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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 15, August 3, 2016
This is the 386th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 59,734 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.


"A bicycle stays up because it wants to. It has nothing to do with science."
-Phil Wood


2 PLUS 2 EQUALS 3.141592…
Ever wondered about the math that describes how a bike stays upright? Yeah, we haven't either. But this guy sure has.


During the month of August, anyone who becomes a new member will be entered into weekly prize giveaways, courtesy of some of our corporate partners, in addition to entry in our Salsa Marrakesh bicycle giveaway. If you're not yet a member of Adventure Cycling, this is an opportune time to join; if you are a member, it's a great time to encourage your non-member cycling friends to sign up to receive the bicycle travel inspiration we provide on a regular basis.


The Dyrt is a handy online tool for finding the best campsite. The only suggestion we'd make is adding an option to filter out (or in) campsites with free-range llamas. We're looking at you, KOA in Kalispell, Montana.


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Route 6 Alliance, is spearheading an effort to improve bicycle safety, accessibility, and connectivity on U.S. Route 6. The route is officially designated as PA Bike Route Y, and PennDOT is currently studying the route's first 150 miles (from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border to the McKean-Potter County line) to determine its bicycle level of service and evaluate existing trail connections and other features necessary for developing a safer and more integrated corridor. PennDOT will be hosting a community meeting on August 11, 2016, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the American Legion Post, 9225 Route 6, Union City, PA. The meeting will afford the public the opportunity to learn about the project and provide input to improvements to U.S. Route 6. PennDOT invites all interested users of Route 6 to submit suggestions for improving U.S. Route 6's bicycle safety and facilities by emailing them at the address below by August 31, 2016. Be sure to add "Bike 6" to the subject line.


Don't just go on a bike tour this winter--go on a tour that helps small businesses, supports local cyclists, and encourages more tourism in a country still in the process of bouncing back from a disastrous earthquake. 


We've been trying to build our own cargo bike, but the Popsicle sticks keep failing the load-bearing test. Luckily, an art collective from Denmark has been kind enough to provide a free manual.
Check out the link below for a list of all their manuals, including one on how to build a rocket. Why do you need a rocket? To "distribute various things from high altitudes." Which things you choose to distribute is up to you and the FAA (and maybe the FBI).


In 2001, filmmaker Erik Koto cycled across Pakistan and Tibet. Several years later, he returned to Ladakh, in the Indian Himalaya, and was introduced to Morup Namgyal, who has made it his life's work to preserve his community's folk songs. Check out the documentary trailer at the link below.


90 IS THE NEW 40
We were feeling old and ripe with our 40th anniversary this year, and then we found out that Pashley bikes is turning 90!


Ellee Thalheimer, who has written articles for our illustrious publication, Adventure Cyclist, has been generous enough to offer readers a free chapter from her new book, "Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon."


Our retirement plan involved a combination cactus farm and lizard zoo in New Mexico until we heard about Al Brody. He's living his retirement the right way, with an Airstream and a van full of toys.


The Missoula fire department determined that racing bikes indoors and knocking over the oil lamp was the primary cause of the Great Adventure Cycling Cabin Fire of 2015. If only we'd known then about Tiger Sheds, which offers a log cabin with a built-in velodrome. And one with diving boards.


Until next time, click on for vicarious adventures in cold, dark, and wet cycling. 


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