Saturday, October 10, 2015

New Sponsor Spotlight: ABLOC, 4505 Meats, and Ocean Air Cycles

The name of San Francisco company ABLOC comes from the French expression, "à bloc," which means, according to their website; "to go all out, or all in—there is no limit to approach or execution." And you can see this reflected in the meticulous, award-winning design of their water bottles which have numerous features appealing to cyclists: a lightweight, logo-free product (so no worries about scratching any off from use); a tapered shape that allows cyclists to remove them easily from cages or pockets; compatibility with all types of cages; 100% BPA and phthalates-free yet wards off mold, bacteria and odors; and easily disassembles into three parts to clean it from top to bottom (and you can wash them in the top rack of your dishwasher, too.) They've generously donated 25 of these exemplary bottles (in 5 stunning colors) to give away to our top winners -- so register today!

I'm a longtime fan of 4505 Meats -- chef/owner Ryan Farr expertly catered my wedding by roasting a magnificent porchetta at our picnic reception in Marin -- and he makes some of the best burgers in the Bay Area. Ryan has generously donated (4) $25 gift certificates, so if you haven't been to his amazing restaurant in the city yet -- this should give you added incentive to participate in the Sweep!

I'm not just a Rambler fan, but I'm an owner in real life! Ventura-based Ocean Air Cycles -- overseen by founder Rob Perks -- produces beautiful Rambler bicycles that are handmade in Oregon and perfect for commuting, off-roading or any adventure you want to take on two wheels. He's sent us one of his gorgeous leather meeting wallets, a neckerchief and a whole stack of Scout books to give away. Thanks, Rob!
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