Posts in the category Advocacy

Buy the Ace-Sufferfest Mountain Bike Team Jersey, Help Support Racing Where It’s Needed

ace-sufferfest-likeli-mountain-bike-charity

The Sufferfest, who makes our favorite training videos, also sponsors the first all-black UCI mountain bike team, helping them get equipped, trained and to the races. Now they need your help to keep one of their riders toeing the line. Here’s plea from The Sufferfest:

21 year old Likeleli Masitise is the only woman on the team. An orphan, she comes from a rural town in Lesotho. She won her first national title in 2012 and won again in 2013. She’s since become the first black woman to make the podium in a UCI ranked MTB race. However, on Christmas Day, her beloved bike was stolen and she hasn’t been able to train or compete properly since.

We’re asking for $100 for this jersey that will be the talk of the group on your next ride. Thanks to the generosity of our partners at Pactimo clothing, all proceeds go towards getting that bike for Likeleli. Hurry – it’s only on sale until 30th of September (jerseys will be shipped out in early November).

Click here to order, and slip past the break for pics of the jersey…

READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015′s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style - Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.

Want your Bikerumor at Top Speed? Support Net Neutrality

cable companies can go to hell

Politics isn’t our strong suit here, but getting you the best cycling product news and tech as quickly as humanly possible is. So is keeping a level playing field, and that’s why we support net neutrality. We don’t ever engage in pay-to-play coverage of bike brands, so we sure don’t want pay-to-play transmission speeds affecting your ability to get that coverage. Click the image above and let your politicians know Net Neutrality is important to you.

Not quite sure why Net Neutrality is important? John Oliver explains…

READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain, sponsored by Liv Cycling, has organized a Global Solidarity Ride on Saturday, August 30th, to show support for women’s cycling in Afghanistan. Check her website for an organized ride near you – or dedicate your ride tomorrow to these brave women and girls, use hashtags #pedalarevolution and #solidarityride2014.
  • Greenville, SC, is hosting the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that is taking place now through Sept. 1st. Free live streaming of the events is being hosted here.
  • The 11th Lake Wolfgang Challenge triathlons will be September 6-7th in Strobl, Austria. This weekend will include an Olympic Distance Challenge, an X-Challenge Sprint (with mountain biking as the bike portion), a combo of the X and Olympic, and a Kid’s Challenge. More info in German here.
  • The first mountain bike race on, what is probably the most remote place to hold one, Saint Helena Island, will be held Saturday, September 20th. You must email their tourist office to register before September 5th, looks like the race is free, but you must arrange your own transportation to this island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Flyer after the break.
  • The 2014 Hell Hole Gravel Grind Stage Race will be held the weekend of September 19th-21st on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride 2014 at Calloway Gardens is September 20th and 21st. Registration and info here.
  • IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday, October 4th.
  • Only 3 days left to enter to win a Loaded Carbon Cockpit.
  • This week, IPWatchdog focuses it’s Evolution of a Technology series on bicycle patents.
  • IMBA held a panel discussion at their World Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, last week on the use of e-bikes on mountain bike trails that led to a suggested strategy for IMBA and the industry to consider.
  • Road Hollad Cycling Apparel is having a Labor Day promotion this weekend, 20% off everything with code LABOR at checkout. Have a Labor Day sale going on? Leave the information in the comments.

READ MORE ->

Ice Bucket Challenge: Mike Sinyard & Specialized Bicycles Raise Funds For ALS

Everyone from Oprah to Bill Gates has been taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, but I’m pretty sure Specialized did it best. Not only did they raise funds for a great cause, but it looks like they had a great time doing it.

Specialized Dealers, Lululemon, and Team Astana at the Vuelta, you’ve been called out!

 

Niner ROS9 Plus IMBA Edition Auction Closing Soon, Bid Now

Did you miss the gorgeously painted Niner ROS9 Plus limited edition IMBA bike from last week? Check them out and you’ll wanna make a bid for one of the nine complete bikes being auctioned off to raise funds for the trail building and advocacy group we all know and love. And here’s a little video to help. Auction closes August 24, 2014. More details here.

Infographic: Current Attitudes Towards Flow Trails, Advocacy, and Trail Etiquette

mtb_trail_infographic copy

Continuing with their habit of creating interesting infographics on the state of mountain biking, the crew from Singletracks.com is at it again. The latest visual introspection into two wheeled fun comes in the form of a graphic based on a survey they ran last month that focused on trail features, advocacy, and trail etiquette. Singletracks’ Editor in Cheif Greg Heil points out that the information isn’t designed to push any agenda, but represents the results of their survey in an interesting way.

Get the big picture after the jump…

READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

pro challenge spectator etiquette

  • In light of certain self(ie)ish fan behavior seen at many races this summer, First Bank, a sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge, is having a contest for the Most Respectful Superfan. Winners will receive replica Most Aggressive Rider jerseys signed by the winners, grand prize winner will also receive a $200 Amazon gift card.
  • Handsome Cycles is closing their downtown Minneapolis retail location and moving to studio space in NE Mnpls. Stop by their retail store for a moving sale August 18th-23rd to receive killer deals (10%-60% OFF) on remaining apparel, bags, shoes and bikes. Check out the new space on Sept. 6th from 12-4pm for an open house, 1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 157.
  • The 5th Annual WYDAHO Rendezvous will be held August 29th – September 1st at the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming.
  • Registration is open for the 42nd Annual Carolina Cup, September 7th, in Greensboro, NC. Click here to volunteer at the race!
  • Registration is also open for Trek’s 2nd Annual Backyard UCI Cyclocross Race, September 20-21st. Held in the backyard of Trek’s global HQ in Waterloo, WI.
  • Blackberry Farm in TN is offering a private Tour de Smokies event featuring three days of cycling with former pro and top cycling Coach Robbie Ventura, andTour de France Veterans George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde. Each day’s 45-75 miles of riding will be capped with incredible food and wine at the luxury farm situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • The 2014 Handmade Bike and Beer Festival, combining the OBCA Handmade Bike Show with HUB’s BiKETOBEERFEST, will be held September 28th at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon. Check out Karl Edwards’ website detailing the progression of the beautiful poster for the event.
  • Don’t forget the Philly Bike Expo on Nov 8-9th!
  • Pure Adventures has announced new Supported Self Directed Tours – a hybrid of guided and self-supported trips in Europe and Western US.
  • Cyclists in Western North Carolina are banding together to support Jaimee Johnsen who was hit by a car while out training. They are taking donations via GoFundMe to help with medical bills, and Industry 9 has offered a bonus – anyone who donates over $20 can be entered to win your choice of any standard aluminum (road or mtn) wheel set.
  • KCCI reports that Ames, Iowa, has installed bicycle radar systems at intersections that detects cyclists waiting for the traffic light.
  • On Wednesday, the NYPD started a two week “Bicycle Safety Crackdown” to target violations that threaten the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers who interfere with cyclists’ progress by blocking bike lanes will also be targeted.
  • And news that couldn’t be more timely, in fact, I wish it had come sooner: Smashburger, a founding sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge, will be fundraising for the Davis Phinney Foundation which supports people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease with information and guidance on living with the disease. Coinciding with the start of the race, August 18th – September 14th, the burger chain will be selling orange bracelets with the foundation’s motto “Every Victory Counts” for $2.

New Niner ROS9 Plus 29er Fat Bike Crushes Trails, Special IMBA Edition Helps Build Them

Niner ROS9 plus 29+ steel hardtail mountain bike

The new Niner ROS 9 Plus is like the ROS 9, only bigger, making room for 29×3.0 (aka 29+) tires.

The frame is 4130 chromoly steel, just like the original ROS9, and all of the key features carry over. They wanted the same all-mountain “fun” geometry of the standard ROS, just with bigger tires.

One key difference is the non-suspension corrected steel fork. It’s the same 4130 material as the frame and gets tapered legs to provide that classic, comfortable steel feel. It uses the Maxle thru-axle at the bottom and a tapered steerer tube, the latter a rare feature on steel forks. Axle to crown is 470mm, same as their carbon and RDO forks. Niner’s product manager Barrett James said they kept the fork legs shorter (as in, non-suspension corrected) for a couple reasons. First, longer steel legs would have meant a much heavier fork to keep them strong enough to pass testing. Second, the geometry of the bike is actually built with suspension in mind, so the ROS9 Plus is ready for the Rockshox Bluto (or any other fat bike suspension fork that may be coming out). Head angle will slacken by about a degree with the taller front end. Out of the box, though, you’ll get a snappy handling, terrain crushing rigid bike.

Read on for tons of close up pics plus images of the very special IMBA edition paint job on the bike you can win!

READ MORE ->