Performance Bicycle’s 2012 Tour Devinci & Build-a-Bike giveaway

Here is a sweet contest from Performance Bicycle online retailer.

Performance Bicycle Announces
“2012 Tour Devinci and Build-a-Bike” Giveaway

Enter to win 2-Night Trip to Quebec to Build a Bike at Devinci’s Factory plus a Choice of Devinci Bike

CHAPEL HILL, NC – (May 1, 2012) – Performance Bicycle®, the nation’s largest independent cycling retailer, invites bicycling enthusiasts of all levels to enter the 2012 Tour Devinci & Build-a-Bike Giveaway. In partnership with Cycles Devinci, a Canadian bicycle manufacturer and designer, one lucky winner will receive a unique, hands-on experience at the Devinci factory in Quebec, Canada and will help build a Devinci bicycle with their own hands.

From May 1– May 28, 2012 people can enter to win by scanning the QR code signage located in Performance Bicycle retail locations or by filling out the entry form available at

The winner will receive:
· Round trip airfare for one person to Quebec, Canada
· 2 nights / 3 days hotel accommodation at Le Montagnais Hotel
· Meals at local restaurants
· Hands-on tour of the Devinci factory
· The choice of either a 2012 Devinci Atlas RC 29er Mountain Bike or 2012 Devinci Leo SL K Road Bike to take home.

“Devinci is one of the top brands in cycling and we’re thrilled to carry their bikes at and to be working with their fantastic team on this contest,” said David Pruitt, Performance Bicycle’s chief executive officer. ”From machining and welding to assembly, the winner will participate in all the steps necessary to build Devinci bikes and get to ride one in beautiful Quebec. It’s a truly remarkable opportunity and is certainly a once-in-a lifetime experience.”

From Aug. 1-Aug. 3, 2012, the winner will travel to Quebec to learn about how Devinci bikes are designed, tested, machined, welded and assembled. After helping to build Devinci bikes, the winner will test Devinci’s craftsmanship on guided rides with the Devinci team to nearby mountain bike trails or along the scenic Saguenay River and Fjord.

Entrants must have valid passport and be willing to travel to Canada in August. No purchase necessary to win. Must be 18 years old & resident of the U.S. (excluding the states of Florida, New York & Rhode Island) to enter. Information entered on entry form will be used for the purposes of administering the sweepstakes and for marketing purposes.

Where to Find Performance Bicycle
Performance offers three great ways to shop: in store, by catalog and online at Guests can always check the Deal of the Day on the Performance Bicycle® website or by following Performance on Twitter, @performance_inc, and on Facebook.

About Performance Bicycle®
Performance Bicycle® is the No. 1 specialty bicycle retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans more than 100 stores nationwide, and, all catering to both the avid cycling enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit

About Cycles Devinci®
Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Canada. It has led the industry by way of manufacturing expertise and product development since its inception in 1987. Cycles Devinci continues to forge ahead with suspension guru Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot suspension platform. Combined with the company’s Axis Technologies, Devinci is set on a path for domination. For more details on Devinci and DGR, visit

Video of Devinci Factory:

US Cycling Hall of Fame-Inductees 2012

Did you know there was a US Cycling Hall of Fame? I didn’t. Well it’s in Davis California and they just announced the 4 cycling legend inductees for November, 2012.

Here is more:

Four legendary members of the cycling world will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on November 3rd, 2012.

The four honorees represent several disciplines of the sport of cycling and span a 50-year horizon. The inductees are Erin Hartwell (Modern Road & Track Competitor), Susan DeMattei (Off-Road Competitor), Rob Parsons (Veteran Road & Track Competitor), and Tom Ritchey (Contributor to the Sport). With the Class of 2012, there are now a total of 136 Inductees in the Hall of Fame.

“The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud to honor these individuals,” said Hall of Fame Board President Anthony Costello. “These individuals were selected because of their accomplishments in the sport of cycling and their induction into the Hall of Fame will serve as a perpetual reminder of their dedication and sacrifice to the sport.

The November 3rd Induction Ceremony will be held in Davis, CA, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame now boasts 8,000 sq-ft of exhibits that tell the story of American cycling history via inductee memorabilia and a collection of bicycles from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. There will be a number of celebratory events during induction weekend culminating with the Induction Ceremony & Dinner for the Class of 2012. Early-bird tickets are now available at: 2012 Ticket Sales.

Class of 2012 Overview:

Tom Ritchey, a luminary of the sport, Tom is best known for his role in the birth and growth of mountain biking. He helped establish the commercial viability of the mountain bike, advanced frame design & geometry, and redesigned nearly every component on the traditional bicycle to optimize it for the new sport of mountain biking.

Erin Hartwell, a 3-time Olympian with silver and bronze medals, Erin was a dominant force on the track for over a decade. He is also a 12-time U.S. National Champion who represented America around the world at the Pan American Games, Goodwill Games, and World Championships.

Susan DeMattei, won America’s first Olympic medal in mountain biking at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Susan also took the silver medal at the 1994 World Mountain Bike Championships in Vail Colorado. From 1990 through 1996 she finished on the podium in the National Championship Series every year except one.

Rob Parsons, National Road Champion and Olympic Team member, Rob is also recognized for victories in many of North America’s greatest races including the Nevada City Classic, a race he won 5 years in a row between 1963 and 1967.

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame selects inductees for the following categories: Veteran Road & Track Competitor (1970 & Prior), Modern Road & Track Competitor (1971 – Present), Off-Road Competitor (Mountain, Cyclocross, or BMX), and Contributor to the Sport. Anyone can submit a nomination.

About the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing American competitive cyclists and contributors to the sport for their significant achievements. Its mission is to preserve the history of American cycling in order to educate people about the past and encourage them to participate in the future of the sport. Encouraging all levels of cycling, the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame promotes cycling development and fitness.

For more information about the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and its Inductees click here.

New Bike$hare

Now that the new $41 million sponsored bike sharing program has been announced its had a little time to sink in. One of the resounding concerns with the new system is cost, with this being the most expensive share in the world. That’s so weird for NYC…not.

A number of news agencies have already began to weigh in on the cost and usage of the share.

Here are some tips from the Atlantic Reader on how to best use citibikeNYC:

How Not to Use New York’s Bike Share
By: Eric Randall
May 10th, 2012

New York ‘s Transportation Department and Citibank joint introduced their bike share program Monday, but rather than drool over the shiny blue bikes, journalists focused on the prices, which some thought to be too high. Critics aptly identified ways one could rack up a huge bill using the program, but some of their arguments ignored or undersold the way cities intend people to use the bike share system.

New York’s program will mimic popular bike sharing systems in dozens of other cities, like Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare. Users can pay a daily, monthly, or annual fee to take bikes from electronic racks placed throughout the city and return the bikes to any other rack. Users pay an additional charge after the first 30 minutes that increases as one keeps the bike out longer. New York’s prices are higher than those in other cities, and this seemed to be the feature that captivated the coverage.

Read the article: here.

More from Felix Salmon of Reuters.

And Gothamist.

Also some insight from Animal New York.

What’s your opinion? Leave it in the comments.

L Magazine 101 things to do this summer in #bikenyc


Look at #63 of L Magazine’s top 101 things to do in Brooklyn this summer.

Fix your bike workshop from Time’s Up.

Find out: here.

Tweet the #giroditalia


I’ve been keeping a loose eye on this years 95th Giro d’Italia Europe’s first big multiple stage race after the Spring classics. This major pro cycling event started May 5th in the Danish city of Herning and will end in Milan, Italy on May 27th.

For android and iPhone users there is a 2012 app to keep track of statistics and GC placement.

If your Italian is good you can get live giro coverage:


This is the one feed (I found) that streams on an iPhone (no flash) but the coverage is in Italian.

More options are listed:

Other sites for coverage:

And Italy’s sports paper:

For more personal coverage of the race, try using twitter.

Search with the hashtags: #giro and #giroditalia.

Most of the pro teams have twitter feeds.

Here are the more active ones:

BMC: @BMCProTeam
Team Sky: @teamsky
Orica GreenEdge: @Orica_GreenEDGE
Garmin-Baraccuda: @Ride_Argyle

There are a lot of individual racers with twitter accounts:

Mark Cavendish: @markcavendish
Taylor Phinney: @taylorphinney
Marco Bandiera @BandieraMarco
Ramunas Navardauskas: @ramunas88

And where is last Year’s Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (@cadeloffical) during the Giro? Preparing for this years Tour by training in the mountains.

From the Herald Sun, Australia:

Evans and BMC teammate Steve Morabito have spent the past few days riding the final climb of the Tour de France’s eighth stage, a 154km mountain stage that crosses into Switzerland, with special focus on the Col de la Croix.

Read more: here.

In the time it took me to write this post:
Mark Cavendish wins stage 5. Shown here with his daughter Delilah, who doesn’t have a twitter feed yet, but her Mom does, model, Peta Todd (@petatodd)


Bike Jumble 2012-May 19th


Next Saturday, May 19th is New York’s premier cycling swap meet:

The NY Bike Jumble

20120510-091107.jpg(photo by: pedalstrike)

Come join us for the 4th annual Spring Brooklyn Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House in Washington Park – Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The park will be filled with vendors selling used bikes, new and used bike accesories as well as events to be announced.

This year we will also be celebrating the newly renovated park, as well as the continuing acendancy of bikes in New York City Traffic.

Please join us on Saturday, May 19th from 10AM to 4PM.

Time’s Up bike month calender.

Want to know what’s going on for bike month? Time’s Up has put together their very own calender.

Download it here:

Largest cycle protest in London, 10,000.

April 28th was the largest cycling protest in London, with over 10,000 people riding to draw attention to local bike related issues.

Here is an article in the Times of London:
10,000 pedal for action in biggest bike protest

By: Kaya Burgess and Rhoda Buchanan
April 28th, 2012

Central London was overrun by 10,000 cyclists today, as the biggest bike protest ever seen in the capital took to the streets.

The mayoral candidates Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones, as well as Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem deputy leader, joined the ride from Hyde Park to Blackfriars, which called on the candidates in next week’s local and mayoral elections to make concrete pledges to make the streets safer for cyclists.

Mr Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said: “I personally am too afraid to cycle on the roads and roundabouts in London and that isn’t right. We need to review all junctions, especially those on the cycle superhighways.”

Read more: here.
Random Youtube video:

POW-people on wheels

On my way home from work I stopped and meet Helen Ho (seen in the photo on the left) and her associate who are starting a new bicycle organization called POW (people on wheels) They had a small table at the base of the Ed Koch bridge (Long Island City side) to take photo portraits and introduce themselves during the second week of Bike Month.
Their concept is to create a voice for under represented members of the cycling community: Women, people of color and delivery bikers.
Here is POW’s mission statement from their facebook page:
“The cycling community is amazingly diverse, but this diversity is not well represented in the bicycle advocacy discussion. Our goal is not to speak for riders who are traditionally excluded from the conversation. Instead our goal is to encourage all riders, regardless of age, race, gender, or cycling ability, to let their voices be heard.”
The idea for their group came out of the 2nd annual youth summit.

They don’t have a website yet, so for now follow along at Facebook/POWpeopleOnWheels and Twitter/@POW_Bike

Citigroup: to big to fail…bicycles.

Despite the world financial crisis, banks seem to be doing alright here in NYC. Barclay’s is bringing a basketball stadium to downtown Brooklyn and is already announcing concert series, such as the Sounds of Reggae.

Meanwhile it looks like Citigroup is the $41 million sponsor of the upcoming bike sharing program in NYC that is set to put 10,000 rentable bikes on the street.

That’s right, say hello to: Citibike.

Here is an article from the NY Daily News.

Citigroup sponsors New York bike-share program that launches this year.
By: By Pete Donohue
May 7, 2012

This summer, you can ride your Citi Bike around New York Citi.

Mayor Bloomberg named Citigroup on Monday as the corporate sponsor of the bike-share program the administration will initially launch in Manhattan and expand to Brooklyn in July.

Thousands of bicycles will be available to rent at hundreds of “docking stations” in what officials call the largest program of its kind in the country.

The sponsorship agreement allows the “Citi” brand to be displayed on the bicycles and pickup/dropoff locations. The bank company’s brand is familiar around town. For example, Citigroup paid $400 million for naming rights to the Mets’ ballpark — Citi Field — in Queens.

Read more: here.

and an article in Gothamist, Bloomberg and
The Wall Street Journal.

The announcement was made today and Streetsblog was on hand with Mayor Bloomberg, D.O.T. commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and Alta bike sharing CEO, Allison Cohen.

Here is an article:
Citigroup to Sponsor NYC Bike-Share at $41 Million Over Five Years
by: Ben Fried and Noah Kazis
published: May 7th, 2012
photo caption: The line-up at today’s bike-share presser: Deputy Mayor Robert Steel, Alta Bikeshare CEO Alison Cohen, NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, and Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit. Photo: Noah Kazis

The largest bike-share system in North America will be sponsored by one of the world’s largest financial institutions. At City Hall today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a $41 million, five-year sponsorship arrangement with Citigroup that will fund most of the cost of implementing NYC’s bike-share network. The system will go by the name “Citi Bike,” and its distinctive blue bikes will be available in late July, with the full 10,000-bike, 600-station network in place by spring 2013.

MasterCard, putting in $6.5 million, will be the secondary sponsor. Its logo will appear on all the station kiosks, where bike-share users can sign up by swiping their credit cards. The sponsorship announcement clears up the last big unknown about how the system would be funded. After the initial capital investment in setting up the system, the city and operator Alta Bikeshare expect Citi Bike to turn an operational profit.

(photo by: Ben Fried)

It was also an occasion to see how much it pleased the chiefs of two large multi-national corporations to associate their brands with bike-share. “We could not do what we do” without New York City’s infrastructure, Citi CEO Vikram Pandit told the assembled reporters, calling bike-share “an innovative option, kind of like ZipCar,” but “better for the environment and it’s also good exercise.” Said MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, ”The bike-share program is just another way to continue that ‘priceless’ New York feeling.”

Read the entire article, here.