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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The Red Bull Signature Series continues this Sunday on NBC at 12:30 PM EST with the Red Bull District Ride. 80,000 people witnessed a unique urban slopestyle course designed by freeride legend and previous District Ride winner Aaron Chase. The course starts with a drop from Nuremberg’s castle walls and then makes its way through the city center and five different districts that offer varying obstacles for the world’s top freeride bike athletes to master and trick off.
  • One Day Only Sale on Small Business Saturday – 30% off of Complete Handsome Bicycles – Join them for a one day pop-up shop at Martin Patrick 3 in Minneapolis for an event that’s not-to-be-missed!
  • Decorate your bike with festive crap contest – It’s another great year for Magnolia BMX’s Holiday Bike Check Contest, minus the bike check! They’ve got really great sponsors and unlike last year, it’s open internationally!
  • Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015 through Welltuned. The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.
  • Hermes Sport handbuilt competition wheels are now available worldwide through The Aftermarket. Founded in July 2009 by Alex Webster, Hermes Sport was born of a general, lifelong obsession with high-end bike parts and a particular fixation on wheels.
  • Scott Sports USA and Deer Valley Resort Announce Multi-Year Partnership. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports USA will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
  • Bianchi and Thomson Bikes Tours have joined forces to offer exclusive new cycling trips in 2015. The first destination is Lombardia, a cycling paradise in northern Italy, and is open for booking on either company’s website.

Strider Gives Back With Promotion To Donate 7 Bikes Per Day to Special Needs Riders

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Strider came into the world offering balance bikes to teach young kids to ride by teaching balance, not pedaling. Much the opposite of the typical training wheels method, they caught immediate traction and have been helping kids as young as 18 months get moving on two wheels.

They found that since the bikes focus on the fundamentals of balance and riding, without the complexity of also learning to pedal also worked well for special-needs populations. They have product that can help, sized for riders 6-12 years with the Strider 16, and 13+ years with the Strider 20. To give back, they are giving away a total of 490 bikes to people who need them.

FROM STRIDER BIKES – Teenagers with huge smiles, parents with tears streaming down their cheeks and spectators clapping and cheering. That is the scene when a person with special needs learns to ride for the very first time on two wheels – on a STRIDER Balance Bike.
Strider Sports is excited to announce a holiday campaign kicking off today: the STRIDER GIVES BACK Promotion. Between October 13th and December 12th, the company has committed to giving away seven balance bikes per day – every day! That is 490 Balance Bikes in the next two months! The application process for a chance to win is extremely simple. Interested families need to go to www.StriderBikes.com/StriderGivesBack and complete three simple steps: submit a photo, write a brief story and name the special needs organization to which the applicant belongs.
As the leading manufacturer and marketer of No-Pedal Balance Bikes for people of all ages and all abilities, Strider Sports has been inspiring riding and confidence for over seven years. STRIDER Balance Bikes are the best option for a person with special needs because they break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride into a safe and natural progression. Riding a STRIDER is as easy as walking. With feet safely on the ground, a rider is easily able to maneuver and ride the lightweight bikes. Although not originally designed as adaptive bikes, STRIDER bikes have turned individuals with Down syndrome, autism, low muscle tone, poor balance, arthrogryposis and cerebral palsy into bike riding enthusiasts!

Check out the empowering video of the bikes being used at the Special Olympics after the jump…

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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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Wahoo Takes Kickr to 11 (Speed), Launches In-Store Demo Promotion w/ Prizes!

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Wahoo’s Kickr trainer, which we reviewed very positively here, is now available with an 11-speed cassette. For a $100 upgrade, it’ll come with a SRAM PG1130 (Rival) cassette. This was, admittedly, a small order for them to test the market for an 11-speed equipped version, so minimums being what they are and all that, the pricing is likely a bit higher than what it should be. You can, after all, get that same cassette for under $70 in most instances. But, if you’re a one-and-done type shopper and have an 11-speed bike, you can get ‘er done with a single click.

And if you’re not quite convinced you should drop $1,099 on a trainer, you can swing by a participating bike shop and try one out during their ‘Ride A Kickr’ promotion. Do so, and you could win a Stages Power Meter just for trying it out. Simply snap a pic of you trying out the Kickr trainer in the store, then email it to Wahoo for a chance to win. They’re giving away one per month through March 2015.

Win Two Tickets to Red Bull Dreamline 2014 in Asheville, NC!!!

Rampage is over, but Red Bull Dreamline is about to send riders airborne on the opposite side of the country. Spectator tickets are all but gone, but Bikerumor’s got a pair to give away to one lucky winner!

Here’s the deal: Red Bull will provide two tickets to a single winner (take a friend!). Tickets are tied to the winner’s name and home address and can not be sold or traded. Bikerumor will randomly choose one winner from all entrants, provide that winner’s email address to Red Bull Media House and they will contact the winner to obtain the name and street address of the people attending. So, if you or someone you know can’t make the trip to the new Oskar Blues facility in the Hendersonville/Asheville, NC, area on Saturday, October 11, don’t register. All entrant’s email addresses will be a) added to the Bikerumor general email newsletter list, which you may unsubscribe from at any time, and b) provided to Red Bull Media House.

Wanna join us at the event? Click ‘more’ and fill in that survey before 3pm EST on Monday, October 6, 2014!

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Time to Win a Custom Modify Watch, Courtesy of Bikerumor

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No, yours won’t have this sweet Bikerumor logo on it, but you will be able to choose whatever band and face color you want! We talked Modify into giving three of you a watch of your own, and we’ll pick the winners from those who like our Facebook post about this contest. Hit the link, hit the like button and count the seconds until (about) noon EST this Saturday (September 6, 2014)…that’s when we pick the winners randomly via the Good Luck Fairy.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain, sponsored by Liv Cycling, has organized a Global Solidarity Ride on Saturday, August 30th, to show support for women’s cycling in Afghanistan. Check her website for an organized ride near you – or dedicate your ride tomorrow to these brave women and girls, use hashtags #pedalarevolution and #solidarityride2014.
  • Greenville, SC, is hosting the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that is taking place now through Sept. 1st. Free live streaming of the events is being hosted here.
  • The 11th Lake Wolfgang Challenge triathlons will be September 6-7th in Strobl, Austria. This weekend will include an Olympic Distance Challenge, an X-Challenge Sprint (with mountain biking as the bike portion), a combo of the X and Olympic, and a Kid’s Challenge. More info in German here.
  • The first mountain bike race on, what is probably the most remote place to hold one, Saint Helena Island, will be held Saturday, September 20th. You must email their tourist office to register before September 5th, looks like the race is free, but you must arrange your own transportation to this island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Flyer after the break.
  • The 2014 Hell Hole Gravel Grind Stage Race will be held the weekend of September 19th-21st on the gravel roads in and around Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride 2014 at Calloway Gardens is September 20th and 21st. Registration and info here.
  • IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday, October 4th.
  • Only 3 days left to enter to win a Loaded Carbon Cockpit.
  • This week, IPWatchdog focuses it’s Evolution of a Technology series on bicycle patents.
  • IMBA held a panel discussion at their World Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, last week on the use of e-bikes on mountain bike trails that led to a suggested strategy for IMBA and the industry to consider.
  • Road Hollad Cycling Apparel is having a Labor Day promotion this weekend, 20% off everything with code LABOR at checkout. Have a Labor Day sale going on? Leave the information in the comments.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  Universal Sports will be covering the Vuelta a España starting this weekend.
  • Don’t miss Rebecca’s Private Idaho: August 31st Rebecca Rusch will lead two, fully supported gravel rides through the beautiful mountains of Ketchum, Idaho, with an after party that will pay you back for the hurt you just took climbing 6,500ft in nearly 100 miles. (There’s also a shorter option of 56 miles.)
  • Take the Campanoglo Grande Giro Challenge - join the Campagnolo Riders Club on Strava and challenge yourself to ride at least 1000km in 30 days – 1/3 of the distance of a Grande Giri: The Tour de France, Gira d’Italia, and Vuelta a España combined.
  • The USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships will be held during the 2014 High Point Cycling Classic on September 4-6th. The three day festival includes an art exhibit featuring the bikes of 5 leading custom frame builders, swap meet, vintage bike show, and of course, the races…
  • Did you know Rapha will repair your kit if you have a crash? Repairs can take up to 4 weeks, but it’s nice to know you don’t have to throw away an expensive kit with tears in it.
  • CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace, is holding a 3D Printed Bicycle Accessories Challenge. Winner receives a FlyKly pedal assist smart wheel and the opportunity to sell your accessory to FlyKly customers and promotion on CGTrader. Submissions must be made by October 8th.
  • Sport Chalet is celebrating their redesigned website by offering six Adventures of a Lifetime sweepstakes. One, a 10 day cycling adventure through New Zealand.
  • Our friends and monthly contributors at Peaks Coaching Group are excited to announce new affiliate groups based in Brazil: coached by Cris Solak, and Japan: coached by Takashi Nakata; and their continued international expansion coaching two pro teams in India: Team Trek Foxfire and Team Specialized.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • In light of certain self(ie)ish fan behavior seen at many races this summer, First Bank, a sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge, is having a contest for the Most Respectful Superfan. Winners will receive replica Most Aggressive Rider jerseys signed by the winners, grand prize winner will also receive a $200 Amazon gift card.
  • Handsome Cycles is closing their downtown Minneapolis retail location and moving to studio space in NE Mnpls. Stop by their retail store for a moving sale August 18th-23rd to receive killer deals (10%-60% OFF) on remaining apparel, bags, shoes and bikes. Check out the new space on Sept. 6th from 12-4pm for an open house, 1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 157.
  • The 5th Annual WYDAHO Rendezvous will be held August 29th – September 1st at the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming.
  • Registration is open for the 42nd Annual Carolina Cup, September 7th, in Greensboro, NC. Click here to volunteer at the race!
  • Registration is also open for Trek’s 2nd Annual Backyard UCI Cyclocross Race, September 20-21st. Held in the backyard of Trek’s global HQ in Waterloo, WI.
  • Blackberry Farm in TN is offering a private Tour de Smokies event featuring three days of cycling with former pro and top cycling Coach Robbie Ventura, andTour de France Veterans George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde. Each day’s 45-75 miles of riding will be capped with incredible food and wine at the luxury farm situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • The 2014 Handmade Bike and Beer Festival, combining the OBCA Handmade Bike Show with HUB’s BiKETOBEERFEST, will be held September 28th at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon. Check out Karl Edwards’ website detailing the progression of the beautiful poster for the event.
  • Don’t forget the Philly Bike Expo on Nov 8-9th!
  • Pure Adventures has announced new Supported Self Directed Tours – a hybrid of guided and self-supported trips in Europe and Western US.
  • Cyclists in Western North Carolina are banding together to support Jaimee Johnsen who was hit by a car while out training. They are taking donations via GoFundMe to help with medical bills, and Industry 9 has offered a bonus – anyone who donates over $20 can be entered to win your choice of any standard aluminum (road or mtn) wheel set.
  • KCCI reports that Ames, Iowa, has installed bicycle radar systems at intersections that detects cyclists waiting for the traffic light.
  • On Wednesday, the NYPD started a two week “Bicycle Safety Crackdown” to target violations that threaten the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers who interfere with cyclists’ progress by blocking bike lanes will also be targeted.
  • And news that couldn’t be more timely, in fact, I wish it had come sooner: Smashburger, a founding sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge, will be fundraising for the Davis Phinney Foundation which supports people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease with information and guidance on living with the disease. Coinciding with the start of the race, August 18th – September 14th, the burger chain will be selling orange bracelets with the foundation’s motto “Every Victory Counts” for $2.