Are charity cycling events a lost cause? Not yet, at least at the Tour de Palm Springs. Since 1999, the nonprofit group behind the event, CVSPIN (Coachella Valley Serving People In Need), has given more than $3.2 million to charities including Boy Scout troops, homeless organizations, high school bands, Desert AIDS Project, United Cerebral Palsy, and countless others.
A few modern and snazzy components, bikes, and gear have come across our radar, or have been consumed by the BICYCLIST team. If you’re looking for a refresh in some areas of your bicycling experience, look no further than these forward-thinking and note-worthy items that we’ve got our eyes and hands on.
Gooseberry Mesa sits at 5,200′ elevation to the north of Zion National Park, a jewel of Southern Utah. The panoramic views of the desert mesas are internationally famous, though the crowds are relegated to the National Park and left behind from the perch of the bicycle. Solitude is a few pedal strokes away.
California has the most diverse ecosystems in the United States, which includes plants that can be toxic to humans. Interaction with these toxic plants is avoidable so long as you’re aware of what to look for.
HawkEye Road Hazards is a mobile-optimized site with an interactive map of dangers to bicyclists, (pot holes, debris, construction and more). On the site, a bicyclist can create a free account to report the location of road hazards with GPS coordinates.