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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 6, March 16, 2016
This is the 377th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 57,185 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.


"It is absolutely ridiculous to buy even your first bottle of wine or restaurant meal if you do not yet have a good bicycle and a bike trailer." 
--Peter Adeney, aka 'Mr. Money Mustache'


The Skagit Flats area outside La Conner, Washington, is the beautiful setting for the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride, slated for Saturday, March 26. As explained at the event's website, "A tweed ride is a return to a bygone era in England when families would dress in their best clothing, assemble a picnic lunch, get on the train with their bicycles, and go out to the countryside. … Riders should expect a scenic route enjoyed at a slow pace, stops along the way with exceptionally evocative atmospheres, and plenty of time to socialize with other well-dressed, convivial cyclists." Tally-ho! 


The new Salsa Marrakesh bicycle is designed and constructed with all of the features and durability one needs to cycle the globe. In honor of Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary, Salsa has created a commemorative version of the bike that you can bid on beginning April 1. We'll be auctioning off two limited-edition Adventure Cycling Marrakesh bikes, featuring a custom paint job, Adventure Cycling logos on the top tube and fork, a commemorative 40th anniversary badge on the seat tube, and more. All proceeds will benefit our work to inspire and empower more people to travel by bicycle. For photos and complete details, click on this link: 


Glasgow, the country's largest city, has designs on wresting away from Edinburgh the (unofficial) title of "Scotland's first city of cycling." As detailed in the story linked below from The National, the Glasgow City Council earlier this month approved a nine-year plan aimed at increasing the use of bicycles for sport, recreation, and transportation by the year 2025. 


A life member named Grace wrote to tell us about an event that includes "a strenuous bicycle ride in the mountains followed by a two-hour sunset cruise on Monterey Bay." Sounds good to us! The 18th annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 30, offering four routes of 45, 75, 101, and 135 miles. And lots of climbing: from 2,900 feet for the shortest option to a massive 13,000 feet for the longest. All riders start from the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), and go on to explore the area's renowned redwood forests and seascapes. Great food and friendly volunteers are promised, and this year the event has added overnight accommodations on the UCSC campus and post-ride relaxation on The Chardonnay, a 70-foot sailing yacht. Go here for more info: 


The Boston-area bike shop Wheelworks is again teaming up with Co-Motion to present their Tandem & Touring Weekend, May 21 and 22. Tandems will be available for trial rides on Saturday; on Sunday, fully loaded touring bike demos will be available. They'll also be handing out 25 free trial memberships in Adventure Cycling. Learn more at the Wheelworks website:


Art Brown recently contacted Bike Bits with this information: "This is one of your long-time tour leaders writing to ask if you could provide some 'air time' for my trip across Australia starting on February 1. It is my first solo trip and a major bucket list ride." Art, a recently retired 38-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, writes this in the introduction to his trip across the south of Australia, posted at the website Crazy Guy on a Bike: "First and foremost, Across Oz was planned for the sheer enjoyment of bicycle travel, which allows one to take in all the sights and sounds of the outdoors at a leisurely pace. However, you will note there is a logo and link to a Canadian organization called 'Soldier On.' … I was extremely fortunate in my career to not sustain a major injury, physical or mental, and simply wish to give something back to all my comrades in arms that have paid a price for their service to Canada." 


Click on the following link to read a great blog post about the deserving four winners of the 2016 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarships, who were chosen from a competitive field of 81. Two of the awardees, Cara Thompson and Nathan Dorfman, won in the category of "Intro to Touring"; the other two, Rachel Irvine and Luke Kantola, in the category of "Outdoor Leadership." 


Our corporate supporter Easy Rider Tours is offering a $250 discount for Adventure Cycling members who reserve a space on any of their guided tours by the end of May. Company founder Jim Goldberg says Easy Rider Tours aims to make sure a tour is a good fit for each of their guests, so when you contact them, you'll get a personal reply from him. Jim has designed and ridden every mile of the company's tour routes, as well as helped guide tours, so you're sure to get the inside scoop. Check out their 2016 tour schedule here: 


Michigan State University will hold a Bicycle Friendly Conference on May 19 at the Kellogg Center on the beautiful MSU campus in East Lansing. MSU was recognized last fall by the League of American Bicyclists as a silver level Bicycle Friendly University. Now they're going for the gold and beyond as they "Pedal for Platinum." Early bird registration for the conference is $100 through March 31. Included in the lineup of speakers is the University of Minnesota's bike coordinator, who will talk about what that educational institution did to reach the platinum level; and Michigan's state bike coordinator, who will present the findings of a report showing how bicycling brings in more than $600 million annually to the Wolverine State. 


Here's the link to a brief tale about 64-year-old Claudia Beausoleil, who recently toured solo in Cuba on her Bike Friday. "What Claudia found in Cuba was enough to make any travel cyclist barter for extended leave," the story reports. "To start, the temperature in December was a balmy 75-80 degrees. As an island, a huge portion of the country is stunning beach front, with charming thatched roof cabanas that come right up to the water's edge. The cities are full of gorgeous colonial architecture, fascinating museums, and classic cars. Fresh seafood is everywhere and everything is totally affordable; grilled lobster goes for $6.00!" Read the rest of the story: 


Until next time, click on to view a video of the odd spectacle of a pair of cyclists being chased by an ostrich. 


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