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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence day to all our Customers in the USA, Have a great  and Safe 4th of July!

Ragbrai XLIII – 2015 Still time to order your box!

We have heard from a number of Crate works owners that will be at this years RAGBRAI, IF you headed there its not too late to order a box and bring your Bicycle to the RAGBRAI XLIII starting on July 19,2015. Heres a article we published in the past about some of the history of Ragbrai. Enjoy!

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RAGBRAI ® is a Bicycle touring event held every year since 1973 in the state or Iowa in the Central United States Of America. Started in 1973 is has grown to be the longest bicycle touring event in the world. Registers Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Iowa, better known as RABGRAI ® started in 1974 as an idea for a Writer for the Des Moines Register to travel by bicycle across Iowa and write about what the writer saw from the bicycle vantage point. In 1973 there were very few riders in fact only 131 made it thru the whole route from Sioux City to Davenport though over 500 riders traveled on some parts of the route. In the second year 1974 the rides name was changed to SAGBRAI or the Second Annual Great bicycle ride across Iowa. On the Third year the Name RAGBRAI ® was adopted along with the Roman numeral to indicate the year of the race. Also on the third year the tradition which still continues today of dipping your bike tires in the Missouri river before the start of the ride and the Mississippi river at the end of the ride.  As time as continued on the route has changed from one city to another but always beginning on the western side of Iowa and finishing on the eastern end, with the tire dipping at each end. Also the number of riders has grown from exponentially 131 the first year to 7500 in 1984 and over 25,000 today. Much more of the history of Ragbrai ® is available on the website ragbrai.com    Many media outlets have covered RAGBRAI ® as well including major network media and ESPN. Also a Documentary movie called “A Million Spokes” was filmed while traveling the route and is available online and has been shown on the Documentary channel. The Crate Works Transport systems Bicycle shipping boxes are great to use when traveling to the RAGBRAI ® event. These boxes are lighter than most of the other cases and collapsible they are easier to ship ahead or check in and also easier to find room to store while you on the week long RAGBRAI ® adventure.

Crateworks Announces New Prices effective May 15,2015

Due to recent rising costs and changes mostly in raw material, and inbound transport costs Crateworks will be raising the price on the all 3 of their Bicycle boxes on May 15,2015 The PRO 1, PRO XL-C and PRO XL-TC will all be increasing $20.

We have tried our best to Avoid price increases but with some recent changes in product availability and raw material costs we had not choice but to increase our prices effective May 15,2015

 

Please feel free to contact us thru our website if you have any questions. Many Thanks for your interest in our products.

Late Spring 2014 update

Hello Crate works World,

 

Sorry for the long bit of Silence.. We here in Northern New England have been working slowly thru the winter on some new design ideas and collaborations with others in the cycling field.

 

We also spent a very large amount of time fighting one of the worst winters that we remember here in New Hampshire quite a lot of snow and way to much cold.  Please stay tuned for more activity and news on this blog.

 

ALL THE BEST AND HAPPY ROADS!

 

Steve , Becky and the whole crate works team

 

 

Rhode Island’s East Bay Bike Path

Heres another story of a senic bike path that looks like a nice ride for anyone on 2 wheels.

The East Bay Bike path travels between Providence and Bristol, Rhode Island along the senic shores of Narragnesett Bay and at 14.5 miles long its certainly a easy day trip for most any cyclist. There are also some breif details on the Blackstone  River bike way which is also in RI.

 

See the entire Hartford Courant article here:

http://www.courant.com/features/hc-daycation-rhode-island-biking-20130809,0,4733657.story

Crateworks announces new Caddy Pricing effective June 17 2013

Unfortunately We at Crateworks had to raise the prices on all three of our wheel caddy and related caddy combo packs effective today. Caddy prices haven’t changed in close to 10 years, however due to rapid increases in related raw materials for the caddies a price increase is needed to keep prices in line with ever rising costs.

 

THE ECOMOMY CADDY is now $60.00

The HD CADDY Is now                   $70.00

The Tandem wheel caddy is now       $80.00

 

Buyers can save $5.00 when they order a box and caddy together for more information check out the BOX/Caddy Combo packs at:

http://www.crateworks.com/merchant.mvc?&Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=crateworks&Category_Code=box_caddy_combo

 

PRO XLC with HD Caddy Combo

Bicycle Sundays in New York City

Something we heard about recently though it has been going on for years (since 1974 to be Exact). On Sundays on the Bronx River parkway in New york City (which is the oldest Parkway in America) is closed to Vehicular traffic and opened to Bicyclist Rollerbladers and pedestrians. The Parkway is free of cars from 10am to 2pm during the spring and fall seasons (its not available in July and August).

This is also a economic Boost to area businesses as people who use the parkway for recreation are sure to stop in the restaurants and shops that are in the area for food drink and other items.

If it was closer to Crateworks base in New Hampshire we would be sure to use it on Sundays it sonds like a neat ride for anyone on a bicycle. Has anyone in the Crateworks community used this on a Bicycle sunday?

 

For more information check out this article from New York Newsday:

http://newyork.newsday.com/entertainment/things-to-do/bicycle-sundays-return-for-2013-to-the-bronx-river-parkway-1.5161056

 

Bicyclists Enjoy a ride on the Bronx River Parkway on Bicycle Sunday ( NY NEWSDAY PHOTO)

 

Google adds Bicycle travel directions for 6 more European countries!

Google has added Germany, France Poland Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein to the list of Countries it offers bicycle directions for its users of Google maps.

Google Maps first added Biking directions for the US and Canada in 2010. 10 Euro Zone countries were added in 2012 and a total of over 330,000 miles (530, 000 km) have been added in total in Europe alone. This is great news for bicycle touring in Europe and I hope people in the CrateWorks Community can take advantage of it.

 

For more information check out:

http://www.eweek.com/search-engines/google-maps-adds-bicycling-directions-for-6-more-european-nations/

 

Check our CrateWorks Transport boxes at www.crateworks.com

Gear junkie reviews the Crate Works PRO XL-C bike box

Is a plastic bike box durable enough for travel around the world? Our CrateWorks bike boxes are veterans of many trips, including the Patagonian Expedition Race in Chile for three years in a row.

 

To Read the full review Check out the gearjunkie.com review of the Crate Works PRO XL-C Bike Box for yourself at:

 

http://gearjunkie.com/plastic-bike-box

 

Also, Check out the youtube video at the Bottom of the review page and see the crateworks boxes be built right there on the sidewalk!

 

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