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Bike Bits Vol. 18, No. 17, September 7, 2016
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This is the 388th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 60,721 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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"When riding, the mind should precede the rider by one bike length. Figuratively speaking."
-William Nealy


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WHAT, NO BANJO-PLAYING ARMADILLOS?
We've been assured that the video found at the link below has not been doctored to make Arkansas look good. Apparently the Natural State really is that pretty. Who knew?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yNfLIMgXew


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CYCLING FOR A HIGHER PURPOSE
Gary West, a retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot, is riding from Maine to Key West, Florida, to raise funds for the families of fallen service members. Click on the link below to find out more about his ride.
http://patriothonorride.com


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JOIN BIKE YOUR PARK DAY
Celebrate national parks, state parks, and other public lands by participating in the first-ever Bike Your Park Day on Saturday, September 24. Join thousands of people around the country and the world and explore nearby parks and public lands by bicycle on the same day. Register your ride for free (or find a planned ride you can join) at the website below, and we'll send you a Bike Your Park Day sticker!
www.bikeyourparkday.org


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NEVER TOO OLD TO BREAK WORLD RECORDS
On August 26, Lynnea Salvo pedaled out of Oceanside, California. Her destination: the East Coast, and a Guinness World Record for the oldest woman to bicycle across the U.S. Follow her blog at the link below and cheer her on!
https://lifeislikeabike.wordpress.com


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THAT'S OUR KIND OF BIKE COMPANY!
Advocate Cycles is a Minnesota-based bike company that exists solely to create innovative bicycles and deliver 100% of its profits back to cycling advocacy efforts. For Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary, they've created two limited-edition bicycles--the Seldom Seen, a bikepacking-focused mountain bike, and the Sand County, a classic touring bike. Beginning on September 17, you'll have a chance to bid on either one of these custom, limited-edition bikes! The only way to get these bikes will be through Adventure Cycling so don't miss this opportunity to support an amazing company and Adventure Cycling's work. Grab more info and ogle the custom paint job, Adventure Cycling route map decals, and more at the link below.
https://www.adventurecycling.org/auction


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AND TO THINK HE COULD'VE USED A DRONE
One Amazon employee takes customer service very, very seriously.
http://ow.ly/W94K303M7kL


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FOR WHEN THE GREAT DIVIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE ISN'T LONG ENOUGH
If you've ever hit the Border Patrol station in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, and thought, "Well, that was a nice warm up, let's keep going!" then we've got some nice, cyclist-approved accommodations for you in Janos, Mexico.
http://ow.ly/jZxZ303M7dA


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WE'RE GONNA NEED A LOT OF CHAIN LUBE
Now that we have 12-speed drivetrains, it's good that someone has found a use for all those now-worthless 8-, 9-, 10-, and 11-speed chains lying around.
http://www.bikerumor.com/2016/07/14/found-seo-young-deoks-unique-bike-chain-sculptures/


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ALASKA AHOY FOR ADVENTURE CYCLISTS
Do you love bike travel? Do you like meeting fellow cyclists? Will you be in Alaska on Sunday, September 18? Then by all means come to a special gathering and presentation by Adventure Cycling's executive director, Jim Sayer. He'll be in Anchorage for a global summit on adventure travel (and in Alaska for the first time ever). The gathering will be at the REI Coop in mid-town Anchorage on the 18th from 4-6 pm, with refreshments provided by Bike Anchorage. Come meet kindred spirits and learn about what's happening in bike travel and cycling from the local to global level. Click below to rsvp as space is limited.
https://www.rei.com/events/adventure-cycling-association/anchorage/152857


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WHITE HOT GLISTENING SHADOWY FLOWS
Looking for crowd-sourced information on the conditions--such as weather, potholes, construction, or herds of feral hamsters--of your favorite cycling roads? The new goFlow app could be for you.
https://goflow.me


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GREAT TOURING OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN FOR 2016
When was your last adventure? As the summer season wanes and crowds at tourist destinations dwindle, now is the time to grab that late-season touring opportunity. Adventure Cycling's unique brand of bicycle travel provides freedom to explore while sharing an adventure with a group. Grab a 2016 tour now!
https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/2016-remaining-tours/


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BATS NOT INCLUDED
Electric fat biking...in a cave? The world's largest indoor bike park...also in a cave? Sign us up!
http://www.louisvillemegacavern.com/attractions/6/underground-bike-park


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Until next time, click on http://ow.ly/2yYa303WwlW for a vision of the future of bicycles.

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