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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a set of Industry Nine wheels and the proceeds go to a great cause. Visit the Trips for Kids of Western North Carolina site for more information but do it quickly as there are only 100 tickets available!
  • The 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium is this Saturday January 24th at the Westin Richmond. Presenters will give 30-60 minute talks to inspire and educate athletes, coaches and healthcare professionals who are passionate about endurance sports.
  • Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) is now distributing hand crafted leather saddles from Rivet Cycle Works. Ask your local bike shop to carry these beautiful saddles.
  • Were you already planning to go to Louisville in March for NAHBS? Consider volunteering and snag a one-day pass to the show plus a souvenir limited-edition NAHBS Volunteer T-shirt when you sign up as a volunteer. More importantly, you’ll have the chance to meet other great volunteers, form new friendships, and have the satisfaction of knowing that thanks to you, this amazing show can keep happening each and every year!
  • Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Tour de Pier. On Sunday, May 17, the award-winning stationary cycling event pedals its way back to the South Bay shores benefiting three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation.
  • Sleet and snow is currently falling in the Smokey Mountains but thankfully, Spring will be here in less than two months. Welcome Spring by riding in the Tour De Smokies March 22nd – 25th in Eastern Tennessee.This year, you’ll share the journey with legendary TV personality and former Professional Cyclist Bob Roll, retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Chef and Vintner Michael Chiarello, ending each day’s ride with extraordinary food, wine and company.
  • Do you live in Indiana? There are 3 bills in the Indiana Legislature that would require motorists to leave 3 feet when passing bicyclists. Let’s hope that this passes.
  • Meanwhile in neighboring Kentucky, a new bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would require kids under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.
  • Fortified Bicycle, Inc. has won $150K from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Streets program. Plus, in the typically slow month of December they hit 179% of their projections. Great news for the manufacturers of high quality bike lights that you can leave on your bike without the fear of having them stolen.
  • Portland, Oregon, is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, where you can also find great folks there like Rhona Mahl who is the director of Braking Cycles. Rhona directs an outreach to homeless youth in Portland and they’re opening a bike and coffee shop that will not only bring benefit to the community by providing great coffee and bike tuneups but also provide apprenticeships for Portland youth as well. Check them out.
  • Polar Bottle wants to hear from you. Over the years, they have had various customers inquire about whether or not we are ever going to release a Polar Bottle water bottle with a larger fluid capacity. They now need your help to decide whether they should move forward on designing one. Give them your feedback in this survey.
  • Diamondback will be offering participants of the Wildflower Triathlon pro-deal pricing on its new Tri/TT bike the Serios. Diamondback Bicycles entered the triathlon market at this past Kona Ironman with the introduction of the Serios. Photo below…

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Jaguar Moves To Put Bike Sense Cyclist Protection System In All Jag and Rover Vehicles Within 2 Years

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Following the same idea as Volvo and POC, Jaguar is starting to use high-tech vehicle features to protect cyclists and other non-four-wheeled users.

The Jaguar system called Bike Sense would be fit into new Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles over the next two years. There is a whole host of ways it can alert drivers with haptic feedback on pedals, door handles and steering wheel, visible color changes to interior parts, auditory alerts (including a bicycle bell!), and it could even tap the driver on the shoulder.

Using sensors around the vehicle, it can tell if cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists are in the path of the vehicle, or if moving the vehicle would cause a collision. Then, it can decide which is the best method of all the various notifications, and alert the driver to the situation. For instance, if a cyclist is coming up from behind, and opening the door could hit them, the car will buzz the door handle someone goes to open the door, or if moving the car forward would create a collision, it will buzz the gas pedal if the driver tries to accelerate.

Jaguar has thought through a lot of scenarios, and the resulting features cover almost everything. Click more to see a video showing the cool color changing interior to alert drivers to people in the blind spots…

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Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Yuba Bicycles make carrying kids fun, safe and easy because they are purpose-built for doing just that. And now, Yuba is coming to your town! Come see “What a Bicycle Can Do” at the Yuba Bicycles Power-up Bike Tour. See their Facebook page page for more information on meet-up locations and a map of the tour’s route.
  • Speaking of bikes to carry your kids around, here is your chance to win a Buddy Bike or other adaptive bicycle for your special needs child. Choose the bike you want to win, submit your entry with a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation why your child needs an adaptive bike and get 50 nominations by MARCH 4 to be entered in the drawing to win. Contest begins February 10th so Click Here to Enter or Donate.
  • This is your last reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
  • Showers Pass is very pleased to announce that it has signed on as an annual sponsor of the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson saw the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis firsthand as he watched a 20-year-old friend suffer from the disease. Bike MS is for cyclists of all abilities and anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis.
  • KEEN Unveils New Season of KEEN Effect Program – After its successful inaugural season of the 2014 KEEN Effect, the company is announcing its second year of the KEEN Effect program to support non-profits globally. For 2015, the KEEN Effect II will award 10 grants to non-profits around the world. To learn more about the KEEN Effect II, please check out: keeneffect.com or contact keeneffect@keenfootwear.com.
  • If you’re a bicycle brand, component brand or bike shop and want to be included in our LINKS LIST pages, please check to see if you’re there and if not, use the Submit Tips form to send us your brand name, phone and website. For Bike shops, include your city and state.

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Bell Built is Back to Add Some Black Diamond Trail for 2015

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We love it when companies put their money where their mouth is, especially when it comes to the creation of amazing new places to ride. Now in its third year, Bell Built is back again to do just that – build awesome trails. Changing things up a bit from the first two years, 2015 will see just one grand prize winner. Instead of splitting the $100,000 grant between three worthy projects, this year the entire package will go to one project. One advanced, aggressive, expert trail at that.

Proposals will be accepted from three different regions for a total of 9 semifinalists. After three rounds of voting the 9 semifinalists will be whittled down to 3 finalists, and then the single grand prize winner. Proposals are being accepted now through March 6, so start your planning and get your proposals in soon!

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Their slogan is “If you like riding bikes, you’ll dig our shirts.” Two riders from Brevard, North Carolina started The A-Line in September 2014 to make apparel that is a celebration of the cycling culture and subcultures within it, because bikes make life better. They’ve got about eight designs now and can create custom designs as well. The A-Line: Cycling apparel for life on two wheels.
  • As promised, here is another reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
  • Tired of the lousy coffee in your office break room? Do you want French Press quality Joe for your next camping trip but don’t want the mess? Then check out The Coffeebrewer which is a resealable packet of coffee contained in its own filter. Pour in hot water, reseal it, let it steep and then pour yourself piping hot coffee from its attached spout. Check it out at GrowersCup.com.
  • Team Giant-Alpecin is now the third team in the pro peloton to use the Pioneer power meter system as their training tool. Pioneer is sponsoring the men’s and women’s cycling teams by outfitting each team’s race bicycles with the advanced dual-leg power meter crank sets and the SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer. Team Giant-Alpecin’s 2015 season kicks off at The Tour Down Under in Australia on January 17th.
  • Lazer sponsored racers are coming off a fabulous 2014 and are looking forward to great results in 2015. One of the first events is the 2015 Tour Down Under. Follow Lazer on Facebook for team updates and you’ll get first looks at contests for some lucky fans to win Lazer gear!
  • The first annual Idaho Enduro Series kicks off Feb. 5, 2015 with the premier of “The Rise of Enduro” movie. The showing will be at the Basque Center, 601 W. Grove Street in Boise, Idaho. Besides screening the movie, they’ll be introducing the race series sponsors and unveiling the details of the Idaho Enduro Series. Tickets are $10 and include a raffle entry and beverage from Woodland Empire. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts 7pm. The Idaho Enduro Series is a three event mountain bike race series that is open to riders of all abilities. The actual racing thankfully starts in May, when it’s a bit warmer.

Think You have What It Takes to Be a Ranger? Blackburn is Taking Applications for 2015 Ambassadors

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Is riding the Great Divide on your bucket list? Perhaps the entirety of the Pacific Coast is more your speed? Now imagine riding either epic adventure with new and prototype Blackburn gear, a Niner bike with the best componentry from SRAM, Rockshox, and Zipp, Giro Apparel and shoes, a Bell helmet, and a travel stipend to help along the way? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, it’s real – assuming you are selected to be a 2015 Blackburn Ranger. The company is currently seeking 6 new Rangers for 2015 to be Blackburn ambassadors to take part in their “Out There” adventure program. Those selected will be required to ride either the Pacific Coast or Great Divide routes, as well as taking part in the 2015 Blackburn Ranger Camp. The right candidates will have an insatiable appetite for big miles on a bicycle balanced with social media savvy and the ability to provide product feedback for Blackburn testing.

More details after the break….

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Find new Trails in the New Year with iBikeRide and Trailforks

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Riding your home trails is great, but sometimes a bit of exploring is in order. If you plan on seeking out some new trails in the new year, there are a few relatively new online trail databases that will help you find trailheads near and far.

If you happen to be in the UK, the iBikeRide website and app are dedicated to the trail systems in the United Kingdom. Now for the second year they have compiled their list of the best trails of the year based on the rider reviews on iBikeRide throughout the year aggregated into a Trail Index. Taking home the title of Trail of the Year 2014 is the Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Center, followed by BikePark Wales and Afan Forest. Head over to iBikeRide for the whole list, and to download the app.

Those of us in North America (or any country really) will certainly want to check out the TrailForks network after the jump…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
  • Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
  • 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
  • The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
  • Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
  • Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit lightandmotion.com for more information.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.

Can Pedal-Powered Farming Reduce Costs & Help The Farmer? The Culticycle Might Do It

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The Culticycle is a novel idea over at Farm Hack, a website dedicated to the small entrepreneurs looking at innovation in farming. While just a proof of concept in these pictures and videos, the idea is a pedal powered tractor that can do what many small tractors do well, but without consuming fuel. It can do most low-horsepower tasks such as cultivating, spraying, seeding, or moving small bits of gear around.

This prototype was built from a variety of parts, that consist of:

  • The front ends of 2 bikes welded together at 42” on center;
  • A lawn tractor differential mounted in a unistrut rectangle for a rear end , with 3/4″ round axles and 20” ATV tires;
  • A bike frame welded above the rear end with motorcycle sprocket and chain driving the differential (a spring-loaded idler tensions the chain);
  • A belly mount lift to hold cultivators, seeders, etc.;
  • A bike handlebar, separate from the bike frame and joined to the front end, steering the front wheels.

It is actually pretty cool to watch the video and see the solutions to common cycling problems (chain tension), and the ways they came up with to solve them, without knowing about the traditional bicycle methods.

The prototypes are built from rebar, unistrut, landscape rake tines, and parts from bikes, an ATV, and a lawn tractor. They wanted to show that human pedal power can do some jobs of small tractors. It would take more time and physical effort, but be less costly, better on the environment, and better on the health of the farmer. They say this one was built for testing, and they are working on bringing an affordable product to market. Click past the jump to see the video explanation of the machine, and a few shots of it at work…

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