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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!

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Brand Ambassador: Jillian Betterly

Here’s a short Q and A with one of Green Guru’s super cool lady brand ambassador’s Jillian Betterly!image

What’s your favorite Green Guru product? Why?

I love the Cruiser Cooler. That is the do all bag. I have it on my touring bike, which is also my town bike. I can put all my needs in this bag from a u-lock, wallet, layer, burrito and a road soda! This bag has seen many miles of road and is my most used GG item.

Where are you from?

I am from Upper Michigan, yes I’m a YOOPER!

 

Where do you work?

I am a self employeed photographer, in Oakland CA. I use my GG gear to transport my camera equipment around the bay. My company runs on pedals revolutions not gas.  

What is your favorite city to bike in? Why?

I love my city, Oakland and its surrounding areas. The Bay area has pheonamal biking from the quick 30 I can out my door to centuries up the pacific coast. Follow my Instagram, Betterlyphotography and all the biking adventures I do around the bay.

 

How often do you bike?

EVERYDAY.  With a dog in a trailer most days, O’Riley the biking heeler.

What is your craziest bike story?

Only one? Three years ago I did my first bike tour. I went big too, I biked from Eugene OR to San Francisco CA. It was the adventure that changed my life, I moved the bay area a month after I completed. This place is very bike centric with the most amazing bike culture! We have one the largest female cycling culture from any place I’ve ever lived (IMHO).
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One Day Left to Support the FreeRider on Kickstarter

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/537437576/freerider-pannier-for-urban-bike-commuting-made-in

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The Freerider is a versatile bike pannier that fits any bike rack and can fit any bag inside of it. It gets the weight off your back so you can carry your cargo on your side and ride free! Support the FreeRider on kickstarter and get super cool rewards!

Our buddies over at bikehugger.com gave the FreeRider a good shout out in their blog, check it out! 

http://www.bikehugger.com/post/view/on-the-workbench-freerider

Bicycletimes magazine also posted about the FreeRider and showed us that you can even fit a saxaphone in it! Check out the full post here at 

http://bicycletimesmag.com/first-look-green-guru-freerider-pannier/

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Brand Ambassador: Scott Kingsley

Here’s a word from one of Green Guru’s awesome brand ambassadors Scott Kinglsey!

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What’s your favorite Green Guru product? Why?

-I love my Rukus bag. I use it every day to carry my work and personal laptop with me to the office, along with other random bits. It carries everything I need, is super comfortable with a heavy load, and is a great conversation starter.

 

Where are you from?

-Born in Bridgman, MI, but have been living in southeastern PA since I was 10. Living in Lancaster, PA, is amazing. So many great roads to ride, with a great mixture of simple living and access to many great small towns and cities.

 

Where do you work?

-My day job is with New Holland Agriculture, but I also am the Cyclocross Editor/Product Review for Bikeworldnews.com. I also shoot photography at local races and promotional shots for local teams.

What is your favorite city to bike in? Why?

-Chicago was a fun town to ride in when I was out for the World Bicycle Relief Wrigley Field Road Tour, but Lancaster and Lancaster County offer some of the best roads on the east coast to ride and train on.

How often do you bike?

-I try to get out at least 4-5 times a week to train, but juggling photography, work, and writing can sometimes get in the way.

What is your craziest bike story?

My craziest bike story would be one of the days I was in Chicago for the Wrigley Field Road Tour. I had ridden out to Wrigley to pick up my number the day before the event. Being a Cubs fan all my life, it was amazing to be at the stadium again. On the ride back to my hotel, it was one of those perfect moments. There was no traffic on the road, all the lights were green, and I flew down the road in a valley of skyscrapers. It was incredible to have the road all to myself in such a big city.

 

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Bike Party Fun

When Thursday evening comes around, the parking lot starts to fill in front of Green Guru. The music starts to play, bikes start to arrive, lit up in multiple colored lights and people in their creative costumes. This is the welcoming to the Bike Party. 

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A ride like this can start with a few friends to the hundreds. Bring a cruiser, a tall bike, a road bike or your big wheel. Anything that gets you rolling around safely, you’re good to go.  Have more fun by wearing a costume. The theme may be glam rock, pirates & mermaids or muppets & puppets. Add some music and you’re ready for a fun night!


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This fun doesn’t just happen in Boulder but all over. Browse the internet or ask local shops if they know of anything. New Belgium host the Tour de Fat each year with rides in major cities. After the ride, you’ll be entertained with bikes, beer & bemusement. 

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Other Essentials:

Bring a light. Check out NiteIze and Bike Brightz for some fun and affordable lights for your bike.

Be respectful of the ride leaders and other.

Don’t run red lights.

Obey the laws and rules of the city. 

Have a “Happy Thursday” from all the Boulder Cruisers.


 

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Memorial Day Events

Boulder, CO 

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Bolder Boulder Annual 10 Kilometer Run

If you have not registered, get to it! The Bolder Boulder is held every year on Memorial Day that brings in tens of thousands of runners from all over the world. If you are not that serious of a runner, just walk it! You might run into some live music, hoola-hooping hooligans or some gypsy’s belly dancing!

Go to http://www.bolderboulder.com/ for more info

Mammoth Mountain, CA

Memorial Weekend Last Call and Summer Kickoff

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This Memorial Day weekend Mammoth Mountain is opening their mountain bike park on Saturday May, 24 at 9am. They will also be having BBQ’s, beer bong tournaments and keg toss contests throughout the weekend. Check out events and more at http://www.mammothmountain.com/resortactivities /specialevents/memorialday/

Pacific Northwest

7 Hills of Kirkland to End Homelessness, Kirkland

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This cycling event benefits KITH, a non-profit organization supporting east King County residents facing a homelessness crisis. Cyclists can choose one of three routes. The traditional 7 Hills course is about 40 miles long with about 3000 feet of climbing over seven hills. The extended Metric Century route has 11 hills and 4600 feet of climbing. The full Century course includes 14 hills and 7000 feet of climbing. All courses begin and end at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

See more at http://www.7hillskirkland.org/index.htm