SIGG Bottles, Maybe Not So Safe

Sigg BottleFurious blog entries and news articles are popping up across the internet that SIGG, known for their BPA free bottles weren’t so BPA free prior to August 2008.   If you remember that SIGG was one of the few bottles out there that parents were trusting their kids to drink out of when they were throwing away all their other bottles like Nalgene’s.

Now SIGG has gone public with an announcement that all of their bottles are completely BPA free, thanks to their new “EcoCare” powder-based, co-polyester coating.

But Steve Wasik now admits that bottles made previous to August, 2008 were lined with a water-based epoxy liner which contained trace amounts of BPA. Was I misled last year? When I wrote that it’s Time to Pack In the Polycarbonates, was suggesting people get a SIGG instead bad advice?

Wednesday Round Up

VO Mixte Cyclelicious reports on 3 different recalls for the day from Felt Bikes, Burley Trailers and Nirve Bikes.

Velo Orange has photos of their prototype mixte’s that will be available early 2010.

The Safe Routes to School Conference started today in Portland.  Follow BikePortland on twitter for more updates.

Chic Cyclist gives her impression of the bike share program in Paris called Velib.

Riding Pretty

Cycling and fashion is becoming a hand in hand thought.  Women riding in skirts, guys and their “tweed” rides or better yet guys in their white spandex.  Fashion is in right now with the cycling industry and Riding Pretty is documenting it around Santa Cruz.

There are many bicycle photo blogs out, many of which will be talked about here and there on Bike Shop Girl.  Riding Pretty is monitored by Shelly Shroeder, who keeps a photo gallery and even has an online store for helmet covers.

Grease Monkey Wipes

Worried about changing that flat or cleaning your bike because your hands will get filthy? Have no fear, Grease Monkey Wipes are here! Soon these will be found in my tool box, saddle bag and car first aid kit.

Grease Monkey Wipe

Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged degreasing/cleaning wipes that use a natural, non-toxic, citrus based formula to handle heavy duty cleaning including grease and grime.  Their compact size and portable nature make them perfectly suited to be carried in a jersey pocket, saddle bag, or bento box.  The wipes have several applications in the bike world and can be used to either remove grease/road grime from your hands after you change flat mid-ride, remove grease from your calf, or even degrease your chain

International Win for Susan Day

In this little cycle blogging arena there are a few people that stand out, make a difference and are worth the read every morning.   One of this people is Elden, or better known as Fat Cyclist.  Four years ago he started to bring humor and personality to weight loss and every day tribulations.  More recently he brought the fight his wife was having with cancer to the public.  Showing all those that haven’t had to deal with this horrid disease what they dealt with daily.   By bringing all this to the front he also started fundraising for the fight, and teaming up with TwinSix for cycling wear where proceeds went to the fundraiser.

Through the years Fat Cyclist has been a excersice of a man with  a heart, and a funny bone.  Please take August 23 as Win for Susan Day.

Wear your Fat Cyclist gear, LiveStrong bracelet or clothing, homemade signs, or other item to signify your personal fight against cancer and take a picture of yourself.

Next, upload the picture via twitter and post it on the 23rd with the tag #win4susan

SRAM 10-Speed Chain Power Link Voluntary Recall

Do you ride SRAM road components?  If so please take note!

SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a voluntary recall on its 10 speed PowerLock chain connector. SRAM has determined there is a potential for the PowerLock connector link outer plate to fail.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

-SRAM 8 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 9 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 10 speed chains are not affected.

The following steps should be taken by dealers:

1. PowerLock Connector Link – identification and action
- Inspect all new and used bicycles in your store that include a SRAM 10 speed chain.
-Locate the PowerLock connector link on chain.
-Locate letter stamped onto end of PowerLock connector link.
-PowerLock connector links with letters “M” and “N” should be removed from the chain and set aside for shipment back to SRAM.
-Contact SRAM Dealer Service for replacement PowerLock connector links and to arrange for return shipment of affected PowerLock connector links back to SRAM.
-Replace affected PowerLock connector links with new connector links provided at no charge by SRAM.

2. PowerLock Connector Link – removal and replacement
-Replace PowerLock connector link if date stamp is letter “M” or “N.”
-Removed affected PowerLock connector link with chain tool (both pins). Drive the larger diameter end of pin out of link by positioning pin removal tool against small pin diameter. Repeat; second pin.
-Install new PowerLock connector link.
-Fit chain, insert both halves of the PowerLock into the chain ends and bring the ends together on the bottom side of the drivetrain (no tension side).
-Pull chain apart until you feel some resistance.
-Rotate the chain so the PowerLock is positioned on the top side of the drivetrain.
-Pedal forward while holding bike firmly in place until you hear click sound. The PowerLock is now on its place and safely closed.

To learn more about the recall and obtain a return authorization number and replacement Power Lock connector links, please visit your local bicycle dealer to deal with all warranty issues.

Urban Outfitters Bike Shop

The popular store, Urban Outfitters has seemed to have teamed up with Republic Bike to offer Republic’s popular under $400 singlespeed/fixed gear wheels.  What makes this bike popular?  The price and the fact you can change almost every part on the bikes color.  A good time waster is to press “Random” to see what color options it comes up with for me.

Republic Bike