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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 16, August 17, 2016
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This is the 387th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 60,039 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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"No rider I know gets by after a raging ride with a bagel and a banana. That we could is irrelevant. Food is life, and if we are what we eat, I don't want to be a squishy, yellow fruit."
-Allison Glock


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MORE PROOF THAT YOU DON'T NEED A PRO LICENSE TO BE RAD
This British woman defined long-term dominance while still working a day job. 
http://adventure-journal.com/2016/07/the-amateur-the-pros-couldnt-catch-for-25-years/


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2017 TOURS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
What are you waiting for? Grab life by the bars and join an Adventure Cycling tour in 2017! Adventure Cycling has been putting them together for years--not just bike tours, but unique experiences for riders of all abilities. Looking for an epic escape? Check out our self-contained, or van-supported, cross-country adventures. Interested in shorter tours, or more mellow cycling trips? We're running a great selection of fully catered, weeklong, and relaxed bicycle tours. Choose from 11 new destinations including the Great Smoky Mountains, Sierra Cascades, Southeastern Coastline, Texas Hill County, Southern California, and more!
http://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours


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ESCAPE TO CANADA
Three teenage friends from Minneapolis set off on a bicycle touring adventure--in 1951.
http://goo.gl/dhxOJG


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GRAHAM CANNOT BE UNSEEN
Ever wondered what the human body would look like if it had evolved to withstand car crashes?
http://goo.gl/jmhJi6	


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WAIT � JOURNALISM WORKS?
Inspired by the article "Pedaling with a Purpose" in the May issue of Adventure Cyclist, these three couples are riding across Quebec to raise funds for World Bicycle Relief. Learn more at the link below. 
http://fundraise.worldbicyclerelief.org/team/QC16


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GOTTA START THEM EARLY
Instead of taking a break from bike touring when they had a baby, Maya and Gili took their then-seven-month-old boy Neil with them on a tour through South Korea and Japan. Check out a video of their journey below and read their blog. 
http://inmagicland.com/2016/06/taking-ride-destiny/


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WE WANT NEW MEMBERS!
Are you looking to wrap your summer up in adventure? Not yet a member of Adventure Cycling? Join by August 31 and we'll send you a FREE Adventure Cycling neck wrap, and also enter you for a chance to win great weekly prizes--including a limited edition Salsa Marrakesh touring bike. We want to reach out to as many new cyclists as possible so that we can tempt and inspire them to take a bicycle adventure this year. If you're already a member, please share this offer with your friends. They'll thank you every time an issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine lands in their mailbox. 
http://ow.ly/NJuVu


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THE ELECTRIFIED CENTURY
If you're interested in eBikes but suffer from range anxiety, the Stromer ST2 S should allay your fears (and lighten your wallet). 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAFr8YhxcH0&feature=youtu.be


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I-8 UPDATE PROJECT IMPACTS BICYCLISTS
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has five major pavement projects on Interstate 8 in Imperial County. Three are already underway and two begin in early 2017. This work is having a significant impact on bicyclists traveling in the area. An on-call shuttle for bicyclists began on August 1 to help bridge the gap. The phone number for the shuttle is 760.337.1759 and a form will be posted online in the near future to request the shuttle ahead of time to help minimize wait time. Although this will not impact cyclists riding the Southern Tier Route, it will affect cyclists who ride nearby I-8 in Imperial County, California. "We understand that most bicyclists on a cross-country tour want to RIDE their bikes, so we encourage cyclists to follow SR-78 on the Southern Tier Route rather than I-8 to travel between Imperial County and Arizona," said Seth Cutter, Caltrans District 11 bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. See the press release at the link below.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/news/123.html
Click on the link below for more information on the shuttle.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/ads/I-8-bike-shuttle.html


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A DIFFERENT KIND OF CLIMATE RIDE
David Goodrich cycled across the country while interviewing people about how their climate is changing and writing a book. "A Hole in the Wind" (not to be confused with "The Wind in the Willows") is due out next year. 
http://www.outsideonline.com/2095701/david-goodrich-writing-and-riding-adventure-book


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HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
The eighth annual Adventure Cyclist Bicycle Travel Photo Contest kicks off on September 1, and we want to see your most inspiring images about bicycle travel. This year, in addition to honoring the top photos overall, we'll be selecting winners in a new category focused on touring in the U.S. Full details and submission information will be available beginning September 1 at the link below.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/adventure-cyclist/bicycle-travel-photo-contest/


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JOHN WILLIAMS, A PIONEER IN BIKE-PED PLANNING
As Missoula's first full-time bicycle coordinator and Adventure Cycling's former advocacy director, among other roles, John Williams spent his life fighting for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. He will be missed. Instead of flowers, we'll be donating to the John Williams Memorial Education Fund to advance cycling safety. Click on the link below for details. 
http://www.bikewalkmontana.org/john-williams-memorial/


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Until next time, click on https://goo.gl/xf4XmQ for inspiration of the elderly and Scandinavian kind. 

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