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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!

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Fourth of July in Ten Sleep, WY

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It was my second year spending the 4th of July in Ten Sleep, WY. The little town is on route to Yellowstone and provides beautiful camping, limestone climbing and this town knows how to party..

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Our trip started a week before with lots of climbing and cooking. Most of the climbing has morning sun so your climbing session doesn’t start until after noon. So grab a cup of coffee, a book and relax. 

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On the Fourth of July, we made it out to the parade just in time for the ice cream sandwiches they pass out. Afterwards we headed to 2nd Street Coffee for our morning coffee and wasted time catching up on Facebook before rodeo. This year we stocked up on the ice and beer and enjoyed cold beverages while we watched the cowboys and cowgirls kick up some dust. 

As we waited for dusk, we cooled off at their splash park and then headed to Ten Sleep Brewery. The brewery just opened up this year in the Smith family barn and has the friendliest staff around. They are very accommodating to travelers with showers, wi-fi, camping, food and beer. As always, be respectful and supportive to places that welcome adventurers. 

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Night fell and fireworks filled the sky over the little town. Wyoming sells awesome fireworks that definitely make a boom. As the fireworks went off, the street dance begins. Take note that the bars in Ten Sleep stay open for 48 hours on the 4th. With rodeos on Saturdays, this year we had back to back rodeos and street dances. It’s a rough weekend. Especially when you’re fitting in some climbing between these two nights.

On the morning of the 5th, we woke up early, made a cake over the fire and made it to the parking lot at 9 am to do some climbing. Everyone filled the crags with morning shade for a quick day session. After climbing, we washed up in the cold creek and headed down to the Climber’s Fest organized by the Bighorn Climbers’ Coalition at Ten Sleep Brewery. There was music, games and a raffle with great prizes from Petzl, Scarpa, Joshua Tree Skin, Prana and many more companies.

If you’re looking for something to do for the 4th next year, consider taking a trip to Ten Sleep. It’s great for climbing, cycling, camping, milkshakes, fireworks, dancing and beer. That’s pretty much everything you need!

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Bike to Work Day Success!

This past Wednesday June 25 was Boulder and Denver’s Bike to Work Day Event! Thanks to everyone who participated and stopped by the Green Guru booth!

We wrapped up another great bike to work day here in Boulder CO. People got on their bikes and pedaled to work while stopping in to the free breakfast booths set up around the Denver Boulder area. We set up our bike-powered sewing machine over at the Boulder Ideal Market/Whole Foods and we served hot breakfast to hundreds of commuters while sewing some wallets for the many who powered our machine! The Daily Camera stopped by and featured our booth and the bike to work day event on their front page! Check out the full article here at www.dailycamera.com 

We had a really good time hanging out with everyone who stopped by! Like us on facebook to find out about our upcoming events and photos! We need your human power to pedal our sewing machine!

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Bike New York Fashion Show

Green Guru was at the New York Bike Expo where Momentum Magazine put on their 3rd annual Be Chic Be NY Fashion Show! The show provided a snapshot of what it is like to commute in the city in style. Check out our photos from the show! 

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The NY Bike Expo was a total success for Green Guru! We made some really great connections with some leaders in the bike industry and had a lot of fun at all the different events that took place through out the weekend. This year, BE NY was the most-attended consumer bike expo in the United States! If you didn’t catch it this year, make sure to mark your calendars for next year! Hopefully we will see ya there!

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Brand Ambassador: Hanna McFall

Meet Hanna, she is one of Green Guru’s awesome brand ambassadors! Check out this short Q and A we had with her and see what she does and has to say about our gear.

What’s your favorite Green Guru product? Why?

Lately I’m all about the zip pouches! They’re a great way to keep my toolbox organized.

Where are you from?

I am from Vashon Island, Washington

Where do you work?

I work for Cascade Bicycle Club, Outdoor Research, and the University of Washington Climbing Gym

What is your favorite city to bike in? Why?

I love biking in Seattle! There are amazing views, nothing is too far away, and I’m familiar with the geography.

How often do you bike?

Every day! My bike is my car, so if I want to go anywhere, I’m biking!

What is your craziest bike story?

Hmmmmm- some friends and I took a week-long tour in the San Juans for this last New Years. It was totally cold and rainy and dark for so much of it but we had a blast anyway! 

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Green Guru Bike to Work Day Boulder/Denver Contest

June is Walk and Bike Month in the Boulder with the biggest event being Bike to Work day on Wednesday June, 25th. Breakfast stations will be set up around Boulder and Denver, if you have not registered yet do it here at http://www.walkandbikemonth.org/about/ 

Green Guru will be holding an instagram contest on the day of the event. Enter for a chance to win one of our Touring Townie Handle Bar Bags and some Zipper Pouches!

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How to Win:

Follow @greengurugear on instagram and post a photo of the event using the hash tags #greenguru and #biketoworkday. Get more entries with the more photos you tag!

Get a bonus entry when you sign in at one of our breakfast booths at Alfalfa’s and Ideal Market! Come say Hey and snap a pic! Just remember to use the hash tags and follow us on instagram! Happy commuting!