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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 10, May 18, 2016
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This is the 381st issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 58,040 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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"A man may forget his way home,
yet still remember
his first bicycle."
--Poem by Kathryn Fridley, Port Angeles, WA


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CELEBRATING '76 AT 78
Terry Taylor was 38 when he rode across the country during the Bikecentennial celebration in 1976. Since then he's lived a life--he's been married a few times, had children, and worked odd jobs, but mostly he's ridden bikes. He's had a few crashes and a few injuries, but now, at age 78, he still rides daily, training for another cross-country ride, this time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial. And he won't be alone. His nephew, Peter Taylor, will be filming him for a documentary called "A Life on Two Wheels." 
http://www.alifeontwowheels.com


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BRAXTON BIKE SHOP FRAME REGISTRY
The Braxton Bike Shop--an oasis for '76 Bikecentennial riders coming through Missoula--is long gone, but Sam Braxton's hand-built touring bicycles still have proud owners. Sam's first frame, number 0001, is currently on display in Adventure Cycling's kitchen. Shop records of Sam's frames were destroyed long ago, and it's unknown how many frames he built. June Siple, contributing writer for Adventure Cyclist magazine and cofounder of Adventure Cycling, is requesting frame information, rider anecdotes about the shop, and any memorable experiences about Sam, Shirley, Bart, or Dalt Braxton. Please include: year built, frame number (see left-hand rear dropout stamp), color, names of original and current owners, frame size in inches, cost, and current owner contact information. If you still have the spec list please email a copy. A photo of the bike only (no rider or packs in photo) may also be submitted. June will compile the results, which will be shared with and stored by Adventure Cycling. Please submit frame information and/or anecdotes about the Braxtons to the following email address. 
BraxtonBikeShop@gmail.com



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ROLL LIKE A VIP IN DC
The next time you visit Washington, DC, you can forget the rental car, the smelly tour bus, and the slow, agonizing walking tour on which you can't even hear the guide anyway. Instead you can bring your bike, or rent one, and hire your own cycling guide! Jeff Miller, one of our very own board members, is now the DC Cycling Concierge, and he'll show you our nation's capital at the proper pace of a bicycle ride. (We hear that if you ask Jeff nicely, he'll tell you which members of Congress are in the Illuminati and where they hold their blood rituals.) 
http://www.dccyclingconcierge.com


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FOR THE BIKE DORK IN ALL OF US
For all you gear wonks (we know you're out there--we get the letters) who love the more technical features in Adventure Cyclist magazine, but for whom "A Big Shift" (April 2016) and "The Drivetrain Dilemma" (April 2015) only scratched the surface, VeloNews recently published an article that'll really get your chain oil flowing.  
http://velonews.competitor.com/the-drivetrain-wars


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BEST WAY TO END A FONDO? PIZZA
Any Midwesterners out there looking for a Memorial Day ride? The Tour of Kansas City Gran Fondo could be just the ticket. Route options included 20, 50, 60, 75, and 100 miles, and the ride ends with a pizza party and, we suspect, beverages. Use the coupon code MOBIKEFED16 when registering to save $10. 
http://www.tourofkc.com/gran-fondo/ 


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BRUCE GORDON TURNS 40 (WELL, HIS BIKES DO, ANYWAY)
We're not the only ones celebrating a 40th anniversary this year. If you don't know who Bruce Gordon is, you should. He's been building bikes since 1976, and his touring frames are still the gold standard. Apparel company Kitsbow made a video about Bruce.  
https://vimeo.com/124584711
Learn more about Bruce Gordon and his bikes at his website.
http://www.bgcycles.com


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PEDAL-POWERED MUSIC
Just when we thought we'd seen everything a bike could do, we stumble onto the Pleasant Revolution, a collective of musicians, artists, and cyclists who are embarking this summer on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. They'll be pedaling from Vancouver, BC, to the Bay Area in California, stopping along the way to play concerts, which may not seem novel. After all, we've heard of a number of bands traveling from gig to gig on bicycles. What's special about the Pleasant Revolution is that their equipment--speakers, amplifiers, and soundboard--will be powered by their bikes! Sound crazy? Probably. Click the link below to find out how they do it. 
http://www.pleasantrevolution.net


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CYCLING FOR SIGHT
We have a soft spot for local charity rides. On Saturday, June 11, you can join the Missoula and Bitterroot Lions clubs for the Lions Bike for Sight bicycle ride. All proceeds go to local charities with a special emphasis on sight preservation and restoration. Those interested can choose from either the 76-mile ride from Lolo to Hamilton and back or the 10-mile Family Ramble. Registration cost includes T-shirts, raffle tickets, and access to the family-friendly post-ride party. 
http://www.lionsbikeforsight.com/


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OUR ROUTE EMPIRE EXPANDS
Adventure Cycling's Route Network grows ever bigger. Any guesses how many miles we're at now? (No cheating! We'll know if you do!) We're now up to 45,003 miles thanks to the introduction of the Texas Hill Country Loop Bicycle Route, a ride that takes you through and past fields of bluebonnets, friendly towns, state parks, historic sites, music venues, and many a source of slow-cooked barbecue. This 310-mile loop begins and ends in Austin and includes cutoff routing in case your tour is only for a long weekend. The map set and digital data are available now. 
https://goo.gl/wcWOXp


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WILD AND WONDERFUL NORTH BEND TRAIL
If you've not yet experienced what it's like to cycle through tunnels and under a shady canopy of trees in beautiful West Virginia, then consider joining the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for their 2016 Classic Summer Sojourn on the North Bend Rail Trail. This trail showcases the best of the Mountain State, including forested landscapes, historic towns, and ten breathtaking tunnels. The four-day, three-night event takes place June 19-22, 2016, departing from Parkersburg.
http://goo.gl/OvvkEO


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NEW ENGLAND BIKE TOUR FILM FEST 
The bike tour company Ciclismo Classico is hosting their seventh annual Bike Travel Film Festival in June, with the proceeds benefiting Adventure Cycling and the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Shows will be in Arlington, MA, on June 1; Newburyport, MA, on June 2; and Danbury, CT, on June 17. Come for a suite of great, inspiring films and a fun evening with kindred spirits. And if you come to the Arlington event, you'll get to hobnob with Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling's executive director, who will be in town to help celebrate our organization's 40th anniversary.
http://ciclismoclassico.com/filmfest/


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Until next time, click on https://vimeo.com/164005775 for some spectacular French weirdness.  
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