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Holiday Gift Idea – Chrome Interbike Midways

That’s right, it’s time to start shopping for the people on your holiday list! Make things easy on yourself, and stop in to Recycled Cycles for these Chrome Interbike Limited Edition Black/Gold Midways. Rumor has it we’re the only shop in the area selling this shoe with the gold Chrome logo. We grabbed them all as soon as we saw them at Interbike in September – we never were all that good at sharing. Made of super-durable Cordura and suede, they run a tiny bit big, so buy a 1/2 size down. We love Chrome products in general, and these shoes are just straight-up cool. $110.

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Good Guys Doing Good Things

One of the best things about working in the bicycle business is that we spend a lot of time working with companies that actually care about their communities. I don’t know if it’s industry-specific, but I like to think that for the most part, cyclists appreciate the value of lending a helping hand.

 Diamondback gives back

Last week, an Orange County teenager named Codey Durham had all three of his Diamondback BMX bikes stolen. Now, bikes get stolen all the time, but Codey’s story is a little different.

Codey was paralyzed at an early age by a cyst in his spine. He has undergone many back surgeries and still wears leg braces and suffers from scoliosis. Told he’d never walk, Codey worked hard to beat the odds and has found freedom while riding his bikes.

 Lucky for Codey, the good folks at Diamondback caught wind of his story and decided to make things right. They have already given him one new bike and have agreed to replace the other two as well. Just when it seems like it’s hard to find good news in this world, Diamondback comes along and does the right thing – just because.

 Raleigh steps up

The good people from Raleigh are no slouches in the community-involvement arena either. This week they announced that they have signed on to be the Official Bicycle Partner for Bike MS on a national level. Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation, and it’s for a great cause.

 Recycled Cycles has provided mechanical support to more than 2000 riders for the Bike MS ride that starts in Mt. Vernon for the past few years. It’s a 2-day ride with distances ranging from 22 to 92 miles, all in beautiful Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. It’s an event we love to support and look forward to each year. If you sign up for 2012, stop by and say hi – even if you don’t need help with a repair!

 Kona goes global

Since its inception in 2006, the Kona AfricaBike program has distributed more than 4,000 bicycles to healthcare workers, schools, and humanitarian agencies throughout Africa. Designed to be durable and low-maintenance, the bicycles are a lifeline for many in sub-Saharan Africa, where the great distances to sources of water, healthcare, and education are often prohibitive.

It’s a cause that resonates even more for Recycled Cycles’ Steve Donahue since taking a trip to South Africa with his family this spring.

 Right now Kona is working with A Better World Canada to design a kid-specific bike for children in rural Kenya who commute up to 14k one way to school. They’ll be giving more than 500 bikes to the primary school early next year. To get involved, look up Kona’s Basic Needs.

Winter Cycling Essentials

No doubt you’ve noticed the temperature dropping, the weather reporters giddy over the first snow in the mountains, the freezing rain blowing sideways. It all points to one thing: winter is right around the corner! The less-hearty among you may say goodbye to your bikes for the season and dust off your skis. For the rest of you, we have a few essentials that will keep you cruising through Seattle in relative comfort.

Endura Strike Waterproof Glove. These gloves will keep your hands dry and warm (honest), which is somewhat essential for cycling through the colder months.  We love the neoprene cuff and fleece liner. $50.

Craft Rain Bootie. Trust us – quality booties make all the difference in the world. These are wind and water-resistant to keep your feet from freezing to your bike pedals. Velcro straps keep them tight and Kevlar-reinforced toes and heels mean these booties will last. $40.

 

swrve Belgian Wool Cap. Traditional Belgian cut winter cycling cap with fold-down ear flaps. Made of itch-free Merino wool, to keep you warm even when wet. So comfy and cool you’ll want to wear it even when you’re not on your bike.  $50. 

 

Showers Pass Elite Pro. There’s a good reason Showers Pass jackets are so popular: they’re ideal for our bicycling in our Northwest climate. The Elite Pro is insanely lightweight, highly breathable and waterproof. You’ll want to wear an insulating layer underneath during the colder months, but we promise this is a jacket you’ll be able to wear year-round. $230.

 

Showers Pass Club Convertible. Lucky for us, Showers Pass makes pants too! Fully seam-taped, these pull right on over your cycling clothes. Breathable and convertible with zippered ankles for easy removal over shoes. $135.

 

Ortlieb Vario. You can’t go wrong with an Ortlieb bag if you’re trying to keep your stuff dry. The Vario can be used as a backpack or pannier, with padded straps and a roll-top Velcro closure. $140.

 

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