Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

  • World Bicycle Relief has been named one of Barron’s top 25 most effective charities. Created by SRAM Corporation & Trek Bicycle in 2005 to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, World Bicycle Relief has distributed 71,416 improved-design, culturally-appropriate bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in Asia and Africa.  These bicycles help students get to school, connect healthcare workers to people living with HIV & AIDS in rural areas and enable farmers to carry heavy loads and get to market with their goods.  These 71,416 bicycles have reached and improved the lives of 702,080 people The Barron’s ranking is awarded to individuals or organizations that have made a significant and lasting difference in the condition of people, society or environment as a result of charitable work.Read the full story here.
  • Trips For Kids of Western NC has recently been launched and is seeking local area corporate and individual sponsors.  The organization is also working on building a fleet of bicycles.  If you would like to help with time or donations, please contact Stephen.
  • Manitou has announced that their Circus Dirt Jump fork is ready to ship. After plenty of “proper gnar” and podiums by riders like Mike Montgomery, Adam Williams, Daryl Brown, Dustin Greenall and the Meyers Brothers throughout the 2010 season, you can now get your shovel-callussed hands on one. Check out our tech posts on it here and here and an interview with the artist that did the killer graphics here. Oh, and their Punch DJ wheels are slated for release in April…
  • Want to stalk Team Sky riders? Simple, just follow their rides in real time via the Map My Tracks app being used through the Team Sky Training Room section of their website. You’ll be able to catch all your favorite team members as they finish up their ride. Well, all except for Bradley Wiggins, he’s apparently a bit to wigged out to share his profile. Probably smart Afterall, a crazed female fan could probably snap his arm. Full story here.
  • Rapha signs deal with ASO, promoter of the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, etc., to produce official clothing for that and other events in 2011 and 2012.
  • Today’s the last day for earlybird exhibitor registration at the 2011 Seattle Bicycle Expo.
  • Rickshaw Bagworks just introduced sleeves for the new Macbook Air 11″ and 13″, and they have iPad sleeves, too. Flyer after the break.
  • Chrome has a new monthly New Noise program. Every month we’ll be partnering with a different band/artist to bring fans the chance to win sweet schwag including Chrome gear, albums, concert tickets and more.

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