We're excited to be supporting This Team Saves Lives (TTSL) as a platinum sponsor this year. TTSL is an all-women's adventure, cyclocross and gravel racing team with riders on the East and West coasts of the USA.
In the words of TTSL:
We are a group of women who live and breathe bikes. We're driven by weekend adventures, and breaking the boundaries of conventional cycling by taking things off road. We are adventure seekers, artists, racers, and explorers.
This Team Saves Lives is part of a cause headed up by This Bar Saves Lives to provide life saving therapeutic food aid to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. For very bar you purchase from This Bar, they send a packet of life-saving food to a child in need.
Watch for TTSL riders aboard Drifters and Broken Arrows at events this year.
Photos courtesy of Donalrey Nieva.
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Trade shows are a logistical challenge at the best of times, and this year the Toronto International Bicycle Show and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) were separated by four days and nearly 2,000 miles. The whole No. 22 team was scrambling: from late nights anodizing tube samples, last-minute catalogue production, nerve-wracking customs clearances and coordination with our suppliers to make sure not just the bikes, but all of their parts, were there on time. Throw in a blizzard at home and the result has been one of our more ambitious show schedules to date.
So, was it worth it? Absolutely.
We are occasionally asked why we offer a ten year warranty, in contrast to the so-called "lifetime" warranties that are advertised by other titanium builders.
We are tremendously proud of the craftsmanship of our frames, and we have built our brand around offering what we believe are the best made titanium frames currently available. We strive to be open and honest with every element that goes into our bikes, and our warranty is no exception.
It's not every day that we get to announce a new model, which made our launch of the Aurora at the recent Philly Bike Expo even more special. Blending the sublime handling of our Great Divide Disc with the smooth ride quality and increased stiffness under power of the Reactor, the Aurora has been one of the most anticipated bikes we've ever released.
Up front, the Aurora uses a tapered head tube with an integrated headset, shrink-wrapped around the thru-axle tapered steerer carbon road fork. Taking a page from the Reactor's playbook, the Aurora features a CNC-engraved head tube "badge", saving a few grams over our conventional solid titanium badges.