Bike industry leaders call Trump’s Paris accord decision ‘embarrassing’ and ’short-sighted’

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Leaders of two of the largest bike brands are speaking out publicly about President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.  Trek Bicycle’s CEO John Burke tweeted about the decision on Thursday, calling Trump’s move “embarrassing.” Specialized made a post on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon, soon after Trump announced his decision.

How to build mountain bike dirt jumps

Learning to jump a mountain bike first requires you to find a proper jump you can practice on. Building things is fun, so let’s look at how to build tabletops — a great place to start. 

We’ll then move on to building doubles, hip jumps and step-ups. For tips on learning how to ride the jumps, see our guide to how to jump a mountain bike.

The tools you’ll need for building dirt jumps

  • A sharp spade
  • A shovel
  • A medium-sized wood saw
  • A gardening brush
  • A wheelbarrow
  • A gardening hoe
  • A gardening fork

The rules of building dirt jumps

Only build where you have permission. Clean up after yourself.


How to build a tabletop jump in 11 easy steps

1. Clean up

First up, thoroughly clear any debris, etc from the area where you want your tabletop to stand.

2. Build solid foundations

Have a search for dead wood that you can use to make a solid foundation to your jump.

3. Scope out the centre of your jump

Lay the wood widthways across the table where you think the centre of the jump will be. This will make it easier when you want to turn your jump into a double (the idea is that you can pull out the middle without affecting the take-off or landing — more on that below).

4. Start digging

5. Dump the earth on the logs

6. Pack it down

7. Get shaping

8. Shape the transition

9. Smooth out the transition

10. Shape that lip

11. Leave it to set

How to build small doubles

1. Start removing dirt from the middle

2. Now you can pull out those logs

3. Smooth it

4. Reuse those logs and dirt

How to build big doubles

1. Plan it out

2. Pile up your logs

3. Lay down the dirt

4. Shape it into a slope

5. Pack it all down

6. Start building your take-off

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth the take-off

9. Leave it to set

How to build hip jumps

1. Find your location

2. Clear the area

3. Start making your take-off

4. Build your landing

5. Smooth it all off


1. Find your location

2. Make your foundations

3. Start building it up

4. Shape the landing

5. Smooth out your landing

6. Remember to give the landing a wide base

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth it, smooth it

9. Leave it to set

You can

Marin Museum selling bricks to donors

FAIRFAX, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Marin Museum of Bicycling will build a Legacy Wall, with bricks marking the support of museum donors

Are 29er mountain bikes good for women?

I have a friend, Michele, who used to be slow. Not really slow, but a little slower than me. When we went mountain biking together, I often found myself waiting for her at the top of the climbs.?Then she got a 29er.

The first time we rode together after she bought the bike, we climbed up a long, gradual dirt road to the trailhead where we planned to ride. It was about five miles. After the first mile, I noticed that Michele was riding slightly faster than me. I also noticed that I was breathing harder than usual to keep up. The second mile, I was breathing even harder. On it went — she hauling, me huffing — until, by the time we got to the trailhead and started climbing for real, I was done. Blown up. I haven’t been able to keep up with her since.

This bothered me. Michele is taller than me. I’m 5ft 5in (165cm), average height for a woman; she’s 5ft 9in (175cm). Everyone I knew who owned a 29er loved the wheel size, and everyone I knew who owned a 29er was also taller than me. I’d?been told that someone under, say, 5ft 8in (172.5cm) was simply too short to handle the longer wheelbase.

As advertised, rolling over obstacles was easier on a 29er, the test riders reported: as advertised, rolling over obstacles was easier on a 29er, the test riders reported

BikeRadar’s five testers rode three full-suspension women’s 29ers

We were, I felt, living in a two-tiered mountain bike world, where tall people got to haul ass on 29ers – the idea being that bigger wheels roll more easily over uneven terrain, hold momentum, and provide a more stable ride – and we shorties kept plodding along on 26in wheels. They got to straightline through sections, we had to steer through them. They powered, we spun. Not fair.

But 29ers have come a long way in the few years since Michele got her bike and, recently, a number of women’s-specific 29ers have come onto the market claiming to be able to fit riders as small as 5ft (152.4cm), offering lower standover height and shorty-optimized geometry. This summer, some pint-sized friends and I tested the three women’s-specific, full-suspension 29ers on the market: the Trek Lush, Specialized Rumor and Giant Anthem X 29er W.?

The Trek Lush SL arrived first. It looked gargantuan, as if we might be gearing up to pedal an aircraft carrier. But it didn’t handle that way – it steered well and held its line no matter the obstacles. Our 26ers felt skittish in comparison. With the most travel (120mm) of the bunch, it descended like a waterfall, coursing over bumps and rocks with nary a shudder or skid; more Cadillac than supertanker. One tester described the ride as “spongy.”

Women's specific 29ers do have their place, our testers decided:

The Trek Lush has the most travel (120mm) of the three bikes tested, and comes in four models

But that smooth ride came at a cost – we found climbing on the Lush difficult, especially up steep ascents, and especially with sharp rolls and technical ups that required power and acceleration, where the bike seemed just to bog down and sit there.?

“Not bad on a short climb,” one tester noted, pedaling well in mid-gears, but it was painful on longer ones. It was also the heaviest bike we rode, at 29lb (13.2kg), and that extra weight required extra work. I was never going to be as fast as Michele on the Lush. Given the extra weight and sluggish climbing ability, we all agreed we’d probably stick with our 26ers.

That wasn’t the consensus with the other two bikes. With 110mm of travel, the Specialized Rumor Expert descended as well as the Lush, if somewhat less smoothly. Switchbacks, ledges and tight technical problems posed no challenge, and it was a steady climber, tracking up loose, steep sections without so much as a skid. Another tester declared herself “dazzled” by the bike: “I was shocked by what obstacles I was able to get over,” she said.

Specialized's new rumor women's full-suspension 29er packs 110mm of travel:

Specializeds Rumor packs 110mm of travel, a dropper seatpost and a 2×10 drivetrain

At 26.8lb (12.2kg), the Rumor is not a cross-country race bike. It’s made for all-round riding and modeled on the men’s Camber, with all the same components as Specialized’s men’s trail bike.?

We especially loved the dropper seatpost and 2×10 drivetrain. This is a brand-new bike for Specialized, though, and has some kinks to work out. The seatpost, for instance, is too long for the frame; it got jammed in and required a mallet and a whole lot of grease to extract. We also had issues with the brakes, as dialing in the reach also reduced the amount of throw.

That said, it’s a solid, fun bike that matched our 26ers in comfort and performance. Quick and responsive, it flew down the trail and climbed steadily and well. We spend a lot more time climbing than we do descending, though, and we’d like to see the bike lose a couple of pounds. ?

The 100mm?Anthem X 29er 0 W?was the nimblest of the bunch, and the lightest, at 26.5lb (12kg). That makes sense given that it was the only true cross-country bike we tested. It climbed as though it had a motor. Our testers loved the bike’s center of gravity and felt it was also the easiest bike to control.?

It’s stiff and a tad jerkier on the descents than the Specialized and Trek, with their longer-travel shocks, but the handling is precise and quick, the ride “spirited.” If the Trek is a Cadillac, this Giant is a Porsche. I blew through a number of Strava PRs without breaking a sweat. Our testers weren’t fond of the Avid Elixir brakes, however, which were “terribly mushy” and seemed to take a very long time to engage.

“As soon as i hopped on it, it made sense,

The?Giant Anthem X 29er 0 W?proved the nimblest of the bunch, with the least travel (100mm)

So, can small women ride 29ers? “After riding these bikes, I’m convinced that anyone can pilot a 29er, regardless of height,” wrote one tester. “It makes rocky climbs much easier and more fun,” said another, adding that it “feels a little like cheating after riding less cushy bikes for so long.”?

We felt tall on these bikes, but standover height was never an issue, and the handling was neither clunky nor overpowering. The heavier models did require some additional leg power, though, to push up steep climbs, and tight switchbacks felt a little tighter.

Whether we’d want to buy a 29er for ourselves would depend on the bike. We all ride regularly on nimble 26in cross-country bikes – we’re out to climb – and none of us would trade those for a 29er that was significantly heavier and less maneuverable. Give us a light and fast XC model, though, and we’d be all over it.

Not that I’ll be keeping up with Michele any time soon – there’s only so much a bike can do. Soon after she got her 29er, she started racing, and then she started training, and then she started winning. There’s not a 29er on this Earth that’s going to keep me on her wheel.

Click through the image gallery, above right, for a detailed look at each bike. And read on for an overview of each. All bikes tested were size medium.

Trek Lush

  • Four models (US$2,099/?1,750 to US$5,039/?4,000)
  • Tested: Lush SL (US$2,839/?2,300)

The trek lush comes in four models. we tested the the trek lush sl: the trek lush comes in four models. we tested the the trek lush sl

  • Pros:?Lots of travel (120mm)
  • Cons:?Heavy, a bit sluggish

Tester comments

“It made me feel a bit too high up above the terrain, though it felt very smooth and I had fun riding it.”?

“I felt like I was higher up and less stretched out than on the other bikes. The feeling of being up so high gave me a little less confidence because I was concerned about my center of gravity being too high, but I don’t think my riding actually suffered.”?

“Overall, the geometry made the center of gravity feel a bit in the backseat.”

Spec highlights?

120mm travel Fox Evolution Series 32 Float CTD fork, Fox Evolution Series Float shock, Shimano SLX and XT drivetrain, Shimano SLX hydraulic brakes

Specialized Rumor

  • Two models (US$2,900/?2,200 and US$4,200/?3,300)
  • Tested: Rumor Expert (US$4,200/?3,300)

The specialized rumor expert is the top of two models: the specialized rumor expert is the top of two models

  • Pros: Great-handling performance package with 2×10 drivetrain and dropper post
  • Cons: Formula brakes aren’t ideal, dropper post limits saddle height adjustment

Tester comments?

“On descents, it wasn’t significantly responsive.”?

“I?was dazzled by it. Gave me lots of confidence on ups and downs, and was generally just a ton of fun to ride.”?

“I was shocked by what obstacles I was able to get over.”?

“Everything just?felt?very tight, responsive?and smooth.?The whole experience with this bike was just pleasant. Felt very solid and confidence-boosting both on climbs and descents.”

Spec highlights?

110mm travel Fox Float Performance 29 fork, Fox Float CTD Evolution with Autosag, SRAM X7/X9/X0 drivetrain, Formula The One S hydraulic brakes

Giant Anthem X 29er W

  • Two models (US$1.925/?1,499 and US$2,975, no UK version)
  • Tested: Anthem X 29er 0 W (US$2,975)

The giant anthem x 29er w comes in two models. this is the giant anthem x 29er 0 w: the giant anthem x 29er w comes in two models. this is the giant anthem x 29er 0 w

  • Pros: Light and lively, agile handling, felt lighter than it is on climbs
  • Cons: Avid brakes leave room for improvement

Tester comments?

“A spirited ride that climbed and descended with energy and responsiveness.”?

“Lots of fun to ride – light and responsive.”?

“I’d want more responsive brakes.”?

“As soon as I hopped on it, it made sense! I think the key difference is the Giant’s center of gravity, which aligns with the rider’s center of gravity more truly than other bikes.”

Spec highlights?

RockShox Reba 29 RL 100mm fork, RockShox Monarch RL shock, SRAM X7 and X9 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic brakes

See the Specialized, Giant and Trek websites for more information


By Emma on August 21, 2013 | Mountain Bikes
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AngryAsian: Unplug when you clip in

I love music as much as anyone. But like anything, there’s a time and a place for it, and singletrack isn’t it.

Mountain biking is a veritable feast for the senses: the gorgeous natural scenery around you, the smell of the great outdoors, the feel of the earth beneath your tires, and the sounds those tires make as they hug the contours of the ground. It’s not only a glorious chorus when taken in together but every one of those senses also contributes to your ability to navigate the terrain successfully.

Many riders choose to block out one of those crucial lines of information by wearing earphones on the trail. And to each their own. I’m not here to tell you how to enjoy your time in the woods. However, when your decisions impact the experience of those around you, it gets a little more contentious.

Here’s the thing: it’s totally fine if you cocoon yourself inside a little auditory bubble, but unless you just bought Lance Armstrong’s ranch in Dripping Springs and its remarkable network of private trails, you’re mostly likely not the only person on the trail. If you can’t hear someone coming up behind you that’s trying to pass (”STRAAAAVVVVAAAHHHHH!!!!!”), it’s at the very least an annoyance and a bit selfish. But if you can’t hear someone approaching you head-on on a two-way trail, it can be a safety issue as well.

It’s not just other cyclists you need to worry about, either. Many local mountain bike organizations already have enough to deal with in terms of trail conflict, usually from hikers and equestrians who get spooked when approached by someone on a bike. Blocking out your ability to hear others can sometimes add needless tension to those interactions. Don’t even get me started on hikers who are blasting tunes into their ears and then freak out even when you’re doing your best to be courteous.

Moreover, a keen sense of hearing can be awfully useful in terms of performance, like indicating how your tires are gripping the ground and how well your bike is working.

Still insist on listening to music on the trail? Please do the rest of us the courtesy of either lowering the volume so that you can still hear things around you or pick up any of the various earphones currently on the market that port music into your ears without blocking out ambient noise.

For example, Airbudz molds a number of channels into otherwise-conventional ear buds so as not to seal out the world. Alternatively, AfterShokz‘ unique headphones don’t block your ears at all, instead placing the audio drivers against your cheekbones – and they actually work quite well.

Regardless, don’t bank on other people sharing your taste in music (or wanting to hear anything at all) by using some sort of open-air speaker system, either. That’s totally fine if you’re proud to be a Belieber, but sometimes it’s best to keep those things to yourself.

James Huang has been writing about bicycle tech since 2005 but also has more than 14 years of experience as a shop mechanic. In that time he’s seen plenty of fantastic gear and technology but also a lot of things that have just flat-out pisses him off. You can follow the ‘Angry Asian’ on Twitter at @angryasian.


League announces 63 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists announced 63 additions to its Bicycle Friendly Businesses list on Monday, bringing the list to more than 500.   “As businesses race to retrofit their buildings, streamline waste policies, and purchase more and more recycling bins, some companies have already targeted a free and easy way to be more environmentally conscious: bicycling,” the League said in a statement timed for Earth Day. “More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, the League’s president

WTB’s new enduro, tubeless CX, and pavement tires

WTB has expanded its tire and rim options across the board for MY2014, covering the gamut from enduro racing to cyclocross to commuting. Tubeless-ready casings continue to dominate the range and if you still like to build your own wheels, you now have more choices than ever.

WTB does enduro

WTB's new warden 2.3 tire (left) was designed for wet and sloppy conditions with super tall lugs spread across a relatively narrow casing to pierce into soft ground. the new vigilante 2.3 (right) tread is more of an all-rounder with a denser, faster-rolling tread and lower knob heights to lessen squirm.: wtb's new warden 2.3 tire (left) was designed for wet and sloppy conditions with super tall lugs spread across a relatively narrow casing to pierce into soft ground. the new vigilante 2.3 (right) tread is more of an all-rounder with a denser, faster-rolling tread and lower knob heights to lessen squirm.

WTB Warden 2.3 (left) and Vigilante 2.3 (right)

The new Vigilante 2.3 is designed as an all-around enduro tire that promises a reasonably fast roll, excellent traction across a wide range of conditions, and tough casings that should stand up to sharp rocks and roots. The tread design features stout, square-shaped knobs with lateral cuts to provide more biting edges and a denser layout toward the shoulder for secure cornering.

Claimed weights range from 880-1,060g depending on size and casing and retail price is US$65-80.

Softer conditions instead call for the new Warden 2.3 – a tire so new that it’s not even in WTB’s MY2014 aftermarket product guide yet. While the Vigilante 2.3’s knobs are shorter with flatter tops, the Warden was designed to excel in muddy conditions with taller and pointier blocks designed to pierce into the earth.

“We needed something to just annihilate wet grass,” said WTB OEM sales manager Jason Moeschler – who also happens to be an enduro racer for the Cannondale factory team.

Even so, WTB claims the Warden 2.3 is still pretty versatile, working well in everything from, “dry to damp, hardpack to loamy” conditions. The 26″ version with Dual DNA rubber compound supposedly weighs 790g and retail price is US$80.

New 29er and 650b/27.5″-specific options

The new 29er-only wtb nineline 2.0 is designed to give a fast roll and good grip on rock and hardpack.: the new 29er-only wtb nineline 2.0 is designed to give a fast roll and good grip on rock and hardpack.

WTB Nineline 2.0

In addition to tires that are offered across the spectrum of mountain bike wheel diameters, WTB is also introducing two treads specifically aimed at 29″ and 650b/27.5″ sizes.

The new Nineline 2.0 looks to be a super fast rolling tread with very low and densely packed knobs spread across a rounded profile. Aimed squarely at cross country, claimed weight is just 598g and suggested retail price is US$70.

The new beeline 2.2 will only be available in a 650b/27.5 diameter. the tightly spaced tread is similar to the fast-rolling nineline.: the new beeline 2.2 will only be available in a 650b/27.5 diameter. the tightly spaced tread is similar to the fast-rolling nineline.

WTB Beeline 2.2

The Beeline 2.2, on the other hand, features a tread design that’s similar to the Nineline 2.0 but with more of a trail bike bent thanks to its higher casing volume. Knobs look to be slightly taller throughout but an aggressive ramp down the center should still keep this one pretty fast.

Claimed weight is 670g and suggested retail price is US$68.

Also available in 650b/27.5″ is the Wolverine 2.2 and Vigilante 2.3.

What about new 26″ tires, you ask? WTB will continue to support the countless masses of 26″-wheeled mountain bikes currently in use but don’t hold your breath for new designs. As OEM sales manager, Moeschler has a clearer view of the future than most of us and he didn’t mince words.

“I’ve halted every 26-inch project we had going. It’s all going 650b.”

Taking TCS to CX

It was only a matter of time before WTB adapted its TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) tire concept to cyclocross and racers tackling the 2013-14 season will now have a more secure option if they want to run tubeless. The updated 32mm-wide CrossWolf features the same versatile tread pattern as before but with a UST-type bead that securely locks on to matching rims.

Claimed weight is 375g and retail price will be US$55.

Rims to match

The new wtb frequency tcs i25 rims boast a generous 25mm internal width across all three mountain bike wheel diameters. claimed weights range from 490-550g.: the new wtb frequency tcs i25 rims boast a generous 25mm internal width across all three mountain bike wheel diameters. claimed weights range from 490-550g.

WTB lightens up for MY2014 with the new KOM TCS i23 tubeless-compatible mountain bike rims in 26″, 27.5″, and 29″ diameters

After finding lots of market success with its recent Frequency TCS i23 tubeless-ready rim range, WTB will expand the collection for MY2014.

Topping the range is the new KOM TCS i23, which features the same 23mm internal width as the Frequency TCS i23 but a lighter extrusion that brings the weight down to 385-426g depending on diameter. Speaking of which, WTB will offer the new tubeless-ready KOM is all three sizes – all in 32-hole drillings – with prices ranging from US$95-100 each.

New sizes have been added to the standard Frequency range, too, including wider i25 models in all three diameters (490-550g, US$75-78) plus a new narrow-profile i19 in 650b (384g, US$75).

All-mountain DIYers looking for more durability can instead look to the new ST TCS i23 (26″ and 650b/27.5″) and i25 (26″ only) rims, which feature a triple-cavity extrusion that WTB says is stronger and stiffer than its other hoops. Claimed weights range from 526-546g and retail price is US$55-60 depending on size.

Finally, even the CrossWolf gets its own tubeless-compatible rim called ChrisCross TCS i19, which will work with rim or disc brakes. Claimed weight is still to be determined but retail price is US$75.

BNB Mega Update

From the email




36-hour Giving Common Challenge going on now! Help Bikes Not Bombs win $25,000!

Bikes Not Bombs is excited to announce that we are participating in a 36-hour challenge, from 8am today until 8pm tomorrow, hosted by the Giving Common, a new initiative of the Boston Foundation. To celebrate the launch of the Giving Common website, they are giving out over $150,000 in prizes to Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations!

Bikes Not Bombs is fortunate to have such a large network of grassroots supporters. With your help, we have a real shot at winning the grand prize for the most unique donations during the 36-hour period – $25,000!. Second place gets $12,000 and third place gets $10,000. BNB is a small organization that is making a big difference every day. To us, $25,000 would be transformational!

Now is the time to show your support for Bikes Not Bombs and make a gift! Each gift must be $25 or more and each person can only donate to BNB one time. All donations must be made online through BNB’s page on the Giving Common website by 5pm tomorrow!

Make your gift, spread the word on facebook and twitter, and check the leaderboard throughout the event to see how BNB is doing! Here is the link to Bikes Not Bombs’ direct page – please share it far and wide!

If you have any questions about the Giving Common Challenge, please contact Allie Hunter, Director of Fundraising & Events, at 617-522-0222 x106 or Thank you!!

Help Send Bikes to El Salvador

On Sunday October 14th, Bikes Not Bombs will load a 40′ shipping container of bikes and bike parts to CESTA in El Salvador. We need volunteer help to make it happen.

CESTA (El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology) is an environmental advocacy organization that focuses on issues of environmental justice, sustainable transportation, appropriate technology and campaigns to stop climate change. CESTA runs a bicycle mechanics training center for young people, runs various Eco-Centers demonstrating and training people in the use of sustainable and appropriate technology, organizes a movement of Victims of Climate Change and contributes a critical voice to the international discourse on the social and environmental impacts of global warming. CESTA is the El Salvadoran branch of the international organization Friends of the Earth.

Bikes Not Bombs began supporting CESTA’s work in 2000, and our most recent shipment to this partner was sent one year ago. Help BNB load bikes to support the work of CESTA!
TIME: Sunday October 14th from 10am to 5pm. Drop in for an hour or stay all day!
PLACE: The BNB warehouse at 10 Harvard Street in Dorchester
DETAILS: Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Equal Exchange coffee is generously donated by City Feed & Supply!

Please RSVP to attend this container loading.

Enrolling teens for Fall Earn-A-Bike, starting October 15!

Another busy day in the first session of Fall Earn-A-Bike. Students are finishing their bikes this week to get ready to graduate on Thursday, and you can join us at 6pm on Oct 11 to see the graduation presentation!

October 15 – November 15, 2012

Bikes Not Bombs is currently enrolling applicants for the our second Fall 2012 session of the Earn-A-Bike Program. In this program you’ll choose a bike in the beginning and learn the skills to not only build it up, but maintain it as well. At the end of the program, once the bike is built, it is yours to take home! Additionally, we go on bike adventures to explore some of the fascinating places Boston has to offer, and look into various environmental awareness topics.

Applications are available online. There are a limited number of spots available. Applicants are chosen based on application date, and the applicant’s availability and willingness to commit. To qualify for enrollment, BOTH the application (filled out) and payment (cash, check, money order, or fee waiver) need to be submitted. If you are not accepted into the program for any reason, you will be notified and your program fee will be returned.

If you have any questions please contact Elijah Evans, Director of Youth Programs, at 617-522-0222 x101 or email

Also, graduates from the first fall EAB session will be showing off their new bikes at a graduation celebration featuring a “bike fashion show” on October 11 at 6:00 pm at the BNB Hub. Please join us to learn more about the program and meet our youth instructors!

Linus, Bianchi, and Surly bikes on sale at the Bike Shop

Our Fall clearance sale is still in full swing. We have select new Bianchi, Surly and Linus bikes marked down 20%. This makes the Linus Roadster Classic currently one of our most affordable new bikes priced at $400, a deal for a stylish, upright city single speed!

We have many new models of bikes in stock. Come check out the Linus Dutchi 3 – a very upright and elegant bike based off of classic Dutch bikes. We’re currently stocking two sizes: a 43cm with 26″ wheels as well as a 45cm with 700c wheels. We also now have the Roadster 8 and Mixte 8. These are our first 8-speed internal gear city bikes, and they are similar to the 3 speed versions but are much more versatile with the extra gearing. We currently have two sizes of the Roadster and one size of the Mixte in stock to test ride.

From Bianchi we now also have our first Women’s-specific road bike, the Via Nirone 7 Dama Sora in classic Bianchi Celeste. This bike comes in 44, 46, 50 and 53 cm frames so we have a lot of options for both small and medium sized folks. We also have the 2013 Bianchi Volpe’s in stock. This year some of the components have been upgraded and the color changed to a nice subtle slate blue.

Lights! We’ve seen a huge improvement in low cost USB lights. Without batteries you can keep your lights at full brightness easier (since you can charge them as frequently as needed), save money on batteries, and they can also be smaller and brighter. Currently we have individual front and rear USB lights in the $20 range as well as a $40 front and rear set. We also have some brighter options to consider and of course still have a good selection of battery powered lights.

Still open 7 days a week and most repairs able to be scheduled for the next day!

Farewell and thank you from Allie Hunter

Dear friends, supporters, and community members,

I am writing to announce that I will be leaving my position as the Director of Fundraising & Events at Bikes Not Bombs.

I have recently accepted a position at Hyde Square Task Force, managing their communications and individual giving programs. I look forward to this new opportunity for personal and professional growth, but I will greatly miss working at Bikes Not Bombs.

For the past two and a half years, I have very much enjoyed being a part of the BNB team, working alongside our wonderful staff, volunteers, young people, partners, and supporters. I feel lucky to have had the chance to get to know so many of you and I sincerely appreciate your contributions to BNB. Each of you is part of what makes Bikes Not Bombs so special.

I know that Bikes Not Bombs will continue to do amazing work and I am excited to stay involved as a volunteer.

I will remain on the BNB staff until the end of October and you can contact me at and 617-522-0222 x106 until that time. Afterwards, please contact Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, our Executive Director, at or 617-522-0222 x105 with any questions related to fundraising or events.

Again, I’d like to extend my deepest thanks for supporting Bikes Not Bombs’ work. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions.

With gratitude,

The Bikes Not Bombs community thanks Allie for all of dedication to and passion for our work. With her leadership and your help, BNB has raised more resources from our Phone-A-Thon, Direct Mail and Bike-A-Thon over the last 2 1/2 years than ever before. While she will be missed, the systems she has put in place to support donors will be her legacy to BNB. We will begin a hiring process next month. If you have experience leading individual giving programs and are interested in the position, email hiring@bikesnotbombs.orgto receive the job description when it is ready.

Phone-A-Thon Volunteers Needed!

Do you love Bikes Not Bombs and want to help raise money to support BNB’s work in Boston and overseas? Then we want you to volunteer for Phone-A-Thon!

We need about 30 amazing volunteers to call BNB donors to inform them of the great things going on at BNB and ask them to make a year-end donation. We’re hoping to raise $35,000 this year and we need your help to get there! Every caller makes a difference!

We have 10 calling sessions scheduled between November 20th and December 22nd. Volunteers can sign up for one or more sessions. All sessions will be held at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain, either at the BNB Hub or at the Institute for Policy Studies, Building L. Snacks will be provided and you’ll earn volunteer credits for your time.

Fill out a brief online form to sign up to volunteer!

If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Simms or Jodi Sugerman-Brozan at 617-522-0222. Thank you!!

Bike Drives in Westford, Concord, Shirley, and Arlington

A bike drive is an event, often organized by a volunteer, to collect bicycles for Bikes Not Bombs. Large drives will sometime bring in over 200 bikes! These drives help us extend our network of bike collection beyond our two locations in Jamaica Plain. If you have a bike to donate, you can always bring it to Jamaica Plain, but if you live further away, then hopefully you’ll be able to find a bike drive that is closer.

Some upcoming drives:
Westford, MA on Sat, Oct 13th
Concord, MA on Sat, Oct 13th
Shirley, MA on Sat, Oct 20th
Arlington, MA on Sat, Nov 17th

Full info on these and more bike drives online.

Want to help bring Bikes Not Bombs’ bike collection to your town? We’d love to have your help to organize a bike drive!

Presentation: BNB’s Village Health Worker project in Uganda

Photo by Omar Bhimji

Join BNB for a presentation and report-back from our latest international project working with Village Health Workers in post-conflict Northern Uganda! The event will be Thursday November 8th at 7pm, at the BNB Hub.

Presenters will be:

  • Omar Bhimji, the BNB Fieldworker who lived for 8 months in Amuru, Northern Uganda, to develop this project on the ground. Omar will discuss his experience as a BNB fieldworker in Uganda, will describe the activities he engaged to develop this project and will highlight the Village Health Workers currently driving this project forward.
  • Miguel Gothers-Reyes, BNB Bike Shop Mechanic who visited Amuru for 2 months to prototype and assess the viability of bicycle ambulances in this project.
  • David Branigan, BNB International Programs Director, will provide current project updates and BNB’s plans for ongoing project development to support post-conflict renewal in Northern Uganda.

In December 2011, BNB loaded and shipped our first container of bikes, parts and tools to the Village Health Workers of Amuru, Northern Uganda. According to Omar,“On Wednesday, April 25th, after 5 months at sea, in freight yards and on the road, the container containing all of the bicycles, spare parts and tools needed for Bikes Not Bombs project in Amuru, Uganda arrived at it’s final destination: Lacor Health Centre III Amuru… As 16 volunteers excitedly formed a line, we opened the doors and were confronted by a wall of bikes. I clambered up it’s face, found a chink in the wall and, after checking my hand hold and footing, heaved: the first kid’s bike popped out of the container and was lowered into the waiting hands of an eager volunteer… Over the next 3 hours more than 400 bikes, 120 pairs of crutches and countless parts were removed from the container…”

Since that container arrived, Omar worked with the health workers to set-up a professional bicycle repair workshop in Amuru, lay the foundations for 7 village-based repair workstations, train Village Health Workers in basic and advanced mechanics and build their capacity to collectively manage the project going forward, with the help of Odoch Mark the current Project Coordinator. Come to the event to find out more!

Please RSVP to this event!

Join us at an upcoming Everyday Revolutions Tour

Tour participants get ready to try the bicycle blender.

Want to learn more about BNB’s work? Want to meet members of the BNB staff and youth programs alumni? Want to make a delicious smoothie on our pedal-powered blender? Join us for an Everyday Revolutions Tour!

October 13th at 1:00 pm

Read more info on tours.

Also you can see BNB’s programs first hand at a youth program graduation! Graduates from the first fall EAB session will be showing off their new bikes at a celebration featuring a “bike fashion show” on October 11 at 6:00 pm at the BNB Hub. Please join us to learn more about the program and meet our youth instructors.

BNB’s Second Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

Stephane (front right) will be a featured speaker at the Building Momentum Breakfast. Stephane has spent over 3 years teaching other teens at BNB, after graduating from Girls In Action herself in 2008.

Wednesday, October 24th at 8am
At the Space with a Soul Loft
281 Summer Street, 7th floor Boston, MA 02210

Bikes Not Bombs’ second annual Building Momentum Breakfast is only 2 weeks away! The Building Momentum Breakfast is designed to raise critical financial support for Bikes Not Bombs and spread the word about our innovative work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. The event will feature breakfast donated by Ula Café, coffee donated by Barrington Coffee, inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, a short video, and more! While attendees will be asked to consider making a donation to support Bikes Not Bombs, there is no obligation to give!

If you’d like to join us at the event, please email Allie Hunter, Director of Fundraising & Events, at

Save the date for Bike-A-Thon 2013 on June 2nd!

Photo by Silke Hase

Save the date! Bike-A-Thon 2013 to be Sunday June 2nd

First time riders, long-term supporters, volunteers, and curious community members alike are welcomed to take part in the fun rides, fanfare, celebration and community-building of Bikes Not Bombs’ biggest event and fundraiser of the year, the Bike-A-Thon! In 2013 we look to have our greatest rides yet, so don’t miss out. Put Sunday, June 2nd in your calendar today! Also, don’t forget to hold June 23rd as a rain date just in case. We’ll be coming out with more details as we get closer to the event, but you can be sure that we’ll have:

Fully-supported rides for all skill levels!
Delicious food and a post-ride celebration for riders!
Brand new BNB t-shirts for all participants!
Great prizes for top fundraisers!

See more info and photos from the 2012 Bike-A-Thon!

Tool Time: to work on your own bike

October 18th, November 1st, and future dates tba

Tool Time is a time for BNB youth programs graduates, members, and volunteers to come through and use our Hub mechanics space for working on your own bike. To attend a session, please rsvp to Jeremy (; 617-522-0222 x109) with at least 24 hours notice so we can make sure we have enough space.

See more info and upcoming Tool Time datesonline.

Youth employee of the month is Finola

Finola Joyce is the September Youth Employee of the Month. In her first month as an Earn-A-Bike instructor, Finola has proven to be a great addition to the team. She takes initiative, is always on time, and is supportive to her peers. Finola has pushed herself to be less shy and reserved, and as a result has become someone that the rest of the Youth Instructors have fun with, and rely on. Congrats to Finola!

Boston Bike Film Festival this Friday, October 12th!

Above is a scene from With My Own Two Wheels showing Mirriam at work in the Ability Bikes shop in Ghana, a BNB partner. Meet her on the big screen at the Boston Bike Film Festival!

Friday, October 12, 2012
Doors open at 7pm, films start at approximately 8pm
At the historic Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington Center, MA

Join us for a bike-themed night out! The 8th annual Boston Bike Film Festival, a benefit for MassBike and Bikes Not Bombs, will be at Regent Theatre (new location!) in Arlington. Films range from the hilarious “The Man Who Lived on His Bike,” to a feature on Georgena Terry, the barrier-breaking polio survivor behind Terry Bicycles, to an inspiring film about BNB’s partners at Ability Bikes in Ghana. The event will also have live music from Slow Boat Home, door prizes, snacks from Redbones, and beer and wine available for purchase.

Save the date and tell your friends!

You can purchase tickets online for only $15. Tickets at the door will be $20. More informational is available on the Boston Bike Film Festival website.

Hope to see you there!

Successful Group Show & Silent Auction at Bikes Not Bombs!

The JP Open Studios Group Show & Silent Auction at BNB was a big success! We had 564 people come through our space for the event and raised over $1,000 to support our work! Thank you to everyone that stopped by, bid on a piece, and helped make this event so successful and fun! We also want to acknowledge and thank the amazing artists that donated their bicycle-inspired artwork for the auction: Andrea Kulish, Cassandra Mueller, David Branigan, Elizabeth Redlich, Michele Martin, Miguel Gothers-Reyes, Monica Brookman, Shannon Grant, Susan Redlich, Vera Hunter, and Wayne Chinnock.

Artists and art-lovers alike—keep an eye out for Bikes Not Bombs’ Group Show & Silent Auction during JP Open Studios next fall!

Litespeed on Mars, new models on Earth

CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN) Tuesday August 7 2012 2:53 PM MT— When NASA’s Curiosity rover starts crawling around Mars, it will enjoy the distinct riding quality of a Tennessee-welded tubular titanium framework, courtesy of Litespeed. The company welded parts of the frame at its Chattanooga factory under contract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Kinesis FF29 frame – First ride review

Kinesis have taken quite a while to produce their first big-wheeled mountain bike but the FF29 impressed instantly. It combines the low weight and direct ride response advantages of a quality aluminium frame with bang-up-to-date 29er geometry. The result is a lively trail character that’ll seduce the big-wheeler cynics as well as impressing those looking for more hard riding thrills than has until recently been the case with 29ers.

Ride & handling: Like a very fast 26er, but smoother

The FF29 frame is stiff when under pressure, which is great for out-of-the-bends acceleration and on climbs, but the big wheels, fat treads and careful saddle choice prevent it from feeling too harsh, muting?the hard edges left after the softer roll of the big wheels has worked its magic. It’s a bit more chattery over rough ground than some of its steel-framed rivals but it makes up for that in terms of absolute speed.?

The long, low, lively geometry combines with the short head tube and stiff but light overall design to produce?one of the most enticing high-speed big-wheelers we’ve tested at this price. But a lot of thought has gone into the fine detail, and the result is a bike that, while often feeling more like a race bike, is also one of the best hard-hitting trail hardtails available.

Put simply it’s a very fast, very stable, still reasonably comfy and very lively bike that would be equally at home on race circuits or all day rides. It’ll happily accept a 100mm-travel fork, but a 120mm fork like the Marzocchi Micro Ti 44 supplied with our test frame opens up the ride potential to riders looking for more hard hitting control than a pure cross-country race bike can offer. The purists who like to to stay more closely in touch with mother earth can opt for a Kinesis Slide 29RL fixed-blade carbon fork for another ?200.

Frame: Well thought out chassis with light and lively feel

The FF29 (Kinesis tell us FF stands for F****** Fast) is a classy looking beast that comes in Met Grey or Diamond Black if you don’t like Sick Green. Kinesis use ‘Super Plastic Formed’ shaping technology for the top and down tubes. This is essentially hydroforming but using higher temperatures than normal to build more complex shapes into very thin walled tubes.?

The ‘Kinesium’ tubes are made from 6000 series aluminium, which is claimed to be 25 percent stronger than the more common 6061 but without a price hike. ‘Supertapered’ seat- and chainstays probably help to muffle the harder edges of vibration over rough terrain, and there’s still plenty room for big tyres without the back end feeling unduly long. A short tapered head tube and curvy down tube combine to achieve a low front end with plenty room for big fork tops to turn without hitting the frame.

With its SRAM X0 drivetrain and a smattering of classy finishing components including costly Reynolds carbon wheels, the bike Kinesis sent us was one of the lightest and liveliest big-wheelers we’ve tested. The wheels push the full bike price up to around ?3,000 but with less exotic mid-range hoops it would be easy to score a sub-25lb build for under ?2,000. Our test model tipped the scales at 23.8lb (10.8kg). Claimed frame weight is almost exactly 4lb. ?

KINESIS ff29 frame: kinesis ff29 frame