-Photos of donations to women in Villeta, Paraguay.
Are you someone who saves your receipts? In an age of plastic cards and online banking, most of us decline the receipt. You might want to take a closer look into your receipt with X-bodytech.
Upon the birth of X-bodytech, Lynne offered up the idea of parsing a portion of our sales to nonprofits. Lynne felt motivated to donate 10% of all sales to a non profit. At X-BodyTech we have carefully selected three nonprofits we would like to donate to which include; Project Bike Love, World Bicycle Relief and No Kid Hungry.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means that you are doing a small part in altering the direction of another person’s life. Not sure what that looks like? Here is a short interview with Belen Ramirez, co-founder of Project Bike Love and in general a complete badass, to give you a better picture of what that means.
Belen Ramirez first came to creating Project Bike Love because of an interaction she had in Sudan. Sounds interesting already, right?
Belen was serving with Doctors without Borders. She remembers a very sick child coming in, who was severely dehydrated. Belen discussed being very frustrated with the father of this child and approaching him about his negligence of care for his son. Upon this interaction, Belen discovered that the father had not brought the son in earlier because he could find no bike to get him all the way to the hospital. This interaction, this great- yet simple need, was an important experience that would later help drive Belen to co-find Project Bike Love.
Erin, who is the other founder of Project Bike Love, discussed with Belen a bracelet she had bought that assisted the purchase of bikes for women in impoverished countries. After discussing their goals, they aligned, collected all their drive and founded Project Bike Love.
Today, Project Bike Love is equipping the “bread-winning, Paraguayan women from the cities of Luque and Carmelo Peralta.” Project Bike Love is all about empowering people, whether the women of Paraguay or empowering the people who donate to realize just how powerful their contribution and place in a larger community is. This, is exactly why X-BodyTech decided with ease to contribute to Project Bike Love. We want to empower those around us as well.
Next time you pump your tires up, consider what buying a wheel could really do. Think about the impacts you want to leave on this world. We are here to equip you with a connection to this bigger community, a world of helping each other.
Be safe, have fun and love each other.
-Lynne and Julia
I think a lot about how happy I am riding my bike and the many benefits cycling brings to my life. I also think a lot about how, for some, a bike may be the only transportation they have for getting to a job, healthcare facility, or school. Providing bicycles to people in need in developing countries is why X-BodyTech chose World Bicycle Relief (WBR) as one of our foundations to support. Below provides some background on why we wanted to support WBR.
During a recent conversation with Claire Geiger, US Partnership and Fundraising Manager for WBR and an avid cyclist, she described to me that for many people in developing countries, walking is their primary mode of transportation. Add the challenge of distance and seemingly simple tasks of going to school, visiting the clinic, or delivering goods to market become difficult and sometimes impossible. With no choice but to walk, meeting everyday needs is a struggle against time and fatigue.
In response to this need, World Bicycle Relief builds and distributes specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs through study-to-own and work-to-own programs. These bikes are known as Buffalo Bicycles. For increased sustainability, they train field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts.
Buffalo Bicycles are designed, sourced and manufactured for durability and affordability and engineered specifically for rural terrain and heavy loads. As Claire commented to me, “for less than the cost of a helmet or cycling shoes, $147 donated to WBR provides a sturdy, sustainable, and easy to maintain Buffalo bike." To date, WBR has donated over 400,000 Buffalo Bicycles in developing countries, which translates to the following numbers:
World Bicycle Relief is currently working to provide bicycles to students (70% girls), teachers, and educational workers in rural parts of Africa. For $147, WBR can provide a Buffalo Bicycle to a student in need.
We also encourage you to visit our shop and purchase for a cause. We currently offer a variety of high performance wheel sets for road, gravel or mountain bikes, t-shirts and other bike accessaries. Please visit us at Wheels . We donate 10% of our profits each year to our favorite foundations If you would prefer a tax deductible donation directly to WBR we have also set up a personal fundraiser. See the link below. Every donation helps.
What are you waiting for? Let's get rolling!
See you on the road,
"I’ve been racing/training on Atom Composite wheels for over two years now and couldn't be more impressed with their performance and durability. I've logged over 6,000 miles on one set and over 12,000 miles various pairs of Atom Wheels, and I've only had one spoke break (hit something on the road which fly into my wheel), which speaks volumes about the quality craftsmanship that goes into each hand built set of wheels."
“To me, though, the ultimate testament to their durability and performance has been the fact that after hundreds of hard gravel miles that I've subjected my wheels to I've never had them go out of true or show much wear and tear.”
“I love the fact that when I go race Dirty Kanza or Land Run 100 or Rebecca's Private Idaho that I NEVER have to worry about my wheel performance.”
“Atom Composite wheels are bomb proof and, best of all, hand built here in the United States."
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Life is a Beautiful Ride
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By: Julia Priest
We get it, part of being an athlete is sweating and some of us sweat way more than others. Sweating is what helps our bodies regulate temperature, but it can also generate “funk” in the smell of our clothing if not dealt with properly. Here are some easy tips to keep you and your athletic attire fresh for the long haul.
We keep telling you it’s all about the hub, in particular, White Industries Hub on Atom Composite wheels wheels, but experiencing the smoothness is a bit challenging on a website. So check out this short video to see for yourself how smooth and easy these hubs spin. And they keep going, and going, and going and going…
By: Lynne Lowry is a cycling enthusiast and Co-Founder of X-BodyTech
I finally did it….I decided to travel to Kauai with my road bike. I have frequently considered traveling with my road bike, but I was always concerned that it would be too hard dismantling my bike or reassembling once I arrived or that it was simply not worth the risk of possible damage to my bike. Although there are always going to be inherent risks of damage to checked baggage, my experience traveling with my bike has been positive. Here are a few tips and suggestions to make traveling with your bike a positive experience.
1. Invest in a good lightweight bike bag. There are a number of options available. After some investigation, I chose the Evoc Bike Travel Pro, which retails around $475.00-$500.00. There are many other less expensive options available, but for me this bag was worth the investment to protect my bike for many trips to come. What really made this bag stand out, in addition to the protection, was it’s weight. Even when I added other items to the bag, I was well under the 50lb limit of a checked bag. I can assure you that I am not a bike mechanic and limit myself to flat tire changes and minor adjustments on my bike, so I was really impressed with how easy it was to dismantle my bike to fit in the bag. I had to remove 4 things to fit my bike in the bag.
If your uncomfortable with the thought of taking apart your bike and putting it back together again, do a dry run the week before and consult with your local bike mechanic is you have any issues. It gets easier and faster every time. Additionally, this bag is a soft bag so it breaks down when you get home to store easily. If interested, please check out this video Video from PUSHYS to see how easy it is to take your bike apart and securely pack your bike.
2. Consider how much you plan to ride to determine if traveling with your bike is worth the effort. I have provided some of my considerations below.
3. Connect with riders via Facebook and Strava to find out the best routes and get recommendations. You may also be able to find/join group rides nearby.
4. Check your airline carriers website to determine additional charges for checking a bike to your destination. When possible, I always prefer a direct flight. Additional costs range from $0 to $100 for shipment depending on the airline or your status with the airline.
5. Have fun, be safe, follow the rules of the road, and explore all the sights and sounds on your bike.
Ever look at your bike with disgust? Ever find yourself taking 20 minutes to put on your kit and get out the door? Ever turn the cranks and stare at the Garmin willing it to say 60 minutes so you can be done with your recovery ride? These are all things that I have experienced and whether good or bad, we all deal with motivation that comes and goes. Here are some of my top tips to help you stay in cycling for the long haul.
How many people have you met while riding? I am sure you have a story about being the hero and pulling your weary friend home or an acquaintance to the finish line. Maybe you have a story about a shared Coke in the middle of nowhere. We would love to hear your story.
We have a story about building a business.
Lynne and I met while on the saddle of bikes. And since that meeting, we have kept this common passion central to our adventures. You might be fooled to think Lynne and I have just been riding countless miles, which we have, but we have also built a business.
Lynne and I are so excited to share with you the launch of our company, X-Bodytech. We set out with the goal to combine our love for sport, high quality gear and a passion to serve non profits by enabling you to use the best gear and simultaneously give to others.
Our offerings will continue to expand and change as we interact with the best in the industry. Our current offering includes Atom Composite Wheels, in a variety of sizes and types. Follow us on our website https://www.x-bodytech.com/ and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/xbodytech/
Let's be honest, we all love an upgrade. Whether you have splurged on a new saddle, feather light bottle cages or the latest head unit getting new gear is exciting. When it comes to your newest pair of wheels there are many things you can do to keep them rolling for miles, but here are the top three to-dos.
1) Ride with intent - It's called finesse, it means intricate and refined delicacy. That being said, when you start pedaling focus on your skills on the road. Avoid major holes. Unweight your front and back tire when going over bridge seams. Master the bunny hop. By riding with finesse you minimize the number of times your wheel absorbs a blunt force. This will help your wheel stay in true and keep you out of the shop. You wheel doesn't just "get out of true" it becomes that way after the wear and tear of the road. Ride with finesse and keep the wheel in true longer.
2) Use the right brake pads - When you pull your new Atom wheels out of the box, be sure to also pull out the brake pads too. We ship you Swisstop Black Prince Brake pads. Matching your brake pads to your wheels is the best thing you can do to preserve the brake track as well as have optimal braking performance.
3) Clean you wheels - Before you grab the power-washing hose, take the wheel out of the bike. Examine the brake pads. Remove any pieces of dirt or debris that you have picked up along the way. Next, take the wheel and clean off the rim. Try using soapy water and then rinsing the rim clean and dry. Last, clean the hub. You can buy a brush that will make it easier to access the hub between the spokes. Do not use high pressure water at the hub as it can put unnecessary force on the bearings in the hub.
Lynne Lowry is a cycling enthusiast and Co-Founder of X-BodyTech
Julia Priest is an endurance sports coach at Carmichael Training Systems and Co-Founder of X-bodytech.