Bike Bits Vol. 22, No. 23, December 2, 2020Having trouble reading this email? Click here. 

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This is the 488th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin. Bike Bits is delivered to you, and 72,235 other readers, because you’ve signed up for it at the Adventure Cycling Association website. We want to inspire you to dream and to live your own bicycle adventures.   
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
Edward Abbey
Saving Old Roads
In Loudoun County, Virginia, there exist some of the oldest unpaved roads in the country. And some people are trying to keep it that way. 
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Giving … Wednesday 
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Adventures in South America, Part Seventeen
Follow Ryan Wilson as he reflects on what he’s packed for two years on the road. 
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Uranium Hunter
When it comes to bike trips, we’ve heard it all. But a bike trip to search for uranium deposits? That’s a new one. 
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Books on Wheels
Cetonia Weston-Roy’s book store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a different kind of book store. For one, it specializes in Black literature. Also, it’s on the back of a tricycle, for now, anyway. She’s hoping to open a brick-and-mortar shop soon. 
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Bikepushing in Romania
When the universe gives you a gentle reminder why you’re doing what you’re doing. 
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Silver Lining
Cyclists and pedestrians reclaimed the streets during the pandemic and realized how much better life is with less vehicle traffic. Now comes the hard part.
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Hobbs’ Choice Bikepacking
Arkansas’s largest state park has six new campsites built specifically for bikepackers and featuring metal sculptures integrated into their designs. 
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Touring in the Time of COVID
When this musician didn’t have a car to tour on his new album, he found something better — a bike. 
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The Pinnacle of Cheapitude
We love a good value, but $119 for a frame and fork?

Until next time, click here for vicarious adventures in Finland.

Vicarious adventures in Finland.

COVID-19 Update
We’ve been publishing Bike Bits for more than 20 years, but recent events make this week’s edition feel different than any other. We hope you enjoy some light reading about this wonderful bike travel community and a little bit of twice-monthly normalcy. Adventure Cycling has made a few changes in response to the situation. 
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