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  • Volata Cycles – Italian Design Meets Innovative Technology

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    In this day and age, digital technology has found its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. Love it or hate it, the fact is that it’s here to stay. Might as well embrace the digital evolution, right?

    Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, another invention, integration or innovation pops up and blows your mind. Take toothbrushes for example. A few weeks ago I was shopping for my first electric toothbrush and came across a model from Oral-B that’s outfitted with Bluetooth and has it’s own app to help improve your brushing habits. I was blown away at first, but then realized that this is something I desperately need. A hundred bucks later and my brushing habits have become gamified, graphed and greatly improved.

    Anyway, forget about the toothbrush and all that; this post is supposed to be about Volata Cycles, a San Francisco based group of product designers, creatives and coders who are taking their extensive expertise to the cycling industry. With a R&D office in Milan, Italy, Volata Cycles is merging the creativity and heritage of Italian design with the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley to get more people riding a bicycle as their primary means of transport.

    In short, Volata is creating a bicycle embedded with a 2.4″ app-based computer that will track your performance, give you the upcoming weather, assist you with turn-by-turn directions and is also equipped with front and rear lights to help you stay visible. The bicycle is also going be outfitted with a GPS-based anti-theft system which uses a motion detector to sense attempted thefts. The bicycle will then relay this information as well as a GPS location to the user.

    Pretty rad concept, right? Be sure to learn more at Volata Cycles and check out the press release below.

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  • 2015 Vermont Bicycle Accident Map

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    It’s time to address the elephant in the room when it comes to cyclists and cars coexisting in Vermont. I’ve tried to avoid the topic for a while since it enrages me, but after so much talk about the road safety and the North Ave pilot project, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject briefly. As you may know, I no longer live in Vermont but still consider it home. I plan on moving back one day (sooner than later), and the quality of riding is a large factor in my yearning to repatriate to Vermont. While the riding and scenery is amazing, the coexistence between drivers and cyclists as of late both angers and confuses me. Vermont was one of the safest states to ride a bike in until last year…so what exactly happened?

    While the number of fatalities due to traffic accidents in Vermont has significantly decreased over the last few years, we sadly cannot say the same when it comes to cyclist and pedestrian fatalities.

    Throughout recent years, there has been quite the spike in cyclist/pedestrian deaths due to negligent drivers. In a state known for its beautiful scenery, peaceful roads and an abundance of cyclists, the increase in cyclist deaths recently is extremely alarming, for both cyclists like myself and other road users. From 2011 to 2014, there were ZERO cyclist fatalities among those involved in crashes. In 2015, there were four; in 2015 there were 12 deaths. What the hell is going on Vermont?

    Numbers don’t lie, and I don’t like the way they’re looking. Between 2014 and 2015, bicyclists involved in crashes jumped from 77 to 97. This sudden spike in cyclist’s deaths obviously sends a serious message about cars and bicycles co-existing and sharing roads. Aside from the 16 fatalities between 2014 and 2015, dating back to 2005 there was only 1 cyclist fatality in Vermont! This sudden spike is unacceptable.

    The part that really irks me about the whole situation is that it’s not like Vermont doesn’t have infrastructure catering to all road users. Sure, there are certainly roads with little shoulder room and some areas need some maintenance or attention (for example, the whole North Ave project); but the infrastructure hasn’t been to blame for any of the recent deaths, it’s driver’s negligence. In just 1 year, Vermont went from being the safest state for cycling to the most dangerous. Of the 4 cyclist deaths last year, 2 were caused by drunk driving and 1 was due to excessive speed. There is absolutely no excuse for this! Driving is a privilege, not a right. And in order keep that privilege you need to take responsibility for yourself, your passengers and other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

    Despite these deaths being the caused by the poor judgement of a few drivers, the state of Vermont is still taking steps towards making the roads safer. Take the North Ave project for example. It’s the pilot to the “complete streets” initiative created to improve the safety between bicycles, vehicles and pedestrians that share the same corridors and busy roads. The biggest change this initiative will bring is re-configuring busy 4-lane roads  into 2-lane roads with a proper bicycle lane on each side and a turning lane in the center.

    If you’re a cyclist in Vermont and can shed some better light on the subject, I’d love to hear from you.

    Map provided by Schneider & Palcsik – Vermont Personal Injury Attorneys

  • MTB Project – Trail Finder App

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    Man, how did I not hear about this?

    The MTB Project is a website and mobile app that allows you to find trails in your area through your phone’s location. I can’t even begin to describe how much I miss mountain biking right now, but for all my friends back home who live in mtb-friendly regions, you should give this app a look.

    It’s all user-generated, so it’s steadily growing, but currently has over 34,000 miles of trail with carefully curated photos and video to accompany the maps. You can also share trails with friends and even find the best viewpoints and points of attraction.

    Be sure to head on over to the MTB Project and give this a look!

    -Brian

  • Hong Kong Holiday

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    I’m definitely a little late on posting these photos, but a few weeks ago I took a little last-minute solo journey to check out Hong Kong. Being so busy all summer long, I managed to take a week off before the fall (our super busy season) starts up and get out of Shanghai for a bit.

    After securing a fairly cheap round-trip flight and booking a room in Causeway Bay, I was only 48 hours away from one of my best 72-hour vacations to date. Most people who visit Hong Kong for such a short period do so for visa renewals; I was just late on figuring out what to do with my week off. Oops, silly me. My trip was purely for pleasure.

    I wanted to do so much during my visit, but didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I had plans of checking out bike shops too but just ran out of time. Next visit, I’m definitely going to go see Brian at RDFX and hopefully find someone/somewhere to lend me a bike for a few days and get a real feel for the city. Though even just being in HK for 3 days, I managed to squeeze quite a bit in and even made a few new friends.

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  • Fat Chance Is Back!

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    I got so hyped when I first saw this…

    Looks like Fat Chance Bicycles is coming out of hibernation and ready to make you your new favorite mountain bike.  If I was back in the states, I’d be showin’ my Fat (my old, crusty Monster Fat) over on Instagram at #FatChanceBicycles & @FatChanceBicycles.

    Can’t wait to start seeing the new batches of frames!

    -Brian

  • Ruckus Composites Launches Frame Raffle, Proceeds To Benefit Female Cycling

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    Talk about an awesome cause here! Read up more below, and be sure to purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a repaired frame from Ruckus.

    Ruckus Composites is a Portland Oregon based Carbon Fiber repair business, repairing thousands of bikes a year for customers, bike shops and frame manufacturers. Every so often a bike never gets picked up, and ends up in the dead pile. For several years we have been wondering what to do with these lost souls, this year we cracked the code. Working with local and national non profit organizations as well as grass roots cycling teams, Ruckus will repair and custom paint these bikes and raffle/auction them off to raise money and awareness for causes that we believe in. The proceeds from these frames will go directly to organizations in need, the bikes will go to the lucky winners of the raffles.

    The first two frames will be raffled in support of Presented By Let’s Race Bikes (PBLRB). PBLRB is a Oregon based project dedicated to supporting and enabling elite female cyclists to compete on a national level. They are breaking down the financial barriers associated with professional cycling by offering support to female athletes through crowd sourced initiatives. PBLRB has raised money to date with support from The Athletic and Sellwood Cycles in Portland OR. We are excited to work with them and proud to support their efforts in cycling.

    To enter the raffle, you can purchase tickets online here, the raffle will end on June 17th. We will announce the winners and total amount raised for PBLRB on that date. Tickets can be purchased for 25 dollars a piece, or buy 3 for 60 dollars. Tickets are tax deductible(?) and the money raised goes directly to supporting the wonderful and talented women of Presented By Let’s Race Bikes. All the details about the project can be found here.

    About Ruckus Composites: Founded in 2008 by Shawn Small, Ruckus is a Portland OR based company in dedicated to all things carbon fiber. From frame repair, to custom add on’s and after market products that complement repairs and the longevity of carbon fiber bicycle frames. Now with several employees and seeing massive growth, Ruckus is the leader in Carbon Repair in the cycling industry working with direct customers, bike shops around the globe and nearly every major frame manufacturer in the industry.
    Learn more here: http://www.ruckuscomp.com
  • Cyclocross Component Specialist Retroshift Re-Brands as Gevenalle

    Some exiting news from the folks formerly known as Retroshift:
    Cyclocross component maker Retroshift is changing it’s name and face to Gevenalle, and introducing an expanded and updated product line. Gevenalle, derived from two dutch words and translates to “Give All” reflecting the brands commitment to creating innovative and performance enhancing shifting solutions for cyclocross. The name change comes as the brand launches Hydraulic Shift Levers and Cassette Adapters both designed to address the specific needs of shifting in the mud and dirt. All Gevenalle products undergo testing in a race atmosphere before being brought to market.

    “Gevenalle products are the result of a love for cyclocross and desire to offer innovative and problem solving solutions for the sport that road components don’t quite meet. Our products are geared toward the cross racer looking to improve his/her performance with race parts built to better meet their requirements. “We are offering affordable, after market components that better meet the requirements of the muddy carnage we call cyclocross”. -Adam Clement (Founder of Gevenalle).

    See more on their new products below!

    -Brian

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  • Budnitz Bicycle Auction for Lake Champlain Waldorf School

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    Ever wanted a Budnitz Bicycle, but couldn’t find a good enough excuse to splurge on one? Well, now is the perfect opportunity to own a Budnitz while benetifing the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. They’re auctioning off a Budnitz No. 2, with the starting bid at $950 ($2,550 retail). Head over to the Lake Champlain Waldorf School Fundraising site for more info and to get your bid in!

    -Brian