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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Yuba Launches Limited-Edition PeopleForBikes Branded Cargo Bike – PeopleForBikes and Yuba Bicycles have partnered to launch a limited edition Boda Boda cargo bike to raise money for bicycling infrastructure. Yuba and PeopleForBikes will officially launch the bike at the Sea Otter Classic in April, where people can enter to win one. The bikes are available for preorders now and on sale May 1 at Yuba dealers and at yubabikes.com.
  • CNN Honors Trips for Kids Founder – CNN has named Trips for Kids Founder, Marilyn Price, as a CNN Hero for her years of dedication to putting disadvantaged kids on mountain bikes. Please join us in congratulating Marilyn and take a moment to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Or tune in to CNN March 27 – 29 and watch the story “on air”. tripsforkids.org

Racing News

Monarch Crest Race

  • The true “enduro” experience is finally here, October 2-4, 2015. The Monarch Crest Enduro brought to you by Chocolate Bunny Productions, threads together three days of Colorado’s finest high country trails along the Monarch Crest, a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, and IMBA Epic® no less. Registration is now live on imathlete.com.

 

Touring

  • The Greatest Ride – August 9-12 2015. This is the cycling trip you’ve wanted to take for your whole life. Start by sharing a table with retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall for the opening dinner at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. This event is limited to only 10 cyclists so book now at blackberry farm.com.
  • Chris King Gourmet Century registration opens April, 1st – The Gourmet Century has expanded into a global showcase hosting four events across the U.S. and now one in Japan. Each event will feature its own special guest chefs and menus designed to compliment the best riding the region has to offer. Registration for ALL events will open on April 1st at 12pm PST at gourmetcentury.com. Act fast as tickets tend to go quickly!
  • Ride. Relax. Escape. Discover the Wild Highlands of Scotland – Fuel your sense of discovery with roads that will take your breath away. This 6 day, 5 night tour runs between 8th to 13th September and is strictly limited to 12 people. Book now, 72 hours before general public.

 

NAHBS 2015

  • Didn’t get enough of NAHBS 2015? - Gates photographer Tim Lucking has produced an exquisite photo gallery of the best belted bikes from the North American Handmade Bike Show. Check out some of our favorites on The Belted Blog.

 

Video/Film

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Currently touring the USA, (you can find the tour schedule here) immediately after the Festival ends in November a selection of the best films goes on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. There’s typically a mountain bike film in the mix but every film has always been entertaining.

 

Contest

  • Here’s your last reminder that you can win a set of new rubber from Vee Tire. Follow the link to the survey and complete it to win!

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Volvo, Albedo 100, & Grey London Team up for Life Paint Clear Reflective Safety Spray

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Volvo has been on a roll lately when it comes to safety innovations that focus outside the vehicle as much as inside. After setting the goal for zero pedestrians or cyclists to be killed or seriously injured by a new Volvo in 2020, the company has been rolling out new concepts to help make that a reality. The latest idea isn’t part of a car at all. Instead, it is a reflective safety paint that goes on clear. Designed to help make anything it covers more visible to motorists, the paint is invisible by day but explodes in light when illuminated at night.

Check out the paint in action after the break…

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NAHBS 2015: Sojourner Cyclery’s wooden beauties & Snyder’s new commuter, more

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Sojourner Cyclery likes to use natural FRPs as opposed to man-made FRPs. Translation: Wood is nature’s “Fiber Reinforced Polymer”, which has been around long before carbon fiber was created in a lab. To be more specific, builder Jay Kinsinger uses walnut to create things like this disc brake road bike, a tandem that’s been ridden across the U.S., a tall unicycle and even a motorized mountain bike.

Pics of the show bikes, plus a “how he does it” video, and Snyder Cycles’ latest mountain bikes and more, below…

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City Bikes get More Comfy with BAM City Flexible, Shock Absorbing Handlebars

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For most handlebars, seeing the ends droop towards the ground would be a cause for concern. If it’s a handlebar from the French company Baramind however, there is no reason to worry. In fact, it’s all part of the design. After launching their first flexible handlebar in 2012, the team has been hard at work developing new models that take advantage of their patented technology.

While most handlebars remain completely rigid, Baramind’s Bam bars use a combination of different materials sandwiched together to allow it to flex in a single vertical plane, while remaining stiff in all other directions. The idea may seem outrageous, but after introducing the Bam XC in 2012, the handlebars have been used by marathon cross country racers ever since. Now, Baramind is working on a wider Bam MTB and the more affordable Bam City…

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TPE15: Turin Bicycles introduce Yo cycling lights, new Super Willy steel cyclocross frames

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Turin Bicycles out of Chicago has added a few new frames to its bike collection, all steel and all ready for disc brake cyclocross action whether you want singlespeed or gears.

The Willy, shown above, is built from Reynolds 530 and gets an eccentric BB and straight steerer tube. An interchangeable dropout lets you add a derailleur hanger if you want to run gears, and standard external cable routing is in place. The Super Willy upgrades all of those features with some very pretty tube shaping, internal routing and tapered headtube…

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Berliner Fahrradschau 2015: An Eclectic Mix of Cycling and Lifestyle Products

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Another year of Berlin’s consumer Bike Show kicked off this weekend highlighting a lot of the urban and lifestyle segments of the bike industry that sometimes get glossed over with new derailleur and suspension tech. That means a lot of classic city bikes, many e-bike applications, internally geared hubs, and belt drives, plus more cargo bikes than you can shake a stick at. Over the next week or two we’ll try to roundup a bunch of things that we spotted that stood out from the crowd and the free flowing Henrick’s Gin and Tonics and German beers.

Read on for a modern take on a classic, city bikes and great finishes, some custom bags, and an e-bike to sneak on some group rides…

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Spinlister Introduces Next Level Bike Share with Custom VanMoof Connected Bikes

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If you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has jumped on the bike share trend, there is a lot to love. The ability to quickly rent a bike and cruise around the city is a great option to have. For Spinlister though, it can be better. Imagine a bike share that you could find anywhere, not just specific hubs around the city? Now take that same bike share and when you’ve reached your destination simply lock it up and leave it where you stop. No need to return it to another location. Now envision that same bike share personally making you money every time it’s rented out, and it’s all controlled through an app on your smartphone.

Does that sound like the bike share of the future? That’s what Spinlister is hoping to establish with the new Spinlister Smart Bike…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

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Contest

  • Play the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!

Racing and Ride Event News

  • Champion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to WSUnited.org or register for the event at bikereg.com.
  • The Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details.
  • North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event.
  • The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix CyclesPure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961.
  • Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! - Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.

Advocacy

  • Tern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern bicycles.com

Nutrition

  • Infinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  infinitnutrition.us.  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.

Gear

  • Quality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at robertaxleproject.com for more information.

Shinola Goes Single Speed with the New Detroit Arrow City Bicycle

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The Shinola brand is certainly an interesting one. Centered in Detroit they produce a line of city bicycles, and a selection of other random items like watches, leather goods, clothing, stationery and even pet accessories. Whether they’re putting their stamp on a bicycle, a pencil sharpener or a winter jacket, Shinola’s goal is to bring back the pride in high-end American manufacturing with their upscale design and style.

Shinola has just introduced their first single speed urban bicycle. The Detroit Arrow is a streamlined city cruiser that gets you from point A to point B in style, with a hand-made American frame at its heart.

Check out more details and the limited edition nickel-plated Detroit Arrow below…
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