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Bike Bits Vol. 1, No. 13, February 8, 2000 --------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the thirteenth issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's on-line bicycle bulletin, published bi-monthly. You've received Bike Bits because you checked the box for updates when signing our guest book or because you enrolled for Bike Bits at the Adventure Cycling website http://www.adv-cycling.org All Bike Bits bulletins are delivered in text-only format for quick downloads. When we know an appropriate link to an e-mail address or website, we'll include it so you can quickly request more information. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- "Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless." -Zapata Espinoza ***** CASCADE PEAKS AND VALLEYS Adventure Cycling's Cascade Peaks ride is a little-known gem. Limited in size to 150 riders, this eight-day tour takes you through some of the most achingly beautiful scenery in the lower 48. The tour starts in Redmond, just outside Seattle, and winds through the Snoqualmie River Valley into the Cascade Mountains. Highlights of the ride are the abundance of fresh fruit available and the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, as well-known for its local breweries as for its scenery. The cost of this adventure, which will run from July 8 July 15, is only $600. For more information, or to sign up, contact Adventure Cycling's Tours Director, Brian Martindale. mailto:email@example.com, or see our website at http://www.adv-cycling.org ***** WASHINGTON WARNING Legislation pending before the Washington state legislature that would change the language of certain statutes regarding cycling on roadways in important ways. House Bill 3040 would require bicyclists using a roadway to ride in a bike lane or on the shoulder, if such facilities exist. The bill would also require bicyclists to ride single-file, unless they are using bike facilities (bike lanes, shoulders, trails). The bill has been referred to the House Transportation Committee for consideration. For more information about this bill contact the Bicycle Alliance of Washington at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or see their web site at http://www.bicyclealliance.org Also on their site, there is a link to an interesting article entitled "The Real Price of Gas". ***** ARISTOTLE ON TWO WHEELS, PLATO WITH A DERAILLEUR Well, why not? We came across Two Wheel Fetish quite by accident. It is a quirky, thought-provoking ezine. And not really about any sort of weird fetishism, which made us only a little sad. What it is, though, is a collection of interesting essays, with titles like Retrogrouch: The Commercialization of a Retrograde Technology; or How Product Excellence and Integrity Sometimes Means Foregoing Innovation and Growth, and In Praise of Cheap Bicycles. The unifying theme of this publication is the relationship of the bicycle to the larger society. Check it out at http://www.twowheelfetish.com/TWF.html ***** YELLOW FEVER The 21st edition of The Cyclists' Yellow Pages goes to press this week. Updated annually, the Cyclists' Yellow Pages is the most complete reference guide available for recreational cyclists, and there's only one way to get it...become an Adventure Cycling Association member. To sign up, go to our website at http://www.adv-cycling.org ***** ROLLING DOWN TO RIO Odyssey 2000, the Tim Kneeland Associates sponsored around the world in 366 days tour is in Central America, working its way south. They have posted a small photo gallery at their site at http://www.kneeland.com/O2K_Road0203.html . Some of our members who are on the trip have emailed to let us know they are alive and well, somewhere in Costa Rica. ***** SIZE MATTERS ACA is entering into a cooperative agreement with The Big Ride, The American Lung Assoc., for the second year. Each person who signs up to participate in The Big Ride, a cross country adventure designed to raise money for The American Lung Assoc., will receive a free 6-month Adventure Cycling Association membership. ACA will send them info on how to prepare for their trip and send them monthly magazines to get them excited about their future adventure. Check out their web page. http://www.bigride.com contact them at mailto:email@example.com ***** WE ARE THE URBAN SCOURGE The Oprah Winfry site has a page about her show titled "In the Works", which asks the seemingly loaded question "Should there be a law making it illegal for bike riders to ride on city streets?" Users are invited to comment. We think you should. See it at http://www.oprah.com/tows/intheworks/tows_works_bike.html ***** IT'S ALL ABOUT EFFICIENCY The most efficient animal on earth in terms of weight transported over distance for energy expended is a human on a bicycle. The most efficient machine on earth in terms of weight transported over distance for energy expended is a human on a bicycle. This is from a site hosted by Jeff Napier, a bicycle mechanic and former bike shop owner in Florence, Oregon. The official title of the site is "Bicycle Repair: a Free Internet Presentation That Shows You How to Fix Bikes." It's written in language so simple that even we could understand it. See it at http://members.aol.com/biketune/ ***** AND WE THOUGHT IT WAS THE COMPUTER Rich Olken, Executive Director of Bikes Belong Coalition, announced that the bicycle, a simple mechanical marvel, has been named the Invention of the Millennium. "Nothing else even comes close", Olken noted, "it changed industry and society. The bicycle is even responsible for the emancipation, enfranchisement, and equality of half our population, and now we realize that it is a major component in the solutions to our problems with gridlock, pollution, obesity, and other societal ills." Bikes Belong is a major source of funding for bicycle projects. Recent grants include helping fund the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's work on the Citywide Bicycle Network and a grant to Friends of the Katy Trail in Dallas, Texas. For grant application materials and other news about the Coalition check out their website at http://www.bikesbelong.org ***** End Bike Bits Vol. 1, No. 13 ------------------------------------------------------------- Copyright © 2000 Adventure Cycling Association. Visit us at http://www.adv-cycling.org To unsubscribe to this bi-monthly electronic newsletter, reply to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, and type "unsubscribe" and your e-mail address in the body of your message. For e-mail updates and changes, please include "Update" in the Subject box, and be sure to include both your old e-mail address and your new address in the body of your message. If you like Bike Bits, please forward it to your cycling friends! 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