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About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

North St Bag Switch Program

north streetI love a program that relies on upcycling over recycling and North St Bags is doing just that with their “Switch” program. It works like this:

1. Bring in your backpack, messenger bag, pannier, handlebar bag, etc. (some exclusions).
2. Receive 20% off your next purchase from North St.
3. North St. will take care of and donate the bags to the Community Cycling Center (among other organizations) for resale…benefiting CCC and you!

Let’s face it, sometimes you stow away a perfectly useable bag because you wanted shinier colors, greater street cred, or the latest technology enhanced pack. Now you don’t have to feel so guilty about doing so and can get a bag to someone else who needs one, but doesn’t have the money to buy a new pack. Good for you, good for them!

Although North St is located in Portland, Oregon, you can mail them a pack from anywhere in the world, order a new one online, and get the same benefits. See all the details about the Switch program here.

Coffee On A Bike…In An Airport

gate coffeeThose brilliant Finns. The Helsinki airport is now offering gate-serviced coffee…by bike. So, instead of worrying about dragging your luggage through the terminal (“Unnattended luggage will be exploded by a robocop type mechanism…thank you.”) just to get a cup of liquid nap, Gate Roastery brings it to you, with a bike…because we all know how long those walks can be from A1 to G14. Think about it, you’re speed walking to the connecting flight when you see some poor excuse for coffee (all offense intended Dunkin Donuts) staring you down, forcing you to calculate a wait in line for some liquid tar against the wait in line to get on the plane safely…but now…no stopping necessary! Get to your gate, wait in line, and listen for the distinct *ding ding* of the bike bell as the high-quality coffee comes rolling to you! With this amenity, I’d consider flying…anywhere. Read the full article on Gate Roastery here.

As a part of the TravelLab project, Finavia is bringing this invigorating Finnish ritual to Helsinki Airport passengers, directly to the gate. In Gate Roastery, Finnish quality coffee from Helsinki-based Kaffa Roastery is brought to passengers waiting for their flights at the gate area. They will have the opportunity to buy a freshly brewed cup or a souvenir of Kaffa products to be enjoyed at home.

Our TravelLab technicians will be zooming around the airport with sleek and classy Finnish-made Pelago bicycles.

R.E.Load Bags – Megapack Demo

Roland of R.E.Load Bags gives the details on their messenger-sized bag, the Megapack, the largest bag in their offering. Admittedly, I’m a little bummed circus clowns didn’t come pouring out upon opening.

Le TDF and TFL Posters

I’m a sucker for bold colors, bold shapes and posters, so I naturally find these fantastic. Transport For London commissioned designers, M&C Saatchi, to create posters alerting London public transit passengers to potential traffic complications during the Tour De France. Eye-catching and informative, I love the inclusion of the TFL logo and uncomplicated message. I’d find a way to get some prints if I was in the area, but I think these are only going to be public info posters and not for sale.
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Via Creative Review

Aaron Gwin’s One Tire Ride

Let Gwin’s downhill ride be a lesson to you next time you get a flat on the road…skip the bus and just ride that sucker home!

Origin8 Frame Giveaway

Hey Kids, Origin8 is giving away a Fix8 frame, with the requisite brand promotion, of course. So here’s the goods. Winner announced June 20th.
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100 Hoopties – Upcycled Art

lucahaCyclist and graphic designer (which comes first?), Jennifer Beatty, is creating posters for the 100 days series using upcycled bike parts. Each poster is a rendition of various pop culture images, some a part of everyday culture and others more obscure fine art representations. The posters use bicycle materials pulled from the bicycle version of a “hooptie”, as Beatty defines,

1: A bicycle with at least one part dangling off that has duct tape holding it together and/or makes you aware of its impending arrival by the volume of the squeal coming from the petrified brake pads or lack there of.

2: A Huffy or Murray mountain bike with three broken spokes and the shift lever unattached, commonly ridden by New York City food delivery riders.

One poster is made every day for 100 days, which will end on July 15th. You can see each new poster as it is created here.
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Kale Or Be Killed – Meet Laura Kline

klineAs the creators of Kale Or Be Killed put it, “Stephanie and Laura are all about being healthy, happy, and their baddest, fittest selves. These healthy hustlas are here to make sure staying in shape and eating healthy make you feel like you’re getting away with murder, without hurting a fly.

Keepin’ it so real, it’s organic.”

Part of their mission is to introduce readers to various (vegan) individuals who offer something in the way of living full, healthy, active lives. (Disclaimer: I was one of them). They recently interviewed duathlete, Laura Kline, where she talks about her perspectives related to eating, training and living.

What race are you most proud of?
Winning the 2012 Duathlon World Championship in Nancy, France. It was a great experience to achieve that result against the world’s best, and it was one of those days where everything just clicked. It felt amazing!

Read other interviews here, including Steph Crumley of Superb Bicycles.

Strider Championships – Thailand

Strider Championship Series Thailand 2014 from BKKStrider on Vimeo.

These Strider Championship events never cease to pull me out of a bad mood. Wee people kicking around on wee bikes in a competition setting. Love it.

Strongest Hearts Campaign

Matt Ruscigno, of Feel My Legs and Day In The Life, and his cohort, Sasha Perry, are in the middle of a fundraising campaign to help create more of their Day In The Life episodes/interviews of vegan athletes. They have showcased a number of cyclists in the series, who have offered great insight into high-level racing and nutrition.

The videos are professionally produced and cost a decent penny to make, hence the campaign. You can donate here and the incentives are pretty nice, including buttons, Purist water bottles, stickers, socks, nutritional consultation, an athlete of your choice in a video (YOU in a video!), etc. Only 14 days left to make this happen…help ‘em out!

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