Posts in the category Advocacy

Moots Ti Sticks are back, ringing Moar cowbell to raise funds for injured industry legend Charlie Cunningham


Moots Cycles is calling out to help one of the founding fathers of the mountain bike, Charlie Cunningham. Charlie was involved in a bad cycling accident this past August requiring an extensive hospital stay and future modifications to his home for wheelchair access during his recovery.

Please ride past the break to find out what Charlie did for us and how you can return the favor by snagging one of a few of Moots’ Ti Sticks or just tossing a 6-pack’s worth of change his way…..


Biketoberfest 2015: QBP Celebrates Lancaster Facility with first Dealer Show, Reno’s Next

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Dealer or not, QBP’s latest moves are worth paying attention to. Obviously, for dealers of QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), the opening of new distribution centers is great news as it should help cut down on delivery time. Consumers benefit as well, as the ability to get product to shops faster means you’re more likely to find that part you’re looking for without having to order it on line.

Earlier this year, QBP relocated from a leased facility in Middletown, PA to their new home – a purpose built, Energy Star certified 122,000 square foot building in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Showing their commitment to the area, the building is owned by QBP and was even built with one wall meant for future expansion. After starting out of Minneapolis, MN, QBP’s first expansion was to Ogden, UT. Now with Lancaster up and running, QBP is already set to open another distribution center in Reno, NV in December. Needless to say, business for one of the largest distributors in the U.S. is good and it bodes well for the cycling community as a whole…


Bikes vs Cars: A Documentary Inspiring better urban planning, Plus a CO2 Mapping App as proof we need it

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Coming to the BIG screen in December, Bikes vs Cars is a documentary by Director Fredrik Gertten that investigates the daily traffic drama around the world.  It centers on how politicians who work for change are facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction industry that use all their means to keep society car dependent. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system, but will the economic powers allow it?

The movie spotlights moments like in Toronto, when everyone’s favorite crack smoking mayor Rob Ford stripped away the city’s bike lanes in his battle to win the opposing “war on cars,” followed then by members of the Urban Repair Squad attacking the pavement at night, using spray paint and stencils to replace them.

Safely roll past the break to see the movie’s trailer and where it’s premiering…..


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Women’s Cycling

  • StrongHer: A Stage for Women who Ride -Strongher is a movement to connect professional and grassroots cycling worlds and unify all global women’s cycling initiatives under a shared and common goal, to create a stage for women around the world to perform. Presented by Marianne Vos in London last weekend and backed up by support from Shimano, the goal of Strongher is to continue the development of women’s cycling, giving women a stage to perform and just getting more women on bikes. Vos wants Strongher to increase the exposure of female professional athletes and give amateur women the confidence to start racing, or even to just get out more on the bike. Strongher will work both on an individual level, like via the site and a newly developed app to connect women  to events, and at a larger scale to work with organizations to create new races for professional cyclists. Find out more and join the movement at


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Mountain biking AMA

  • Mountain Bike Pioneers webcast with Mike Sinyard – For the fourth in Mission Workshop and Bike Magazine’s Ask a Founder series, Mike Sinyard of Specialized will take user suggested questions on the early days and growth of mountain biking. Join in by asking Mike a question on twitter using #AskSinyard. Tune in live on Saturday, Oct 10 at 7PM PST on There is limited space to join live at Mission Workshop in San Francisco, so email if interested to secure a spot:


California Governor signs bill legalizing e-bikes on the streets, bike paths


Rockets like the Haibike e-Road Bike now have a home in California.

California, a state that tends to influence policy and law in many other U.S. states anytime it makes changes, has codified and legalized electric-assist bicycles for use on various paved surfaces.

Depending on how fast the bike’s assistance goes, e-bikes whose motor assistance caps out at 20mph will be allowed on bicycle paths. Those that reach 28mph of assisted pedaling will be allowed on the roads with the same rights and responsibilities as traditional cyclists. That means no more licensing and other restrictions that apply to mopeds and scooters will affect the use of e-bikes. It’s worth noting that local officials will have the final say on which paths will allow which version, but it provides a framework that many other states are likely to adopt in short order.

The bill does nothing to cover e-mountain bikes, and it only mentions to e-bikes with a pedal assist rather than a throttle that keeps you moving without any human powered input. Full PR below…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Tools & Access

  • Find Public Repair  Stations Around the Globe – Minneapolis based Dero has put together an online mapping tool for cities, parks, universities, and bike advocacy groups to embed in their cycling and services sites to help cyclists find access to publicly available repair stands and tools. Dero has been cataloging coordinates for their Fixit stands, an the Fixit map continues to grow as the popularity of bicycling around the world increases. Currently, Dero Fixits can be found in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States, including Puerto Rico.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


UCI Road Worlds

  • Richmond 2015 has put out a Mobile App to Follow this Weekends UCI Road Worlds – Don’t miss a moment of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships with the official mobile app, Richmond 2015. The app combines live video, interactive mapping, event schedules, official results, photo feeds, event previews, and more. The app was designed to keep you close to the action, even if you don’t make the trek to Virginia. The mobile app is available for download now for both iOS and Android. Read on past the break for more updates on worlds, including a link to live streaming…


Taylor Phinney paints limited edition Silca pumps, auctions them for charity


Taylor Phinney’s newfound talent for painting in the off season has found a home with Silca and Rapha. He’s painted several SuperPista floor pumps, which will be shown for the first time this Friday at the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club from 4:30-6:30pm at UCI Worlds in Richmond, VA. Head over to 811 W. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23220. The event is open to everyone, after which Phinney will join the crowd for a course pre-ride.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit Taylor’s father’s charity, the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinsons. Make a bid at the Rapha party, or follow the foundation on Facebook to stay tuned.