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In rain and sun, the BRAIN Dealer Tour comes to Colorado’s Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — The BRAIN Dealer Tour is visting stores and suppliers here this week, pedaling between stops in glorious sun and cold rain

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First Flight Bicycles to close, 10 months after owner’s death

STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — First Flight Bicycles has begun to sell off its remaining inventory ahead of a closure later this month. The store was founded by Jeff Archer,  who died after being hit by a car last July  while he was walking across a street in Mooresville.  Archer’s wife, Julie, announced the closure on the store’s Facebook page this week. The store has been operated by manager Wes Davidson since Archer’s death.

Reports: Veteran pro racer Steve Tilford dies in highway accident

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — According to web postings by a friend, veteran pro road, mountain bike and cyclocross racer Steve Tilford died early Wednesday following a vehicle crash on I-70 near the Colorado/Utah border. Tilford was about 57

Tern bringing its non-folding urban bike line, Roji, to new markets

The line includes “mini velos” with small wheels. TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Tern is now distributing its non-folding bike line, Roji, to markets outside of Japan.

RockyMounts to hold kids’ bike building night in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo.

RockyMounts to hold kids’ bike building night in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — RockyMount is helping the Wish for Wheels campaign give bicycles to kids in local lower income communities at one of the company’s regular “Guest Bartender” events, Thursday evening

Hoffman Bikes offers Recruiter line of complete bikes for beginner BMXers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BRAIN) — Hoffman Bikes is now offering its Recruiter line of complete bikes aimed at the first time BMX rider

Banker Supply, an urban cycling lifestyle store, expands with new locations

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) —Banker Supply, which opened its first urban cycling lifestyle store in 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will open a new location in Los Angeles next week. The retailer has plans to open its third location, in Chicago, later this year, and two more locations next year.

PeopleForBikes launches nationwide series of networking events

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes is launching a nationwide series of bike industry community networking events. The events are called “DRAFT: A PeopleForBikes Meetup.” The series will debut in the D.C.

How to plan a cycling holiday on a budget

Cycling overseas need not cost an arm and a leg. Tom Allen, overseas cycling adventurer and writer (TomsBikeTrip.com), talks us through touring on a budget…

  • How to pack your road bike for a trip abroad
  • How to pack your mountain bike up for travel

Set your level

Start by asking yourself what level of comfort and support you want and can afford, advises Allen. In between the fully organised tour and the entirely self-sufficient one there are ‘self-guided tours’. With one of these, the tour operator organises the hotel reservations and transfers your luggage from hotel to hotel, while you ride a marked route each day on your own. Alone but not necessarily unaided, though – many operators offer a helpline in case you encounter emergencies or problems en-route.

Camp it up

Camping while you cycle is the cheapest way to tour overseas. “Check out where to camp along your route via Warmshowers.org, which lists campsites for touring cyclists across Europe and the world,” says Allen. But be aware that ‘free’ camping is outlawed in some countries.

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“Hire or borrow camping gear, or buy it cheap through eBay, the Outdoor Gear UK Facebook group or charity shops in outdoorsy regions. Recycling centres directly after large music festivals are another good place to look.”

Count the cost

“If you’re looking to ride and camp in Europe, you can get by on a few Euros a day,” says Allen. Self-tour cycling groups can provide links to accommodation but you won’t have the mechanical back-up some tour groups offer and there’s also the initial cost of taking your bike overseas to consider. Most airlines charge for transporting bikes and you’ll need to pack it properly, which may mean dismantling and re-assembling it. Hiring a bike is the easier option, but costs upwards of £50 a week.

Hike with a bike

“If you’re heading over to mainland Europe you can get in the saddle almost as soon as you set out by taking the National Cycling Network routes 1 and 16 all the way to Dover. Once you get to the channel crossing, and if you feel confident in doing so, you can wait by the ferry queue with your thumb out until a kind soul in a big enough vehicle offers to give you a free ride to Calais,” suggests Allen. If that option doesn’t float your boat, then it’s £19.50 with P&O to get the ferry over to France.

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