Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

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Detroit Bikes & New Belgium double their USA-made bikes for brewery’s 25th anniversary

 

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Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been out for 10 years, each time it started shipping to a new market, it repeated that same tradition. Topping it off, a lot of their “signage” were the actual bikes on the label hanging up in bars and other places that sold their beer. And these weren’t just cheap promotional bikes… they were made by the likes of Felt, Schwinn & Electra.

Check out New Belgium Brewery’s 25th anniversary bikes that are made right here in the USA by Detroit Bikes, plus a great video explaining how the 2 year old outfit aims to produce the largest volume of made in the USA bikes in decades…

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  Probably one of the best marketing campaigns in our industry wasn’t even from a company in our industry. When New Belgium came out with Fat Tire Amber Ale prior to the craft beer boom and put a bike on the bottle’s label, it immediately became the unofficial beer of cycling. Even after it had been […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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Niner wants you to have Rebecca Rusch’s Jet9 RDO, plus a helluva deal if you don’t win

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Back in February Rebecca Rusch hopped on her Jet 9 RDO and headed up to the summit (and back down), of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for World Bike Relief. To further her fundraising efforts, Niner is auctioning off the very bike she used to accomplish this insane feat.

Check ahead on how to get in on winning Rebecca’s Jet 9 RDO, and if you don’t win but are in the market for a new bike, Niner is offering a deep discount on select Jet 9 models.

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Back in February Rebecca Rusch hopped on her Jet 9 RDO and headed up to the summit (and back down), of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for World Bike Relief. To further her fundraising efforts, Niner is auctioning off the very bike she used to accomplish this insane feat. Check ahead on how to get in on […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you might not otherwise have tried and has a $12 value. The Feed offers goodies from the well-known names like Clif, Honey Stinger, Larabar, Osmo, Powerbar, Skratch, plus many others that offer just about anything an athlete could imagine. TheFeed.com

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Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • 4th Annual Bike the Branches is just around the corner – In just over a month, on May 7th join the fun to show your support for the Brooklyn Public Library and experience Brooklyn’s culture, neighborhoods, and network of 60 local libraries by bike. Discover something new  along the way or at the block party at the Central branch, or in the individual libraries along the way. With routes and events for all ages, this family-friendly event will both get people on bikes and promote more reading, win-win. Register now at: BrooklynPublicLibrary.org

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4th Annual Bike the Branches is just around the corner – In just over a month, on May 7th join the fun to show your support for the Brooklyn Public Library and experience Brooklyn’s culture, neighborhoods, and network of 60 local libraries by bike. Discover something new  along the way or at the block party at the […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15 Kitsbow.com

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Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s final week, plus get a year subscription to Zwift to get in shape for it. Ride 103km and sync to Strava to enter. Check out more at Challenge.ThomsonBikeTours.com

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Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s […]

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