in Durango, Colorado, have joined forces to accommodate the burgeoning interest in bikepacking in Colorado and beyond. As explained in the Durango Herald article linked below, the merger, along with the move into a new space, will allow Bedrock Bags founder Andrew Wracher to train employees and better keep up with demand. "There's an awful lot of bags that could have been out the door if we had more manufacturing capability," Velorution Cycles owner Joey Ernst told staff writer Mary Shinn.  


BIKEFLIGHTS.COM REVAMPED has released a new and improved website, making searches twice as fast and requiring fewer total keystrokes to book shipments. Adventure Cycling members can now book multi-city shipments and customize insurance amounts for each leg to cover when you're shipping both your bike and case or just your case. Finally, you no longer have to book multiple one-way shipments to create a multi-city itinerary. Check out the great new features here: 


That's right, it's here, Fat Bike February. To kick it off, take a gander at this video from Alaska Dispatch News titled "Anchorage is Fat Bike Heaven." Blue skies, white snow, fat tires … ahh. 


The Routes & Mapping Department has been alerted to a change coming to the Pacific Coast Route in Southern California. Beginning March 1, 2016, Camp Pendleton will require cyclists to be pre-registered to ride across the base. "Our goal is to maintain a great relationship with area riders but also balance that with security and protection for our Marines, Sailors, civilian employees, and families. Thank you for your patience and understanding," wrote Carl B. Redding Jr., Director of Public Affairs, Marine Corps Installations West, in an email. A valid U.S. or State Identification Card is needed to register; non-U.S. citizens require a sponsor. More information can be found on the base website:
In the near term, for cyclists who do not register in advance or who are not eligible to receive access to the base, Caltrans has stated it is legal to ride on the shoulder of I-5 between Las Pulgas Road and Oceanside (Exits 62 to 54). More information on riding this stretch can be found on the Pacific Coast Section 5 addenda: 


With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, it seems appropriate to include this Wall Street Journal story from December 29, titled "The Rise of the NFL Cycling Nerd." The piece focuses largely on Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, an avid cyclist who currently limits his rides to 20 to 40 miles because of a concern a lot of us cannot really relate to: Greenway has no body fat to spare, and he doesn't want to burn muscle. But he wants to ride longer distances, and plans to do so after retiring from football. "I want to get more serious, stuff in California, Colorado," Greenway tells reporter Kevin Clark. "I'm not at that point but I want to get into the scene and into the culture of it." 


Join Adventure Cycling Association and CIBA (Central Indiana Bicycling Association) for a special bike travel presentation on Wednesday, February 17. The gathering will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis, 40 E. St. Clair St. Adventure Cycling executive director Jim Sayer will present on "The Boom in Bicycle Travel ... and why 2016 may be the best year ever for bike travel in North America." Jim will provide an enthusiastic and visually compelling overview of how bike travel and tourism are mushrooming in North America. He'll also elaborate on the big 40th anniversary events coming up this year, including the inaugural National Bike Travel Weekend and Bike to Your (National and State) Park Day. Afterward, Jim will lead the procession for those who care to join him a few blocks away at TwoDEEP Brewing Co. for no-host drinks, snacks, and conversation. More info: 


Click on the link below to read a nice piece about Mary and Larry Wright, who tell Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers, "The seed for riding the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail was planted more than 30 years ago, when a certain Spokane outdoor writer who'd ridden across the country wrote a story calling the bicycle the RV of the '80s." The outdoor writer alluded to is Mr. Landers himself, who bicycled the TransAm Trail in 1976, leading several shorter Bikecentennial group tours on the trail as he went. Not incidentally, Rich has also penned the Foreword for our upcoming coffee-table book, "America's Bicycle Route: The Story of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail." Meanwhile, back to the Wrights: Among their more memorable experiences was camping on a grassy spot at a fire station. "In the middle of the night, they woke us up and said we had to move our tent because there'd been an accident and a helicopter was going to land there," Larry told the certain Spokane outdoor writer.  


Donald Kaul and John Karras, founders of the ultra-popular Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, will be recognized in their hometown of Des Moines with the unveiling of a new statue of the two. "I would never vote for a statue of me," Karras says, laughing, in the following video:


Until next time, click on to learn why Arizona Daily Sun columnist Jack Welch argues that visiting cyclists are more than simply "wallets on wheels." 


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