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Miir Bicycles: Changing the World One Ride at a Time

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Bryan Papé believes that a bike is more than just a frame, two wheels, and a bunch of components. He sees the bicycle as an instrument of social change. “After clean water and sanitation, one of the biggest impediments to economic development in Africa is transportation,” Papé says. “Kids can’t get to school. People can’t get to market to sell their goods. And the simplest, most affordable solution is bicycles.”

For every bike sold through Papé's two-year-old company Miir, another bike is donated to someone in need. The program, called One4One, began with Miir’s first product, water bottles. One dollar from each bottle sold—which Papé says is enough to provide clean water for one person for a year—supports well projects in developing countries. “The starting point for the company was to make a great product and build a sustainable business,” Papé says. “Once we realized we could do that and we put in place a model that can support itself, then we turned our attention to taking some of what we were making and giving it back. Looking at the problems out there like clean water and lack of transportation, and seeing how easily they can be solved, I just feel it’s important to try and do a part.”

We chatted with Papé from Miir’s Seattle, Washington, headquarters about how the program works, the cost of clean water, and why he believes that everyone who wants a bike should get one.

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USA Pro Challenge V3: Yawn

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In a recent press conference at Aspen's Little Nell Hotel, organizers of the USA Pro Challenge announced the host cities and overall race course for the 2013 edition of the tour of Colorado. And though routing specifics are still forthcoming, with a few notable exceptions the third edition of the race looks like a step or two backward from this year's parcours.

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11 Holiday Gifts for Cyclists

Haven't done your holiday shopping yet? (Shame on you.) Picky cyclist in your life whom you're never sure what to get? (Aren't we all?) Relax. You still have some time, and we've got you covered. Presenting 11 gifts that any reasonable cyclist would love to receive, from inexpensive stocking-stuffers to big-ticket items for the rider who has it all. To get it there in time, though, you may need to summon the speed of Mark Cavendish. Allez!

Rapha Travel Set 

1. RAPHA TRAVEL SET ($45)
This gift pack includes shaving cream, aftershave lotion, and chamois cream (which, incidentally, is among my favorites). These products are loaded with the essences of lavendar, juniper berries, cypress, lemon, and more, which is what makes them feel great, though they might not be quite right if your guy's not into smelling good. For the non-roadie, consider the Winter Skincare Bundle ($60), which nixes the aftershave for soap and cold-weather embrocation.

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SRAMgnam Style

Component manufacturer SRAM gathered some of its biggest sponsored riders during the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross earlier this month and proved, once and for all, that cross racers are indeed more fun than roadies. The dancing is terrible, but that's what redeems the video. Wouldn't it be even worse to find out that Chris Jones, Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson, Todd Wells, and all these other racers can kick you around on the dance floor as readily as they can on the bike? Oh, the humanity!

Let's just hope that SRAM's latest components (think Red 2012, XX1) perform better than its dance crew.

—Aaron Gulley

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Schwagbox Goods of the Month Club for Cyclists

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Does the cyclist in your life stump you when it’s gift-giving time? Are you a rider who geeks out on trying the latest and greatest bike-related anything as soon as it becomes available?

Schwagbox, started by the guys who run Bikerumor.com, ships a selection of new cycling-related goodies to riders and triathletes each month. The package typically contains performance energy foods, chain lubes, chamois creams, and other bike and body care products engineered to make every ride better. The monthly selections are curated by the Bikerumor.com editors, so you get the latest and greatest products, many of which won’t be in your local bike shop yet because they are so new.

“As Bikerumor editors, we get to try new product constantly, and we wanted to share that opportunity with everyone that rides,” said Tyler Benedict, Bikerumor founder. “Schwagbox lets us hand pick the most exciting, best tasting, and most functional items to share from established brands as well as upstarts.”

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