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Friday Roundup: Knolly Builder limited, Stolen Goats, holiday deals & more!

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Knolly Builder program expands, giving back with each new LTD edition bike – For four years Knolly Bikes’ special Builder program has been support the trail builders out shaping the singletrack that we get to ride – offering industry deals & support to those who build our trails. Now, as they get set to expand bike offerings, Knolly has beefed up their Builder Initiative.

With each new bike model they introduce, Knolly will produce a limited edition run of just 20 of the new bikes featuring stylized topo maps of the local mountain where they ride trails, plus the logo of the trail organization that made it possible. Then, proceeds from those bike sales will go directly to support the local builder associations.

The first Builder edition bikes will be the new Fugitive, released this month to showcase Burke Mountain topography -with funds going to support the Tri-Cities Offroad Cycling Association (TORCA). Next up will be new Warden bikes featuring Mount Seymour, and money raised going to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA). Knolly says they will continue the program with each new model introduced, to “give back and connect with the trail communities that are so vital to the sport we love.”

For more info on how to join the Knolly Builder Program or to buy a limited Builder Edition bike, go to: KnollyBikes.com/Builder

Advocacy & Industry News

  • Stolen Goat extends World Bicycle Relief partnership – Cycling apparel brand Stolen Goat has re-upped their partnership with WBF, highlighted by two new fundraising jersey designs. All profits from the sale of the jerseys will go directly to World Bicycle Relief to assist the organization with its life-changing Buffalo bike work, “breaking down barriers for people in need around the world, through the power of bicycles“. For more info or to buy either the black & white Hustle or navy/pink fade Zambian Zebra jerseys, head over to: StolenGoat.com/World-Bicycle-Relief

  • North Carolina initiative gives away helmets to reduce cycling injuries – North Carolina’s Department of Transportation has opened applications for their Bicycle Helmet Initiative, encouraging local organizers to apply to get a bunch of free bike helmet to distribute to kids & now adults as well. Supported by the state’s “Share the Road” speciality license plate sales, the program run since 2007 aims primarily to get more children riding with helmets for traumatic brain injury prevention. This year, they’ve also expanded funding to get helmets for adult cyclists as well. Outreach organizations should submit applications for free helmets before Jan 6. NCDOT.gov/Initiatives

Gear News & Deals

  • Karo audio alerts via Bluetooth for navigation & Varia Radar – One of the greatest features of the latest crop of cycling electronics is the possibility for new features via over-the-air-updates. Karo just boosted such functionality, with a software update for their GPS cycling computer that connects via Bluetooth to earbuds or other speakers to give you audio turn-by-turn navigation notifications or simple audio alerts when something pops up in your Garmin Varia rearview radar. Read more if you have a Karo at: support.Hammerhead.io

  • More holiday deals from Transition – Black Friday is dead, long live Holiday Discounts! OK, so Transition has a couple of new fork fenders & a hoodie that could make good stocking stuffers. Plus, they have a couple more discount codes that will save you money shopping on their site. “LAPSNOTSLAPS” will save you 20% off soft goods & accessories, and “CASCADIABORN” will get you 20% off their own ANVL brand cockpit components, from now until Dec at: TransitionBikes.com

  • Be Seen! Safe in the city with Flectr Clip reflectors – Just like their previous reflector stickers and spoke tags, Flectr is all about being seen. Their latest visibility project is up on Kickstarter – and already blown a dozen times past their crowdfunding goal. The Flectr Clip is a little reflector that you hang, strap or magnetically clip to bike, bag, or clothing so you are seen at night. They are small, highly reflective, supposedly indestructible and available from just 12€ and up. Flectr.bike
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