Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

  • The 2011 Southern Cross endurance cyclocross race has changed venues for next year to the stunning Monteluce Winery and Estates of Dahlonega, GA. This new venue offers easier access, better terrain that lends itself to cross, the amazing views around the winery and the beautiful Tuscan style homes that dot the hills.   Prepare to be awed and challenged at this year’s Southern Cross as you roll through the Chatahoochee National Forest.
  • R&A Cycles in New York is giving away $1,000 worth of Assos clothing on Christmas Day.  All you have to do to get a shot at having the best Christmas ever is register for free on their website.
  • A new blog to cover the Road Tubeless phenomenon has launched called Go Tubeless and says it’ll post all the info you’ll ever need to know about how to use, choose and maintain tubeless tires.
  • If you haven’t taken two minutes to check out Wilderness B, a Facebook page that advocates an alternate Wilderness designation for federal lands that would allow bicycles, please do so now. Strength in numbers, even if it is just “likes” for a page is the least you can do to help save trails. Feeling energetic? Suggest the page to your friends, too, and help us keep some of the best trails in the U.S. from being closed forever for no good reason.
  • NAHBS (aka: North American Handmade Bicycle Show) is expecting a record number of booths for the 2011 show in Austin, TX. As of December 15, 2010, 136 exhibitors had signed up for the show, with several enquiries still pending and an expected total of 160. The greatest number of exhibitors at any NAHBS to date was 150 at Portland, Oregon, in 2008. The 2010 figure, in Richmond, Virginia, was 126. We’ve already gotten word that some of the builders that won awards last year are introducing some wild new concept bikes…can’t wait!
  • Need a last minute gift idea, or wondering where to spend that cash? Gene Hamilton’s Better Ride mountain bike clinics have posted their 2011 schedule and some are already full or near full.  If you want to ride better, faster and smoother, we’ve heard good things about his clinics.
  • Sidi is making a custom Ergo 2 Carbon Lite shoe for the 2011 Liquigas pro cycling team. Check it out after the break.
  • Rapha is extending their worldwide free shipping offer until January 3, and they’ve just put a bunch of stuff on the 30% sale rack.
  • Bud Nilsson wants you to be safer with Bud Brakes, an anti-lock braking system for your bike…

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