Archive | July 2011

Tell Us What You Want

As we get ready to being the task of ordering our 2012 bikes and products we would like to here from our customers what you would like to see in the store. Are there certain products, brands or bikes that you feel are missing from Sunset Cycles? If so let us know. We would like to think we have a pretty good handle on what our customers want to see, but in a industry with such a vast amount of different users we may miss a few things.

Feel free to put your ideas down in the comments below or send us a e-mail at

Thanks for your help-


Select Fox Gloves 20% Off!!

Come down to our Bethany store location to check out our select Fox gloves that are on sale for 20% off.  Get them while they last!

Dirtpaw (available in red)


Tour de Cure

Sunset Cycles and our new killer tent set up will be out at the Hillsboro Stadium July 30th to help support the Tour de Cure ride for our second year. It’s a great event and supporting a great cause. Look for our new tent and stop by!

Here is some info from the website.

Last year, more than 50,000 cyclists in 80 Tour events raised nearly $17 million to support the mission of the ADA: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

The Oregon/SW Washington Tour de Cure offers cyclists an opportunity to enjoy the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley, winding your way through local vineyards, farms and hazelnut orchards. This year we will offer routes ranging from a 5 mile loop for all ages to our Century Ride, all leaving from Hillsboro Stadium.

All routes are fully supported with well-stocked rest stops, providing water, sports drinks, fruit and snacks. SAG vehicles, bike mechanics, medical support and radio communications are on the route to ensure you will have a safe and enjoyable ride. Once you cross the finish line, plan on staying and enjoying the festivities.

New Fox Helmets

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We have some new bucket style helmets we are excited about from FOX.  A few things that got us excited about them are-
  • Sizes are Small, Medium, Large…no more sml/med, med/lrg. More precise sizing and a few extra pads to help dial the fit in.
  • Vents! There are 12 of them!
  • Great colors, below is some of the options out there right now.
  • Passes the following test standards for safety: CPSC, CE: EN 1078, AS/NZS 2063
  • The best part is they are $40

2011 Dealer Event Day 3

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This will be short and sweet as I need to turn in, so I can catch an early flight in the morning. No riding today, just a lot of presentations – women’s bikes, city/urban bikes and lots information on equipment and accessories. All of the stuff looks really good; can’t wait to get it into the store and share it with our customers as soon as it becomes available. Most of the photos of the slideshow above are of the my favorite colors in a number of the bike models. I will be returning on Friday with a complete catalog of the Specialized offerings for those of you that are interested.

Ultegra Di2=Ui2?

Here are a few bike from Specialized that are going to be real strong for 2012. More to come………

Ui2 Venge! $5800-$6500

Carbon EVO Stumpjumper $5200. No it does not have electronic shifting, but it’s still a killer bike so I thought I would throw it up.

Look what we have here a Ultegra Di2 Roubaix……With a suggested retail of $5500!

2011 Dealer Event Day 2

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Someone “had” to do it, so once again the day started out with a bike ride. My riding partner Len and I headed out, with me selecting the new “Venge Pro” for my steed while Len picked the more practical Secteur. I found the bike a little stiffer than to my liking, but boy with that baby move! It sliced and diced the wind, no problem. The stem position was set with the negative rise, but I said to myself, “oh well”; leaned over just a wee to much. At the turn around point in Carmel we switched bikes and I immediately when from a stalion to a mare; much more comfortable and easier on the back. Guess I need to work on my flexibility and core strength. The afternoon consisted of more presentations on marketing, merchandising and a well thought out discussion by Scott Holtz on how sending employees to SBCU (Specialized University) really benefits bike shops that participate. Dinner was a “Dine Around Town” format that gave each of us an opportunity to experience some of the local fare.