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Pictures: Thanks to friends of and Leonard Johnson team Presto Velo, bicycles for good causes

The Presto Velo team folks are always working on cycling for good causes. Health Bridges International started a cycling team with formerly abandoned boys in the city of Ica, Perú, The Casa Girasoles Cycling Team.

"The Casa Girasoles Cycling Team, it's more than just riding a bicycle. It is moving to a new life. It is a bridge to the future."

This year, Hugh built three drop bar bikes for the Casa Girasoles Cycling Team and shipped them to Perú in late September, which you can see in this picture, and the video (out on one of the first rides since lockdown in over a year).

Bicycle Attorney Portland Oregon built and sent 3 of the drop bar bicycles to Peru for the Casa Girasoles bicycle team in late September.

I gave Hugh two of my old Hi-Fi wheels which Hugh sold and with the cash, secured enough parts to build and send two more bicycles for this awesome cycling team.

But Hugh wanted better bicycles to send to this team.

But in order to be eligible for participation in sanctioned events, the team must possess a "national" level of equipment and clothing. This includes a "high end" bicycle with disc brakes, integrated shifting, wheels and tires in an excellent operational state, and personal cycling equipment including a team jersey and shorts, matching socks and helmet.

We're working to provide the boys with equipment that is durable, efficient, and suitable for the extremely rough surfaces they encounter in the desert environment near Ica. We've specified a robust steel frame outfitted with sturdy wheels and tires, disc brakes, and a dependable, smooth-shifting gear train that can endure heavy use and help the boys to be competitive.

In October, I then bought five more brand new bikes which Hugh selected from Westend Bikes which are being shipped to Perú to help get these cyclists on better bicycles to help them on their cycling goals.

I'll be working with Hugh in 2022 to hopefully buy some more new bicycles for this cycling team. Let's hope the Pandemic gets much more under control so these young cyclists can really get out pedalling.

Learn more about this great cycling program and how you can help.


PDX Cycling Worlds Raffle -
Win Mike's 1st Dream Colnago Bike and Support Their Effort To Bring UCI World Road Racing to Oregon

Mike Colbach, owner of has generously donated this lightly used Colnago Prestige Carbon Cyclocross bike to PDX Cycling Worlds to help support their effort to bring the Road Cycling World Championships to Oregon, while delivering a near mint-condition bike in time for Cross season.

Mike fell in love with Colnago at an early age and purchased this bike in 2015 to blast through rough terrain, deep mud, sand, grass and rocks.

This bike is outfitted with Dura-Ace components, HED Belgium rims, DT butted spokes, Chris King Hubs, and Mike just invested $500 in a major tune-up from WestEnd Bikes, as well as new cables & housing, bottom bracket, brake pads, tires, chain, and lower headset bearings.

Raffle officially started July 15, 2021 with only 199 raffle tickets at $50 a ticket and the winner announced on 18, August 2021 (see picture of winner with bicycle above).