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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 11, June 1, 2016
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This is the 382nd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 58,266 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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"In politics, one can learn some things from cycling, such as how to have character and courage. Sometimes in politics there isn't enough of those things."
--Guy Verhofstadt, Prime Minister of Belgium, 2004


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WHEN PITH HELMETS WERE ALL THE RAGE
A self-supported cyclist traveling the length of a continent is our kind of adventurer--especially in 1931, without the help of GPS, a phone, or even gears. 
http://goo.gl/MKeBPv


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NO BUTTERFLIES WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLURB
Adventure Cycling member Sara Dykman is planning a bicycle tour to "ButterBike" with the butterflies. In March 2017, she will be part of the Monarch butterfly migration from Central Mexico to Canada, connecting her adventure to students along the way through free classroom presentations, butterfly field trips, and Take 5 educational videos. She is currently looking for educators and Monarch enthusiasts interested in being part of the adventure. You can learn more, sign up, and explore her past education-linked adventures below.  
http://www.beyondabook.org.


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COMING SOON: THE CUBAN BICYCLE CRISIS
Rum, cigars, classic cars, and now bicycles! Tour operator Cuba Unbound is currently filling spots for its Classic Cuba bike tour, billing it as the first legal cycling tour for Americans. 
http://www.cubaunbound.com/package/cuba-bike-tour


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PERIMETER RIDE FOR A CAUSE
On August 16, 2015, Alan Thompson left his home in Ohio on a loaded bike to begin his journey of cycling the perimeter of the United States. His goal was to raise money for the charities Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity. Nine months later, on May 23, 2016, Alan returned home to a welcoming party and a news van, having raised over $17,500 and volunteered for 15 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity. Click on the link below to learn more about his story and read his blog. 
http://www.usperimeterride.org/home/4589262762


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SPONSORS MAKE THE WHEEL GO ROUND
Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary celebration, including National Bike Travel Weekend, the Montana Bicycle Celebration, and Bike Your Park Day, wouldn't be possible without the support of over a dozen generous sponsors. They include: Raleigh Bicycles and the Montana Department of Commerce at the Big Wheel level; Advocate Cycles and Salsa Cycles with Top Tube support; Hub sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Visit Idaho, Visit Mississippi, Primal Wear, and Travel Oregon; and Osprey Packs, Experience Plus!, Destination Missoula, and the Missoulian, who are supporting the 40th at the Spokes level. Find out more about these generous supporters by clicking on the link below.   
https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/40th-anniversary/40th-anniversary-sponsors/


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START YOUR OWN CYCLING CLUB
Do you want to join a cycling club, but you don't have one nearby? Maybe you're already in a club, but you're sick of the leader who thinks he's Chris Froome. Now you can start your own club (and keep out the Froomenites).
furva.com


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BEST COMBO SINCE PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANAS
If you read a lot of bicycling websites (which we do more than we'd care to admit) you've maybe heard the rumor that for many people cycling is taking the place of golf. We, forward thinkers that we are, see no reason why you can't have both. And we're not alone. Want to bring your clubs on your next bicycle tour? There's the Golf Bike Bag, a golf bag that splits in two and attaches to a traditional rack. Don't want to ride to the golf course? You can ride on the course with the Golf Bike (which looks like a fat bike had relations with a golf cart). Quite a few courses are offering the Golf Bike, including the Vail Golf Club, Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head, and many others. 
https://golfbikebag.com
http://www.thegolfbike.com


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LOOKING GOOD AND SEEING WELL
The prescription eyeglasses issued to U.S. Marines are known colloquially as BCGs, or Birth Control Glasses (google them; they're horrendous). You won't find those at SportRx. Their "optical ninjas" will hook you up with sharp-looking eyewear for the cycling season (though their throwing stars make us nervous). 
www.sportrx.com


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ADOPT A LIBRARY AND SHARE THE INSPIRATION
Many new bicycle travelers may have been spawned by a serendipitous encounter with a copy of Adventure Cyclist magazine, leafing dreamily through the magazine's pages in the quiet of a library. Have you ever noticed an Adventure Cyclist magazine adorning the rack at your local library? No? Here's your chance to remedy the situation. For $20, half the price of a regular $40 individual membership, you can give Adventure Cyclist to a school or community library near you. Your adopted library will receive nine issues, or one year's worth, of the magazine.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/membership/adopt-a-library-program/


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WAKE US UP BEFORE YOU GO GO
In less than a week, Jim Kindle will begin his 4,300-mile trek across the United States, 300 miles of which will be during the 29th Annual Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour (WAM) for the benefit of Make-A-Wish Michigan. This will be Jim's 11th year riding the WAM, and he's hoping to raise $3,000. Click on the link below to learn more about the WAM and to donate. 
http://goo.gl/fXSHm0


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NOEL GROVE FINALLY GETS THE CREDIT
For years Urban Dictionary has had what we considered an incomplete definition of the term "bikepacking." But now Adventure Cycling cofounder June Siple has added her own definition, which we find far superior. Click on the link below to vote "thumbs up" for June's definition and "thumbs down" for the other one.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bikepacking


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Until next time, click on http://goo.gl/96vGSS for bikes, packrafts, and birds of prey. 
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