Posts in the category Advocacy

Project529 Delivers Petition With 51,203 Signatures To eBay and Craigslist To Stop Bike Theft

petition_team-4 is an online community to protect bikes from theives.  One of their primary agendas has been to ask eBay and Craigslist to start requiring serial number listings on the sales of bicycles. Similar to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) requirement on automobiles, this would allow people to publically see what they are buying, and also victims of stolen bikes to use Google and hopefully track down a thief if their serial number is listed for sale. Long term, moving bikes to a government-registered serial number system like VIN numbers could drastically reduce the re-sale of stolen bikes.

Being from Portland, of course they delivered the petitions in a hand-curated wooden binder with their cover letter laser-etched on the front. Project529 also hosts a registration system on their website for serial numbers, as well as a “hot sheet” of known stolen bikes and their numbers.

What do you think? Would requiring serial numbers help prevent the re-sale of stolen bikes? Check them out at

Bid On World Champ Kenny Belaey’s Trials Bike & More To Benefit Wheels 4 Life


Wheels 4 Bikes, a non-profit dedicated to changing lives through bicycles, has received two bikes as donations, and they are auctioning them off on eBay to help raise money for their mission. Run by Hans Rey and his wife, they work on amazing projects, such as a couple that rode 300km on unicycles to raise $4,000, and a couple that asked for donations to the organization in leiu of wedding presents, and were able to donate 22 bikes to the people of Ugweno Valley. With such a great mission and high-profile directors, the organization gets a lot of fun and interesting ways to raise funds.

They currently have two of their dreambikes up for auction on eBay. World Champion Kenny Belaey’s Limited Edition Trials bike donated by Kenny himself, and a Canyon Nerve 9r All Mountain Bike donated by Bike Sport Magazine in Germany. Jump past the break to see both bikes…


Mavic 125th Anniversary Edition Seven Axiom SL Auction to Benefit Davis Phinney Foundation

If you missed the first Mavic 125th Anniversary charity auction, the custom Ritte Vlaanderen ended up going for $5,300. That’s a lot of money for a bike, but still a bargain for the components, build, and custom paint job. Now, Mavic is at it again and teaming up with Seven Cycles for the second and final 125th anniversary charity auction.

While all the proceeds from the Ritte sale went to World Bicycle Relief, Seven has chosen the Davis Phinney Foundation as a worthy recipient. Up for grabs is this Seven Cycles x Mavic 125th Axiom SL with a 54cm top tube. The winner of the auction will also receive two special edition Rapha Sportwool jerseys autographed by Olympic medalist, Tour De France Stage winner, and National Champion Davis Phinney as well as 12 time national champion, World Champion medalist, and Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney.

Get the bike details plus how to bid, next….


SRAM CX1 Just Rebuilt Meredith Miller’s Back Deck

SRAM’s sponsored cyclocross pros have a lot to say about how CX1 changed their lives in this fun PSA that goes from amusing to nuts pretty quick. Friends don’t let friends ride janky component mixes that just don’t work. We gave our first impressions on CX1 a couple months back, and can attest to it being a well-put together complete system that Tyler still is happily riding on his Moots cross bike.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • The first international mountain bike race in Sri Lanka was held in November with participants from 14 countries. The Rumble in the Jungle is Sri Lanka’s premier mountain bike stage race and takes riders from hot and humid jungles, through mountain hugging tea plantations and across the islands highest plateau. Check the video above for some of the highlights.
  • If you live in the Asheville, NC area and would like to donate a little bit of your time to help out Trips for Kids WNC then volunteer to help wrap gifts at REI. Trips for Kids WNC will be there for two weeks prior to Christmas and could really use your help.
  • is Orbea’s new sales channel, offering benefits to both users and dealers. For right now, their online store is operative in UK and Germany, offering users the whole range of Orbea products at a click and delivering them through our dealers in these countries.
  • La Fuga is the leading tour company for truly memorable European cycling escapes. And this Friday, December 5th they’re hosting a Christmas Party to celebrate an amazing year of cycling and their busiest year ever. Drop in any time between 4pm and 9pm for nibbles & drinks. There will also be a free prize draw with some cool cycling prizes. Their address is: 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX
  • And if you’re in San Francisco this Friday, December 5th, then visit The Mission Workshop at their Valencia Street store for their housewarming party between 6 and 11 PM. There will be an exclusive previewing of their fall/winter Advanced Projects Outerwear and Acre Series Apparel.
  • Registration for the Five Boro Bike Tour opens on January 20th so mark your calendars so that you miss out. The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit for more information. We’ll post more reminders for this great event as the date approaches.
  • OneUp Components is giving away a narrow-wide chain ring a day until Christmas. Just like them on Facebook to enter.
  • FSA/Vision is supporting the CYCLING FOR ARMENIA PROJECT, which is raising money for charity to help fund a much-needed children’s hospital unit in Armenia. Their goal is to raise €500,000 for the cause and by making a donation of 10 euros and you’ll be automatically entered into the drawing to win one of 11 autographed bikes donated by ProTour teams.
  • After years of pressure including a Care2 petition with 83,000 signatures, Clif Bar agrees to disclose country of origin for its cocoa. The Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice organization, pressured Clif Bar for years and now the countries where their cocoa comes from can be found listed HERE.
  • PeopleForBikes has officially united 1 million Americans in support of better bicycling! PeopleForBikes set out in March 2010 to unite one million voices in support of a better future for biking and believes that people, wherever they live, should be able to bike safely and comfortably and enjoy the many benefits of bicycling—for health, recreation, the economy, the environment, community and sustainability


Pactimo’s Latest Jersey for a Cause to Help Fight Ebola

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The Ebola scare might have magically faded away from front page news after the midterm elections, but unfortunately it hasn’t simply disappeared in West Africa. With death tolls continuing to climb especially in Sierra Leone, Pactimo is putting forth their latest Jersey for a cause as a way help.

While wearing the jersey might be a good way to continue to raise awareness for the issue, the real benefit comes from its sale. Pactimo has pledged to donate $30 from the sale of each jersey – a jersey that only costs $70 to begin with, to Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and HOPE worldwide. Each Ascent jersey has a custom Fight Ebola design and is available in men’s or women’s cuts in many sizes.


PeopleForBikes Reaches 1 Million Supporter Milestone

You may not know it, but PeopleForBikes is tirelessly advocating for better cycling infrastructure and rider safety. If you are aware of their work, then you hopefully have already signed the PeopleForBikes pledge. Because of many cyclists like yourself, PeopleForBikes just turned over 1 million supporters. What does that mean? It’s best to hear it straight from Tim Blumenthal, the current president of PeopleForBikes. Keep up the good work PeopleForBikes!

Teach Your Children About Cycling With B Is For Bicycle, A Book Getting Kickstarted To Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Scott and Janine Fitzgerald, owners of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, ID are launching a campaign to promote the healthy lifestyle of cycling in a children’s book. Fitzgerald’s is the most positive and welcoming bike shop I have ever been in, and it stems from the hearts of the owners. Their mission is to promote cycling in as many ways as they can, and this is the latest addition to that goal.

The Fitzgeralds have won recognition for their work, including the annual Clay Mankin award from distributor QBP in 2012, being the founders of the Fat Bike Summit, and running a local Go by Bike – School Challenge which awards students for choosing to ride to school. Being a small bike shop in rural Idaho, the accomplishments are already impressive, and now they are looking to add another.

B is for Bicycle is a book with the end goal of developing a cycling lifestyle for children. They credit the idea to looking for such books when they had their son, and finding almost nothing. Being the activists they are, they decided to do something about it, and launch a Kickstarter to get it done.  Click more to learn about the campaign…


First Run of Domahidy Mountain Bikes Done, Will Ship w/ Paid One Year IMBA Membership


Steve Domahidy’s new namesake brand of bikes kickstarted things earlier this year, took pre-orders, and now the first batch is on the water, en route to the U.S. for a December delivery.

As a bonus, all of them will arrive at their new homes with a prepaid one-year IMBA membership (and a free pair of IMBA socks!). Domahidy helped start Niner Bikes before leaving to work with Factor Bikes and others, then started his own brand to offer titanium and Reynolds 853 steel bikes in both 650B and 29er wheel sizes. He had this to say about the give back:

“While at Niner, Chris (Sugai) and I both agreed that IMBA was the lifeblood to a sport we made our living from, so it was important to support them. was our decision to start the limited-‐edition paint scheme to benefit IMBA and it was a huge success. With Domahidy Designs, I wanted to find a meaningful way to continue on that road, but not mimic what Niner is already doing (that latest ROS 9 Plus was amazing!). So I decided to be the industry leader, and pay for a one year IMBA membership for every single person who buys a Domahidy Designs, and for added incentive, I’m throwing in a free pair of IMBA socks.”