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QBP et al. open diverse applications for Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship – The Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its fifth year. QBP & their industry supporters are offering 32 slots for women in the 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at UBI in Ashland, OR this year. Recipients will get full tuition+lodging+stipend at the program in either Jan/Feb or Oct 2018. Applications are essentially open to any non-males working in US bike shops from now until the end of October. QBP.com
Enter to win a part of Harry’s Hoard while supporting a cycling family – So this kind of contest is something we’d probably share in any case on this Friday format. But Jonas Johnson was the friendly bike nerd and 12-year product specialist over at Chris King that worked with much of the industry to build crazy custom bikes. Having succumbed to a rare degenerative bone marrow disease this summer, the industry chipped in a bunch of custom kit to raffle off and raise money for his young family. At the top of the pile is this sweet Santa Cruz 5010, but there’s plenty more from Oakley, Moots, Fox & more. Find out how to buy raffle tickets at: HarrysHoard.com
Glory Gears champs starts Nov 1, with a big Cash Purse & more prizes – We covered the Glory Gears cycling strategy board game based off the film Breaking Awaywhen it was a Kickstarter. Then a month ago we saw that the game was getting a real-world Colorado championship competition across 24 individual bike shop events offering nights of play with tons of prizes on offer. Well, Colorado players just got even more to win with a $7000 cash purse being added on as well as the winner’s Colnago road bike. Lots more info can be found over at: MindMeltGames.com
Gear & Deals
Save 20% on PeakCX race wheels with Next Cycling – In celebration of the middle of cyclocross season as well as the amazing fall foliage that is ‘peaking’ in Next’s Vermont home, they’re running a special 20% discount deal on anything in their online store. Simply use the code #PeakCX at checkout to roll away on any wheelset on offer, now through the end of October. NextCycling.com
Save up to 50% on bikes, parts & kit from 8bar – From Oct 18-28 8bar bikes is clearing stock and offering big discounts. Either in their online store or in the Berlin showroom, you’ll find half off deals on complete bikes, framesets, limited edition team clothing, and select components. Everything is gone for good once it sells, so act fast. 8bar-bikes.com
JET Roll is new again with a deal on a Super Sabre 2.0 – The newly updated $60 JET Roll III Super Sabre 2.0 gets a new premium synthetic leather body material in Scandium Silver and Azurite Blue and a premium nylon strap with stainless steel buckle in black or gray. (The mountain bike Aardvark 2.0 gets the same tech in a slightly larger format.) Haul Just Enough Tools under the saddle for $10 off for a limited time with the secret access code FLY at: JustEnoughTools.com
Find the SmartHalo in the Apple Store now – We covered the SmartHalo when it went through crowdfunding almost two years ago. It’s on the market now, and the Montreal-based startup behind the $150 smart/connected navigation & track device just shared with us that they secured a deal to sell it both through Apple.com and at all of the Apple retail stores in the USA & Canada. That’s a bit of a coup for a little colorful round handlebar device that we spotted when it was just a twinkle in its Kickstarter’s eye. SmartHalo.bike
Cory has been writing about mountain bikes, enduro, cyclocross, all-road, gravel bikes & bikepacking on and off for over 25 years, since before several of these even had names in our industry.
Prior to that (and at times, concurrently), Cory worked as an Architect specializing in environmental sustainability, a IBD bike shop designer & consultant, an independent product designer, a bike shop mechanic, and a mountain biking instructor.
Based in the Czech Republic for over 15 years, Cory spends much of his time traveling around Europe, riding bikes, and meeting directly with many of cycling’s key European product developers, industry experts & tastemakers for an in-depth review of what’s new, and what’s coming next. A technical off-road rider at heart since the 1990s, Cory’s cycling has evolved to cover everything from the wide range of riding aero road bikes on dirt roads to thrashing enduro bikes in the European bikeparks & trail centers, with plenty of XC, CX & gravel in between.