Hitchhike like a Nederlander with Yellow Backsie

Hitchhike like a Nederlander with Yellow Backsie
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all photos courtesy of Yellow Backie

If you’ve ever been to Amsterdam, or really just read about the city on any bike-related site, it will be clear to you that this is a city overrun by bikes. While many cities around the world talk about trying to encourage more people to get around by bike, Amsterdam is a the place where this has been taken to the extreme. It’s said that there are actually more bikes in the city than people, and with so many people cycling it has  actually made it sometimes harder to get around town on foot, especially for out-of-towners. So local bike tour and rental company Yellow Bike has come up with a new campaign called Yellow Backie, where you can hitch a free ride with anyone riding around town with a yellow rack on their bike, and it seems like it is taking off. Hop on, and across the break for a closer look and a video about how to get in on the fun…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Start Biking More: It’s All About the Love for the Bike – The votes came in across social media and Massachusetts 5th grader Caleb Piehl was crowned the winner of  Saris Cycling Group’s 5th annual fifth grade poster contest with his representation of what elementary school students love about cycling. Caleb will be flown to D.C. for the 2016 National Bike Summit to be recognized for his #LongForTheRide inspired artwork, and to join other attendees in celebrating biking. In addition Saris will provide 20 more bike parking space for Caleb’s school in Somerville, MA. To learn more and get your kid’s school in on the contest next year, go to: SarisPosterContest.com

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Taking on the Three Peaks with Brian Vernor and a Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc

Taking on the Three Peaks with Brian Vernor and a Ritchey Swiss Cross Disc
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images courtesy of Ritchey. original photo by @chippschippendale

Ritchey just published a nice conversation on their site that they had with filmmaker and photographer Brian Vernor after he came back to LA from finishing the Yorkshire Dales classic Three Peaks Cyclocross race. Vernor completed the 53rd annual event earlier this fall aboard his custom finished, custom built Swiss Cross Disc. He is in the process of putting together a documentary about the full experience, and in the meantime we’ll settle for a teaser of what’s to come. Click through for a closer look at his bike, a link through to the interview, and for another video teaser from Vernor…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Win One (or Two) of the World’s Safest Bikes for your Kid – All you need to enter is to share the contest on Facebook or Twitter and fill out a registration form. Then if you tag a friend and you win, they get a free bike too! Winners will get to choose from one of Gaurdian’s 20″ kids bikes, each equipped with SureStop anti-endo brakes, a low center of gravity, and a light frame to make them easy for kids to handle and enjoy. The contest runs until December 15, with the promise to deliver the bike by Christmas. GuardianBikes.com

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Sustainable Trails Coalition lobbying for a reasoned review of Wilderness bike access

Sustainable Trails Coalition lobbying for a reasoned review of Wilderness bike access

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With the tagline of Fix America’s Trail System, the Sustainable Trails Coalition has been working to reawaken debate on trail access in designated Wilderness areas. It seems that they are gathering steam, raising awareness, and getting more press with a draft bill they’ve authored to update the Wilderness Act of 1964, which has been interpreted since the 1970s to institute a blanket ban on all bikes in Wilderness areas, arguably contrary to the original intent of the legislation. Their newly proposed draft bill is currently being shopped around in D.C., looking for a congressional sponsor to put it up for discussion. Read past the break for the Coalition’s thoughts and why some like IMBA won’t be getting onboard…

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Ride Sheffield is Crowdfunding Trails Again

Ride Sheffield is Crowdfunding Trails Again
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photo by Richard Baybutt, courtesy of Ride Sheffield

Earlier this year the folks of trail advocacy group Ride Sheffield completed what they are calling the “first and currently only crowd funded mountain bike trail in the UK, possibly the world” at Lady Canning’s Plantation. After the massive success of that process and the resulting trails they are at it again, this time at above the Redmires Resevoirs just a couple of miles away on the between Stannage Edge and the city of Sheffield. Working together with the local city council, they’ve solicited private donations to build premium flow style trails that add more links in the local trail systems. Jump past the fold for more info on both old and new trail projects, how to donate to build new trails, and a video with a bunch of the stake holders and a peek at the trails…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Hit the Trails in the Austrian Alps with the Four Peaks Race  – Next summer will be the fourth edition of the four-day Four Peaks mountain bike stage race (presented by Protective & Bike) and another chance to take in the amazing scenery that makes up the Salzburg and Tyrol Alps in Austria. Four days of racing at Saalfelden, Leogang, and Kirchberg explores some of the Europe’s best mountain biking. From June 15-18, a max of 1,000 riders will tackle a 207km course with 8,143m of climbing. Registration is limited and opens on Tuesday, Nov 24th. Bike-FourPeaks.de

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Photographer Justin Olsen Auctions a Print of and for Paul Basagoitia – To raise money to help Paul on his road to recovery after his recent Rampage crash, Olsen is auctioning off a single limited edition canvas print of a photo he has captured, and which marked a major career milestone for Paul. All production costs were covered by Paul’s Scott team, and all proceeds will go to his Road to Recovery fund. Only two prints of this photo will be made, one to the winner and one to Paul himself. Head over to Ebay to get in on it, as there are just 2 days left.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Mountain Bike Pioneers webcast with Mike Sinyard – For the fourth in Mission Workshop and Bike Magazine’s Ask a Founder series, Mike Sinyard of Specialized will take user suggested questions on the early days and growth of mountain biking. Join in by asking Mike a question on twitter using #AskSinyard. Tune in live on Saturday, Oct 10 at 7PM PST on Bikemag.com. There is limited space to join live at Mission Workshop in San Francisco, so email if interested to secure a spot: RSVP@missionworkshop.com.

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