Posts in the category Advocacy

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Moots is offering one of their bikes as prize for your donation to help their local trial builders pay for a Single Track Specialty Machine. Buy a raffle ticket for $50 (only 250 offered) and you’ll be entered to win a Moots Rogue Ybb.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has issued an Action Alert asking for your help to tell the USDOT that it is important to you to have a national transportation goal with standards that make biking and walking a safe alternative to driving.
  • MTBparks.com has announced the MTBParks Pass, which gives riders deals at a collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks for the summer 2014 riding season. Deals include: “free lift tickets upon first visit at a growing list North America’s Best Bike Parks, discounted lift tickets upon subsequent visits at many participating parks (discount rates will vary), bike shop and rental discounts, exclusive lodging packages and more all for one low price with no blackout dates…”
  • The Indiana University Little 500 Bike Races will be held April 25-26th. Tickets to watch the races in Bill Armstrong Stadium are on sale now with proceeds raising money for student scholarships.
  • This is happening May 16-18th in Santa Fe, NM.
  • The Fourth Annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will be May 18th, 2014.
  • Bike Day in Canada is May 26th. Click here to find or organize events in your city.
  • The 2014 Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held June 7-8. The ride will be on a closed 15km circuit around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and the Air Force Memorial. Online registration is open and closes May 31st.
  • The Next Great Trip is offering a new way to witness the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado on August 17-24. They’re offering a trip which includes private charter flights between stages, 5-star accommodations, VIP bus ride with the peloton, even your chance to ride some of the stages before the race. Hosted by Ron Keifel, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Colorado’s great race. Package starts at $9,500.
  • Cenoté is giving away an Annual Parks Pass for the U.S. National Parks. Like their FB page to enter and one lucky winner will be chosen on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  • Mavic is asking for feedback on their road tires.
  • Après Vélo is having their Easter clearance sale with prices starting at $3.95. Sale ends April 21st.
  • Add a tin of Embrocation and a pound of Dutch Coffee to your Road Holland order for just $19 with code SPRING20.
  • Eaton Bikes in Key West, Florida, will take care of your bike rental needs.
  • …and we could all use a Lucky Brake.

Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through SnapOnIndustrialBrands.com.

Twist into more new gear below…

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KindHuman Announces Winners of its Take The Lead Cycling Scholarships

kindhuman-campionne-sponsorship-bike

The KindHuman Campionne carbon road bike, albeit with a slightly higher spec build.

PRESS RELEASE: Monday morning, April 7th, KindHuman co-founders Gavin Brauer and Adam Abramowicz announced to a gathering of employees, customers, friends and press their 2014 Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship recipients.

In December, the bicycle and cycling apparel manufacturer announced their Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship and their mission to change the way the bicycle industry sponsors athletes. In an effort to reward character and kindness over talent and speed, KindHuman wants to place human achievements with the bike, through the bike and for the bike on top of the podium. KindHuman is pleased to announce the recipients of their first ever Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship. The scholarship is just one part of KindHuman’s commitment to change the world through cycling.

Co-founder and Creative Leader, Adam Abramowicz said about the scholarship, “Without the scholarship, there is no KindHuman. Plain and simple. KindHuman was founded to support the growth and longevity of cycling and the scholarship is a perfect example of how we’re doing just that.”

Abramowicz went on to explain how overwhelming the quality of character and how exceptional the applicants were and are. He continued, “It made our decision very, very difficult.

“We had young boys and girls from all over the United States and Canada send in their video or written applications, we had the great opportunity to meet many of the applicants in person, and we were humbled by how our mission to change the world through cycling resonated with these kids.

“In the end, we had to pick two, one boy and one girl and I think that we couldn’t have hand picked two better ambassadors for cycling. We are please to announce our first ever KindHuman Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship recipients…

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SRAM Kicks Back with 3 Speeds for WBR, and a Hub that can Shuck Corn

SRAM World Bike Relief Power Take off 3 speed kick back hub (3)

Amongst all of the high zoot show bikes of NAHBS, SRAM had something new that was decidedly not as sexy, but still very important. Bolted onto the back end of a World Bicycle Relief Buffalo bike, SRAM was showing prototypes of their new 3 speed kick back hub. Simplicity and durability are important, especially when you’re talking about a bike that will reside in remote villages in Africa without a modern bike shop close by. So to offer more speeds without the need for a shifter or cables, SRAM has upped their sealed kick back hub to 3 speeds. Offering a 186% gear range, shifts are carried out by back pedaling slightly which clicks up to two, then three. As soon as you brake on the coaster brake, the system resets to first gear.

The hubs will make their way onto bicycles for regular consumers as well, but for the Africa bikes, the hub includes a special feature…

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Mountain Bike PSA of the Week: Ride Wet Trails & You Kill a Kitten

Weekend Group Ride: Fabvelo, Yuba, Profile Designs, Rock Guardz & More

fabvelo-velomobile-complete-trike

Industrial Design lecturer Mark Richardson used off the shelf parts and salvaged items (like a weed whacker, shower stool, wheelchair and an old road bike) plus a few 3D printed parts to assemble the Fabvelo velomobile.

The design was made to be both safe and easy to replicate and hack. Richardson built it tall and stable, so it’d be easy to see by car drivers and able to easily move along with normal traffic. The covered design allows use in any weather. Richardson wanted to make it easy to build from standard parts, and eventually will probably have open source plans for anyone looking to make their own.

Check out some of the bits, and lots more, below…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

 chris king gourmet centuries

  • Chris King will open registration on April 1st for it’s three 2014 Gourmet Centuries. Three ride destinations to select from and each will have gourmet food prepared by renowned chefs selected by Chris DeMinno – if you’re a foodie, these rides will not disappoint! Bend, OR, June 14th; Portland, OR, July 26th; Sonoma, CA, October 18th.
  • Cycology Gear has introduced three new t-shirt designs: Bike Partisan, Life Spent Leaning on Bars & One Track Mind, and as always, free shipping worldwide!
  • Revolights is taking pre-orders for it’s Revolights Arc on Kickstarter for $79.
  • Who knew that the future of retail could be shaped by the trials of the independent bike shop? There’s a new book out called Leading Out Retail: A Creative Look at Bicycle Retail and What All Retailers Can Learn From It, written by Donny Perry, Global Development Manager for Specialized Bikes.
  • Calfee is having an open house on Tuesday, April 8th, at their facility in Selva Beach, CA, from 3-8pm. They’re inviting everyone to come by for a look, a drink, and to stay for the sunset on their private beach. Bring the family and a picnic!
  • Registration for the Chiltern Cycling Festival in Amersham, UK, on July 13th is filling up fast. Check out their website for information on all five rides – there’s something for everyone.
  • Cyclehack aims to make cities more cycle friendly by reducing barriers to cyclists via a two-day cycle hack event June 20-22nd. Suggest your cycle hack and it it will be entered in their catalogue for everyone to use.
  • Art’s Cyclery has introduced a web series called Cross Training For Cyclists led by co-owner Eric Benson who has an M.S. in Kinesiology.
  • Test ride a Felt bicycle from now until April 15th at a Felt dealer and fill out a short questionnaire about your ride and you will be entered in Felt’s Ride To Hawaii – with 561 prizes to be given away, including one trip for two to Hawaii to spectate at the 2014 Ironman World Championships.
  • Dmitry Solominsky is riding his bike solo from Seattle, WA, to Yorktown, VA, this summer to raise awareness and funds for Hope For The Warriors. To find out more and to donate, go here.

The Cycle Cable is the Bike Elevator Every Steep Hill Needs

Built in 1993 and remodeled in 2013, the Cycle Cable is 130 meter long route that allows cyclists to cruise up a gradient of between 10-18 degrees at a speed of 1.5 meters a second. The contraption is best described as a foot rest on a razed sidewalk platform. Once you pull up, you lean your bike over and rest your drive side foot on the platform to cruise pleasantly up hill.

Some purists might decry that getting a lift to the top is cheating, but they probably don’t live in San Francisco….

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

halo belt illuminated safety

  • Halo Belt 2.0, seen above, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and is still taking orders for it’s USB charged glowing belts in an effort to reach $100,000 so they can redesign the belt to be 100% waterproof. They even have a Halo Belt Mini for your dog’s collar.
  • Stolen Bikes.UK is celebrating their 2nd year in operation and the recovery of 140 stolen bikes by offering you a chance to win £500 to spend in a local (UK) bike shop or one of two Hiplok D’s. Enter to win on their FB page.
  • John Moss, the founder of Stolen Bikes.UK, was inspired to create the site two years ago when his own bike was stolen. Now, he is trying to close the bike theft circle with an additional website called Check That Bike! - for buyers of used bikes to make sure the bike they are going to buy is not stolen.
  • BuddyBike is pleased to announce that 10 of their bikes will be given away in the Great Bike Giveaway through the Friendship Circle. See the stats on all of the adaptive bikes in the giveaway and consider donating so more special needs children can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike!
  • Bicycle Retailer reports that Bob Stapleton, former owner of the Highroad cycling team, has bought Mad Fiber wheel’s intellectual property assets.
  • The 24 Hours of Booty is returning for its third year in Philadelphia, kicking off on Friday, June 27th. Check the website for more 24 Hours of Booty locations.
  • BMC has recalled it’s Stromer Electric Bicycles due to possible fork failure. See their website for more details. (Kudos to them for having fork recall information on the front page!)
  • Tomorrow is World Water Day and in celebration PureFix Cycles is giving away $100 to charity: water for every Uniform or Yankee bike sold.
  • The 2014 USA Pro Challenge is looking for you to design their official commemorative poster. Enter your submission via their FB page through May 2nd.
  • Bell Helmets has announced the 12 finalists for they IMBA-Bell Built grants. Voting is open to the public April 7th – May 18th on their FB page.
  • Looking for a smaller grant, from $400-$1000, to finish a project on your local trails or pump track? IMBA has just opened its Small Grant Program for applications. Deadline is May 30th.
  • Domahidy DesignsKickstarter Campaign has just five days to go, so he’s upped the ante to help close it successfully. What’s new? How ’bout a 650B bike as an option and a full lifetime warranty on all frames. He’s also added Small and XS sizes for the 650B frames, helping fit more folks.