• Old Man Winter Bike Rally - Fun, Sweat and Beers

    By Addie Levinsky

    Dirt, snow, sweat, and beer. That’s just a taste of what the Old Man Winter Bike Rally presented by Oskar Blues is all about – and it’s coming to Boulder County February 8, 2015. If you’re itching for adventure through the winter, the Old Man Winter Bike Rally is going to be the event to scratch that itch. February in Colorado is a crapshoot…there could be abundant sunshine, there could be a blizzard. Either way, we ride.

    The ride offers a short course (50K) and long course (100K), both feature gravel and pavement…but the long course will take you on a climbing frenzy, traversing secret trails. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the reward makes it worth the pain. After a mellow stretch back into Lyons hot food, cold beer, and live music will await riders at Oskar Blues.

    This test of grit and endurance benefits rebuilding flood-damaged hiking and biking trails, so the suffering will go towards an amazing cause. We miss our favorite trails!

    But wait, there’s even prize money on the line. The long course is timed and there is $3,500 waiting to be split among the fastest riders (equal payouts for guys and gals) – $1,00 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place.

    Old Man Winter Bike Rally is sponsored by Oskar Blues and Adventure Fit (sports marketing company based in Boulder) ensuring it’s going to be an unforgettable event. It’s going to be so epic, in fact, that the Thrillist included the event in their list of “10 things you must do in Denver this winter”.

    All participants will receive: fully stocked aid stations during the ride (organic soup, Justin’s nut butters, CLIF products, NUUN hydration, and more), custom wool socks, a hot meal, craft beer (and root beer) from Oskar Blues, live music, a chance to win a frame from REEB cycles (and other prizes), and the most important thing – the most fun you could have in February.

    Registration is $85 through 1/9/15, $95 through 2/2/15, and $105 until 2/8/15. The short course is $65 through 1/9/15, $75 through 2/2/15, $75 until 2/8/15.

    Sign up at http://oldmanwinterrally.com/sign-up/ !

  • Mavic Auctions Seven Cycles Benefiting Davis Phinney Foundation

    Mavic is proud to offer this limited edition Seven Axiom SL with our Ksyrium 125th Anniversary wheel-tyre system and Shimano Ultegra 11-speed components. The Seven Cycles x Mavic 125th Anniversary Axiom SL is part of a collection of bikes designed and built to celebrate the 125th year that Mavic has been your trusted partner in cycling. This bike has a stunning gloss and matte black paint scheme with subtle touches of the famous yellow that Mavic is known for.

    The winner of the auction will also receive two special edition Sportwool™ jerseys from Rapha. One autographed by Olympic medallist, American National Champion and Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney and the other by 12-time national champion, world championship medalist and an Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney.

    All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation and their efforts to offer programs that provide the information, tools and inspiration that can be used to live well with Parkinson’s today.

    Special thanks to Seven Cycles, Shimano, Rapha, The Radavist and The Pros Closet for making this bike and auction possible.

    Specifications:
    - Frame/Fork - Seven Cycles Axiom SL Road Frame with Carbon Fork
    - Wheels/Tyres - Mavic Ksyrium 125th Anniversary Edition
    - Components - Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed (Crank – 172.5, Cassette – 11-25)
    - Headset - Chris King NoThreadSet
    - Stem - Seven Cycles Titanium (110mm)
    - Bar - Seven Cycles Road (42cm center-to-center)
    - Seatpost - Seven Titanium
    - Saddle - fi’zi:k Airione k:ium
    - Pedals - Mavic Zxellium SLR Pedals

    Geometry:
    - Top Tube Length 54cm
    - Seat Tube Length (c to c) 52.5cm
    - Chainstay length 410mm
    - Head and Seat Tube Angles 73deg

    Seven Cycles Builds Mavic 125th Anniversary Show Bike
    Seven Cycles has built a special edition bike in collaboration with Mavic USA as part of Mavic’s 125th anniversary celebration. The Mavic-inspired Seven Axiom SL features a limited edition wheelset and a special paint scheme that shows off its bare Ti frame, set off by gloss and matte black as well as Mavic’s signature yellow. Achieving understated elegance is easier said than done, so we really tried to hold ourselves back a little with this one to let the frame and the wheels speak for themselves. The lines give the bike a fast look, while the see-through Ti logo reminds everyone what the bike is made of. Of course, black and yellow are such a classic combination and go so well with polished titanium, that we didn't have to do much to make this bike look as good as it does.

    Seven Cycles founder Rob Vandermark said, “We have a long running partnership with Mavic, and of course we admire their history in this sport we all love, so we were honored to be asked to build this bike.”

    “We wanted to give each builder the freedom to make the frame a representation of the builders’ relationship with Mavic both professionally and personally, and hoped that the Ksyrium 125 wheel-tyre system would inspire the creative process as well,” said Chad Moore, director of Marketing at Mavic, “The bikes will be released at our new brand communications center and Service Course in Los Angeles on July 10th. We’re having a special pre-release at 'The Radavist’ the day before. This project was an opportunity for Mavic to connect with brands in the US who are innovators and standouts in the industry and we couldn’t be more please with the partners we’ve had in this endevour – Seven Cycles has so much history in its walls that it was a natural fit for us to collaborate on this project.”

    Mavic’s OEM manager, Larry Burke, said, “When we set out to make this year special, finding new ways to collaborate with the best bike builders in the world seemed like it would be fun, and of course it makes our wheels look even better. Seven really surprised us with the beauty of the paint on this bike.”

    Seven’s Marketing Manager, Karl Borne said, “What we tried to do with this bike was something that looked extra sharp, but wasn’t beyond the reach of our everyday customers. On one hand, it’s a show bike, but it’s also a bike we would ride every day of the week.”

    The Mavic anniversary Seven Axiom SL is built out with a Shimano Ultegra gruppo and Seven titanium componentry and retails for $9,395. Once the launch and subsequent festivities are finished, the Mavic anniversary Axiom SL will be donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation where it will be auctioned off for Parkinson's research.

    Auction Link

  • Colorado Bicycle Summit – Register Today

    Bicycle Colorado is hosting its fifth-annual Colorado Bicycle Summit, Connecting Communities, on Feb. 9-10 in downtown Denver. If you’re interested in seeing better bicycling where you live and work, and across Colorado, plan to attend.

    We’re excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker, Gabe Klein. A visionary in the U.S. transportation scene, Gabe has played a key role in the multimodal transformation of several American cities. In addition to previously serving as director of the Chicago and Washington DC departments of transportation, Gabe also played a key role in the expansion of the game-changing entities Zipcar, Capital Bikeshare in DC and Divvy bike share in Chicago.

    Governor John Hickenlooper is also scheduled to present at this year’s summit. Governor Hickenlooper will share his enthusiasm for bicycling and his intent to continue to improve bicycling in our state.

    Kelly Brough, President and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, rounds out our list of plenary presenters.

    Sponsored by Primal Wear, the Colorado Bicycle Summit also includes focused breakout sessions, happy hour, networking, legislative training and the opportunity to meet your state elected officials.

    Summit details: http://bicyclecolorado.org/events/colorado-bicycle-summit/

  • Gates Launches ‘Carbon Drive Red’ Limited Edition Red Belts

    Red is the new black for stylish urban bicyclists

    DENVER (Dec. 4, 2014) – Bike style is getting a jolt of red. Gates Corporation, maker of the Gates Carbon Drive™ system for bicycles, is launching a series of limited edition red belts called Carbon Drive Red.

    Carbon Drive Red adds a high-visibility splash of color to bicycles and capitalizes on the bike industry trend of color matching components and frame accents. The red belt also highlights the clean, smooth and simple attributes of the Gates Carbon Drive system, which requires no greasy lubrication and never rusts.

    Painted chains have been part of urban bike style for many years, but the color quickly wears off and disappears under road grime. Carbon Drive Red, by contrast, will always pop with color. If it gets dirty, just hose it off.

    Customers have asked for colored bike belts since the launch of the Gates Carbon Drive system in 2007, but the company instead focused on perfecting the technology, durability and performance of its black belts before expanding into colors. “As an engineering company, our first focus was on the meat and potatoes business of ensuring that our belts and sprockets meet the highest levels of performance and durability,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive. “Now it is time to bring the sizzle.”

    Red Hot and Available Now
    Carbon Drive Red is available immediately in the United States for purchase as a belt only or on a complete bike. The first production bikes to feature the new red belts are the Acme and Acme Open from Spot Brand. The brand new Acme Open features a step-through frame that is ideal for working men and women who want to wear a skirt or suit.

    Carbon Drive Red launches in Europe on March 1 with the release of the Red Race singlespeed from Berlin’s Schindelhauer Bikes. Individual red belts will be available for purchase in Europe after April 1.

    In addition to Spot and Schindelhauer, Gates partnered with two other bike brands known for their stylish designs to commission some stylish red rides. Flying Machine Bikes in Australia created a custom titanium F-One 11-speed with 3D printed titanium lugs and red accents. Budnitz Bicycles built a Gates X No. 1 city cruiser inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder.

    “Carbon Drive Red is an opportunity to grow interest in Gates belts as a simple alternative to chains, and also to attract more people to bicycling,” Sellden said. “Carbon Drive Red is the epitome of bike style and a bold alternative to greasy chains.”

    For product and ordering information, images and a photo gallery of Carbon Drive Red in action, go to www.gatescarbondrive.com/red

  • Know What Women Really Want for the Holidays? Nope Not That.

    I'm about about to give you a million dollar hint about women. Ready? I've never met a woman who said "I really hope my blank (you fill it) gives me lingerie for Christmas." Not once. Not ever. Not even in jest. And here's another priceless piece of information. Don't buy us something you think we should want but you know we don't but you want us to want it. Just don't.

    In the spirit of the holiday I'll tell you want you might pick up this holiday season for someone you love. Or someone you want to love you back.

    #1 Feedback Bike Stand. Seriously it doesn't come with batteries but it is the gift that keeps on giving. It allows you to wash your bike handily. Get to know your bike intimately. And it empowers you. Enough said.

    http://www.feedbacksports.com

    #2 Bike bag. Every woman needs a bike bag. Nothing screams something like a woman who shoves her stuff into a reusable grocery bag. It's just not right. Get her a bag that has a compartment for her helmet and her shoes and the rest of all the crap we "need" to ride bikes.

    http://www.mountainsmith.com

    #3 Tune up. Trust me. This is cheaper than couples therapy. Maybe she already has a favorite place. But if not get her a tune up at Boulder Bicycle Works. Dave and Brian will not only tune up her bike but they'll make her feel like a friend. Right now a standard tune-up is 50% off!

    http://www.boulderbicycleworks.com

    #4 Coaching. Seriously. It takes a big man or woman for that matter, to know when it's time for the third party. I believe in this one like young children everywhere believe in Santa. It works. Pete Webber is who I call on for cyclocross. And Lee McCormack for everything else. These two men will change your lady love's life. Are you man enough to make that happen?

    http://www.petewebber.com
    http://www.leelikesbikes.com

    #5 Shredly. Apparel is usually not on my Christmas list. I'd rather my husband not pick out my jeans or must I say it? My under things. But bike clothing is spendy and nothing says ho ho ho or dreidel dreidel dreidel like shorts that cost just south of a hundy. Get her a gift card or just draw a picture of a rad woman on a bike with the website link. Get the mistletoe ready. Meow.

    http://www.shredly.com

    Now I can't guarantee anyone's happiness but I'm guessing if the woman you love loves bikes you'll hit it out of the park with any of these ideas.
    Happy holidays and have an amazing new year!

  • Singletrack Sidewalks makes getting to school fun in Eagle Colorado

    Parents, kids, trail builders to complement paved path with MTB-friendly route
    When Michael McCormack moved his family to the small town of Eagle, Colorado, just two years ago, he was immediately impressed by the trail system. Sure, there were options—the usual suspects for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners in this small town of 6,508 residents spread out across 2.4 square miles. But what really caught his eye was a 13-mile-long paved path for everyone from cyclists to inline skaters, punctuated by dirt spurs that are sometimes as short as 50 feet.

    McCormack’s kids liked the path well enough, but they found love on the intentional detours. Because The Road Not Taken ain’t just for poets.

    “They ripped each 50-foot section—first on their Striders, and then on their mountain bikes,” said McCormack.

    Complete Story

  • Stages Cycling partners with Welltuned for South Korean distribution

    Stages® officially enters the Asian cycling market

    BOULDER, CO, November 24, 2014—Stages® Cycling now available in South Korea, via Welltuned, a distribution branch of the venerable Hung-A corporation. This new partnership serves as Stages Cycling’s entry to the Asian Cycling market and the latest installment of Stages Cycling’s continued international expansion.

    Welltuned will exclusively sell and distribute Stages Cycling products within South Korea only. This latest appointment marks a milestone— of entry to the Asian Cycling market—for the Boulder, CO based manufacturer and puts the Stages Power meter into five, key, global markets for 2014, including: South Korea, South Africa, UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and continental Europe.

    “We’re really pleased to forge a partnership with a distributor that has such deep cycling roots,” said Eric Jaworsky, VP of sales for Stages Cycling. “There has been high demand for Stages Power coming from Asia and especially Korea, so we’re thrilled to have found a partner in Welltuned. We know they will uphold the same standard for education and service for the Stages Power meter that we’ve worked hard to bring to each new global market we enter.”

    Welltuned is an established distributor serving the South Korean cycling market for more than 60 years. Its long history and experience supporting technical brands provides foundation for the category leading customer support Stages Cycling strives to offer across the globe.

    With this latest expansion of its global market the crank-based Stages Power meter is making power-based training available to all types of riders through unique design, low weight, and an economical price point.

    The Stages Power meter, which was launched in North America in 2012, is sold factory installed — by Stages Cycling, in Boulder, CO USA — to aluminum crank arms throughout the Cannondale, FSA, Shimano, and SRAM ranges.

    Stages Power meters will be available in South Korea starting January 2015.

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    Main Contact for Welltuned:
    www.welltuned.co.kr, info@welltuned.co.kr

    Press Contacts:
    Stages Cycling, US: Matt Pacocha, mpacocha@stagescycling.com, +1 303-953-4759

    Welltuned, South Korea: Frank Park, Welltuned, Overseas Marketing, assistant manager, frankpark@welltuned.co.kr, +82(0)2-577-5590

    Stages Cycling LLC, based in Boulder, CO, launched the Stages Power meter at Interbike in September 2012. The new Stages Power meter immediately made waves in the power measurement category. The new meter’s high-tech feature set, extremely low weight, unique direct left sided direct measure design, and economical cost make it the best choice for cyclists looking to train with power, including the two-time Tour de France champions, Team Sky