Posts in the category Advocacy

Weekend Reading: Acre Supply’s Trans-Provence Photo Journal, Argonaut goes Above Category, More

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Photo: Sven Martin / Duncan Philpott for Acre Supply.

Acre Supply is the mountain bike specific arm of Mission Workshop, whose clothes and gear we’re pretty big fans of. It’s a lifestyle brand that’s also supremely functional and durable, and as such, they take their gear to some killer ride locations and bring along some top photos to capture it all. Their latest adventure journal follows Ty Hathaway through the 2014 Trans-Provence in southern France, and the pics are definitely making us wanna go.

Click through for a few more fun things around the web this week…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Inspired by the trolls rushing to comment on the news of Seattle’s recently launched bike share, The Bicycle Story put together this Commenter Bingo Card to make a game of it!for your enjoyment.
  • Morvélo Battle Royale is an event with a unique take on bicycle speedway, using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton. Pitting all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. The event takes place on Saturday December 6th, 2014, Circus Street Old Market, Brighton, BN2 9QF (UK).
  • You probably won’t find Richie Trimble racing his STOOPIDTALLER™ bike in the Battle Royale but you will find him in the Guiness Book of World Records for riding the world’s tallest rideable bicycle. To watch the “The Making of…” video click here.
  • Tidewater Physical Therapy and its Tidewater Performance Centers are pleased to announce that Christian Vande Velde has joined the lineup of keynote speakers for its 2nd Annual Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium and Expo on Jan. 24, 2015. Vande Velde will speak on “Life in the Pro Peloton” and take questions from the audience.
  • The Young Heroes Foundation (YHF) today revealed plans for Swazi Cycle VI, its sixth annual bicycle trip through the beautiful, peaceful African kingdom of Swaziland. The trip will take place from May 20 – June 1, 2014. For more information click here.
  • How I Stole My Bike Back is a great blog post telling how Bike Portland’s Jonathan Maus recovered his beloved Cielo.
  • Polar Bottle has raised $31,000 for THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser through sales of their water bottle.
  • Each year Western Spirit sells off their rental fleet to insure that their clients are riding bikes that work great and utilize up-to-date components. This is great news because you can purchase one of these beautiful bikes for 40% off retail. Click here to see what’s left of the 2014 fleet.
  • Trips for Kids WNC (Western North Carolina) has successfully completed four years of providing mountain bike outings to youth who would not otherwise have that opportunity.
  • Do you live eat and breath Footwear? Do you dream up Apparel patterns in your head whilst heading to work? Do you believe in the power of the bicycle to change lives? If so, then Specialized Bicycle Components is looking for you! They’re having a Footwear and Apparel Recruiting Event November 21st and 22nd in Portland, OR. Click HERE for details.
  • Don’t blow all of your money on black Friday, save it for the Greensboro Velo Club’s TECHNICOLOR Swap Meet on November 30th.
  • Are you looking for a unique gift for the active guy in your life? CoachUp (the leading private coaching company) offers gift certificates to give the gift of a private coaching session to train with the pros. From golf and running, to cycling and bodybuilding, it’s the ideal gift for those looking to improve their ability and train with a pro.
  • Planning a trip to Moab? Well, there are two new trails that have been added to the vast network that already exists there. They’ve been busy adding to the Navajo Rocks Trail system as well as the Gold Bar Rim Singletrack. Visit DiscoverMoab.com for more information.
  • Road Safety Week is November 17th-23rd. The Evolution of Road Vehicle Safety Inventions is illustrated in the infographic below. It’s essentially a timeline of the standout safety inventions over the last 10 years from Brainy Bike Lights to glow in the dark motorways.

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Ritte Puts Custom Mavic 125th Anniversary Vlaanderen on Ebay, All Proceeds to Benefit World Bicycle Relief

Remember that rad Ritte Vlaanderen road bike that Spencer Canon built up for the Mavic 125th Anniversary celebration? Now is your chance to own it while helping out a great cause simultaneously. The 56.5cm bike (with uncut seat mast) includes a full SRAM Red 22 groupset, Ritchey Superlogic cockpit, Selle Italia MAX SLR Gel Flow Saddle, and of course a Mavic Ksyrium 125 Anniversary Wheel Tire System and Zxellium SLR pedals.

The sale of the bike will go 100% to World Bicycle relief which uses the bicycle as a means of empowerment and transportation for entrepreneurs, healthcare workers, and students in rural Africa. The bikes are given to worthy individuals through work-to-own and study-to-own programs which creates a huge sense of price and ownership of the bikes for the lucky individuals. As an added bonus all donations to WBR until 12/31/14 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors up to $1 million dollars. That includes this auction, so the sale of this bike will represent a large chunk of money donated to WBR.

More details of the bike plus links to the auction next…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Check out Delivery, a  short documentary about a Brooklyn man who delivers pizzas on a fixed gear bicycle, above.
  • Happy Friday! Western Spirit Cycling Adventures has a BIG surprise for you today. Book any trip with them between now and December 15th and receive a 15% discount on the cost of the trip.
  • Do you think you have what it takes to be a factory rider? Rolf Prima, the high-end, US based wheel manufacturer is currently accepting applications for their Factory Team. Current members of the Rolf Prima Factory Team ride and compete in Triathlon, Road, Mountain and Cyclocross events around the US.Interested athletes can read more about the Rolf Prima Factory Team at www.rolfprima.com/factory-team, or send inquires to factoryteam@rolfprima.com.
  • Looking for a new messenger bag? TIMBUK2 is currently offering 30%* off of Almost Everything. Use the coupon code RIDEWITHUS. Be sure to read the fine print at the top-left of the page HERE.
  • If a discount isn’t enough, Timbuk2 has joined with Intrepid Travel, Quito Tourism, LAN Airlines and Blood Sweat and Cheers to give you the chance to win a ridiculously amazing experience in Quito, Ecuador. One Grand Prize winner will win a trip for two  a full package of Timbuk2 travel products. One 1st place winner will win a full package of Timbuk2 travel products. Click HERE for the entry form.
  • World Bicycle Relief is changing lives with the bicycle. The organization has just announced it’s exciting new Year End Campaign that highlights how the power of bicycles is radically changing people’s lives in rural Africa. This year’s video highlights how Tamara’s life was transformed in 2014 when she received a Buffalo Bicycle to help get to school on time and with energy to learn.
  • Those who overhaul just got overhauled. Well, sort of. Suspension Experts just launched a new website devoted to clear communication about mountain bike suspension and the latest product information from Fox, RockShox, Cane Creek and PUSH Industries. The new website was designed with mobile users in mind and is optimized for tablets and smart phones. The site has a new and improved work order form to help customers schedule service as quickly as possible. Individual riders and bike shops will both find this feature an improvement over previous versions.
  • Are you in the Minneapolis area? Well then get yourself over to the grand opening of Chrome’s new hub at 115 Washington Avenue N. in Minneapolis for some Beer, Music, Tacos & Racing. The party is from 8-11 PM this Saturday, Nov. 15th. They’ll have free tacos for the first 100 people, a sidehack BMX race and face-melting music from The Wolf Council. Oh, and beer.
  • Mr. B’s Joybox Express Mississippi River Road Ride comes to a finale in New Orleans, LA! The epic 2,000 mile journey of Mr. B’s Joybox Express will culminate today, November 14, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. For more information visit www.JoyboxExpress.com
  • Slipstream and Cannondale announced that the organizations would join forces in 2015, creating a new, powerhouse team built for the future. The new team will be known as Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling – and as revealed today – features an impressive, young roster comprised of 27 athletes from 14 different countries.
  • Many of us are reminded of our fallen fellow riders when we pass by the Ghost Bikes at the side of the road. Genea Barnes, an artist and cyclist from San Francisco has traveled to more than 50 cities seeking out and photographing Ghost Bikes. She’s now at the point where she’s ready to document her stories and photographs and is looking for support. For a link to her kickstarter campaign click HERE, and check some images below…

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This Veteran’s Day, Help Wounded Soldiers Pedal Through Recovery

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The bicycle isn’t just a form of recreation, it’s also a powerful tool. If you need proof of that, take a look at Ride 2 Recovery. An arm of the Fitness Challenge (5013C), the main goal of Ride 2 Recovery is to rehabilitate injured veterans using adaptive bikes. We’ve featured their incredible builds before, but their work is still just as important as ever.

If you’re looking for a bigger way to thank our veterans, consider donating to Ride 2 Recovery or signing up for signing up for one of the 2015 United Healthcare Challenge series – a 350-400 mile multi-day ride where your paid entry goes directly to Ride 2 Recovery. Need an example of their work? Check out the repost of Timothy Brown’s amazing adaptive mountain trike that not only helped him through recovery, but provided the triple amputee a chance to enjoy mountain biking again…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • In case you weren’t one of the 3500 people who were lucky enough to score a ticket to the Red Bull Dreamline last month then you’re in luck. NBC will be airing the event this Saturday at 5 PM EST. The Red Bull Dreamline, which is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, was held at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The event featured a field of 32 of the world’s best BMX dirt jump riders.
  • Here’s one more reminder that if you’re in the Philadelphia area this weekend then be sure to check out the Philadelphia Bike Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be held November 8th and 9th. Purchase your tickets in advance and save $$$!
  • After the incredible turnout last year, the Chiltern Cycling Festival has grown into two events. First off will be The Chiltern Cycling Festival on July 12th. The next date for your calendar is the Chenies Velo Classique on August 31st. Entries open on November 6th via www.britishcycling.org.uk.
  • Get ready for next season’s riding by training indoors over the winter with the ultimate cycling video experience. The Sufferfest - creators of the world’s best cycling, running and triathlon training videos – have launched a licensing program which is set to transform the indoor cycling experience for facilities, instructors and participants.
  • Put that training to good use by taking a cycling tour through beautiful Tuscany. Imagine spending several days cycling through the Italian countryside, riding past vineyards and Roman castles, then stopping overnight in hilltop towns to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and wine at the end of the day. Lifecycle Adventures, a cycling vacation company known for its customized bike tours in California, Hawaii, Washington’s San Juan Islands and Oregon, is now operating cycling tours in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Do you live in New York City? Want to know the ins and outs of bike commuting in the city? Bike New York offers free Bike Commuting 101 and Winter Riding 101 classes to empower cyclists to become year-round bike commuters.
  • Mario Cipollini, Tour de France multi-stage winner will be visiting California from November 12 to 15 for several meet and greet events at  Cipollini dealers. Visit www.cipolliniusa.com for dates and times.
  • Funkier Bike Apparel is now available in the USA! Torcano Industries has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Funkier Bike Apparel. Check out the story HERE.
  • Swiftwick’s Sock of the Month for November are these really cool Turkey Trot socks. I can’t think of anything better to wear on my piggies on Thanksgiving Day. Look for mine propped up on the end of the couch while I take my tryptophan nap. Click HERE to get yours today.

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Fontus Condensor Creates Fresh Water Out of Thin Air, Fits on a Bicycle

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Developed to help create fresh, potable water in areas where groundwater supplies are limited, the Fontus literally pulls moisture from the air to create up to half a liter per hour.

The condenser is solar powered, allowing a cooling unit to cool hot air, which helps separate the water from the air molecules. Putting it on a bike was a natural choice for designer Kristof Retezár since it’s the most common vehicle in the world and moves fast enough to force air into the upper chamber and across the condensor. From there, the water drips through a tube into the attached bottle.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Bandha Bikes Project: Across Uganda, achieving basic needs for individuals and families is dependent on their ability to access available resources. Bicycles become the catalyst to link families with essential resources but many Ugandans cannot afford them. Bandha Bikes will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Oct 27th to seek donations in support of our Ugandan based pilot program.
  • Calling all ripping goblins, ghosts and ghouls! Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex is hosting a Halloween Jam on November 1st at their facility in Holly Springs, NC. Besides having awards for best trick, fastest lap, etc. they’re also awarding the best costume so be sure to dress up.
  • Do you want to win an exclusive Orbea Carpe that’s been hand painted by Roberto Tirso in Mallabia? Enter Here.
  • Womens Bike Mechanic Scholarship opens doors for women in the cycling industry. SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women to attend United Bicycle Institute. The scholarship was created for women who are aspiring or experienced bike mechanics wishing to increase their technical knowledge and actively pursue a career in the cycling industry. Find the details HERE.
  • Kinetic Trainers announced the launch of its new website, www.kurtkinetic.com. The new site features enhanced product information including product videos, technical information, reviews, new page layouts and customer service portal. The website is now live.
  • Do you have a favorite bike park? MTBParks.com wants to hear from you! If you love lift-accessed mountain biking, take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your opinions HERE.
  • Here’s a better way to let everyone know that you’re a proud cyclist without wearing your jersey to the local coffee house. Après Vélo is having a 48 hour Mega Sale on their stylish cycling t-shirts but it ends at 8 AM on October 26th so act fast. Enter Coupon Code BDAY20P at check out.

Buy the Ace-Sufferfest Mountain Bike Team Jersey, Help Support Racing Where It’s Needed

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The Sufferfest, who makes our favorite training videos, also sponsors the first all-black UCI mountain bike team, helping them get equipped, trained and to the races. Now they need your help to keep one of their riders toeing the line. Here’s plea from The Sufferfest:

21 year old Likeleli Masitise is the only woman on the team. An orphan, she comes from a rural town in Lesotho. She won her first national title in 2012 and won again in 2013. She’s since become the first black woman to make the podium in a UCI ranked MTB race. However, on Christmas Day, her beloved bike was stolen and she hasn’t been able to train or compete properly since.

We’re asking for $100 for this jersey that will be the talk of the group on your next ride. Thanks to the generosity of our partners at Pactimo clothing, all proceeds go towards getting that bike for Likeleli. Hurry – it’s only on sale until 30th of September (jerseys will be shipped out in early November).

Click here to order, and slip past the break for pics of the jersey…

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