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Tour De Fat

The past two weekends have been a blast as the Tour De Fat made its way through Colorado. First The Tour stopped in Fort Collins, the home of New Belgium Brewery, drawing a huge crowd celebrating with costumes, beer, and biking. In order to kick things off, everyone gathered for a cruiser ride making their way through the town as the locals partied and played music on their lawns. Following the ride everyone was welcome to hang around for creative live performances, locally brewed New Belgium Beer, and show tents ranging from bike accessories to good eats. As The Tour passed through Denver, on the second weekend, the activities were much the same although instead of riding through city streets The Tour is held in City Park. This gives for a much more “picnic in the park” feel, but the festivities all the same. 

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During the cruiser ride Green Guru Gear could have been spotted in construction outfits and pedaling away on the bumpin’ music bike. 

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If you had a chance to stop by our booth we hope you made some reflective stickers, like the ones covering the music bike, to deck out your bike, helmet, back pack, or any other surface needing a little reflective color. We also had our bike powered sewing machine set up in both Fort Collins and Denver. The deal is: you pedal for 90 seconds, creating enough energy for us to stitch you a wallet made from recycled bike tubes on site!

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We hope that you made it out to the festivities this year, as it was a blast! If you didn’t have the chance this year we hope that you will join us next year in costume and on bike.

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Inhabitat: Top 6 Green Bike Accessories

Inhabit says it all here! “No matter where you’re going on your bike, chances are you have to carry some stuff. It might be different shoes, it might be work clothes, it might be a bottle of wine for a dinner party. There’s nothing safe about dangling a bag off the handlebars, however. Why not carry your stuff in style with this sleek bike pannier made from recycled bike inner tubes instead? Just one of many neato bike bags offered by Green Guru, this bag is virtually weather-proof, and features a shoulder strap and a quick mount system secures to virtually any rack system.”

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Also check out some other panniers by Green Guru Gear like the Carbon Cooler pictured below. This product is made from recycled banner material giving each one a unique graphic design. On the inside its cooler design keeps your 12 pack chilled and offers a little extra room for snacks or cups making it the perfect pannier for a ride down to the park.image

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Green Guru at Interbike

Green Guru Gear is a Boulder, CO based company manufacturing backpacks and other bike accessories from upcycled materials. The primary source of upcyled resources are blown inner tubes, but we also upcycle climbing ropes, banner, tents, and wet suits. Green Guru will be collecting your old bike inner tubes at Interbike OutDoor Demo, September 8th and 9th!

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Shop Feature: Cranknstein. Fort Collins, CO

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Who are the owners of Cranknstein and how did it get started?

Evan Rau and Susan Dalke.

Here’s how it got started Evan worked a few bike shops throughout the years and noticed two things: some bike shops are an integral part of the community where folks of all types who are into bikes get together and share their world; other bike shops are places where people go solely to shop, and primarily serve the community by offering products. In Evans experience, the two are rarely mixed. So, he began thinking about how to make a shop that could do both, and maybe even have a little something extra special. After graduating from CSU with a masters in English and awaiting the perfect teaching gig, it was time for Cranknstien to emerge. 

While searching for the right real estate to house the shop, Evan started setting up booths and manning aid stations at races and charity rides. It was his dream to serve coffee and fix bikes at these events. He wanted the best locally-roasted coffee he could find, and that’s how he found Susan. He began attending weekly coffee cuppings or tastings at Susan’s roasting company, called The Black Cup Coffee Roaster at the time. These cuppings opened Evan’s mind to the complexity of coffee, and opened the door to Evan and Susan’s eventual business and personal relationship. Shortly thereafter, in April, 2011, they started chipping plaster off an old brick wall at 215 North College Avenue in Fort Collins, and began building the beast’s lair.

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Cranknstein opened five months later, nearly unrecognizable as the old car dealership the building once housed, now pumping out coffee roasted in-house, craft beer from all over the planet, locally-sourced home-made food and the highest quality bike service available.

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 Any specials events at Cranknstein?

We hold group rides on pavement, dirt and everything in between, Firken tappings, the occasional latte art throwdown, weekly coffee cuppings (every Saturday at 11:00am).

Other beer events, and other less consistent events like: Bike Prom (a fundraiser for the FOrt COllins Bike Library), Mouthful: Gala of Gluttony (our annual beer and dessert pairing event). We are also unofficially sponsoring a bad-ass gravel ride west of Red Feather Lakes September 6th-7th that has a kind of hard loop, a really hard loop, and all ends up back at camp for grilled foods and beer, which will have been well-earned by all. 

 Any specialty drinks?

We’re pretty proud of the Naughty Toddy, which is a frozen coffee drink combining cold-brewed coffee (commonly known as Toddy) with Great Divide Brewing’s Yeti Russian Imperial Stout, which we always have on tap. It’s pretty great.

Favorite ride around Fort Collins.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I like riding out my front door near Hughes Stadium, north over Bingham Hill to Bellvue, then south on all dirt through Lory State Park, Horsetooth Mountain Park, onto the Blue Sky Trail into Devil’s Backbone in Loveland. It’s giggling fun most of the way on a cyclocross bike, but it gets gnarly in Devil’s Backbone on a single speed.

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One last thing.

Our whole schtick is that we melted together a rather complex group of business elements into one alloy so that they are seamless and so we never have to compromise our standards in order to keep any component in the black. We don’t compromise on the quality of what we offer and never will. (That’s part of why we carry ya’ll’s gear.)

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The Ladies of Green Guru Ride!

Everyday Thursday in Boulder, the “Happy Thursday!” cruisers are out. To celebrate the Green Goddess Kickstarter project reaching it’s 100% goal with 45 more days to go, the ladies went out to ride!

The rained pouring just an hour before but cleared up for a beautiful evening ride with music and dancing. 

Thanks to everyone that has backed and/or shared our Green Goddess KICKSTARTER project. We still have a little over a month to really push the Athena Project. Spread the word: http://kck.st/1rcmnCE

Each bag keeps about half a pound of material going into the landfill and is given another adventure!! 

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The Green Goddess Kickstarter featured on Urban Velo

Kickstarter Update: As of today, our Green Goddess project is 90% funded. We’ve had great feedback from friends and our backers! If you haven’t checked it out yet, we are featured on UrbanVelo.com.

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To check out the Green Goddess: the Athena Clutch Kickstarter, click here.

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Blue Ridge Outdoor Back-to-School Guide

We all want cool gear for school! Blue Ridge Outdoors has a great guide of Back-to-School gear.

Check out the details on each item: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/camping/best-gear-summer-back-to-school/

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The Green Guru Ruckus is featured in their guide and is a great bag for school and the office. It will probably fit more than you need. Laptop divider and pockets make it great for organizing your bag. 

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Ruckus Perspective View

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The Ruckus all packed up!

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Neoprene Reborn: 5 Ways to Recycle Your Westsuit

If you are looking get rid of that old wetsuit? Why not give it another adventure? At Green Guru, we can take your old wetsuits, clean them up and turn them into laptop sleeves and coozies. At Ecologic Designs, the custom side of our company, hundreds of wetsuits are upcycled into coozies and used for there promotional events. 

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Check out this article from Sport Diver and see other companies are doing with your old wetsuit. 

http://www.sportdiver.com/article/news/neoprene-reborn-five-ways-to-recycle-your-wetsuit

          

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Green Guru launches a Women’s Bag line!!

We’re excited to announce the launch of Green Goddess! The bike friendly bags are an extension of the Green Guru line, purpose built and for the female cyclist. The countless request from our female customers for something more their style, size and functional have reached critical mass. The first installment of the Green Goddess line is the ATHENA CLUTCH.

WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE?
The  ATHENA CLUTCH is available through our Kickstarter project from now til October 13th. Each Clutch is priced at an exclusive kickstarter price. As of today, 43% has been funded with a goal of at least $4,300. That’s in just less than a week. When you help back this project, this will help get the women’s line moving for Green Goddess. 

WHAT IS THE ATHENA CLUTCH?
It is designed for the female cyclist that wants to ride stylishly and wants that go-to clutch when she’s going out. They are made from upcycled bike tubes, event banners and salvaged fabrics and made right in Colorado, USA. 

HOW CAN I HELP?

-Share with your friends and family. Copy and paste this link on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: http://kck.st/1rcmnCE

-Follow the project and watch the progress. There will be upcoming events that we’ll be showing off the bag and bike rides!

-Follow us on Instagram. @greengoddessgear Tags: #AthenaClutch #greengoddessgear #bikestylish #bikefashion #upcycledfashion

-Back the project with any amount. Anything is so greatly appreciated!

 

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Recap on ORSM14 & the 5th Annual Green Guru Cruiser Ride

We made it back after another successful year at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City. The Open Air Demo at Pineview Reservoir was perfect. The rain held off til the end of the day so we could enjoy the  paddle boards and test out our log rolling skills.

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After playing on the lake, we finished up the booth and tried to rest up. Before the show even starts, you’re exhausted but each day you’re treated with happy hour and  industry parties. Working in the outdoor industry is rough!

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On Thursday, August 7th, we celebrated our 5th Annual Green Guru Cruiser Ride at Outdoor Retailer. At 6, the music bikes start to roll out to the Park N Pedal booth and everyone gets ready for the ride. Xtracycle and GREENbikes provided bikes for anyone that needed a bike for the evening. As we got rolling, we made a loop around the Salt Palace and made our way up to a beautiful park called Memory Grove. At the park, Polar Bottle and Mamachari Kombucha provided beverages for everyone on the ride and Green Gear Gear and Innate gear was raffled off. We finished off the ride at Swarm for the After Party. 

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Swarm is cool design and engineering office in Salt Lake that opened up their doors to host the party and JP Webb, a law firm that works with Swarm and outdoor brands, provided amazing tacos for dinner. We raffled off more gear, had more than enough beers, yummy popcorn from Quinn Popcorn and the guys from Brand 44 even brought a whole bunch of pizzas. 

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Overall, everyone had a great time and it was great to make new friends and meet up with old ones. So next year when you’re out in Salt Lake, pack up your bike and ride with us!

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

A BIG THANKS to everyone that made this ride awesome: Swarm, JP Webb, Polar Bottle, Innate, Park n Pedal, Xtracycle, GreenBikes, Bike Utah, Mamachari Kombucha, Quinn Popcorn, Brand 44, Outdoor Retailer and an extra special THANKS to everyone that came out for the ride!!

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Recycling Bike Parts and Making Art

Reusing bike parts is not just Green Guru’s forte, I keep discovering different and creative ways in which people are reusing bicycle parts to create amazing works of art. Everything from jewelry to home decor, people are getting crafty with their recycling and I am diggin it. Here are some really cool artists who have found ways to completely transform bike parts!

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Facaro, the Etsy boutique of metalworker Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, sells beautiful chandeliers made from reclaimed bicycle parts

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Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger has created a series of hanging racks made from salvaged bicycles which can be used to hang up various things, including bikes.

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Alright so this is pretty wild, artist Jospeh L. Griffiths has devised a bicycle-powered drawing machine which creates colordul gyroscopic patterns of varying sizes on walls with the turn of a set of pedals!

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Rebike is an Oregon based company creating all kinds of products from recycled bike parts all the way from bracelets to bottleopeners, clocks and bowls. 

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Got some baggage?

Cargo bikes are making trips to the farmer’s market, local events and schools while carrying everything you need. They’ll carry your work supplies, groceries and kids. Take your significant other out for dinner and an evening cruise. 

Cargo bikes come in all different shapes and sizes and just start off by getting a bike rack and loading it up with a pannier. Here are a few photos from the Momentum Magazine article called "The Cargo Bike: A Vehicle that will Change Your Life",  showing off the possibilities of having a cargo bike.

Think about daily commute and what you’re transporting when considering a bike. Then find a local bike shop and take a few for a spin. If you’re in Boulder, The Cruiser Boutique, which is the main entrance to Green Guru carries Yuba and Xtracycle. Come by and take a few for a ride!!

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5th Annual Green Guru Cruiser Bike Ride at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Green Guru will host the 5th Annual Green Guru Cruiser Bike Ride at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The ride will take place at 6:30pm-8pm Thursday, 8/7/14 at the Park N Pedal Bike Share on South Plaza at the Salt Palace Convention Center. A limited amount of bikes will be available from XtraCycle and BionX for show attendees to use. It is recommended to reserve the bikes early or bring a bike.

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There will be a pre-party at our Green Guru booth #148 before the ride from 4:30pm-6pm. At 6:30, we’ll ride through downtown to Gateway Mall and make our way to Memory Grove Park for a break and raffle. The ride will end back at the Salt Palace to return the bikes with an after party held at Swarm, 151 W. Pierpont from 8pm-11pm.

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The ride will be led by Bike Utah and hosted by Green Guru. Please contact us for any questions about the ride. To reserve a bike, please swing by the bike share on Wednesday or Thursday and sign up for an awesome Xtracycle or BionX bike.

After Ride Party 

The party doesn’t stop. After the ride, we’ll continue to party at Swarm with music, beer, tacos, snacks and awesome prizes. The party is from 8pm-11pm. Don’t forget to mark your calenders!

Thank you to our contributing sponsors:

Park-N-Pedal, Polar Bottle, Swarm, JP Webb,Bike Utah, Quinn Popcorn, Mamachari Kombucha and Innate Gear.

Join the EVENTS on Facebook. Click on event for more details.

5th Annual Green Guru Cruiser Bike Ride at Outdoor Retailer

After Ride party at @ Swarm

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Recycle your Climbing Rope and get Green Guru Gear

Green Guru is holding a Rope Drive!

As you may already know, we are all about upcycling and giving your old adventure gear new life! We use old climbing rope to make bracelets and key chains and we are in need of your old rope!

Send us your old climbing rope and we will send you these super cool Green Guru products!

-4 bracelets

-1 key chain

-1 small zipper pouch

(a $30 value)

We will be accepting dynamic rope only, no static. Thank you for your donations!

Send to:

Green Guru Gear

Attn: Rope Recycling
2500 47th St Unit 12
Boulder, CO 80301

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Just to give you a little behind the scenes action of what we do at Green Guru we made a short video about our brand, values and materials we use. We describe what it means to upcycle and provide durable products to you by using our sustainably oriented business model. 

This is a video filmed in our Boulder Colorado office and storefront located at 2500 47th St Unit 12 Boulder CO 80301. Stop in and we can help you out with a bike repair and answer any questions you have about our company and you can see where all the magic happens!