World Bicycle Relief Fundraiser Results


Signature Cycles partnered with World Bicycle Relief and set the goal to provide 100 specifically engineered, culturally appropriate bikes to a school in Zambia, Africa. Because of your generosity, our fundraising effort was the most successful in World Bicycle Relief’s history. The $34,775 we raised will provide 261 bicycles to the community in Zambia, and will change the lives of so many through the power of the bicycle.

Our events were truly a spectacular success. Thank you for opening up your hearts and wallets for such a worthy cause. We will keep our fundraising site open through the end of this week with a hope to inspire those who might have missed the events to help us break the $40,000.00 ceiling.

World Bicycle Relief's FK Day speaking about how his time in Africa changed him and prompted the founding of WBR.

World Bicycle Relief’s FK Day speaking about how time spent in Africa changed him dramatically, and prompted the founding of WBR.

Dream Prizes on Offer to Help Build Children’s Dreams in Africa

World Bicycle ReliefSignature Cycles has been delivering dream bikes to cyclists for the last fifteen years. To many of us, a bicycle is a recreational tool we use to train, race, or commute. We search for the perfect, high-performance bike to chase our dreams and goals. Yet, for many more people around the world, a bicycle is a basic, sustainable form of mobility when mobility can mean the difference between seeing a doctor, getting to school, or making a living.

Signature Cycles has partnered with World Bicycle Relief and set a goal to provide 100 or more specifically engineered, culturally appropriate bikes to a school in Zambia.

The path to this goal involves you – our clients and friends – and a few different approaches to raising funds in order to build and deliver “Buffalo Bikes” to students and workers in a rural region of Zambia.

— The Raffle —

The highlight of our fundraising effort will be raffle drawings for one complete Parlee bicycle, one complete Seven bicycle, and one dream cycling trip to Signature’s 2014 Majorca Spring Training Camp.

Tickets for the raffle are available any time at our Manhattan and Greenwich studios, online at our WBR fundraising site, or at each of our evening events (event details below). This raffle is open to any and all, and you do not need to be present at the drawing to claim your prize. Each entry in the raffle is $134, the cost of a single Buffalo Bike. For every five raffle tickets you purchase, we will better your odds in the drawings by putting a complimentary sixth ticket in the hat as a thank you for helping us meet our goal. As of November 1st, all donations to World Bicycle Relief (i.e. your raffle tickets) will be matched dollar-for-dollar to create double the impact.

Parlee Cycles, SRAM, and Zipp have generously donated one complete Parlee bicycle for the drawing at our Manhattan studio’s event.

Seven Cycles, SRAM, and Zipp have generously donated a complete Seven bicycle for the drawing at our Greenwich studio’s event.

The winner of each bicycle will receive a fitting at Signature Cycles for their new Parlee or Seven.

Buffalo BikeThe drawing for the trip to Majorca will be held at our second evening event in Greenwich, with tickets collected from both events, both studios, and online entries.

All online raffle entries will be evenly and randomly split between our evening events for the Parlee and Seven bicycle drawings.


— The Events and Silent Auctions —

Our Manhattan and Greenwich studios will each host an evening event with representatives of World Bicycle Relief, including their Founder, FK Day.

Manhattan: Wednesday, November 20, 6pm – 9pm

Greenwich: Thursday, November 21, 6pm – 9pm

At each of these two evenings will be a silent auction comprised of items generously donated by many of our bicycle industry partners, and others:

Parlee Cycles — Seven Cycles — SRAM — Movado
Assos — Enve Composites — Rapha — Shimano
Osmo Nutrition — Arundel — Chris King — Fizik

The list of items for auction currently totals $35,000 and the list of donors continues to grow. 100% of silent auction proceeds will be donated to World Bicycle Relief. Many thanks to our donors and partners for working with us to help better the lives of others.

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Abilis’s Walk in the Park touches Justin Bagnati’s Family

DSCF9872I have had many changes as my life has gone on.  I met an amazing woman who is my partner in everything, my wife Kate. We have traveled and had many interesting adventures. We have two amazing children, our first daughter Raven Snow, now 3.5 years, and our second, Wolf Grace, now 16 months. I am a very lucky man.

Wolf is the tiniest little lady, a smiling, magnetizing girl. How tiny you might ask? She tips the scales at 13 pounds 4 ounces, about half the size of her peers. In addition to her small stature she is developmentally delayed.  She started crawling, more like sliding but I count it as crawling, at 14 months. Wolf has an extremely rare chromosome disorder, making her one of less than 100 in the world. It is called “duplication of 10Q”. The way I look at it is her genes are twice as awesome as everyone else’s!

Wolf was diagnosed at 5 weeks old. Fortunately the early diagnosis has allowed us  to do everything we can to give her all the help she currently needs.  The biggest problem for us is not knowing what is ahead since there are so few cases of 10q, and even fewer similar to hers.


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Signature Cycles Partners with World Bicycle Relief


$134 Buys A Dream Bike!

Signature Cycles is proud to partner with World Bicycle Relief, a not for profit organization that makes transportation available by providing dependable, durable bicycles to the people of Zambia.
Through the power of the bicycle, those living in the rural villages of Zambia have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities. $134 is all it takes to purchase a “Buffalo Bike” which is designed to carry loads up to 200lbs and navigate the rugged terrain.

Join us on Wednesday, November 20th (NY studio) and Thursday, November 21 (CT studio) for an Extraordinary Evening of Making Dreams Come True – a fundraiser to support the efforts of World Bicycle Relief. Signature Cycles has created the goal of buying 100 bicycles and providing an entire village school with viable, dependable transportation. The events will run 6pm – 8pm.

Your generosity will be rewarded with opportunities to participate in a silent auction with various premium items including a Spring Training Camp in Majorca, Spain and a custom frame from Seven Cycles. SRAM will be providing the complete build kit for this beautiful bike. More exciting auction items will be added as the event approaches!

If you are unable to attend our events you can make a donation by stopping by the Manhattan or CT studios.

Learn more about WBR here.

Signature Cycles NYC Winter Body Maintenance Clinic


Signature Cycles Manhattan
Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6-8pm

Signature Cycles’ Jim Cooper, (NASM (CPT/CES), NCSF (CPT) Functional Movement Screen, USA Cycling) will host a Functional Movement and Simple Stretches presentation with Q&A. By identifying the often overlooked key cyclists’ muscle groups, Jim will help you discover some of your weaknesses, and more importantly help you get ready for a healthy and injury free spring. Please note, this is an interactive clinic. Athletic apparel is advised.

Please RSVP by October 10 to

*Event is limited to 12 participants

Signature Cycles Hosting Auction to Support Mountain2Mountain

Signature Cycles Greenwich

Thursday July 20th from 6:00 until 7:30

galpin in afghanistan


Come join us for an auction to raise money for Mountain2Mountain, a nonprofit dedicated to creating voice and opportunity for women and children in conflict zones. The two projects running in 2013 include Mountain2Mountain’s ongoing work supporting women who dare to ride bikes in Afghanistan, and Strength in Numbers, a project that launch this summer with its first mountain biking camp in Breckenridge for young women that have survived gender violence.

In 2014, the documentary film Afghan Cycles will premiere covering the fight for Afghan women, and the courage that they’ve shown in daring to race bikes.  The film was shot in Afghanistan with Let Media and proceeds will benefit Mountain2Mountain and its continued work to support the development of women’s cycling in Afghanistan.  Strength in Numbers will also extend its reach to several more camps in more locations to build an army of women that can change the world!

The goal of our auction at Signature Cycles is to raise funds for this summer’s Strength in Numbers camp and the creation of the Afghan Cycles documentary. All of the proceeds collected will go directly to the projects. Some of the items being auctioned will come from the sponsors of Mountain2Mountain and will include goodies from Alchemy Bicycle Co., Osprey, Skratch Labs, Primal Wear, and more. As a bonus, the founder of Mountain2Mountain, Shannon Galpin, will be at the event acting as emcee, and we’ll be screening some sneak peeks of footage filmed in Afghanistan.

Enjoy the 2013 Bloomin’ Metric with Signature Cycles

Sound Cyclists Bloomin Metric 2012


On Sunday, June 2nd Signature Cycles will be participating in the Bloomin’ Metric for the 5th year in a row. This event wouldn’t be the same without our community so we would like to again invite our clients and friends to join us for the 100 km ride. We will be meeting up at the Signature Cycles booth at 7:15 and then heading out for a conversational 16-18 mph average ride.

Please keep in mind that registration is limited to 2,500 riders this year and there will not be any registration on the day of the event. So don’t delay and pre-register to avoid possibly being shut out of one of bicycling magazine’s top 50 tours in the USA!

For route and registration information, please visit the official Bloomin’ Metric website here.

An Evening with Tyler Hamilton


Signature Cycles Greenwich
Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 9pm

Please join us for an evening with Tyler Hamilton, former teammate of Lance Armstrong and author of “The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs”.

The evening includes a presentation by Tyler Hamilton, followed by a candid question and answer session.

Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists. In 2012, he released his memoir, a riveting journey into the heart of a never before seen world, the stark choices that went along with his decision to compete at a world class level, and his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong.

This is an RSVP only event so please email by Thursday, May 9th if you plan on attending.

Greg’s Majorca Ride Report

Today we want to share a ride report from Signature Cycles client Greg Walters who is currently enjoying Signature’s annual Majorca trip.


Never have I suffered more physically than I did today. Never has suffering been more rewarding. We only rode about 70 miles, but climbed nearly 7,000 vertical feet. We rode two category 4 climbs, one category 2 climb, and one category 1 climb (which took over an hour to summit).

Something happened on the first big climb (category 2 with an average grade over 6%). The pain settled quickly. I have never ridden better and I certainly have never climbed better. I passed 11 other riders, including 7 Germans. Passing Germans is remarkably satisfying. (Editors note: It’s not uncommon to get passed going uphill by a German in the big ring while riding in Majorca – they tend to be fit!) After 26 minutes of climbing, I caught Justin’s group, which had started several minutes ahead of me.

Then we prepared for a beautiful beast.

No photo can capture the glory of Sa Colabra (the category 1 climb). We climbed to the top of Sa Colabra from the backside, wound around a 360 degree turn and found ourselves overlooking a vista of a twisty descent of several thousand feet over 6.5 miles to a port below. The road snaked about hairpin turns of 10%+ grades, cut through rock, and disappeared over ridges. From the top, the road looked like 20 discontinuous pieces of asphalt dropped from above.

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