Posts in the category Advocacy

TDF2015 Tech: MTN-Qhubeka’s beautiful silver Cervelo road bikes & social mission

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As if the first African team to compete in the Tour de France needed any more reason for eyeballs to point in their direction, the riders were all sitting on custom painted Cervelo bikes in a bold silver and yellow paint scheme.

The colors were replicated across the S5, R5 and P5 bikes for the team, and as part of the celebration, 200 replicas of the S5 will be sold through Cervelo dealers. For each one sold, Cervelo will donate a Buffalo Bike to the Qhubeka Foundation’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.

Of all the team pits we walked through, none had quite the electricity of these guys. The bikes had their own spark, too, with some clever hacks and prototype products…

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Interview: Advocate Cycles Founder Tim Krueger Talks Advocacy, Business Model, and Bikes, Plus Hands on with Hayduke 27.5+ Frame

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We get pitched a lot of new products, but it isn’t often that the company’s business model is unique as the product. When Tim Krueger told us he had something in the works that he was really excited about, we didn’t quite know what to expect. As the former Product Manager for Salsa Cycles, Tim is pretty much a bike industry lifer so there was little surprise that he couldn’t stay away from the little world of bikes for long.

What was a bit surprising was the business model that the aptly named Advocate Cycles would use. Taking advantage of a specific set of rules valid in his home state of Minnesota, Tim and his wife and business partner Odia started a Special Benefits Corporation. The goal? To donate 100% of their after-tax profits to bicycling related advocacy non-profit organizations. Sound far fetched? That’s exactly why we spoke to Tim to pull back the curtains and try and figure out how Advocate plans to make this a reality, and what they have planned for the future…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Crankbrothers Partners with Top Athletes To Support Bike-Related Causes Worldwide –  In partnership with top athletes, Crankbrothers has launched the Crankbrothers for Others charitable giveback initiative to support bike-related causes around the world. Participating athletes span the disciplines of downhill, enduro, cross country, and cyclocross. Charities include World Bicycle Relief, NICA, Ride For Michael, Wheels 4 Life,Prochorus Community Development, Riding Forward, JAM Fund, Team Rynkeby, Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, among others. Visit crankbrothers.com/for-others for more information and make a donation.

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Ain Bicycles Seeks Funds to Create a Cycling Community Center in Cairo, Egypt

While some global cities have long looked to bicycle transportation to ease traffic congestion, cycling hasn’t really taken off in Egypt. Despite the debilitating gridlock, it’s hard to blame Cairo’s people for not riding bicycles – there simply weren’t many suitable commuter bikes available, and finding a skilled mechanic wasn’t easy either.

Ain Bicycles’ Karim Abbany and Dirk Wanrooij set out to solve these problems. The two started out by building a bike for Karim’s brother, then pushed their friends to start cycling too. The trend quickly grew beyond their circle of friends and Ain now operates as a boutique bike shop, building custom one-off commuter bicycles.

Ain now wants to take their company and cycling advocacy further, by building a community center for people to learn about riding and maintaining bikes. The idea is being crowdfunded through an Indiegogo campaign, which has a few days left and still needs significant support to reach its goal…
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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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About the Video: It’s the story of four, high school “student athlete” mountain bikers who wanted to give back for their senior project by building and repairing the singletrack they pedaled weekly. Our Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew spent a weekend helping them and their classmates learn sustainable trail work.

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  • We Built That – Great mountain bike projects aren’t possible without your support. Want to see more resources go to hometown trails? Give today to the IMBA Trail Fund and they’ll put your dollars toward supporting enthusiastic trail builders like this all across the U.S.

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Advocate Cycles Aims to Give Back with New Watchman Fat Bike, Titanium Frames Available First on Indiegogo

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There’s not much better than the feeling of a new bike, other than getting that new bike out on trails for the first time. In the case of Advocate Cycles though, that feeling should be accompanied by the additional satisfaction knowing you not only got a sweet ride, but that 100% of the profits are being funneled right back into cycling advocacy. Set up as a Specific Benefit Corporation (SBC), the special corporate arrangement in Minnesota means Advocate gets to make fun products, you get a rad bike, and the profits all go to cycling related non-profits of Advocate’s choosing.

To help Advocate Cycles get off the ground without need for investors since that would conflict with the business model, the upstart has turned to crowdsourcing for the first run. To keep things interesting, the announcement of their Indiegogo campaign just happens to coincide with the launch of their second model – the Watchman fat bike. If that wasn’t enough, Advocate Cycles is also rolling out new seamless, 3/2.5, double butted titanium versions of both the Hayduke 27.5+ and the Watchman fat bike…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

 

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  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011. bikecultshow.com

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Bell Built Voting Ends Today, $100k Trailbuilding Grant Up for Grabs

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You’ve probably noticed the posts along the way for the 2015 edition of the Bell Built contest. If not, this is your last chance. Narrowed down to three finalists, popular vote will determine where the latest grant from Bell and Imba will be headed. Will it be Exchequer Mountain bike park in California? Spirit Mountain bike park in Minnesota? Or maybe Tennessee’s own Urban Wilderness in Knoxville?

Whoever gets the grant, one thing is certain – that $100k will benefit everyone in the long run. Earmarked for an expert level trail, the grant will provide the resources to bring more technical riding to an already great park. You have until 8:59 p.m. / 11:59 p.m. EST tonight to cast your vote.

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ImageSensing Solutions makes traffic cameras recognize bicycles

imagesensing-systems-autoscope-encore-traffic-surveillance-cameraWhile it may not immediately help traffic lights turn green like some on-the-bike solutions we’ve seen, the latest update for ImageSensing Solutions‘ Autoscope traffic cameras will at least make sure bicycles are recognized as they near and pass through intersections.

This data could help traffic planners account for the growing number of cyclists using the roads and adapt the flow, timing and other factors accordingly. From the press release:

(The new Autoscope Cyclescope feature) enhances bicycle detection capability and adds the ability to differentiate between bicycles and motorized vehicles as they approach the junction. A significant advantage to Cyclescope is that it doesn’t require additional roadway markings, product purchases or equipment installations or maintenance. “The Autoscope Cyclescope feature takes bicycle detection to the next level. It can detect AND differentiate bicycles made of any material on any approaching lane at no additional cost to the partner, customer, or end user,” said Keith Hofkens, Product Manager at Image Sensing Systems.

The Cyclescope feature allows traffic engineers to offer bicycle timings in their traffic control strategy with minimal changes to the junction control configuration, without having to make changes to the traffic controller. Agencies can configure the data collection to help them demonstrate the success of their bicycle-friendly programs.