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RALEIGH’S ASS SAVERS SET TO HELP DEALERS’ BOTTOM LINES

Introducing Ass Savers – handy little friends for your backside

From Friday 1st August 2014 Raleigh’s Bike Parts division will be distributing the full range of Ass Savers mudguards to bicycle stores around the UK.

These clever little products, which come from design minds of a company in Gothenburg, Sweden, have taken the bike world by storm in the last two years, drawing high praise from across the globe.

Now with the help from Raleigh, Ass Savers can expect to attract a whole host of new fans in the UK. There are five models in the range to cater for all bike users, from roadies to mountain bikers.

  • The Ass Savers Original is the smallest model that will fold up under your saddle so when it’s dry it won’t spoil the sleek look of your road bike.
  • The  Ass Savers Extended shares the same technology as the Original but has been designed for the rider who desires extra coverage of their derrière musclé.
  • The Ass Savers Wide is a mountain bike specific model designed to protect your back side while you shred single track.
  • Ass Savers even do two Brooks versions to cater for narrow and wide saddle options.

All the models can be installed in seconds and require no tools to fit almost all saddles with standard rails.

Ass Savers brand manager Bryan Harris said: “I’m thrilled to be launching Ass Savers because they produce some of the coolest minimalistic mudguards on the planet. I’ve long been a fan and we know there’s a lot of demand for these pocket-size protective guards.”

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Click here to buy Ass Savers products under the Mudguards category on Raleigh’s website here.

Create your own

Raleigh is also offering a custom graphics option so you can create a bespoke version for your cycling club or shop. For more details contact Raleigh Product Manager bryanharris@raleigh.co.uk.

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Availability

Ass Savers mudguards can be ordered through any Raleigh stockist. Find your nearest here.

If you are interested in stocking Ass Savers please contact your local Raleigh Bike Parts account manager or contact Raleigh directly on 01773 532600.

SPONSORSHIP FOR 2015? RALEIGH CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

If you’ve got big cycling ambitions Raleigh wants to hear from you.

Following the launch of our 2015 range of road bikes, we are once again looking for a talented pool of athletes to achieve great things on our bikes.

Raleigh Rider Support Programme

Whether you’re looking to become an elite road or track racer, time trialist, a long-distance endurance athlete, cyclocross star, or you can simply wow people with your singlespeed skills, this is your chance to show us what you can do.

Our support package will depend on the type of riding you do but it will include at least one racing bike for the year plus a selection of components and accessories from our brand partners.

Applicants must be 14 or over and will receive bikes and equipment, as well as a boost to their public profile that comes from being associated with one of the most well-respected brands in cycling.

Ben Hillsdon, Raleigh Marketing Manager. “Through this programme we’re able to support local cyclists and grassroots cycling and invest back into the cycling community, all of which is very important to us.

“We’re looking for talented people with the passion, drive, and above all, the right personality to make it onto our Rider Support programme. If you think that’s you, or you know someone that fits the bill, we want to hear from you.”

How to apply:

If you think you’ve got what it takes to ride for Raleigh, simply head to the application page here to find out more and fill in the application form.

The application period will end on Sunday October 5th 2014 with successful riders being informed in November.

Essential criteria:

Riders must…

  • be 14 years or over as of 1st January 2015
  • be UK based have demonstrable race results from 2014
  • have an outline race calendar for 2015
  • be a member of a cycling team or club
  • commit to providing written and photographic reports on a regular basis
  • have permission of a parent or guardian if under 18

 

NEW CYCLELIFE ELECTRIC STORE OPENS IN BURNLEY

Burnley Mayor Cllr Andy Tatchell and Mayoress Lorna Tatchell demonstrated their support for cycling in Burnley on Saturday 26th July as they opened the new Cyclelife Electric store within the town’s On Yer Bike cycle store.

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Cyclelife Electric will sell a range of electric bikes and accessories from brands including Raleigh, the UK’s most recognized bike brand, and Haibike, the German high-performance electric bike brand distributed in the UK by Raleigh.

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As well as electric bikes, the store also sells adult and road bikes from brands such as Raleigh, Diamondback and Dahon, plus a wide range of accessories from leading brands including Lusso, Uvex, OTE, Galius Sun, MOA and RSP.

Store owner John Aspden said: “The move to creating a dedicated electric bike retail store shows the growth in the numbers of people of all ages wanting to get around by bike. We can now cater exclusively for those consumers who would rather a little less effort in their cycling.

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“We’re passionate supporters of Burnley’s drive to become more cycle friendly and we hope to provide a valuable service to the growing numbers of people getting around by bike.”

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Following the ribbon cutting, over 30 guests at the launch got the chance to test ride Raleigh’s new fleet of electric bikes, which are designed to take the sting out of cycling.

Picture 017-smOn Yer Bike can be found on Queen St, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1AT.

Visit the On Yer Bike Burnley website here or find out about their weekly demo rides here.

RALEIGH AND CYCLE EXPERIENCE JOIN FORCES IN TELFORD, SHROPSHIRE

Cycle training company Cycle Experience are set to officially open their family cycling centre in Telford Town Park on Saturday, July 19th.

With backing from Raleigh, Telford Cycle Centre will be launched in the 140 acre park, described as a “jewel for cyclists.”

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Regular roadshows will take place in the park with Raleigh bikes for all ages on offer, from parents with young children, balance bikes for toddlers and even tandems for two and electric bikes.

There will also be cycle hire, lessons from experts and group rides along the Silkin Way, a 14 mile “green corridor” of well surfaced pathways built on disused canal beds and railway lines.

“Telford Town Park is a jewel for cycling. I wish every town had such a fantastic facility,” said Nick Moon, who runs Cycle Experience, part of Shropshire’s TTC Group, a UK leader in road safety education.

The Cycle Centre opens at the Visitor Centre on Saturday July 19th with a try-out roadshow in an arena where anyone can experience what it is like to ride Raleigh’s range of mountain bikes, electric bikes, road and commuter cycles, plus tricycles and tandems.

Cycle Experience also will have child seats and trailers for parents with young children and other specialist fun bikes.

“We have an exciting series of events to encourage everyone from 18 months to 80 plus to get cycling. This is all about encouraging people to try cycling, enjoy the outdoors and help to maintain a fitter and healthier lifestyle,” said Nick.

There will be learn to balance and ride sessions for 3 to 12-year-olds, a children’s mountain bike club, group guided rides for families and adults and cycle maintenance training.

Cycle roadshows start this Summer to co-ordinate with the school holidays and for all year round cycling. Download the programme here: Telford CC Summer Programme 2014

 

THE ACCESSORIES OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE – WEEK 1

For Raleigh’s Bike Parts division week one of the Tour de France was a provided a lot of entertainment – not just from our product showcase at Leeds Town Hall.

Before the weekend began our helmet and eyewear brand Uvex and sports nutrition brand OTE joined in the pre-Tour celebrations in Leeds with an exhibit at Leeds Town Hall.

The Uvex City vs Urban helmet provided multiple photo opportunities and canny riders were able to bag themselves free samples of OTE bars and gels.

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Amongst the packed streets and sun-kissed roads of Harrogate Marcel Kittel was able to storm to victory, giving Uvex, our helmet and sunglasses brand, top spot on the podium.

Marcel wears the Uvex Race 5 helmet and SGL vario sunglasses, worn by many top teams, including Team Raleigh. 

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With Kittel in yellow for stage two Uvex provided him with a limited edition yellow Race 5 helmet and matching glasses. Lovely stuff! See here for all the Uvex helmets and sunglasses from Raleigh.

Kittel wasn’t in yellow for long as Italian Vincenzo Nibali broke away on Stage 2 on the impossibly steep Cote de Jenkin Road and clawed enough of a gap to hold the peleton at bay.

This gave our clothing brand Moa some fabulous exposure – especially as Nibali remained in his Astana yellow jersey until stage 8.

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You’ll find Nibali’s replica Astana kit here, along with plenty more race brand kit by Moa.

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The most hard-fought victory of the week has to go to Team Belkin’s Lars Boom though as he triumphed in horrific conditions on Stage 5 from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

The cobblestoned stage took place in near-torrential rain, which made the terrain treacherous. Despite this he covered the 97 miles in just over 3 hours 18 minutes, thanks in part to his nutrition sponsors OTE.

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To power their way through all 21 stages of the Tour de France Team Belkin will be using OTE’s energy gels, caffeine gels, powdered drinks and sports food bars, some of the best cycling food in the business.

With all this excitement in week 1 we’re looking forward to seeing what happens in week 2.

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