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Walz Cycling Cap Contest Winner

This past Monday we held contest to give away a beautiful Walz Cycling Cap to some lucky reader. The rules for this contest were different from any we’ve had before—to win the cap readers had to leave a comment telling me why they needed this cap. The contest ended at midnight on Friday, March 15, 2013.

Contest Winner Jim from Fit Recovery

Contest Winner Jim from Fit Recovery

After reviewing the nearly fifty comments that were left I have selected Jim as the winner (his comment was left under the name of bgddyjim). Jim lives in Michigan and runs the Fit Recovery blog. I always try to post a photo our contest winners—the photo above was taken by Jim’s wife after he completed the Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery 100k last April. If you haven’t read Jim’s winning entry yet, I’ll post it here for your enjoyment:

“My need for that cycling cap began a bit more than 42 years ago when I was born to the son and daughter of immigrants, parents who eventually sat me on the toilet sideways, by the way (!). You see, I was born with an amazing head of hair. When cut and well maintained, said hair is glorious, wavy and beautiful. Having this beautiful head of hair is however, also A CURSE! You see, and you might want to grab a box of tissues at this point, my amazingly glorious hair is more water repellant than a duck’s ass. When I ride my road bike sweat drips mercilessly into my eyes! To make this horror story complete, my local bike shop only carries cheap cotton cycling caps with the World Champion rainbow on them! Please give me a moment to compose myself, my tears are threatening to short-circuit my keyboard… OK, I’m back… In any event, if I were to win just this simple cycling cap and it worked to save my eyes while blistering about Michigan’s (your own HOME STATE, btw) roads, I might be able too, with YOUR HELP – for the first time in my short cycling career, get over my phobia of society putting a stigma on me if I buy a product online rather than exclusively from my LBS which is amplified by the fact that my grandparents were immigrants and my mom sat me on the toilet sideways! Think of the service you would be providing the good old US of A! You (and Walz) could be that guy! (Sniffle, sniff).”

Poor Jim! My heart was heavy and my eyes were misty as I read his tragic story. I wasn’t the only one who thought Jim should win the cap—several other bloggers even pleaded his case for him (something I had not anticipated when I announced the contest). However, I do need to make one correction in Jim’s entry: Michigan is not my home state—I am a refugee from Indiana, a place where I lived until I was 18 years of age (I would have left before then, but I didn’t know we were free to leave).

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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Walz Cycling Caps (Product Review and Giveaway)

When I was a young man (back when the planet was still cooling and dinosaurs roamed the earth) my best friend and I had a lengthy conversation about the worst automobile drivers in America. We came to the conclusion the most dangerous drivers were “old men who wear hats” (by the way, my friend is nearing retirement age, now lives in Florida and wears a hat—just sayin’). That being said, I try to avoid wearing any sort of head covering except for my bicycle helmet. However, when the folks at Walz Cycling Caps sent me one of their products for review I had to reconsider my opinion about hats and caps. While I will never look as good wearing a cycling cap as Yehuda Moon does, there is something about them that is just plain cool. If you would like to see how cool you can look in a cycling cap just read the last paragraph of this article to find out how to enter our latest contest.

Walz Wool Cycling Caps

Walz Cycling Caps

Walz Caps is located in Oceanside, California and they specialize in manufacturing quality cycling caps—in fact, that is all they make. The cap they sent me (the one in the photo above) is made of 100% wool and is incredibly soft. Walz Caps makes these wool caps in over two dozen different colors and patterns, including tweed, houndstooth, herringbone—they even have a few that only mad dogs and Englishmen would love. If wool is not your style, Walz Caps also makes caps in cotton or a moisture wicking 100% circular knit polyester. These caps are thin enough to be worn under your cycling helmet.

The majority of caps sold by Walz Caps retail for $20, but you can have your cap personalized for a small additional charge. If you really want to get fancy they can customize your cap with embroidery, screen-printing or even full dye sublimation (great for cycling clubs). Walz Caps offers free shipping in the United States and they will ship internationally via USPS first class international mail.

Regular readers know that I seldom keep the products that are sent to me for review. While my grubby little hands did touch this cap while I was photographing it, I did not wear it because I wanted to be able to give it away (and no one wants a used cycling cap). In prior contests I had readers choose a number within a certain range and then used a random number generator to select the winner. However, because the snow biking season is almost over I am in a strange mood—so the rules for this contest are a bit different. If you would like to win this beautiful cycling cap then leave a comment below telling me why you need this cap. The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Friday, March 15, 2013. After the contest closes I will read through the comments and choose a winner based solely on my incredibly subjective mood at the time. I probably won’t respond to the comments left below, but I promise to read and consider every one of them. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. I will send this product to the winner via U.S. Mail at my expense. Good luck!

 

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Serfas Women’s Bicycle Floor Pump Contest Winner

This past Monday we held contest to give away a Serfas Women’s Bicycle Floor Pump to some lucky reader. The rules for the contest were simple: just pick a number between 1,000 and 1,250 and leave the number in the comment section for the review. The contest ended at midnight on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Elizabeth from Triathlon Obsession

Elizabeth from Triathlon Obsession

The winning number was 1,001 and Elizabeth, a New York resident and the blogger behind Triathlon Obsession, hit the number exactly. She did her first triathlon about 8 years ago as a dare, and just this year she picked up a sponsorship and is now a part of the 2013 Trisports.com Team of Champions!

Winning Number

The Winning Number

For your information, we had around 60 readers enter the contest. We used a random number generator to select a number between 1,000 and 1,250 and that is how 1,001 was selected as the winning number. This past Monday I noticed that someone had selected 1,001 and I immediately thought that there was no way on earth they could win since the rules stated that the winner would be the person who selected the number closest to, but not over, the winning number. Since Elizabeth chose 1,001 the only way she could win was if the random number generator chose 1,000 or 1,001—I nearly fell out of chair when 1,001 popped up!

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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Frame Defender Contest Winner

Ray From Seattle

Ray From Seattle

This past Monday we held contest to give away a Frame Defender Kit (a lightweight bicycle frame protector) to some lucky reader. The rules for the contest were simple: just pick a number between 750 and 1,000 and leave the number in the comment section for the review. The contest ended at midnight on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The winning number was 844 and the person closest to this number, without going over, was Ray, a stay-at-home dad from Seattle (the name on his Gravatar is Papi). Ray started riding his bike as an adult for the first time a year ago. Last year he rode over 2,000 miles—mostly solo. This year he plans to do the same amount of miles, but pulling his 2-year-old in the trailer and his wife riding with him. Ray also runs the Beware The Under Dad blog. The photo on the left is of Ray as he was riding in the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic last year.

As in our other contests we used a random number generator to select a number between 750 and 1,000 and that is how 844 was selected as the winning number. We have several other product giveaways already planned—and unless we can think of a better way to hold a contest we will probably follow the same format we used this time.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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MiiR Stainless Steel Bottle Contest Winner

Sarah's Doodles

Sarah

Last week we held our second product giveaway of 2013—a contest to give away a MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle to some lucky reader. The rules for the contest were simple: just pick a number between 500 and 750 and leave the number in the comment section for the review. The contest ended at midnight on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

The winning number was 562 and a reader named Sarah guessed the exact number (the first time that’s happened). I’ve only been following Sarah’s blog (Sarah’s Doodles) for about two months—I found it in the WordPress Reader under the “running” topic. Sarah describes herself as “a 24-year-old yo’ pro’ living in Cincinnati with a love for running, 90′s pop music, peanut butter and everything in between.” Sarah does have more than a little sarcasm on her blog (I really admire that in people).

Winning Number

Winning Number

For your information, we had around 70 readers enter the contest. We used a random number generator to select a number between 500 and 750 and that is how 562 was selected as the winning number. We have several other product giveaways already planned—and unless we can think of a better way to hold a contest we will probably follow the same format we used this time (translation: your suggestions for a better way to hold a product giveaway would be greatly appreciated).

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle (Product Review and Giveaway)

I own a lot of water bottles and my collection takes up nearly the entire upper shelf in one of our kitchen cabinets (my wife is a very patient woman). However, I am not really a “collector” since I use these bottles—some are insulated and others have unique features that make them more suitable for certain rides than others. A few weeks ago the folks at MiiR asked if I would be willing to try out a couple of their water bottles and I jumped at the chance.

MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle

MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottles

The MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle is made of 18/8 stainless steel and holds 600ml (20 ounces). The bottle is 9″ tall (7″ without the lid) and will easily fit in the water bottle cage on your bicycle. This bottle is lightweight (only 6 ounces) and is very comfortable to hold. While this bottle is dishwasher safe (top rack), they recommend hand washing.

With so many water bottles on the market, what makes the MiiR bottles different? I suppose durability would have to head the list, followed by ease of use—one twist of the lid (cap) and the bottle is ready to use. While this bottle does not have a sports cap like most cycling-specific bottles, you don’t have to worry about throwing this bottle in a gym bag or even tossing it in the back of your car! I also liked using this bottle when I was riding on muddy trails. The worst part about cycling in the mud is finding a way to keep the spout on your water bottle clean. It’s not that I am scared of drinking a bit of mud—I am not that picky. However, last year I was riding off-road and saw a horse emptying his bladder on the trail in front of me when it dawned in me that mud was not the only thing clinging to my bottles! With the twist lid on the MiiR you don’t have to worry about what you might have picked up on the trail.

MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle

MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottles

The MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottle (600ml size) retails for $18 and is available from the MiiR online shop. This bottle comes in five colors (orange, white, stainless, green, blue). When you buy a bottle you will also need to choose a lid—they have two types available, wedge (pictured above) or wingnut. These lids sell for $5 and come in numerous colors so you can create a truly customized bottle. MiiR also has several other bottles, including insulated bottles, available on their Website and they offer free shipping on any order over $40.

MiiR is a very environmentally conscious company. Their lids are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5 plastic and every bottle is 100% recyclable. In addition, $1 from every bottle sold goes directly to building water wells in developing nations. I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in Third World counties and it is so sad that nearly one-quarter of the world’s population does not have access to clean, safe drinking water. I sincerely applaud MiiR for their efforts!

As my regular readers know, I seldom keep the products that are sent to me for review—most of the time I give the products to random visitors who comment on this blog. Once again I’ve decided to hold a contest for one of the MiiR Stainless Steel Water Bottles. The folks at MiiR sent me two bottles and I only needed one to test, so I am giving away the Cadmium Orange bottle pictured above (that’s the one I didn’t use). To enter the contest all you have to do is pick a number between 500 and 750 and enter it in the comment section below (you don’t actually have to make a comment). The contest ends at midnight (CST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. After the contest closes I will use a random number generator to pick the winning number. If no one has the exact number the person with the number closest to, but not over, the winning number will get the orange MiiR Stainless Steel Bottle. In case two or more people chose the same number the first person to pick the number will be the winner. This contest is for U.S. residents only and only one entry per household allowed. When the contest is over I will publish the results in the comments section of this article. I will mail this product to the winner via Priority Mail at my expense.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Product Reviews

 

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Serfas ST-17i Multi-tool Giveaway Winner

This past Monday we announced our first product giveaway of the year—we held a contest to give away a Serfas ST-17i CO² Inflator / Mini-tool to some lucky reader. The rules for the contest were simple: just pick a number between 200 and 500 and leave the number in the comment section for the review. The contest ended at midnight on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Serfas ST-17i Multi-tool Giveaway Winner

Meet Joe, Winner Of The Serfas ST-17i Multi-tool

The winning number was 339 and the person closest to this number was Joe (AKA, Joboo) who guessed 333. Joe is an avid cyclist who lives in the north woods of Minnesota and he is also is the blogger behind The Adventures of Joboo and His Trusty Pugsley. I’ve never had the opportunity to meet Joe but I’ve followed his blog for a several years—he writes a lot about his Surly Pugsley and his blog was one of the reasons I bought my first Fat Bike, a Surly Pugsley Necromancer.

random number generatorFor your information, we had around 70 cyclists enter the contest. We used a random number generator to select a number between 200 and 500 and that is how 339 was selected as the winning number. We have several other product giveaways already planned—and unless we can think of a better way to hold a contest we will probably follow the same format we used this time (translation: your suggestions for a better way to hold a product giveaway would be appreciated).

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Life On Two Wheels

 

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