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Lampre-Merida partners with ROTOR in 2014

2014 will see a second Pro Tour team riding Rotor products – Team Lampre MERIDA.

The team has aligned with ROTOR specifically for their know-how and investment in biomechanical studies. This is evident in their flagship products like Q-Rings mounted on the 3D+ and Flow cranks and the new Power Meter cranksets. The riders and team are confident to benefit in their performance from this know-how in their training and in races.

The MERIDA bikes will be equipped with Rotor 3D+, Flow and Power Meter cranks. Each rider will have the choice between a wide selection of chainrings and Q rings for their best performance set up. ROTOR will support the transition with one on one testing and set up sessions during the training camps.

Brent Copeland, Team Manager of Lampre MERIDA: “On behalf of Team LAMPRE-MERIDA I would like to say it gives us great pleasure to be working with Rotor starting for the 2014 season. They are a professional and passionate company who go out of their way to please every need of our riders and mechanics. It is the first time for our riders to experience Q-rings. There has been a lot of curiosity from the riders and after some transformation period and time for them to test, we will be confident to see a positive response. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Rotor in the future to bring about the best results for all involved.”

Rui Costa, UCI Road World Champion: “I adapted very quickly to the Q-Rings and It gave me a more aerodynamic feel. Most importantly it eliminated the dead spot in my pedal Stroke.”

Andreas Rottler, Director of Sport Marketing at MERIDA: “We decided to go for ROTOR because we believe in the products and the support they provide. The Q-Rings combined with the new power meter makes a perfect system for training and racing for our riders.”

Ignacio Estelles, CEO of ROTOR Bike Components : “I feel very privileged to be joining the Lampre-MERIDA Team with the current world champion Rui Costa . Their synergy of Pro-Tour expertise and innovative bicycle design will help ROTOR to develop and test our products at the highest level. Especially their dedication to wind tunnel testing and aerodynamics is very much in line with Rotor product design philosophy. ”

In photo, from the left: Brent Copeland (team manager LAMPRE-MERIDA), Rui Costa (World Champion), Ignacio Estelles (CEO Rotor Bike Components) e Wolfgang Renner (general manager Merida Europa).


Schwinn releases 50th Anniversary Sting Ray

Fifty years ago, then Schwinn Vice President for Engineering, Research and Development, Al Fritz created the bike every kid eventually wanted: the Schwinn Sting-Ray. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bike, Schwinn has created a limited edition of the legendary Schwinn Sting-Ray, the all-chrome Fritz Fifty.


The original Sting-Ray was in production from 1963-1981 and the most famous models were the Krates, produced from 1968-1973. Schwinn was honored to work with Al earlier this year before his passing in May 2013 to create the first newly designed Krate Sting-Ray since 1973. The Fritz Fifty is one last special model designed by Al of the bike loved and purchased by millions.

There will only be 500 of these collectible masterpieces available for purchase exclusively at independent bicycle retailers in the U.S. during the first week of December. For the first time in history, the Sting-Ray will have a chrome frame, a feature that was always a dream of Al’s. The possibilities to customize the Fritz Fifty with different colored parts and pop wheelies while making a unique fashion statement are endless.

The new Fritz Fifty Sting-Ray boasts all of the authentic details that made the original famous: classic frame, banana seat with rear suspension, custom springer fork, fat silk rear tire, smaller 16” front tire, and fenders for riding in all weather. Each bike is individually numbered and has a limited edition seal of authenticity signed by Al Fritz. A portion of the proceeds from the bike sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Al Fritz.

“The creation of the Fritz Fifty Limited Edition Schwinn Sting-Ray is a testament to the incredible contributions of bicycle design by Al Fritz and Schwinn’s commitment to the heritage of our brand,” said Jeff Rogers, Global General Manager at Schwinn. “The Schwinn Sting-Ray was the bike that every kid wanted when they were growing up, and we’re thrilled to bring it back, and in a sharp new style, for people of all generations to enjoy.”

For more information on the Schwinn Sting-Ray, please visit www.Schwinnbikes.com or www.facebook.com/rideschwinnbikes.


  • In 1962, Schwinn designer Al Fritz learned of a new California youth trend: retrofitting bicycles with the accoutrements of motorcycles (high-rise, ape hanger handlebars and banana seats).
  • As a result, in 1963 a wheelie bike was introduced to the public as the Schwinn Sting-Ray.
  • By the end of 1964, Schwinn Sting-Rays accounted for 70 percent of bike sales in the U.S.
  • The Schwinn Sting-Ray remained in production until 1981, with nostalgic reissues of the original Krates in 1998, 2004, 2008, and 2011.
  • On May 7, 2013 Al Fritz passed away, but not before helping to recreate the magic of the iconic Schwinn Sting-Ray by developing this 50th anniversary commemorative, chrome Fritz Fifty in tandem with the Schwinn Bikes team.


Philly Bike Expo is Back – “Bigger, Better”

The fourth annual Philly Bike Expo will be held November 9th and 10th at Philadelphia’s premier event venue.

“The 2013 Expo is going to be bigger and better than ever,” says show organizer Bina Bilenky. “With the move to the Convention Center, we’re able to expand not only the size and number of our things-to-do-and see, but also our reach. The Philly Bike Expo has something for everyone.”

Produced by Philadelphia custom bike builder Bilenky Cycle Works, the 2013 Philly Bike Expo is sponsored by Bicycle Times, Dirt Rag Magazine, Eastern Mountain Sports, Skidmutro Creative + Layout, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Knog, Honey Bicycles, Bradford Construction, Bicycle Quarterly, Compass Bicycles, and Allison’s Heart Foundation, the Philly Bike Expo is designed to interest, inspire, and inform bicycle aficionados, weekend enthusiasts and those merely curious about the fun and fitness that bicycling provides.

Artisans and manufacturers of bicycles, accessories and apparel will be displaying their latest products. The growing list of 2013 exhibitors includes alloneword, Bar Mitts, Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines, Bilenky Cycle Works, Chapman, Coast, Honey Bicycles, Metal Guru, Rich Adams, Royal H, Paul Carson and Vicious Cycles. Brompton, Bern, Chain-L, Calfee Design, Eastern Mountain Sports, Green Mountain Energy, Heart of Steel, Jeff Williams Velo Art, Knog, Mel Pinto Imports, Princeton Tec, Tandems East, Trophy Bikes, Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Veloce Speedwear, Velo Orange, Wald LLC and Waterford Precision Cycles.

The show will feature seminars, presentations, how-to’s and family-friendly activities. Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Instructor Ruchama Bilenky of Ruchama Yoga will offer her popular “Yoga for Cyclists” workshop. Heart of Steel’s Georgena Terry, along with racer Molly Hurford, Editor at Cyclocross Magazine, and Katie Monroe, Women Bike PHL Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will conduct an informative and inspiring discussion to encourage more women to take up cycling.

Slated seminars so far include “DIY Bamboo & Wood Bicycles” by Craig Calfee, and the always entertaining Richard Schwinn will return with “Schwinn Paramount: Handbuilt Legend”. Women’s bicycle designer/engineer Georgena Terry will speak on “Women’s Bicycle Fit and Design”, Andy Hamilton will share insights on the East Coast Greenway and Development of the North Delaware River Waterfront, and Aaron Ritz, Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs Planner for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities will present “Bike Sharing in Philadelphia”. Ed Rae of Brompton Bicycle, Michael McGettigan of Trophy Bikes and Aaron Ritz will head a panel on bicycle integration in a multi-modal transit system.

Raffles and prizes, rides, races and after-parties will round out this two-day celebration of bicycle culture.

“As more exhibitors, demos, speakers, activities and entertainments are added, we’ll be making updates at our website, so check back often,” says Bilenky. “Whether you’re an avid cyclist or someone with fond memories of that first taste of two-wheeled freedom, mark your calendar for the Expo!”

Philly Bike Expo
November 9th & 10th 2013
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107


Portland’s Provenance Hotels Celebrate Cyclepedia With Bikes, Beer & Ice Cream

Bike fever is hitting the nation’s most cycle friendly city this summer with the launch of the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design on June 8, 2013 and Provenance Hotels, presenting sponsor of Cyclepedia, is celebrating the exhibition with breathtaking bicycle design installations in the lobbies of chic Hotel Lucia, glamorous Hotel deLuxe, the historic Governor Hotel and the sophisticated Westin Portland.

The installations, developed in coordination with the museum, connect the Cyclepedia exhibition to Portland’s uniquely passionate bike culture with each hotel artfully displaying a one-of-a-kind, custom made, bicycle from the city’s own Vanilla Bicycles. Suspended from lobby ceilings and anchored on the walls, the Cyclepedia installations at Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia, the Governor Hotel and Westin Portland, sure to be must-see, will be on display for free public viewing through the run of the exhibition.

In addition to bringing bikes in off the street, Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe and the Governor Hotel will offer travelers the opportunity to enjoy Cycles, Suds & Scoops, a Cyclepdia getaway package that incorporates the trifecta of Portland summertime pleasures – bikes, beer and ice cream.

Cycles, Suds & Scoops pairs luxurious overnight accommodations at Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe or the Governor Hotel with two tickets to Portland Art Museum’s Cyclepedia exhibition and a hard copy of the coffee table-ready Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design by Michael Embacher, from whose personal collection the exhibition is drawn. Those who book the package will also be equipped to explore Portland’s signature summertime pleasures with a copy of Hop in the Saddle: a Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene by Bike by Lucy Burningham and Ellee Thalheimer, a full-day bike rental for two and two flights of seasonal Portland craft beer-inspired ice cream at Salt & Straw, home of the city’s most acclaimed ice cream artisans.

The Cycles, Sips & Scoops package is bookable now at www.provenancehotels.com/cycles and available for stays between June 8 and September 8, 2013 at Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia and Governor Hotel in downtown Portland.

Happy Birthday to J.K. Starley

Who, you ask? Let’s put it this way – J.K. Starley made Bike World News (and Cycling News, and Pez Cycling News and Bicycling) all possible by inventing the 1885 Safety bicycle, which is the archetype for almost all of today’s bicycles. While Andy Schleck is not about to tool up Mont Ventoux on the original model, it set the modern bicycle boom into motion.


Flowers have been left on Starley’s grave in the London Road cemetery in Coventry, with a card reading: “Thanks for introducing the world to the Rover Safety bicycle. Love. Cyclists everywhere.”

Phillip Darnton, executive director of the Coventry-based Bicycle Association, said:

“The worldwide accessibility and popularity of cycling is due, in large part, to the work of JK Starley in the late 19th Century. His Rover Safety revolutionised not just the bicycle but the world. The billions of bicycles made since 1885 can trace their ancestry back to that original ground-breaking machine, tested on the famous flat stretch of London Road on the outskirts of Coventry. It’s an honour to be able to recognise his talents on what would have been his birthday.”

Bicycle industry figures from around the world have joined in the celebrations of JK Starley’s life and achievements. Italian bicycle manufacturer Ernesto Colnago said: “All modern-day bicycle designers owe a huge debt to JK Starley and his vision. Starley’s stroke of genius is an inspiration to us.” American Gary Fisher, one of the founding fathers of mountain biking, said: “A happy birthday to Mr JK Starley! Moving the people in a big way: scope, plan and pulling it off! Big stuff.”

Starley’s birthday is also being celebrated by British members of Parliament. Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, said: “JK Starley made a huge contribution to cycling, not only improving the safety of bicycles but also increasing their popularity. These early bikes gave people a new found freedom; and now the bicycle is growing in popularity again. More and more people are choosing cycling as a means of transport for commuting to work or purely for pleasure. JK Starley’s legacy continues to live on albeit in a very different age.”

Two bicycle advocacy organisations – which pre-date the creation of the Rover safety – also wished to join in the celebrations. Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, said: “How can you begin to capture and describe the impact of the man whose inventive genius resulted in a product that is effectively the same today as it was more than a century and a quarter ago? Sure, some of the materials used to build bikes have changed, but JK Starley could walk into a bike shop today and ride away on a very familiar machine. That’s a pretty remarkable testimonial to the enduring utility and value of the humble – yet utterly revolutionary – Safety bicycle.”

Roger Geffen, Campaigns & Policy Director at the CTC, said: “Time and again when there are public votes to nominate the greatest British inventions, the bicycle is right up there at the top of the list. It amazes me that this wonderful fusion of technology and simplicity essentially reached its modern form 127 years ago. Yet Starley’s invention still offers a solution for the sustainable future of our civilization.”

Former CTC chief executive Kevin Mayne, now the Development Director at the Brussels-based European Cyclists’ Federation, said:

“It is entirely appropriate that 2012 is the year we revisit Starley’s legacy. Because this is the year that the United Nations installed a Kenyan slum dweller’s bicycle in the lobby of the United Nations building as a symbol of sustainable development. In the developing world Starley’s simple design is a symbol of life, hope and economic potential, just as it has always been. We should never forget that.”


Influential bloggers have also pitched in. Mikael ‘Cyclechic’ Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Consulting said: “I cannot think of any other invention in human history that has had such a major impact on such a broad spectrum of human beings than JK Starley’s bicycle design. I cannot imagine what our world over the past 125 years would be like without it. I shudder at the thought of how the world may have turned out. A truly visionary, society-changing invention and design is one that can simply not be improved. Thank you, Mr Starley.”

Stressing the relevance of cycling for today Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans, said:

“JK Starley’s invention turned the bicycle from an impractical contraption into a machine that would go on to transform the daily lives of people across the world. Though in many ways so simple, his invention has stood the test of time for well over a century, and is just – if not more – important in modern society as it has ever been.”

To learn more about J.K. Starley, visit the Roads Were Not Built For Cars website.