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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 12, June 15, 2016
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This is the 383rd issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 58,974 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 Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, "Why are you riding your bicycles?"

The first student replied, "The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!" The teacher praised the first student, "You are a smart boy! When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over like I do."

The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path!" The teacher commended the second student, "Your eyes are open, and you see the world."

The third student replied, "When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant nam myoho renge kyo." The teacher gave his praise to the third student, "Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel."

The fourth student replied, "Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all sentient beings." The teacher was pleased and said to the fourth student, "You are riding on the golden path of non-harming."

The fifth student replied, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle." The teacher sat at the feet of the fifth student and said, "I am your student."

-Zen proverb

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HISTORY AT THE SPEED OF THE BICYCLE
As a pictorial complement to our annual history issue, please enjoy the following, courtesy of the British Library.  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/sets/72157640537276514


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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR BICYCLE TOURING FRIENDS
Looking to do some bicycle touring in Southeast Asia but not interested in flying by the seat of your shorts? Max and Cynthia have toured extensively in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and they've been kind enough to build a website featuring details of their trips with suggestions for anyone wanting to follow their tire tracks. 
http://worldbywheel.com


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WE'VE BEEN TOLD OUR FRENCH IS TERRIBLE
Pascal Mageren has a great blog that focuses on bicycle-inspired creativity for those of you who can read French (we just look at the pictures). Ne parle pas Fran├žais? He's written a book in both French and English.  
http://www.velosophe.be


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LAST CHANCE TO BE PART OF THE MONTANA BICYCLE CELEBRATION!
The Montana Bicycle Celebration, to celebrate 40th anniversary of Adventure Cycling's founding event, Bikecentennial, will be underway in Missoula in one month. Be part of this inspiring weekend celebration by purchasing tickets to the reception on Friday, July 15, and registering to ride the Bitterroot Trail on Saturday, July 16. The weekend also includes additional bike rides, presentations, workshops, a concert with Ben Sollee, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new section of the Bitterroot Trail, a bicycle expo with vendors and activities, art exhibitions, tours of Adventure Cycling, Bikecentennial reunions, and an open streets event in downtown Missoula. There will even be a book signing for our new coffee table book, "America's Bicycle Route: The Story of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail." Join your bike travel community for this celebration of friends, cycling, and trails. 
https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/40th-anniversary/montana-bicycle-celebration/ 


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MR. SMITH NEEDS TO GET AWAY FROM WASHINGTON
Live in or near DC? Looking for a pleasant way to spend a weekend? Blue Ridge Revolutions could be the ticket. They provide guided, inclusive, and fully supported one-day and weekend bike tours to breweries and vineyards in the DC area at varying difficulty levels. And if you don't like the sound of any of their usual tours, you can create your own!
http://www.blueridgerevolutions.com


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BICYCLE TOURING AT LUDICROUS SPEED
As a rule, we generally don't cover racing, but we'll make an exception when the races are on our own routes. The TransAm Bike Race started on June 4 and features ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox, who will be speaking at the Montana Bicycle Celebration in July. The Tour Divide, a race on our Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, had its unofficial mass start on June 10. Follow the races in real time at the following links (be sure to check out the replay function). 
http://trackleaders.com/transam16
http://trackleaders.com/tourdivide16


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COASTS, COUNTRYSIDE, AND CLIMBS, OH MY!
It's been a grand season so far for Adventure Cycling tours, and summer is just heating up. Spots are filling, but there is still space available on some of our more scenic fully supported tours, including Cycle Divide Montana (just one spot remaining!), the lovely Southern Ohio Relaxed (mid-July), the glorious Oregon Coast Loop (mid-August), and the majestic Sierra Sampler (mid-September as the aspens turn gold). Your gear is carried, hot meals are provided, and a skilled mechanic is at the ready--all you have to do is ride! Click below for more details on all the tours ahead.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/


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CHEFS CYCLE TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER
For chefs hungry people are usually good for business. But children going without food isn't good for anyone. This month, Chef Mary Sue Milliken--along with 200 other chefs--will ride her bike 300 miles in three days from Carmel, California, to Santa Barbara, to collect donations and raise awareness for the No Kid Hungry charity. 
http://chefscycle.org


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Until next time, click on https://goo.gl/7WjwNP for vicarious dirt road adventures. Those creek crossings look cold!
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