Archive | April 2011

Beaverton Bike Maps

Beaverton Bike maps just showed up! This map is your new best guide to finding the safest routes all over Beaverton. They are water proof, tear resistant, and printed using soy based ink on alternative paper.

The best part is they are FREE!

Felt F1 with Shimano Di2

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This sweet machine made it’s way through the store on the way to it’s new owner’s home not too long ago.  The Felt F1 is absolutely bristling with new technology and we couldn’t help but snap a photo or two and show it off to you! (We couldn’t even wait long enough to finish the build!  Sorry for the un-cut steerer tube and brake cables…)

First: The frame.  This is the new F-Series from Felt Read More…

The Search is On!

Sunset Cycles seeking an experienced bike shop employee, able to wear multiple hats capable of effectively interacting with customers and fellow employees. The right individual must have repair and bicycle assembly experience, the ability to multi-task, be flexible, yet not get flustered under the pressure of the busy summer season. Motivated, even keeled personality is very important. Strong potential for growth for the right individual.

Must be technically competent with road, mountian, ect and have a good working knowledge of bicycle related product and accessories.

Please e-mail cover letters and resumes to roger@sunsetcyclesnw.com

Introducing The Venge

If you are not always checking the internet for the latest bike gossip it’s easy to miss cool stuff. This is a little late, but still very cool-

Last month Specialized introduced the Venge – this is their first carbon road bike with an aerodynamic design.

Specialized partnered with the technical and materials experts from McLaren to create Venge. They were shooting for a balance of aerodynamics, stiffness and low weight. The Saturday after it’s release, ridden by HTC-Highroad’s Matt Goss, the S-Works Venge became victorious in its competitive debut at Milan-SanRemo. Below is also the tech info, cool pictures ect.
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Click the link to see the official S-works Mclaren Venge Press Release.
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More info also here on their website- http://venge.specialized.com/#
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Sandy Ridge Super D


What is Super D?

“A Super D race is best described as a downhill cross country race. It is shorter than a cross country race, most of the time a hour or less. They will have more technical sections along with a few sections that require some significant pedaling.”
Thankfully, Oregon has some great semi local areas to run this style of racing. The Spring Brake race series was new addition to the OBRA calender this year and held just outside of Sandy Oregon. Drawing around 80 racers per race through the series which is good considering the weather this month. The trail is a mix of fast technical single track up top which moves to a pump track style bottom section. Course length was about 4 miles with just a little climbing. Time was made or lost on the first section and the slight climb to the second section. Everyone was moving along fairly well on the bottom.

During the first race we were fighting long waits up at top in 40 degree weather due to big gaps being given to each rider. The second race everyone learned and was more prepared. I had many more layers of clothing and also took my time getting to the start as not to be standing around getting cold. Hard rains during the week mucked up the trail a lot and was some of the worst mud to try to ride fast. The third race had the best conditions overall, still cold and snowy up top, but the lower section was pretty tacky and the times were fast considering the conditions. Thanks to the promoters; it was great way to start the season!

Here are some pictures from the series taken by Allison Ware and Liz Hulvalchick. Thanks for standing out in the rain all day!

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Stay tuned for the Oregon Super D series coming up, dates below.

Race 1: Hood River – May 28th & 29th
Race 2: Bend – July 2nd & 3rd
Race 3: Oakridge – August  7th
Race 4: Sandy Ridge – September 3rd & 4th

PDX Bicycle Show – Day 1

An exhausting first day of the bike show is behind us – declared a rousing success! Don’t know what the numbers are, but at times seemed busier than last year. Lots of new exhibitors and ones from last year as well. Seemed like attendees were having a great time splitting their time between lots activities – presentations at the main stage; trials riding (Ryan Leech); tricks on the jumping ramps; checking out bikes on the test ride track; and fitting demos by Matt Magee at our booth.  Be sure to view the slide show below to see some of the goings on.

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Smoother is Faster

We received a e-mail from the man himself, Mike Sinyard this week. With Sunday’s upcoming Paris-Roubaix they sent us a tech piece reflecting on what the Roubaix has become over the years.

“It has been 7 years since the introduction of the Roubaix – a bike that was born from requests I received from many of you, saying “Mike, we need a road bike that focuses on performance-minded riders who prefer riding endurance events!”

This feedback led to the creation of the Endurance Road category that serves so many riders.”

-Mike Sinyard-
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Click this link to be taken to see the Roubaix Tech PDF.  Catch the Paris Roubaix on Versus Sunday April 10th at 7pm.