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October 2008

10/31/2008

Product Reviews on Bike Diva

Exciting News I have recently registered with an online site that provides press releases and media contacts for journalists and freelance writers. I just discovered that you can submit specific information requests based on your topic of interest. Two days ago I sent in a request for cycling related news and information and product samples of cycling gear to review. I have received a terrific response from a variety of companies. Bike Diva is currently working with the following companies to test out and provide reviews of their products:
  1. Hydrapak - hydration packs
  2. Oakley - sport performance eyewear
  3. ZICO - pure coconut water
  4. VE2 - Energy Gum
  5. Nexcare - waterproof sports bandages
  6. Vital Action - sports performance water
  7. Detour - activity bars
  8. YogaFit - yoga DVD for Cyclists
  9. EKHO - WM108 and WM128 heart rate monitors and Bee Fit pedometer
  10. Dr. Jeff Spencer’s bookTurn it Up! How to Perform at Your Highest Level for a Lifetime
  11. Todd Crandell’s book Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman and DVD Addict: Racing for Recovery, The Todd Crandell Story
  12. Tom & Jerry Caraccioli’s book Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
  13. Expresso Fitness - I'll be traveling to a local gym to try out their upright stationery bike.
I will keep this list updated as I hear from more companies. I will also provide links to any reviews, stories or blogs that I post for each product that is reviewed. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

10/30/2008

PowerSox APF Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PowerSox Unveils New APF Line Anatomical Performance Fit Collections Feature Left/Right Technology for Outdoor, Snowsport and Performance Styles NEWTON, NC -- PowerSox, a Gold Toe Brand, has announced a new line of specialty performance sock collections that offer extraordinary anatomical fit.   PowerSox Left/Right Technology APF (Anatomical Performance Fit) styles will be available to consumers Fall 2008 in medium and large sizes for men and women.  Price points will range from $10.99 to 26.99 and consumers can visit www.powersox.com for ordering or store locations. Engineered to serve as an essential, sophisticated piece of athletic equipment, APF offers a cutting edge performance environment within the shoe.  In addition to PowerSox Left/Right Technology that matches the contour of the left and right foot, the new APF version pushes extreme sock science even further with a hand-linked, seamless toe. APF also utilizes high-tech, state of the art Sensura and Merino Fresh yarns that provide superior moisture wicking management, odor resistance and bacteria growth.  In designing the sock, PowerSox cleverly reduced bulk by utilizing a selective cushion pattern strategy for APF that places shock absorption in key strike zones.  The remaining zones are outfitted with circulation ventilation panels to allow feet to breathe better than ever. Additionally, PowerSox has built APF with a contoured pocket Y heel, eliminating painful friction and making the sock exceptionally comfortable.  Finally, the arch on the APF sock is braced to maintain a snug fit to reduce fatigue and sock movement.   The new APF styles are: POWERSOX APF LEFT/RIGHT TECHNOLOGY OUTDOOR STYLES - This collection features itch-free Merino Wool and Nano Tech AB fibers that keep feet warm, dry and help eliminate bacteria.  Color combinations are grey and black.
  • Quest Quarter profile -13.99
  • Summit Crew profile - 17.99
POWERSOX APF LEFT/RIGHT TECHNOLOGY SNOWSPORT STYLES - This collection features itch-free Merino Wool and Nano Tech AB fibers that keep feet warm, dry and help eliminate bacteria.  Color combinations include red and grey; black and grey; red and grey; orange and grey.
  • Fusion OTC profile for moderate conditions - 19.99
  • Descent OTC profile for colder conditions - 26.99
POWERSOX APF LEFT/RIGHT TECHNOLOGY PERFORMANCE STYLES - This collection features Sensura high-tech fibers that move perspiration to the surface where it evaporates. Color combinations include black and silver; white and silver; white and red; white and black; grey and orange; white and blue.
  • Enduro Quarter profile - 10.99
  • The Edge Lo-Cut profile - 10.99
  • Low Rider No Show profile - 10.99
  • Triumph Crew profile - 13.99
Visit www.powersox.com to share an adventure story; or read on-line journals by PowerSox extreme athletes, ultramarathoner Pam Reed and global mountaineer Dave Hahn, both of whom assisted in developing the APF line.

Products Used During Intracoastal Century Ride

[caption id="attachment_553" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Nuun Hydration Tablets"]Nuun Hydration Tablets[/caption] My last post was all about the 20th Intracoastal Waterway Century Bike Ride which I participated in on October 26th. I burned close to 6,000 calories during this 102.5 mile road bike ride. It takes a lot of food, drink and equipment to get through such a long endurance event. Products Used Here's a quick shout out to the companies and their products I used before, during and after the century ride. Action Wipes - I used Action Wipes to clean up after the ride. Our team waited for all team members to finish the ride before returning to our hotel. I used Action Wipes to clean my sweaty, stinky body before changing into clean clothes. It was almost 2 hours from the time I crossed the finish line until I got back to our hotel before I could take a shower. Thank goodness for Action Wipes! Fluid - I had two water bottles filled with Fluid recovery powder waiting for my husband and I in his truck. After finishing the century ride, I made my way to the truck and filled the bottles with 8 ounces of water, and a bit of ice then chugged it down. Fluid is a great product to use for a quick recovery after such a long ride. PowerBar - I ate a gel pack at each of the 5 rest stops during the ride. I was using my favorite flavor - chocolate. PowerBar gel packs are instant energy. Solid food can be a bit hard for me to digest during such an intense ride, but gel packs never seem to give me any trouble. Chamois Butt'r - to lube up before the ride. I also had a sample pack stowed in my bike bag just in case I needed to reapply during the ride. Nuun - my husband and I filled up our water bottles with water at every rest stop and added a ginger orange flavored Nuun hydration tablet to each bottle. Great way to replenish our electrolytes. There was another brand of electrolyte available at all the rest stops, we don't care for the other brand so we stowed a couple of tubes of Nuun tablets in each of our bike bags. Sock Guy - mondo cool, thin cycling socks. My road bike shoes are a bit tight, regular socks are just too dang uncomfortable to wear with them. Trek - I used my Trek Madone 6.5 road bike for this ride. I just got my Madone in February and absolutely LOVE this bike! Burt's Bee - I used Burt's Bees honey lip balm before and after the ride. I had a tube of Burt's Bees lifeguard's choice lip balm stashed in my bike bag to use during the ride. Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

10/29/2008

Back From Cocoa Beach Century Ride

[caption id="attachment_546" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Sunrise Over Cocoa Beach"]Sunrise Over Cocoa Beach[/caption] 20th Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride My husband and I have been training the Palm Beach Team in Training cycle team since May to participate in the 20th Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride. The actual ride took place on Sunday, October 26th in Cocoa Beach. We left on Friday morning along with our daughter, her best friend, our son, and his girlfriend. We also gave a ride to 3 of our cycle team members and their bikes. No, we don't own a bus, we had to take two vehicles to get all the bodies, bikes and luggage up to Cocoa Beach. Kennedy Space Center After arriving in Cocoa Beach, we met up with other cycle team members at our hotel, so we could check-in before heading out to NASA. My husband and I first went to the Kennedy Space Center two years ago when we did the 18th Intracoastal Century Ride. Our son and daughter, along with most of our cycle team members, had never been to NASA. We got their late in the afternoon, but luckily a one day ticket was actually good for 2 days of admission, if used within 7 days. We did the more touristy stuff on Friday afternoon and returned Saturday morning to take the bus tour around the grounds of NASA. The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on November 16th so we got to see the shuttle, or at least the solid rocket boosters and fuel tank, on the platform. Prety dang cool. We also saw quite a few gators on the drive to NASA. We also saw a few bald eagles at NASA; interesting bit of trivia, Florida has the second largest bald eagle population in the USA. Alaska is number one - two extreme ends of the country and two extremes in weather.
Ready for Launch
Windy Bike Ride We had been watching the Cocoa Beach weather report everyday during the week leading up to the century ride. We checked the latest report, prior to leaving for Cocoa Beach, on Friday morning. The temperature was scheduled to be a low of 58 degrees, with a high of 76, clear skies, little to no chance of rain and winds with a maximum speed of 6 MPH. We lucked out with the rain, it rained most of the day on Friday, and a little bit on Saturday, but it was clear skies the day of the ride. Temperatures in the early morning were around 56 degrees, but by the time the ride started at 8 AM, it was a bit warmer. The forecast for the wind speed changed by Saturday to be 9-12 MPH. YIKES! It felt like we were riding into the wind for most of the day. The last 24 miles of the 102.5 mile bike ride, when we were the most tired, were directly into a nasty headwind. Except for the two hammerheads on our team, who finished hours before everyone else, we all took advantage of all 5 rest stops along the route. It was a beautiful bike ride. All up and down the water, through Spanish moss covered tree lined neighborhoods. Beautiful temperature made for perfect bike riding. The last few miles of the ride were in a beautiful neighborhood along the water. Unfortunately, we were all so freaking tired due to the high wind speeds, that we didn't really get to enjoy the view. My head kept dropping down, and I was weaving all over the road like a drunken sailor, good thing there wasn't any traffic on this road. I was riding by myself at the very end, everyone else was dropping like flies, so I couldn't draft behind anyone when I needed it most. Oh well. I don't even think I crossed the official finish line, the parking lot where our truck was parked was a few feet before the finish line. I made a beeline to the truck so I could launch my bike and rip off my cycling shoes. Luckily this was a bike ride, not a race, so it didn't matter that I stopped a few feet short of the finish. I grabbed my gym bag and headed towards the Civic Center so I could change into civilian clothes and collect my Team in Training medal and 100 mile pin. The 20th Intracoastal Century Ride marks the 3rd century ride I've done with TNT to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - cool beans! Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Training Club for Triathletes

PRESS RELEASE Herriott Sports Performance Presents Training Club for Triathletes Training facility brings teamwork and camaraderie to individual sport SEATTLE, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Herriott Sports Performance (HSP), a Seattle-based premier training facility for athletes interested in cycling and triathlon, presents the HSP Triathlon Club which provides a team-like training experience for triathletes ranging in ability from beginner to professional. The HSP Triathlon Club is a program that provides triathletes with coached group workouts, tailored training at the HSP training center, clinics on relevant topics, social activities and generous discounts from club sponsors and partners. Built on the fundamentals of teamwork, the club offers a cohesive and encouraging training experience rooted in hard work and camaraderie. "There are a lot of advantages to group training and the Tri Club is a solid team that motivates each other to reach the next level in training," said HSP owner and founder, Todd Herriott. "Members really benefit from the club's culture as it offers both community and competition, which you miss when you train individually." According to Herriott, the Triathlon Club is open to all skill levels and is particularly excited to welcome those who are new to the sport. "Joining the club is a great introduction to triathlon. It's a constructive team environment that focuses on all aspects of training from physical strength to mental preparation." Basic Triathlon Club memberships begin at $75 per month which includes customized coaching through regularly scheduled, dynamic group workouts, clinics, workshops and special team events. For $125 per month, Triathlon Club members also gain access to HSP's training facilities during open hours. Since it was established earlier this year, the club has steadily grown and continues to attract new members, which Herriott attributes to the club's superior coaching and leadership. Led by USA Triathlon coaches Teresa Nelson and Tracy Robertson, the HSP Triathlon Club meets regularly to receive professional and custom multisport coaching. Nelson is a seven-year triathlon veteran and has been with the Triathlon Club since she helped form it this year. Robertson, with a Master's degree in teaching and 11 years of racing experience as an elite athlete, brings both the professional training and educational tools to inspire Triathlon Club members to help them reach their goals. Those interested in joining the club are encouraged to attend a complimentary new member orientation at HSP for an opportunity to tour the facility, become familiar with the club structure, meet the staff, and ask any questions. For more information, visit http://www.herriottsportsperformance.com/triclub. About Herriott Sports Performance Herriott Sports Performance (HSP), founded in 2006, is a premier training facility for cyclists and triathletes offering world-class services to professional and amateur endurance athletes. HSP operates on a commitment to its clients' success through providing tailored, professional coaching, state-of-the-art tools and technologies for implementing innovative training techniques, and atmosphere that embraces the cultural values shared by all fitness enthusiasts. HSP's coaching staff are professional consultants with extensive backgrounds in competition and are trained to help clients improve performance and maximize potential. Based in Seattle, Wash., HSP offers a multitude of services including physiological testing that assesses athletes' current form and fitness to create training zones based on heart rate and power. For more information, visit http://www.herriottsports.com/.
   Contacts:

   Todd Herriott (206) 816-3436                Kristi Clough (206) 443-9357
   Herriott Sports Performance                 Firmani + Associates Inc.
   todd@herriottsportsperformance.com          Kristi@firmani.com
Source: Herriott Sports Performance Web site: http://www.herriottsports.com/ http://www.herriottsportsperformance.com/triclub Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Fluid Recovery Drink in 100 Retail Stores

Fluid Hits 100 Retailers in 9 months!
Big 100San Luis Obispo, CA
As many of you may already know, we started from very humble beginnings, first as part of a Cal Poly State University Senior Project, and then making the leap to our kitchen about 2 1/2 years ago. We've continued to grow and evolve since those days, but this year was the first year with all team members working full time and 100% dedicated to the growth of Fluid.
On Monday, October 13, we hit the magic number of 100 retail stores. In 9 1/2 months, we've gone from 6 retail locations, to 100 - nationwide and counting. We've been able to do this without the aid of any major distributors, just team members, our friends, and our grass roots marketing. Thank you to each and every one of you for your help in our growth!
Please check our Dealer Locator to find the store nearest to you for convenience, and remember to check it periodically as more stores are constantly being added to the list. If your favorite sports store doesn't come up when you search by zip code, there are two things you can do: 1. Ask them to stock it, a friendly word of mouth introduction goes a long way! 2. Suggest your favorite store location to us by emailing info@livefluid.com Thank you for all your support, we hope you find this news as exciting as we do!

10/28/2008

Bixi Self Service Bicycle Rental System

PRESS RELEASE Rio Tinto Alcan and BIXI, a partnership on a roll MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Rio Tinto Alcan will be the title sponsor of Montreal's new BIXI self-service bicycle rental system, supplying funding for the project as well as aluminium for the construction of the bicycles. BIXI will be offered to the public as of April 2009, with 2,400 bikes available at a network of 300 stations covering central Montreal. "It's a great way to get people out of their cars and fits very well with the Rio Tinto Group's commitment to sustainability," said Tom Albanese, Chief executive officer, Rio Tinto. "We are happy to be part of this innovative service that will contribute to making Montreal an even better place to live and work." The new BIXI bicycles, of which 40 prototypes are currently seen on the streets of Montreal, are designed by Michel Dallaire and manufactured in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region by Cycles DeVinci. Their aluminum frames are light, strong, durable and entirely recyclable. Aluminum can be recycled indefinitely without compromising its quality, and recycling aluminum only requires five per cent of the electricity necessary to produce new metal. "Once again, Rio Tinto Alcan is showing its unwavering support for Montreal and its citizens," said Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay. "By contributing to the most economical and ecological means of transportation in town, Rio Tinto Alcan is not only producing aluminum, it's also producing a greener future for our beautiful city." Rio Tinto Alcan supports numerous local organisations, including the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Montreal Neurological Institute, and is the founding sponsor for the construction of the new Montreal Planetarium. The company is also a major contributor to Quebec and Canadian communities through the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund, which last week announced its first series of community investments, totalling over C$15Â million. About Rio Tinto Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa. Source: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN CONTACT: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan; www.bixi.ca Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Five Points of Life Ride

Press Release Oct 24, 2008 08:00 ET Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Sponsors Five Points of Life Ride in Raritan - Five Points of Life Ride Raises National Awareness of Lifesaving Donations - RARITAN, N.J., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (OCD), a Johnson & Johnson company, today holds its biennial bicycle ride from its Raritan offices in support of the 2008 national Five Points of Life Ride. Started in 1997, The Five Points of Life Ride promotes donations of the five points of life: blood, cord blood, apheresis (donation of platelets), bone marrow, and organs and tissue. More than 200 employees from OCD and other Johnson & Johnson companies will be cycling on a 20-mile route through neighboring communities to raise awareness for these critical needs. "OCD has been a proud supporter of The Five Points of Life Ride for 13 years," said Mark Straley, Worldwide Commercial President, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. "The Five Points of Life Ride reminds all of us at OCD about the critical role our products have in blood donor and plasma centers worldwide. We encourage our communities to join us by considering donations to the five points of life." Ellen Lake, who donates once a month at OCD's apheresis donor center, added, "I encourage everyone to consider donating as it allows ordinary people to do something extraordinary and potentially save a life. I've been donating for more than 10 years and it has turned into something really meaningful as I know my donation is connecting me with another person in need." About Five Points of Life Ride The 2008 national Five Points of Life Ride, organized by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, will cover more than 2,000 miles in a 30-day period, between October 1 and October 29, 2008. This year's ride began in Mobile, Alabama and will continue through six southeastern states with events in more than 30 cities. The Five Points of Life Ride consists of a small team of cyclists and support crew. Each member is selected for their personal connection to one or more of the five points. The route crosses the country, with stops in communities along the way at activities and events hosted by local donor organizations. The ride in Raritan is a satellite event that will not include the national riders. The goal of the ride is not to raise money -- it is expressly to encourage eligible individuals across the country to become involved and donate to the five points of life because:
  --  The need for blood is great -- on any given day, an average of 39,000
      units of red blood cells are needed. Blood transfusions often are
      needed for trauma victims -- due to accidents and burns -- heart
      surgery, organ transplants, and patients receiving treatment for
      leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and
      thalassemia (a genetic blood disease). (SOURCE: www.AABB.org)

  --  Every year, more than 10,000 Americans get life-threatening diseases
      that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated
      donor. The patients do not have a family donor and transplant is their
      only hope for a cure. (SOURCE: www.marrow.org)

  --  Each day, about 77 people receive organ transplants. However, 19
      people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place
      because of the shortage of donated organs. (SOURCE:
      www.OrganDonor.gov)
For more information about the need for Five Points of Life donations and how to donate, visit www.fivepointsoflife.org. About Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, delivers the high quality in-vitro diagnostic products that give healthcare professionals around the world the knowledge they need to make better treatment decisions sooner. The company serves the global transfusion medicine community with donor screening and blood typing products to ensure every patient receives blood that's safe, the right type, and the right unit. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics also brings sophisticated information management, testing technologies, automation and interpretation tools to clinical laboratories worldwide to help them run more efficiently and improve patient care. For more information, visit www.orthoclinical.com. Source: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics CONTACT: Stephanie Fagan for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, +1-908-704-3691, Cell, +1-201-572-9581 Web Site: http://www.aabb.org/ http://www.fivepointsoflife.org/ http://www.marrow.org/ http://www.organdonor.gov/ http://www.orthoclinical.com/ Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

10/27/2008

Children of Chicago Get Free Helmets 4 Safety

Press Release Oct 27, 2008 07:30 ET Children of Chicago Get Free 'Helmets 4 Safety' ASPS Donates Sport Helmets to Local Public Schools CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) will donate 1,500 multi-sport helmets to the children of Chicago in an event on Thursday, October 30, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The donation will be held at Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center in Chicago, where local ASPS Member Surgeons will also act as Franklin's Principals for A Day -- in conjunction with the Chicago Public School's (CPS) annual event. Alderman Vi Daley (43rd Ward); John Blick, Executive Director of Old Town Merchants and Residents Association; Suzanne Carlson, CPS Environmental Program Manager; and Commander Steve Georgas of the Chicago Police Department will join ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD, and other ASPS Member Surgeons for the helmet donation ceremony, which is open to the press. "Every year ASPS Member Surgeons are called upon to treat thousands of children's injuries from bike, skateboard, and scooter accidents," said Dr. D'Amico. "Plastic surgeons see firsthand how devastating these brain injuries, lacerations and fractures can be, so it is our duty to not only repair these injuries, but be at the forefront of injury prevention, as well."
  --  An estimated 44.3 million people younger than 21 years-old ride bikes
      in the US. Children 15 and younger accounted for an estimated 257,900
      bicycle-related injuries in 2006.

  --  In 2006, an estimated 77,600 skateboard-related injuries occurred
      among children 15 and younger.

  --  Non-powered scooter-related injuries accounted for an estimated 38,400
      injuries among children 15 or younger in 2006 and powered
      scooter-related injuries accounted for an estimated 3,700 emergency
      room visits in 2006 in this age group.
ASPS, in coordination with CPS, selected Franklin Elementary Fine Arts Center to host the donation based on the ethnic diversity and need of the student body. With approximately 360 students, Franklin Elementary serves grades kindergarten through eighth. All students at Franklin Elementary will receive helmets and the remainder will be distributed to students city-wide by CPS, throughout the 2008-09 school year. The helmets ceremony also coincides with the annual CPS Principal for A Day event. Chicago ASPS Member Surgeons will act as "principals" at Franklin, sharing their personal messages of safety and injury prevention and serving as role models, in the hope of developing a long standing relationship with the school and its students. "We extend our thanks to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this wonderful donation and for their participation in our event," said Carol Friedman, Principal, Franklin Elementary. "We want our students to be physically active and engaged in play, but we also want them to be smart about safety, and these helmets will ensure that they have the equipment they need to play hard and be safe." Helmets 4 Safety is supported by a grant from the Integra Foundation. "The Integra Foundation is proud to support the Helmets 4 Safety program for the fourth year," said Integra Foundation Executive Director Gianna Sabella. "We all know how important helmets are in ensuring the safety of our children, and we are pleased that we can help." This is the second helmet donation made by ASPS to CPS school children. Following the event, ASPS will be welcoming more than 6,000 plastic surgeons, medical personnel, and exhibitors to Plastic Surgery 2008, its 77th annual meeting, October 31 through November 5, at McCormick Place West (Convention Center). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. With more than 6,700 members, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The Integra Foundation is dedicated to advancing innovative medical and healthcare research and education, primarily in neurosurgery, extremity reconstruction, orthopedics and general surgery, that lead to improved outcome and quality of life for patients and their communities. It is funded by Integra LifeSciences Corporation (NASDAQ:IART) , a leader in developing and marketing high quality surgical instruments, innovative devices and bio-products, for use in neurosurgery, reconstructive and general surgery, and soft tissue repair. Statistics provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics Bicycle Helmets Policy Statement and the Skateboard and Scooter Injuries Policy Statement; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons CONTACT: ASPS Public Relations, +1-847-228-9900, media@plasticsurgery.org Web Site: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/ Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Sanoodi GPS Route Recording for Mobile Phones

Press Release Oct 27, 2008 07:30 ET Sanoodi Announces SMap, a Free GPS Route Recording Application for Mobile Phones BANGOR, Wales, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Sanoodi announced the launch of SMap, an integrated and free route recording and sharing application for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Nokia phones or PDAs that are equipped with GPS. Based in Wales, UK, Sanoodi is a popular social website that lets its community record, upload and share outdoor activities on the web -- whether they are running, hiking, riding a bicycle or walking the dog. SMap has been developed to work in conjunction with the new Sanoodi website. Routes can now be uploaded live from SMap to the Sanoodi website as they are being recorded. Unlike its competition, SMap can be used to record routes online (connected to the Internet) and offline, broadening its appeal and range of locations where it can be used. Sanoodi has developed a specific application for each mobile platform and is currently testing the Apple iPhone version of SMap, ready for release in December 2008. An Android version of SMap is due for release in Q1 2009. "Sanoodi is leading the way in sharing routes online. The release of our new range of free applications for mobile devices allows our community to share their adventures direct from their phone just about anywhere in the world. Technology that was until very recently prohibitively expensive and not practicable for everyday use is now available for free at Sanoodi," said Paul Sandham, CMO of Sanoodi. In addition to SMap, the new website has introduced a number of new features, including route editing and the ability to select the mapping background that best suits their route. "With Sanoodi we see the opportunity to go well beyond building a simple web-based community," says Sanoodi CTO Rhys Jones. "The ability to use SMap to record and share your activities has now been extended beyond the confines of the web. SMap is the heart of the Sanoodi community and is the focus of our product development strategy throughout 2009." About Sanoodi Sanoodi is an online and mobile social platform for smarter route sharing. You can use Sanoodi on your home computer's browser or via SMap on GPS equipped mobile phones running BlackBerry / Windows Mobile 6 or Nokia S60 3rd Edition. Sanoodi was founded by CTO Rhys Jones in the summer of 2006 as GPSmaptrack. After a period of exclusive availability to selected users, Sanoodi launched its original site in March 2007. With the support of first-round angel financing in June 2007 Sanoodi developed and released its brand new site in September 2008. Sanoodi / sanudi - shortened from the French "ca nous dit": "we really feel like doing" http://www.sanoodi.com/ This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/. Source: Sanoodi Take care, Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva