Posts in the category Advocacy

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Their slogan is “If you like riding bikes, you’ll dig our shirts.” Two riders from Brevard, North Carolina started The A-Line in September 2014 to make apparel that is a celebration of the cycling culture and subcultures within it, because bikes make life better. They’ve got about eight designs now and can create custom designs as well. The A-Line: Cycling apparel for life on two wheels.
  • As promised, here is another reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
  • Tired of the lousy coffee in your office break room? Do you want French Press quality Joe for your next camping trip but don’t want the mess? Then check out The Coffeebrewer which is a resealable packet of coffee contained in its own filter. Pour in hot water, reseal it, let it steep and then pour yourself piping hot coffee from its attached spout. Check it out at GrowersCup.com.
  • Team Giant-Alpecin is now the third team in the pro peloton to use the Pioneer power meter system as their training tool. Pioneer is sponsoring the men’s and women’s cycling teams by outfitting each team’s race bicycles with the advanced dual-leg power meter crank sets and the SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer. Team Giant-Alpecin’s 2015 season kicks off at The Tour Down Under in Australia on January 17th.
  • Lazer sponsored racers are coming off a fabulous 2014 and are looking forward to great results in 2015. One of the first events is the 2015 Tour Down Under. Follow Lazer on Facebook for team updates and you’ll get first looks at contests for some lucky fans to win Lazer gear!
  • The first annual Idaho Enduro Series kicks off Feb. 5, 2015 with the premier of “The Rise of Enduro” movie. The showing will be at the Basque Center, 601 W. Grove Street in Boise, Idaho. Besides screening the movie, they’ll be introducing the race series sponsors and unveiling the details of the Idaho Enduro Series. Tickets are $10 and include a raffle entry and beverage from Woodland Empire. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts 7pm. The Idaho Enduro Series is a three event mountain bike race series that is open to riders of all abilities. The actual racing thankfully starts in May, when it’s a bit warmer.

Think You have What It Takes to Be a Ranger? Blackburn is Taking Applications for 2015 Ambassadors

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Is riding the Great Divide on your bucket list? Perhaps the entirety of the Pacific Coast is more your speed? Now imagine riding either epic adventure with new and prototype Blackburn gear, a Niner bike with the best componentry from SRAM, Rockshox, and Zipp, Giro Apparel and shoes, a Bell helmet, and a travel stipend to help along the way? Sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, it’s real – assuming you are selected to be a 2015 Blackburn Ranger. The company is currently seeking 6 new Rangers for 2015 to be Blackburn ambassadors to take part in their “Out There” adventure program. Those selected will be required to ride either the Pacific Coast or Great Divide routes, as well as taking part in the 2015 Blackburn Ranger Camp. The right candidates will have an insatiable appetite for big miles on a bicycle balanced with social media savvy and the ability to provide product feedback for Blackburn testing.

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Find new Trails in the New Year with iBikeRide and Trailforks

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Riding your home trails is great, but sometimes a bit of exploring is in order. If you plan on seeking out some new trails in the new year, there are a few relatively new online trail databases that will help you find trailheads near and far.

If you happen to be in the UK, the iBikeRide website and app are dedicated to the trail systems in the United Kingdom. Now for the second year they have compiled their list of the best trails of the year based on the rider reviews on iBikeRide throughout the year aggregated into a Trail Index. Taking home the title of Trail of the Year 2014 is the Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Center, followed by BikePark Wales and Afan Forest. Head over to iBikeRide for the whole list, and to download the app.

Those of us in North America (or any country really) will certainly want to check out the TrailForks network after the jump…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
  • Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
  • 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
  • The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
  • Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
  • Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit lightandmotion.com for more information.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.

Can Pedal-Powered Farming Reduce Costs & Help The Farmer? The Culticycle Might Do It

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The Culticycle is a novel idea over at Farm Hack, a website dedicated to the small entrepreneurs looking at innovation in farming. While just a proof of concept in these pictures and videos, the idea is a pedal powered tractor that can do what many small tractors do well, but without consuming fuel. It can do most low-horsepower tasks such as cultivating, spraying, seeding, or moving small bits of gear around.

This prototype was built from a variety of parts, that consist of:

  • The front ends of 2 bikes welded together at 42” on center;
  • A lawn tractor differential mounted in a unistrut rectangle for a rear end , with 3/4″ round axles and 20” ATV tires;
  • A bike frame welded above the rear end with motorcycle sprocket and chain driving the differential (a spring-loaded idler tensions the chain);
  • A belly mount lift to hold cultivators, seeders, etc.;
  • A bike handlebar, separate from the bike frame and joined to the front end, steering the front wheels.

It is actually pretty cool to watch the video and see the solutions to common cycling problems (chain tension), and the ways they came up with to solve them, without knowing about the traditional bicycle methods.

The prototypes are built from rebar, unistrut, landscape rake tines, and parts from bikes, an ATV, and a lawn tractor. They wanted to show that human pedal power can do some jobs of small tractors. It would take more time and physical effort, but be less costly, better on the environment, and better on the health of the farmer. They say this one was built for testing, and they are working on bringing an affordable product to market. Click past the jump to see the video explanation of the machine, and a few shots of it at work…

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

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Project529.com 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 www.project529.com.

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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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