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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Moots is offering one of their bikes as prize for your donation to help their local trial builders pay for a Single Track Specialty Machine. Buy a raffle ticket for $50 (only 250 offered) and you’ll be entered to win a Moots Rogue Ybb.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has issued an Action Alert asking for your help to tell the USDOT that it is important to you to have a national transportation goal with standards that make biking and walking a safe alternative to driving.
  • MTBparks.com has announced the MTBParks Pass, which gives riders deals at a collection of North America’s Best Bike Parks for the summer 2014 riding season. Deals include: “free lift tickets upon first visit at a growing list North America’s Best Bike Parks, discounted lift tickets upon subsequent visits at many participating parks (discount rates will vary), bike shop and rental discounts, exclusive lodging packages and more all for one low price with no blackout dates…”
  • The Indiana University Little 500 Bike Races will be held April 25-26th. Tickets to watch the races in Bill Armstrong Stadium are on sale now with proceeds raising money for student scholarships.
  • This is happening May 16-18th in Santa Fe, NM.
  • The Fourth Annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York will be May 18th, 2014.
  • Bike Day in Canada is May 26th. Click here to find or organize events in your city.
  • The 2014 Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held June 7-8. The ride will be on a closed 15km circuit around the Pentagon, Crystal City, and the Air Force Memorial. Online registration is open and closes May 31st.
  • The Next Great Trip is offering a new way to witness the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado on August 17-24. They’re offering a trip which includes private charter flights between stages, 5-star accommodations, VIP bus ride with the peloton, even your chance to ride some of the stages before the race. Hosted by Ron Keifel, you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Colorado’s great race. Package starts at $9,500.
  • Cenoté is giving away an Annual Parks Pass for the U.S. National Parks. Like their FB page to enter and one lucky winner will be chosen on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  • Mavic is asking for feedback on their road tires.
  • Après Vélo is having their Easter clearance sale with prices starting at $3.95. Sale ends April 21st.
  • Add a tin of Embrocation and a pound of Dutch Coffee to your Road Holland order for just $19 with code SPRING20.
  • Eaton Bikes in Key West, Florida, will take care of your bike rental needs.
  • …and we could all use a Lucky Brake.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Magisto, a cloud-based movie and photo editing service (think GoPro!), has teamed up with Sea Otter for a Movie Contest. Upload and edit your movies and photos from Sea Otter 2014 (like the one above made by Dennis) and the movies that are watched the most will win GoPro and cycling gear.
  • Erik’s Bike Shop with 21 locations in MN and WI is currently hiring for two new retail store locations in the Milwaukee, WI, market.
  • Enter to win one of two Coyle’s custom wood bicycle helmets.
  • The Veglo is a wearable bike light with crossing fiber optic straps that are supposed to help drivers judge their distance from the bike rider. It is on Kickstarter.
  • MapMyTracks now offers live sports event tracking/broadcasting so you can follow your athlete in real time.
  • Join Atlanta Streets Alive on April 20th as three streets in Historic West End are closed to cars and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists. Enjoy local shops and eateries, music events, and either watch or participate in the bicycle parade.
  • The Second Annual JoyRide in honor of Laurey Masterton in Asheville, NC, will be held May 17th at Carrier Park. We like her motto: Don’t Postpone Joy.
  • West Coast voting is now open for the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends April 20th and winner for that region will be announced April 21st.
  • Quintana Roo has announced a bike rental program for the IRONMAN race series in North America, starting with the May 17th IRONMAN Texas.
  • Want to explore New Zealand by mountain bike? Check out this video by Discover New Zealand and mountain bike tour operator JustMTB.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Chris King will open registration on April 1st for it’s three 2014 Gourmet Centuries. Three ride destinations to select from and each will have gourmet food prepared by renowned chefs selected by Chris DeMinno – if you’re a foodie, these rides will not disappoint! Bend, OR, June 14th; Portland, OR, July 26th; Sonoma, CA, October 18th.
  • Cycology Gear has introduced three new t-shirt designs: Bike Partisan, Life Spent Leaning on Bars & One Track Mind, and as always, free shipping worldwide!
  • Revolights is taking pre-orders for it’s Revolights Arc on Kickstarter for $79.
  • Who knew that the future of retail could be shaped by the trials of the independent bike shop? There’s a new book out called Leading Out Retail: A Creative Look at Bicycle Retail and What All Retailers Can Learn From It, written by Donny Perry, Global Development Manager for Specialized Bikes.
  • Calfee is having an open house on Tuesday, April 8th, at their facility in Selva Beach, CA, from 3-8pm. They’re inviting everyone to come by for a look, a drink, and to stay for the sunset on their private beach. Bring the family and a picnic!
  • Registration for the Chiltern Cycling Festival in Amersham, UK, on July 13th is filling up fast. Check out their website for information on all five rides – there’s something for everyone.
  • Cyclehack aims to make cities more cycle friendly by reducing barriers to cyclists via a two-day cycle hack event June 20-22nd. Suggest your cycle hack and it it will be entered in their catalogue for everyone to use.
  • Art’s Cyclery has introduced a web series called Cross Training For Cyclists led by co-owner Eric Benson who has an M.S. in Kinesiology.
  • Test ride a Felt bicycle from now until April 15th at a Felt dealer and fill out a short questionnaire about your ride and you will be entered in Felt’s Ride To Hawaii – with 561 prizes to be given away, including one trip for two to Hawaii to spectate at the 2014 Ironman World Championships.
  • Dmitry Solominsky is riding his bike solo from Seattle, WA, to Yorktown, VA, this summer to raise awareness and funds for Hope For The Warriors. To find out more and to donate, go here.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Chrome just launched a more commuter/walker friendly version of their hardcore boot. The new 415 Urban Work Boot is for people that like the look of a factory worker but want something soft and instantly broken in. These are just that, but maintain an oiled full grain leather upper, Storm breathable waterproof protection and a sneaker-like sole. Retail is $130.
  • Handsome Cycles will be throwing the 5th edition of the Cutters Ball on February 22nd, 2014 at their HQ in downtown Minneapolis. This year they have added the first annual Shop Bike Shootout to the card with a closed course brakeless banked ice race. The winners will take home prizes from Handsome Cycles, Chrome Industries and Bern Unlimited.
  • Road Holland has announced their sponsorship of the Bike Virginia Tour June 20-25th, 2014. Multiple route options are available for the tour that will be rolling through the regions of Chesterfield to Williamsburg. Single day, weekend, or full 6-day tour options are available.
  • PS- Get 20% Off Road Holland apparel today, Valentine’s Day, with promo code “FLOWER20″.
  • NAHBS will be partnering with Trips For Kids Charlotte to collect donations of “dusty not rusty” bikes, parts, and money during the show.
  • Kat Sweet has announced this years’ Sugar Shred Camp, a mountain bike training clinic exclusively for women will be held in Portland, Oregon, on February 28 – March 2, 2014. The event will include one evening of personalized coaching at the Lumberyard Indoor Mountain Bike Park and three days of bike-related events.
  • The Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego will be celebrating cycling in Italian style on April 6, 2014. The event will have three routes (34, 56 and 105 miles), well-stocked food stops, and a post-ride Italian feast from award-winning San Diego restaurant Acqua AL2.
  • Cycling Sports Group UK will launch the Guru Bike Fit Experience in the UK market this week through three pilot retail partners: Leisure Lakes (Daventry) who have the system in store this week, Tri UK (Yeovil) and Hoops Velo (Farnham).
  • A letter from The League of American Bicyclists: Last year, the Safe Streets Act (HR 2468) was introduced in the House – and the bill is gaining momentum. Last week, the same bill (S 2004) was introduced in the Senate. The timing is critical because both the House and Senate are drafting transportation bills – and we need complete streets to be included! We were so close in 2012, when the Senate passed a bill including complete streets – but it was stripped out by the House. With bi-partisan support in the House and growing support nationwide, now is the time to make it happen in 2014. Please ask your Senators and Representative to Support the Safe Streets Act today
  • And…the most random PR in our inbox this week: First Sign Hair Clip – a clip you wear in your hair that detects impact (punch, slap, kick, aggressive shake) through an accelerometer, calls for help via bluetooth, and warns your attacker that they are being monitored.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Reza Pakravan has returned from an 11,000 mile/102 day bike journey from Norway to South Africa riding a Koga Signature World Traveler with a Rohloff internally geared hub and Gates Carbon Drive, pictured above. Read more about his trip here.
  • 15 year-old Sam Rukeyser is going on his own bike tour this summer from Portland, OR, to NYC. He’s going to document his 3,800 mile trek on video for a documentary which he’d like your help to produce.
  • Interested in a bike tour, but on a smaller scale than Reza’s and Sam’s? Ellee Thalheimer has just written a new book called “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”
  • This year’s fundraiser for Trips For Kids of WNC is a raffle to win an I-9 Wheelset and a Cane Creek 110 Headset - your choice of colors. Tickets are $25 and only 100 tickets will be sold!
  • Events for Raleigh’s 2nd Annual Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival have been announced. Held over 10 days in April, the event seeks to sustain and promote bicycle culture in Raleigh, NC, and includes bike rides, art shows, fundraising, and more!
  • Yuba Bikes has posted two parts of a three-part educational series on how to travel by bike with your children in tow. Part three will be posted next week.
  • Cycle Monkey has recently expanded it’s suspension services for dealers and individuals. Check their website for more information.
  • Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group, will be leading a free webinar about power training on Tuesday, February 18th starting at 8pm EST.
  • Universal Sports Network will present a schedule of 23 international cycling events in 2014 both on air and live-streaming. Check out the schedule of events and times after the break.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Photo from 2012′s 24hrs of Old Pueblo

  • Registration is closed for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, but here’s your chance to snag a Duo Male Registration and help raise money to help a young mother fight pancreatic cancer. Joshua and his partner can’t make it to the race, so they’re auctioning their tickets (worth $225, but priceless since the race is sold out!). The race is February 14-16th in Tucson, AZ, but the auction ends tomorrow night!
  • Time is almost up to get a race tee along with your registration for Southern Cross! February 9th is the last day to register and get your t-shirt, Feb. 19th is the last day to actually register for this CX event that’s also the first race of the 2014 American UltraCross Championship Series. The race is Saturday, Feb. 22nd, at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA.
  • The Circle Summer Bike Fest will be held March 27 – 30th in Bankok, Thailand, at The Circle Ratchapruk plaza. The event is organized as a way to bring together cyclists, to promote the use of bicycles for transportation and exercise and how to use them safely.
  • Alessio Timperanza has developed a fantasy bike racing program called FantaBike for those of you who can’t get enough racing… It’s originally in Italian, but is translated into passable English
  • Dr Luca Lo Sicco is cycling from London to Athens this July to raise awareness for the return of the Parthenon’s Marbles from the British Museum back to Greece. More info here.
  • Is your baby a super-fan? Now you can dress them like one. Race-Baby has all the gear your tyke needs to show their true colors.
  • Swobo and All Hail The Black Market are presenting a “Bicycle Derelict Art” show at Nowheresville in San Francisco opening at 6pm on February 8th.
  • Reynolds Cycling announces their new website with interactive wheel selector among other improvements.
  • Culprit Cycles is excited to announce sponsorship of Olympic triathlete Radka Vodickova for the 2014 season.
  • The League of American Bicyclists reports that a bi-partisan bill in Congress, introduced by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians, and boost funding for bike/ped projects low-income communities. Take action now – tell your member of Congress to support H.R. 3978!
  • …and totally random non-cycling PR in our inbox this week: Sticky Shoes – double-sided tape insoles that allow you to remain upright in your 6″ heels. Yep.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Brompton’s 2014 World Championships will be held at Goodwood Motor Circuit and Aerodrome near Chichester, UK, on July 26-27th.
  • This years’ Muir’s Ride will be May 15-18th and cover 200 miles following the footsteps of naturalist John Muir from the Bay Area to Yosemite National Park. This ride is fully supported and raises money for the Restore Hetch Hetchy organization. For more information and to register, go here.
  • Racer-X has announced 2014′s Enduro-X race series dates, including a new Summit-X benefit race.
  • Hincapie Sports has announced it’s 2014 Spring Racing Series dates for Greenville, SC.
  • Road.cc’s Fantasy Cycling league is back this year with prizes awarded by sponsor Wiggle. The season begins January 21st with the start of the Tour Down Under.
  • Rouleur’s “Rouleur Centenary Tour de France,” a special issue highlighting the 100th Tour de France in photography and special articles, is now available to preview and purchase.
  • Dash Cycles is having a sale on all of their padded saddles through January 22nd in honor of their new website going live. Saddles will be marked down to $399 from $465. See Tyler’s review of their Strike 9 saddle here.
  • Plotaroute.com is a brand new free online route planner that you can use to map and measure routes, specifically aimed at walkers, runners and cyclists.
  • There’s a petition on Change.org that asks the Georgia Bicycle Racing Association to reinstate 3 Junior Female categories to the 2014 State Championships. This is an important thing to do if we want to encourage our young female cyclists. To find out more and to sign the petition go here.
  • Giving back just got easier. KindHuman, the company that came up with the Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship, just substantially lowered the price of their carbon Kampionne to help get people on bikes, and give back. Originally $1924 for the frameset, they are now selling for $1495.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Registration is open for Southern Cross 2014! The season opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships will be held on February 22nd in Dahlonega, Georgia, on the beautiful grounds of the Montaluce Winery.
  • Registration opens on January 14th at 12 pm (noon) EST for the 37th Annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour. This is a bucket list bike tour of New York’s 5 boroughs that is great fun to do with groups or with your family. All 32,000 spots sell out FAST, so be ready!
  • Sacred Rides has launched new bring your partner trips, ”that mountain bikers and their non-biking companions can enjoy together.”
  • IndieWire has an exclusive previewof Girl on a Bicycle – a romantic comedy that debuts in select theaters on Valentine’s Day.
  • Specialized S-Works Evade Cycling Helmet has been recalled in Australia due to an issue with the strap hanger – more info here.
  • Flip Belt may not be cycling specific, but it does look useful.
  • Look Cycles is seeking 675 road bike owners to give a little testimonial about their bike. In return, they’re giving away some pretty sweet prizes, including front row seats at this year’s Tour de France!
  • And, taking the award for best non-cycling press release to land in our inbox this week: “Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on Aircraft-guided Flight.” …Just thought you’d like to know all 8 of them made the trip safely. There are only 600 of these birds in the world.