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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

sharn, ironman cairns

  • From Paul of Berry Mountain Cycles in Australia: “Meet Sharn (above), she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease at 30 years old. One year on she’s doing Ironman Cairns with the assistance of her pilot Craig. We met her the other day with her Custom Greenspeed über chariot which has been kitted out kindly by Shimano with Di2 because she is not able to change gear with traditional shifters. Specialized US organised a Tarmac SL4 for Craig.  She’s an incredible women and I find it inspirational that her entire team are so positive! She has a killer smile and sense of humour. This for me is what riding bikes is all about, it can be tough right! But shit it’s fun. I’m so glad we’re fortunate enough to work with people like this – this is bikes. Her mission is to compete Ironman Cairns and raise awareness of MND. I’d love it if you could share her photo and her story. www.shining4sharn.org.au
  • Seven cyclists will be riding 3,000 miles across the USA this summer to raise awareness and funds for wounded military and their families. Follow their progress as they leave on June 4th here, and donate here.
  • …Ollie Blackmore is aiming to ride half that distance solo and unsupported, about 2,300 kilometers, around Vancouver Island this summer to raise money for two cancer charities: The British Columbia Cancer Foundation and The Big C. You can help support his causes here.
  • This Sunday, May 18th, Atlanta Streets Alive will be taking over Peachtree Street from 2-6pm. Come out for a variety of fun planned activities or to just enjoy the traffic-less street!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be selling their demo bikes at the Road Magazine event at the end of Stage 6 of the ATOC in Santa Clarita, CA, this weekend May 16th and 17th.
  • Ciamillo is offering $100 off their road calipers until May 23rd.
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park is excited to announce that today, May 16th, is opening day!
  • Kinoko Cycles, formerly Tokyo Fixed, has released a journal – you can pick up a free copy at their shop in London, or read an online version here.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Red Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!
  • Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.
  • Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).
  • PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.
  • Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.
  • Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.
  • Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.
  • Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.
  • Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.
  • The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UK
  • Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.
  • Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.
  • This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.
  • The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina.

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Video: Come Hell or High Water, The Tall Bike Conquers All

In this clip ffrom a local Florida news station, the reporters are imploring residents to stay off the roads to avoid the hazardous flood conditions which have left vehicles stranded throughout the region…..and wait for it, wait for it, or just skip ahead to the ~40 second mark.

Special thanks to Shawn and the UCSC Bike Coop for the tip!

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Snapguide, an online how-to community, is launching a bike-hack contest next week in honor of Bike To Work Month. Upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.
  • Enter to win a knog Blinder Arc 1.7 & Bouncer U-Lock by liking their FB page and telling them how many lumens the Blinder 1.7 outputs.
  • Rickshaw Bagworks is offering 15% off their products to get ready for Bike Month with coupon code BIKEMONTH at checkout. Offer ends May 9th.
  • Tonight, May 2nd, Mission Workshop is hosting a talk by Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks from 7-10pm.
  • Culprit Bicycles will be expoing at the Wildflower Triathlon in Bradley, CA, this weekend. All models will be on display and available for test rides. Test riders will get 5% off any bike order.
  • The Sugar Showdown is heading to Burlington, WA, May 9-11th. This women-led, women-focused bike event will include one day of Mountain bike coaching and one day of competition at the new indoor Burlington Bike Park.
  • There’s been a lot of talk about cycling is the new golf for entrepreneurs.
  • These new socks from DeFeet would make great hand-ups!
  • Pedalers Pub & Grille wants you to know they are not a restaurant – they are a bicycle and multi-sport tour operator servicing Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Alaska, Hawaii and the Yukon. They are highlighting their Bali Paradise Ride which they offer March through October.
  • The Cycling House has added a Glacier National Park tour for their 2014 season, in addition to their bicycle camps in the Western U.S., and Europe.
  • Velo Tours has partnered with Après Vélo to produce annual Après Vélo cycling tours to South Africa, the Tour de France and the Tour Down Under. Get in touch here for more info.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • The 2014 Heck of the North, a 100 mile gravel cycling classic in Two Harbors, Minnesota, will be held Saturday, October 4th. Video above of last year’s ride.
  • Voting is now open for the Central region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 4th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the West Coast: Flagstaff Biking Organization, who will use the winnings for building beginner and intermediate trails at the Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Dero has announced the two finalists in the Dero Dream Bike Room Contest. Bike Texas of Austin, and the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh are vying for the chance to win $7,500 in bike storage solutions from Dero and an additional $1,000 to decorate a bike room of their dreams. Vote for the winner here until April 30th.
  • Buy a foot of trail for $5 through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship program and be entered to win a Santa Cruz bike of your choice.
  • Next weekend, former President George W. Bush will be hosting the 4th Annual W100K Mountain Bike Ride on his ranch in Crawford, TX.
  • Intense Cycles announces the 2014 IntensApalooza, July 11-13th at Mammoth Mountain, CA.
  • Winston-Salem, NC, has landed an elite cycling center which is in the running to become an official U.S. Olympic Cycling training center.
  • Reliance Foundry, a North American supplier of commercial bike racks, is awarding $5,000 in biking equipment to the cyclist who “can most cleverly articulate how biking to work has changed their life, or how they think cycling to work could change their or their coworkers’ or employees’ lives.” Read more about the contest and how to enter here. Submissions must be made by May 14th.
  • Bike Tours Portugal, a luxury bike tour operator, is offering 30% off their Blue Coast tour for June 21-28th. Their small group tours are supported by a trailer outfitted with bike supplies, luggage storage, a bathroom, and a kitchen where their private chef will fix your meals during the day.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
  • In celebration of  Earth Day, Timbuk2 has announced their Life Cycle program, an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags.
  • It’s not too late to celebrate Earth Day with DeFeet. Their offer of 25% off site-wide is good until April 27th with code EARTH at checkout.
  • A little light reading for your weekend with: A Practical Analysis of Unsteady Flow Around a Bicycle Wheel, Fork and Partial Frame Using CFD. The Cliff’s Notes version: the aerodynamics of a wheel changes in relation to what it’s fixed to; fork and wheel combo is important; or, nothing is what you think it is…

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

 chris king gourmet centuries

  • 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