"Family Planning" is in the top-10 overall solutions as listed.
"Securing women’s right to voluntary, high-quality family planning around the world would have powerful positive impacts on the health, welfare, and life expectancy of both women and their children. It also can affect greenhouse gas emissions.
225 million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when to become pregnant but lack the necessary access to contraception. The need persists in some high-income countries as well, including the United States where 45 percent of pregnancies are unintended. Currently, the world faces a $5.3 billion funding shortfall for providing the access to reproductive healthcare that women say they want to have."
Some antiseptic wipes and small packet of polysporin (there is a LOT of cow shit on the local trails this time of year…)
Gorilla tape (also part of the tool kit)
This all packs up into a very small, very light package. The bandaids are the
largest thing in there.
Slings, etc. can be fashioned out of backpack straps and tubes when need be.
Larger bandages can be fashioned out of jerseys, etc. (If you need something
more than the basic kit, sacrificing some riding clothes will be the least of
I've used this more than once this year…
The larger first aid kit stays in the vehicle, but this minimal kit gets you
back to the trail head.
Fezzari lets you swap out absolutely anything on the bike (start with one of
the 2 or 3 off-the-shelf specs, then modify away.) I think they can do this as
every bike is built as the order arrives. No idea if it would scale to a
First, "you can’t tell how good a bike is from the computer screen." True. It
would be ideal to see the bike, take it for a test ride, and be able to make a
decision that way. Except that the last 2 bikes I have purchased at the LBS I
needed to pre-order several months in advance sight-unseen, hope my decision
was correct, and not have any idea of when the bike would actually show up.
All I could go by was online reviews and the details on the manufacturers
website. So not much different from a pure "online" bike company.
Second, it appears that most of the new direct-to-consumer companies are not
shipping you a bike that needs assembly, like the majority of brands do when
they ship to the LBS. They are doing full builds of the bikes just like your
LBS would, then taking off the wheels and handlebars and shipping it to you.
There is less assembly involved in one of these bikes than there is when you
pack your bike to ship it on vacation.
Third, if a component craps out under warranty, I would expect the direct-to-
consumer company to deal with it. Yes, I have bought a bike like this in the
past. A shifter died. I send them a photo, they FedEx'd me a new one and
offered to refund the cost of having it replaced at a bike shop if I couldn't
do it myself. I doubt all companies have that level of service, but it's not
an insurmountable problem. (I don't know if they would have been as
accommodating if it was a shock that died, but it couldn't have been worse
than the 4+ weeks it took to get it repaired through my LBS and distributor
when it happened at the start of the season…)
I absolutely, 100% want to buy my bikes from my LBS. I want them to be there
when I need service. I want them to be a part of my community. But the direct-
to-consumer guys are making it so easy to stray…
The AC policies will absolutely evolve from this. Now when you pay $150 to
check a bike, there will be a waiver you need to sign stating that they are
not responsible in any way for any damage whatsoever.