Posts in the category Advocacy

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


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…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Bicycle as Art

  • 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.


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.

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.

Injured Veterans Set To Ride 360 Miles for the 2015 United Healthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge

Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for Ride 2 Recovery it means the 2015 edition of the Memorial Challenge. Sponsored for the 6th year in a row by UnitedHealthcare, the 5 day 360 mile ride will take injured veterans from the Vice President’s Residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. and lead them to Virginia Beach, with the ride ending with a USO sponsored VIP concert on the 29th. 

For those unfamiliar with Ride 2 Recovery, the organization uses cycling as a way for injured veterans to find both mental and physical rehabilitation. Jonathan Dade mentions that “Cycling has been more therapeutic for me than seeing a psychologist. It’s a way of bringing you back to what you once were.” Along with organizing the rides and helping with training, Ride 2 Recovery also helps out with adaptive cycles that allow riders with some of the worst injuries to get on a bike and ride. Previously at Interbike we had a chance to check out Timothy Brown’s full suspension hand cycle (above), which kept the triple amputee rolling.

On Monday’s ride, 200 veterans will set off, but over the years Ride 2 Recovery has helped over 10,000 Vets restore hope and their sense of purpose. Ride 2 Recovery welcomes all of the communities along the route to come out and show their support as the riders make their way to Virginia Beach…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Memorial Day Sales


  • FitWell Bicycle Company is Having A Sale – Through Friday the 29th, all bikes are 30% off MSRP and you won’t pay shipping. FitWell produces bicycles that offer a great fit, stability and value with a clean aesthetic for riders that just want to go out and ride. Visit to see the great deals no some cool bikes.
  • TWIN SIX // MEMORIAL DAY SALE – 16% off all orders under $66 and 26% Off all orders over $66. Sale ends on May 25th at midnight. Visit for the deals.


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states).

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…


Phil Gaimon Bites into ATOC With Custom Diamondback Cookie Bike for UHCCF

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Admit it. Like a lot of us, you too probably ride so you can allow yourself a few more tacos, pizza, or beer. The concept of “earning your cookies” isn’t exclusive to the amateur ranks as even the pros are known to have their weaknesses. For Optum Pro KBS team rider Phil Gaimon, he is literally earning his cookies as the rider has outgrown an unhealthy, overweight childhood but still allows himself a sweet treat when his training warrants it.

As part of an initiative to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle, Gaimon and the Optum Pro Cycling team presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (KBS) have teamed up with UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) to create a one of a kind “milk and cookies” themed bike with the all new Diamondback Podium Equipe as the canvas. The bicycle will be raced by Gaimon at the Amgen Tour of California and then it will be donated to UHCCF for a charity aution to be held in the future… READ MORE ->

League of American Bicyclists Announces 2015 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking

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Today kicks off National Bike to Work Week. Whether you rode into the office for the first time or the 10,000th time, how your home state approaches bicycle infrastructure and advocacy can have a major impact on your commute. To honor those states who have been doing it right, the League of American Bicyclists has compiled the latest list of the best and the worst states to ride a bicycle.

Check out how your state measures up next…