Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Now if you want to stay local for this special festival, the inaugural Eroica California took place last spring in Paso Robles. We can personally vouch for how much fun it was to be surrounded by vintage bikes and fellow cycling aficionados all weekend. But of course, the real highlight was the gorgeously scenic ride and delicious catered food supplied during and at the group dinner afterwards. You can join in the awesomeness next April if you win the free entry from Eroica California! (And in the meantime, enjoy some lovely olive oil and other goodies from them.)
San Francisco's Fog City Gear is run by one talented craftsman who's headquartered in the Mission. Check out the handmade handlebar and saddle bags that are available for sale via his website, and he'll do custom orders, too. FCG's made two special wallets with a clear cell phone pouch to give away to Sweepers; thanks so much for the rad donation!
I've enjoyed delicious GoMacro bars on many rides! An independent, family-owned and operated business based in Wisconsin, they use mostly raw, 100% plant-based ingredients from top organic and non-GMO certified growers (including InfantSafe® brown rice syrup) in all of their products. And there's no soy, gluten, or dairy. They've sent us 10 boxes filled with their 11 assorted flavors of macrobars and tons of coupons -- which lucky participants have a chance to win! They'll be tucked in with our prize packages and raffle bags. Thanks, GoMacro!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
We also want to give huge thanks to Victor of Archive Bags. Victor has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Supermarket Street Sweep through volunteering and annually giving us some of his immaculately hand-crafted cycling bags for our prize bags.
Last but not least, there's Pedal Revolution. This Mission-based nonprofit is a beacon of the cycling community, providing job training and a supportive community to San Francisco's at-risk youth. Despite their non-profit status, they generously donate a huge bag of really useful cycling accoutrements every year. They also have a sweetie pie dog who keep everyone in check.
If you haven't already, give these sponsors some love by hitting up their shops and websites, and liking them on social media.
Monday, November 16, 2015
What are the ideas behind your brand?TP: SFC San Francycle is Casual Cyclist Clothing. We want to represent the casual side of cycling without the jerseys and kits for your commute to work, a ride around town or just hanging with your friends.
How did you become a cyclist?TP: My dad put me on a bike at 6yrs old. In my adult life I started riding again when I moved to NYC in 2003. It was the best way to get to know the city. I instantly fell back in love with the sense of freedom you get while cycling. As I got back into cycling I learned more about frames, wheels and parts. I starting tinkering with building my own bike and found a some therapy in the process.
Describe your dream bicycle.TP: I have my dream track bike a Nagasawa 80's frame built with Sugino cranks and chainrings. Nitto bars and customized Sheriff star Campagnolo hubs. It took some time to collect and build but it's totally worth it. My dream road bike would be a a Raleigh Grand Prix from the 70's with all OEM. Wish I had the time to work on that project but time is very precious these days with 2 kids.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
RitcheyLogic Bicycle Components is back again as a sponsor this year and has donated a huge pile of fantastic bike parts as prizes! There's a pair of their Evo-Curve handlebars, a WCS Carbon Bullmoose bars with an integrated bar stem, four Speedmax Cross tires, and a set of their WCS Race Slick tires. Thank you so much!
POC Sports is a Swedish company that makes awesome outdoor gear for whether you're pedaling on the road or hitting the slopes. So if you need helmets, sunglasses, apparel or other accessories -- they've got what you need to be safe and stylish. I personally use one of their Octal Raceday helmets, and they're donated a gift certificate to a lucky winner!
Wheels of Steel (WoS) is a cycling club based near the East Bay's Mt. Diablo. They believe that, "more people riding their bikes improves the stoke on life for all. Ride Every Day." They've kicked in $100+ worth of bidons, boxes and bags of hydration mixes from Skratch Labs (another one of our beloved sponsors), along with WoS stickers and embroidered patches. And check out their latest video that was filmed with a drone!