Qhubeka Info: 700 Bikes this year

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Last year we had an opportunity to utilize a new bike providing parter in Qhubeka and were able to deliver 700 bikes to Eritrea!  This is an increase in over 450 extra bikes that will now be changing the lives of the less fortunate.  We are absolutely amazed and stoked at the sheer number of bikes that Qhubeka was able to deliver this year on our behalf and will be using them again as our main bike partner again this year.

 

The Bike

Students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa transport heavy loads long distances over rugged terrain to meet basic livelihood needs. Compared to walking, bicycles allow them to haul more goods over longer distances in less time – provided the bicycle is strong and durable. In Africa, the disconnect between suppliers and end-users has resulted in bicycles designed to be inexpensive rather than robust; most begin to fall apart within weeks because they are not suitable for rugged terrain and bulky loads. This has dire consequences for people without access to other modes of transportation.

The Qhubeka Buffalo bicycle is a robust bicycle engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements. It is designed by World Bicycle Relief in Chicago USA, tested and assembled in South Africa with close attention to end-user feedback and rigorous quality control. We are committed to providing the highest quality, most durable bicycles in Africa, and we operate with constant attention to innovation and product improvement to ensure that our bicycles meet their users’ needs. Our product management team oversees a fleet of riders who test current and potential components under the most punishing field conditions; their feedback is used to improve our bicycles. Furthermore, Buffalo Bicycles are compatible with locally available spare parts, ensuring that with proper maintenance they will last for years.

These design innovations make Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles the best on the market: our bicycle is built for Africa!

Assembly

Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles are sourced from manufacturers in Asia with some components made by fabricators in South Africa who produce each component to our specifications. Our bicycles are built from the highest quality parts. The bicycles arrive completely unassembled at Qhubeka facilities in South Africa where local teams put them together. Our assembly staff take great pride in their work and ensure that each bicycle is properly assembled.

Maintenance

Even the most robust bicycle needs maintenance, particularly in the harsh conditions of Africa. Each Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle comes with a helmet, a pump and a cable-lock and a small tool for basic maintenance. To ensure that bicycle owners have access to local, qualified repair service, Qhubeka has developed a Field Mechanics Training Program to accompany bicycle distribution. Mechanics are trained in bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair as well as basic business, marketing and management skills. Each trained mechanic receives a set of bicycle tools, and some mechanics establish businesses and purchase a stock of spare parts.

Branding

Why Buffalo? Qhubeka Bicycles were designed by World Bicycle Relief and are built to be as tough as the fierce African buffalo, a symbol of strength and power; hence the brand name Buffalo Bicycle. All Buffalo Bicycles and spare parts are carefully branded to assure the end-users that they have purchased the genuine product rather than a low-quality imitation. In addition, Qhubeka offers the CSI investor the opportunity to individualise your Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles with your brand colours and logos for orders in multiples of 1,100 bicycles.

Awards

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and World Economic Forum have recognised our bicycle supplier, Buffalo Bicycle Company, with the 2013 Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneur of the Year award acknowledges innovative approaches and outstanding work in health, education, employment and the environment. As a wholly owned subsidiary of World Bicycle Relief, the Buffalo Bicycle Company manufactures the specially designed Buffalo Bicycles. Purpose-built for rugged terrain and heavy loads, these bikes help people better access education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

In August 2014, BBC named the Buffalo Bicycle one of the 10 most beautiful bicycles in the world.

Download the Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle specifications document.

Download the Qhubeka helmet technical specifications document.

Download the Qhubeka bicycle safety poster.

If you would like to buy a bicycle for yourself or someone you know you can find more information here

 

 

 

Help Us get to $1,000,000 Raised this Year!

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We Have Changed Our Name… Slightly

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First, we realized that the 10 and 25 mile routes are growing! And that is awesome. We want them to continue growing and one of the things we constantly hear when we are sharing with others about the event is that, most people hear 50 miles on a Mountain Bike and Check out. While the 50 mile ride will always be the heart of the event, we didn’t want to discourage people from changing the world just because our name sounded scary.

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Official 50 Mile Ride Event Date Announcement – 2017

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Online Registration is closed…but you can still ride. Here’s how!

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27825 Santa Margarita Pkwy,
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92691

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A Short Message from Rafiki and His Children

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“Dougie Style Mustache” Contest

We are celebrating the ten year anniversary of the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda this year! As I am sure many of you know, our founder, the heavily mustached Doug started this event on his 50th birthday (hence the 50 mile distance) and this year he is turning 60!

And we figure what better way to celebrate than have a mustache contest!

We have partnered with Over The Hump Mountain Bike Racing Series to help raise additional funds for our charity partners and celebrate all of Doug’s contributions to this cause.

Over The Hump will be donating $1.00 for every “Dougie Style” Mustache counted on the day of the ride (up to 1500).

On top of that, anyone who posts a photo to Facebook or Instagram of their mustache and tags it with #DougieStyleMTB will be eligible to win a free entry to an Over The Hump event. And they will be giving away 10!!!

Here are the rules:

1. Everyone is eligible!! Riders, spectators, men, women, kids, ect.
2. Your mustache must stay affixed all day. Feel free to get creative with this. Grow one, draw one on, glue it, tattoo it (maybe not the best option). As long as it stays for the day it counts.
3. You can only be counted once.
4. It HAS to be a “Dougie Style mustache”. See the photo.
5. Post a photo to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #DougieStyleMTB to be entered to win a free entry into an Over The Hump event.

Please stop by the rider check in booth to have your mustache counted.

720 Utility Bikes to Eritrea This Year

Thanks to YOUR participation as a rider, sponsor, donor, or volunteer – we will be able to deliver 720 utility bikes into the African country of Eritrea this year!

Our friends at Team Africa Rising have been working closely with the Eritrean Commission of Sport, the Cycling Federation, UNDP, the Ministry of Education and Anthony Fitzhenry founder of Qhubeka. Qhubeka is part of World Bicycle Relief (WBR), a global non-profit dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through the Power of Bicycles. A container load of WBR “Charger” utility bikes will ship shortly after this year’s 50MR with a landing in Eritrea sometime in June 2016. Local mechanics in Eritrea will then begin assembling the bikes. Proceeds from our 10th Annual 50 Mile ride, along with Qhubeka’s contributions, will enable us to partner together to deliver 720 bikes into Eritrea this year. We have identified a mechanic who will travel to the WBR/Qhubeka assembly plant in Zimbabwe for a couple of weeks of training. We are looking at about 10-15 mechanics to assemble the bikes using some youth from the UNDP Youth Development program (jobs for young adults) along with the Eritrean Trade Workers Union. Both groups are in dire need of work and this will enable them to have a “job” assembling the bikes over a couple of months.

This is a significant undertaking for Qhubeka, World Bicycle Relief and the Eritrean parties with the help of the 50MR. This is a partnership we hope will continue to grow to produce a full time assembly plant in Eritrea. THANK YOU for helping us make a difference in the world for 720 young students in Eritrea. They will now have a pathway to education, giving them a “hand up” to a better life.

New Routes for 2016

Applied Medical is one of the fastest growing companies in Southern California, and a leading provider of breakthrough technologies for minimally invasive and general surgery. They are also the proud hosts of our 2016 10th Annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda. Our start, finish, and post-ride party will take place at their newest facility (formerly Cox Communications) located at 29947 Avenida De Las Banderas, Rancho Santa Margarita CA.

Our 50MR trail team is super excited about our new routes this year. We’ve kept some of the same 50MR trails (O’Neill, Caspers, Tijeras, Arroyo Trabuco), but we’ve added some fun new trails that our locals LOVE – including Vista Trail in O’Neill Park, and Waterworks in the Arroyo. Check out our interactive TRAIL MAP (blue represents the 25/50 mile routes, yellow represents the 10 mile route). Or you can CLICK HERE FOR 50MR STRAVA route. It’s unanimous – the new trails are a blast to ride, and you’re going to have an awesome day for an awesome cause!

Grand Prize Bike – Pivot Cycles

We are totally excited to announce that Pivot Cycles is our Grand Prize Bike Sponsor for this year’s event.

Pivot Cycles bikes are born from decades of industry experience and bred from a heritage of racing. They’ve been revolutionizing the high-performance mountain bike world ever since they were introduced in 2007. Founder Chris Cocalis worked the floor in bike shops, raced BMX professionally, built bikes by hand, and saw Titus Cycles to success before turning his full efforts to Pivot Cycles.

The full Pivot line is developed in-house at their headquarters in Tempe, AZ – where they push frame design and innovation to their furthest limits. Pivot’s goal is simply to build the best-performing cycling products in the world. And now you have a chance to own one! Depending on the frame you choose, you could win a bike valued at over $6000! All you have to do is enter our Grand Prize Raffle and wait for your lucky number to be called*.

Winner of the Grand Prize Raffle will get to pick the frame of their choice from Pivot’s amazing lineup, including:

XC/TrailLES hardtail carbon (comes with their patented Swinger dropout system if you want to build an amazing single-speed), LES 27.5 carbon, LES Fat (the world’s most versatile big-tire machine), Mach 429SL carbon (full suspension race-ready machine), Mach 4 carbon (27.5 wheels).

Enduro/TrailMach 429 Trail (with new mid-travel trail linkage design), Mach 5.7 carbon (26”), NEW Mach 6 carbon (all new rear triangle and linkage provides amazing stiffness).

Dirt/Jump/ParkPoint (high grade chromoly steel), M4X (do-it-all bike for jumps, slalom, pump track).

Gravel/CX/RoadVault (the ultimate next-generation CX machine).

On behalf of our entire 50 Mile Ride planning team, we extend a huge thank you to Pivot Cycles for their generous donation. And we’re also very grateful to Shimano, Fox Racing Shox, and Derek Melberg (Ride Rep Group) for putting this amazing Grand Prize Bike together!

*Must be present to win at the Grand Prize raffle on event day.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER