Monthly Archives: May 2013
Monkey Light Pro – Kickstarter
MonkeyLectric has a bigger (full wheel) customizable LED system up on Kickstarter called Monkey Light Pro. I’m a huge fan of the Monkey Light M210 which is the smaller, $50, option. I hope over time they are able to bring the cost of the new “full wheel and awesome” down! $895 for wheel lights is going to be pretty steep for folks. (Though it is killer and I will start saving pennies now!)
Monkey Light Pro
Details: Bluetooth wireless download and control, waterproof, 8 hour runtime, create playlist of images and animations, 256 LEDs, 4096 colors!
- Designed and Manufactured in California, USA
- Weight: about 500 grams, even balance
- Size: 520mm diameter, 25mm thick
- Visibility: evening, overcast and indoors. Not visible in bright sunlight.
- Media format support: JPG, GIF, PNG, AVI, MPEG, MOV, QT, FLV, and more.
- On-board media storage: 1000 image frames
- Playlist capabilities: playlists allow looping, timing and sequencing of frames.
- Web-based playlist creation, download from Windows and Mac
- Developer tools and API: runs on Mac and Linux
- Integrated Battery: 7000mAh Lithium Polymer
- Battery Runtime: 3-8 hours at full brightness, up to 48 hours at reduced brightness. Runtime depends on what graphics are shown.
- Not for use with motor vehicles
Interested? Read more on their Kickstarter and support the project!
Niner Goes Big with new Low Top 9 Handlebar
As someone that rides a 29er exclusively I run into the issue of getting front end lower, and I’m 5’10 with this issue! This new goofy looking handlebar from Niner will allow my front end to be lower for better stability and bike fit.
Low Top RDO Handlebar
Sizing: 720mm width, 25mm drop with 17º sweep
Details: Available in Niner red, orange, green, ralley blue and moondust grey
Handlebar height is critical to efficiency and comfort. Until now, small riders have had to choose between the advantages of longer travel forks and big wheels vs. achieving an optimal XC position.
Niner has inside information when it comes to fitting smaller riders on 29ers – our President and Marketing Manager both fit in this category. Chris and Carla are the first ones to speak up and make sure we address the needs of of riders at every height. We’ve added size extra small frames to Niner’s line up and now we take it one step further to help you get the best fit. Our new Low Top RDO handlebar has all the features of Niner’s RDO line up – it’s light, strong and is covered by our C5 Carbon warranty, but an inch lower.
Who is the Low Top RDO Designed For?
Any rider who wants to get low. Great for every size XC and Endurance racer.
Any rider who is fit-challenged by longer fork travel or bigger wheels.
Riders with short stems that want a lower bar.
Riders who prefer the wrist position offered by a 17º sweep.
Learn more on NinerBikes.com
Women Bike Mini-Grant Awards
I realize this is very much a repost of a press release, but the idea is killer and each program is unique. Do you think you could use any of these ideas in your community?
To seed and support this growing momentum to encourage women from all backgrounds to become engaged in bicycling and the bike movement, the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike program has awarded $7,500 in small grants to innovative, model campaigns in four cities.
WE Bike NYC
Engaging Latina Women Through Bilingual Outreach and Resources
Breaking down barriers for women cyclists, WE Bike NYC
realizes the importance of creating a space where new riders feel welcome and understood. “Engaging Latina women is done by creating accessible resources where these women can literally and figuratively see themselves — or people who look like them,” says Liz Jose, a bilingual organizer and founder of the group. “Our goal with this grant is to create outreach and educational materials in print and online that encourage Latina women to join the bicycle movement. By compiling existing Spanish language resources as well as creating new, downloadable documents, the work created under this grant will create a model for language inclusiveness for groups across the country, as well as materials such as a Spanish-language ‘Fix-A-Flat’ book featuring Latina women and a Spanish-language ‘Club Pack’ that can be used to begin work in local communities.” Learn more about WE Bike NYC
Women Bike PHL (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
Girl Scouts on Wheels
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Women Bike PHL campaign is working to get more women and girls on bikes in Philadelphia. Their innovative “Girl Scouts on Wheels” project is developing and promoting a Biking Basics patch, as well as offering Bike Rodeos and Learn-to-Ride classes to Girl Scout troops. “I was a Girl Scout for 10 years, and know from experience what a positive impact that organization has on youth,” says Katie Monroe, Women Bike PHL coordinator. “If we’re serious about getting more women riding, we need to start young — and Girl Scouts seems like the perfect platform for educating and inspiring girls to get pedaling. It’s also a powerful national network, so ideally this partnership between bike advocates and Girl Scouts could be replicated around the country.” Learn more about Women Bike PHL.
We Are All Mechanics
A women-owned and operated initiative since 2003, We are All Mechanics has been teaching bicycle maintenance courses to women in the Madison-area community for 10 years. The grant from the League will enable us to offer scholarships to women who would otherwise not be able to participate in our Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course,” says Ali Dwyer, a co-founder of WAAM. “Participants in our Basic Course report that they are excited to share what they know with others, and they report riding more often, for more reasons, and with more confidence after taking our course.Our successful program, and our original materials will serve as a model for other programs and bicycle educators.” Learn more about We Are All Mechanics.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Women on Wheels in Spanish
$2,500 (Special Smart Cycling grant)
Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Women on Wheels was developed in 2011 to provide classes for women to ride together and provide other shared information. “The classes are designed to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to ride a bicycle for errands, to get their children to school or for recreation,” says MCBC’s Wendi Kallins. “With this grant, we’ll be able to offer these classes in the low income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of the Canal area of San Rafael – and make the curriculum for Spanish-speaking women available to other communities around the country.” Learn more about Women On Wheels.
Enter to Win: Raleigh 2014 VIP First Look
Raleigh Bicycles wants to give you an all access VIP pass to preview our 2014 bicycles at Dealer Camp in Deer Valley UT. Where you’ll get to ride the the latest product, meet the Raleigh-Clement Pros, and have VIP access to our 3rd Annual MidSummer Nights CX race.
Musings on Active & Recovery Nutrition
There are many schools of thoughts in the athletic world about what you should or shouldn’t eat. Many of my friends have gone with the Paleo eating habits, personally I try to look at the ingredients, make an educated “Yes or No” thought in my head and then try it on training rides. These days it takes a scientist to breakdown and to be able to explain what all the moving parts are doing in many “sports food”. For ease of use I’ve always been a fan of the “systems” that have a during and an after just so I don’t have to think too heavy.
These musings are due to a press release from Osmo Nutrition that Cannondale Pro team picked Osmo for their Pre, Active and Recovery hydration.
After the brutally hot first two stages of ATOC, Cannondale Pro Cycling turned to Osmo’s leading science and proven performance, with Sagan and the team used Osmo PreLoad Hydration before stages, Osmo Active Hydration during the racing, and Osmo Acute Recovery after stages. The results have been immediate, with Sagan winning stage 3 and the final stage of the week-long race, bring his total stage count to ten.
At the end of a spectacular stage that began in San Francisco, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, and headed north along the legendary California coast, Cannondale Pro Cycling wound up their Pro-Tour leadout train, delivery Sagan to a sprint finish. “The team got me in position and I went from 300 meters,” said Sagan immediately following his win in Santa Rosa. “I felt very strong. I hit 1,750 watts, more than I’m used to seeing. Osmo helped for sure.”
“Having Peter and Cannondale Pro Cycling win the final stage in Santa Rosa is truly special for Osmo,” said co-founder and chief scientist Stacy Sims. “Just one year ago we launched Osmo at the Amgen Tour
of California and today we gave the rider with the most stage wins in ATOC history the hydration and recovery edge he needed to take his 10th career victory at the race. This just speaks to the rapid
acceptance of Osmo’s products, all developed with peer-reviewed science.
While I realize a decent amount of this is media hype, it reminds me of the times I have used those gels at the perfect time for a last kick or how when I forget my recovery drink I wake up feeling hung over.
Nutrition is a very personal thing, depending on the level of your sports you would probably benefit working with a nutritionist to learn what you burn, what your body responds to and proper timing of it all.
Last night’s ride for ice cream and two quarts of strawberries reminded me that we can all be strict about eating, especially when we have a pair of jeans to fit in or upcoming race. We also need to enjoy the living and experience the joy that a simple (hilly) bike ride for an ice cream cone can give you!
I also have to mention one of my friends that has completed (strongly) many Ironman distance races is known for going to McDonald’s the night before for a large order of chicken nuggets. And good ole chocolate milk has always been my goto recovery drink.
What do you use and what have you learned over the years?
Preview: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace
While the growth of available product for women in the bicycling industry is evident there are two key area’s lacking, high end mountain and road product. It takes a bold company, with a strong belief in women, to invest in product with a high price tag for women. Cannondale is doing it with their SuperSix Evo Hi-MOD. Available in SRAM Red, Shimano Dura Ace and Ultegra Di2. I recently took delivery of the Shimano Dura Ace model and will be putting it through some abuse to see if the $6600 road bike is for you.
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Women’s Hi-MOD Dura Ace
Launch of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame
Now urban biking will have it’s own Hall of Fame thanks to Chrome Industries’ support. The goal is to bring exposure to the culture and history of urban riding.
You can learn more at www.uchof.com, also make sure to follow UCHOF on Twitter and Instagram where they will be featuring people and items that will be in the Hall of Fame.
As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement. The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers. Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level. Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.
From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18 2013.
To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.
All City in the Movies
Earlier today All City Cycles posted on their Facebook that the Big Block model will be in a movie. The comments of course turned south about the bike, accessories and chick on board. While, I’m not wanting to open this up to a bunch of horrible comments, I do want to say I’m excited to see bikes in movies, especially being rode by girls wearing helmets!
Giro Women’s Series Gear Makeover
To celebrate the wonderful women in our lives we would like to hear why your mom, sister, wife, friend deserves to be made over by Giro.
Simply submit a picture with a description as to why she deserves an upgrade in new equipment. Once the image and copy is submitted, entries will be judged and selected by the Women of Giro.
Submit an entry between now and May,10th. The winner will be announced May 13th, on Facebook, winning a Women’s Series Helmet, women’s Shoes, Gloves, Socks and Caps.
Submit your nomination here and let’s cheer on the ladies that ride in our lives.