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Sea Otter Classic Expo 2014 Exhibitors Supporting Monterey County Youth Center Bike Class

Jeremy Van Schoonhoven tricks at Kool-Stop - CROPPED - SOC 2014 ExpoContributor Kool-Stop

At the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, some Expo exhibitors were invited to support the students of the Monterey County Youth Center bike class. And indeed they did, by contributing to these youth in very practical and meaningful ways. Photos in this post show just a few of these contributors (e.g., pictured above is Kool-Stop’s booth, where Jeremy Van Schoonhoven was drawing an admiring crowd).

Read the list of all 36

contributors below.

Please click on their names to visit their websites,
so you can learn more about these caring businesses.
Project 529 - SOC 2014 VendorContributor Project 529

The bike class is held at the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center. It is part of an educational and treatment program serving boys ages 14-17 who come from all over Monterey County. Want to learn more about the class? Start here. Questions? Please contact Mari.

The businesses making these contributions were among the exhibitors at the Expo of the 24th Annual Sea Otter Classic. This bike exposition is North America’s largest, with a record-breaking 419 pre-registered exhibitors in 2014. It’s all part of the fun of Sea Otter Classic, a Celebration of Cycling that includes world-renowned races, festival activities for all ages, Gran Fondo fully supported recreational rides, and more. If you missed it, plan to attend the 25th Anniversary Sea Otter Classic, April 16-19, 2015.

Sea Otter Classic itself is also a supporter of this class, from the very beginning.

Contributor Fyxation

Fyxation - SOC 2014 Expo

Each item contributed serves one or more of the following purposes:
  • supports instruction with quality equipment and supplies, so students can develop more effective bike maintenance and repair skills
  • celebrates students’ graduation from bike class, in good standing
  • supports students in maintaining their own bikes following graduation
  • helps students identify themselves as members of the bike community
Contributor Thule

“Bring your bike….Bring your love. Bring your passion. Bring your dreams. Bring your life.”

Thule - Bring Your Life t-shirt - SOC 2014

Thank You, Contributors

Gratitude goes to each one for their support for youth.

(Listed in alphabetical order, followed by a second alpha list of additional contributors.)

1. Bicycle Trip – 2 hoodies, 4 hats
2. Bosch – 13 pant-leg reflectors
3. Camelbak – 9 beanies; 1 Groove portable filtration system; and 5 insulated, 2 spill-proof, 1 podium water bottles
4. Cannondale – 6 t-shirts
5. Cyclelogical – 3 sets spoke reflectors
6. Duro Tire & Wheel – 7 t-shirts, 2 tires with reflective sidewalls
7. Ergon – 2 t-shirts, 1 grip set
8. ESI Grips – 8 pair grips, including end caps
9. Fyxation – 1 saddle, 1 set pedals
10. Giro – 1 pair gloves
11. Index Ink – 2 t-shirts

12. IRC Tire – 2 tubeless tires
13. Kenda – 100 innertubes
14. KMC Chains – 1 chain lube pro, 1 reversible chain tool, 1 apron
15. Kool-Stop – 10 sets of brake pads
16. Lake Cycling – Stage Race Distribution – 10 pair socks
17. Live to Play Sports – LTSP Sports Group, Inc. – 2 belt buckles
18. MTBParks.com – 1 t- shirt
19. Pivot Cycles – 6 innertubes, 3 t-shirts

20.Project 529 – 6 “Bike Thieves Suck” t-shirts, 4 beanies
21. Race Face Performance Products – 3 sets grips
22. Ride SFO – 2 hats, 2 pair gloves
23. Slime – 1 bike multi-tool, 1 digital presta-gauge, 1-16 oz tube sealant, 1-16 oz tubeless sealant, 26″ and 700x lite smart tubes, 20x super thick smart tube with sealant, 2 pkges Hammerhead inflators, 6 premium threaded cartridges CO2 refills, flat protector tube liner
24. Sock Guy – 6 pair socks
25. Thule – 10 t-shirts, 15 organic chapsticks
26. Tifosi Optics – 3 white hats
27. Topeak – 1 pump, mini dual DXG
28. Anonymous contributor – 5 black hats, 5 green water bottles

29. Bell – 5 can covers

30. Bike Magazine – 4 May issues

31. BMX-Plus Magazine – 4 April, 4 May issues

32. Clif Bar – box of 6 energy bars

33.G-Form – 7 high-impact phone cases

34. Jaybird Sport – 18 wrist bands

35. Lezyne – 3 Caddy Sacks, and posters

36. Scott Sports – autographed poster

And from numerous exhibitors, assorted stickers.

Tifosi Logo

The class was founded and is run by volunteers.

One of these is volunteer Repair/Maintenance Instructor Luciano Rodriguez. Luciano is an eclectic cyclist who has now raced Sea Otter Classic for twelve consecutive years, including as a Cat I/Pro Singlespeed Cross Country competitor, and as a Circuit and Cyclocross competitor. Luciano has volunteered with Youth Center bike class since July 2012. As the third year begins, in April 2014, he continues.

Luciano at Stone Creek Village 2012Class Volunteer Luciano Rodriguez
Class Volunteer Frank Henderson

Frank Henderson at Youth CenterAnother veteran volunteer is Repair/Maintenance Instructor Frank Henderson. Frank’s expertise shared with the class also includes his experience as a League of American Bicyclists licensed certified instructor, and as a Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction Coordinator at Hartnell College. Frank has volunteered with Youth Center bike class since the inaugural series in April 2012. As the third year begins, he continues.

Class Volunteer Mari Lynch

Mari Lynch of Monterey
The last of three veteran volunteers continuing in this third year is Mari Lynch, class founder. Mari began the process of establishing the class in Fall 2011. She has also served as volunteer Bicycle Class Coordinator the first two years, and is stepping down from that role as the third year begins. (A new coordinator is being sought.) As of April 2014, Mari continues as a volunteer Resources/Skills Instructor and as a Class Advisor.

A heartfelt thank you to the 36 contributors listed above
for supporting the bicycling interests
of  youth of Monterey County.
Added thanks…

to Kenda Tire’s staff member for so graciously offering, then carrying, a heavy box of innertubes a long way up a steep hill!

Thanks also to three Seaside teens for carrying help at SOC,  and to Steve Benes of Gears 4 Good for helping with the process of transporting contributions from Laguna Seca to the Youth Center.

Bike community helper Steve Benes of Gears 4 Good

Benes - gears 4 good - SOC 2014 Expo

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