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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Racing

  • Arno Wallaard Memorial Livestream – On the 18th of April, all eyes of the cycling community will be on the Dutch flats as the Arno Wallaard Memorial (UCI 1.2) takes place. Click on arnowallaardmemorial.nl for more information.

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Exclusive! Chris Currie’s all-new full suspension design is unlike anything you’ve ever seen

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Editor’s Note: Chris Currie has been in the industry for years, many of which he’s spent quietly designing, patenting and slowly but surely developing his own full suspension platform. In this new series, he’ll give us a peek inside the process of creating something new, the myriad ways to bring it to market and the challenges of it all. Without further ado, here’s Chris:

Eighteen years ago, I started an online bike shop called Speedgoat out of an old one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Southwestern PA. I didn’t have “start-up capital,” a background in web development, or a business degree. All I really had was an obsession with bikes and a wife who was just crazy enough to go along with me. For fourteen years we worked with the best companies in the bike business, building up thousands of custom bikes for riders around the world. We knew the names of our customers’ dogs, even if the customers lived thousands of miles away. It was that kind of business.

In 2010 I sold the company to people I thought could take it to the next level, but they were a trainwreck. Frustrated with the new owners, I left in 2011. In the years since, I moved west to manage sales, marketing, and customer service for Velotech in Portland, Oregon, while moonlighting for Stan’s NoTubes, where I’m now Creative Director. Through it all, one personal project that started at Speedgoat ten years ago has stayed with me. I had an idea for a bike.

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Racing

  • Battle Royale 2 – The Ultimate Bike Battle returns Saturday April 18thEngland – The Morvélo Battle Royale was originally a one-off event. The response was so positive and the racing so exciting that they’re doing it again. Using a natural concrete oval in an abandoned old market in central Brighton, it pitched all types of riders and bikes against each other in a series of fast and furious knockout heats. The Circus Street Market is being redeveloped in June, so this will be the last time it can be held at this unique venue.

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Turner Bikes goes direct where dealers aren’t stocking

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Want a Turner mountain bike but can’t find a dealer near you? Never fear, the Internet is here.

Turner Bikes is now selling direct through their website or via phone for customers without an authorized dealer in their area. Sure, it’s always best to support your local shop, but this model provides access to the brand in areas without a stocking retailer. Presumably, sales inquiries where a dealer is located will be sent through the shop.

“We are elevating the purchasing experience with a level of personalization that just doesn’t exist in the marketplace, outside of a few of today’s dealers who truly understand suspension, frame design, and proper rider setup,” said Dave Turner in the press release. “A rider who is spending thousands of hard-earned dollars on a new dream ride deserves the best advice, fit, and setup possible. We’re here to ensure their Turner Bike is tailored to their riding style, terrain, experience and expectations.”

Friday RoundUp – Bicycles Bits & Pieces

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  • Bike Pure Release Ethics Brochure – Bike Pure today launch it’s publication titled “Rebuilding Ethics in Cycle Sport: A Guide for Riders, Parents and Coaches”. The 44 page full colour brochure is aimed at educating both riders, coaches and parents of cyclists on the importance of sporting ethics, integrity, sportsmanship and anti-doping. This free guide is available to be shipped in hard copy format from bikepurestore.org or as a direct PDF download from bikepure.org.
  • New training software to help coaches and student-athletes across the countryTrainingPeaks has announced a partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to provide world-class online training software and educational content to help interscholastic mountain bike team coaches succeed. For more information on NICA visit nationalmtb.org or call (510) 524-5464.

Clothing, Gear and Tools

  • DeFeet brings the art of Greig Leach and the wonderous Paris-Roubaix bicycle classic to their Aireator socks – Greig Leach inspires and amazes enthusiasts world wide with his artwork. In addition to his prints, Leach has compiled books with his cycling creations, such as the Book de Tour, art of the Tour de France, in 2014. To order your pair of Aireator Greig Leach Paris-Roubaix Special socks, visit DeFeet.com.
  • Kinetic Releases Major inRide UpgradeKinetic has announced the launch of a major update to its inRide power training app. The update includes new home-screen graphics, improved guided workouts, direct social media sharing, and real-time workout graphing. The app update is currently live and is available for download from the iTunes store now.

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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.

Shop Spotlight – River City Bicycles in Portland, OR Celebrates 20 Years

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River City Bicycles, a highly respected, not to mention BEAUTIFUL  bike shop in the most bike happy city of Portland is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Our award winning, bearded, “consumer of anything he finds unfinished” friend Kevin Neidorf put this little piece together for them to show a fraction of what they’re about. Dave Guettler opened his shop in 1995, and if you took every bicycle, component, and accessory out of the store, the abundance of wood artistry in everything from the display counters, racks that hold the  bicycles, and other various treats (like an indoor test track upstairs!) including a welcoming staff would still be a worthy reason for a visit.

Click over to check out the beautifully done video from Kevin as well as a touching message from Dave himself.

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John Siegrist Kicks off New Chapter after DEAN Titanium with VeloSport Imports

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While we were checking out the latest creation from DEAN at NAHBS, we were pretty surprised to hear that John Siegrist was stepping down from the helm and letting Ari Leon take the reins. Ari has been welding DEAN bikes for years under the tutelage of John himself, and while John will still be on hand for guidance and consulting, he decided it was time for a change. According to Siegrist, more than twenty years is a long time to be doing anything and while he still gets excited to put on a welding mask and build his own bikes, he was ready for a new challenge.

Like many of us, the siren’s call of the bike industry is too great to resist so John has decided to open his own distributorship. Focusing on “cool brands that I like that aren’t represented in the market place,” John is starting VeloSport Imports with names like Guerciotti, ALAN, Zulo, Alchemist, German A and Sommerville….

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Adventure Cycling Association announced on Thursday its second episode of Adventure Cycling Montana, a short film series produced with Epic Montana. The film, Adventure Cycling Montana — TransAm, highlights 71 miles of the TransAmerica Trail from Dillon to Ennis, Montana. “The TransAm is such an iconic route both for Adventure Cycling — as the route that started it all — and in the minds of cyclists who dream of making the quintessential cross­country trip,” said director Rachel Stevens.
  • If cycling is your passion then participate in The 13th Great Lake Tahoe Bike Race & RideRegistration is now open – This year’s event will be September 26th and 27th. For more details visit TahoeBikeRace.com.
  • If you’re a bike shop, frame builder or wheel builder and are looking for a knowledgeable resource that specializes in wheel parts then check out bikewheelparts.com. This new dealer-only wholesale channel owned and run by Brandon Hunziker, grew out of his other business, consumer site  bikehubstore.com to better serve his industry partners.
  • Have you ever wanted to bike with zebras, while the African horizon blazes off into the distance? Imagine climbing to the top of the highest sand dune in the world? Experience the safari like none other, with our friends at H+I Adventures, experts in mountain biking holidays around the globe. They are offering an incredible 12 day bike safari to Namibia this year, from September 15-26th, 2015 or December 5th to 16th 2015.
  • Adding to its world-class roster of athletes, crankbrothers today announced the addition of mountain bike legend and Enduro World Series racer Cedric Gracia to its team. Gracia joins the crankbrothers team with a multi-year partnership and will help crankbrothers build upon a legacy of innovation in developing state-of-the-art mountain bike pedals.
  • The 13th annual Mountain Charlie Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015, starting at Skypark in Scotts Valley, CA. The event is hosted by the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and is the organization’s largest fundraiser. Riders will be escorted into the ride by Scotts Valley Police and welcomed back at Skypark with a barbeque lunch. Derek Timm, president of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation says “The Mountain Charlie Challenge is one of the most scenic rides in our area, but it’s not just a great ride, it’s for a great cause. From the challenging hills on Mountain Charlie Road, to the scenic strawberry fields in Pajaro, riders of all types can participate. By adding the 5K run/walk, the event is truly ideal for individuals and families.”
  • The 2015 Roswell Cycling Festival will be adding craft beer tasting and mountain bike events to this year’s event. The 14th annual event, scheduled for April 25-26, will have mountain bike races at Big Creek Park in addition to the featured road racing. In addition, a Craft Beer Tasting will be part of the popular Historic Roswell Criterium event on Sunday in Historic Roswell, with 11 participating restaurants. roswellcyclingfestival.com
  • Polar Bottle and the U.S. Olympic Committee announce Polar Bottle as official water bottle licensee of Team USA. his is the largest multi-sport affinity agreement in the history of Polar Bottle, a leading U.S. brand of insulated reusable water bottles.
  • The 2015 BIKE MADRID LISBON Traverse is almost fully booked. Only a few spots are still available for the start of this epic ride. This traverse, that established itself as one of the most spectacular and difficult bike crossings, traverses the mountain ranges of the Iberian Peninsula with over 1000 km of pure adventure with the advantage of finishing on the most-western point of Europe and riding the last km next to magnificent cliff trails by the Atlantic Ocean. Visit bikemadridlisbon.com for more information.
  • Sugoi Introduces 60 Day Comfort Guarantee – After building some of the finest cycling shorts for men and women over the last 25 years, Sugoi is backing up a comfort guarantee or consumers can get their money back. Purchase a short from their men and women’s RSE, RS PRO, Evolution, RPM, Neo, RSX, and RPM-X Collections, and if within 60 days, you’re not fully satisfied with the comfort of the garment, you’ll be able to return the product to the retailer from which it was purchased, with proof of purchase for a complete refund or exchange. Visit sugoi.com for more information.
  • Are you a professional level cyclist racing in UCI sanctioned races? The CPA, the professional riders association, officially represents the riders and defends their rights at the highest level of cycling governance. The CPA Delegate’s presence will be positive for the riders, but also the other stakeholders: the race organization, teams, and the UCI. For more information visit cpacycling.com.
  • Live in England? Over 700 RIDERS have already entered the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive on the 29th March 2015. They’re closing in quickly on the event and it may fill up so register soon to save money and ensure your entry.
  • Here’s your last reminder of our Club Ride giveaway contest that ends tonight. If you haven’t already, take the survey to enter for a chance to win a pair of baggy riding shorts from Club Ride.

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