Every year before the superbowl, the mayors of each teams city place a friendly bet, to benefit local businesses and charities. This year, if Denver loses, Denver will send Seattle a sampling of green chilies, a hoodie, locally made cap and skis, and will auction off a Denver-themed item to support the Seattle based Lifelong AIDS Alliance. If Seattle loses, the mayor will send over Hancock salmon, Dungeness crab, a custom bicycle, and a blown glass piece by Dale Chihuly to benefit Denver’s Road Home program for the homeless.
Posts in the category Advocacy
We posted this month’s Easton Charity Raffle dream bike from Caletti here, with some gorgeous photos. Now, with just a couple days left for this month’s contest, we’ve got this little video to spur your inner advocate. Want to enter the raffle? Click here. Wanna see more of John’s process? Check out our factory tour here!
- Cycology’s newest t-shirt design, above, called “Live Breathe Bike” is now available for $35.56 (US) plus free shipping from Australia.
- Love your Swiftwick cycling socks so much you want to wear them to work? Now you can with their Pursuit Sevens in suit-matching merino wool colors.
- Tara and her husband Tyler documented their 2-year bike trip around the world on their blog Going Slowly. Now Tara has published a cookbook based on their camp cooking from the trip called Bike Camp Cook, available for $24.95 shipped to the US. Click the link to see sample pages and to order your copy.
- BicycleRetailer reports that Easton-Bell’s online shopping system has been hacked. If you made a purchase from Easton-Bell’s website in the month of December, your data may have been breached. Click here for more information.
- The Ovarian Cycle Atlanta Ride to Change the Future will be March 22nd, and is a 6-hour indoor cycling event dedicated to raising funds to support ovarian cancer research.
- Spinlister, a peer-to-peer bike sharing program, is looking for college student “brand managers”. Apply for the job here.
- Brompton’s 2014 World Championships will be held at Goodwood Motor Circuit and Aerodrome near Chichester, UK, on July 26-27th.
- This years’ Muir’s Ride will be May 15-18th and cover 200 miles following the footsteps of naturalist John Muir from the Bay Area to Yosemite National Park. This ride is fully supported and raises money for the Restore Hetch Hetchy organization. For more information and to register, go here.
- Racer-X has announced 2014′s Enduro-X race series dates, including a new Summit-X benefit race.
- Hincapie Sports has announced it’s 2014 Spring Racing Series dates for Greenville, SC.
- Road.cc’s Fantasy Cycling league is back this year with prizes awarded by sponsor Wiggle. The season begins January 21st with the start of the Tour Down Under.
- Rouleur’s “Rouleur Centenary Tour de France,” a special issue highlighting the 100th Tour de France in photography and special articles, is now available to preview and purchase.
- Dash Cycles is having a sale on all of their padded saddles through January 22nd in honor of their new website going live. Saddles will be marked down to $399 from $465. See Tyler’s review of their Strike 9 saddle here.
- Plotaroute.com is a brand new free online route planner that you can use to map and measure routes, specifically aimed at walkers, runners and cyclists.
- There’s a petition on Change.org that asks the Georgia Bicycle Racing Association to reinstate 3 Junior Female categories to the 2014 State Championships. This is an important thing to do if we want to encourage our young female cyclists. To find out more and to sign the petition go here.
- Giving back just got easier. KindHuman, the company that came up with the Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship, just substantially lowered the price of their carbon Kampionne to help get people on bikes, and give back. Originally $1924 for the frameset, they are now selling for $1495.
Chances are, if you’re a regular reader, there probably isn’t much to this infographic that you don’t already know. However, if you’re unsure of cycling laws or just what are the best ways to stay safe on a bike this is a pretty good place to start. Sent to us by The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, while they would prefer you stay safe on your bike, they just happen to represent cyclists in Bicycle accidents.
As you’re probably aware, trails aren’t free. It takes countless man-hours, usually of volunteers, to craft the dirt in the sweet sweet singletrack you have come to love. Trails also often need money for things to be built, and Bell is here to help. Again. After introducing the Bell Built Contest in 2013, Steamboat Springs, CO, Burke, VT, and Copper Harbor, MI all cashed in on the grants from Bell for a new Pump Track/bike park, Flow trail, and downhill trail respectively.
Much like the 2013 contest, for 2014 there is $100,000 in grants up for grabs to be split between three winners. See how you can enter your own project proposal for consideration, next.
- Registration is open for Southern Cross 2014! The season opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships will be held on February 22nd in Dahlonega, Georgia, on the beautiful grounds of the Montaluce Winery.
- Registration opens on January 14th at 12 pm (noon) EST for the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour. This is a bucket list bike tour of New York’s 5 boroughs that is great fun to do with groups or with your family. All 32,000 spots sell out FAST, so be ready!
- Sacred Rides has launched new bring your partner trips, ”that mountain bikers and their non-biking companions can enjoy together.”
- IndieWire has an exclusive previewof Girl on a Bicycle – a romantic comedy that debuts in select theaters on Valentine’s Day.
- Specialized S-Works Evade Cycling Helmet has been recalled in Australia due to an issue with the strap hanger – more info here.
- Flip Belt may not be cycling specific, but it does look useful.
- Look Cycles is seeking 675 road bike owners to give a little testimonial about their bike. In return, they’re giving away some pretty sweet prizes, including front row seats at this year’s Tour de France!
- And, taking the award for best non-cycling press release to land in our inbox this week: “Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on Aircraft-guided Flight.” …Just thought you’d like to know all 8 of them made the trip safely. There are only 600 of these birds in the world.
Early in 2013, Volvo announced a few projects they were working on in an effort to reduce the frequency of car-pedestrian/cyclist accidents. The company even took it a step further with a hood mounted airbag system developed not for the driver, but for the poor soul who may find their way to the hood of your car. While we wish more attentive drivers would make all this technology unnecessary, it was nice to see a car company thinking about people both in and outside of the car.
It seems POC feels the same way and has recently established a partnership with Volvo in order to work together to make the roads even safer. POC has always been about safety as much as they are about style as we saw at the AVIP launch in Aspen. One of the first projects for the duo is centered around communication – that between a bicyclist and a car, which falls in line with POC’s Interaction part of the AVIP equation. We’ll have to wait until the second part of 2014 to see what the two have cooked up, but we’re guessing it will probably be safe. And Hi Viz orange. Just a guess.
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- An innovative idea coming out of London with SkyCycle (rendered above) – a proposed bicycle freeway suspended above London’s rail tracks to provide safe cycle routes throughout the city. Using existing rail infrastructure, SkyCycle would be built on pylons above the tracks and would be installed using a system “akin to a tunnel-boring machine, but happening above ground” letting the train system continue operations throughout construction.
- The city of Ogden, Utah, is expanding it’s bicycle friendly-ness with the addition of 6 bicycle repair stations around the city this spring.
- Rottua is holding an Instagram photo contest to win a pair of their Water Dog sandals that use MTB tire treads for straps. Enter before January 12th by tagging your best trail photo with #rottuasandals and the location.
- Dirtwire.tv is asking for your help to cover CXNATS. Event coverage will contain: “Short highlights of ALL age category races and interviews with podium finishers, Interviews with Elite racers, even ones OUTSIDE the top 5 or even 10, and Goofy interviews with Ultra Enduro Dyude, Super Endurance Guy, and Christopher Walken.” Spearheaded by Thom Parsons, you can be assured your donation will not disappoint.
- BikeBiz reports that the UCI has softened it’s stance on rider positioning for professional bike racing.
- Specialized has recalled two of their commuter bicycles, the Source Eleven and Source Expert Disc, due to a fall hazard. More info here.