"The Ecoforce 1 is a handcrafted bicycle that combines performance and beauty with environmental and social responsibility to deliver a fully functional work of art that actually costs less than most aluminum bikes of its kind. This single-speed bike comes with a reversible hub so riders can easily switch from freewheel to fixed-wheel.
The frame weighs less than 4 pounds thanks to bamboo and our recycled 6061 aluminum lugs. The entire bamboo bicycle only weighs about 22 pounds.
The Ecoforce 1 available in three colors and four sizes."
Don’t wait until you’re on the road to hone your flat-changing skills, says Lennard Zinn, author of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. "Practice changing a tire in the comfort of your garage using the same pump and tools you carry on your ride, and you’ll be less worried about getting a flat far from home."
Entrepreneurs, farmers, healthcare workers and students in rural Africa transport heavy loads long distances over rugged terrain to meet basic needs. Compared to walking, bicycles allow people to haul more goods over longer distances in less time - provided the bicycle is strong and durable. In Africa, the disconnect between suppliers and end-users has resulted in bicycles designed to be inexpensive rather than robust; most begin to fall apart within weeks because they are not suitable for rugged terrain and bulky loads. This has dire consequences for people without access to other transportation.
World Bicycle Relief has connected rural Africans with bicycle suppliers; the result is a robust bicycle engineered specifically for rural African terrain and load requirements. The Buffalo bike is designed, tested and assembled in Africa with close attention to end-user feedback and rigorous quality control. We are committed to providing the highest quality, most durable bicycles in Africa, and we operate with constant attention to innovation and product improvement to ensure that our bicycles meet their users' needs. World Bicycle Relief's Africa-based product management team oversees a fleet of riders who test current and potential components under the most punishing field conditions; their feedback is used to improve our bicycles. Furthermore, Buffalo bicycles are compatible with locally available spare parts, ensuring that with proper maintenance they will last for years. These design innovations make World Bicycle Relief's Buffalo bicycles the best on the market: our bicycle is built for Africa.
Why Buffalo? Our bikes are built to be as tough as the fierce African buffalo, a symbol of strength and power; hence the brand name Buffalo bicycle. In Swahili-speaking countries, our bicycles are branded "Nyati," the Swahili term for "Buffalo." All Buffalo bicycles and spare parts are carefully branded to assure the end-users that they have purchased the genuine product rather than a low-quality imitation.
Buffalo bicycle components are sourced from manufacturers in Asia who produce each part to our specifications. World Bicycle Relief's Taiwan-based supplier management team ensure our bicycles are built from the highest quality parts; they review potential suppliers, evaluate product quality, and manage shipping logistics to minimize cost. The bikes arrive completely disassembled at World Bicycle Relief facilities in Africa, where teams of highly-trained local staff put them together. Many of the 60+ full-time assembly staff have been with WBR since 2008; they take great pride in their work and ensure that each bike is properly assembled.
Even the most robust bicycle needs maintenance, particularly in the harsh conditions of rural Africa. Each Buffalo bike comes with a small toolkit and a pump for basic maintenance; to ensure that bicycle owners have access to local, qualified repair service, World Bicycle Relief has developed a Field Mechanics Training Program to accompany distribution. Mechanics are trained in bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair as well as basic business, marketing and management skills. Each trained mechanic receives a bike, a set of high quality tools, a uniform, and basic marketing materials; some mechanics work with microlenders to establish businesses and purchase a stock of spare parts. World Bicycle Relief has trained over 900 local field mechanics in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
If you haven't heard of or never used MapMyRide or MapMyFitness it would be well worth your time to become acquainted with this extremely helpful and easy to use tool. Whether you walk, run or cycle MapMyRide and MapMyFitness will absolutely add to the enjoyment and efficiency to your out door activities.
MapMyFitness is the leader in Connected Fitness – building the world’s largest digital fitness community by providing interactive tools to make fitness social, simple and rewarding. The flagship consumer brands – MapMyRun, MapMyRide, and MapMyWalk – are among the most popular apps on iOS and Android and the cloud-based platform has been supporting millions of users since it launched in 2007. MapMyFitness is an open platform, seamlessly integrating with more than 400 fitness tracking devices, sensors and wearables. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, MapMyFitness has over 100 employees and offers integrated marketing and advertising solutions, premium consumer subscription products, and a SaaS platform that helps partners of any size tap into advanced fitness tracking technology, workout database, nutritional data, calorie calculators, and 160+ million of the best running, cycling and walking routes around the world. For more information visit
My buddy Derek researched, asked questions and shopped around before he found his 2013 Cannondale SL3 at a whopping 40% discount. Asking about deals a bike shop might have on previous model year bikes is always a smart idea, especially this time of year. A great bicycle at a great price. Well done Derek!
*** Understanding the meaning behind the jersey colors will help fans appreciate and enjoy the race to a higher degree. *** Yellow Jersey. The most important of the race, the yellow jersey goes to the current overall race leader. The yellow color helps the rider stand out in the crowd and is based on the color of paper used to print a French bicycling periodical. The first place team (based on the times of the team's top 3 riders) also wears yellow hats.
White Jersey with Red Polka Dots. This prestigious jersey is awarded to the rider determined to be the best climber during mountain stages of the race. The best climber title is awarded based on a point system that varies with the difficulty of each particular mountain stage.
Green Jersey. Usually going to a sprinter-style rider, the green jersey is worn by the current points leader in the race. Points are awarded to each of the first 25 riders to finish a stage.
Plain White Jersey. A plain white jersey is awarded to the best performer in the youth division (riders under the age of 25).
Rainboy Jersey. A white jersey with a five-colored horizontal rainbow stripe around the abdomen is worn by the reigning world champion during the race.
If the race leader also qualifies for another jersey, the leader will wear the yellow and the other jersey will go to the second-place rider in that category.
No other herb increases blood flow faster and more efficiently than cayenne pepper. Cayennes active ingredient is capsaicin, which not only supplies the heat but also works to reduce blood platelet stickiness which in turn increases blood flow. Cayenne pepper works like TNT, blasting vitamins and minerals to parts of the body where their most needed. I put a pinch of this wonder herb under my tongue right after I take my daily vitamin B complex tablet every morning. Cayenne is also available in capsule form but the powder form dissolves as it touches the underside of ones tongue instantly sending waves of fresh blood through out your body. Don't take my word for it, there's plenty of info on the web for you to research it for yourself. I just wanted to share one of the things that works for me... cause I'm a giver...
"I am entering my third week of this bike tour. My experiences on the road have been both everything I hoped this trip would be and so much more. It's been much harder and exhausting than I thought. In my arrogance and naive planning, I didn't quite account for the physicality of moving 80 pounds of gear up and down hills or the effects of cumulative fatigue. I think I anticipated everything after I cut my teeth on the Washington cascades would be a breeze."
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