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Pallet Fest 2014

This past weekend, we spent Saturday and Sunday in Sculpture Park in Downtown Denver for Pallet Fest. Pallet Fest was a free festival celebrating the art of upcycling and raising awareness of where materials come and go. There was live music, artwork, hands-on activities, home and garden show, a pallet maze, upcycled fashion show and an obstacle course. This is a very cool event and we look forward to next year! 

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KICKSTARTER: The HAULER saddle/shoulder bag

We’d like to introduce the Hauler Kickstarter. The 1st convertible messenger/saddle bag bike pack. It easily mounts to your saddle for cycling/commuting convenience. This bag was developed with two over arching themes in mind: the love for biking as sustainable transportation and avoiding the sweat that comes along with biking around town.

WHAT CAN IT DO?

This bag offers riders a substantial amount of cargo space with the following handy features:

- Removable shoulder strap makes for a quick and easy conversion from messenger bag to saddle bag.

-Three quick straps hold the bag snug on your bike and the shoulder strap tucks away.

-Roll top design and product materials, either recycled nylon or recycled bike tubes, giving the bag an inherent weatherproof function.

-This bag is designed to carry all the goods you need on a day-to-day basis without the inconvenience of back strain or sweat, the convenience of being able to unstrap from the bike and re-strap on as an over the shoulder bag.

Check it out here: http://kck.st/1lKIcXL

THE HAULER KICKSTER

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A little Fall ride

A few photos from my morning ride. 

If you would like to share your photos and your Fall time bike rides, email us at marketing@greengurugear.com.

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Green Festival - Chicago

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When: October 24th - 26th

           Friday: 12p - 6p

           Saturday/Sunday: 10a - 6p

Where: Navy Pier, Chicago

What: For the past 13 years, Green Festival has been committed to helping people in America find solutions to make our families and communities healthier – socially, economically and environmentally. Join us at the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the country and celebrate the best in green living.Experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, to energy, construction and design. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment. Shop in our unique marketplace of more than 250 eco-friendly businesses - everything from all-natural body care products and organic clothing to Fair Trade gifts, beautiful home renovations made from renewable resources, plus vegan and vegetarian offerings based on organic, non-GMO or local, artisanal foods. 

Get involved! Click the picture below to vote, and help your favorite vendor win "Green Festival Brand" for 2014. 

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Any fan who votes for the “Green Festival Brand Award” will automatically have the choice to enter to win the "Green Festival Super Green Shopper Award".

AdmissionsSpecial online prices, but also the option to buy them at the gate.

Chicago, come down to Navy Pier over the weekend to check out our booth where we will have product on display and for sale. 

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INTERBIKE 2014 RECAP

At #INTERBIKE, we work hard and play hard! A shot of the booth.The Power Pedaled Sewing Machine was pumping out card wallets!.Bike tube recycling at Outdoor Demo at #Interbike

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BIKE HUGGER MOBILE SOCIAL - LAS VEGASimageVIEW THE BIKE HUGGER MOBILE SOCIAL GALLERYimageVIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM THE MOBILE SOCIAL BY @BETTERLYPHOTOGRAPHY

Thank you to everyone that joined us!

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Adventure Film Festival - Boulder

On October 2-4, 2014 come celebrate the 10th anniversary of Boulder’s homegrown Adventure Film Festival. This three-day festival premieres a powerful collection of gritty, creative, insightful and award-winning outdoor and environmental films that share the spirit of adventure at the Boulder Theater. Adventure Street Fair, filmmaker and photographer workshops, Family & Kid’s Film Festival, special appearances, massive gear giveaways, rockin’ parties, and much more.

Friday & Saturday Green Guru Gear will have a booth set up for the Adventure Street Fair, part of the overall festival. This section of the festival will be happening on 14th st. between Spruce & Pearl. Come by and take a look at our gear, and take some home with you. 

Friday: 5p - 10p

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VeloSwap in Denver

Date: October 18th

Time: 9am - 4pm

Cost: $8 at the door & $6 in advance

What: Buy … Sell … Recycle! Subaru VeloSwap is the world’s largest consumer bicycling and sports expo that celebrates all things cycling. This cultural cycling event is a not-to-be-missed experience where you can feel the pulse of the cycling community and rub elbows with like-minded-cyclists. At the Subaru VeloSwap, you have the opportunity to see, swap, buy and sell your new or used bikes, components and cycling accessories. You can also take part in cycling clinics hosted by cycling celebrities and industry experts, family events, product sampling and the all-new EcoVillage.

Green Guru Gear will be set up with an interactive, 20x20 booth at VeloSwap on October 18th. We will have the bike power sewing machine spinning and reflective sticker making from recycled materials. This is a great place for the whole family to have hands on fun upcycling! Also, bring all your old bike tubes since we will have a collection bin set up.

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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