Posts in the category Advocacy

Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship Means New Bike Day for Keishawn Blackstone

Kind Human Scholarship

New bike day is the best day. Especially when you are being awarded a new bike through KindHuman’s Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship program for your achievements both on and off the bike. After announcing Keishawn as one of the winners, the KindHuman crew met up with Keishawn and their friends at Bike Effect in Santa Monica to get him dialed in to his new bike. Steven Carre, the co-owner and fit specialist even provided a pro level fit in their impressive fit studio to kick things off.

After losing 150 lbs and challenging himself to be a stronger and better rider, Keishawn will be setting a great example for self empowered change while riding his new road bike. KindHuman invites you to meet Keishawn, next…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  The Tour of Estonia and Tartu Rattaralli will be in televised live on the web starting May 30th.
  • Stephen Baptist is doing a summer internship project and needs your help completing a questionnaire about a proposed Cycle Expo in India.
  • Pro MTB Racer Payson McElveen is racing to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
  • The third and final regional winner of the 2014 Bell Built is Richmond Regional Ride Center in Richmond, VA. Congrats to all the winners of the grant program!
  • Planning a multi-day bike adventure this summer? Check out the Scrubba – a pocket-size “washing machine” (and it weighs only 5 oz!)
  • Après Vélo has a 5 video series out called Pizza & Peronis with Henk Vogels: tales from the Giro d’Italia.
  • The Campagnolo Experience bike tour was such a success last year that it will be offered again this year with even more cycling - a nine day trip with 5 days of riding across Italy: 600km and 13,500 km of climbing, entry in the Gran Fondo Campagnolo in Rome, and tours of the Campagnolo factory and official winery.
  • Pactimo Cycling Apparel has announced their jersey trade-up program – donate your old jersey and receive a 50% refund on a new one.
  • Want to finish out Bike Month on a roll? Become a member of The League of American Bicyclists and help support an organization that works for cyclists.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

sharn, ironman cairns

  • From Paul of Berry Mountain Cycles in Australia: “Meet Sharn (above), she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease at 30 years old. One year on she’s doing Ironman Cairns with the assistance of her pilot Craig. We met her the other day with her Custom Greenspeed über chariot which has been kitted out kindly by Shimano with Di2 because she is not able to change gear with traditional shifters. Specialized US organised a Tarmac SL4 for Craig.  She’s an incredible women and I find it inspirational that her entire team are so positive! She has a killer smile and sense of humour. This for me is what riding bikes is all about, it can be tough right! But shit it’s fun. I’m so glad we’re fortunate enough to work with people like this – this is bikes. Her mission is to compete Ironman Cairns and raise awareness of MND. I’d love it if you could share her photo and her story.
  • Seven cyclists will be riding 3,000 miles across the USA this summer to raise awareness and funds for wounded military and their families. Follow their progress as they leave on June 4th here, and donate here.
  • …Ollie Blackmore is aiming to ride half that distance solo and unsupported, about 2,300 kilometers, around Vancouver Island this summer to raise money for two cancer charities: The British Columbia Cancer Foundation and The Big C. You can help support his causes here.
  • This Sunday, May 18th, Atlanta Streets Alive will be taking over Peachtree Street from 2-6pm. Come out for a variety of fun planned activities or to just enjoy the traffic-less street!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be selling their demo bikes at the Road Magazine event at the end of Stage 6 of the ATOC in Santa Clarita, CA, this weekend May 16th and 17th.
  • Ciamillo is offering $100 off their road calipers until May 23rd.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park is excited to announce that today, May 16th, is opening day!
  • Kinoko Cycles, formerly Tokyo Fixed, has released a journal – you can pick up a free copy at their shop in London, or read an online version here.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • Red Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.
  • Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).
  • PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.
  • Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.
  • Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.
  • Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.
  • Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.
  • Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.
  • The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UK
  • Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.
  • Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.
  • This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.
  • The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina.


New Strava Metro Feature Shows Government How Cyclists are Using City Streets


Strava Metro is a new service that pulls from their database of activities, which they say is over 300 billion GPS points and growing, to give cycling advocacy groups and government organizations better insight into where people are biking in their cities. The goal is to help them make better informed decisions about alternative transpiration infrastructure like bike lanes.

Perfect timing since next week is Bike To Work Week, which should provide a bit more data on how less avid cyclists might contribute to the load. Shown here are “heatmap” visualizations of Metro data for SF, NYC and London, illustrating the available data for some of the largest cities in the world.

Full PR at bottom…


A 25 Year Old PSA on the Price of Bikes from Bridgestone

The Price of Bikes Bridgestone PSA CartoonOne of the most heated topics of discussion in the cycling world often revolves around one of its most important elements – the local bike shop. From being a bastion of knowledge to an overpriced rip off, there are a variety of strongly held opinions, and they all share some grain of truth.

What is interesting is that while a lot had changed in the past twenty five years since this comic was printed, the economics behind bike shops have not significantly altered. This excerpt from a 1990 Bridgestone catalog offers an excellent and startlingly modern view of what goes on behind the scenes, so flip past the break for the lowdown. READ MORE ->

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • The 2014 Heck of the North, a 100 mile gravel cycling classic in Two Harbors, Minnesota, will be held Saturday, October 4th. Video above of last year’s ride.
  • Voting is now open for the Central region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 4th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the West Coast: Flagstaff Biking Organization, who will use the winnings for building beginner and intermediate trails at the Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Dero has announced the two finalists in the Dero Dream Bike Room Contest. Bike Texas of Austin, and the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh are vying for the chance to win $7,500 in bike storage solutions from Dero and an additional $1,000 to decorate a bike room of their dreams. Vote for the winner here until April 30th.
  • Buy a foot of trail for $5 through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship program and be entered to win a Santa Cruz bike of your choice.
  • Next weekend, former President George W. Bush will be hosting the 4th Annual W100K Mountain Bike Ride on his ranch in Crawford, TX.
  • Intense Cycles announces the 2014 IntensApalooza, July 11-13th at Mammoth Mountain, CA.
  • Winston-Salem, NC, has landed an elite cycling center which is in the running to become an official U.S. Olympic Cycling training center.
  • Reliance Foundry, a North American supplier of commercial bike racks, is awarding $5,000 in biking equipment to the cyclist who “can most cleverly articulate how biking to work has changed their life, or how they think cycling to work could change their or their coworkers’ or employees’ lives.” Read more about the contest and how to enter here. Submissions must be made by May 14th.
  • Bike Tours Portugal, a luxury bike tour operator, is offering 30% off their Blue Coast tour for June 21-28th. Their small group tours are supported by a trailer outfitted with bike supplies, luggage storage, a bathroom, and a kitchen where their private chef will fix your meals during the day.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
  • In celebration of  Earth Day, Timbuk2 has announced their Life Cycle program, an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags.
  • It’s not too late to celebrate Earth Day with DeFeet. Their offer of 25% off site-wide is good until April 27th with code EARTH at checkout.
  • A little light reading for your weekend with: A Practical Analysis of Unsteady Flow Around a Bicycle Wheel, Fork and Partial Frame Using CFD. The Cliff’s Notes version: the aerodynamics of a wheel changes in relation to what it’s fixed to; fork and wheel combo is important; or, nothing is what you think it is…

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Moots is offering one of their bikes as prize for your donation to help their local trial builders pay for a Single Track Specialty Machine. Buy a raffle ticket for $50 (only 250 offered) and you’ll be entered to win a Moots Rogue Ybb.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has issued an Action Alert asking for your help to tell the USDOT that it is important to you to have a national transportation goal with standards that make biking and walking a safe alternative to driving.
  • has announced the MTBParks Pass, which gives riders deals at a collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks for the summer 2014 riding season. Deals include: “free lift tickets upon first visit at a growing list North America’s Best Bike Parks, discounted lift tickets upon subsequent visits at many participating parks (discount rates will vary), bike shop and rental discounts, exclusive lodging packages and more all for one low price with no blackout dates…”
  • The Indiana University Little 500 Bike Races will be held April 25-26th. Tickets to watch the races in Bill Armstrong Stadium are on sale now with proceeds raising money for student scholarships.
  • This is happening May 16-18th in Santa Fe, NM.
  • The Fourth Annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will be May 18th, 2014.
  • Bike Day in Canada is May 26th. Click here to find or organize events in your city.
  • The 2014 Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held June 7-8. The ride will be on a closed 15km circuit around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and the Air Force Memorial. Online registration is open and closes May 31st.
  • The Next Great Trip is offering a new way to witness the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado on August 17-24. They’re offering a trip which includes private charter flights between stages, 5-star accommodations, VIP bus ride with the peloton, even your chance to ride some of the stages before the race. Hosted by Ron Keifel, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Colorado’s great race. Package starts at $9,500.
  • Cenoté is giving away an Annual Parks Pass for the U.S. National Parks. Like their FB page to enter and one lucky winner will be chosen on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  • Mavic is asking for feedback on their road tires.
  • Après Vélo is having their Easter clearance sale with prices starting at $3.95. Sale ends April 21st.
  • Add a tin of Embrocation and a pound of Dutch Coffee to your Road Holland order for just $19 with code SPRING20.
  • Eaton Bikes in Key West, Florida, will take care of your bike rental needs.
  • …and we could all use a Lucky Brake.

Wednesday Group Ride – Fresh Goods from Selle Anatomica, CDI Torq Tools, Profile Designs, Restrap & More

CDI Torq Tools adjustable t-handle torque wrench

A while back, we reviewed CDI’s miniature T-handle torque wrenches positively for their ease of use and convenient one-torque setting. But, with the myriad torque requirements of stems, handlebars, seat posts and saddle clamps, it could very easily become a wall full of individual wrenches.

Now, they’ve got an adjustable TorqControl wrench, spanning from 2nm to 8nm with a cam-over-clutch design for error proof settings. It uses a magnetic tip that holds standard 1/4″ bits and comes with 4/5/6mm and T25 Torx bits plus 4″ long 4mm and T25 bits. And a certificate of accuracy. Retail is $80, available through

Twist into more new gear below…