Dreambikes Wrap-Up

If you haven’t been paying attention this past month, or if you’ve just stumbled across our blog recently, we’ve been talking up the dreambikes auction quite a bit. Sunday, December 19 marked the end of the last auction, so we thought we’d take a moment to give you the highlights.

For those of you just tuning in, the dreambikes program was started by crankbrothers to help benefit Hans Rey’s charity, Wheels4Life. They partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Fi’zi:k and Continental Tires to create a stable of ten impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

With the help of Performance Bicycle, crankbrothers auctioned off each of the dreambikes over the past five weeks. By the close of the final auction on Sunday, December 19, the dreambikes project had raised a total of $35,546 for Wheels4Life. Those proceeds will enable Wheels4Life to improve the lives of hundreds of people around the world who desperately need a bike for getting to work, school or accessing/providing health care.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the dreambikes auction. Your generosity is truly an inspiration to us, and Performance Bicycle is proud to contribute to a program that improves the world through the culture of cycling.

For those of you who want to make a difference but didn’t take part in the auctions, don’t worry, there’s still time to help. Right now we’re selling the 2010 GT Wheels4Life Trekking Bike—and donating a portion of the proceeds of these limited-edition GTs to Wheels4Life.

If you’re in the market for a comfortable hybrid, this is the bike to buy if you’d like to help Hans Rey and Wheels4Life carry on their mission of providing low-cost bikes to people in the developing world. You can also donate $10 by texting ‘WHEELS’ to 85944. Don’t forget to reply ‘YES’ to confirm (USA only).

To learn more about what Hans Rey and Wheels4Life are doing, visit PerformanceBike.com or Wheels4Life.org.

2011 Tarwheel Kids Bike Giveaway

This Christmas, Performance Bicycle and the Carolina Tarwheels joined together to provide and build bikes for needy kids in the counties surrounding our corporate office.  Performance was pleased to support the Tarwheels’ efforts by first helping them purchase the 78 bicycles they wanted but also by supplying the warehouse space and the labor to build the bikes.

Bagels were consumed and Christmas music was listened to as we cranked away building the bikes.

Once all of the bicycles were completed, each one underwent a through safety inspection before being lined up for delivery.

The Carolina Tarwheels hand delivered each bicycle to the home of a child in need.  How’s that for a surprise Christmas present!  We were so glad to be a part of this and look forward to doing it again next year.

Final dreambikes auction: Titus Rockstar 29

Bidding ends this Sunday on the last 2 dreambikes in the auction from Hans Rey and the team at crankbrothers!  Up for bid are 2 one-of-a-kind mountain bikes from Titus and Focus, and each of these dreambikes sport some serious style to go along with their equally impressive trail performance.

Of course the best part about the the dreambikes auctions is that all of the proceeds from  will support Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity with their work to provide bikes to deserving people in developing countries.  So far, over $27,000 has been raised by the dreambikes auctions, which will be used to provide bikes for people that deperately need them to get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients in remote locations.

There are 2 selections up for bid this week, but you can’t go wrong with either one.  One dreambike is this size medium Focus Raven carbon hardtail, which weighs in at 20.2lbs and is ready-to-race with a full SRAM XX component group:

The other option is this size medium Titus Rockstar 29 carbon mountain bike, which only weighs in at 26.7lbs with its 29″ wheels:

Don ‘t let the elegantly shaped tubes and refined butting profiles fool you into thinking the Titus Rockstar 29 is bred for a life of quiet leisure—this good-looking bad boy is made to roll hard, roll fast and roll long. Over just about anything in its way. From roots and rocks, to ravines, ruts and roadkill, there’s just no stopping the Rockstar once you set those big ol’ 29” wheels in motion. For those rare occasions when you simply must arrest your momentum, Titus has spec’d the fabled Avid Elixir CR hydraulic disc brake, front and rear. With gold-toned Cobalt wheels, handlebar, stem, grips and seatpost from crankbrothers, and SRAM X0/X9 drivetrain, the dreambikes edition Titus Rockstar 29 is a race-ready XC rig that’ll have you giggling like a groupie before you finish your first ride.


Just remember to get your bid in before this final auction ends on Sunday 12/19 at 8PM ET.  If you’re curious about what you missed out on already, check out the rest of the dreambikes on our website.

What are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

Final dreambikes auction: Focus Raven

Here it is… the final week to become the envy of any ride by getting your hands on a one-of-a-kind dreambike from Hans Rey and the team at crankbrothers!  Bidding has already begun on the last 2 mountain bikes from Titus and Focus, so it’s time to act if you want to bid on these gorgeous rolling works of art (that also happen to be trail-shedding machines!)

All of the proceeds from the dreambikes auctions will support Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity in their work to provide bikes to deserving people in developing countries, bikes that make a difference in whether or not these people can get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients in remote locations.

This final dreambikes auction serves up some serious off-road firepower.  Up for bid is this size medium Titus Rockstar 29 carbon mountain bike, which weighs in at 26.7lbs with 29″ wheels:

If a flat-out racing rocket is more your speed, also up for auction is this size medium Focus Raven carbon hardtail! This race-ready steed weighs in at 20.2lbs and sports a full SRAM XX component group:

If Edgar Allen Poe’s dour avian interlocutor was ever to be reincarnated as a mountain bike, the Focus Raven would be the logical choice. This exotic-looking, German-built carbon hardtail is a XC racer’s fantasy. It’s feather-light, accelerates like a demon, and handles like a dream. Selected by Germany’s Mountain Bike Magazine as a best-in-class off-road racing machine, and winner of the Eurobike Gold Award, the Raven is the last word in high-end, high-performance hardtails. This unique dreambikes edition sports a Rock Shox SID XX fork, custom crankbrothers cobalt wheels, cobalt 11 bar, stem and seatpost, SRAM XX for go and whoa, fizik Tundra saddle and Continental Race King tires. It’s one-of-a-kind, so when bidding closes, this rare Raven is nevermore.

Just remember to get your bid in before this final auction ends on Sunday 12/19 at 8PM ET.

If you’re curious about what you missed out on already, check out the rest of the dreambikes on our website.  So far the dreambikes auction has raised over $27,000 for Wheels4Life, which will change the lives of people around the world!

What are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

dreambikes Auction #4: Titus El Guapo

Tick tock, tick tock… time is running out if you want to be a part of this one-of-a-kind dreambikes charity auction! There are only a few days left to bid on this round of mountain bikes from all-around legend Hans Rey and the team at crankbrothers!

In case you haven’t seen these latest creations, up for bid in this 4th dreambikes auction is this size small Focus First XC carbon mountain bike with gorgeous black and gold components:

And also up for auction is this size large Titus El Guapo orange all-mountain monster! The details on this bike are stunning and will turn heads on any trail.

Just remember to get your bid in before this round of the auction ends on Sunday 12/12 at 8PM ET:

If you like ‘em burly, beefy and super-aggressive, the Titus El Guapo just may be your singletrack soul mate. With its massive frame tubing, six inches of travel and aggressive geometry, the El Guapo (the Handsome One) is a charismatic all-mountain ride that will appeal to riders with a lust for trail bike handling and XC bike efficiency and responsiveness. Its performance makes it way more than just another pretty face, but honestly, who could resist this good-looking specimen with its mix of crankbrothers iodine components, SRAM XO/X9, Avid Elixir CR disc brakes, Fizik Gobi XM saddle and Continental Trail King tires? And, remember, it’s a dreambikes edition, so it’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Be sure to check out the rest of the dreambikes, and the remaining bikes up for auction, on our website.

So where can you go wrong?  With the dreambikes auction you get the chance to bid on the mountain bike of your dreams, while also supporting the work of Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.  The proceeds from the dreambikes auction will support Wheels4Life as they provide bikes for people in developing countries who desperately need them to get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients in remote locations.

So far the dreambikes auction has raised over $20,000 for Wheels4Life, which will change the lives of people around the world!

To create the dreambikes, crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAMRock ShoxAvidFizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

What are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

Spin Doctor Mechanic Profile – Ed Kajioka

Spin DoctorOur Oceanside, CA store’s Spin Doctor-certified lead mechanic, Ed Kajioka, has been a professional bike mechanic since 1992.  A native of the sunny shores of Hawaii, Ed is truly passionate about our sport and enjoys riding bikes as much as he enjoys wrenching on them as a Performance Spin Doctor.

He’s excited about turning people on to cycling, and helping them in any way he can: whether that means repairing or upgrading their bikes, or simply talking about the places he rides.  As an extremely experienced mechanic, Ed relishes the challenge of maximizing the performance of his customers’ bikes.

Ed’s top-notch mechanic skills include everything from performing basic tune-ups to custom wheel builds and fork overhauls. Ed will work on any type of bike without prejudice, from an $89 bike to an $8,900 bike purchased at another shop.

Of course Ed also loves to ride, and he participates in all cycling disciplines at a high level. His mountain bike handling skills are second to none, and you can often find him taming the singletrack on the trails around Lake Calaveras.  Ed has even been known to mix it up at the local BMX park or on a nighttime urban assault ride.  And as if that isn’t enough, he’s also super strong and fast on a road bike.

Ed’s passion is cycling, any type of cycling,so if you drop by our Oceanside store, be sure to head back to the Spin Doctor counter and say hello…  your bike will thank you! And if you ever get the chance to ride with Ed, you don’t want to pass it up!

dreambikes Auction #4: Focus First XC

There are only 2 weeks (and 4 bikes) left in the dreambikes auction, so time is running out for you to bid on a one-of-a-kind mountain bike from mountain bike legend Hans Rey and the team at crankbrothers!

The dreambikes auction gives you the chance to bid on the mountain bike of your dreams, while also supporting the great work of Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.  The proceeds from the dreambikes auction will support  Wheels4Life in their projects around the globe, providing bikes for people in developing countries who desperately need them to get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients in remote locations.

So far the dreambikes auction has raised an amazing $22,000 for Wheels4Life, which will change the lives of people around the world!

To create the dreambikes, crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAMRock ShoxAvidFizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

First up for bid in the 4th dreambikes auction is this refined but ready-for-anything size small Focus First XC carbon mountain bike (the gold accents are killer).  Bidding ends Sunday 12/12 at 8PM ET for this beauty (and a size large Titus El Guapo):

The trail-taming prowess of a medium-travel enduro bike. The pulse-quickening aesthetics of an elegant XC hardtail. You get both in the category-bending First from Focus. The secret’s in the Full Integrated Rear Suspension Technology (F.I.R.S.T., get it?). By integrating a bump-busting Rock Shox Monarch rear shock into a cavity at the rear of the carbon frame’s top tube, Focus manages to keep the First’s lines clean, sleek and decidedly un-susser-like. This one-of-a-kind dreambikes First is decked out in color-matched crankbrothers cobalt 11 and SRAM X0/X9 components, Fizik saddle and Continental Race King tires for a first-rate mashup of glam looks and go-fast performance that’ll attract tons of attention on descents as well as the start line.

Be sure to check out the rest of the dreambikes, and the upcoming auction schedule, on our website.

So what are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

Movember Wrap-Up

As we move rapidly into December, we want to stop and take a quick moment to say one last goodbye to Movember!  If you didn’t realize why so many men were sporting mustaches last month (and you didn’t check out our earlier post), Movember is a worldwide movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues during the month of November, with a focus on prostate cancer awareness and research.  Here’s part of our team of “Mo Bros”, clean-shaven at the start of the month:

And here they are in all of their follicular glory, at the end of Movember!

Will’s mustache was acclaimed to be the “most impressive” by our panel of entirely subjective judges:

But they all sported their ‘stache with pride, and showed off some impressive grooming skill (especially Jason’s General Burnside look on the left below):

We hope you had a successful Movember of your own, or at least supported someone who did!  Performance Bicycle made a donation to the fight against prostate cancer in support of our crew of Mo Bros.  In the end, that’s what Movember is all about–raising money for and awareness of men’s health issues that all-too-often are not talked about… although we have to admit that is was also worth it just for these pictures of our coworkers!

Alleycat Racers: Leave a comment with your name and race number and click the ‘Yehuda Moon’ image to go to the next checkpoint!

Holiday Food Drive

Starting today, all of our stores nationwide will accept canned goods and non-perishable food items to help stock local food banks.  We are once again working with local food banks across the country to provide much-needed food to struggling individuals and families this holiday season.

Between December 3 and December 17, all 94 Performance stores will serve as receiving centers for food donations, which will be distributed by local food banks.  Our stores will accept a variety of non-perishable food items, including any kind of canned food or pasta, and dry foods such as cereal and rice that are sealed and packaged.

Last holiday season we collected nearly three tons of food, and we hope to surpass that goal this year!  Our goal is to collect as much food as we possibly can.  As a thank you to those who are able to help, if you donate three or more non-perishable food items you will receive 10% off your entire in-store purchase with your donation.

Thanks in advance to all of you who are able to donate to our food drive during this busy holiday season.  Together we can really make a difference for those in need.

dreambikes auction #3: Focus Project 2.0 & Ibis Mojo

Another week, another dreambikes auction, and another chance to bid on a pair of amazing mountain bikes from the team at crankbrothers! So far, we have raised an amazing $15,402… and that’s just from the first 4 bikes!

The best part about the dreambikes auction is that while you are bidding on the mountain bike of your dreams, you will also be supporting Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.  All of the proceeds from the dreambikes auction go straight to Wheels4Life, a non-profit organization that provides bikes for people in developing countries, working directly with communities and individuals who desperately need bikes to provide transportation to get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients in remote locations.

Hans Rey and his wife, Carmen, are both humbled by the success of the dreambikes program, and Carmen would like to personally thank the auction winners: “Thanks to the generosity of our four auction winners, Wheels4Life is able to get 100 children to school in Uganda, thus giving them an education and a chance of a much better life and 60 healthcare workers out into the field saving lives. That is a pretty amazing achievement. Together we are creating a difference through the gift of a bicycle and we could not do it without incredible people like Christiano Samaro, Ryan Black, Eric Vensel and Jon Martens. On behalf of those children, the nurses and Wheels4Life, we thank you.”

To create the dreambikes, Crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAMRock ShoxAvidFizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

Up for bid in this third dreambikes auction is a super-fun size medium Focus Project 2.0 trail bike:

All mountain. All the time. One ride on the Focus Project 2.0 and your agenda will be set in stone. And roots. And whatever else you point this extravagantly spec’d trail-marauder at. The 150mm-travel alloy frame features the patented Knucklebox 3D-forged rocker for ultra-high stiffness and torsional rigidity that will rocket you up to speed fast and efficiently — and supply the impact-inhaling action you need to keep on rolling long after the trail turns treacherous. This one-of-a kind dreambikes Project 2.0 is spec’d to the nines with crankbrothers iodine wheels and contact bits in orange ano, SRAM X0/X9 drivetrain, a color-coordinated fizik Gobi saddle and Continental tires. A winning bid will make this fearless full-squisher all yours.

Also up for bid is this ridiculously good-looking black-and-gold size medium Ibis Mojo:

Super sexy. Super solid. Super smooth. The Ibis Mojo Carbon is nothing short of superlative. With breakout design and engineering, the Mojo’s technologically advanced carbon frame and swingarm dole out plush and flickable efficiency by the truckload, and unload tons of confidence-inspiring control for taking it to the limits over technical terrain. Outfitted stem to stern with color-matched crankbrothers Cobalt and SRAM X0/X9 components, this one-of-a-kind, dreambikes edition Ibis Mojo Carbon is worth its weight in gold—even more, considering that this elegantly appointed, performance-gilded 5.5” travel dual-susser weighs in south of 26 pounds.

Be sure to check out the rest of the dreambikes, and the upcoming auction schedule, on our website right now.  You’ll definitely want at least one of these bikes!

So what are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

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