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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • How BMXers Work – BMX pro Daniel Dhers and his eponymous Action Sports Complex got featured in a new documentary called How We Work looking at the relationship between individuals and their work spaces by office and school furniture maker OFM. It offers a nice outside perspective of a pro bike rider from a non-cycling source. Check out more on the series from OFM for their 20th anniversary.



  • Kitsbow Offers Big Giveaways in the name of their Steamboat Ralleye Fall Adventure – Kitsbow has teamed up with Niner and Big Agnes to giveaway the ultimate adventure kit. Start with a Niner RLT 9, then add in a Big Agnes tent, chair, and pad, plus a bunch of great kit from Kitsbow’s line-up for a full adventure setup for any journey. Register to win over at Kitsbow.com.
  • Design the next Unframed Nutcase – For the third year, Nutcase Helmets is putting a call out to designers from around the world to submit designs for their limited edition Unframed Collection, that showcases the work of artists and creatives to help raise money for World Bicycle Relief. Winners will see their design make it into production, will win a $500 cash prize, and may join Nutcase next year at Eurobike or Interbike to create original art at the show to auction off for WBR. Submit a design to the Nutcase judges by November 30, by downloading a template from their site and adding your art.


  • Buy a Bottle Trap and Enter to Win a Wheelset – For every one of the 14 assorted color Bottle Trap cages purchased from now until November 23 online, direct from Velocity USA, you’ll be entered to win a choice of any of Velocity’s US-built wheelsets. For $7 you get a 35g American-made composite cage that Velocity says holds all sorts of bottles securely. VelocityUSA.com
  • Four Young Cyclists are going to Win an Adventure – Adventure Cycling Association’s Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program enters its third year, with four winners getting the chance to join in on one of their educational courses, to win bikes, gear, and more. Two categories will give out awards – Intro to Bike Travel and Outdoor Leadership – with recipients taking what they’ve learned back to their local community outreach to promote bicycle touring. Applications closes on December 31. More info and applications are at AdventureCycling.org.

Advocacy & Community

  • Go Green in Santa Monica with Breeze Bike Share – The new bike share system put 500 bikes under city residents this week via 75 hubs for an active, affordable, and sustainable way to get around Santa Monica. Breeze Bike Share is just one way Santa Monica is working to improve the community’s quality of life and encourage a healthy lifestyle. It’s a natural progression for the city that has shown leadership in promoting sustainability for more than 2o years. Find out more and join in at BreezeBikeShare.com.
  • Park Tool Launches their Community Grant Program – Park is happy to introduce a new program to help outfit local non-profit cycling organizations. The program will fill the shops of ten worthy non-profit programs. Each will get over $1,400 in Park Tools including: 1 Pro Mechanic Tool Kit, 2 Portable Repair Stands, and Park’s Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair. Grant applications are being accepted until December 31 over at ParkTool.com, with winners to be announced mid-January.
  • Top Women Bike Execs took to D.C. with PeopleForBikes to Spread some Bike Love – Last week, PeopleForBikes brought an all-women group to Washington to help make biking better in America. They met with members of congress, senior staff, and influential stakeholders to help move forward pro-bike business and industry goals, discussing issues like: continued bike infrastructure funding in transportation funding, trade and tariff related issues, bike eligibility in the TIGER grant program, among others. Find out more of the good fight they are doing at PeopleForBikes.org.

Why We Ride

  • SealSkinz’s #IAmEndurance series asks What Does Endurance Mean to You? –  SealSkinz is putting out a new hashtag across several platforms and just released the first in a series of short films with inspirational insight into people who have overcome challenges to reach their cycling potential. This first video features Sandy Plenty, a 36-year-old British man who was diagnosed at 3 with primary pulmonary hypertension in his heart and lungs. By 11, Sandy was really into sport, but was discouraged from competition because of his fragile health and regular hospital visits. Despite that, he found mountain biking and eventually rode himself off of the organ transplant list and into national competition. Keep at eye on #IAmEndurance over at Youtube as SealSkinz adds more stories.
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