Posts in the category Advocacy

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

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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…

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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!

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

 wind ham world cup mountain bike race and new lift trials

  • As Windham Mountain Ski Resort, NY, is hosting this weekends’ UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, they’re announcing that they will be opening a lift-served mountain bike park for 2015.
  • Registration is now open for the Nov. 1st Bookwalter Binge Charity Gran Fondo sponsored by the Asheville Bicycle Racing Club and benefitting Trips For Kids of WNC.
  • I Bike Daily is now offering cycling tours in the San Francisco Bay area. Multiple distances are available on these fully supported rides.
  • PowerBar has announced two new flavors of it’s PowerBar ProteinPlus bar: Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie; as well as an improved Chocolate Brownie flavor.
  • The Rapha Summer Sale is on with up to 50% off their cycling gear including some long sleeve items and bags.
  • Looking for a stylish tote bag to carry your bicycle helmet after your commute? Henry Liz will have some offerings available soon.
  • And there’s this: Self Protection On A Cycle - How You May Best Protect Yourself When Attacked By Modern Highwaymen.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Boombotix & Cyclehawk announce the limited edition Cyclehawk Boombot REX, pictured at right, featuring artwork from famous bike messenger Kevin “Squid” Bolger. Only 300 will be released now with another 300 released in two months.
  • The power2max Classic power meter will be soon discontinued and is now on sale from $729.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 generated over 11,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram. Find them through the #womens100 hashtag.
  • Highway Two has announced that it will give 1% of qualified program sales to NICA and urges the industry to match. H2 dealers will receive program information this month.
  • Guru Cycles is offering a 10% mail-in rebate on all frames and complete bikes through their dealers, good for purchases through August 31st.
  • Aaron Gwin will debut his new Troy Lee Designs Signature Sprint Gear at Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at Mont Sainte Anne in Canada this weekend. He is giving you a chance to win a kit of your own and a Gwin Replica D3 Helmet. Enter now through Monday, August 4th at 12pm. Winners will randomly be chosen, emailed directly, and announced on the giveaway page right after entries close!
  • Montague Bikes is giving away a Montague Crosstown Folding Bike. Contest ends September 2nd.
  • Article by the NYTimes explaining the state of this years’ Tour de France: As Technology Makes Bicycles Lighter and Faster, It’s the Cyclists Falling Harder.
  • The Finger Lakes Tour de Cure is only two weeks away – August 16th with five distance options.
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is promoting the 2014 Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancer during the month of September.
  • The inaugural Tahoe Bike Classic will be held September 27 – 28th.
  • The Carolina Cycling Challenge supports pediatric cancer with donations going to the Levine Children’s Hospital of Charlotte. Held in Hickory, NC, this years’ event will be on October 5th with three ride distances: 10, 32 and 55 miles.
  • The Road Titans 300, is a three-day road bike romp through the beautiful mountains, trees and waterfalls of South Carolina’s Oconee County – the 30,000ft of climbing is no joke, so start training now. November 7-9th, 2014.
  • The Philly Bike Expo is returning for its 5th year and excitement is growing for the “two-day festival of bicycle culture.” Returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, November 8-9th, tickets for general admission go on sale in August.
  • …and a shout out to Elizabeth and Patricia, both aged 11, who were doing some research on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and came across this article that they thought had some good information and wanted to share.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Ride The Track is a 3 day 2-3 person team mountain biking event in Champsaur Valley, South of the French Alps, September 25-28th. The video above shows some of the views of the untimed, GPS led, supported event.
  • Crankworx Les 2 Alpes has wrapped up – highlights here of the exciting event in the Northern French Alps. This means Crankworx Whistler is only a few weeks away – put it on your schedule if you can, it’s a bucket list event!
  • The 16th Annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is this weekend, July 18-20th, in Portland, OR.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 is this Sunday, July 20th. Click here to sign up and find a ride near you.
  • The USA Pro Challenge begins August 18th and if you want to travel the tour in style, three host city hotels are offering spectator package deals with 20-40% savings on room accommodations with room upgrade, meal voucher and water bottles: The Gant in Aspen, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs and Hotel Boulderado in Boulder.
  • Greenville, SC, will be hosting the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships August 27th – September 1st.
  • Ass Savers is putting on an exhibition of black and white film photography by Staffan Jofjell of the 1985 Six Day Track Race in Berlin called Trackside ’85, featuring an on-track and behind the scenes look at the race. Stops include Berlin, the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn, and London.
  • PureFix Cycles can use your help – vote for them in the Drive Your Business Forward contest by FastCompany magazine and Mercedes-Benz. They’re in the running to win $10,000 in the Readers’ Choice selection.
  • e*thirteen components is giving away a 30t Guide Ring M Dual width chainring to one lucky winner. Enter by July 22nd.
  • Andy Scullion’s Beautiful Bicycle Print was funded last summer and he’s got another project he’d like you to take a look at: The Comprehensive Guide to the Bicycle print.
  • The Cycling House has added a new Glacier National Park trip for 2014.
  • And the award for this week’s talk tv fodder goes to Airbus for their patent filing of bicycle saddle airline seats.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Apple Pie

  • Beautiful footage of this years’ Yak Attack above. Find out more about the “Worlds highest mountain bike race” here. High altitude training anyone?
  • Today Save $5 off the Sufferfest training video bundle: The Wretched and There Is No Try, featuring officially licensed video footage of Le Tour.
  • Culprit Bicycles are offering 10% off all carbon road bikes this week.
  • Scott Sports has a new website for your enjoyment as well as a special feature with daily updates from the 2014 Tour de France: Moments of Le Tour.
  • Join George Hincapie on July 9th as he celebrates his favorite stage of the Tour de France with a bike ride and viewing party at his Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, SC.
  • Cam Zink is hosting two mountain bike clinics at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park on July 26th, with a free ride with Cam day on the 27th.
  • GirlBikeLove’s Sarai Snyder is raising money for Women Race Bikes: a new media site dedicated to reporting women’s professional cycling.
  • Trek Bicycle will be matching all donations dollar-for-dollar to World Bicycle Relief for the month of July.
  • Amtrak is making it easier to transport your bicycle along it’s long distance routes.
  • The Catskills Outdoor Guide is now available electronically or in print with a short guide to riding around the Catskills by John Ferguson, John S., and Anton of the blog Riding the Catskills.
  • Snapguide has announced the winners of their Bike Hack contest.
  • Happy 4th of July to our readers in the USA!