Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Yuba Launches Limited-Edition PeopleForBikes Branded Cargo Bike – PeopleForBikes and Yuba Bicycles have partnered to launch a limited edition Boda Boda cargo bike to raise money for bicycling infrastructure. Yuba and PeopleForBikes will officially launch the bike at the Sea Otter Classic in April, where people can enter to win one. The bikes are available for preorders now and on sale May 1 at Yuba dealers and at yubabikes.com.
  • CNN Honors Trips for Kids Founder – CNN has named Trips for Kids Founder, Marilyn Price, as a CNN Hero for her years of dedication to putting disadvantaged kids on mountain bikes. Please join us in congratulating Marilyn and take a moment to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Or tune in to CNN March 27 – 29 and watch the story “on air”. tripsforkids.org

Racing News

Monarch Crest Race

  • The true “enduro” experience is finally here, October 2-4, 2015. The Monarch Crest Enduro brought to you by Chocolate Bunny Productions, threads together three days of Colorado’s finest high country trails along the Monarch Crest, a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, and IMBA Epic® no less. Registration is now live on imathlete.com.

 

Touring

  • The Greatest Ride – August 9-12 2015. This is the cycling trip you’ve wanted to take for your whole life. Start by sharing a table with retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall for the opening dinner at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. This event is limited to only 10 cyclists so book now at blackberry farm.com.
  • Chris King Gourmet Century registration opens April, 1st – The Gourmet Century has expanded into a global showcase hosting four events across the U.S. and now one in Japan. Each event will feature its own special guest chefs and menus designed to compliment the best riding the region has to offer. Registration for ALL events will open on April 1st at 12pm PST at gourmetcentury.com. Act fast as tickets tend to go quickly!
  • Ride. Relax. Escape. Discover the Wild Highlands of Scotland – Fuel your sense of discovery with roads that will take your breath away. This 6 day, 5 night tour runs between 8th to 13th September and is strictly limited to 12 people. Book now, 72 hours before general public.

 

NAHBS 2015

  • Didn’t get enough of NAHBS 2015? - Gates photographer Tim Lucking has produced an exquisite photo gallery of the best belted bikes from the North American Handmade Bike Show. Check out some of our favorites on The Belted Blog.

 

Video/Film

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Currently touring the USA, (you can find the tour schedule here) immediately after the Festival ends in November a selection of the best films goes on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. There’s typically a mountain bike film in the mix but every film has always been entertaining.

 

Contest

  • Here’s your last reminder that you can win a set of new rubber from Vee Tire. Follow the link to the survey and complete it to win!

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Friday Features: Real Fat Bike Radness, Full Length Path Finder Movie, Transition TransAm Hardtail ripping and More

Fat biking is one of those sports that is so much fun to do, but isn’t one of the most thrilling events to watch. Usually. To try and turn that notion on its head, BMX rider and dirt jumpter Gegor Laucht got a hold of a Felt DD 30 to play with on the slopes in Braunwald Village, Switzterland.

Along those same lines, Pat Smage gives puts on a clinic after the break on fat bike trials…

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Volvo, Albedo 100, & Grey London Team up for Life Paint Clear Reflective Safety Spray

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Volvo has been on a roll lately when it comes to safety innovations that focus outside the vehicle as much as inside. After setting the goal for zero pedestrians or cyclists to be killed or seriously injured by a new Volvo in 2020, the company has been rolling out new concepts to help make that a reality. The latest idea isn’t part of a car at all. Instead, it is a reflective safety paint that goes on clear. Designed to help make anything it covers more visible to motorists, the paint is invisible by day but explodes in light when illuminated at night.

Check out the paint in action after the break…

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Wahoo Fitness Partners with Ride with GPS for Turn Based Navigation on RFLKT and RFLKT+

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It looks like Wahoo RFLKT and RFLKT+ users are getting an Easter egg a little early this year. Thanks to a newly announced partnership with Ride With GPS, the Wahoo cycling computer will now be able to display turn by turn directions. Already unique in that the RFLKT is simply a reflection of apps running on your smart phone, the nature of the design allows new features to be added such as GPS navigation. In order to take advantage of the new feature, users will need a RFLKT or RFLKT+, a compatible smart phone (iPhone 4s and newer and Android 4.3 and newer), as well as an account with Ride With GPS.

Once you have all the needed ingredients, you can start making your own GPS routes…

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NAHBS 2015: Connor Wood Bicycles Hits a Home Run with Louisville Slugger Bike

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Wooden bicycles are nothing new in the world of NAHBS, but the show’s location in Louisville this year made it perfect for a collaboration. Yes, we’re talking about that famous lumber that ends up as one of the thousands of baseball bats to come out of the Louisville Slugger factory. After receiving the American White Ash billets straight from Louisville Slugger, Chris Connor set out to turn the wood into one of his namesake bicycles. The completed frame was then shipped back to Louisville Slugger so they could brand the frame and finish it with the same varnish used on actual bats.

A fully functional bike, the one off show piece will soon be installed in the Louisville Slugger museum as an interactive display…

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NAHBS 2015: Shamrock Wows with Winning Paint, Beautiful Steel

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Straight from the mountains of Indiana, Shamrock Cycles is consistently becoming a show favorite of many. Aside from providing one of the better heckling camps at the local cross races, Tim O’donnell has been building incredible steel bikes out of Indianapolis for years. Enlisting the finishing services of Corby Concepts for special projects, Shamrock had some breathtaking bikes at NAHBS for 2015. Bicycles like this steel road bike built for Rob Simon. Calling it the most intricate paint scheme ever to grace a Shamrock frame, Corby Concepts knocked the Mondrian theme out of the park and walked away with the award for Best Finish…

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TPE15: Prologo Adds Team Replica Saddles, New TGale TT/Triathlon Saddle

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For the true fanboys and fangirls, Prologo has added team livery to their saddles for several of their sponsored Pro Tour teams. Options include IAM cycling, Lampre Merida, Tinkoff Saxo, and a couple of standout athletes. Above are models for Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan. Closeups and details on the new TT/Triathlon saddle below…

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TPE15: Litespeed Nome fat bike breaks ground, T5 Gravel bike gets thru axle fork

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Tennessee based titanium bicycle fabricator Litespeed could be playing in the fat bike garden with their new Nome.

It’ll have 190mm rear spacing built around replaceable dropouts and ship with singlespeed dropouts. Standard dropouts with derailleur hanger for QR or thru axles will be available separately. This one’s a prototype to gauge interest, primarily among international distributors. They say the U.S. has demand, but Hong Kong and the Phillipines are blowing up.

Probably be around $2,600 to $2,700 for the frame. Frame is 3/2.5 titanium, and they’re handmade in Ooltewah, TN. Look for them to start shipping later this summer.

More pics and updates to their gravel bike after the page break.

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Ion Goes Inside Out for Comfort with Revised Ledge Gloves

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Recently after one of our posts, one reader questioned why more companies don’t build gloves with the seams out the outside for better feel at the bar. Well, it appears that Ion was listening or a few steps ahead as they just announced their new Ledge Glove featuring Maki_Seams. Skewed towards the gravity and DH side of the spectrum, the new Ledge gloves should keep you hands comfortable and protected both on and off the bike…

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