Archive | October 2010

Custom Wool Socks!

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Our new custom Merino Wool socks have just arrived from our friends at Swiftwick.  If you have tried their Olefin Polyester socks, appreciate good mid-weight wool, or wear socks at all; you’re sure to love these!  The 4″ cuff keeps your ankles warm and the stylin’ black goes with everything.  Come n’ get some today!

If you’re not yet familiar with Swiftwick – you will be soon.  They are a rapidly growing company who’s products are made in the USA with an emphasis on conservation and recycling.  We stock their standard Olefin socks in the Zero and 1″ cuff and have Sunset Cycles custom designs available in the 2″ cuff and 4″ Merino Wool.

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Interbike 2010 Report (Part II)

In my first post on Interbike 2010 I focused on some of the new products I saw – and there is way more than we can hope to even cover here!  But, this time; it’s a short and sweet focus on the “Show” part of America’s largest bicycle trade show.

Interbike is in Vegas, so the bar is set pretty high already – but there’s plenty of companies up for the challenge.  Theme booths of many varieties – like a beach theme, or Planet Bike’s Camping themed booth this year are common.  Live bands are scheduled for entertainment and I’ve been witness to bagpipes and marching bands used to attract attention to various vendor’s booths. Lighting rigs that would rival small concerts, Large flatscreen televisions and projection screens rolling promotional videos that would rival anything on ESPN are the norm. Read More…

Words to live by…

Don’t lock your u-lock anywhere or around any appendage which may inhibit your ability to sleep or otherwise function normally if you misplace the keys.

Going Pro!

Check out our new tent set up! We will be at events and races this winter and coming summer. New and improved with bike racks (not pictured) and more tools then we know how to use!

Riding in Oakridge

I thought trying to squeeze a trip in the first week of October was going to be hit or miss, but with this years odd weather it was a big hit.  A few lessons were learned this time around.

  • Don’t start a ride on a new trail at 3:00pm in October when it says it will take 4-7hrs.
  • I should get a few points for sticking a flashlight in my camel back.
  • Have a plan on where get picked up if you have to pull a Bear Grylls in the woods.
  • Navigation and ride choice should be a group decision…or a free for all!

Trails we rode-

We started with a attempt at Bunch Grass to Huckletooth. The middle section of the trail is perfect and I now know where the trail got it’s name. Towards the end the trail looked nice, but it was hard to tell in the dark! It was only three fingers long on the map,  how long could that take?

Moon Point/Young’s Rock to Middle Fork. Starts with a 6-8 mile decent down to the river, super fast with a few little uphill sprints. Then we joined the Middle fork trail for the last 10miles. It is a near perfect river trail, lots of back and forth in and out of the woods, 3-4 little uphills that get you by surprise.

I keep saying the trails there are some of the best I have ever ridden. Even after a few snags over the weekend I will be making a few trips back this next year and stand by that statement.

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2011 Roubaix Expert SL3

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Check our our post on the internal routed cables on the SL3…

Just arrived last week.  The Expert comes out of the same SL3 mold as the S-Works only uses a different carbon layup and recipe.  The similarities go as far as the Shimano Di2-ready internal cable routing; lending a clean look and easy-clean up after a typically wet Pacific Northwest ride.  Internal cable routing usually gets a bad rap for difficulty of assembly/service – but this is one of the better bikes “out-of-the-box” and really shows Specialized’s attention to detail.  It still requires a little extra attention to do it right, but the big red S has made it as easy as they can and I notice no real added drag on the shifting when done correctly.

The 2011 model gets redesigned Zertz elastomer inserts in the fork and seatstays which no longer “press-fit” or glue into the frame but are now mechanically attached.  Also of note are the new Shimano in-line barrel adjusters for the shift lines.  Very nice and effective enough to bear the Shimano name.

The Specs:

-Specialized Roubaix SL3 10r frame/fork
-Shimano Ultegra 6700
-Fulcrum Racing 4 wheels
-Specialized Avatar 143 saddle
-Specialized Pave’ carbon seatpost

The Roubaix Expert – with all these new upgrades – is set to be a hot bike again this year!  Get one before they’re gone!

DuraAce PD-7900

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Shimano’s latest pedal offering has arrived – the new Dura Ace PD-7900 in carbon composite.  Published weight is 248 grams per pair (124 g. each) which officially enters Shimano into the light-weight pedal game.  This puts the PD-7900 pedal and cleat within 2 or 3 grams of a Speedplay Stainless Steel pedal and cleat.  In true Shimano style; they have not sacrificed to get there though – in fact it appears that there is actually more pedal surface contacting the cleat and offering a broader support platform for more comfort and efficiency.

These are sure to be in slim supply for a while (this pair is actually already sold…) so get your orders in now!  We’ll fill them in the order that we receive the deposit.

Yeah, our scale says 250 grams.  Chalk that up to grease on the bearings.  It’s 1 gram per pedal for goodness sake!

Shimano PD-7900 Dura Ace Pedal carbon new SPD SPD-SL SPDSL Duraace road