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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 13, July 6, 2016
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This is the 384th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 59,319 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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"I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things."
-Lech Walesa


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BIKES, LIES, AND … MEN'S CLOTHING?
The tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to cycle around the world, would be ripe even for today's tabloids. (Note to readers born after 1990: tabloids are those salacious newspaper-type things printed on paper. Note to readers born after 2000: paper is made from trees. You write on it. With a pencil. Pencils are made of … oh, never mind.)
http://adventure-journal.com/2016/06/the-delicious-mystery-surrounding-the-first-woman-to-circum-bike-the-world/ 


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DON'T FORGET YOUR DIRNDL! 
For those who've been dying for a "Sound of Music"-themed bicycle tour, your prayers have been answered. 
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-singalong-sound-of-music-bike-tour-through-salzburg-1464200845


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THE INTERNET KNOWS EVERYTHING
We get a lot of questions about the intricacies of bicycle touring, but when we don't know the answers (or when we're too busy playing Minesweeper), we direct folks to the collective wisdom of our members on the Adventure Cycling forums. There you can find answers to questions like, "Should I use panniers or a trailer?" and "Which kind of peanut butter has more calories, smooth or chunky?" (It's a trick question--Nutella has more calories.) Click on the links below to get just a taste of what's out there.
http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=13954.new
http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=13957.0
http://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=13955.new


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INTO THICK AIR
Just like the age-old question of whether running or walking in the rain makes you wetter, scientists have studied whether the health benefits from riding your bike outweigh the risks of doing so while breathing polluted air. (By the way, the nerd kings at Mythbusters solved the former question--running makes you wetter.) 
https://cyclingindustry.news/cyclings-health-benefits-greater-than-risk-posed-by-dirty-air-to-a-point/


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BEJEWELED LUGS AND HUMMINGBIRDS
Robert Beckman has thought long and hard about every aspect of bicycle touring. In fact, he builds beautifully lugged steel frames, exquisitely detailed racks, and super-lightweight panniers, and he does so in accordance with his "Advanced Touring Method" system. How detail oriented is he? Let's just say that he weighs all his touring gear on a gram scale, including his nail clippers. That's right, his nail clippers. 
http://robertbeckmandesigns.net 


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INSERT CLEVER ‘FAT BIKE' PUN HERE
Finally, someone is building bikes designed for those of us who don't fit in skinny jeans. 
http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/trends/students-designing-first-ever-bike-for-overweight-riders


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LOOKING FOR YOUR FAVORITE BIT?
Thanks to Adventure Cycling's IT gurus, Bike Bits now has its own searchable archive. 
https://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/bike-bits/bike-bits-archive/


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THE ‘REAL' YELLOWSTONE IS IN MONTANA
Tour the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by bike--the 2016 route is entirely in Montana, visiting destinations such as the Pioneer Scenic Byway, ghost towns like Bannack and Virginia City, and riding next to iconic rivers such as the Jefferson, Madison, Yellowstone and Big Hole.
www.cyclegreateryellowstone.com 


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NO CARS ALLOWED!
Registration is now open for the 2016 International Open Streets Summit, to be held August 18-21 in Portland, Oregon. This fourth annual event will feature sessions and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced open streets organizers. Participants will hear from inspiring keynote speakers and have the opportunity to take part in Portland's very own open streets initiative, Portland Sunday Parkways. Learn more and register at the link below.
http://openst16.bpt.me


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GO WEST (AND BRING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER)
If you're planning to ride out West this summer, stay apprised of any wildfires (or floods or storms) along your route with our interactive route network map. Click below to read the blog post by Jenn Milyko, Routes and Mapping's assistant director. She knows stuff. 
https://goo.gl/wml1iT


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Until next time, click on https://vimeo.com/170663175 for vicarious dirt road adventures shot on Super 8 film. 

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