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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Travel & Touring

  • Hipcamp Launches “Airbnb” for Outdoors | Unlocks Private Lands – Hipcamp, the website that makes getting outside fun and easy, is bringing the sharing economy, made popular by Airbnb, to the outdoors. Check out Hipcamp’s Land Sharing video to be transported to these unspoiled lands. Be sure to turn up the volume to get the full effect!

More news and pumptrack event info after the break…


Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

The_Badger_GraphicIn Print

  • Biography of Legendary Cyclist Bernard Hinault – Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling as written by William Fotheringham, takes a close look at Hinault, aka: The Badger while also exploring the reasons that France has had a difficult time producing another Tour champion. Published by Chicago Review Press. The book is available at


Interview: Michael Kelley Advocates for E-Bikes On The Trails


As a co-founder of IMBA and as Vice President of that organization until 1999, Michael played the strong diplomat in establishing use rights for mountain bikes first in California, then abroad. He helped to establish the argument for bicycles by working hand-in-hand with hiking and equestrian groups as well as state and federal spaces that strongly felt that mechanical advantage had no place on trails. Simultaneously, he helped to develop educational programs for trail users, personally posting “Rules of the Trail” at trailheads, so this new mountain biker trail user would have a code of conduct. He has spent countless hours since the early 80’s personally building and maintaining trails across the west. His life’s work advocating for mountain bikes won him induction into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2002.

Now 72, Michael has taken on a new role in advocating for bicycles – electric bicycles, which he views as the newest technology that can bring new people to the trail to enjoy the outdoors and to enjoy the ride as he has. And, as someone who initially argued for mechanical advantage use on trails for mountain bikes, he believes there is a case to be made for these motor assisted vehicles… READ MORE ->

Cyclists protesting strict red light enforcement follow law & shut down San Francisco traffic, legally.

This was the scene in San Francisco last week when hundreds of cyclists, inspired by a recent San Francisco PD threat to crackdown on cyclists running stop signs and “zipping past cars,” organized a protest along The Wiggle, a popular cycling route through the city. With the purpose of demonstrating the negative implications of current policies, cyclists chose to follow the law to the letter. Taking the lane in single file, each rider stopped at each stop sign, paused until they had the right of way, then safely rode though – a process that held cars back as much as ten minutes a city block.

No word yet as to the effectiveness of the demonstration as far as law enforcement, but fingers crossed they’ll adopt the Idaho plan of allowing cyclists to use stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs. Check out the full story at SF Weekly.

The Iron Cowboy Completes the Impossible – 50 Ironmans in 50 Days in 50 States

Doing one Ironman distance triathlon is hard. Doing more than one in a year takes some serious commitment and dedication. 50? Now that’s crazy talk. That’s why the feat of James Lawrence, AKA the Iron Cowboy, seemed impossible at the outset. Having completed the insane challenge we now know it is possible, though it’s still as unbelievable as ever.

After completing 50 Ironman distance triathlons in 50 days with one in each state, the 50-50-50 challenge may be possible, but James’ record will probably stand untouched for quite some time – especially since he held the previous record of 30 Ironman official events in one year. Raising funds for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the fight against childhood obesity, the challenge was for a good cause as well.

Check out part 1 of After the 505050 – an Interview with Fezzari Athlete James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy next…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

BH_GraphicIndustry News

  • Enter Into the New BH Dimension – Interactively discover what riding the new BH Lynx 4.8 Carbon is like from your Smartphone or Tablet in three easy steps: 1- Download the free CLICKar app by clicking on Apple Store or Play Store. 2- Open it and scan the image. 3- Put yourself into the skin of BH Gravity Team riders.
  • Camelbak acquired for $412 million – BikeBiz reported earlier this week that Vista Outdoor, a designer, manufacturer and marketer in the outdoor sport and recreation market, has purchased the brand. More on the acquisition at


Michelin Launches Mountain Bike Ambassador Program with IMBA Certified Instructors

Michelin ambassador tire program

The next time you’re riding with an IMBA certified mountain bike instructor, check their tires – five lucky riders are now Michelin’s first MTB ambassadors. Based on the inclusion of Scott Givens from Phoenix, AZ who has been a regular (and stellar) guide for us at the Magura Press camps in Sedona, the 2015 ambassador class seems like a great crew to get the word out for Michelin as the instructors devote their time to others’ improvement. The other ambassadors include Jason Liebrecht (San Diego, Calif.), Shaums March (Sumas, Wash.), Brad Moskowitz (Waterburry Center, Vt.) and Kat Sweet (Issaaquah, Wash.).


Vote Now for the 2015 Inductees To the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame


Want to provide your input as to who gets inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? If you haven’t done so before, here is your chance for the class of 2015. Now that the nominees have been chosen, anyone is able to cast their vote for mountain biking immortality provided you are a member of the Hall of Fame. Not already a member? Memberships are available for $30 with the proceeds going to fund the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Bicycling history museum in its new home of Fairfax, California.

Voting is open until August 12th – check out the list of nominees after the break…


IMBA Call to Action: Help preserve Idaho’s best mountain bike trails!


FROM IMBA: A federal Wilderness bill affecting Sun Valley, Idaho, will soon be headed to the U.S. Senate for a vote. It would ban mountain bike access to more than 24 trails in the Ants Basin and Castle Divide areas, two of the state’s most iconic mountain biking landscapes. While IMBA generally supports conservation, we have been fighting this potential bike ban for several years. Please help by speaking out against it! Call or email your U.S. Senator; no matter where you live, their upcoming vote will be critical. We have provided talking points, contact info and additional details, click here to see them and take action!