Michelin Expands Mountain Bike Tire Offering

Michelin today announces extensive additions to its mountain bike tire selection, with four distinct ranges for multiple terrains and performance needs. For the first time, the new products will also feature electric bike readiness and a wider diameter (2.6) on the all-mountain tires.

The new collection of tires is engineered to deliver excellent grip and strength to cover an exceptionally wide variety of terrain. The four new ranges are: MICHELIN Jet XCR, MICHELIN Force XC, MICHELIN Force AM and Michelin Wild AM. [Read more…]

4th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Silver Spring, MD

— Empowering dads, father figures, families and children —

Sunday June 18th 10am to 12pm

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

— workout begins at 10am and the yoga warmup at 9:30am —

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Styves Exantus and the Ravens’ Kyle Arrington. Also enjoy fitness games, Zumba by Z Sweat Dance and Fitness and Ray & Roze Zumba, healthy snacks, yoga led by 5 Sense Wellness, an interactive playground and music from DJ Blinks and PanLara steel drum. Attendees can compete for over $2,500 in prizes from Nike, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Modell’s, Soul Cycle, Strider Bikes, Thule, Live Nation, Yokohama Tires and Vibram in the Mr Fit Fathers, Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Fit Kid contests. Also the reigning 2-time Mr. Fit Father, James Paul Swink, will be back to defend his Gym Source title against any takers of the grand prize.

Hosted by Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

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3rd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

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 — Empowering dads, role models, father figures, families & children —

Sunday June 19 from 10am to 12pm

(workout begins at 10am so please arrive by 9:45am!!!)

— FREE —

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

On Father’s Day join us for a “Social Workout” with celebrity trainers Michelangelo Bance (Fitness Gratitude) and Tiffani Jenkins (Game Changer Development), Fit Fathers founder Kimatni D. Rawlins, the Baltimore Ravens’ Kyle Arrington and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans who will lead the youth exercise activities. Enjoy games, healthy snacks from Whole Foods, the interactive kid’s area, giveaways (REI, Yokohama, Bose, Road Runner Sports, Thule, Mothers, Washington Sports, Club, Soul Cycle, Live Nation, Modell’s) live music from DJ Blinks and the Fit Mom, Fit 50+ and Mr. Fit Father contests ($3,500 in Prizes). Additionally, come meet, greet and work out with Grammy-nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn! [Read more…]

Thule Pack ’n Pedal Commuter Backpack

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This Stylish, waterproof backpack is perfect for commuting by bike in all-weather conditions or hauling gear to your favorite spot. The new Thule Pack ’n Pedal Commuter Backpack is packed with smart functions that guarantee a safe and comfortable ride.

Features

  • Waterproof main compartment with roll top closure keeps content dry. Waterproof rating IPX4
  • Hideaway high visibility rain cover  with reflective screen print for increased bag protection
  • Hideaway helmet attachment system securely holds your helmet when not in use
  • 360 degree reflective screen print increase visibility from all angels
  • Heat-molded, crush-proof SafeZone compartment protects sunglasses, smartphone and other fragile gear.
  • Padded, removable 15” laptop compartment with tablet sleeve
  • Airflow channels on EVA back panel and breathable shoulder straps provides maximum comfort and ventilation
  • Convenient light attachment points for added safety

The Thule Pack ’n Pedal Commuter Backpack comes in black, has 21L packing volume and is available in store as of Feb 2015

Thule Pack ’n Pedal Shield Panniers
Thule’s new Shield Panniers are sold in pairs and are perfect for trend-conscious consumers who wants a simple and practical solution for transporting their gear during their daily commute or outdoor adventure. Designed with safety in mind, these multi-purpose panniers deliver best-in-market reflective elements. The Shield Panniers are lightweight and feature welded construction that provides water and dust protection. Thule Pack ’n Pedal Shield Panniers are  available in two sizes: large/rear and small/front.

Features

  • Welded construction and roll top closure ensures that content are kept dry and dust free. Waterproof rating IP64
  • Highly reflective elements on both front and side panels provide superior visibility
  • Convenient light attachment points for added safety
  • Interior pockets keep smaller items organized
  • Integrated grab handle and detachable shoulder strap allows for multiple carrying options
  • Fits best on Thule Pack ’n Pedal Touring rack but will fit on virtually any rack
  • Sold in pairs

The Thule Pack ’n Pedal Shield Panniers comes in Dark Shadow (grey), Cobalt (blue) and Chartreuse (green), has 24L / 14 L packing volume and is available in store as of Feb 2015

The Thule Pack ’n Pedal Commuter Backpack and Pack ’n Pedal Shield Panniers are launched at the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, August 27 – August 30, 2014.

Mountain Biking with the Crew: A Fit Fathers Social Workout

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Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins / Vision by Henri Fisher

It was an amazing weekend with the Fit Fathers crew as we hit Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park on hardtails in Gaithersburg, MD. Typically when a group of dudes get together to catch up it’s at a sports bar, club or a live game. Nothing is wrong with either if that’s your cup of tea. For me, I am happy to have broken free from habits that I no longer care for. In comparison to my old self I’d rather bike or hike within the natural mystic of life with my brothers and sisters while eating nuts and berries opposed to clubbing with baby ballers. Thus, it’s amazing how quickly enlightenment is ascertained when the path to purity is chosen. There are never any excuses for energizing your body incessantly.

We call them “Social Workouts” whereas a group of dads, moms, kids or friends of the family get together for an exercise-focused activity in an environment conducive for life enhancing socializing. Prior examples include running and hiking meet-ups at national parks and local high school tracks. This past Saturday seven Fit Fathers went out on what is to be the first of a cadre of planned mountain bike outings.  And for those who didn’t own a cycle we made a call to Race Pace in Columbia, MD and reserved a few of their rentals for $45 a day. Again, “no excuses” is our daily mantra. “This experience provided a great alternative to the regular routine of weekly gym workouts. Both physically and mentally challenging, the scenic path allowed us to truly appreciate both the power and beauty of nature,’ said Shawn Ciers. “Enjoying this time with fellow brothers that wanted to spend a Saturday morning greeting mother nature opposed to snoring in bed or playing video games made this outing and the conversations magnificent!” [Read more…]