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Bike Boom narrates the bicycle riding explosion from the 1970′s into the future

Bike Boom bicycle advocacy and history book by Carlton Reid

If you haven’t read Roads Were Not Built For Cars yet, grab it and grab it now. We’ll have a formal review in the future, but suffice to say it’s an incredibly interesting read that is perhaps the most thoroughly researched and footnoted book around. And the “clicky flicky” iPad version, as author Carlton Reid likes to call it, is the way to go if you want interactive images, videos and other bonus content not found in the print editions.

And you should have enough time to finish it before the sequel, Bike Boom, is published.

Like Roads before it, Boom is being funded through Kickstarter, and it’s already surpassed its goal of £6,000. But, the more Reid raises, the better the book will get, and the more copies will be sent to traffic planners, transportation department managers and the like, which may just help all of us see a bigger boom in our own communities.

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Time is Running Out to Enter for Bell Built Expert Trail Grant

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Hopefully if you were planning to submit a proposal for the Bell Built Trail Project you aren’t leaving it until the last minute. But if you’re a certified procrastinator the deadline is rapidly approaching. As in This Friday, March 6th. Unlike previous years, the winner of the 2015 grant will receive the full $100,000 to put towards an advanced trail built by IMBA Trail Solutions. After the proposal window closes, three semi-finalists will be chosen from three regions – West Coast, Central, and East Coast. Three separate public voting sessions will then be utilized starting March 16th to narrow it down to one finalist from each region, at which point another public vote to determine the winner.

Submitting your proposal will give you local scene a chance to cash in on a new technical trail, but in the end we all win with new trails thanks to Bell and IMBA!

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • This spring, REI will be adding nine unique mountain-biking classes to their REI Outdoor School lineup. From leisurely group rides to intensive skills training, these new classes have everything cyclists of any level need to increase their involvement and knowledge of the sport. To learn more and find REI Outdoor School cycling classes in your area, visit REI.com/learn.
  • Clearance Sale Alert! Podium Cycling is having a clearance sale. Be sure to use the Coupon Code: BIKERUMOR for 50% off!
  • Save the trails in Pisgah in North Carolina!! There is a possibility that parts of Pisgah will be designated as “wilderness areas” and mountain bikes will be forbidden. Of particular concern are the South Mills and Davidson River areas near the Pisgah Forest community. Today (February 27th) is the last day for public comment so go to this link on SORBA to submit your comments.
  • Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind has been rescheduled to March 14, 2015 due to Storm Damage in North Georgia. On Monday, February 16th, North Georgia was hit with freezing rain that has caused considerable damage in some areas, particularly the National Forest land being utilized for the course. REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 8 pm on Wednesday March 11th!
  • Connecting a Town with Singletrack Sidewalks. Our friends at Outside Online posted this article about the town of Eagle Colorado and their plan to make their town more “mountain bike-able”.
  • Strider Bikes Announces 2015 National Championship Racing Series for Toddlers. There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Here are the four dates: Saturday, April 25: Bradenton, FL, Saturday, May 9: Ventura, CA, Saturday, June 6: Pittsburgh, PA and Saturday, August 8: Salt Lake City, UT. Visit Strider Bikes Event Page for further information.
  • Tuscany’s famed L’Eroica vintage bike ride will be coming to the United States for the first time in its nineteen year history this spring. After visiting this past fall, L’Eroica creator Giancarlo Brocci himself chose Paso Robles as the location for the first L’Eroica in the United States. The event will be April 10-12, 2015, with registration limited to 1000 riders and a cost of $150 per-entrant. Visit eroicacalifornia.com for more information.
  • Ride Local with Jamis Bicycles at the Farm to Fork Fondo in Vermont! The mass-participation cycling ride will be held July 12, 2015, at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont, with 500 participants expected from throughout North America. For more details visit the Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont web site.
  • And if you’d prefer to ride in France then perhaps you should check out  Trek Travel’s “Legends Series” Featuring Special Guest Pro Cyclists Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt. As part of this series, Andy Schleck will join the Etape du Tour trip during the Tour de France while Voigt will join Tour de France Alps to Paris Ultimate VIP race experience. For further information contact Trek Travel at 1-866-464-8735 or visit trektravel.com.
  • Attention Mountain Bikers: You have a personal invitation from the Polish Mountainbikers Alliance (POMBA) to ride the varied trails in that beautiful country. You may need to brush up on your Polish but visit the Alliance’s Facebook page anyway to see photos of just how good the riding is.
  • The Mongoose team has added mountain bike slopestyle and dirt jump rider, DJ Brandt its roster of talented athletes. The 21-year-old Denver, Colorado native joins fellow slopestyle and dirt jumpers Greg Watts and Mike Montgomery, as well as top trials rider Chris Akrigg. Visit Facebook.com/MongooseBikes for the latest from the brand and its team riders.
  • In last week’s Friday RoundUp our headline was about peer-to-peer global bike sharing site Spinlister. Well, it was brought to our attention that there’s another app called Spokefly that does the bike rental thing as well, albeit a bit differently. Instead of you contacting the bike owner directly, you simply use the app to pick a bike to ride and go to its location and unlock it. You may then ride it anywhere and not have to return it to the spot where you originally got it. Visit the Spokefly site for details and how you can make money by putting one of your bikes into service.
  • If you’re a triathlete who is looking for new (to you) gear or if you have a bike to sell then be sure to check out the new Cyclone site. They’ve done a major redesign of the site and added many new features to make it more user friendly. Focusing entirely on premium quality, high-value pre-owned bicycles from around the world, the online marketplace allows its customers to easily search and sell via a specialist catalogue.
  • We want to send our get well wishes to Debra Banks of Rivet Cycle Works. Several weeks ago Debra was out on a road ride with friends when she and some of the other riders were struck by a drunk driver. Unfortunately Debra suffered a severely busted ankle requiring 7 hours of surgery. She’ll be off the bike for a while and also won’t be able to make it to NAHBS as she cannot put weight on that ankle. Get well Debra, and we hope you’re back on the saddle real soon.

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Do you rent bikes in the cities you travel to? Did you ever wonder if you could make money by renting one of your bikes to someone who wanted to check out your local trails. Well, wonder no more. Spinlister, the peer-to-peer global bike sharing site (think AirBNB for bikes), is proud to announce a number of new national and regional partnerships to bolster existing communities and help bring reliable bicycle transportation to the masses. Launched on April 1st 2012, Spinlister allows users to rent and list not only bicycles but also skis, snowboards, SUPs, and surfboards from each other in over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Cannondale is celebrating 15 years making its Lefty fork with a demo tour. Check here to find locations and dates (three spots, all in California) and ride with the likes of Mark Weir, Jason Moeschler and Tinker Juarez while testing out the Lefty on some epic trails.
  • Looking for a unique cycling vacation for this summer? The Cycling House has added a new bicycle trip for summer 2015 that goes from Glacier to Yellowstone National Park. The 7 day/6 night trip begins in Glacier National Park on the epic Going-to-the-Sun Road and then parallels the Rocky Mountain Front to Yellowstone National Park. The trip runs July 27 – August 2, 2015 for $1595 per person. To learn more visit thecyclinghouse.com or call (406)219-1318.
  • Attention mountain bikers in the Southeast! Registration is now open for the 2015 Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join your friends and fellow advocates to learn more about what SORBA is doing in the Southeast to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences! Summit dates are March 20-21, and we’re meeting in Auburn, AL, home to the great trails at Chewacla State Park. Visit southernmountainbikesummit.com for more information.
  • Artist Mona Doerksen has designed a poster that celebrates the sport that we all love. “Joy on Two Wheels” is a 24″ x 18″ print upon high-quality poster paper. The design “celebrates the beautiful sport of cycling” and she’s just kicked off a Kickstarter Campaign so take a look at this cool design and order one for yourself or your cycling friends.
  • Got an old, ugly jersey hanging around in the closet that you never wear but just can’t see a reason to get rid of it? Well, here’s a reason. Twin Six cycling apparel is giving you the chance to go from ugly to awesome with their Chump to Champ jersey exchange program. In exchange for $40 and one of your old ugly jerseys, we will send you a brand new Twin Six jersey and your ugly jersey submission will make you eligible to win you a 2015 T6 Standard Rando frameset. Let the closet-raiding commence!
  • Is this the year you conquer Mt. Mitchell, by bike? Registration is now open to the public for one of the Southeast’s most challenging and well-known uphill rides: the 103-mile Assault on Mt. Mitchell and its sister ride, the 74-mile Assault on Marion, scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015. Hurry! They’re already halfway to selling out.
  • Want a stylish way to secure your fixie while you visit the coffee shop? Kaufmann Mercantile now offers an Italian leather covered bike chain lock. The leather that envelops the marine-grade stainless steel chain not only looks great but it will protect your frame’s finish. And, match your Italian loafers.
  • Abbey Bike Tools, makers of heirloom-quality tools, are now available in the United Kingdom through Ben Thomson’s Cycleworx. This means that they’re able to sell Abbey Tools in the UK for a better price than if you were to buy direct from the US.
  • Do you plan on rockin’ the green on St Patrick’s Day? Then show your cycling pride by picking up the “IRISH I was on a bike” bamboo t-shirt from Bike Rags. The order deadline is March 1st get off yer arse and order one!
  • K-EDGE, makers of high-quality cnc’d products, has announced their new Australian distributor, FE Sports. The Australian market now has easy access to the chain catchers, computer and camera mounts that many of the Pro Tour teams in the TDU were using.
  • Recall Alert!! Scott USA has recalled their Vanish Evo bicycle helmets due to head a injury hazard. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information.
  • Gravel Racing is coming to Castle Pines, Colorado! The City of Castle Pines announces the newest event to the Wild series, The 1st Annual Dirty 40 Ride Wild scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 in Castle Pines CO. The course travels over dirt, pavement, packed dirt, crushed pavement and off road goat track. All types of bikes and abilities are welcomed! Registration information after the break…

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Ladies All Ride women’s mountain bike clinics back for 2015

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Lindsey Voreis is back with support from Liv (Giant’s women’s specific brand) and SRAM for the 2015 Ladies All Ride Tour. The series will have 22 events from coast to coast, some tied into major events like Sea Otter Classic and partnering with other star riders like Rebecca Rusch. She’ll also be bringing the GRIT Series, a Bend, OR, based women’s clinic series, for the ride across the U.S., expanding that program’s reach, too.

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Plans are Underway for the World’s First Bicycle Superhighway. The city of London is thinking way beyond bike paths and protected bike lanes. As posted on EcoWatch.com, Transport for London which is the city’s transportation agency, last week approved the world’s first bicycle superhighway. London’s bicycle superhighway would run alongside the banks of the Thames River for more than 15 miles.
  • You love your fat bike more than anything, so give her something she deserves. Now for a limited time, all fat bike axles are discounted at 15% off when you use the coupon code CHUBBYCHASER at the Robert Axle Project. Choose from their hitch mount axles, B.O.B. Trailer axles or bolt-on replacement axles. But hurry, the sale ends on February 16th!
  • The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. Riders can register now at elephantrockride.com/register/ and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
  • SCICON Bags, a leading manufacturer of bike bags, bike protection and saddle bags, has just unveiled their new website. Visit sciconbags.com to see their latest offerings.
  • Did you know? You may have experienced some weird stuff going on with your wireless computer that’s perched alongside your LED light on your handlebars. You weren’t imagining things, and that’s because LEDs create electronic noise which interferes with the function of wireless devices. All of SIGMA Germany’s lights are equipped with an “electronic shield” that prevents the light from interfering with your other electronics. Dealers may be interested in the Spring Promo Sale that SIGMA is having until the end of February on their bike lights.
  • H+I Adventures, one of the world’s leading mountain biking adventure companies, has undergone a total rebrand, featuring a new visual identity, online presence and tagline (‘The Art of Adventure’) that inspires adventure travellers to hop in the saddle. The contemporary website helps riders easily discover their ideal mountain bike holiday, and features 2016 holidays that are available to book now.
  • Do you have a GoPro and want to capture footage from your favorite trails at night? Light and Motion has developed the SideKick as the solution to do just that. The Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro. You now have the opportunity to become a backer of this project, via a Kickstarter campaign, and reserve your exclusive hand machined aluminum Sidekick – shipping next month! But hurry, the campaign ends Saturday, February 14th!
  • Anyone old enough to remember the CoreStates PRO Championship knows that Philadelphia can host one heck of a bike race. On February 11th Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator g4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website PhiladelphiaInternationalCyclingClassic.com. Professional teams will compete in UCI races, including the only US Women’s World Cup in the nation!
  • Do you live in Washington, D.C. or Manhattan and want to send flowers to someone special in a unique way? UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle. Treehugger reported on the sustainable company and their unique way of doing business.
  • Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling about 400 children’s bikes in the U.S. and 50 in Canada due to handlebars separating resulting in a fall hazard.
  • PeopleForBikes will partner with the 2015 National Bike Challenge. This nationwide program aims to inspire more Americans to ride bikes more often. The 5-month challenge runs from May 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. To learn more and to register for the National Bike Challenge, visit nationalbikechallenge.org.

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Gourmet Century Schedule Released – Chris King’s Gourmet Century combines our love of food and cycling in pleasantly challenging group rides accompanied by a full days’ worth of deliciously crafted food. Registration opens April 1st for all Gourmet Century events. Check out the video above to get a feel for these “delicious experiences”.
  • Why should you join hundreds of passionate bicyclists in Washington, D.C., March 10-12? Glad you asked! The 2015 National Bike Summit and National Forum on Women & Bicycling is March 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Find out What You Will Gain by attending.
  • Standard registration for the 2015 TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI is officially SOLD OUT, but you can still sign up as a VIP or on behalf of one of their awesome Charity Partners!
  • If you do only one training camp in your life, let this be it. You’ve suffered with the Sufferfest videos at home – and now they want you to Suffer with them in person and become part of a Sufferlandrian National Team. For the first time ever, the UCI World Cycling Center in Aigle, Switzerland – global headquarters for the UCI and the destination for elite national teams – will host the training camp June 14th through 21st 2015.
  • Designer and manufacturer of bicycles for urban transport, Tern, has been awarded a trio of design awards from 2015 d&I and iF Competitions in Taiwan. The Tern Perch wall mount, Verge X18 folding road bike and Kinetix Pro X Wheels were recognized for their quality and innovation. Visit ternbicycles.com for more information.
  • In its first year, Inside Line Bike Expo is already gaining a lot of momentum and is shaping up to be a very successful event, one like we’ve never had in the Mid-Atlantic before. This is an event no cyclist in the region will want to miss, as we’ve worked very hard to make sure we have something for every type of cyclist!
  • The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), premier showcase for artisan framebuilders, is proud to announce a partnership with Bespoked, the UK-based counterpart to NAHBS, in an effort to further promote the handbuilt bicycle industry around the world. Embracing a “strength in numbers” philosophy, the two shows will cross promote one another to bring the message of artisanal bike building to a broader audience. Builders on each side of the Atlantic will have the opportunity to have their work presented to international audiences that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  • Over the years, riders from around the globe have battled hard for the VIENNA AIR KING throne. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and is an inseparable part of the FMB World Tour calendar. From April 10th to 12th 2015 mountain bike dirt jump pros and youngsters as well as thousands of spectators will come together at Vienna’s Rathausplatz to honor this jubilee.
  • Cycling apparel manufacturer Pactimo is currently accepting applications for their 2015 Brand Ambassador program. In 2014, the programs inaugural year, they received more than 1800 applications in 4 days and selected 25 incredible brand ambassadors with a passion for the sport and a love for the brand. For 2015, they’re excited to increase the size of the program so get those APPLICATIONS submitted!
  • Want to target urban cyclists with you next marketing campaign? OnYerBikeSeat.com produces bike seat covers made from 100% recyclable material! – Plastic bottles! Connect with cyclists and engage with the wider urban population out on the street, drive traffic in-store and on-line. Check out the sample after the break…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a set of Industry Nine wheels and the proceeds go to a great cause. Visit the Trips for Kids of Western North Carolina site for more information but do it quickly as there are only 100 tickets available!
  • The 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium is this Saturday January 24th at the Westin Richmond. Presenters will give 30-60 minute talks to inspire and educate athletes, coaches and healthcare professionals who are passionate about endurance sports.
  • Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) is now distributing hand crafted leather saddles from Rivet Cycle Works. Ask your local bike shop to carry these beautiful saddles.
  • Were you already planning to go to Louisville in March for NAHBS? Consider volunteering and snag a one-day pass to the show plus a souvenir limited-edition NAHBS Volunteer T-shirt when you sign up as a volunteer. More importantly, you’ll have the chance to meet other great volunteers, form new friendships, and have the satisfaction of knowing that thanks to you, this amazing show can keep happening each and every year!
  • Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Tour de Pier. On Sunday, May 17, the award-winning stationary cycling event pedals its way back to the South Bay shores benefiting three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach and the Uncle Kory Foundation.
  • Sleet and snow is currently falling in the Smokey Mountains but thankfully, Spring will be here in less than two months. Welcome Spring by riding in the Tour De Smokies March 22nd – 25th in Eastern Tennessee.This year, you’ll share the journey with legendary TV personality and former Professional Cyclist Bob Roll, retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Chef and Vintner Michael Chiarello, ending each day’s ride with extraordinary food, wine and company.
  • Do you live in Indiana? There are 3 bills in the Indiana Legislature that would require motorists to leave 3 feet when passing bicyclists. Let’s hope that this passes.
  • Meanwhile in neighboring Kentucky, a new bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would require kids under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.
  • Fortified Bicycle, Inc. has won $150K from Chase Bank’s Mission Main Streets program. Plus, in the typically slow month of December they hit 179% of their projections. Great news for the manufacturers of high quality bike lights that you can leave on your bike without the fear of having them stolen.
  • Portland, Oregon, is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country, where you can also find great folks there like Rhona Mahl who is the director of Braking Cycles. Rhona directs an outreach to homeless youth in Portland and they’re opening a bike and coffee shop that will not only bring benefit to the community by providing great coffee and bike tuneups but also provide apprenticeships for Portland youth as well. Check them out.
  • Polar Bottle wants to hear from you. Over the years, they have had various customers inquire about whether or not we are ever going to release a Polar Bottle water bottle with a larger fluid capacity. They now need your help to decide whether they should move forward on designing one. Give them your feedback in this survey.
  • Diamondback will be offering participants of the Wildflower Triathlon pro-deal pricing on its new Tri/TT bike the Serios. Diamondback Bicycles entered the triathlon market at this past Kona Ironman with the introduction of the Serios. Photo below…

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Jaguar Moves To Put Bike Sense Cyclist Protection System In All Jag and Rover Vehicles Within 2 Years

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Following the same idea as Volvo and POC, Jaguar is starting to use high-tech vehicle features to protect cyclists and other non-four-wheeled users.

The Jaguar system called Bike Sense would be fit into new Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles over the next two years. There is a whole host of ways it can alert drivers with haptic feedback on pedals, door handles and steering wheel, visible color changes to interior parts, auditory alerts (including a bicycle bell!), and it could even tap the driver on the shoulder.

Using sensors around the vehicle, it can tell if cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists are in the path of the vehicle, or if moving the vehicle would cause a collision. Then, it can decide which is the best method of all the various notifications, and alert the driver to the situation. For instance, if a cyclist is coming up from behind, and opening the door could hit them, the car will buzz the door handle someone goes to open the door, or if moving the car forward would create a collision, it will buzz the gas pedal if the driver tries to accelerate.

Jaguar has thought through a lot of scenarios, and the resulting features cover almost everything. Click more to see a video showing the cool color changing interior to alert drivers to people in the blind spots…

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