[VBC Buddies] Fwd: Bike Bits Vol. 13, No. 21, November 2, 2011

Jeff Beilfuss 2tiredtrekker at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 05:09:41 PDT 2011


Hi, Buddies.

There's some very nice stories in this month's Adventure Cycling
newsletter.  I thought I'd pass it on.

Jeff

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From: Adventure Cycling <bikebits at adventurecycling.org>
Date: Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM
Subject: Bike Bits Vol. 13, No. 21, November 2, 2011
To: 2tiredtrekker at gmail.com



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Bike Bits Vol. 13, No. 21, November 2, 2011
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This is the 274th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you--and 42,899 other
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information. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own
bicycle adventures.

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"Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed, and stable a
horse, had by this bright invention enjoyed the swiftness of motion
which is perhaps the most fascinating feature of material life."
--Francis Willard, "How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle" (1895)

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GREAT BALLS OF FIRE: TOURS FILLING FAST!
Tours director Arlen Hall reports that the first Florida Leadership
Training Course (January 12-15) filled quickly and the recently
added, second Florida LTC filled just as fast! Our two
scheduled weeklong Death Valley Loop tours (beginning March 10 and
March 17) are also full, so we’ve added a third Death Valley Loop,
running March 24-30. If you’re interested, do not dawdle! Arlen also
reports that the following trips are already about 50 percent full:
Florida Keys Winter Escape self-contained (beginning January 17),
Southern Tier van-supported (March 12), Outer Banks inn-to-inn
(April 22), Sierra Cascades self-contained (May 26), TransAm self-
contained (May 4), TransAm van-supported (May 19), LTC Minnesota
(June 7), both Grand Canyon van-supported rides (September 8 and
September 16), Pacific Coast van-supported (September 25), and Big
Bend Loop van-supported (October 20). Check out these and other
2012 tour offerings here:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/tours/index.cfm


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MADISON ON TWO WHEELS
Seth Kugel, The New York Times' Frugal Traveler, invited his readers
by way of popular vote to make his recent vacation travel plans for
him. Out of all the other destination possibilities--New Orleans,
Montreal, Charleston, Nashville, and Burlington, Vermont--the winner
was Madison, Wisconsin, which garnered an overwhelming 40 percent of
the votes. Likewise, bicycling grabbed 41 percent of the votes as the
way for Seth to get himself around Madtown, crushing rental car, public
transportation, foot, scooter--and, yes, private helicopter. "Madison
is the only gold-certified Bicycle Friendly Community east of the
Mississippi," Seth writes, "so perhaps I shouldn't have been amazed
that almost my entire route to and from the Parsonage [bed and
breakfast] was on bike trails or roads with separate cycling lanes."
Click on the link to read the rest of his beer-and-burger powered,
college-football-enriched trip to the Wisconsin capital city.
http://nyti.ms/upcuaF


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A MAN, A BIKE AND 4,100 MILES
Here's a story from another New York Times writer who undertook
something a little more serious than a burger-and-brewpub tour of
Madison. This was Bruce Weber's second cross-country ride, and his
journals make great reading.
http://nyti.ms/owhNag


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FAST-GROWING BAMBOO
Not only is bamboo a fast-growing grass; it's growing fast as a material
out of which to fashion bicycle frames. Here, for instance, is a story
from The Christian Science Monitor about a company in Zambia that's
building badly needed bikes as well as providing equally vital jobs to
locals.
http://bit.ly/pIBV6m
Now for a real bamboozler, check out the Ajiro Bamboo Velobike (and also
be aware that several links below the two photos lead to further
bamboo-bike discoveries):
http://bit.ly/qyxQBf


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AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Donn Olson, Kevin Cashman, Jim Peters, and Leslie Wills. We're talking,
of course, about the annual National Bicycle Travel Awards, aka the
June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the
Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer of
the Year Award. To read a press release about who won what and why,
click here:
http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2011/10/award-winners-announced.html


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A CENTURY-PLUS OF DOWN UNDER BICYCLING
"Forget about the wild scenes of public adulation for Cadel Evans
following his Tour de France triumph... Ignore the visible upsurge in
cycling activity around annual Ride to Work days. And ignore the
prevalence of lycra-clad, middle-aged cyclists clogging up the roads
every weekend. Australian society is unlikely to ever reach the
heights of the bicycle craze that swept the nation more than a century
ago." So begins a terrific tale by Rob Hess, who writes at The
Conversation, an independent source of information, analysis, and
commentary from the Australian university and research sector.
http://bit.ly/q4gS4h


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FILMED BY BIKE
The 10th Anniversary Filmed by Bike festival is slated for April 13-15,
2012, at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon (tickets go
on sale in February). The film festival screens bicycle-themed movies,
of eight minutes or less, from around the world. A panel of nine jury
members goes through the submissions and chooses winners. Deadline for
entries: January 20, 2012. There is no fee to submit a movie. You can
check out a trailer/teaser at Momentum Magazine online:
http://momentumplanet.com/videos/filmed-by-bike-10th-anniversary-trailer


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THE CYCLE DIARIES
Londoners Matt McDonald and Andy Madely are in the midst of a 13,000-mile
bicycle adventure from London to Sydney, Australia, and posting at The
Telegraph online as they go. Writes Matt: "There is a sense of ironic
symmetry to riding a bicycle over mountains, particularly a heavily
laden touring bike. It is like experiencing the perfect ying and yang.
First, there is a long, sweaty, strained struggle to the summit. There
are false dawns along the way, when you think the climb (and your own
strength) is nearly at an end, only to discover another long incline
ahead which is even steeper than the last." Read more here:
http://tgr.ph/nrvnCb
You can also check out Matt and Andy's own website, The Cycle Diaries:
World Adventure Biking:
http://www.thecyclediaries.com


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OREGON LOVES CYCLISTS
Alexandra Phillips with the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department wrote
Bike Bits to tell us about some exciting cycling news in her state.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has unanimously voted
to designate five new state scenic bikeways: the Sisters to Smith Rock
State Park, Metolius River Loops, McKenzie Pass, Blue Mountain Century,
and Old West scenic bikeways. "A section of the Old West overlaps with
the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail," Alexandra said. "We're the only state
in the country to officially designate scenic bikeways. Oregon is a
pioneer in fusing recreation, transportation, and the economic benefits
of this kind of tourism." The bikeway program is a partnership involving
Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation,
and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Learn more at this link:
http://www.oregonscenicbikeways.org


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Until next time... click on http://bit.ly/oYUkZk to read a great story
from the daily Missoulian about the current state of affairs at your
favorite bicycling organization.


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