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  • Yuba Bicycles make carrying kids fun, safe and easy because they are purpose-built for doing just that. And now, Yuba is coming to your town! Come see “What a Bicycle Can Do” at the Yuba Bicycles Power-up Bike Tour. See their Facebook page page for more information on meet-up locations and a map of the tour’s route.
  • Speaking of bikes to carry your kids around, here is your chance to win a Buddy Bike or other adaptive bicycle for your special needs child. Choose the bike you want to win, submit your entry with a picture of your child with special needs along with a short explanation why your child needs an adaptive bike and get 50 nominations by MARCH 4 to be entered in the drawing to win. Contest begins February 10th so Click Here to Enter or Donate.
  • This is your last reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
  • Showers Pass is very pleased to announce that it has signed on as an annual sponsor of the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson saw the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis firsthand as he watched a 20-year-old friend suffer from the disease. Bike MS is for cyclists of all abilities and anyone seeking a personal challenge and a world free of multiple sclerosis.
  • KEEN Unveils New Season of KEEN Effect Program – After its successful inaugural season of the 2014 KEEN Effect, the company is announcing its second year of the KEEN Effect program to support non-profits globally. For 2015, the KEEN Effect II will award 10 grants to non-profits around the world. To learn more about the KEEN Effect II, please check out: keeneffect.com or contact keeneffect@keenfootwear.com.
  • If you’re a bicycle brand, component brand or bike shop and want to be included in our LINKS LIST pages, please check to see if you’re there and if not, use the Submit Tips form to send us your brand name, phone and website. For Bike shops, include your city and state.

Lots more below…

Culprit Cycles US ambassador program 2015

  • Culprit Cycles continues its push into the states and is looking for you to help represent them. They’re seeking racers with a flair for the social and an active local and regional presence. You’ll be expected to tell your story online through social media or blogs with images and words, remain active in your local cycling or triathlon clubs and hit at least five races per year. In exchange for helping spread the word, they’re offering a solid deal on a new bike and credit for any new sales leads in your area.
  • Commencal is having a SALE! The sales started on January 7th and ends on the 17th of February.
  • Here’s some big news in the world of bike share programs, which are in many major metropolitan areas of the USA. Alta Bicycle Share is now Motivate, the global bike share leader bringing unparalleled experience in building and operating large, complex bike share systems. Motivate oversees all of the largest bike share systems in the United States, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bike Share in Washington D.C, Hubway in Boston, and Bay Area Bike Share in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • A fellow mountain biker was involved in a dirt bike accident resulting in his pelvis being broken in three places, multiple surgeries and a lot of bills. Some of his friends have started a crowd funding campaign to help him out. Here is there like to his GoFundME campaign.
  • Attention lady cyclists: The Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series emerges in the women’s mountain bike scene as the up-and-coming clinic series of 2015. With locations that span across the Rocky Mountain region and into the Midwest, the VIDA MTB Series’ mission is to foster a passion among women for riding bikes through the highest quality instruction, and create a lifelong community of riders.
  • Interested in some really high altitude stage racing? It probably doesn’t get any more challenging than the Yak Ru in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal from 30 March till 12 April, 2015. The Yak Ru is among the toughest stage races in the world, covering 240 kilometers and altitudes of 5416 meters in just five cycling days. yakru.com
  • In 2014 Green Guru used 16 tons (!!!) of old junk like old bicycle tubes, neoprene, climbing rope, vinyl billboard and other materials destined for the landfill. With it they create unique and functional messenger bags, backpacks, wallets and other gear. If you’re in the Salt Lake City area (perhaps for the Outdoor Retailer trade show) then head to their after party on January 22nd at Swarm Design. Hang out and check out the 2015 Green Guru product line.
  • The Santos Tour Down Under starts this weekend in Australia. The Universal Sports Network is presenting LIVE daily television and online coverage January 18 to 24. Following the one day of the tour’s People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, LIVE coverage of the six-day stage race will begin on Monday, January 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Yesterday marked the start of the first Snow Epic, taking place in the Swiss Alps. Over 117 riders hailing from more than 20 different countries embarked on Stage 1 of the race, consisting of a 30 km lap on icy terrain. VEE Tire Co., Snow Epic’s exclusive tire sponsor, has been on site for days, checking tire pressure, answering questions, and distributing their renowned Fat Tires.
  • Budnitz Bicycles is giving away this (pic below) custom titanium bike with the new Carbon Drive Red belt. Budnitz will ship the bike to one winner anywhere in the world. Check it out and get a link to enter the random drawing on The Belted Blog.


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